Bulls 28-29 Highlanders The Highlanders edged past the Bulls in a thrilling encounter bringing Week 11 to a spectacular end at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday evening. After trailing early on after an second-minute try by Aaron Smith, the Bulls immediately reacted and took control scoring the next two, including a penalty try to head into […]
The Highlanders edged past the Bulls in a thrilling encounter bringing Week 11 to a spectacular end at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday evening.
After trailing early on after an second-minute try by Aaron Smith, the Bulls immediately reacted and took control scoring the next two, including a penalty try to head into the break 14-10 ahead.
The ding-dong battle continued with each side finding the chalk, Fletcher Smith for the Highlanders and Julian Jenkins for the Bulls. It looked as if the visitors, 26-21 ahead, might just pull it off with 10 minutes to go but Jesse Kriel had other ideas to give the home side a two-point advantage with Handre Pollard taking care of the rest.
In one final twist, the Bulls conceded a late penalty and Lima Sopoaga made no mistake in sealing the deal, breaking plenty of hearts in the capital.
The win sees the Highlanders move up to fourth on the overall table while the Bulls remain ninth.
The Crusaders moved to the top of the standings and showed no signs of relinquishing their stranglehold over the Brumbies on Saturday.
Henry Speight was quick to get the Brumbies ahead with a brilliant effort in the fifth minute but the hosts were unable to make further inroads despite a number of chances in the second half. They have now failed to beat their NZ opponents since 2009.
The Kiwis led 21-8 at halftime. Earlier, Tim Bateman opened the scoring for the ‘Saders before a quickfire double from Manasa Mataele with Mike Delany adding the rest of the points with his boot. The New Zealanders travel to Melbourne next to face the Rebels as they seek their eighth consecutive win.
The Jaguares powered to yet another stunning win away from home, coming from behind to beat the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.
It was the Buenos Aires-based side’s third win on the trot having beaten the Rebels and the Brumbies. After heading into the break 13-5 down, the Jaguares added another two tries to Agustin Creevy’s earlier effort. Emiliano Boffelli and Tomas Lezana led the comeback to give their team a realistic chance of making the play-offs.
They have climbed to eighth spot with five wins from 10 starts while the Blues’ poor run continues with only two victories from nine games.
The Lions were caught napping as the Reds edged the ladder leaders at the Suncorp Stadium on Saturday morning.
It was all about the hosts during the first half as they smothered the Lions and piled on the points with four tries by Jean-Pierre Smith, Caleb Timu, Brandon Paenga and George Smith to go into the break 27-0 ahead.
Swys de Bruin’s men roared back in the second with Malcolm Marx scoring twice within six minutes to cut the deficit to 15. Marnus Schoeman scored a late double to ensure the Lions at least walk away with a bonus point ahead of their Hurricanes clash next weekend.
The Stormers were desperate for a victory and they responded perfectly with an impressive win over the Rebels at Newlands on Friday.
It was a game of two halves with the hosts in total control of the first with Damian de Allende and JJ Engelbrecht crossing over to give the Stormers a 17-6 lead at halftime. The men from Melbourne bounced back in the second with two Sefanaia Naivalu tries but it was never going to be enough with the Stormers adding a late burst of their own with another Engelbrecht try in the dying seconds.
The win will do Robbie Fleck’s side the world of good as they prepare to host the Bulls and the Chiefs next.
The Hurricanes outscored the Sunwolves seven tries to two, but it was a spirited performance from the Japanese franchise. Captain Pieter Labuschagne put the Sunwolves ahead early but the hosts roared back with Julian Savea, Finlay Christie, Reed Prinsep, Jordie Barrett, Vince Aso (2), and Brad Shields all touching down to take the ‘Canes back to the overall table summit on 31 points.
It was their seventh victory from eight starts while the Sunwolves remain winless.