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HIGHLIGHTS-Rugby-Super Rugby week eight

April 8 (Reuters) - Super Rugby highlights from week eight:

JAGUARES 14 CRUSADERS 40

Wings George Bridge and Manasa Mataele scored two tries each and flyhalf Mitch Hunt bagged 13 points as title holders the Crusaders crushed Argentina’s Jaguares 40-14 at Velez Sarsfield.

Hunt and Ryan Crotty also scored tries for the visitors with the flyhalf kicking four conversions as the Crusaders bagged a bonus point.

The Jaguares, who have two wins from their seven matches, were unable to repeat their usual good start at home despite the lion’s share of possession in the first half and went in 19-0 down at halftime.

The Argentine side did manage two tries in the second half from fullback Joaquin Tuculet and wing Emiliano Boffelli, both converted by flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez.

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BRUMBIES 45 REDS 21

The ACT Brumbies came back after conceding two early tries to comprehensively beat their compatriots in Canberra, including a first try since his return for David Pocock.

Isi Naisarani scored twice and Fotau Fainga’a, Chance Peni and Rory Arnold also went over for the home side. Pocock, who had a sabbatical last year, scored the last of the seven-try haul for the Brumbies.

The Reds made a storming start and scored through Taniela Tupou and Chris Feauai-Sautia in the opening 22 minutes but saw their 18-12 halftime lead wiped out after the interval.

Both sides now have three wins and three defeats from their opening six matches of the 2018 campaign.

CHIEFS 21 BLUES 19

A late penalty try handed the Chiefs a fifth victory in six Super Rugby matches this year and extended their record-breaking dominance over the struggling Blues.

Chiefs are now undefeated in their last 14 games against the Blues — the longest unbeaten streak for any team against another in Super Rugby history — but they were behind for much of the match before securing their hard-fought success in Hamilton.

The Chiefs recovered from a 14-19 halftime deficit to win when referee Paul Williams awarded a penalty try in the 74th minute as the home scrum powered towards the line.

The home side scored the game’s first try after 12 minutes through wing Sean Wainui but James Parsons went over just before halftime for the Blues.

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 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 Rebels to one point.

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 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 home 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.

LIONS 52 STORMERS 31

Speedy winger Madosh Tambwe scored a record-equalling four tries — including a hat-trick in the opening 13 minutes — as the Lions recorded a convincing victory in a high tempo contest at Ellis Park.

Lionel Mapoe, Kwagga Smith, Franco Mostert and Ruan Combrinck added four more tries as the Stormers suffered a fifth defeat in this year’s campaign.

Wilco Louw, Damian Willemse and substitute Paul de Wet, playing only his second Super Rugby game, scored for the Cape Town-based Stormers, who were also awarded a penalty try in the last minute.

The 20-year-old Congo-born Tambwe equalled the record for the most tries scored by an individual in a Super Rugby encounter. (Compiled by Nick Mulvenney, Mark Gleeson and Rex Gowar; Editing by John O’Brien and Pritha Sarkar)

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