The Hurricanes have got away with one.
It took a try five minutes from fulltime to debutant Du'Plessis Kirifi for them to overcome a stuttering performance and grab a 20-19 win over the Waratahs at Brookvale Oval, north of Sydney, on Saturday night.
Waratahs first-five Bernard Foley also played a part, sticking
The champs played like the dynasty they well and truly are, but the chumps weren't half bad either in an Eden Park Saturday night Super Rugby classic.
At the end of an exhilarating 80 minutes at Auckland's showpiece rugby venue it was the Crusaders who had snuck the toughest of 24-22
The final score is Brumbies 27 (22) Melbourne Rebels 34 (19)
Quade Cooper delivered a superb performance in his debut for the Rebels as they notched a 34-27 victory over the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.
In a topsy-turvy match in Canberra, the Brumbies had the better of the opening exchanges but
It's just round one, but the Chiefs will be crossing their fingers this one doesn't come back to bite them in a few months' time.
After doing all the hard work in swinging the momentum back their way and looking good to take the spoils in their Super Rugby season-opener against
Jaguares v Lions Super Rugby Preview
Argentina’s Jaguares start the 2019 Super rugby season at home in Buenos Aires where they will host the Lions in the final match of the round.
The Jaguares have played the Lions 7 times since 2016 and the Jaguares have won three matches and lost four.
Bulls v Stormers Super Rugby Preview
The Bulls have played the Stormers 30 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Bulls have won 11 and lost 18.
There was one draw between the sides in 2000.
The Bulls will have home advantage this weekend as they have done in 15 of the
Sunwolves v Sharks Super Rugby Preview
Japan’s Sunwolves have played South Africa’s Sharks just three times in Super rugby and they have yet to beat the side from Durban.
Two of the three matches between these sides were played in Durban and the only other match was in Singapore where these sides
Although they avoid a home derby in round one, the Hurricanes will have their work cut out against last year’s Australian conference winners the Waratahs at a packed Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.
Match details: Waratahs vs Highlanders, 9.45pm (NZT) Saturday 16 February, Brookvale Oval, Sydney
Won: Waratahs 10, Hurricanes 12
First games at Eden Park are always a test for the home side, will they signal the start of a revival in fortunes after years of waiting and after meeting the Crusaders first-up on Saturday night they and their fans will have a better idea.
Match Details: Blues v Crusaders, Eden
Canberra Super rugby team the Brumbies have named their team to play in the Super rugby season opener against the Rebels.
Flyhalf Christian Lealiifano will lead the Brumbies into action in their first Super Rugby match of 2019 after being named as captain for the clash with the Rebels at GIO