Vodafone Super Rugby wrap: Round 16

Super Rugby
by AFP

Cheslin Kolbe scored a second hat-trick within eight days as the Stormers sealed third place in the Super Rugby overall standings by beating Sunwolves 52-15 in Cape Town Saturday.

After a humiliating 87-point drubbing from Golden Lions in Johannesburg last weekend, the Japanese restricted the South Africans to a 19-10 half-time lead at Newlands stadium.

But a much-improved Tokyo outfit ran out of gas in the closing stages and conceded three late tries with winger Kolbe scoring two of them. 

The diminutive back was first to score in the round 16 match, skilfully picking up the ball when it flew out of a ruck and darting to the tryline on eight minutes.

Kolbe scored three tries last Saturday in an away victory over fellow South Africans Central Cheetahs.


Stormers 52

Tries: Kolbe 3, Viljoen, Senatla, Willemse, Leyds 2

Cons: Willemse 4, Kolbe 2

Sunwolves 15

Tries: Goto, Hino

Con: Tamura

Pen: Tamura

Yellow card: 

Sunwolves: Derek Carpenter (three minutes) 

Bulls v Kings

Lionel Cronje scored a penalty from the last kick of the game to give condemned Super Rugby outfit the Southern Kings a thrilling 31-30 triumph over Northern Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

The result-deciding kick in a round 16 clash between the South African sides followed a controversial decision that led to a five-metre scrum at which the Bulls were penalised.

After watching big-screen replays, the Argentine referee judged that Bulls flanker Jannes Kirsten had touched the ball before it trickled out of ball, leading to the set-piece.

But SuperSport TV analysts Nick Mallett and Naas Botha, a former coach and flyhalf of the Springboks respectively, disagree with the decision.


Bulls 30

Tries: Jenkins, Matthews, Visagie

Cons: Schoeman 3

Pens: Schoeman 3

Kings 31

Tries: Mapimpi, Cronje, Jaer

Cons: Cronje 2

Pens: Cronje 3

Drop goal: Cronje

Yellow cards: Bulls: Jenkins (22 minutes); Kings: Wandile Mjekevu (27 minutes), Lubabalo Mtyanda (65 minutes)


Australian Conference

 Brumbies 34 - qualified

Force 21

Reds 21

Waratahs 19

Rebels 8

New Zealand Conference

 Crusaders 63 - qualified

Hurricanes 54 - qualified

Chiefs 53 - qualified

Highlanders 46 - qualified

Blues 37
Africa 1 Conference

Stormers 39 - qualified

Bulls 20

Cheetahs 17

Sunwolves 7

Africa 2 Conference

 Lions 61 - qualified

Sharks 42 - qualified

Jaguares 29

Kings 27


July 14: Highlanders v Reds, Rebels v Jaguares, Kings v Cheetahs

July 15: Sunwolves v Blues, Chiefs v Brumbies, Hurricanes v Crusaders, Force v Waratahs, Sharks v Lions, Bulls v Stormers