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Live blog: Super Rugby Pacific Round Four

By Finn Morton
(Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Round Four of Super Rugby Pacific continues on Sunday afternoon when the Queensland Reds host the Fijian Drua Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Follow the action in the live blog below.

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Super Rugby Pacific round four headlines

Jorgensen scores FREAKISH try vs Hurricanes

Possible ABs bolter emerges as Canes win big

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Waratahs suffer third loss from four against Hurricanes

Stevenson stars in Chiefs’ big 44-25 win over Rebels

Saracens halfback to realise Super Rugby ‘dream’

Crusaders win final rematch 34-28 against Blues

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Hat-trick hero played with rib injury

Almost 100 points scored in Canberra score-fest 

Landers beat Force in thriller; win first game of season

Key team news

In the final game of the round, the Reds will host the Fijian Drua in Brisbane. Veteran James O’Connor has been named ahead of Tom Lynagh, and will start in the No. 10 jumper.

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Wallaby hopeful Charlie Gamble was forced from the field for the Tahs clutching his wrist in the loss to the Hurricanes on Friday night.

Crusaders wing Sevu Reece left the field with an injury shortly into the second half in his side’s win over the Blues, while prop Alex Hodgman left the field in the 13th minute.

All Blacks flanker Shannon Frizell was ruled out at the 11th hour for the Highlanders after receiving treatment during the warmup in Invercargill.

Round Four MVP votes

Hurricanes vs Waratahs – Cam Roigard (Hurricanes), Kini Naholo (Hurricanes), Langi Gleeson (Waratahs)

Chiefs vs Rebels – Shaun Stevenson (Chiefs), Emoni Narawa (Chiefs), Alex Nankivell (Chiefs)

Blues vs Crusaders – Leicester Fainga’anuku (Crusaders), Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders), Finlay Christie (Blues)

Brumbies vs Moana – Andy Muirhead (Brumbies), Luke Reimer (Flanker), Levi Aumua (Moana)

Highlanders vs Force – Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Highlanders), Sam Gilbert (Highlanders), Ollie Callan (Force)

Reds vs Drua – Josh Flook (Reds), Taj Annan (Reds), Liam Wright (Reds)

MVP candidates leader board

8 points – Shaun Stevenson (Chiefs)

6 points – Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes), Richard Hardwick (Rebels), Tevita Ikanivere (Drua), Lachlan Lonergan (Brumbies), Hamish Stewart (Force)

5 points – Jordan Petaia

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Jon 2 hours ago
Why Scott Robertson may need to ease big names aside for All Blacks' flexibility

> it was apparent Robertson was worried about his lack of experience at half-back, hence the decision to start veteran TJ Perenara and put Finlay Christie, the next most experienced number nine, on the bench. I don’t think it was this at all. It was a general scope he was putting over all the playerbase, he went with this cohesion factor in every position. > If the main priority is to build different tactical elements to the gameplan, then Ratima is the man in whom Robertson needs to trust and promote. This also I think is antagonist towards the reference game plans. The other plans do not need the speed of which Perenara (atleast) can’t provide, and I think personal is going to be the main point of difference between these games/opponents. That is the aspect of which I think most people will struggle to grasp, a horses for course selection policy over the typical ‘Top All Black 15’. That best 15 group of players is going to have to get broken down into categories. So it test one we saw Christie control the game to nullify the English threats out of existence and grind to a win. In test two we saw Ratima need to come on which dictated that this time they would run them off their feet with speed and the space did open up and the victory did come. Horses for courses. The same concepts are going to exist for every group, front row, lock and loose forward balance, midfield, and outside backs all can have positional changes that the players may be asked to accentualize on and develop. There might be some that _it_ will not ever click for, but they’ll hopefully still be getting to enjoy unbelievable comeback victories and late game shutouts to close it down. Knowing does not mean not enjoying.

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