Friday, April 5
Highlanders 28-31 Hurricanes
The Hurricanes edged the Highlanders 31-28 in a thriller in Dunedin on Friday.
Loose forward Ardie Savea was the standout player for the visitors.
He scored two of the four tries for his team and prevented the Highlanders from scoring on numerous occasions.
“Obviously the guys are hurting,” captain Luke Whitelock said after a fourth straight loss for the Highlanders.
“But it’s a long competition and we’re just going to make sure we rock up (to training) Sunday and prepare well for the Crusaders next week.”
Reds 24-12 Stormers
The Stormers poor tour of Australasia continues with 12-24 loss to the Reds in Brisbane on Friday.
Having lost both of their matches in New Zealand, the Stormers would have probable targeted the Reds match.
A yellow card to captain Siya Kolisi on the stroke of half-time was the difference between the sides.
The Reds scored twice with Kolisi in the bin.
“I spoke about starting well (in the second-half), we didn’t do that last week and it was something we wanted to do today,” said Reds captain Samu Kerevi. “I’m really proud of the boys.”
Kolisi admitted his yellow card was a deciding factor.
“We started well and created a lot of opportunities but obviously the yellow card made a huge difference,” he said. “That was the turning point.”
Lions 5-42 Sharks
The Sharks destroyed the Lions 42-5 at a wet Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Friday.
Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira became the most capped South African Super Rugby player with 157 caps.
He passes the record that was held by former Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss.
The Sharks scored six tries and secured the bonus point on a night that the Lions were never in the match.
Fullback Curwin Bosch made a massive difference for the Sharks on the attack. He was awarded man of the match for his performance.
Saturday, April 6
Crusaders 36-14 Brumbies
The Crusaders had to work hard to secure a 36-14 win against the Brumbies in Christchurch on Saturday.
Trailing 0-7 at the break, they switched gears in the second half to put up 36 points.
Sevu Reece and Will Jordan scored a brace of tries apiece for the Crusaders and Jordan Taufua also crossed the whitewash, while Richie Mo’unga added three conversions and Brett Cameron slotted a penalty and a conversion.
Christian Lealiifano led the way for the Brumbies with a try and two conversions and Tevita Kuridrani also scored a five-pointer.
With this victory the Crusaders consolidated their position on top of the Super Rugby table.
Blues 32-29 Waratahs
The Blues continue their impressive form under new coach Leon MacDonald following a 32-29 victory over the Waratahs in Auckland on Saturday.
The Blues went up 17-0 early on, but the Waratahs managed to pull it back to make it 17-14 at the break.
Israel Folau broke the record for the most tries in Super Rugby history with 60.
The previous record was held by Doug Howlett who retired 12 years ago.
Folau will continue to build on this record as he signed for the next four years with Australian Rugby.
It is the first time since 2011 that the Blues have recorded four consecutive wins and they are looking like the real deal.
Rebels 42-15 Sunwolves
The Rebels were simply to strong for the Sunwolves, defeating them 42-15 in Melbourne on Saturday.
The hosts scored six tries with winger Reece Hodge scoring a triple.
Quade Cooper added six goals as he continue with an impressive season.
With this win the Rebels remain on top of the Aussie Conference.
Bulls 20-22 Jaguares
The Jaguares silenced Loftus and Pretoria by defeating the Bulls 22-20.
Earlier this season they managed to beat the Bulls in Argentina 27-12.
The visitors scored two tries in the final 10 minutes to claim a ‘double’ over the men from Pretoria.
The Bulls had to finish the match with 13 men after Tim Agaba and Conraad van Vuuren received yellow cards for ill-discipline.
Written by Carl Coertzen
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