A weekend with some upsets in Round 3 kept us intrigued over the weekend.
One of the biggest upset was teh Sunwolves who beat the Chiefs in New Zealand, and in Durban the Stormers overcome the Sharks.
Super Rugby Round 23 Full Reports
Fri 1 March – Hurricanes 43-13 Brumbies MATCH REPORT
Fri 1 March – Rebels 24- 19 Highlanders MATCH REPORT
Sat 2 March – Chiefs 15-30 Sunwolves MATCH REPORT
Sat 2 March – Rebels 12-22 Crusaders MATCH REPORT
Sat 2 March – Lions 12-30 Bulls MATCH REPORT
Sat 2 March – Sharks 11-16 Stormers MATCH REPORT
Sat 2 March – Jaguares 23-19 Blues MATCH REPORT
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The Hurricanes was on fire this weekend as they welcomed back Beauden Barrett this weekend.
He added the much needed direction to the Hurricanes backline to get a massive win over the Brumbies at home.
All Black Coles scored two tries in the match and it was not just the tries they scored but the skills that came with them.
As if Coles two tries was not enough Ngani Laumape got his hat-trick as well in the match.
The Brumbies was never in the match and after the great win over the Chiefs the previous week they will be very disappointed in this effort.
Next week the Hurricanes take on the Highlanders and the Brumbies take on the Rebels.
Th Rebels got their second win on Friday when they beat the Highlanders at home.
They had to work hard for the win and almost gave the game away at the end with only a knock over the line saving them.
It was a great first half from the Rebels building up a enough lead to keep the comeback experts from repeating their first two weeks results.
The Rebels looks like a really strong side this year and they gonna get better as the tournament goes on.
Next week the Rebels host the Brumbies and the Highlanders will play away against the Hurricanes.
The biggest upset in Super Rugby for some years now came on Saturday morning when the Sunwolves beat the Chiefs in New Zealand.
It was a historic win for the Sunwolves, as they have never recorded a away win in the competition until then.
This was was not just a lucky bounce of the ball or a decision or two going for them, they totally outplayed the Chiefs who was never really in the game.
For the Sunwolves they have started their tour the prefect way but for the Chiefs it will be to pick up the pieces and find what the hell is going on.
The Crusaders kept their winning record in tact on Saturday when they beat the Reds with what was really their B-side.
Playing at home the Reds expected to give the Crusaders a good go and even cause an upset, but they were never really looking like beating the champions.
Although this was not the best Saders performance they were still too good for the Reds.
The Reds are on a upward curve at the moment but still have some work to do to be up with the top teams.
The Bulls flew from Argentina with the loss behind their name and came to Johannesburg to cause one fo the upsets really this weekend.
They were just too good for the Lions and dominated most of the game from the first minute.
The Lions lack vision in their backline as they seems to only go through the motions at the moment.
Where we got used to a Lions side who could create so much space out-wide in the past, they just do not have any impact anymore.
The Bulls dominated the set pieces and even got a few scrum penalties as they register their second win over a South African franchise.
If people are still going to say to me that Brits and Vermeulen signing was not the best things since slice bread, I will hit them with a axe on the kneecaps.
Their experience has transform this team and they are playing a brilliant game.
The Bulls won this game upfront, and it was great to see them dominating this aspect of the game.
Next week the Lions host the Jaguares and the Bulls will welcome the Sharks at Loftus.
It was not the best of games in Durban with both teams making so much mistakes.
Funny thing is that when these two teams normally meet in Super Rugby and Currie Cup the away team wins most of those matches.
That happened again this Saturday when the Stormers cause an upset by beating the then log leaders in their own backyard.
The Sharks were as the Lions beaten in the set pieces. There lineouts just never worked with Akker van der Merwe unable to find his jumpers.
Funny how Bongi was crucified over his throwing against the Bulls but this week it was Akker that struggled and Bongi that did not missed.
It was disappointed that both backline lack the ability to create space and lack any vision on attack.
The Stormers are still just playing off mistakes from the other teams and does not look to have any plan on attack. About 90% of all the ball that was send to the backs was kick away.
The forwards played well for the Stormers with Etzebeth adding the spark they needed.
Surly a game the Sharks will want to forget as they must travel next week to Loftus.
The Stormers will have a bye.
The Jaguares got their second win of the season, this time against the struggling Blues side late Saturday night.
It is always difficult to beat the Jaguares at home but the Blues did not give them much chances with all the mistakes they made in the match.
What was impressive again from the Jaguares was their massive defence.
They knocked the Blues out of the game for 80 minutes and never gave them an opportunities to bring in their big runners.
It was a good win from the Jaguares and now the Lions waits for the for their first away match this season.
The Blues will have to travel back to New Zealand to face the Sunwolves next week.
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