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Weekend rugby WRAP

The weekend’s rugby results:

Super Rugby:
Waratahs 33 – 37 Crusaders
Cheetahs 33 – 36 Highlanders
Force 3 – 17 Stormers
Chiefs 33 – 14 Hurricanes
Lions 20 – 34 Brumbies
Blues 11 – 23 Reds

Vodacom Cup:
Pampas 24 – 30 Sharks
Border 47 – 31 SWD
Western Province 42 – 31 Free State
Pumas 46 – 10 Leopards
Eastern Province 29 – 24 Boland
Griffons 28 – 50 Blue Bulls
Griquas 83 – 3 Valke

Next weekend’s Vodacom Cup quarter finals:
Western Province v Lions, Newlands
Griquas v Pampas XV, Kimberley
Sharks XV v Blue Bulls, Durban
Pumas v Eastern Province, Witbank

Heineken Cup semi finals:
Ulster 22 – 19 Edinburgh
Clermont 15 – 19 Leinster

Heineken Cup final: 19 May at Twickenham, 17h00

Schoolboy Results (courtesy of Rugby365):

Eastern Cape
Daniël Pienaar vs Otto du Plessis, 48-6
Framesby vs Ben Vorster, 49-13
Pearson vs Despatch, 27-25

Free State/Griqualand West
Diamantveld vs Outeniqua, 17-16
EG Jansen vs Louis Botha, 27-23
Grey College vs Waterkloof, 37-20

KwaZulu Natal
Hilton vs Kearsney, 13-6
KES vs DHS, 65-11
Michaelhouse vs St Charles, 34-9

Western Cape
Affies vs Paarl Boys’ High, 22-14
Boland Landbou vs HTS Middelburg, 37-22
Langenhoven Gym vs PW Botha, 18-15
Monument vs Oakdale, 19-14
Paarl Gym vs Glenwood, 35-25
Paul Roos vs Maritzburg College, 22-21
Rondebosch vs Helpmekaar, 37-8
St Andrew’s vs Bishops, 19-16
SACS vs St Stithians, 33-3
Swartland vs Durbanville, 22-19
Wynberg vs St John’s, 41-13

 

Super Rugby match reports …

Lions 20 (6) Brumbies 34 (17)

The Lions looked completely at see in losing their seventh match of the season on Friday evening. The Brumbies scored six tries to two and if it wasn’t for some very wayward kicking by the visitors, the score would’ve been much bigger. Between Christian Lealiifano and Jesse Mogg they missed six out of eight kicks at goal, worth 14 points.

The Lions had no answer to the Brumbies’ attacking play as the men from Joburg missed way too many tackles, with their tries consolation like, both scored in the final 20 minutes of the match.

Butch James showed his true character (or lack thereof) and was duly suspended from all forms of the game for four weeks because of a dangerous and mindless charge into a ruck. Retiring from all forms of the game would not be the worst decision he could make …

Lions – Tries: Jaco Taute, Caylib Oosthuizen. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2). Penalty goals: Jantjies (2).

Brumbies – Tries: Ruaidhri Murphy, Henry Speight (2), Andrew Smith, Joseph Tomane, Ben Alexander. Conversions: Jesse Mogg, Christian Lealiifano.

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Force 3 (3) Stormers 17 (7)

The injury ravaged Stormers recorded their third win on tour to remain atop the SA Conference in on Saturday morning, having conceded only two tries in their four tour matches – one each against the Crusaders and the Reds. They scored eight in total.

The Force are no bench mark, but the Stormers played very well tactically and used the bad conditions in their favour. Initially on the back foot, taking strain up front without the grunt of Etzebeth and Vermeulen, slowly the visitors started using clever kicks to dominate territory.

Bryan Habana scored an early intercept try and while television replays showed he probably dropped the ball over the line, the try was awarded. It was without doubt his best performance in a 13 jersey …

Peter Grant got his second try in as many games and contributed 12 of the Stormers’ points, Juan de Jongh was outstanding, showing incredible skill in the difficult conditions, Kolisi was again more than industrial, and Nizaam Carr showed glimpses of what is to come from this talented player.

Force – Penalty goal: David Harvey.

Stormers – Tries: Bryan Habana, Peter Grant. Conversions: Grant (2). Penalty goal: Grant.

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Cheetahs 33 (23) Highlanders 36 (9)

It wasn’t pretty at the Free State Stadium as the Highlanders fought back from 21 points down in the last 25 minutes to beat the Cheetahs by 3 points on Saturday afternoon.

Truth be told, the Cheetahs should’ve put this game away with less than half an hour left on the clock, but it seemed that they ran out of steam towards the end as the visitors from Otago ran in three unanswered tries to clinch an unlikely victory.

Goosen injured his shoulder scoring a try (and is out the game for 4 months sadly) and was replaced by Sias Ebersohn, who missed an absolute sitter late in the match.

After Goosen’s try, Chris Noakes and Jimmy Cowan scored tries for the visitors. Noakes added two penalty goals, the match winner coming in the 79th minute. It was a choke of enormous proportions from the Bloem boys and provided proof that they still have a little to learn before being real title contenders …

Goosen will miss the Junior World Championship to be held in South Africa in June.

Cheetahs – Tries: Coenie Oosthuizen, Andries Ferreira, Johan Goosen. Conversions: Goosen (2), Sias Ebersohn . Penalty goals: Goosen (3), Sias Ebersohn.

Highlanders – Tries: Chris Noakes, Jimmy Cowan (2). Conversions: Noakes (3). Penalty goals: Mike Delany (3), Noakes (2)

Well done to Philip Kraft on his yellow cap in the Front Row Grunt Super Rugby SuperBru pool, and Brendan Wainwright who now tops the table after 10 weeks of action. Tank hovers round the 330 mark on the leader board with an average 4 out of 6 correct picks …

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Next weekend’s S15 fixtures:

Friday, May 4, 2012
09:35: Hurricanes v Blues
11:40: Rebels v Bulls

Saturday, May 5, 2012
09:35: Chiefs v Lions
11:40: Brumbies v Waratahs
17:05: Sharks v Highlanders
19:10: Cheetahs v Force

Sunday, May 6, 2012
05:00: Crusaders v Reds

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Author: Tank

Ex WP prop with a fair amount of experience in all things media ...

One Comment

  1. Thanks for all the results Tank. Watching the schools rugby at Diamantveld today there were a few noticeable deficiencies. Firsty, the tackling and passing was very poor, two basics of rugby and secondly never have I seen so many fat out of condition props as were on display throughout the day.