Friday, April 26
Crusaders 36-10 Lions
The Crusaders outclassed a gutsy Lions side 36-10 in Christchurch on Friday.
The home side was leading 17-3 at the break and the Lions probably felt they were still in it.
But, the men from Christchurch stepped it up in the second half to outplay the South Africans.
This match was a repeat of the 2017 and 2018 Super Rugby finals.
The Crusaders next week face another South African side in the Sharks and Lions have a bye.
Sunwolves 0-52 Highlanders
The Highlanders destroyed the Sunwolves 52-0 in Tokyo on Friday.
Nobody would have thought that the scoreline would be like this, especially after the hosts gave the Hurricanes a scare a week earlier.
For the first 30 minutes the men from Dunedin scored at a point a minute as they overpowered the Sunwolves.
The visitors scored eight tries and they kept the men from Japan scoreless.
The Highlanders move up to 3rd in the New Zealand conference and the 5th overall and the Sunwolves remain bottom of both of the standings.
Saturday, April 27
Hurricanes 47-19 Chiefs
The Hurricanes proved to strong for the Chiefs in their all-New Zealand derby in Wellington on Saturday.
The Hurricanes won 47-19 after leading 28-12 at half-time.
The hosts scored seven tries and the visitors three.
“We did the simple things well,” Hurricanes captain TJ Perenara said in a post-match interview.
“That was one of the better games we have played of late. For us it’s about building consistency in our performance.”
Chiefs skipper Michael Allardice said a disappointing start ruined it for his side.
“Giving away 21 points early in the piece and trying to chase the Hurricanes down was never going to be easy. We set ourselves up to fail,” he said.
Waratahs 15-23 Sharks
The Sharks are back to winning ways after defeating the Waratahs 23-15 in Sydney on Saturday.
The hosts discipline eventually cost them the match as lock Jed Holloway was red carded in the 45th minute and Jack Dempsey received a yellow card shortly after.
Under fire Sharks coach Robert du Preez will certainly welcome this victory as they go into next week’s clash with the Crusaders with a bit more confidence.
The men from Durban moved to the top of the South African Conference and second on the overall log.
The Waratahs remain second in the Australian Conference and eight overall.
Stormers 24-23 Bulls
The Stormers gained revenge over the Bulls with a 24-23 victory in Cape Town on Saturday.
The home side was leading 14-9 at half-time thanks to tries from Sergeal Petersen and Seabelo Senatla. Flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis converted both tries.
Handre Pollard scored three penalties for the Bulls in the first-half.
The men from Pretoria scored shortly after the break to lead 16-14.
The hosts scored a converted try and a penalty soon after to lead 24-16.
Replacement flyhalf Manie Libbock scored for the Bulls after the hooter to give them a bonus point.
Both sides and Springbok supporters will be very worried as Pieter-Steph du Toit and Jesse Kriel picked up injuries and had to leave the fields.
The extend of their injuries will be known early this week.
Jaguares 20-15 Brumbies
The Jaguares continued with their winning ways as they defeated the Brumbies 20-15 in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
The hosts survived a yellow card and several late onslaughts from the Australians to hold on for a well deserved win.
“This was a wonderful performance by all our players – the starting 15 and the replacements who came on in the second half,” said Jaguares skipper Jeronimo de la Fuente.
“I believe we deserved the victory, particularly because of our bravery in defence when reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes in the closing stages.”
With this victory the Jaguares moved to sixth place on the overall standings and third in the South African Conference.
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Written By Carl Coertzen