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Springbok midfielder Jesse Kriel scored the winning try close to the end of the game to seal a dramatic 20-14 comeback win for the Vodacom Bulls over the Toyota Cheetahs in their tense local derby on Saturday evening in Pretoria.

Kriel’s try secured a crucial win for his team who have now managed to register consecutive wins for the first time this season, following their success over the Jaguares last weekend. The Bulls rallied to win this Vodacom Super Rugby round nine game after trailing for most of the match.

The Cell C Sharks could only managed a frustrating 9-9 draw with the Melbourne Rebels in the late fixture in Durban. Earlier in the day the DHL Stormers stumbled to a disappointing 57-24 loss to the unbeaten Crusaders in Christchurch.

Friday did however deliver two wins for the local franchise teams. Deon Davids’ brave Southern Kings side overturned their 17-7 halftime deficit to edge the Waratahs 26-24 in Sydney to finish their Australian visit on a winning note. The Kings played very well in the second half.

Springbok pivot Elton Jantjies kicked the winning penalty to complete the Emirates Lions’ 24-21 fightback against the Jaguares after both sides have scored three tries apiece in their tough Friday evening tussle on the Highveld.Following the latest round of action it is the Emirates Lions who are the leading local team with regards to league points. The Africa Conference 2 leaders have collected 32 points from their eight games played so far, eight more than the second placed Cell C Sharks.

The Stormers are leading the Africa Conference 1 standings on 26 points and they are followed by the Vodacom Bulls on 13.

Johan Ackermann’s team side now travels to Perth on Sunday without Springbok flank Jaco Kriel, who will stay behind as a result of the knee injury he suffered against the Jaguares. They face the Force, Rebels and Brumbies on their three match tour of Australia.

Meanwhile, Loftus Versfeld continues to be an unhappy hunting ground for the team from Bloemfontein, where the Free State outfit now has managed just one win in their last nine visits to Pretoria. Midfielder Kriel completed a slick counter attack to clinch the game, however, the hosts first had to pull off a desperate try saving tackle to stop Raymond Rhule from snatching the game.

Cell C Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch and Melbourne Rebels fullback Reece Hodge slotted three penalties each in Durban where both teams were reduced to 14 men. The hosts lost centre Andre Esterhuizen for a dangerous tackle in the 17th minute while Rebels skipper Nic Stirzaker was sent off towards the end for a second bookable offence.

Cell C Sharks 9, Rebels 9

Scorers

 

Cell C Sharks 9 – Penalties: Curwin Bosch (3).

Rebels 9 – Penalties: Reece Hodge (3).

 

Vodacom Bulls 20, Toyota Cheetahs 14

 

Scorers

 

Vodacom Bulls 20 – Tries: Jacques Potgieter, Jesse Kriel; Conversions: Tian Schoeman (2); Penalties: Schoeman (2).

Toyota Cheetahs 14 – Try: Paul Schoeman; Penalties: Niel Marais (3).

 

Crusaders 57, DHL Stormers 24

 

Scorers

 

Crusaders 57 – Tries: George Bridge (3), Kieran Read (2), Michael Alaalatoa, Peter Samu; Conversions: Richie Mo”unga (7); Penalty: Richie Mo”unga.

DHL Stormers 24 – Tries: Cheslin Kolbe, Bjorn Basson, Frans Malherbe; Conversions: Robert du Preez (3); Penalty: Du Preez.

 

Emirates Lions 24, Jaguares 21

 

Scorers

Emirates Lions 24 – Tries: Harold Vorster, Lionel Mapoe, Ruan Ackermann; Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3); Penalty: Jantjies.
Jaguares 21 – Tries: Matias Orlando, Rodrigo Baez, Guido Petti; Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez (3).

 

Waratahs 24, Southern Kings 26

 

Scorers

 

Waratahs 24 – Tries: Taqele Naiyaravoro (2), Cam Clark, Rob Horne; Conversions: Bernard Foley (2).

Southern Kings 26 – Tries: Justin Forwood, Masixole Banda, Michael Willemse, Penalty Try; Conversions: Lionel Cronje (2).

 

Other Round 9 results

 

Friday, 21 April

Hurricanes 56, Brumbies 21

 

Saturday, 22 April

Highlanders 40, Sunwolves 15

Force 7, Chiefs 16

 

The updated logs after Round 9:

Africa Conference 1

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 DHL Stormers 8 6 0 2 281 212 69 37 28 26
2 Vodacom Bulls 8 3 0 5 178 206 -28 19 24 14
3 Toyota Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 192 280 -88 19 35 10
4 Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 162 346 -184 20 47 5

Africa Conference 2

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 Emirates Lions 8 7 0 1 280 196 84 38 21 32
2 Cell C Sharks 8 5 1 2 203 167 36 17 18 24
3 Jaguares 8 4 0 4 210 172 38 23 20 20
4 Southern Kings 8 2 0 6 210 281 -71 27 37 10

Australian Conference

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 Brumbies 8 3 0 5 182 176 6 25 21 17
2 Reds 8 2 0 6 161 251 -90 22 34 10
3 Force 7 2 0 5 141 189 -48 17 26 9
4 Waratahs 8 2 0 6 187 263 -76 25 35 9
5 Rebels 7 1 1 5 103 263 -160 9 35 7

New Zealand Conference

Pos Teams P W D L PF PA PD TF TA PTS
1 Crusaders 8 8 0 1 295 150 145 44 17 36
2 Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 369 152 217 56 19 33
3 Chiefs 8 7 0 1 229 153 76 28 14 33
4 Highlanders 8 5 0 3 208 167 41 22 21 23
5 Blues 8 3 0 5 224 191 33 28 24 17
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