Gerhard van den Heever

Gerhard van den Heever of Sunwolves celebrates scoring a try during the 2019 Super Rugby season. Photo: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images

Super Rugby: Fixtures, results, highlights and standings – 23 February

After an exciting opening weekend of the 2019 Super Rugby season, the action continues once more with more fixtures heading your way.

Gerhard van den Heever

Gerhard van den Heever of Sunwolves celebrates scoring a try during the 2019 Super Rugby season. Photo: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images

This article was last updated on 23 February 2019 at 18:00.

The Highlanders survived a scare from the Reds, with Ben Smith touching down in the dying moments to secure a 36-31 win in Dunedin on Friday.

The hosts had opened their account in this year’s Super Rugby with another close win against the Chiefs, while the Reds were on show for the first time in the 2019 edition, having sat out the opening weekend.

Despite their inactivity, the men from Queensland had no cobwebs to dust off, as they were quickly on the scoresheet, with Bryce Horgaty slotting over a three-pointer after a breakdown infringement in the first minute.

The Reds responded promptly through a converted try, with Rob Thompson dotting down and Josh Ioane adding the extra two.

The hosts then went seven points clear through Ioane’s boot before Chris Feauai-Sautia touched down for the Reds, with Hegarty levelling matters from the tee.

Two converted tries from Shannon Frizell and Ben Smith saw the Highlanders carve some daylight between themselves and their opponents.

That was before Moses Sorovi bought the visitors back to within nine points, with Hegarty converting to make it 24-17 heading into the break.

The Highlanders were the quicker off the blocks in the second half with Josh Frizell diving over for his second of the night. Ioane missed the conversion, as things stood at 29-17 to the hosts.

That was before a quick response from the Reds which saw Izak Rodda diving over with Hegarty making no mistake from the tee.

On the hour mark, the Reds were on the money once more, this time prop Feao Fotuaika diving over to hand his side the lead.

The visitors withstood a wave of relentless attack, before a great run from Matt Faddes, who offloaded to Smith to dot down with just 5 minutes remaining.

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Super Rugby results and highlights

Highlanders 36-31 Reds

Sunwolves 30-31 Waratahs

A brace of tries from former Bulls and Stormers winger Gerhard can den Heever was not enough to get the Sunwolves over the line, as they were pipped by the Waratahs in Tokyo.

Crusaders 38-22 Hurricanes

Two penalty tries in favour of defending champions, the Crusaders ensured that they carry on in their merry way as they recorded a 38-22 victory against a determined Hurricanes outfit.

The visitors mustered up 17 points in the dying moments to ensure a respectable scoreline after falling 31 points behind.

Brumbies 54-17 Chiefs

Sharks 26-7 Blues

The Sharks secured back-to-back wins to kick off their new Super Rugby campaign after comfortably dispatching the Blues 26-7 at Kings Park.

The opening try was scored after just seven minutes, and came courtesy of a lost line-out from the Blues and some impressive play from the Sharks backs.

Lukhanyo Am put through the initial grubber, before Makazole Mapimpi kicked the ball on and collected it, throwing a deft little pass to fullback Aphelele Fassi who barreled over the line despite the attention of several Blues defenders for his first Super Rugby try.

The conversion was wide, but the Sharks stayed on the front foot and were soon rewarded with their second score of the afternoon.

Super Rugby fixtures

Stormers vs Lions – 17:15

Jaguares vs Bulls – 23:40

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