Super Rugby Round 16: Aussies head to break with a bang

Super Rugby
by RUGBY.com.au staff

Another big weekend of Super Rugby, with some positive news for Aussie fans.

All the action wrapped up right here.

Highlanders vs Hurricanes


The Highlanders have outplayed the Hurricanes in a 30-14 upset that hurts the Wellington side's hopes of qualifying for the finals as New Zealand's top Super Rugby team.

A try to former Australian schoolboys representative prop Tyrel Lomax put the Highlanders in front entering the final quarter and they never looked back on Friday night, stretching their winning sequence in Dunedin to 12 matches.

The hosts scored four tries to two against a Hurricanes team whose lineout faltered badly, forcing them to spend much of the contest in defence.

RESULT

Highlanders 30

Tries: Smith, Li, Lomax Naholo

Cons: Sopoaga 2

Pens: Sopoaga 2

Hurricanes 14

Tries: J Barrett, Toomaga-Allen

Cons: B Barrett 2

Blues vs Rebels


An injury to potential Wallabies starter Jordan Uelese has cast a shadow over a drought-breaking win in New Zealand for the Melbourne Rebels, who beat the Blues 20-10.

Uelese lasted just 10 minutes before being involved in a tackle on Akira Ioane, grabbing his left knee as he fell to the ground.

The 21-year-old looked to be in serious pain after the incident and had to be helped off the ground by trainers.

Post-match, a Rebels official said Uelese was going for scans to determine whether he had suffered a strain or a tear to his knee ligament, though he will still link up with the Wallabies on Sunday.

Read full match report here.

RESULT

Blues 10

Tries: Hepetema

Cons: Perofeta

Pens: Perofeta

Rebels 20

Tries: Meakes 2, D Haylett-Petty

Cons: Hodge

Pens: Hodge

Chiefs vs Crusaders


The Crusaders have rumbled past another Kiwi Super Rugby opponent with a 34-20 win over the Chiefs to edge closer to defending their title.

Authoritative derby wins over the Blues and Hurricanes this month were followed by another muscular performance from the Crusaders' pack on Saturday in Hamilton.

None of their four tries was pretty but they were enough to make it 10 wins in a row and propel their record to 12 from 14.

RESULT

Chiefs 20

Tries: Jacobson 2, Wainui

Cons: D McKenzie

Pens: D McKenzie

Crusaders 34

Tries: Curtis-Bidwell, Todd, Bridge, Romano

Cons: Mounga 3, Hunt

Pens: Mounga 2

Reds vs Waratahs


The Waratahs have run rings around the Reds to go into the June break atop the Australian conference, claiming a 52-41 win.

This was a shootout from start to finish and that was always going to suit the high powered, high scoring Waratahs, who barely broke into a sweat en route to a large majority of their tries.

Bernard Foley was masterful running off the back of a dominant pack, creating space for outside backs which had their opposite numbers figured out.

Read full match report here.

RESULT

Reds 41 

Tries: Perese, Higginbotham, Tupou, Mafi, Timu, Petaia, Faagase 

Cons: Stewart 2, Lucas 

Waratahs 52 

Tries: Folau 2, Rona, Wells, Naiyaravoro,Phipps, Gordon, Clark

Cons: Foley 6

Brumbies vs Sunwolves


All parties have been sent home happy in Canberra, with the Test trio emerging unscathed and the Brumbies cruising to a comfortable 41-31 win.

David Pocock, Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa were all pulled by coach Dan McKellar with just over 20 minutes remaining at GIO Stadium, the result all but sealed by that point.

They'll be on the first flight out of Canberra to link up with the Wallabies, their Brumbies teammates earning a well deserved break after a second straight win.

Read full match report here.

RESULT

Brumbies 41

Tries: Speight 2, Pocock, McCaffrey, Banks, Muirhead, Cusack

Cons: Lealiifano 2, Hawera 

Sunwolves 31 

Tries: Emery, van Wyk, Quirk, Ishii

Cons: Parker 4

Pens: Parker