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Vodacom Super Rugby Round 17 Review
July 01, 2018
The Cell C Sharks produced a tenacious second-half fightback to defeat the Emirates Lions 31-24 and in doing so they kept alive their outside chances of reaching the Vodacom Super Rugby playoffs. They also ended a seven-game losing streak to their Johannesburg rivals, who led 21-11 at the break.

The competition resumed this weekend after a four-week break for the June internationals.

The Sunwolves downed the Vodacom Bulls 42-37 in their encounter in Singapore, despite two early tries from Springbok centre Jesse Kriel.

In the late evening match played in Buenos Aires, the Jaguares defeated the DHL Stormers 25-14 to record their seventh straight win as they move within touching distance of South African conference leaders, the Emirates Lions.

Tries from Bautista Delguy, Guido Petti and Matias Orlando secured the game for the Jaguares, while the Cape team scored through Springboks Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Dillyn Leyds. The Argentine side is now just three points behind the Highvelders and they also have a game in hand.

Meanwhile, the Cell C Sharks kept their playoff hopes alive with their comeback home win over the Emirates Lions. The visitors enjoyed most of the possession and territory and deserved their 21-11 lead at halftime.

However, the home side clinched the local derby with a successful comeback in the second half. Tries from Daniel du Preez, Andre Esterhuizen and Lwazi Mvovo and also 16 points via the boot of flyhalf Robert du Preez, clinched it for the Durbanites.

The Highvelders scored through Ruan Combrinck, Cyle Brink and Kwagga Smith and turned down several penalty kicks.

In the first match of the day involving a South Africa side, the Sunwolves snatched victory right at the end of their clash with the Vodacom Bulls in Singapore. A late try by replacement Raboni Warren-Vosayaco condemned the Pretoria side to their second away loss in two years to the Japanese side, who won Saturday’s match 42-37.

Following the weekend’s action, the Emirates Lions are still leading the SA standings. They have 41 points from 15 games and are followed by the Jaguares on 38 points from 14 games, with the Cell C Sharks third on 32 points. In Australia, the Waratahs are leading the pack on 39 points after Friday’s 31-26 win over the Rebels, who are second on 35.

Although the Crusaders were not in action this weekend, they are still comfortable in the lead on the New Zealand table with 54 points, followed by the Hurricanes (45) and the Chiefs (41).

Jaguares 25, DHL Stormers 14

Jaguares - Tries: Bautista Delguy, Guido Petti, Matias Orlando; Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez (2); Penalties: Sanchez (2).

DHL Stormers - Tries: Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Dillyn Leyds; Conversions: Jean-Luc du Plessis (2).

Cell C Sharks 31, Emirates Lions 24

Cell C Sharks - Tries: Dan Du Preez, Andre Esterhuizen, Lwazi Mvovo; Conversions: Robert du Preez (2); Penalties: Du Preez (4).

Emirates Lions - Tries: Ruan Combrinck, Cyle Brink, Kwagga Smith; Conversions: Jantjies (3); Penalty: Jantjies.

Sunwolves 42, Vodacom Bulls 37

Sunwolves - Tries: Hayden Parker, Keisuke Uchida, Gerhard van den Heever, Willie Britz, Michael Little, Rahboni Warren Vosayako; Conversions: Parker (6).

Vodacom Bulls - Tries: Jesse Kriel (2), Handré Pollard, Conraad van Vuuren; Conversions: Pollard (4); Penalties: Pollard (3).

Other Round 17 results:

Friday, 29 June
Blues 39, Reds 16
Rebels 26, Waratahs 31

Saturday, 30 June
Highlanders 22, Chiefs 45
Brumbies 24, Hurricanes 12

Bye: Crusaders

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, September 29 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, October 06 2018
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
Friday, November 02 2018
00:00 - England vs South Africa
Twickenham, London
Saturday, November 10 2018
00:00 - France vs South Africa
Stade de France, Paris
Saturday, November 17 2018
00:00 - Scotland vs South Africa
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Saturday, November 24 2018
00:00 - Wales vs South Africa
Principality Stadium, Cardiff

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