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The Bulls came out top in a feisty South African derby at Loftus on Saturday. The win reignited the Bulls’ playoff aspirations in 2018, scoring five tries to three from their visitors.
It was an epic encounter from both teams. The Bulls took a 22-17 lead into half-time, and held on when things got tough.
And, just to give context to the action – there were three yellow cards in the match.
The Shark lost two players – Curwin Bosch and Lukhanyo Am – while the Bulls lost RG Snyman to a yellow too.
It wasn’t exactly the most memorable match in terms of execution and quality – and fans had to wait until the second half for much of the action – but the Stormers’ unbeaten record on home turf is over after the Chiefs outmuscled them in a feisty clash at Newlands on Saturday afternoon.
The Chiefs’ points came from a try from Anton Lienert-Brown and a penalty try. While Damian McKenzie added the rest of the points through a kicked penalty. The Stormers, meanwhile, got all their points through the kicking boots of Damian Willemse and SP Marais.
The Rebels came back from the dead to edge the Brumbies in a thrilling encounter on Saturday.
After dominating the first half, leading 21-10 at the break, the Rebels mounted a comeback in the 60th minute with Jack Maddocks and Semisi Tupou crossing the line within four minutes of each other.
The Rebels will now believe they have a good chance of taking the Australian conference while the Brumbies will have to wonder what went wrong, currently occupying 14th spot overall.
The Lions kept biting but it wasn’t enough as the Highlanders outscored the visitors five tries to four at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday.
Lima Sopoaga opened the scoring for the New Zealanders and Harold Vorster replied just before the break taking the score to 19-10.
The second half was a much tighter affair with the Lions able to mount a fightback with two Robbie Coetzee tries within eight minutes. But the Highlanders had all the answers despite another late effort by Marnus Schoeman in the 72nd minute.
It’s been a miserable tour for the Lions since thrashing the Waratahs in the first game Down Under. They’ve now suffered three defeats with losses to the Reds, Hurricanes and now the Highlanders.
The Crusaders came from nowhere to stun the Waratahs by the narrowest of margins on Saturday morning.
It was all happening for the visitors who raced to a 29-0 lead by the 35th minute with tries from Cameron Clark, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Israel Folau and Curtis Rona. But it was Joe Moody of the ‘Saders who set the tone for the hosts’ remarkable comeback not allowing their opponents to add any further to their halftime lead, hitting back with four tries.
The victory was the seventh on the trot for the Crusaders who have only lost two games from ten starts. The Waratahs will have to pick themselves up quickly having lost three in a row.
The Hurricanes showed their class against the Blues on Friday, once again leaving Eden Park with a win and more importantly a bonus point.
Ricky Riccitelli put the hosts on the board in the fifth minute and Gareth Evans, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Sam Lousi and Matt Proctor soon followed outscoring the Blues five tries to two.
The Blues, trailing 8-14 at halftime, did well to stay in the game for 60 minutes, but the visitors finished with a flourish to bag their eighth win from nine starts.
The Sunwolves gave their fans plenty to cheer about when they stormed to their first victory of the season in their final home game in Tokyo on Saturday morning.
Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Ben Lucas gave the Reds an early lead but it didn’t take long for the hosts to find their feet.
With Hayden Parker in fine form with his boot, the Sunwolves went on a try-scoring spree with Grant Hattingh the first to touch down and Parker taking care of the rest with a try of his own, giving the Tokyo-based franchise a lead of 29-14 at halftime.
A further 34 points were added including a hat-trick of tries from Hosea Saumaki guiding the Sunwolves to their biggest winning margin in Super Rugby as well as their first win over an Australian franchise.
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