May 19 (Reuters) - Highlights of week 14 of Super Rugby:
Flyhalf Hayden Parker nailed a drop goal nearly four minutes after the hooter to give the Sunwolves back-to-back victories for the first time as Super Rugby made its Hong Kong debut with a Mong Kok Stadium thriller on Saturday.
The Sunwolves grabbed their first win of the season with a 63-28 thrashing of the Queensland Reds at home in Tokyo last weekend but this was a much tighter affair against the Cape Town-based Stormers.
Two tries from livewire winger Dillyn Leyds and an intercept score from JJ Engelbrecht helped the South Africans to a 17-10 halftime lead with Parker having scored all his side’s points through a converted try and a penalty.
Sunwolves lock Grant Hattingh crossed at the end of a sweeping move to lock up the scores after the break and Parker added his second penalty to put his side 20-17 ahead with 17 minutes to play.
Stormers fullback SP Marais landed two huge penalties, the second from five metres inside his own half, to edge the visitors back ahead, though, before the unerring Parker nailed his third three-pointer to set up the dramatic finale.
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The Hurricanes struggled to get their high octane attack going but still had just enough to overcome an obdurate Reds side on Friday, outscoring the visitors five tries to four to notch up their 10th straight Super Rugby victory.
Winger Ben Lam nabbed his 13th and 14th tries of the campaign and there were also scores from number eight Blade Thomson, lock Sam Lousi and flyhalf Beauden Barrett, who added 13 points with the boot.
Tries from winger Filipo Daugunu and prop Taniela Tupou helped the Reds to a 20-14 lead after 26 minutes with the other winger, Jordan Petaia, and centre Samu Kerevi crossing after the break to keep them in the match for the full 80 minutes.
The win put the Hurricanes back on top of the standings by three points pending the Canterbury Crusaders’ match on Saturday and extends New Zealand’s Super Rugby hegemony over Australia to 40 matches. (Editing by John O’Brien/Amlan Chakraborty)