(Reuters) - Highlights from Super Rugby week nine matches:
The Stormers struck early and ran in three tries in a nine-minute burst after the break to end their Australasian tour on a high with an emphatic victory over the Rebels in Melbourne.
Three successive defeats had made for a miserable trip for the Stormers but a brilliant individual try from winger Dillyn Leyds and a huge defensive effort gave them hope of returning to Cape Town with a win when they led 10-3 at halftime.
Reece Hodge intercepted a Jean-Luc du Plessis pass for a converted try that levelled up the scores straight after the break but Juarno Augustus, Damian de Allende and Ruhan Nel then crossed in quick succession for the visitors.
Will Genia and Campbell Magnay scored tries for the Australian Conference leaders to cut the deficit to 10 points with three minutes remaining, but Nel raced almost the length of the pitch for his second five-pointer to seal the victory.
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HIGHLIGHTS-Super Rugby week eight
Super Rugby champions the Canterbury Crusaders recovered a halftime deficit for the second week in a row to thrash the Otago Highlanders and extend their unbeaten run at home to 24 matches.
Ten points down after 12 minutes, the Crusaders ran in six tries to secure a bonus point victory and stretch their lead over the resting Wellington Hurricanes at the top of the New Zealand conference to 11 points.
Starting outside backs Braydon Ennor, David Havili and Sevu Reece all crossed before replacements Mitchell Drummond and Will Jordan added two more tries. The Highlanders also conceded a penalty try from a five-metre scrum.
Fullback Ben Smith, playing his 150th Super Rugby match, gave the visitors a flying start when he crossed in the third minute and Josh Ioane slotted a penalty soon afterwards but the flyhalf’s 74th-minute try was only ever going to be a consolation.
Editing by Amlan Chakraborty and Andrew Cawthorne