The Southern Kings outplayed the Melbourne Rebels 44-3 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday evening to record their biggest Vodacom Super Rugby victory and to register consecutive wins in the competition for the first time.
The Cell C Sharks bounced back to form in the late evening clash in Buenos Aires by beating the powerful Jaguares 33-25 in a lively encounter to clinch a vital bonus-point win. The Emirates Lions, meanwhile, started their three-match Australian tour on a positive note when they defeated the Western Force 24-15 in Perth.
In another Saturday encounter home side Toyota Cheetahs lost 48-21 to the unbeaten Crusaders in Bloemfontein, while on Friday the DHL Stormers were beaten 57-14 by the Highlanders in Dunedin.
The Johannesburg side stretched their lead on the Africa Conference 2 log to 37 points while the team from Durban increased their tally to 28. Despite their heavy loss in Dunedin, the Cape Town franchise are still in the lead on the Africa Conference 1 league table with 26 points.
The Kings returned to Port Elizabeth on the back of a thrilling 26-24 win over the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend and they delivered an even better performance on Saturday night to score a big win over the Rebels in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Young Cell C Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch continued with his impressive scoring form by kicking another 18 points in the Durban side’s crucial away win over the gritty Jaguares. Following their draw with the Rebels, coach Robert du Preez asked for an improved performance and the Cell C Sharks team responded by clinching a crucial away win against a very difficult opponent.
Despite their brave fighting effort, the Toyota Cheetahs were unable to prevent the Crusaders from maintaining their winning streak in Bloemfontein. The Crusaders team is the only unbeaten side in the competition following their ninth win in a row.
The Emirates Lions had to work very hard for their 24-15 win over the Western Force in Perth after leading 14-9 at half-time. Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies scored the visitors’ third try after the sound of the hooter to clinch a vital bonus-point win.
In the only match played on Sunday morning (SA time) saw the visiting Blues beat the Brumbies 18-12 to bag a bonus-point win in Canberra.
Vodacom Super Rugby information (click on the links below for access to the match centre):
FIXTURES AND RESULTS | LOGS| STATS
Jaguares 25, Cell C Sharks 33
Jaguares 25 – Tries: Joaquin Tuculet, Matias Orlando, Bouatista Ezcurra; Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez 2; Penalties: Nicolas Sanchez 2.
Cell C Sharks 33– Tries: Philip van der Walt, Etienne Oosthuizen, Thomas du Toit; Conversions: Curwin Bosch (3); Penalties: Bosch (4).
Southern Kings 44, Melbourne Rebels 3
Southern Kings 44 – Tries: Wandile Mjekevu, Martin Bezuidenhout, Tyler Paul, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Makazole Mapimpi, Masixole Banda; Conversions: Lionel Cronje, De Wet (3); Penalties: Cronje (2)
Melbourne Rebels 3 – Penalty: Reece Hodge.
Cheetahs 21, Crusaders 48
Toyota Cheetahs 21 – Tries: Raymond Rhule, Ox Nche, Sergeal Petersen; Conversions: Niel Marais (3).
Crusaders 48 – Tries: George Bridge (3), David Havili (2), Richie Mo’unga, Mitchell Drummond; Conversions: Mo’unga (5); Penalty: Mo’unga.
Western Force 15, Emirates Lions 24
Western Force 15 – Penalties: Ian Prior (5).
Emirates Lions 24 – Tries: Lionel Mapoe, Courtnall Skosan, Elton Jantjies; Conversions: Jantjies (3), Penalty: Jantjies.
Highlanders 57, DHL Stormers 14
Highlanders 57 – Tries: Patrick Osborne (2), Waisake Naholo (2), Liam Squire, Rob Thompson, Dillon Hunt, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Matt Faddes; Conversions: Marty Banks (5), Fletcher Smith.
DHL Stormers 14 – Tries: Nizaam Carr, Dewaldt Duvenage; Conversions: Robert du Preez (2).
Other Round 10 results:
Saturday, 29 April
Chiefs 27, Sunwolves 20
Reds 26, Waratahs 29
Sunday, 30 April
Brumbies 12, Blues 18