Just because the Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition has launched does not mean we are going to forget about Super Rugby, not for another moment or two, at least.
The big recent news was the miracle comeback of the Blues against the Super League powerhouse South African Lions in Johannesburg.
The Blues recorded four tries in the closing minutes of the match to beat the previously unbeaten and seemingly unbeatable Lions 38 – 35.
The Blues were seemingly done, Christian-style, by the Lions, as with under 20 minutes remaining in the game, they were staring straight into the Lion pit of a 28 – 10 deficit.
Murphy Taramai scored the winner for the Blues, giving them their first lead of the entire match, with 18 seconds left in the game.
Just prior, the Lions had what looked to be a valid try erased when winger Aphiwe Dyantyi was unable to ground the ball over the line. It took, groan, replay after replay for the try to be waved off.
For the Lions, it was an end to a record of three wins against nil losses to open the season, while for the NZ Blues, it was a much-needed victory following two close losses to the Highlanders and Chiefs, two losses that could have been impossible from which to recover.
For most of the match, it looked as though the Lions were going to make the Blues sad, leading the game 21 – 3 late in the first half.
The Lions and the Blues both converted five tries, but the Lions appeared to make fewer mistakes and to exhibit a pure attack. The Blues, for their part, showed an attacking style that gave them the statistical edge, but it was not until the last 17 minutes of the game that they were able to convert the passes that had gone wanting earlier in the game.