April 28 (Reuters) - Highlights from Super Rugby week 11:
Lima Sopoaga kicked over a last gasp penalty to secure a dramatic away win at Loftus Versfeld for the Otago Highlanders over their South African hosts at the end of one of the more exciting games of the season.
The All Black stand-off contributed a total of 19 points as the Highlanders came back after going 28-26 down with just two minutes left.
The lead changed hands four times in an even encounter.
The Highlanders’ tries came from Aaron Smith and Fletcher Smith while the Bulls were awarded a penalty try and then added two more through Handre Pollard and Jesse Kriel.
Sopoaga penalty snatches dramatic Highlanders win away at Bulls
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 Christian Radnedge)