Super Rugby Round 12: Jaguares notch fourth-straight win, Sharks smash Highlanders

Super Rugby
by RUGBY.com.au staff

There were some more interesting results thrown up in round 12.

Missed any of the matches? We've got you covered.

Chiefs vs Jaguares


The red-hot Jaguares lodged one of the great moments in their short Super Rugby history by stunning the Chiefs 23-19 in Rotorua on Friday night.

In a display of power and efficiency, the South Americans strangled the life out of the disappointing Chiefs to record a fourth successive win for the first time since their introduction to the competition in 2016.

All four have come on the road in Australia and New Zealand, suggesting they are emerging as a force to be reckoned with.

After losing four of their first five games this season, the Jaguares have unearthed a formula based on stifling defence and forward muscle which frustrated the hosts.

RESULT

Chiefs 19

Tries: Parete

Cons: McKenzie

Pens: McKenzie 4

Jaguares 23

Tries: Moyano, Penalty

Cons: Sanchez

Pens: Sanchez 2, Boffelli

Rebels vs Crusaders


The Rebels' season has hit its lowest point, flogged 55-10 by the Crusaders in front of their home fans.

Put simply, the scoreline flattered the Rebels.

There was a bit of a men against boys feel at AAMI Park, which says as much about the Crusaders as it does Melbourne.

It is testament to the intensity and accuracy with which the competition favourites play but it also speaks volumes of how far Melbourne have to go before being considered a top line outfit.

Read the full match report here.

RESULT

Rebels 10 

Tries: Hodge

Cons: Debreczeni

Pens: Debreczeni 

Crusaders 55 

Tries:, Makalio 2, Tamanivalu,, Goodhue, Samu, Hall, Crockett

Cons: Hunt 4, Mo'unga 2 

Pens: Mo'unga

Hurricanes vs Lions


A Ben Lam hat-trick has set up the Hurricanes for their eighth win of the Super Rugby season as they dispatched the Lions 28-19 in Wellington.

The 26-year-old winger brought his season's tally to 12, adding two second-half tries to his seventh-minute opener.

Lam's first try gave the Hurricanes an up-tempo start to the game in blustery, swirling conditions at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

RESULT 

Hurricanes 28

Tries:  Lam 3, A Savea

Cons: Barrett 4

Lions 19

Tries: Groom, Schoeman, Mahuza

Cons: Jantjies 2

Waratahs vs Blues


Another winless weekend is over for Australian rugby, with the Waratahs unable to break the trans-Tasman duck, losing to the Blues 24-21.

NSW never bought into the 'struggling Blues' talk that dominated the lead-up, and the Auckland visitors will go home with their tails up, after just their third win of the season.

The Waratahs had the early attacking possession but it was deja vu as their own mistakes proved their greatest obstacles to scoring.

Read the full match report here.

RESULT

Waratahs 21 

Tries: Fitzpatrick, Kepu, Hooper

Cons: Foley 3 

Blues 24

Tries: R. Ioane, Manu

Cons: Perofeta

Pens: Perofeta 4

Yellow Cards: Papalii (24’)

Stormers vs Bulls


An early try from teenage flyhalf Damian Willemse has laid the platform for the Stormers' pulsating 29-17 victory over the Bulls in their South African Super Rugby derby.

The victory on Saturday maintained the Stormers' 100 per cent home record this season and kept alive their play-off hopes as they scored four tries to two against the improving Bulls.

Prop Wilco Louw, fullback SP Marais and hooker Ramone Samuels also crossed the line for the home side while lock Lood de Jager and flanker Jason Jenkins scored tries for the visitors.

RESULT

Stormers 29

Tries: Willemse, Louw, Marais, Samuels

Cons: Willemse 3

Pens: Marais

Bulls 17

Tries: De Jager, Jenkins

Cons: Pollard 2

Pens: Pollard

Sharks vs Highlanders


The Highlanders have been handed a Super Rugby lesson by the Sharks in Durban, suffering a record 38-12 defeat.

The hosts scored five tries to two in a dominant performance, notching the biggest win in their rivalry and the second-largest over any Kiwi side.

Fullback Curwin Bosch and second five-eighth Andre Esterhuizen led a compelling display on attack for the Sharks, who also strangled the Highlanders at the breakdown.

RESULT

Sharks 38

Tries: du Preez 2, van der Merwe, Mapimpi, Nikosi

Cons: du Preez 5

Pens: du Preez

Highlanders 

Tries: Hunt, Walden

Cons: Sopoaga