It was far from perfect and there were too many penalties, but the opening week of Super Rugby AU provided enough entertainment to be optimistic about what the next few months might hold for Australian rugby.
The Hurricanes virtually ended the Chiefs' Super Rugby Aotearoa title ambitions with a 25-18 victory, despite playing most of the second half with 14 men.
The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed their Round 2 clash with the Queensland Reds will be played in Sydney at Brookvale Oval, following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.
Dan Carter gave himself a pass mark after his first game of rugby in New Zealand since 2015 but was not expecting to make a marketers' dream debut for the Blues next week against the Crusaders.
Replacement Will Miller scored a 77th-minute try as the Brumbies held off a fast-finishing Melbourne Rebels to record a 31-23 victory in Super Rugby AU in Canberra on Saturday.
The Crusaders relentlessly ground down the Highlanders to record a 40-20 victory in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Dunedin on Saturday, the hosts counting the cost of one golden opportunity blown.
Venue: Semenoff Stadium
12:45 AM, April 18, 2020