Waratahs pile misery on Stormers
April 5, 2014
Chiefs' Gareth Anscombe attempts to control the ball against the Cheetahs © Getty Images
The Waratahs kept up their bid for a top-six spot in the Super Rugby standings with a 22-11 victory over the struggling Stormers in Cape Town.
The Waratahs were beaten by the Sharks last time out but bounced back with three of their Wallabies contingent scoring their points at Newlands, Nick Phipps crossing for a first-half try with Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale adding 11 points and six respectively with the boot.
The Stormers had twice led in the first half through Peter Grant's penalty and Kobus van Wyk's try, but they could not hold on as they crashed to yet another defeat.
The Crusaders outscored the Lions three tries to one as they emerged from their match in Johannesburg with a 28-7 win.
The Crusaders' 6-0 lead at the break came courtesy of brace of Colin Slade penalties, but it was not until the second period that the contest truly caught come to life - with the visitors doing the bulk of the pressing. After camping out inside the Lions' 22 in the early second-half exchanges, the Crusaders finally made the breakthrough when captain Ryan Crotty burst through a gap in the backline to touch down.
The Lions briefly rallied with centre Lionel Mapoe touching down in the corner in the 51st minute after good interplay in the build-up. Crotty was denied a second try when the television match official ruled he had grounded the ball short of the line, but within moments Israel Dagg booted a penalty as the Crusaders' lead increased to nine points. Scrum-half Andy Ellis made the win safe when he touched down from a turnover ball before a last-minute Kieron Fonotia score added some gloss.
Tim Nanai-Williams' late try earned the Chiefs a 43-43 draw away at the Cheetahs on Saturday.
The Chiefs drew with the Bulls last week but looked to be out of this match in Bloemfontein at the break. The Cheetahs had managed to rack up a 34-10 lead thanks to two tries from Sarel Pretorius, one from Rayno Benjamin and another from Boom Prinsloo.
The Reds' Beau Robinson connects with Western Force's Ben McCalman © Getty Images
Despite the heavy deficit, the Chiefs pinned the Cheetahs back in the second 40 with a second from Auustine Pulu and a brace from Asaeli Tikoirotuma and one from Nanai-Williams got them back in contention. Johan Goosen, who finished the match with 23 points, slotted a penalty in the 77th minute to give the Cheetahs a 43-36 lead but Nanai-Williams' last-gasp try and Aaron Cruden's conversion saw the game end in a stalemate.
The Western Force won their fourth straight match after leaving it late to beat the Reds 32-29 in Brisbane.
A last-gasp Jayden Hayward try along with his conversion saw the Force take a three-point lead into the final minute of the match. Quade Cooper had a chance to draw the game level but his drop-goal sailed to the right of the posts.
It was the Force who started the game better with Sias Ebersohn putting 12 points on the board with the boot but tries from Ben Tapuai and James Slipper, along with Ben McCalman's effort for the Force, saw the game go into the break locked at 17-17. A try from Luke Morahan gave the Force an early lead in the second-half but Mike Harris' boot gave the Reds a four-point lead heading into the final stages of the match only for Hayward to steal the match for the Force.
Beauden Barrett kicked 20 points as the Hurricanes claimed their first win over the Bulls since 2008.
The South African outfit scored two tries through Jurgen Visser and Handre Pollard, but Barrett's boot meant Andre Taylor's try was enough to give the Hurricanes a 25-20 victory. Jacques-Louis Potgieter also kicked eight points for the Bulls, with Pollard adding a conversion.
The Brumbies stretched their lead at the top of the Australian conference with a comfortable 26-9 win over the Blues on Friday.
In a fairly uninspiring clash, the Brumbies ran in three tries while all the Blues could muster were nine points from the boot of Simon Hickey. In truth, the Brumbies never looked like they were going to lose.
Rebels' Bryce Hegarty and Highlanders' Richard Buckman vie for the high ball © Getty Images
Pat McCabe got the scoreboard ticking over after just seven minutes and he added his second in the 51st minute. Robbie Coleman added another five minutes later with Nic White and Christian Leali'ifano doing the rest of the damage from the tee.
The Highlanders kept in touch with the Super Rugby play-off places after holding on for a 33-30 win over the Melbourne Rebels in Dunedin.
Rebels fly-half Jason Woodward converted his own try with two minutes left to set up a nervy finale, but the Highlanders were able to clinch their third win of the campaign. Both sides crossed for three tries apiece with Shane Christie, Aaron Smith and Ben Smith going over for the hosts while Lima Sopoaga added 18 points.
Woodward's 20 points were not enough for the Rebels, who also saw Scott Fuglistaller and Alex Rokobaro dive over early in each half.
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