Friday, April 12
Crusaders 43-17 Highlanders
The Crusaders powered their way past the Highlanders to win 43-17 in Christchurch on Friday.
Trailing 10-7 at half-time, they put in a brilliant second half to blow the visitors away.
The Crusaders now have won 24 consecutive matches at home, stretching back to 2016.
“Playing at home is very special and a battle against the neighbors is always a tough one,” said captain Sam Whitelock.
“They came out and put us under pressure. They were beating us around the corner, beating us to the breakdown and it took us a while to adjust to that.”
Rebels 24-41 Stormers
The Stormers managed to put up a brilliant performance to beat the Rebels 41-24 in Melbourne on Friday.
This was the Stormers’s last game of their tour after losing all three previous matches.
The men from Cape Town scored five tries through centres Damien de Allende, Ruhan Nel (2), Dillyn Leyds and Juarno Augustus.
The visitors normally pride themselves on their good defence and this was the difference between the sides.
Saturday, April 13
Chiefs 33-29 Blues
In one of the best Super Rugby match in years, the Chiefs managed to win against the Blues in Hamilton on Saturday.
The home side was leading 14-10 at the break.
Ma’a Nonu made a massive statement to the All Black selectors by scoring two tries in the second-half.
The Chiefs have lost the opening four matches, but have managed to get a draw and three consecutive wins to lift themselves from the bottom of the New Zealand conference.
“It’s huge, it’s massive to get a win in the New Zealand conference,” a satisfied Chiefs captain Brodie Retallick said.
“We came out here on our home ground and wanted to prove a point and fix up the first few rounds.
Every time we scored they came back and we were hanging on there in the end.”
Brumbies 31-20 Lions
The Lions continue to struggle after losing 31-20 against the Brumbies in their tour opener in Canberra on Saturday.
The Brumbies scored five tries and the Lions three.
The home side received a yellow card in the second minute when Tom Banks was penalized for a tip tackle.
The Lions managed to score a try through wing Aphiwe Dyanyi while playing against 14 men, but the hosts scored three tries to lead 19-8 at the break.
The Brumbies continued to pile on the pressure and eventually won 31-20 to move to 11th place on the overall standing.
The Lions are in 8th place.
Sharks 17-51 Jaguares
The Sharks were given a rugby lesson as they were thrashed 51-17 by the Jaguares in Durban on Saturday.
After playing so well a week ago in Johannesburg, they were really poor against a Jaguares side that looked determined to win.
The Argentine side won both of their matches in South Africa and moves up to third in the South African conference.
The Sharks move down to second place.
Bulls 32-17 Reds
The Bulls put in a dominant performance to beat the Reds 32-17 in Pretoria on Saturday.
After losing 22-20 against the Jaguares a week ago, the hosts wanted to rectify matters.
They played some good rugby in the first-half, but still only managed to lead 13-3 at the break.
Handre Pollard wasn’t accurate with his kicking and the Reds believed they still had chance to upset the three-time champions.
In the second-half the Bulls managed to convert the dominance into points by tries by Pollard and Handro Liebenberg.
The Bulls move to the top of the South African Conference with five wins from eight matches.
The Reds remains 4th in the Australian Conference.
Written by Carl Coertzen
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