Saturday evening the perception of pre-season and the real thing would have changed, especially for supporters in Cape Town.
Round 1 Vodacom Super Rugby
Fri 15 February: Chiefs v Highlanders Match Report
Fri 15 February: Brumbies v Rebels Match Report
Sat 16 February: Blues v Crusaders Match Report
Sat 16 February: Waratahs v Hurricanes Mach Report
Sat 16 February: Sunwolves v Sharks Match Report
Sat 16 February: Bulls v Stormers Match Report
Sat 16 February: Jaguares v Lions Match Report
Log Standings click HERE
It was a weekend of away teams getting wins with the exception of the Bulls who hammered the Stormers at Loftus.
Although one game does not make a season, there are a few teams that shown a hell of an improvement from last year.
It was a steal at the end but Aaron Smith made a huge difference when he came on in the second half.
It was one that the Chiefs let slipped away. With four tries to three you suppose to get the win, specially at home. Discipline will play a huge role this year.
The Brumbies followed the same script as the Chiefs on Friday with letting the game slip that they dominated for most of the match.
It was a great fight back from the Rebels as they came from behind to take the win also away from home.
Quade Cooper could not asked for a better start for his return to Super Rugby. His game management was brilliant and we saw again those lovely touches that made him such a great player for the Reds and Wallabies.
He was a constant threat on attack which kept the Brumbies guessing all the time.
The Rebels may again be the top Aussie side in the competition this year.
The Blues only have themselves to blame for the lost against the Crusaders on Saturday.
They had the game in their hands but could not convert their dominance in the last quarter into points.
As we got used to the Crusaders were still brilliant even without some of their All Blacks being rested.
It will be difficult for any team to take the title away from the Saders this year.
The Blues backline looks very dangerous and they are going to upset a few teams.
It was a closely contested match with not much too choose between the teams.
The Hurricanes went over without some of their star players and will take great pleasure in getting a win.
It was not as if the Waratahs did not had the opportunities to close out the game but the same old mistakes came when the pressure came from the Canes.
Foley missed a sitter which also would have given them the win and it was at the end the Hurricanes that stuck it out for the win.
Handling errors again a huge concern for the Tahs.
Same old same old from the Sunwolves and we can write the final report now already that they will end last again this year.
The amount of people at the stadium for their opening game shows exactly the state of the Sunwolves and although the Sharks needed a few minutes to get going they just wiped the Sunwolves off the field.
Negative play from the Sunwolves made this game really hard to watch even though the Sharks scored six tries to the one of the Sunwolves.
SANZAAR should really start thinking of how just let the Sunwolves fade out with the sun after this season.
For the Sharks Am was brilliant at the back. The guys vision to create space is brilliant and he is a guy with a proper rugby brain.
Upfront the Sharks dominated as expected and when the backs got their opportunities they looked good.
This week the Blues will ask more questions than the Sunwolves but early signs are good for Sharks supporters.
It was a bloodbath at Loftus on Saturday when the Bulls showed their hand and thumb the Stormers.
When the Stormers pitch with the wrong jerseys we should have expected that they are in for a bad day at the office.
First their team bus arrived late at the hotel, then they got stuck on the N1 so much so that they had to start the match a half an hour late.
There can not be any excuses from the Stormers than they were out-coached by Pote Human.
The Bulls planned their game to the point and execute it even better and the Stormers had no answer to it.
Specman in his fist Super Rugby match became an instant hero at Loftus and soon we will hear a song dedicated to the Sevens star.
He was electric in attack and just blew the Stormers away with his two individual tries. There may be some complaints about the second try but with such great feet and speed not even a Stormers supporter will take that away from Specman.
Pollard was solid and control the game with the pack even surprising the Stormers in the set pieces and on the ground.
The lineouts was a nightmare for the Stormers.
With such a beating at Loftus the Lions are now waiting for the Stormers this weekend and it does not look good.
The Stormers have not won against the Lions for some time and after a weekend like they had at Loftus things do not look good for the Stormers faithful.
The Lions finally got their first win in Argentina in the early hours of Sunday morning.
It was a solid display from the Lions in their first match and one that will give them great confidance going forward.
It was a hat-trick of tries from Marnus Schoeman that sealed it for the Lions but credit must go the the Lions pack.
The won this one through the dominance from the pack.
The Lions applied pressure throughout the match on the Jaguares who still looked rusty.
At scrum time the Lions destroyed the Jaguares scrum for most of the match which is a worrying sign for the Jaguares.
Although the Jaguares applied much more pressure in the second half the Lions stood strong in defence.
Great way to start for the Lions who will play the Stormers this weekend.
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