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Super Rugby Nabetragting – Winning weekend for SA franchises

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Only two South Africans franchises was in action this weekend but we can take the bragging rights that we had a perfect weekend.

The weekend started with the shocking events in Christchurch which resulted in the Highlanders v Crusaders match being cancelled.

This is the first time a Super Rugby match have been cancelled to my memory which resulted, according to the competition rules that both teams will received two log points.

After round 5 the log is looking congested in the top half but with teams starting to tour between the five nations, we should see some teams pulling away.

 

 

Vodacom Super Rugby Round 5

RESULTS:

Result: Chiefs 23-23 Hurricanes  MATCH REPORT

Result: Brumbies v Waratahs MATCH REPORT

Result: Stormers 35-8 Jaguares MATCH REPORT

Result: Sunwolves 31-34 Reds MATCH REPORT

MATCH CANCELLED Highlanders v Crusaders

Result: Lions 36-33 Rebels MATCH REPORT

Chiefs Chiefs  23  23 Hurricanes Hurricanes

The first game on Friday saw the Chiefs hosting the Hurricanes. We always expected the Chiefs to comeback form recent poor form and they did just that on Friday morning.

They looked like a different team that lost against the Sunwolves and Crusaders in the last couple of weeks putting the Hurricanes under pressure throughout the 80 minutes

The Chiefs looked much better on attack, and on defence they scrabbled well against a highly rated attacking team.

The Chiefs set pieces was also much better and that gave their backs some time and space to launch attacks.

For the Hurricanes, Beauden Barrett had again a major role in the teams play.

His attacking ability is well known all over the world, but we sometimes forget how good he is on defence as well.

A draw was maybe a true reflection of the game as both teams picked up two log points.

For the Hurricanes, they will host the Stormers this week and the Chiefs is on the road and will have to take on the Bulls at Loftus.

Brumbies Brumbies  19 13  NSW Waratahs NSW Waratahs

Just as you thought the Aussie teams have stepped it up this year they come with a poor quality game, like we saw on Friday between the Brumbies and Waratahs.

The end result was a 19-13 win for the Brumbies but at this early stage both teams does not really look like title contenders.

One of the aspects of the game in Aussies, just does not seemed to be improving, and that is their handling.

Both teams made plenty of errors on attack. They were unable to really control the game for long periods of time.

For the Waratahs, they will need to sort out their handling errors and game management otherwise they will keep on loosing these matches.

Stormers Stormers  35  8 Jaguares Jaguares

With only the Stormers and Lions in action this weekend from a South African perspective, we needed some good results from them.

The Stormers came up against the Jaguares who lost against the Lions last week.

It was a much stronger side from the Jaguares that ran out on Newlands but they got the same result.

Although the Jaguares started well they were unable to stay in the contest.

The Stormers controlled the game much better and they were able to keep the scoreboard ticking over throughout the match.

It was again a team effort from the Stormers with captain Kolisi leading from the front this weekend.

He had an excellent game and was rightly named the man of the match.

It was the first real good performance from Kolisi and the hope from supporters will be that he will build on this and improve.

Jantjies at nine was also one of the better players on the park on Friday. His quick and nippy service helped the Stormers to be on the front foot pushing the Jaguares back most of the time.

He also scored a great try snipping through the Jaguares defence.

The Jaguares had their changes but was not really in the game for enough periods of this match.

Their handling errors also prevent any momentum and discipline became a problem again when they were put under pressure.

Although it was a bonus point win for the Stormers, it was far from a complete performance and they will be tested this weekend as they go on tour to face the Hurricanes.

The Jaguares has a bye this weekend before they host the Chiefs the following week at home.

Sunwolves Sunwolves  31  34 Reds Reds

It was heartbreak for the Sunwolves and their fans in the Tokyo stadium when they narrowly lost against the Reds on Saturday morning.

With a 21-5 lead at the break, the Sunwolves was in a great space to get another win but the second forty minutes saw the Reds fighting back to eventually win the game 34-31.

Paenga-Amosa finished with a second-half double as the Reds clawed their way back into a match that was crucial to their season.

It would have been a day with lost opportunities for the Sunwolves.

This week the Sunwolves will take on Lions in Singapore and the Reds will host the Brumbies on Sunday.

Lions Lions  36  33 Rebels Rebels

The Lions came back from the death on Saturday when they when they beat the Rebels 36-33 at home.

The Lions were first on the board with a well worked try by Marx but that was the last points they scored in the first half.

The Rebels just took full control of the match and put the Lions under huge pressure which resulted in a 26-5 lead at the break.

The Lions was rattled as they made mistake on mistake which the Rebels was happy to capitalise on.

You have to go back a long time to find such a poor performance from a Lions side that what we saw over the weekend.

Luckily for Lions fans, as poor they were in that first half, as good they were in the second.

Sure we would not wanted to be in that Lions dressing room at the break but whatever Swys de Bruin said to his troops, worked.

The game changed when the Rebels received a yellow card for giving away just too many penalties in the red zone.

The Rebels gave 20 penalties away in the match which shows you just how negative they were playing in that second half and can count themselves lucky for not getting more than just the two yellow cards in the match.

What was great to see was the Lions captain Marx starting to lead from the front in that second half which lifted the teams performance with the senior players who came on as replacements.

It was one of the better fight-backs we have seen with the Lions eventually winning 36-33.

They made it difficult for themselves as well at the end getting a few kickable penalties which they decided to go for lineouts.

At the end they got a penalty after the hooter from a brilliant scrum which Gianni Lombard kicked over to steal the win.

The set pieces of the Lions are still not were it should be and the lineouts is still a problem but it is on their defence which they will need to get better fast if they want to stay in the run this year.

This weeks schedule looks as follow:

Here is the current log standings after Round 5

PosTeamPWLDPFPAPDBPPts
1161023431257174753
216123138332162352
316115037533540751
416106035531540848
51686233831820441
61678132429232737
71667336835612636
816772392457-65436

 

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