It was not the best weekend for South African side with only the Sharks able to get a win over the Sunwolves.
The Kiwi sides showed their talent in round 4 with great wins for the Highlanders, Hurricanes and Blues.
The most disappointing was the Lions throwing the game away against the Blues in Johannesburg.
The Log makes interesting reading after four rounds.
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The Stormers ended their tour on a disappointing note as they got their third straight lost in row against the Highlanders.
It seems the Stormers was up for the challenge but again their inability to have an attacking plan with their backs showed on the night.
The forwards also struggled in the set pieces which gave them even less options to attack from.
Their defense showed promise at times but all in all something that stays a worry for the team. The Stormers looks most of the time as 15 individuals trying to play as a team.
The Stormers do have injury concerns but that is something any team has to except in this competition.
For the Stormers Willemse had a great game and is developing in a great number 10 but it was again the midfield that was disappointing in defence.
De Allende does many things right but he does more things wrong which makes him a huge liability to this team.
The most disappointing aspect of the Stormers play is their game on attack which every week looks worst than the week before.
It is going to be a long season for the men from Cape Town if they do not get back on winning ways.
As much praises we gave the Bulls the past two weeks we have to give the the critic this week.
What a disappointing performance from the Bulls against the Reds. They struggle to get momentum through the game and their senior players did not put up their hands on the day.
It was almost at one stage that the Bulls were getting back into their shell and started to play the old Bulls rugby.
They struggled in the scrums against the Reds and will be very disappointed in their effort.
The most disappointing aspect of their game was their attack which started so good in the first half but they could not handle the pressure the Reds put on them in that second half.
Kriel and Pollard did not have good games which is the two senior players you need to stand up with all the youngsters they have in this squad.
It is small things that can be fixed and we said from the start this Bulls team will get better we just hope they learn from this game mistakes as next week they take on the Chiefs.
Although not close to perfect the Sharks got their groove back against the Sunwolves before they go on their tour next week.
Their was some brilliant play and this week the passes stick which led to some brilliant tries.
The forwards did not dominate as expected against a Sunwolves side who we normally do not expect to be a great team in the scrums.
Most of the dismal aspects of the Sharks game seemed to have been corrected during the week and it was great to see this talented back line score tries.
The Sunwolves is not the strongest side in the competition and putting 50 points against them is expected and was done by Sharks.
The tour will be a huge challenge for the Sharks but they are a side that travel well and fans will hope that they pick up points in the next few weeks touring Australia and New Zealand.
The Lions match must be the most disappointing of the weekend as they thrown the game away against the Blues with some simple mistakes.
The Lions looked like a winning team throughout the match but everything that could go wrong in the last 15 minutes did for the men from Johannesburg.
It was not so much them playing badly but more the Blues that did not wait to pounce on the mistakes they made on attack and counter the way only New Zealand teams can do.
The lost of Warren Whiteley in the first half seemed to make a huge difference to the team as they were dominating every aspect of the match till then.
They did not dominate the set pieces as we got used to and diffidently an off day from the Lions.
Their was also some dodgy decisions from the referee at ruck time letting the Blues get away with murder at some stages of the game.
We not use to a losing Lions side but at the end the Blues deserved the win as they fought back brilliant in that second half.
I actually feel sorry for the Sunwolves next week as the Lions will not be happy and will be out to correct their mistakes against the Blues.
Rebels 33 – 10 Brumbies
The Rebels kept their momentum with a third straight win when they beat the Brumbies at home on Friday.
They outplayed the Brumbies in the second half in all aspect earning them their third bonus point win as well.
The game started in the first half with allot of mistakes from both sides and at some stages was close to become another boring Aussie derby.
Luckily the Rebels started to play some rugby in the second half with the Brumbies wondering what hit them.
It is clear that the Rebels will be a tough side to beat home or away.
Hurricanes 29 – 19 Crusaders
The Hurricanes came back from a three week tour to take a massive win against the Crusaders on Saturday.
They played the Saders off the field in that first half and although the Crusaders fought back in the second half it was just too much to get pass this brilliant performance from the Hurricanes.
The Crusaders sits with a massive list of injured players at the moment and it was never going to be easy for them away from home but they were outclass on the day by a brilliant Hurricanes side.
Jaguares 38 -28 Waratahs
The Jaguares claimed their first win of the Super Rugby season as they beat the Waratahs 38-28 at Estadio José Amalfitani on Saturday.
For the Sydney outfit this is their first defeat of 2018 which means they remain third in their Conference, behind the Rebels and Reds.
Jaguares were rampant right from the outset in Buenos Aires and scored from the Waratahs’ kick-off as they broke downfield and Emiliano Boffelli finished off in the corner.
It was good to see the Argentinians playing some positive rugby which also means winning rugby, hope they stick with it.
Next week is Round 5 and this is what we can look forward to….