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Vodacom Super Rugby Round 8 Review
April 16, 2017

The Emirates Lions won their big SA derby 29-16 against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town to end the Cape side’s unbeaten run, while the Vodacom Bulls returned to winning ways thanks to their hard-fought 26-13 win over the Jaguares in Pretoria in their Saturday evening clash.

In other round eight matches involving South African sides, the Southern Kings fought bravely in their 47-34 defeat to the Queensland Reds in Brisbane, while the Toyota Cheetahs succumbed 41-27 to the Chiefs in Bloemfontein despite an early lead of 24-0.

The big match of the day saw the determined Emirates Lions outscoring the DHL Stormers by four tries to one to earn a vital bonus point win. It was the first loss for the Cape side following six straight wins since the start of the 2017 campaign, and also the first time the Joburg side had managed to defeat their rivals on the famous DHL Newlands ground (although the combined Cats side managed a couple of wins previously). Their last visit to the Mother City, in 2015, ended in a pulsating 19-19 draw.

The Highvelders dominated the first half and scored three tries to one for a deserved 22-13 halftime advantage. The visitors shrugged off the early loss of influential young centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, who left the field during the opening stages with a knee injury, while flanker Jaco Kriel was yellow carded and later cited for a late tackle.

The positive result leaves the Highveld team on 28 points from seven matches played thus far, two more points than Robbie Fleck’s team.

In the late evening match in Pretoria, the Vodacom Bulls shrugged off three overseas losses to grind out a much needed 26-13 win over the gritty Jaguares to register their second win of the campaign. Springbok flyhalf Handré Pollard played an instrumental role for the home side and the pivot kicked four penalties and two conversions for a personal contribution of 16 points, while he also initiated the opening try of the game. 

The Toyota Cheetahs started the match in impressive fashion and scored 24 unanswered points during the early part of the first half. However, they failed to capitalise on that good start and the Chiefs eventually won the match in comfortable fashion following a successful comeback.

Earlier in the day the Southern Kings fought bravely in Brisbane, however, defensive errors saw them slip to a 47-34 defeat at the Suncorp Stadium. The Reds led 14-10 at halftime and the match came alive in the second half with both sides displaying their appetite for open, attacking play. The Cell C Sharks were not in action this weekend.

The weekend’s results:

Vodacom Bulls 26, Jaguares 13

Scorers:

Vodacom Bulls 26 – Tries: Travis Ismaiel, Lood de Jager; Conversions: Handré Pollard (2); Penalties: Pollard (4).

Jaguares 13 – Try: Gonzalo Bertranou; Conversion: Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias; Penalties: Iglesias (2).

Emirates Lions 29, DHL Stormers 16

Scorers:

Emirates Lions 29 – Tries: Malcolm Marx, Harold Vorster, Jaco Kriel and Sylvian Mahuza; Conversions: Elton Jantjies 3; Penalty: Elton Jantjies 3. 

DHL Stormers 16 – Try: Dillyn Leyds; Conversion: Robert du Preez; Penalties: Robert du Preez 3.

Toyota Cheetahs 27Chiefs 41

Scorers:

Toyota Cheetahs 27 – Tries: Francois Venter (2), Torsten van Jaarsveld, Raymond Rhule; Conversions: Niel Marais (3); Penalties: Marais (2).

Chiefs 41 – Tries: Toni Pulu (2), Tawera Kerr-Barlow, James Lowe, Hika Elliot; Conversions: Aaron Cruden (4); Penalty: Cruden.

Queensland Reds 47, Southern Kings 34

Scorers:

Queensland Reds 47 – Tries: Eto Nabuli (2), Karmichael Hunt (2), George Smith, Izala Perese (2); Conversions: Quade Cooper (6).

Southern Kings 34 – Tries:  Makazole Mapimpi (2), Chris Cloete, Louis Schreuder, Masixole Banda; Conversions: Lionel Cronje (2), Pieter-Steyn de Wet; Penalties: Lionel Cronje.

Other Round 8 results:

Friday, 14 April

Crusaders 50, Sunwolves 3

Saturday, 15 April

Blues 24, Hurricanes 28

Rebels 19, Brumbies 17

 

Byes: Cell C Sharks, Force, Highlanders, Waratahs.

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, July 28 2017
00:00 - Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2
Saturday, July 29 2017
00:00 - Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4
Saturday, August 05 2017
00:00 - Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 19 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, August 26 2017
21:40 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
Saturday, September 09 2017
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday, September 16 2017
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
QBE Stadium, Albany, North Harbour
Saturday, September 30 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Saturday, October 07 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
Saturday, November 11 2017
00:00 - Ireland vs South Africa
To be confirmed

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