Vodafone Super Rugby Wrap: Week 13

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

The Crusaders maintained their unbeaten run with a 31-24 win over the the Chiefs in Suva on Friday, extending their lead at the top of the Super Rugby table.

The Crusaders only scored three tries to four against their closest New Zealand rivals but flyhalf Richie Mo'unga's two conversions and four penalties gave them the win.

The result boosts the Crusaders chances of finishing top of the ladder and claiming the reward of home-ground advantage in the play-offs.


Chiefs 24

Tries: Nanai-Williams, Lowe, Hames, Cruden. 

Cons: Cruden, McKenzie

Crusaders 31

Tries: Bedwell-Curtis, Havili, Funnell 

Cons: Mo'unga 2

Pens: Mo'unga 4

Stormers vs Blues

The Stormers put a horror Super Rugby tour of New Zealand behind them with a 30-22 home victory over the Blues in Cape Town Friday.

Trailing by nine points early in the second half, the South Africans finished strongly and were helped by the red-carding of New Zealander Matt Duffie on 67 minutes.

Success was particularly welcome for Stormers after conceding 155 points in drubbings by Canterbury Crusaders, Otago Highlanders and Wellington Hurricanes.


>Stormers 22

Tries: Kolisi, Leyds, Notshe

Cons: Marais 3

Pens: Marais 3

Blues 22

Tries: Moala, Parsons, Gibson

Cons: Francis 2

Pens: Gatland 1

Yellow cards: Stormers: Etzebeth (21); Blues: Duffie (12 and 67)

Red card: Duffie (67)

Hurricanes vs Cheetahs

Vince Aso led a nine-try rout as the Hurricanes returned to winning form with a 61-7 victory over the Cheetahs in their Super Rugby clash in Wellington on Saturday.

The bonus-point win lifted the defending champions up to second in the New Zealand conference, overtaking the Waikato Chiefs who lost to the front-running Canterbury Crusaders on Friday.

A week on from their tryless performance when also beaten the Crusaders, the defending champion Hurricanes rediscovered the route to the tryline led by Aso who touched down three times.


Hurricanes 61

Tries: Fifita, Aso 3, Ardie Savea, Perenara, Toomaga-Allen, Lam, Apisai

Cons: Beauden Barrett 5, Otere Black 3

Cheetahs 7

Tries: Zeilinga

Cons: Zeilinga

Western Force vs Highlanders

A hapless Force outfit have not fired a shot in a dreadful 55-6 loss to the Highlanders at nib Stadium.

It is hard to draw many, if any, positives from the performance, which was a complete form reversal from their heroic win against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires this time last week.

A lacklustre effort in attack put the Force under constant defensive pressure and it was around the fringes of the breakdown where the Highlanders made the home side really hurt.


Force 6

Pens: Prior 2

Highlanders 55

Tries: Li, Seuili 2, Osborne, Thompson 2, Hunt, Buckman

Cons: Banks 6

Pens: Banks

Sunwolves vs Sharks

Lwazi Mvovo helped himself to a hat-trick of tries as the Sharks cemented their place in Super Rugby's top eight with a 38-17 victory over the Sunwolves at Singapore's National Stadium on 

The South Africans rebounded from last week's shock loss to the Southern Kings to register their eighth win of the season and secure a vital bonus point to surge seven points clear of the Blues, their closest challenger for the last wildcard into the playoffs, but it was not as easy as the final scoreline suggested.

Despite being decimated by injuries and playing in the stifling humidity of for the first time, the Sharks took control of the match from the outset, dominating the home side through their rolling mauls and pick-and-drive plays, and were rewarded with six tries.


Sunwolves 17

Tries: Hino, Matsuhashi

Cons:  Tamura  2

Pens: Ogura

Sharks 38

Tries: Mvovo 3, Nkosi 2, Botha 

Cons:  April 3, Janse van Rensburg 1

Lions vs Bulls

Springbok Ruan Combrinck made a two-try comeback as the Lions thrashed fellow South Africans the Bulls 51-14 on Saturday in a Super Rugby match in chilly Johannesburg.  

Making his first appearance of the four-month-old season after an injury, the winger scored after 72 seconds and the home side led 39-14 by half-time. 

But after a first half that produced 53 points at Ellis Park, the second half was an anti-climax with only two tries, and the second came six seconds from time.


Lions 51

Tries: Combrinck 2, Smith, Dreyer, Whiteley, Mostert, Mapoe

Cons: Jantjies 5

Pens: Jantjies 2

Bulls 14

Tries: Serfontein, Kriel

Cons: Brummer 2

Kings vs Brumbies

The Brumbies became the first Australian side to win a Super Rugby match in South Africa this season by overcoming Southern Kings 19-10 in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

The Canberra outfit succeeded where Melbourne Rebels, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds and Western Force failed by securing an abundance of possession throughout.

Superb defending enabled the Kings to lead 10-5 at half-time, but they finally caved in during the final quarter and conceded two tries.


Southern Kings 10

Tries: Penalty try

Pens: Cronje 1

Brumbies 19

Tries: Mann-Rea, Toua, Banks

Cons: Hawera 2

* Please note penalty try is worth sevens points.

Waratahs vs Rebels

The Waratahs still have a pulse in Super Rugby 2017, after a 50-23 win over the Rebels.

Three tries in 10 minutes leading into half-time and another three in the final 13 gave the Waratahs their most emphatic win of the season.

It took less than two minutes for the Rebels’ already mounting injury worries to jolt to their lowest ebb of the season, with captain Reece Hodge stretchered off after a head knock.

Hodge was knocked out after a tackle on Wallabies teammate Israel Folau in the second minute though he was back on the sideline with teammates by the break.


Waratahs 50

Folau 2, Phipps, Mumm, Hanigan, Hooper, Fitzpatrick, Hegarty

Cons: Foley 5

Yellow Cards: Latu (17’), Foley (49')

Rebels 23

Placid 2, Mafi

Cons: Volavola 

Pens: Volavola 2



Brumbies 23 (Q4)

Waratahs 19

Reds 16

Force 13

Rebels 8

New Zealand

Crusaders 54 (Q1)

Hurricanes 43 (Q5)

Chiefs 43 (Q6)

Highlanders 41 (Q7)

Blues 31

Africa 1

Stormers 30 (Q3)

Bulls 15

Cheetahs 11 

Sunwolves 7

Africa 2

Lions 51 (Q2)

Sharks 38 (Q8)

Jaguares 24

Kings 19

Quarter-finals: Q1 vs Q8, Q2 vs Q7, Q3 vs Q6, Q4 vs Q5


Friday May 26

Blues vs Chiefs, Reds vs Force

May 27

Sunwolves vs Cheetahs, Highlanders vs Waratahs, Rebels vs Crusaders, Bulls vs Hurricanes, Sharks vs Stormers, Jaguares vs Brumbies (2140)

May 28

Lions vs Kings