Vodafone Super rugby wrap: Round 10

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The Blues scored three tries and kept the Brumbies try-less to maintain New Zealand's domination over Australian teams in a bonus-point 18-12 Super Rugby win in Canberra on Sunday.

The Blues stretched the Kiwi winning streak over Australian opposition to 15 games this season.

It was only the Blues' fifth win in their last 34 games away from home, but four of those wins have come in Australia.

Despite remaining last in the New Zealand conference, the Blues were too good for the Australian conference-leading Brumbies - underlining the yawning gulf between the trans-Tasman rivals.

"It's massive for us to get a bonus point in Canberra and I am extremely proud of the boys' resilience," said Blues' skipper James Parsons.

RESULT

Brumbies 12

Blues 18

Jaguares v Sharks

In Buenos Aires, Teenage flyhalf Curwin Bosch kicked 18 points as the Sharks beat the Jaguares 33-25 on Saturday.

Success gave the Sharks an eight-point advantage in the standings over the Jaguares with six rounds left as the teams battle for a quarter-finals place.

It was a much improved show by the visitors after coach Robert du Preez told his players to refund spectators following a woeful home draw with the Melbourne Rebels last weekend.

RESULT

Jaguares 25

Sharks 33

Southern Kings v Rebels


In Port Elizabeth, the Southern Kings won back-to-back Super Rugby matches for the first time and achieved a record victory margin by trouncing Melbourne Rebels 44-3 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.  

While the Australians offered token resistance, especially in the second half after trailing 11-3 at half-time, it was an impressive show from the South Africans.

Victory for the Kings came a week after the traditional whipping boys among the six South African Super Rugby sides shocked the Waratahs in Sydney. 

RESULT

Southern Kings 44

Melbourne Rebels 3

Cheetahs v Crusaders


In Bloemfontein, a controversially disallowed try helped the Crusaders beat the Cheetahs 48-21 on Saturday and extend a winning run to nine matches since the Super Rugby season.

The South Africans believed they scored three minutes before half-time through winger Sergeal Petersen only for the try to be disallowed because of a forward pass.

Television match official Johan Greeff said there was "compelling evidence" that prop Ox Nche passed forward to Petersen, but TV replays suggested otherwise.

RESULT

Cheetahs 21

Crsuaders 48

Western Force v Lions


In Perth, South Africa's Lions survived a major scare from the endangered Western Force in their clash on Saturday evening to notch their sixth straight win.

The Lions went into the match with an imposing record of seven wins and just one loss this season and were short-priced favourites against the struggling Force, but the game was in the balance until the dying minutes.

The visitors ran in the only three tries of the match and eventually prevailed 24-15.

RESULT

Western Force 15

Lions 24

Queensland Reds v NSW Waratahs


In Brisbane, Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley kicked five penalty goals, the last two minutes from time, to give the NSW  Waratahs a morale-boosting 29-26 win over the Queensland Reds in on Saturday.

Foley booted four penalty goals in the second half to finish with 19 points  and prove the difference as the Reds outscored the Waratahs four tries to two.

The Reds tried desperately to grab a draw with a closing passage of 27  phases before Will Skelton dived on a loose ball and the ball was kicked out after the fulltime siren to see out the win.

RESULT

Queensland Reds 26

NSW Waratahs 29

Chiefs v Sunwolves


In Hamilton, touches of class from Damian McKenzie secured a tense 27-20 win for the Chiefs over a 13-man Sunwolves in their clash on Saturday. 

"We're winning ugly," Chiefs captain Sam Cane admitted as one of the leading sides in the competition struggled to hold off the worst performing team. 

They were also denied a bonus point despite the Sunwolves having two players sent from the field in the penultimate move of the game.  

RESULT

Chiefs 27

Sunwolves 20

Highlanders v Stormers


In Dunedin, the resurgent Highlanders humbled the Stormers 57-14 on Friday to get their season back on track with a fifth straight win.

The Highlanders scored nine tries to two, including two apiece for Patrick Osborne and Waisake Naholo, to notch their best ever Super Rugby score.

The Stormers opened an early lead but soon fell off the pace to slump to their third consecutive loss.

RESULT

Highlanders 57

Stormers 14

CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Australia

Brumbies 17

Waratahs 13

Reds 11

Force 9

Rebels 7

New Zealand

Crusaders 41

Chiefs 37

Hurricanes 33

Highlanders 28

Blues 17

Africa 1

Stormers 26

Bulls 14

Cheetahs 10

Sunwolves  6

Africa 2

Lions 37

Sharks 28

Jaguares 20

Kings 15

NEXT GAMES

Friday May 5

Hurricanes v Stormers, Cheetahs v Highlanders

Saturday May 6

Rebels v Lions, Chiefs v Reds, Waratahs v Blues, Sharks v Force, Bulls v Crusaders, Jaguares v Sunwolves.

Byes: Brumbies, Kings

 

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