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Jaguares get bonus point win over Cheetahs

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The Jagaures did as last week put a great performance in to beat the Cheetahs easy with 41-15 on Saturday

The Jagaures started well with ball in hand and taking it through the phases. They got a penalty from the first scrum and from the lineout moved the ball through the hands and scored in the corner.

That gave them an early lead of 7-0 after 5 min.

The Cheetahs did get a bit of ball but any progress was wasted on handling errors and just giving the ball back to the Jaguares.

The Jaguares worked their way into the Cheetahs half and slotted a penalty over to take their score to 10-0 after 19 min.

The Jaguares did not had any problem to play in the right areas and they powered over for their second try and ticked the scoreboard over to 17-0 after 22 min.

The Cheetahs started to keep ball in hand and they could put a few phases together that led to their first try with the Jaguares leading 17-7 after 27 min.

The Jaguares hit back immediately after another kick from Cheetahs not finding touch and their defense letting them down.

The Jaguares was in the lead at the break with 24-7.

The second half was even as both teams tried to break the defense and it was the Jaguares that put the first points on the ball in the second half with a penalty.

The Cheetahs started to show a bit more on attack and played a bit in the Jagaures half which gave them a great opportunity to score a second try but it was disallowed as they lost the ball over the line.

Great defense from Jagaures kept all what the Cheetahs thrown at them away from their line.

The Jaguares got a yellow card with 8 minutes to go and got over immediately with a try.

The Jaguares scored another try with a kick through and stretches the lead to 34-14 with minutes to go.

They were awarded penalty try at the end to make the final score 41-14

The scorers:

For Jaguares:
Tries: Moyano 3, Alemanno, Penalty Try
Cons: Hernández 5
Pens: Hernández 2
Yellow Cards: Iglesias

For Cheetahs:
Tries: Van der Spuy, Dweba
Cons: Marais 2

RBS Six Nations wrap

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It was a dead rubber last weekend of the 2017 RBS Six Nations with England already winning he Championship last week with their win over Scotland,but an exciting one with England trying to beat the record they shared with the All Blacks on test wins.

Here is a rundown on all the actions from this weekend Six Nations…

Scotland finish on a high

Scotland finished their Six Nations campaign on a high when they claimed a deserved 29-0 bonus-point win over Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The home side were full value for their win as they dominated for large periods – especially during the first half – although Italy will be disappointed with their effort and poor goalkicking from Carlo Canna, who failed to convert three penalties in the first half, meant they failed to score any points.

The result was a perfect send-off for Scotland’s head coach Vern Cotter under whose guidance the Scots have made tremendous strides, and they finish the tournament with an unbeaten home record having won three out of five matches, which is their best performance with the New Zealander at the helm since he took over the coaching reins in 2014.

Scotland started brightly made an early statement of intent when they overpowered Italy at the opening scrum.

The Azzurri‘s forwards were blown up for illegal scrummaging and Stuart Hogg opened the scoring when he slotted the resulting penalty from 45 metres out in the fifth minute.

The next 15 minutes was fairly even as both sides tried to gain the ascendancy although Italy missed a golden opportunity to open their account in the 21st minute when Canna was off target with a fairly straightforward shot at goal, after John Barclay was penalised for an indiscretion at a ruck.

Five minutes later, Huw Jones made a line break on the edge of his 22 but stumbled when trying to beat the final defender on Italy’s five-metre line. That was the Stormers midfielder’s final act of this Test as he injured his ankle in that run and was then replaced by Matt Scott.

Scotland were eventually rewarded just before the half-hour mark when Finn Russell went over for the opening try after gathering a perfectly-timed pass from Ali Price close to Italy’s try-line.

Russell dusted himself off and added the extras before Canna missed his second easy penalty attempt shortly afterwards after Jonny Gray was penalised for obstructing Sergio Parisse.

Scotland did not waste any time to extend their lead and just before half-time Scott got his name onto the scoresheet when he dived on a loose ball behind Italy’s try-line, after Price delivered a teasing box kick which was knocked backwards by Hogg.

Russell failed with the conversion attempt and on the stroke of half-time Italy were awarded a penalty, but Canna’s poor goalkicking continued as he failed with his third effort from the kicking tee.

Italy came out like men possessed after the interval and spent the first 15 minutes of the second half camped inside the home side’s half.

The Azzurri restricted play mostly to their forwards but missed a golden opportunity to open their account when they did strike out wide with their backs, Hogg and Scott doing well to hold Angelo Esposito up in the tackle when he went over Scotland’s try-line in the 49th minute.

Shorlty afterwards, Scotland were reduced to 14 men when their captain, Barclay, was sent to the sin bin for deliberately collapsing a maul close to his try-line.

But despite being a man down, Scotland launched a gallant defensive effort and kept the visitors at bay for the next 10 minutes.

This was best illustrated in the 51st minute when Edoardo Padovani knocked on a pass from Esposito with the try-line begging which summed up the lack of finishing power Italy had, having been largely in control since the break.

Ten minutes later, Scotland made them pay when Tim Visser beat Tommaso Benvenuti in a foot race to touch down after Hogg delivered a chip kick in the build-up.

Russell converted which sealed the win for the hosts, and when Tommy Seymour crossed for Scotland’s fourth try, after running onto a pass from Hogg deep inside Italy’s 22, they also had the bonus point in the bag to give Cotter the perfect send-off.

The scorers:

For Scotland:
Tries:
Russell, Scott, Visser, Seymour
Cons: Russell 3
Pen: Hogg
Yellow Card: Barclay

France win in 100th minute

France scored a converted try in the 100th minute of the game to defeat Wales 20-18 in their Six Nations clash in Paris on Saturday.

A 20-minute spell on the Welsh line was the conclusion to this fixture as Camille Chat’s try, converted by Camille Lopez, saw France win.

Les Bleus’ other try-scorer was Rémi Lamerat, while for Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked six out of six penalty attempts, as they finish fifth.

France began with a real purpose in Paris and despite fly-half Lopez missing a long-range penalty, they led 7-0 in the seventh minute after said player’s clever chip in the Welsh 22 saw centre Lamerat gather and cross. Lopez’s conversion was an easy one from in front.

Louis Picamoles was a catalyst for France up front while their pack also showed their power to hand Lopez a shot for 10-0 which he took.

Then came a controversial moment in the match on 19 minutes as Virimi Vakatawa was adjudged to have deliberately knocked down Dan Biggar’s pass to George North, who had the line within reach. Wayne Barnes was confident it was a card offence as Vakatawa went to the bin.

Halfpenny made an immediate dent in the score from wide out before nailing another penalty, this time from over 50 metres out, for 10-6.

Wales seemed to be growing in confidence and continued to flourish with ball in hand, possibly feeling aggrieved to go into the break with just one more Halfpenny penalty to their name.

As it was, 10-9 was a fair reflection on the fixture which looked set to go down to the wire.

France wanted to make a statement after the break, snubbing two penalties in favour of a quick tap and then scrum, which backfired when Barnes penalised them at the set-piece.

Barnes was becoming increasingly unpopular at the Stade de France with the local supporters.

And the experienced referee Barnes was in the firing line of boos again soon after when Wales were handed another scrum penalty, Halfpenny did the rest from halfway.

Wales were now leading for the first time in the game and with 20 minutes remaining France decided to send on the majority of their bench.

The visitors meanwhile had lost both Alun Wyn Jones and Jake Ball to injury, which meant replacement hooker Scott Baldwin had to play out of position, with more disruption set to come until the end of the match.

Halfpenny was on-target again from a similar position on 65 minutes to make it 15-10 to Wales but Lopez responded soon after for 15-13.

Crucially for Wales they reclaimed that five-point buffer on 72 minutes following Uini Atonio’s high tackle, with Halfpenny slotting from in front.

They now had the clock and lead on their side with the possibility of back-to-back wins over Ireland and France looming large.

Then followed over 20 remarkable minutes of France play being camped on the Welsh line, which saw tighthead prop Samson Lee yellow carded, as France banged on the door.

Eventually they bust it open with replacement Chat crossing in the 100th minute, after a series of scrum penalties and attacks giong close, before Lopez slotted the match-winning conversion, ending a bizarre game at the Stade de France.

The scorers:

For France:
Tries: Lamerat, Chat
Cons: Lopez 2
Pens: Lopez 2
Yellow Card: Vakatawa

For Wales:
Pens: Halfpenny 6
Yellow Card: Lee

Ireland end England Slam hopes

England were denied successive Six Nations Grand Slams on Saturday as Ireland claimed a hard-fought 13-9 victory in Dublin.

Only one try was scored in the game and it went the way of Irish lock Iain Henderson as the hosts held on for a morale-boosting success.

The result sees England’s run of wins end on 18 as Ireland bounced back from last week’s loss to Wales with a hugely spirited showing.

All of England’s points came via the boot of Owen Farrell and in truth they were massively under-par against an Ireland side full of fight.

Ireland were always going to be much-improved from last Friday’s defeat in Cardiff, especially in front of their fans, and they did not disappoint early on. Johnny Sexton struck on 10 minutes after side entry from England at the ruck and they were well worth their early advantage.

Farrell did level matters eight minutes later due to Ireland not rolling away and the game was fascinatingly poised even at an early stage.

Ireland, who had lost the influential Jamie Heaslip to injury before kick-off, had to reshuffle their squad as CJ Stander moved to number eight with Peter O’Mahony coming off the bench to start on the blindside flank. The tweaks did not fluster them though as they were on top.

Further reason to smile came in the 24th minute when lock Henderson reached out for a try which Sexton converted to make it a 10-3 cushion. And that was the scoreline at the break after a first 40 that Ireland dominated, enjoying 74 percent possession and 77 percent territory.

Eddie Jones was clearly upset with his side’s showing and duly made a change up front as Mako Vunipola replaced Joe Marler at prop.

A stern talking to seemed to improve their fortunes as Farrell reduced the score to 10-6 on 52 minutes and they appeared to be turning the screw in the tight exchanges. Three minutes later Jamie George was the next to emerge, replacing captain Dylan Hartley for the run-in.

However, Jones’ next changes were somewhat a knee-jerk reaction to Sexton sending over a crucial penalty from a tough angle after Farrell had tackled him high. That made it 13-6 so Ireland had pushed England out to two scores from claiming that Grand Slam with 17 minutes left.

Farrell cut the margin four minutes later off the tee after strong mauling work from his forwards saw Ireland enter from the side, and thus we had the grandstand finish back on in Dublin at 13-9. England though, importantly for Ireland, had yet to breach the whitewash in the match.

That pyschological fact seemed to get the Irish over the finish line with their noses in front as they held on for victory that sees them finish in second place, while England, upset to miss the Slam, must settle with the Six Nations title.

The scorers:

For Ireland:
Try: Henderson
Con: Sexton
Pens: Sexton 2

For England:
Pens: Farrell 3

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Kings run Sharks close in Durban

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The Southern Kings gave the Sharks a mighty old scare on Saturday when they ran them close by only loosing 19-17 that gave the Sharks the win.

The Sharks put the first points on the ball through a penalty and took an early lead of 3-0 after 6 min.

As last week against the Stormers the Kings did not stand back for the Sharks and were good on defense and took opportunities to get into the Sharks half.

The game did not go anywhere much as both teams where either forcing a pass or forcing a kick to get the edge but too many mistakes being made in the process.

Both teams struggle to get any rhythm going as well and did not keep the ball for long periods of time.

Charged down kick turned into a try for the Kings and gave them the lead 7-3 after 20 min. This was a bit against the run of play.

The Kings scrums have also been solid for them as they got a few penalties from it as well which was a bit of a surprise.

The Kings were penalised a few times in the rucks slowing it down and got yellow card for their trouble after 25 minutes.

That gave the Sharks the extra man and they used it to drive Adriaanse over for the Sharks first try and the lead of 8-7 after 27 min.

The Sharks made a crucial mistake which the Kings took full advantage to score their second try by Makazole Mapimpi.

That gave the Kings the lead again of 14-8 after 33 minutes and that was the halftime score as well.

The second half started with not much quality from both teams but the Sharks did get a penalty over to take the lead to the Kings only 14-11.

The Sharks finally started to play and got a brilliant try putting the ball through the hands. The Kings still leaded 17-16 after 65 min.

The Kings also got Cloete send off with a yellow card after a no arms tackle in the leadup to the try.

The Sharks had enough good ball all night but handling errors stop any momentum they had on attack.

The Sharks got themselves in the lead when Bosch slotted over a 50-meter penalty. With 9 min to go they led the Kings 19-17.

The Sharks were able to hold on to that lead and took the game.

Scorers

Sharks

Tries: Lourens Adriaanse, Kobus van Wyk

Penalties: Curwin Bosch (3)

Kings

Tries: Ruan Lerm, Makazole Mapimpi

Conversions: Lionel Cronje (2)

Penalty: Cronje

Reds no match for Lions

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Skosan made it four tries for the Lions as they beat the Reds on Saturday with 44-14 to keep their winnings ways at home.

The Reds started well moving into the lions twenty-two early on but Lions defense hold them out and gave them a change to attack themselves.

The Lions had to defend for the better part of the first ten minutes.

The Lions started to control the ball more and played in the right side of the field and with a great break from Rohan he sends Skosan over for their first try.

Although the score did not change much the Lions dominated in most of the aspects. Jantjies did slotted over a penalty to take their lead to 10-0 after 31 min

The Lions kept the pressure on the Reds and with an attacking lineout, Jaco Kriel was at the end of a perfect drive to score the Lions second try of the match.

The teams went into the break with the Lions leading 15-0.

Everything went south for the Reds after halftime with the Lions dominating play.

First, they got a yellow card for deliberate offence near the try line and then Cooper was send off with a red card for a high shot at Rohan while scoring his try.

The Lions got their lead to 20-0 by that time and were lucky not to lose another player for a tip tackle on Jantjies.

It took not long to use the extra men they had as the Lions scored another try quickly after and took the scoreboard to 25-0 after 50 min.

The rest of the half was dominated by the Lions and they were able to score some great tries with the Reds able to get two tries on the board.

At the end the Lions was just too good for a Reds side who was not good enough.

Scorers:

Lions – Tries: Courtnall Skosan (4), Jaco Kriel, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Malcolm Marx. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2), Andries Coetzee. Penalty: Jantjies.
Reds – Try: Izaia Perese, Taniela Tupou. Conversion: Jake McIntyre (2).

Brumbies on top in Aussie derby against Waratahs

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The Brumbies won a game of so much errors against the Waratahs on Saturday when they beat them 28-12.

We normally do not see the world being set alight when two Aussie teams take each other on these days but it has been a match-up between the two strongest Aussie teams in the competition.

Both teams made early handling errors and not much ground on attack.

The Waratahs could put some pressure on the Brumbies in their half and forced a few penalties through some good drives from the lineouts.

The Brumbies got handed a yellow card after the third drive was collapsed and scored their first try through Robertson.

That gave them an early 7-0 lead after 10 min.

The Brumbies seemed to struggle to get any flow into their game early on and handling errors stop the little changes they did get as well.

The skill level was not great from both teams and they made some ordinary mistakes on attack and too much handling errors from teams at this level.

The quality of play from both teams was disappointing as they kept on making silly errors and not really making any impact on attack.

The Brumbies did hit back after 26 minutes with a try of their own but the worrying stat at that stage was 32 handling errors in 26 minutes.

The game was going nowhere fast as neither team could get any control over the ball or in the match.

The teams went into the break with the scores level at 7 all.

Second half kept the trend of the first with both teams keep on making handling errors and not making much ground on attack.

We finally saw a try from the Brumbies in the 60 min as they took the lead 14-7. A third try came moments later when Speight kicked a ball through and collect it to score the Brumbies third try of the match.

It almost sparked the two teams with the Waratahs also getting over for a try through Gordon. This made the lead to the Brumbies only 21-12 after 64 minutes.

Poor defense from Tahs gave the Brumbies another try with Speight going over for his second making the lead 28-12 after 74 min.

At the end the Brumbies got the win but with 76 handling errors it actually tells you the story of the quality that was display in this game.

The scorers:

For Waratahs:
Tries:
 Robertson, Gordon
Cons: Robinson

For Brumbies:
Tries:
 Kuridrani, Abel,Speight 2
Cons: Hawera 4

Classy Hurricanes too good for Highlanders

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The Hurricanes showed off their skills when they outplayed the Highlanders on Saturday to take a 41-15 win. diablo

The game started with speed, great handling from both teams trying to find the spaces in defense. The Hurricanes had more ball in the early exchanges of the match and forced the first penalty.

Barrett missed the kick but even then, we knew we were in it for another great classic, but the first try came from a Hurricanes lineout with the perfect drive to take the lead 5-0 after 12 min.

Although the field was dry with no rain, the wind did make it difficult for the players.

The Highlanders were made to make allot of tackles early on as the Hurricanes did most of the attacking in the game.

The Highlanders almost scored their first try through Malakai Fekitoa but only a desperate tackle prevent him from scoring.

The Highlanders did come away with some points through a penalty to make the score 5-3 after 26 min.

The Highlanders strike next with a great try through Faddes who went over for their first try. That made the score 8-5 for the Highlanders after 33 min.

It took not long for the Hurricanes to reply with a great kick by Jodie Barrett for Ngani Laumape to get over in the corner and took back the lead in the game

It was end to end stuff as Highlanders went over at the other end, but Aaron Smith knock it on over the line to give a defensive scrum for the Hurricanes.

The teams went into the break with the Hurricanes leading 10-8.

The second half started with something special from Jody Barrett when he gave a brilliant pass to send Procter over for their first points in the second half.

With a lead of 17-8 the momentum changed when TJ Perenara was send off with a yellow card for a dangerous high tackle which gave the Highlanders the change to score a try through Dixon.

This made it a two-point game again with the Hurricanes leading 17-15 after 47 min.

Lauwape then showed his speed and strength through a brilliant try by the winger to get some distance on the scoreboard for the Hurricanes.

This gave the Hurricanes a lead of 22-15 with the Highlanders trying to catch up again.

In some way one got the feeling the Highlanders was over-thinking it a bit on attack and played too much rugby at some stages.

The Hurricanes showed again with great hand-speed in small spaces create brilliant tries as the Hurricanes scored their fifth try of the match and took the lead to 27-15 after 62 min.

The Hurricanes showed of their skills, offloads and speed throughout that second half as Aso scored another one for them to take the lead to 34-15.

The Hurricanes just show how much class they have when they scored at the end with another brilliant kick through for Aso to get his second try of the match.

The Hurricanes got a classy win of 41-15 and earning a bonus point.

Scorers:

Hurricanes – Tries: Ardie Savea, Ngani Laumape (2), Matt Proctor, Julian Savea, Vince Aso (2). Conversions: Beauden Barrett (2), Jordie Barrett.
Highlanders – Tries: Matt Faddes, Elliot Dixon. Conversion: Marty Banks. Penalty: Fletcher Smith.

Strauss back as captain for Bulls

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Regular captain Adriaan Strauss will resume in his familiar role for the Vodacom Bulls on their Vodacom Super Rugby trip to New Zealand and Japan when he takes over the captain’s armband from Handré Pollard for the three week trip.

The squad of 27 will face the Blues on 25 March, Chiefs on 1 April and Sunwolves in Tokyo on 8 April.

Vodacom Bulls coach Nollis Marais also named a standby group if any replacements need to be called, with two former Springboks, Jacques Potgieter and Arno Botha, amongst them. Botha will travel with the side if Renaldo Bothma, who was cited against the Sunwolves, is given a suspension.

“It is going to be a massive challenge for us. The Blues are one of the most destructive teams around and the Chiefs are the form team in the competition in recent years. To then travel to Japan to face the Sunwolves will also test our resolve. We realise the importance of good results on this trip, so will be keen to make the most of it,” Marais said.

The travelling squad is:

Props: Pierre Schoeman, Trevor Nyakane, Lizo Gqoboka, Jacobie Adriaanse, John-Roy Jenkinson. Standby: Martin Dreyer, Andrew Beerwinkel

Hookers: Adriaan Strauss, Jaco Visagie, Edgar Marutlulle

Locks: RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Lood de Jager

Loose Forwards: Ruan Steenkamp, Renaldo Bothma * – Pending citing; Hanro Liebenberg, Jannes Kirsten, Nic de Jager. Standby: Jacques Potgieter, Arno Botha

Scrumhalves: Rudi Paige, Piet van Zyl. Standby: Ivan van Zyl

Flyhalves: Handre Pollard, Tian Schoeman. Standby: Francois Brummer.

Centres: Dries Swanepoel, Burger Odendaal, Jan Serfontein. Standby: Johnny Kotze

Back three: Jamba Ulengo, Travis Ismaiel, Warrick Gelant, Jesse Kriel. Standby: Jade Stighling.