April 7, 2018 / 7:09 AM / 4 months ago

CORRECTED-HIGHLIGHTS-Rugby-Super Rugby week eight

(Clarifies Rebels are leaders not Brumbies in fourth para)

April 7 (Reuters) - Super Rugby highlights from week eight:

SUNWOLVES 29 WARATAHS 50

New South Wales Waratahs defeated the Sunwolves 50-29 in a try-fest at Tokyo’s Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium on Saturday as the Japanese side fell well short in their latest bid for a first Super Rugby win of the campaign.

On a chilly afternoon in the Japanese capital, the Sunwolves were let down by errors all over the park as they failed to keep pace with the Waratahs and maintained their unwanted record of never having beaten an Australian side in Super Rugby.

Despite an up-tempo game plan from Jamie Joseph’s men, the superior quality of the Australians showed as two tries from scrum half Jake Gordon gave the Waratahs a 38-17 lead following a first half that contained seven tries.

Four more tries followed in the second half and, despite a yellow card for captain Michael Hooper with 16 minutes remaining, the Waratahs ran out comfortable winners, closing the gap on the conference leading Melbourne Rebels to one point.

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HURRICANES 38 SHARKS 37

The Wellington Hurricanes needed a converted try from centre Ngani Laumape five minutes after the hooter to pip South Africa’s Sharks in a Super Rugby thriller at McLean Park, Napier on Friday.

The New Zealand conference leaders were trailing by nine points with two minutes remaining but Ihaia West slotted a penalty before the Hurricanes pack built a platform for Laumape to romp across the line for his second try of the night.

Flyhalf West, promoted to start after Beauden Barrett failed a late fitness test, still needed to add the conversion to give 2016 champions their fifth straight win and he nervelessly steered the ball between the posts to the delight of the crowd.

The Durban-based Sharks, picking up where they left off in their 63-40 win over the Blues in Auckland last week, scored four tries in a brilliant display of aggressive forward play and powerful running from the backline. (Compiled by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by John O’Brien)

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