Vodafone Super Rugby Wrap: All the highlights and results from round five

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by RUGBY.com.au staff

Every Super Rugby side has been felled in 2020 after an enthralling round five.

It was a big weekend for travelling teams as the Blues ended the Stormers' unbeaten season run while the Waratahs and Rebels notched important victories.

Missed any of the round five action? We've got you covered with all the results and highlights right here.

HIGHLANDERS vs REBELS

The Rebels have become the first Australian team in six years to win in Dunedin after hanging on for a 28-22 victory against the Highlanders.

The home side had a chance to steal the match in the dying minutes but Matt Philip stole the ball at the lineout to cement a deserved win for the Melbourne side.

The Rebels scored three tries in the first 20 minutes to open a 21-0 lead and looked untouchable in the opening stages as they starved the Highlanders of ball and defended like men possessed.

Read the full match report here.

RESULT

Rebels 28

Tries: Kellaway 2,Meakes, Rangi

Cons: To'omua 4

Highlanders 22

Tries: McKay, Smith, Gregory

Cons: Ioane 2

Pens: Ioane

WARATAHS vs LIONS

Waratahs coach Rob Penney says Friday night's 29-17 win over the Lions was a "step in the right direction" for his side in 2020.

This wasn’t a perfect win for NSW by any means, with some ill discipline costing them at times, but some electric attack showed the potential of a young group desperately needing some  confidence.

The Waratahs jumped out of the gates with two tries in the opening 10 minutes and by the 18-minute mark they had made their lead 16 points.

Two Lions tries sandwiching one Waratahs score narrowed the gap to just seven points in the final 17 minutes, putting NSW’s mettle to the absolute test.

Two missed chances at penalty kicks that would have iced the match kept the hosts under pressure but a 77th minute Tetera Faulkner try ensured this wouldn’t be another heartbreaker for Australian rugby sides.

The Waratahs attack was enthralling on Friday night but Penney was as pleased with his side's work on the other side of the ball after conceding some big scores earlier this season.

Read the full match report here.

RESULT

Waratahs 29

Tries: Bell, Swinton, Dempsey, Ramm, Faulkner

Cons: Harrison 2

Yellow Cards: Swinton (23’)

Lions 17

Tries: M Schoeman 2

Cons: Coetzee

Pens: Jantjies

Yellow Cards: R Schoeman (10’)

HURRICANES vs SUNWOLVES

Winger Kobus van Wyk has scored three tries on debut, with fullback Chase Tiatia bagging two for the Hurricanes as they pummelled Japan's Sunwolves 62-15 in their Super Rugby match in New Zealand.

After conceding the first try of Saturday's match after only four minutes, the Hurricanes ran in 10 tries and a bonus-point win in Napier.

They improve their record to 3-1 for the season, moving into second place in the New Zealand conference as the fifth round progresses.

The Sunwolves, 1-4, were beaten 64-5 - and 10 tries to one - last weekend by Queensland and face difficult matches over the next two weeks against the Brumbies and the defending champion Crusaders.

The Hurricanes looked a little bit rusty at first, coming off a bye and they allowed the Sunwolves to score first through lock Michael Stolberg. The Sunwolves still led 10-7 after 19 minutes.

But Tiatia scored twice and Van Wyk once before halftime when the Hurricanes led 28-10.

The second half was mostly one-way traffic as flanker Vaea Fifita, centres Vince Aso and Ngnai Laumape and winger Ben Lam were able to run freely and create tries from all parts of the field.

"We've got some pretty freakish athletes out there," Hurricanes captain TJ Perenara said. "You see Ngani, Vince, (Ben) Lam, Vaea. When those boys get going, it's quite hard to stop.

"The more we can get those boys in space and open it up for the rest of us, the better it is."

The game opened up in the second half as the Hurricanes piled on 34 points. Wan Wyk had his hat-trick after 56 minutes and Laumape and Aso both scored to reward their earlier playmaking efforts.

RESULT

Hurricanes 62

Tries: Van Wyk 3, Tiatia 2, Lam, Pereanra, Evans, Laumape, Aso

Cons: Smith 5, Titia

Sunwolves 15

Tries: Stolberg, Fifita,

Cons: Ogura

Pens: Ogura

REDS vs SHARKS

The Reds were left to lament what Reds captain Liam Wright called "unQueensland football" after a 33-23 mauling by the Sharks brought them back to earth with a thump.

On the back of the continuity they showed in their record win over the Sunwolves last week, the Reds entered the contest believing they could hold their own against the Sharks but were left to rue fundamental errors in a loss that could prove costly to their Super Rugby finals hopes.

A try almost a full 10 minutes after the fulltime hooter was more bile in the mouth than sweet consolation to Queensland, with Wright saying it showed what his side was capable of when it managed to hold on to the ball.

Queensland took an 11-8 lead to halftime but there were already cracks evident, with the home side losing four lineouts in prime attacking position and having a try disallowed just before the break for a forward pass.

Read the full match report here.

RESULT

Sharks 33

Tries: van Vuuren, Richardson, Am, Tambwe

Cons: Bosch 2

Pens: Bosch 3

Reds 23

Tries: Speight, McDermott, Craig

Cons: Campbell

Pens: Campbell 2

STORMERS vs BLUES

The Stormers' unbeaten start to the Super Rugby season came to a limp end as they slumped to a 33-14 home defeat at the hands of the Auckland Blues in a scrappy game at Newlands on Saturday.

The Cape Town-based side were poor in every department as a brace of tries from English centre-turned-winger Joe Marchant, and another score from flanker Dalton Papali'i eased the Blues to a comfortable victory.

The Stormers remained top of the overall table with 17 points from five games, but lead the competitive South African conference by just a single point from the Durban-based Sharks.

BULLS vs JAGUARES

Jaguares wing Emiliano Boffelli scored two tries as the Argentine side defeated the Bulls 39-24, the home team slipping to a fourth straight loss this season.

Late first-half tries from lock Guido Petti and centre Matias Moroni powered the Argentines to a 24-14 half-time lead at Loftus Versfield stadium.

The South Africans were still 10 points behind with 16 minutes when they gained a numerical advantage as fly-half Joaquin Diaz Bonilla was sin-binned.

But the Bulls failed to score against 14 men and pushover try from substitute hooker Santiago Socino on 72 minutes sealed the fate of the home team.

"It is always tough playing in South Africa as their teams have huge forwards, but we did well in the mauls," said man-of-the-match Petti.

"Defence is always our first priority and we coped well against long spells of pressure from the Bulls inside our 22."

RESULT

Bulls

Tries: van Staden, Gelant, Hendricks

Cons: Steyn 3

Pens: Steyn

Jaguares

Tries: Boffelli 2, Bruni, Petti, Moroni, Socino

Cons: Diaz Bonilla 3

Pens: Diaz Bonilla