HURRICANES 56 d. BRUMBIES 21 @ MCLEAN PARK
The Hurricanes scored 42 unanswered points to down the Brumbies 56-21 in a feisty clash at McLean Park, Napier. Accurate kicking by Beauden Barrett, strong forward play and a hat trick from centre Vince Aso proved a deadly combination for the Canberra side.
KINGS 26 d. WARATAHS 24 @ ALLIANZ STADIUM
An impressive forward display and 26 straight points lifted the Kings to an upset win against the Waratahs in Sydney. South Africa’s newest franchise was awarded a penalty try through a rolling maul four minutes to hang on for their second win in Super Rugby.
LIONS 24 d. JAGUARES 21 @ EMIRATES AIRLINES PARK
The Lions did enough to grab a three-point win against a plucky Jaguares team in Johannesburg. The Argentinian franchise showed great flair to score two tries in ten minutes, but late penalty goal by Andries Coetzee ensured victory for the home team.
HIGHLANDERS 40 d. SUNWOLVES 15 @ RUGBY PARK STADIUM
The Highlanders produced a dominant second-half performance to beat the Sunwolves in Invercargill. Scoring five tries to two, the Otago side were made to work hard by the Sunwolves, who finished the game strongly with two tries.
CRUSADERS 57 d. STORMERS 24 @ AMI STADIUM
The Crusaders racked up a bonus point win against the hapless Stormers in Christchurch. George Bridge scored hat trick inside 30 minutes as the Crusaders easily exploited some big holes in their opposition’s defence.
CHIEFS 16 d. FORCE 7 @ NIB STADIUM
The Chiefs continued on their winning ways this season, grinding out a win against a much-improved Force. Three Aaron Cruden penalties proved to be the difference in another match where Force were close, but not good enough.
BULLS 20 d. CHEETAHS 14 @ LOFTUS VERSFELD
The Bulls fought back from a 3-11 deficit to beat the Cheetahs in a close South African derby. A late try to Jesse Kriel and a 55-metre penalty goal proved enough to get them the win.
SHARKS 9 drew with REBELS 9 @ KINGS PARK
The Sharks and the Rebels played out a messy 9-all draw in Durban. Both sides had a player sent off each as ill discipline and poor execution marred the clash. A Reese Hodge penalty after full-time ensured Melbourne shared the points.