Hurricanes v Chiefs
Jordie Barrett landed a penalty at the death to give the Hurricanes victory in Hamilton on Friday evening. The game was a solid contest from the beginning with both teams well matched up front. The Hurricanes, in the lead up to the final penalty, strung together a startling 36 phases in testament to their ball retention skills.
Tries: Lachlan Boshier, Tumua Manu, Shaun Stevenson
Conversions: Damian McKenzie (3)
Tries: Ben Lam, Fletcher Smith, Asafo Aumua
Conversion: Jordie Barrett (3)
Penalties: Barrett (2)
Blues v Lions
The Blues, predictably, despatched the Lions easily at Eden Park on Saturday with a resounding 43-10 scoreline. The Aukland men managed 6 tries in their 5-point victory and subsequently moved to the top of the New Zealand conference.
Tries: Rieko Ioane (2), Stephen Perofeta, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Hoskins Sotutu, 1 x penalty try
Conversions: Otere Black (3), Harry Plummer (1)
Penalties: Otere Black (1)
Tries: Dan Kriel
Conversions: Elton Jantjies
Penalty: Elton Jantjies
Sunwolves v Crusaders
The Crusaders surged in the second half against the Sunwolves to post a final score of 49-14. The visitors were reduced to 13 men late in the game after Hugh Roach was red carded shortly before Sevu Reece received a yellow but it was small consequence as they asserted their dominance on the game with ease.
Tries: Tom Christie, Sione Havili, Reece (2), Luke Romano, Braydon Ennor, Fergus Burke.
Conversions: Brett Cameron (5), Burke (2)
Tries: Ben Hyne, Garth April
Conversions: Garth April (2)
Reds v Bulls
The Bulls dominated the first quarter with a 17-0 lead against the Reds before losing control of the game and going down 41-17 at the end. The Reds managed 6 tries for their bonus point win, leaving the Bulls with seventh straight defeat in Brisbane.
Tries: Liam Wright, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Alex Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Isaac Lucas, Harry Hoopert
Conversions: Bryce Hegarty (4)
Penalty: Bryce Hegarty (1)
Tries: Embrose Papier, Rosko Specman, Warrick Gelant
Conversions: Manie Libbok
Sharks v Stormers
The Sharks emerged 10-point winners in a gritty affair against the Stormers in Durban yesterday. The forwards were evenly matched and the game was largely characterised as a war of attrition up front. Final score: 24-14.
Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Makazole Mapimpi
Conversions: Curwin Bosch (1)
Penalties: Curwin Bosch (3)
Tries: Herschel Jantjies, Paul De Wet
Conversions: Damian Willemse (2)
Brumbies v Waratahs
The Brumbies thrashed the Waratahs 47-14 in a one-sided encounter in Canberra on Sunday. The Waratahs have not been at their best this season while the Brumbies continue to go from strength to strength.
Tries: Solomone Kata (2), Cadeyrn Neville, Joe Powell, Tom Wright (2), Tom Banks
Conversions: Noah Lolesio (4), Ryan Lonergan, Banks
Tries: Rob Simmons, Mark Nawaqanitawase
Conversions: Will Harrison (2)
*Jaguares v Highlanders – game cancelled.