Highvelders triumph over Cape rivals – Vodacom Super Rugby Round 15 Review

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  • Jaguares make it six in a row with home victory over Durbanites

 

The Emirates Lions edged the DHL Stormers 26-23 in a closely fought Vodacom Super Rugby match in Cape Town on Saturday evening to consolidate their top spot on the South African Conference table. The Vodacom Bulls and the Cell C Sharks were both beaten in their respective Round 15 fixtures.

The Jaguares, meanwhile, continued with their impressive form when they gained their sixth straight win in a 29-13 over the Cell C Sharks on Friday evening in Buenos Aires. In Pretoria, the Vodacom Bulls were unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage and lost 38-28 to the visiting Brumbies. 

After another round of exciting action, the Emirates Lions are still leading the South African Conference. They now have 40 points from 14 matches and eight wins. The Jaguares have played one game less and have gathered 34 points from their eight wins so far. The Argentine side is followed by the Cell C Sharks on 28 points, the DHL Stormers (25) and the Vodacom Stormers (24).

 

Brief match summaries

The only local derby saw the DHL Stormers hosting the Emirates Lions, with the Johannesburg side gaining a hard fought 26-23 win. Franco Mostert’s Highveld side outscored their southern rivals by four tries to two. Nic Groom, Corne Fourie (2) and Madosh Tambwe scored for the Highvelders, while the Cape side’s two tries were scored by Dewaldt Duvenage and Raymond Rhule. 

Playing at home in Pretoria, the Vodacom Bulls succumbed to a 38-28 loss to the Brumbies on Saturday afternoon. The men from Pretoria were unable to convert their second half lead into a win against the Australian side who finished the game with 14 men. 

The Brumbies secured the win through tries from Kyle Godwin, Lachlan McCaffrey, Folau Fainga’a, Tom Banks and Andrew Muirhead. Handré Pollard, Johnny Kotze and Roelof Smit dotted down for the home side 

The Cell C Sharks’ playoff hopes suffered a blow when they lost 29-13 to the Jaguares on Friday in Buenos Aires. The in-form Argentine side gained their sixth win in a row to consolidate second spot on the South African conference log, while the Durban outfit remains third.

The Durbanites made a slow start and found themselves 17-0 down as the Jaguares scored two quick tries through left wing Ramiro Moyano. They hit back with their only first half-try when skipper Ruan Botha burst over to reduce the halftime deficit to 17-7. Although flyhalf Robert du Preez kept them within touching distance, it was the Jaguares who secured the bonus-point win when Moyano went over for his hat-trick right at the end.

 

 

DHL Stormers (17) 23, Emirates Lions (7) 26

DHL Stormers: Tries: Dewaldt Duvenage, Raymond Rhule; Conversions: Jean-Luc du Plessis (2); Penalties: Du Plessis (3).

Emirates Lions: Tries: Nic Groom, Corne Fourie (2), Madosh Tambwe; Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3).

 

Vodacom Bulls (14) 28, Brumbies (10) 38

Vodacom Bulls: Tries: Handré Pollard, Roelof Smit, Johnny Kotze; Conversions: Pollard (2); Penalties: Pollard (3).

Brumbies Tries: Kyle Godwin, Lachlan McCaffrey, Folau Fainga’a, Tom Banks, Andrew Muirhead; Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (3), Wharenui Hawera (2); Penalty: Lealiifano.

 

Jaguares (17) 29, Sharks (7) 13

Jaguares: Tries: Ramiro Moyano (3), Bautista Delguy; Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez (3); Penalty: Sanchez.

Cell C Sharks: Try: Ruan Botha; Conversion: Robert du Preez; Penalties: Robert du Preez (2).

 

Other Round 15 results of the weekend: 

Friday, May 25

Crusaders 24, Hurricanes 13

Rebels 40, Sunwolves 13

 

Saturday, May 26

Chiefs 39, Waratahs 27

Reds 15, Highlanders 18

 

Bye: Blues

 

The updated conference logs after Round 15:

South African Conference

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 Emirates Lions 14 8 0 6 457 392 65 68 50 40
2 Jaguares 13 8 0 5 340 341 -1 42 45 34
3 Cell C Sharks 13 5 1 7 370 381 -11 43 50 28
4 DHL Stormers 14 5 0 9 349 382 -33 41 52 25
5 Vodacom Bulls 13 5 0 8 349 388 -39 47 49 24

New Zealand Conference

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 Crusaders 13 11 0 2 409 236 173 60 30 50
2 Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 382 237 145 52 28 45
3 Chiefs 12 8 0 4 346 269 77 44 33 37
4 Highlanders 12 8 0 4 320 304 16 42 40 36
5 Blues 12 3 0 9 288 377 -89 38 47 17

Australian Conference

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 Waratahs 12 6 1 5 366 313 53 46 41 31
2 Rebels 12 6 0 6 334 340 -6 46 45 30
3 Brumbies 12 4 0 8 269 324 -55 36 39 20
4 Reds 12 4 0 8 247 360 -113 29 48 19
5 Sunwolves 12 2 0 10 279 461 -182 32 69 10

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