Vodacom Super Rugby Round 19 Review

July 13, 2014
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The Cell C Sharks will host the Highlanders in the second Vodacom Super Rugby Qualifier next weekend after they managed to beat the DHL Stormers on Saturday evening, but the winning margin was not enough to secure second spot on the log.

The KwaZulu-Natalians were crowned South African Conference champions after their 34-10 win at DHL Newlands, which was the biggest away victory in Cape Town in more than seven years, but also the Cell C Sharks’ first win in South Africa since Round 10. The Cell C Sharks will host the Highlanders, the only Australasian team that managed to beat them at home this year, at 17h05 at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, 19 July.

The other qualifier will take place on Saturday at 11h40 in Canberra, where the Brumbies will host the Chiefs in a replay of last year’s final. The team from Waikato snuck into the top six thanks to a 11-8 win over the Blues on Friday, while the Brumbies finished strongly at home against the Force.

The two top teams in the competition are the Waratahs, who finished comfortably at the top of the standings, and the seven-time champion Crusaders. Both these sides will enjoy a break next weekend. It was only the fourth time the DHL Stormers had lost at home in a South African derby in the last six seasons. The Capetonians had been impressive in their matches leading up to this one, but they came unstuck against a side that had their eye on a momentum-building win before heading for the playoffs.

Earlier on Saturday, the Lions set a number of records as they romped to a 60-25 victory over the Toyota Cheetahs at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, outscoring their former Cats-partners by eight tries to three in arguably their best performance of the season.

On Friday evening, the Vodacom Bulls secured second spot in the South African Conference when they scored four second-half tries to beat the Rebels by 40-7 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

2014 Vodacom Super Rugby Qualifiers

Qualifier A: Brumbies v Chiefs

Date: Saturday 19 July 2014

SA time: 11h40

Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra

Qualifier B: Cell C Sharks v Highlanders

Date: Saturday 19 July 2014

SA time: 17h05

Venue: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

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2 Comments

  1. avatar out wide says:
    July 14th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Nice post, Bunny. I had forgotten that 18-34 klap the Sharks got from the Highlanders in Durbs! Makes this weekend all the more interesting although given the hard game the Crusaders gave the Highlanders and the supposed travel bogey, the Sharks are favoured to win surely?

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    July 14th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    @out wide: Must be, was a good win against the Stormers an they are at home should win

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