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Super Rugby Wrap – Jaguares strengthens their top position in SA conference

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For SA teams it is time for stock take after another weekend with some brutal clashes.

In a weekend that saw the Jaguares strengthen their position on top of the SA Conference, we also saw players off the likes of Kolisi and Vermeulen leave the field with injuries.

With only 116 days from the start of the World Cup in Japan, Rassie Erasmus will get very nervous seeing some of his key players getting injured.

The conference is far from decided yet as is who will fill those wild cards spots for the playoffs.

The fact is that it looks that the Jaguares will come out winners of the SA conference with the SA teams scrambling for wild cards spots to stay in the competition going into the playoffs.

The problem with this is that that will mean all the SA teams that do qualify will have to travel with no home playoffs.

Here is the current log standings:

PosTeamPWLDBPPts
1161023753
2161231352
3161150751
4161060848
516862441
616781737
716673636
816772436
Chiefs Chiefs 19   13 Reds Reds

The Chiefs got everything started for round 15 when they hosted the Reds on Friday morning.

It was a close affair with the Chiefs coming out winners with 19-13 at the end but easy it was not.

They won the game with three tries to one but the Reds did had a few tries overturned bu the TMO.

With a 19-6 lead the Chiefs were in a good position to ran away with it but they were unable to add anything to their score in the second half.

Both side looks like they will be missing out in the playoffs this year.

Brumbies Brumbies  22  10 Bulls Bulls

The Bulls started bravely but could not keep up with the Aussie log leaders on Friday morning.

The Brumbies came out winners with three tries to one dominating for large parts of the match.

The Bulls looked good to start off with but faded out and although Libbok did not had a bad game they surely missed Pollard in the match.

They also lost Vermeulen who left the field with a shoulder injury but later confirm it was not that serious.

The Bulls have dropped from first in the SA conference to third having the Jaguares and Sharks now in front of them.

The next few weeks will be difficult for the Bulls still having to play Blues, Highlanders away from home and their last match against the Lions at Loftus.

Losing matches now may see them drop out of the playoffs.

Sunwolves Sunwolves  52 Rebels Rebels

The Rebels got back to winning ways on Saturday when they were just too good for the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

They had to get this win to stay in touch with the Brumbies and did just that when they totally outplayed the Sunwolves.

They showed the class in the side and never let the Sunwolves get into the game from the start till the 80th minute.

Scoring 8 tries to 1 shows just how dominate the Rebels were in the game.

With this win the Rebels have moved within 1 point from the Brumbies.

This was an important win for the Rebels still having to play the Waratahs, Crusaders and Chiefs in their final three matches.

The Brumbies has an easier road to the end of the season having to play the Sunwolves, Waratahs and Reds in their final three matches.

Crusaders Crusaders 19   11 Blues Blues

The Crusaders and Blues had a good old battle on Saturday morning with neither team really got it going throughout the match.

It was a real stop-start affair with the Crusaders doing enough to get a win after a week which was difficult off the field for the Champions.

The Blues have made massive strides this year in New Zealand but it looks like they may just miss out on a playoff spot yet again.

With the Bulls, Reds and Hurricanes left in their season they need to win all their matches if they want to end in the top eight teams.

Never say never but they have now to depend on other teams to loose for them to make the playoffs.

The Blues had enough changes but the champions was good enough in defence to hold off most of the Blues attacks.

NSW Waratahs Waratahs  15 23 Jaguares Jaguares

It seems that the Waratahs will not be able to make the playoffs this year after the Jaguares beat them in their own back yard on Saturday.

Only some luck in other teams loosing in the next few weeks will make it possible for the Waratahs to make the playoffs.

The Jaguares were dominating the first half starving the home side from any ball which was just too hard for them to catchup in that second half.

The Jaguares were able to answer back with points of their own everytime the Waratahs did get points to stay in front throughout the match.

The Jaguares are looking like a championship team this time around and may as well get a home playoff this year which will make it much easier for the Argentinian side.

Stormers Stormers  34 22  Highlanders Highlanders

The Stormers had to follow up with last weeks performance showing their fans that they can put two good performances together and they did just that beating the Highlanders 34-22.

They had a totally different approach from what we have seen this year getting their exciting backs into the game and scoring tries.

They may have not gotten a bonus points but they scored four tries which was showing just how much they have done on attack this week.

Photo: HANSIE LINDE

Leyds and De Allende was the stars for the home side showing their quality throughout.

De Allende had one of his best matches this year and is getting back the form that saw him earning his Springbok colours.

There will be some worry around Siya Kolisi who left the field looking like a knee injury.

He will have a scan on the knee but Stormers coach said he believe Kolisi will be alright.

The Stormers had a 17-3 lead at the break and although the Highlanders did come back at them in the second half they were able to hot back everytime the Highlanders score points.

Upfront there will also be some worry over Pieter-Steph du Toit who again put his body on the line throughout the match.

There will be some that will want to put Du Toit now away due to the workload of the Springbok.

The Stormers have the Lions, Sunwolves and Sharks left and it is now in their hands to make the playoffs.

Sharks Sharks  27  17 Lions Lions

The Lions fought hard on Saturday but mistakes cost them at the end the game.

The Sharks got two intercept tries during the match which at them end was just too much for the Lions to catch up with.

The game was very even with both sided tried to run the ball with some good defence on both sides as well.

Although the Sharks had early ascendancy in the set pieces the Lions came back nicely to make this an even contest for most part of the match.

Although they lost the Lions are starting to look like a team again playing within themselves and with some confidence on attack.

With both teams gunning for the Jaguares who are leading the conference we expected a tight game and it could have easily have gone the other way.

For the Sharks Bosch impressed yet again controlling his backline and just look like a player that is on form. His decision making is getting much better at flyhalf and he is starting to play with confidence.

The same can be said about Jantjies who again had a great game for the Lions which is good as we get closer to the international season.

The Lions did really missed Marx leadership and impact he makes as player.

With three games left the Sharks and Bulls sits in the same position as the Stormers and Bulls, having their own survival in their own hands at this stage.

The Lions are left with Stormers and Hurricanes at home and the Bulls away in the final week.

The Sharks have the Hurricanes at home and the Jaguares and Stormers away.

It seems like the winner of the South African conference will go down to the last weekend of matches.

Here is Round 16 Schedule:

 

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