Super Rugby Round 15: Jaguares make it six in a row

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

Some big surprises and the Jaguares extend their streak.

Catch up with all the round 15 Super Rugby action right here.

Crusaders vs Hurricanes

The Crusaders have taken a major step towards defending their Super Rugby title with a table-topping 24-13 win over the Hurricanes in Christchurch.

A clinical performance in a Friday night match ruined as a spectacle by wet weather pushes the home side five points clear on top of the New Zealand conference and the overall standings.

The Hurricanes couldn't match the ruthless, mistake-free rugby of the understrength Crusaders, who were missing six of the 10 players named in the All Blacks squad to face France.

All three of their tries were close-range efforts, typifying a methodical performance that extends their winning run to nine matches.

RESULT

Crusaders 24

Tries:  Barrett, Alaalatoa, Bedwell-Curtis

Cons: Mounga 3

Pens: Mounga

Hurricanes 13

Tries: Prinsep

Cons: B Barrett

Pens: B Barrett 2

Rebels vs Sunwolves

Star Rebels young gun Jack Maddocks has put together a marvellous Wallabies audition, scoring two tries and saving another as Melbourne claimed a 40-13 win over the Sunwolves.

Rebels coach Dave Wessels has been forced to play Maddocks across the backline this season in order to keep him in the starting XV - an indication of how hot his form has been this season - but his performance against the Sunwolves was arguably his best yet.

Read the full match report here.

RESULT

Rebels 40

Tries: Koroibete 3, Maddocks 2, Mafi

Cons: Hodge 5

Sunwolves 13

Tries: Lemeki

Cons: Parker

Pens: Parker 2

Jaguares vs Sharks

Jaguares winger Ramiro Moyano scored a hat-trick in his side's 29-13 Super Rugby win over the Sharks, their sixth consecutive victory that keeps them firmly in second place in the South African conference.

The Argentine side's eight wins in 13 matches so far is their best performance in three seasons in Super Rugby, with another three games still to play after the June international break.

RESULT

Jaguares 29

Tries: Moyano 3, Delguy

Cons: Sanchez 3

Pens: Sanchez

Sharks 13

Tries: Botha

Cons: du Preez

Pens: du Preez 2

Chiefs vs Waratahs

The Waratahs have fallen just short of the Chiefs in Hamilton, going down 39-27 in a helter-skelter encounter.

In a frantic display, that was one of the most enthralling contests of 2018, both sides had their opportunities to take control, but neither was able to really wrestle the dominance for long.

In-form winger Cam Clark was over in the fifth minute, after the Waratahs strung together four swift passes from a scrum to put the winger over.

Read the full match report here.

RESULT

Chiefs 39

Tries: D McKenzie 2, Pulu 2, Retallick, Harris,

Cons: D McKenzie 3

Pens: D McKenzie

Waratahs 27

Tries: Clark, Rona, Beale

Cons: Foley 3 

Pens: Foley 2

Reds vs Highlanders

The Reds have blown countless opportunities to break their two year duck against New Zealand sides, falling 18-15 to the Highlanders.

A Lima Sopoaga penalty in the 77th minute broke the second half deadlock and in truth, the visitors deserved the win.

They were the better side in the second half, dominating both possession and territory, only staved off by some desperate Reds defence.

Read the full match report here.

RESULT

Reds 15 

Tries: Paenga-Amosa, Stewart

Cons: Lance

Pens: Lance 

Highlanders 18 

Tries: Li, Squire 

Cons: Sopoaga 

Pens: Sopoaga 2

Bulls vs Brumbies

The Brumbies have clinched an unlikely 38-28 win in Pretoria, despite being a man down for the final 18 minutes.

Hooker Folau Faingaa was sent off in the 62nd minute for headbutting, the Brumbies' second send-off in as many weeks, putting them in a precarious spot.

With the Brumbies trailing by a point, Faingaa dove into a ruck from the side, without arms, already conceding a penalty before getting into a dispute with his Bulls opponent and headbutting him.

Though it was far from a violent act, it was a brain fade from Faingaa that  threatened to unpick the Brumbies’ hard work.

However, it proved the opposite of that, with the Brumbies dominating the final stages, with two tries in four minutes giving them a remarkable victory, their first in six matches.

Read the full match report here.

RESULT

Bulls 28 

Tries: Pollard, Smit, Kotze

Cons: Pollard 2

Pens: Pollard 3 

Brumbies 38 

Tries: Godwin, McCaffrey, Faingaa, Banks, Muirhead

Cons: Lealiifano 3, Hawera 2 

Pens: Lealiifano

Stormers vs Lions

Wing Madosh Tambwe scored a winning try five minutes from full time as the Lions grabbed a precious 26-23 victory in their titanic South African Super Rugby derby against an ill-disciplined Stormers.

Saturday's win at Newlands took the Lions six points clear of the Jaguares from Argentina at the top of the South African conference, but they have played a game more and they were made to work hard for their latest, bruising win.

The Stormers played for 10 minutes with 13 players after a red card for wing Raymond Rhule on 50 minutes was followed by a yellow for replacement Jaco Coetzee just 90 seconds after he came on to the pitch.

RESULT

Stormers 23

Tries: Duvenage, Rhule

Cons: du Plessis 2

Pens: du Plessis 3

Lions 26

Tries: Fourie 2, Groom, Tambwe

Cons: Jantjies 3