March 29, 2019 / 8:27 AM / 2 months ago

HIGHLIGHTS-Super Rugby week seven

March 30 (Reuters) - Highlights from Super Rugby week seven matches:

JAGUARES 27 CHIEFS 30

Damian McKenzie scored a try and kicked 15 points, the last of which were from a conversion that went in off the post in the dying seconds, to give the Chiefs a dramatic win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

Centre Tumua Manu also scored a try for the Chiefs, who were 17-6 up at the break and increased the lead to 20-6 minutes after the restart before the Jaguares roared back in the second spell.

Converted tries to Joaquin Tuculet, Pablo Matera and Matias Orlando gave the home side a 27-23 lead with just seven minutes remaining.

But a last gasp try by replacement scrumhalf Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, converted by McKenzie, gave the visitors the win and kept the Jaguares rooted to the bottom of the South African conference.

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SHARKS 16 BULLS 19

A late Handre Pollard penalty delivered the Bulls a narrow victory in a scrappy game at King’s Park in Durban on Saturday.

The boot of the Springbok pivot, who scored 14 points for his side, proved the difference as the Pretoria side bounced back from last week’s heavy home thrashing by Waikato Chiefs.

All the tries came in the second half as Daniel du Preez and Andre Esterhuizen scored for the home team and Jesse Kriel went over for the Bulls.

The tempestuous clash saw rivals hookers Schalk Brits and Akker van der Merwe red carded after throwing punches at each other and both now face suspension.

REDS 13 REBELS 32

Winger Jack Maddocks grabbed a brace of tries to fire the Melbourne Rebels to a dominant win over the Queensland Reds on Saturday as Quade Cooper enjoyed a successful return to Lang Park after a year of exile.

The Rebels’ fourth win of the season put them top of the Australian conference while sending the rebuilding Reds crashing back to earth after successive wins in their last two matches.

Frozen out by Reds coach Brad Thorn for the entire 2018 season, new Rebels recruit Cooper set up both Maddocks’ tries and booted 12 points against his former team.

Hooker Anaru Rangi and replacement flanker Rob Leota grabbed the other tries for the Rebels, who returned to winning ways after a disappointing tour of South Africa.

BLUES 24 STORMERS 9

Winger Rieko Ioane grabbed his seventh try of the season to secure the Auckland Blues their third win in succession as the home side held on after being reduced to 14 men late at Eden Park on Saturday.

Blues winger Tanielu Tele’a scored a first-half try but was handed a red card in the 70th minute after a dangerous aerial clash that flattened his opposite number Dillyn Leyds.

Stormers replacement back SP Marais then missed the simplest of penalty goals that would have trimmed the lead to five points, allowing Ioane to put the game beyond the South Africans with a clever step and try at the left corner with five minutes left.

Flyhalf Otere Black grabbed the Blues’ second try under the posts in the 62nd minute after a brilliant off-load by Sonny Bill Williams, while the Stormers, who suffered their third loss, were held try-less.

WARATAHS 29 SUNWOLVES 31

A hat-trick of tries from winger Semesi Masirewa and another perfect goalkicking performance by flyhalf Hayden Parker helped the Sunwolves to a win over the Waratahs, just a week after they were told they would be cut after next year’s tournament.

Lock Grant Hattingh also scored a try for the Tokyo-based side, who won their first game on Australian soil four weeks after they achieved the feat in New Zealand for the first time.

Nick Phipps, Cam Clark, Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale all scored tries for the Waratahs, who were hosting Friday’s game in Newcastle due to the rebuilding of their home ground in Sydney.

The loss damaged the Waratahs’ hold on top of the Australia conference as they moved to 15 competition points, just two ahead of the second placed Melbourne Rebels, who play the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

HURRICANES 8 CRUSADERS 32

David Havili capitalised on Hurricanes’ errors to score two tries as the Crusaders recorded a comfortable victory in a stop-start match on Friday.

Will Jordan and Braydon Ennor also crossed for the visitors who moved to 24 points on the table, giving themselves some breathing room ahead of the Hurricanes (19) at the top of the New Zealand conference.

Ngani Laumape scored the Hurricanes’ only try in the match in which both sides committed numerous errors while the Crusaders defence forced several turnovers when the hosts were on attack.

There could be some concerns for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen as captain Kieran Read was replaced at halftime with a knee injury after about 20 minutes. It was Read’s first match for the Crusaders this season. (Compiled by Greg Stutchbury, Ian Ransom and Mark Gleeson; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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