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Emirates Lions snatch top spot with Durban win – Vodacom Super Rugby Round 17 Review

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The Emirates Lions defeated the Cell C Sharks 27-10 on Saturday in Durban to clinch overall top spot on the Vodacom Super Rugby table, meaning the two sides will meet each again next week in Johannesburg in one of four quarterfinal fixtures.

 

The DHL Stormers were too strong for the Vodacom Bulls and triumphed 41-33 in an exciting Saturday afternoon encounter at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, while the Toyota Cheetahs bowed out with a 21-20 win over the Southern Kings in their Friday night clash in Port Elizabeth.

 

With the final round of regular fixtures now completed, the final standings as well as the eight quarterfinalists were confirmed on Saturday evening.

 

The Emirates Lions, Crusaders, DHL Stormers and Brumbies won through to the playoffs as respective conference winners, while the Hurricanes, Chiefs, Highlanders and Cell C Sharks each booked their spot in the playoffs as the four wildcard qualifiers.

 

In next weekend’s quarterfinal action, the Brumbies welcome the Hurricanes on Friday, 21 July at 11h35 (SA time), while the Saturday line-up sees the Crusaders hosting the Highlanders (09h35), the Emirates Lions entertain the Cell C Sharks (14h30) and the DHL Stormers are at home to the Chiefs (17h00).
Following the Crusaders’ 31-22 loss to the Hurricanes earlier on Saturday, the Emirates Lions had the advantage of knowing that a win in Durban in the very last fixture of regular league action would secure them outright first place on the overall table.

 

They had to work hard for their 27-10 win, meaning that they are in line to host the 2017 final should they manage to win their next two matches in the knockout stage.
In the earlier Saturday fixture at Loftus, the DHL Stormers had a narrow 22-21 lead at the break but went on to outscore their hosts by six tries to five.
Cheslin Kolbe, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Dillyn Leyds, Siya Kolisi, Damian Willemse and Seabelo Senatla all scored for the Cape team while the Pretoria side’s tries came through Jason Jenkins, Duncan Matthews, Piet van Zyl and Jesse Kriel (2).
The Toyota Cheetahs bowed out with a gritty comeback victory over the Southern Kings on Friday night in Port Elizabeth. The Bloemfontein outfit won 21-20 after trailing 12-3 at half-time. They scored their tries through Clinton Swart and Raymond Rhule, while Makazole Mapimpi, Wandile Mjekevu and Lubabalo Mtyanda crossed the line for the Kings.

 

Vodacom Super Rugby information (click on the links below for access to the match centre):

FIXTURES AND RESULTS | LOGS | STATS

 

Southern Kings 20, Toyota Cheetahs 21

 

Scorers

 

Southern Kings 20Tries: Makazole Mapimpi, Wandile Mjekevu, Lubabalo Mtyanda; Conversion: Lionel Cronje; Penalty: Cronje.

Toyota Cheetahs 21Tries: Clinton Swart, Raymond Rhule; Conversion: Niel Marais; Penalties: Fred Zeilinga (2), Marais.

 

Vodacom Bulls 33, DHL Stormers 41

Scorers

 

Vodacom Bulls 33 – Tries: Jason Jenkins, Duncan Matthews, Jesse Kriel (2), Piet van Zyl;
Conversions: Tian Schoeman (4).
DHL Stormers 41 – Tries: Cheslin Kolbe, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Dillyn Leyds, Siya Kolisi, Damian Willemse, Seabelo Senatla; Conversions: Willemse (3), Kolbe. Penalty: Willemse.

 

Cell C Sharks 10, Emirates Lions 27

 

Scorers

 

Cell C Sharks 10 – Try: Kobus van Wyk; Conversion: Garth April; Penalty: April.
Emirates Lions 27 – Tries: Malcolm Marx, Andries Coetzee, Jaco Kriel; Penalties: Elton Jantjies (4).

 

Other Round 17 Results:

 

Friday, July 14

Highlanders 40, Reds 17

Rebels 29, Jaguares 32

 

Saturday, July 15

Sunwolves 48, Blues 21

Chiefs 28, Brumbies 10

Hurricanes 31, Crusaders 22

Force 40, Waratahs 11

 

Final log positions:

 

Africa Conference 1

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 DHL Stormers (Q) 15 10 0 5 490 436 54 43
2 Toyota Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 395 551 -156 21
3 Vodacom Bulls 15 4 0 11 339 459 -120 20
4 Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 315 671 -356 12

 

Africa Conference 2

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Emirates Lions (Q) 15 14 0 1 590 268 322 65
2 Cell C Sharks (Q) 15 9 1 5 392 323 69 42
3 Jaguares 15 7 0 8 404 386 18 33
4 Southern Kings 15 6 0 9 391 470 -79 28

 

Australian Conference

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Brumbies (Q) 15 6 0 9 315 279 36 34
2 Force 15 6 0 9 313 404 -91 26
3 Reds 15 4 0 11 321 479 -158 21
4 Waratahs 15 4 0 11 396 522 -126 19
5 Rebels 15 1 1 13 236 569 -333 9

 

New Zealand Conference

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Crusaders (Q) 15 14 0 1 544 303 241 63
2 Hurricanes (Q) 15 12 0 3 596 272 324 58
3 Chiefs (Q) 15 12 1 2 433 292 141 57
4 Highlanders (Q) 15 11 0 4 488 308 180 51
5 Blues 15 7 1 7 425 391 34 37

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