It was a bag of mixed results for the South Africans this weekend with wins from the Lions and Sharks and losses from Stormers and Bulls.
The most disappointing aspect of this weekend was not the Bulls loosing but the way they did. They were humiliated at Loftus by the Chiefs, who before Saturday could only manage a draw with four losses.
There were also another surprise when the Waratahs beat the Crusaders in Sydney.
Vodacom Super Rugby Round 6
Blues 33-26 Highlanders MATCH REPORT
Hurricanes 34-28 DHL Stormers MATCH REPORT
Waratahs 20-12 Crusaders MATCH REPORT
Sunwolves 24-37 Emirates Lions MATCH REPORT
Vodacom Bulls 20-56 Chiefs MATCH REPORT
Cell C Sharks 28-14 Rebels MATCH REPORT
Reds 36-14 Brumbies MATCH REPORT
The Blues got their second win of the season when they beat the Highlanders on Friday with 33 points to 26.
The Blues showed from the start of the match that they are up for this one and with a really bad record of the last couple of years against New Zealand sides, they were almost desperate for this win.
They have been a team that have been improving in every game and it was just a matter of time before they started to get wins against the big sides of this tournament.
Their game management was good and they looked much better on attack which made life difficult for the Highlanders.
The Blues are looking more than a team these days as well than just a few stars trying to score tries.
Their set pieces have been improving and the passes that were not sticking are finding the players on attack which makes a huge difference at the end.
The Blues host the Stormers this week with the Highlanders having a bye
The Stormers are on tour and they faced the Hurricanes in their first match this weekend.
It was a close affair which the Highlanders manage to win 34-28.
I thought at one stage the Stormers had the perfect game plan to beat the quality Hurricanes side and they almost did was it not for some poor execution at crucial stages in this match.
Their defence was good and they were good in their set pieces as well winning most of the small battles.
They led the Hurricanes 21-15 at the break and were managing the game well but again some senseless kicking cost them.
It is beyond my understanding why South African teams keep kicking ball away against New Zealand sides which we know are the best counter attackers in the world.
They had a huge opportunity just before the final whistle to take the game with an attacking lineout but lost the ball due to another poor throw-in.
They will be kicking themselves but they will be able to take a lot of confidence away from this match.
This week the Stormers take on the Blues and the Hurricanes host the Crusaders.
The Waratahs gave us the surprise of the weekend when they outplayed the Crusaders on Saturday, beating them 20-12.
This was a good win for the Waratahs as they controlled and outplayed the Crusaders from the start to the end.
Their defence was pretty good forcing some handling errors we have not seen from the Crusaders for a long time.
Most people believe the events of Christchurch were still playing a huge role in the way the Crusaders prepared for this match.
They just did not look all there and nobody will blame them. The Waratahs is a quality side and when they do get it right they can beat anyone in this competition.
The Waratahs set pieces was good but I was more impressed with the way they managed the game.
It was also good to see Foley getting back to control the side from the number ten jumper.
Folau also had one of his best games this weekend and showed he is much more dangerous from the 15 jumper than in the midfield of wing.
The Waratahs will host the Sunwolves this weekend and the Crusaders will play the Hurricanes in Wellington.
It was always going to be a tricky match for the Lions against the Sunwolves in Singapore but the Lions are starting to show some of the last two years class again.
They were way to good for the struggling Sunwolves and came out winners with 37-24 but the scoreboard flatters the Sunwolves who never really was in this game.
The Lions dominated the game and although they struggled somewhat in that first forty to pull away they were always in control.
Jantjies had the best game so far for them at ten but it was again their captain Marx that led from the front.
The Lions have so much talent with the youngsters coming through and it seems coach De Bruin are managing this transition perfectly.
The Lions would have been very frustrated with the way the referee handled this game and some calls going against them, but that never played an influence in the away they took the game away from the Sunwolves.
At the end the Lions got what they wanted a bonus point win away from home and putting them on the top of the South African Conference.
Next week the Lions have a bye with the Sunwolves traveling to Australia to face the Waratahs.
For sure the worst game we have seen form the Bulls this season as they were totally outplayed by the Chiefs on Saturday.
It started bad for them with the Chiefs quickly on the scoreboard and never looked like they were going to slow down.
The Bulls looked worst when Vermeulen left the field, in what looked like a knee injury.
As good as the Bulls tactical play was the last couple of weeks, as poor it was in this game.
Pollard just did not seemed to be able to manage his backline the way he did in the past. The pack also struggled against the Chiefs and they were losing the battle on the ground.
From a Bulls perspective Jesse Kriel looked like a star in a loosing team but not much can be said about the rest.
Just too many handling errors and bad tactical kicking specially from Ivan van Zyl who had a poor game. His general play was just not up to it and and he was too slow behind his pack.
The Bulls will have to look at their loose trio as well. They were out of their depth in the rucks with nobody able to play the fetcher role for them.
McKenzie was brilliant for the Chiefs and cause havoc every time he touches the ball. His best position is definitely fullback.
There is a lot for Human and his players to think about this week as they prepare to face the Sharks this weekend in Durban.
The Chiefs will be traveling to Argentina to face the Jaguares.
It was far from perfect but the Sharks got a win over the Rebels which is just what they needed after two losses against the Stormers and Bulls.
They did mange this game well and were much better in a whole but still struggled with their set pieces. It seems very strange that this Sharks team does not dominate more in this aspect of the game.
Robert Du Preez had a good game at ten and control the game better which helped them to get more forward ball and kept the Rebels playing more in their own half.
It was one of those hard matches which you expect when to of the better teams run onto the park. The Rebels is a quality side and if they can sort out their discipline they would become a much better side.
Although they were better this week than against the Lions they still give away just too many penalties when under pressure.
Handling errors again came into the game in the second half which took away some of the spark. Both teams struggled to kept the ball in hand sometimes forcing the play too much.
Next week the Sharks will host the Bulls with the Rebels taking on the Reds.
The Reds got their second win of the season when they totally outplayed the Brumbies Sunday, beating them 36-14.
It was a one sided affair which the Reds just controlled every aspect of the game.
The Brumbies never looked like they were in the game and were playing catchup rugby from the start.
Although they quickly hit back in the second half the Reds were able to just up their game and pull away from them again and never looked like loosing this one.
The Reds have been looking like a side that is on the brink of coming good and it looks now that they may start getting into a space where they can compete agains the the top sides.
Time will tell if they can build on this.
The Reds will host the Rebels this weekend with the Brumbies having a bye.
This weeks schedule looks as follow:
Here is the current Log Standings:
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