April 27, 2018 / 3:59 PM / 10 months ago

REFILE-HIGHLIGHTS-Super Rugby week 11

(adds dropped letter a in Mataele in Crusaders win)

April 28 (Reuters) - Highlights from Super Rugby week 11:


Crusaders’ replacement winger Manasa Mataele scored two tries while the Brumbies were reduced to 14 men before the visitors produced a stoic defensive effort when they were themselves reduced to 13 players to beat the Canberra-based team.

The victory extended the New Zealand side’s dominance over Australian opposition, extending their winning streak to 36 games.

The Crusaders dominated the first half as they raced out to a 21-8 lead with Tim Bateman also crossing for a try before Mataele scored twice while Brumbies winger Chance Peni was on the sidelines for a high tackle on Israel Dagg.

Brumbies winger Henry Speight scored their only try early in the match.


Reds upset Lions with early try blitz

Stormers keep up unbeaten home record

Aso brace gives Hurricanes flattering win

Brumbies’ Pocock out of Crusaders clash

Shields still waiting on England decision

Bulls prop Schoeman banned for biting

New Super Rugby, same old Australia


Lions to receive ceremonial caps

Farrell would be ‘brilliant’ England captain

Winger North returns to Wales

Clarke gets Ospreys head coach role

Springboks great Habana to retire

England’s Hartley ruled out of S.Africa tour

Pau’s Armitage out for nine months

Thomas shines as Racing reach final


Jaguares’ controlled and conservative approach in the second half helped them to a win over the Blues in atrocious conditions and gave the Argentine side their third successive victory, propelling them to second in the South African conference.

The visitors trailed 13-5 at halftime but as heavy rain pelted down they kept the ball tight, played in the Blues’ territory and scored tries through winger Emiliano Boffelli and replacement Tomas Lezana to overturn the deficit.

Jaguares hooker Agustin Creevy had scored the opening try of the game from a rolling maul before the Blues replied with tries to winger Tumua Manu and fullback Matt Duffie, giving them hopes of their first win at home this season.

The Jaguares, who had never won on New Zealand soil before, dominated the set piece to improve to 5-5 this season and are on 20 points, 11 behind the conference-leading Lions.


A young Reds side scored four first-half tries and produced a strong defensive effort to script a major upset with victory over the South African-conference leading Lions in Brisbane.

The Lions had trailled 24-0 at halftime and 27-0 early in the second half before they struck back with two tries to hooker Malcolm Marx to get to 27-12 with 20 minutes remaining.

The errors that had blighted their first-half performance, which led to tries for the Reds to JP Smith, Caleb Timu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa and George Smith, hurt them again in the final quarter as they failed to complete the comeback despite two late tries to replacement Marnus Schoeman.


The Stormers kept up their unbeaten home record in this year’s Super Rugby competition with a 34-18 win over the Rebels to lift themselves off the bottom of the South African conference.

JJ Engelbrecht went over for two tries and fellow Springboks Damian de Allende and Dillyn Leyds also scored for the home side with Sefa Naivalu going over twice for the Australians.

The Stormers threatened a runaway score as they dominated early with three unanswered tries before the Rebels staged a comeback and reduced the deficit to nine points in the closing stages.

But a try on the final whistle for Engelbrecht ensured a healthy winning margin for the hosts.


Inside centre Vince Aso crossed for four tries but only two of them counted as the Hurricanes moved to the top of the standings following their victory over Japan’s Sunwolves.

Aso, who crossed in the 74th and 79th minute, had two tries ruled out earlier by television match official Ben Skeen - the first for a marginal forward pass from Julian Savea and then for a dangerous clear out by Ardie Savea some 70 metres downfield.

Julian Savea, Finlay Christie, Reed Prinsep, Jordie Barrett and Brad Shields also scored for the home side, who moved to 32 points on the table, two ahead of the Lions and three in front of the defending champion Canterbury Crusaders.

The Hurricanes, who had won their last six games, only put the game beyond doubt in the final six minutes with three tries — two of which were scored by Aso. (Compiled by Greg Stutchbury and Mark Gleeson; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly and Ken Ferris)

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