The DHL Stormers stunned the Emirates Lions with a last-gasp try in their Vodacom Super Rugby derby in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon, the Cell C Sharks notched up their second win in a row when they defeated the Blues in Durban, while the Jaguares defeated the Vodacom Bulls in the final fixture of this weekend’s second round action.
Cell C Sharks sink their teeth into Blues in Durban
Replacement Curwin Bosch scored an intercept try in the last few minutes to secure a second straight bonus-point win for the Cell C Sharks in their first home game of the campaign in Durban on Saturday.
The home side gave a good attacking and defensive display in the first half which allowed them to build a deserved 19-0 lead at the break. Aphelele Fassi, Robert du Preez and Akker van der Merwe each scored a try in the opening half that was marked by some slick handling and strong mauling by the coastal outfit.
The visiting Blues played much better in the second half and scored their only try through replacement Tanielu Tele’a, while flyhalf Oteri Black also had a try disallowed. Ruan Botha was yellow-carded in the 77th minute but the hosts were able to hold onto their lead for their second win. The Cell C Sharks host the DHL Stormers in Durban next Saturday (17h15). Click on the scores to access the full match details.
Cell C Sharks (19) 26 – Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Akker van der Merwe, Rob du Preez, Curwin Bosch; Conversions: Rob du Preez (3).
Blues (0) 7 – Try: Tanielu Tele’a; Conversion: Otere Black
DHL Stormers stun Emirates Lions in Cape Town thriller
Herschel Jantjies scored the match-winning try seven minutes into additional time to snatch a 19-17 win over the Emirates Lions in Cape Town on Saturday evening. The Highveld team led 14-6 at halftime through converted tries from Kwagga Smith and skipper Warren Whiteley.
The reliable boot of SP Marais kept the home side in the match with four successful penalties and although they didn’t have things their own way for much of the game, they managed to keep within touching distance of the visitors.
In the last play of the match in stoppage time, Jantjies, who had come onto the pitch to replace scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, burst through a gap in the defence to score the try that brought the DHL Stormers level. Marais kicked the winning points with his easy conversion to secure a stunning turnaround win for the jubilant Capetonians.
DHL Stormers (6) 19 – Try: Herschel Jantjies; Conversion: SP Marais; Penalties: Marais (4).
Emirates Lions (14) 17 – Tries: Kwagga Smith, Warren Whiteley; Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2); Penalty: Jantjies.
Jaguares conquer Vodacom Bulls in Buenos Aires
The Vodacom Bulls travelled to the Argentinean capital with much confidence on the back of a superb win over the DHL Stormers, but they were brought down to earth in the soggy conditions of Buenos Aires where the Jaguares scored a 27-12 bonus-point win in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The home team scored three tries in front of their appreciative crowd while the visitors made too many handling errors which prevented them from crossing the line. The Jaguares led 7-3 at halftime.
Matias Orlando, Rodrigo Bruni and Bautista Delguy each dotted down, while Joaquin Diaz Bonilla contributed 12 points with three conversions and two penalties. The Vodacom Bulls’ points came via the boot of Handre Pollard who slotted four penalties.
The Emirates Lions host rivals the Vodacom Bulls in a 15h05 kick off next Saturday while the Jaguares welcome the Blues to Buenos Aires in their late-evening round three encounter.
Jaguares 27 – Tries: Matias Orlando, Rodrigo Bruni, Bautista Delguy; Conversions: Diaz Bonilla (3); Penalties: Bonilla (2).
Vodacom Bulls 12 – Penalties: Handre Pollard (4).
Other Round 2 results of the weekend:
Friday, 22 February
Highlanders 36, Reds 31
Saturday, 23 February
Sunwolves 30, Waratahs 31
Crusaders 38, Hurricanes 22
Brumbies 54, Chiefs 17
The Vodacom Super Rugby log after Round 2 (SA, NZ, AUS conferences):
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