Dramatic Kriel try seals Highveld thriller – Vodacom Super Rugby Round 6 Roundup

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  • Spirited Vodacom Bulls undone by Chiefs’ second half rally
  • DHL Stormers in rampant mood against Toyota Cheetahs

Emirates Lions flanker Jaco Kriel scored a dramatic winning try in the closing minutes of an absorbing local Vodacom Super Rugby derby match on Saturday evening in Johannesburg to clinch a thrilling 34-29 win for the home side against the Cell C Sharks.

The red and white jerseys have now won nine matches in a row on their Highveld home ground.

In the first local derby of the day the DHL Stormers romped to a record 53-10 victory over the Toyota Cheetahs in Cape Town for their biggest ever win over the Free Staters.

And in the remaining Saturday match involving a South African side, the Vodacom Bulls started impressively but could not withstand a successful fightback from the Chiefs who eventually won their Hamilton fixture 28-12.

Hooker Malcolm Marx and Courtnall Skosan also dotted down for the Emirates Lions while prop Coenie Oosthuizen and wing Kobus van Wyk crossed over for the Durban side. Young flyhalf Curwin Bosch delivered another impressive display and although he finished on the losing side, he was deservedly awarded with the Vodacom Man of the Match award.

Playing in bright sunlight, the DHL Stormers started brightly against their Bloemfontein opponents and registered a comfortable win following tries from wing Dillyn Leyds (2), No 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe (3), centre Dan du Plessis, flyhalf Robert du Preez and captain and flanker Siya Kolisi. They Cape side led 22-3 at the halftime break.

 

A solid and composed first half performance gave the Vodacom Bulls a well-deserving 9-3 lead against the Chiefs. However, the turning point in this match came just after halftime when an individual try by Shaun Stevenson sparked a successful Chiefs revival that saw them bag another bonus point win.

The other Africa conference participants, namely the Southern Kings and the Jaguares, both enjoyed byes the past weekend.

In the only encounter played on Sunday morning (SA time), the Crusaders defeated the Waratahs 41-22 in Sydney.

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

FIXTURES AND RESULTS | LOGS | STATS

 

Emirates Lions 34, Cell C Sharks 29

 

Scorers

 

Emirates Lions 34 – Tries: Malcolm Marx, Courtnall Skosan, Jaco Kriel; Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2); Penalties: Jantjies (4); Drop goal: Andries Coetzee.

Cell C Sharks – Tries: Coenie Oosthuizen, Kobus van Wyk; Conversion: Curwin Bosch (2); Penalties: Bosch (4); Drop goal: Bosch.

 

DHL Stormers 53, Toyota Cheetahs 10

 

Scorers

 

DHL Stormers 53 – Tries: Dillyn Leyds (2), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (3), Dan du Plessis, Robert du Preez and Siya Kolisi; Conversions: Robert du Preez (4), Kurt Coleman; Penalty: Robert du Preez.

Toyota Cheetahs 10 – Try: Paul Schoeman; Conversion: Fred Zeilinga; Penalty Fred Zeilinga.

 

Chiefs 28, Vodacom Bulls 12

Scorers

 

Chiefs 28 – Tries: Shaun Stevenson, Damian McKenzie, Atunaisa Moli. Conversions: Aaron Cruden (2). Penalties: Cruden (3).

Vodacom Bulls 12 – Penalties: Handré Pollard (4).

 

Other Round 6 results:

Friday, 31 March

Highlanders 51, Rebels 12

 

Saturday, 1 April

Blues 24, Western Force 15

Reds 15, Hurricanes 34

 

Sunday, 2 April

Waratahs v Crusaders – 08:05

 

The updated standings:

Africa Conference 1

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 DHL Stormers (Q) 5 5 0 0 207 100 107 22
2 Toyota Cheetahs 6 2 0 4 151 219 -68 9
3 Vodacom Bulls 5 1 0 4 112 158 -46 5
4 Sunwolves 5 0 0 5 123 236 -113 1

Africa Conference 2

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Emirates Lions (Q) 6 5 0 1 227 159 68 23
2 Jaguares (Q) 5 4 0 1 163 104 59 18
3 Cell C Sharks 6 4 0 2 176 145 31 18
4 Southern Kings 5 1 0 4 109 164 -55 5

 

New Zealand Conference

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Crusaders (Q) 6 6 0 0 188 123 65 26
2 Chiefs (Q) 5 5 0 0 146 85 61 24
3 Hurricanes (Q) 5 4 0 1 247 79 168 20
4 Blues (Q) 6 3 0 3 180 137 43 15
5 Highlanders 6 3 0 3 142 132 10 14

 

Australian Conference

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Brumbies (Q) 5 2 0 3 101 91 10 11
2 Waratahs 6 2 0 4 135 199 -64 8
3 Reds 6 1 0 5 104 174 -70 6
4 Force 5 1 0 4 88 132 -44 5
5 Rebels 5 0 0 5 75 237 -162 1

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