DHL Stormers keep Reds at bay – Vodacom Super Rugby Round 6 Roundup
The DHL Stormers repelled a late Reds fightback to emerge with a 25-19 win at DHL Newlands on Saturday evening in their Vodacom Super Rugby round six match. The Cape side led 14-7 at the interval and went on to clinch back-to back home victories.
In the late evening fixture played in Buenos Aires, the Emirates Lions went down 49-35 to the Jaguares, who maintained their unbeaten home record against the Highveld team.
The Vodacom Bulls and the Cell C Sharks also lost their away matches abroad on Friday morning. John Mitchell’s side went down 33-14 to the Crusaders in Christchurch while the Rebels outplayed the Cell C Sharks 46-14 in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, 19 year-old Damian Willemse continued his good form with another assured performance in the DHL Stormers No 10 jersey. He again showed very good form on attack, kicked confidently and was solid on defence.
The Cape side looked dangerous on attack and raced to an 18-0 lead at one stage thanks to tries from scrumhalf Dewald Duvenhage and prop Wilco Louw. The Reds countered with two converted tries either side of the interval to bring them within touching distance of the home team. Willemse was then on target with a difficult conversion after Raymond Rhule dotted down a beautifully weighted kick by Craig Berry.
The Reds came storming back with a strong passage of play which resulted in a converted try by wing Filipo Daugunu, however, the Cape side held their nerve to clinch a third home triumph.
Against the Emirates Lions, the Jaguares started at a fast pace and controlled the match to eventually score six tries, while flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez kicked five conversions and three penalties for a contribution of 19 points. Replacement hooker Malcolm Marx grabbed two of the Emirates Lions’ five tries and flyhalf Elton Jantjies slotted all five conversions.
The Vodacom Bulls returned home from their three-match Australasian tour following their 33-14 defeat against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday morning (SA time). Playing in damp conditions, the Crusaders scored five times, with flyhalf Mitchell Hunt hitting the target with four conversions.
The Pretoria outfit replied with tries by wing Travis Ismaiel and replacement loose forward Marco van Staden while No 10 Handré Pollard converted both tries.
The Rebels bounced back from their lost last week against the Waratahs by outplaying the Cell C Sharks for a 46-15 victory. The Melbourne side scored six tries and the visitors from Durban replied with two through wing Lwazi Mvovo and centre Marius Louw.
So after six rounds, the Emirates Lions are still atop of the SA Conference despite their loss in Argentina. They have 19 points from six matches and have six points more than the second placed DHL Stormers (13). The Cell C Sharks remain on nine points while the Jaguares (8) moved above the Vodacom Bulls (5) into fourth spot.
The Crusaders moved to the top of the New Zealand Conference on 15 points and in the Australian Conference the Rebels are the pacesetters on 20 points.
Vodacom Super Rugby information (click on the links below for access to the match centre):
Jaguares 49, Emirates Lions 35
Jaguares 49 – Tries: Bautista Delguy, Emiliano Boffelli (2), Javier Ortego Desio (2), Bautista Ezcurra. Conversions: Nicolas Sanches (5). Penalties: Sanchez (3).
Emirates Lions 35 – Tries: Marvin Orie, Sylvian Mahuza, Malcolm Marx (2), Lourens Erasmus. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (5).
DHL Stormers 25, Reds 19
DHL Stormers 25 – Tries: Dewaldt Duvenage, Wilco Louw, Raymond Rhule; Conversions: Damian Willemse (2); Penalties: Damian Willemse (2).
Reds 19 – Tries: Caleb Timu, Alex Mafi, Filipo Daugunu; Conversions: Jonno Lance (2).
Rebels 46, Cell C Sharks 14
Rebels 46 – Tries: Anaru Rangi (2), Will Genia, Billy Meakes, Ross Haylett-Petty, Fereti Sa’aga; Conversions: Jack Debreczeni (5); Penalties: Jack Debreczeni, Reece Hodge.
Cell C Sharks 14 – Tries: Lwazi Mvovo, Marius Louw; Conversions: Robert du Preez, Curwin Bosch.
Crusaders 33, Vodacom Bulls 14
Crusaders 33 – Tries: Scott Barrett, Codie Taylor, Jack Goodhue (2), George Bridge. Conversions: Mitchell Hunt (4).
Vodacom Bulls 14 – Tries: Travis Ismaiel, Marco van Staden. Conversions: Handré Pollard (2).
Other Round 6 results of the weekend:
Saturday, 24 March:
Sunwolves 10, Chiefs 61
Hurricanes 29, Highlanders 12
The latest Vodacom Super Rugby standings are:
New Zealand Conference
South African Conference
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