‘Devastated’ Australian rugby teams lick injuries after super massacre

Australia’s Super Rugby teams faced harsh criticism and “honesty sessions” on Monday as they digested another slush of their New Zealand counterparts in the second round of the Trans-Tasman competition.

New Zealand’s five teams have now won all 10 matches of the first two rounds, highlighting the class gap between the nations. Although still a long way from Australia’s 40-game losing streak to opponents New Zealand, which spanned two years of Super Rugby until 2018, the alarm bells are ringing over the long-term viability of the competition.

Australia’s strongest teams have been humiliated, with AU Super Rugby champions Queensland suffering a record 63-28 loss to New Zealand winners Aotearoa, Canterbury Crusaders. The ACT Brumbies did little better in a battle of losing finalists in domestic competitions, falling 40-19 to the Waikato Chiefs.

“Obviously we’re all pretty devastated by the outcome,” Brumbies and Wallabies half-butterfly Noah Lolesio said on Monday. “That’s not what we wanted at all. We’ve had a pretty tough review so far and we just hold everyone accountable for this performance that we have made.”

The Reds toast Australia after claiming victory in a thriller over the Brumbies in front of 40,000 fans at Lang Park two weeks ago, but have now conceded 104 points, including their first-round beating by the Otago Highlanders. “We’re not going to make any excuses, it was a pretty poor performance,” Reds forward Angus Scott-Young said on Monday.

“It’s a reality check and we’ll grow from it.” We’re going to have an honesty session today, see where we went wrong, how we can improve.

“But there is still a lot of recovery from this tournament.” National Super Rugby AU received positive ratings as the Australians tuned in to a competition that guaranteed local winners on a weekly basis.

But media pundits are already wondering if fans can cope with New Zealand’s weekly beats in the Trans-Tasman clashes. While New Zealand hope to expand the Trans-Tasman competition to include two Pacific teams next year, more uneven results could ruin their plans.

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan, who lobbied stakeholders to sell a stake in the national game to private equity firms, said the losing streak underscored the need to invest to stop a leak of talent towards the rugby league and richer competitions abroad. “We can no longer afford to lose players like Will Skelton, Rory Arnold and Joseph Suaalii to other codes or overseas as we continue to fix the game,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald .

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