Rampant Kings reign over Rebels – Vodacom Super Rugby Round 10 Review

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  • Cell C Sharks clinch vital bonus-point victory in Argentina
  • Emirates Lions start Aussie tour with gritty win over Force

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

Scorers

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

 

Scorers

 

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

Scorers

 

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

 

Scorers

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

 

Scorers

 

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

 

The updated logs after Round 10:

Africa Conference 1

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 DHL Stormers 9 6 0 3 295 269 26 39 37 26
2 Vodacom Bulls 8 3 0 5 178 206 -28 19 24 14
3 Toyota Cheetahs 9 2 0 7 213 328 -115 22 42 10
4 Sunwolves 9 1 0 8 182 373 -191 22 51 6

Africa Conference 2

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 Emirates Lions 9 8 0 1 304 211 93 41 21 37
2 Cell C Sharks 9 6 1 2 236 192 44 20 21 28
3 Jaguares 9 4 0 5 235 205 30 26 23 20
4 Southern Kings 9 3 0 6 254 284 -30 33 37 15

Australian Conference

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 Brumbies 9 3 0 6 194 194 0 25 24 18
2 Waratahs 9 3 0 6 216 289 -73 27 39 13
3 Reds 9 2 0 7 187 280 -93 26 36 11
4 Force 8 2 0 6 156 213 -57 17 29 9
5 Rebels 8 1 1 6 106 307 -201 9 41 7

 

New Zealand Conference

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 Crusaders 9 9 0 1 343 171 172 51 20 41
2 Chiefs 9 8 0 1 256 173 83 32 16 37
3 Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 369 152 217 56 19 33
4 Highlanders 9 6 0 3 265 181 84 31 23 28
5 Blues 9 4 0 5 242 203 39 31 24 22

 

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