Super Rugby Round 11: Jaguares beat Blues, Highlanders escape in Pretoria

Super Rugby
by staff

There were a few surprises in Super Rugby round 11.

Catch up with all the results and highlights right here.

Hurricanes vs Sunwolves

Hurricanes inside centre Vince Aso has crossed for four tries but only had two count as they beat Japan's Sunwolves 43-15 in Wellington to move to the top of the Super Rugby standings.

Aso, who crossed in the 74th and 79th minutes on Friday, had two earlier tries ruled out by television match official Ben Skeen.

The first was chalked off for a marginal forward pass from Julian Savea and the second for a dangerous clear-out by Ardie Savea about 70m downfield.

Julian Savea, Finlay Christie, Reed Prinsep, Jordie Barrett and Brad Shields also scored for the home side, who moved to 32 points in the standings.


Hurricanes 43

Tries: Aso 2, Savea, Christie, Prinsep, J Barrett, Shields

Cons: J Barrett 4

Sunwolves 15

Tries: Labuschagne, Fukuoka

Cons: Parker

Pens: Parker

Stormers vs Rebels

A malfunctioning scrum has sunk the Rebels in Cape Town, continuing their string of defeats on South African soil.

The Stormers have followed the march of the Lions this season in morphing their style of play into a more entertaining brand but against Melbourne it was good, old fashioned, South African bully ball.

It was far from flashy but it was mighty effective in the 34-18 win - the Melbourne scrum falling to pieces from the opening whistle until the 50th minute - at which point the result was all but sealed.

Read the full match report here. 


Stormers 34

Tries:  Engelbrecht 2, Leyds, de Allende

Cons: Willemse 4

Pens: Willemse 2

Rebels 18

Tries: Naivalu 2

Cons: Debreczeni

Pens: Debreczeni 2 

Reds vs Lions

The Reds have shocked the world on a sunny Saturday afternoon, upsetting the Lions with a titanic 27-22 win at Suncorp Stadium. 

Queensland's first half had to be seen to be believed.

Having put three poor performances together on the trot, they looked a completely different side from the outset.

Read the full match report here.


Reds 27 

Tries: JP Smith, Timu, Paenga-Amosa, G Smith

Cons: Daugunu 2

Pens: Daugunu

Lions 22 

Tries:Marx 2, Schoeman 2

Cons: Jantjies 

Blues vs Jaguares

Argentina's Jaguares have rallied from 13-5 down at halftime to beat the Blues 20-13 for their first Super Rugby win over a New Zealand team.

The Jaguares won on Saturday in Auckland with a forward performance which wrecked the Blues' scrum and damaged their lineout, allowing them to dominate territory and possession in a rain-soaked match.

They also received twice as many penalties as the undisciplined Blues but took time to turn all those advantages into a historic win.


Blues 13

Tries: Manu, Duffie

Pens: Perofeta

Jaguares 20

Tries: Creevy, Boffelli, Lezana

Cons: Sanchez

Pens: Sanchez

Brumbies vs Crusaders

The Brumbies have failed to capitalise on an inordinate amount of second half territory, possession and a two man advantage, squandering several opportunities in a 21-8 loss to the Crusaders.

The difference between these two sides was not skill, nor set piece play.

It was game management and rugby smarts.

Read the full match report here.


Brumbies 8 

Tries: Speight 

Pens: Hawera 

Crusaders 21 

Tries: Bateman, Mataele 2 

Cons: Delany 3 

Bulls vs Highlanders

Five-eighth Lima Sopoaga kicked a last-minute penalty to hand the Highlanders a 29-28 victory over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld and secure a sixth win in eight Super Rugby games this year.

His long-range penalty crept over for a dramatic last-gasp win in a game where the Highlanders were nine points ahead going into the last 20 minutes but had to come from behind in the closing stages to snatch victory.

Sopoaga did not miss with any of his kicks as he contributed 19 points.


Bulls 28

Tries: Penalty, Pollard, Jenkins, Kriel

Cons: Pollard 3


Tries:  A Smith, F Smith

Cons: Sopoaga 2

Pens: Sopoaga 5