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Super Rugby: SA conference


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 15 Apr 2013 at 14:36
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There’ve been some highs and lows for the South African teams and fans alike after this weekend’s Super Rugby matches. We had two derby games as the Sharks faced the Stormers in Cape Town, the Cheetahs played the Bulls in Pretoria and the Southern Kings played their final tour match against the Rebels in Melbourne Australia.

Southern Kings vs Rebels

The Kings were overflowing with confidence after their 4 try 28 all draw against the Brumbies last weekend. They started the match like most teams have against them leading 14 – 0 with 2 tries after just 14 minutes. It looked like they only had one thing in mind, a 4 try bonus point win. The Rebels managed to get back into the game with 2 tries of their own and scores were level 17-all at half time. The Kings lost a bit of concentration after half time and allowed the Rebels further breathing space and a comfortable 27 – 17 lead. However the Kings were not going to lie down and like so many times on this tour their character and never say die attitude came through for them in the closing minutes. After scoring a try of their own to level scores the game went into injury time and a drop goal through Demetri Catrakilis sealed a well deserved win and a great reward for the Kings.

The Kings collected 7 log points from their overseas tour, 3 against the Brumbies and 4 against the Rebels which puts them 13th on the over all log between the Force and the Rebels and 5th in the South African conference. The Kings’ next game is against the Bulls in Port Elizabeth.

Scorers:
Melbourne Rebels – Tries: Angus Roberts, Ged Robinson, Mitch Inman. Conversions: James O’Connor (3). Penalty goals: O’Connor (2).

Southern Kings – Tries: Ronnie Cooke, Shaun Venter, Wimpie van der Walt. Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (3). Penalty goals: Catrakilis (2). Drop goal: Catrakilis.

The Stormers v the Sharks

It seems like the matches between these two are one for you one for me at the moment. The Sharks went to Cape Town for their return match after the first one was won by them in Durban earlier this year. The Stormers were leading 9 – 0 after 20 minutes and it seemed like the game was going to be played out in a similar way to the one in Durban when the Shark won 12 – 6 through penalty kicks. The Sharks are laking some creativity and struggle at times to even do the basics right, but when Juan de Jongh broke the try drought between these two sides in the 35th minute it would be a difficult task for the Sharks to catch up. The Sharks tried to set up some line outs close to the Stormers line but their defence was just too good and Keegan Daniel went back to reliable kicker Patrick Lambie to add the 3 points. Lambie kicked an injury time penalty to bring the scores within 7 to at least get 1 point from the game.

The Sharks remain top of the South African conference on 26 points and 5th on the overall log. The Sharks next game is against the Cheetahs in Durban before they leave on their overseas leg of the competition.

After their win the Stormers remain 4th in the South African conference and 11th on the combined log. They will enjoy a break next weekend before facing the Hurricanes on the 26th of April.

Scorers:
Stormers – Try: Juan de Jongh. Conversion: Joe Pietersen. Penalty goals: Pietersen (5).

The Sharks – Penalty goals: Pat Lambie (5).

Bulls vs Cheetahs

The last South African derby was played between the Cheetahs and the Bulls in Pretoria. The Cheetahs seem like the inform team at the moment, they the top try scorer of the SA teams and second on the SA log. They recovered well after their 45 – 3 hammering by the Chiefs in their first tour game and managed to return to South Africa with 12 log points after winning their remaining 3 games. The game started off with the Cheetahs defending a blue wave after blue wave as the Bulls threw everything at them in the opening minutes. Despite all the attacking coming from the Bulls, the Cheetahs were the ones leading on the score board, 6 – 0 after 26 minutes. The Bulls only opened their account in the 29th minute with a Morne Steyn penalty. The Cheetahs went into the break leading 9 – 6. The Bulls managed to score two second half tries against the Cheetah’s one and Francois Brummer had the last say in the game for the Cheetahs to secure 1 point for losing with in 7.

After their lose the Cheetah are on level points with the Bulls in 3rd place with 23 points, the Cheetahs are in 6th place and the Bulls in 7th over all.

Cheetahs will face the Sharks in Durban this weekend and the Bulls will travel to Port Elizabeth for their match against the Southern Kings.

Scorers:
Bulls – Tries: Jano Vermaak, Callie Visagie. Conversions: Morné Steyn (2). Penalty goals: Steyn (4).

Cheetahs – Try: Trevor Nyakane. Penalty goals: Burton Francis (4), Francois Brummer.



3 Comments

  • at the moment not one of our teams look like they could be title contenders, i know it is still early in the season but it does not look good for the sa teams

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.04.13 14:43:00 by BR Reply
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  • SA derbies have always been brutal, but this year SA rugby as a whole is suffering more than usual – both from logjam and injuries.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.04.13 21:27:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Cheetahs are 6th, and 2nd in the SA Conference, but lest the sharkies forget, they are 3 points ahead, courtesy of a bye, and thus the Cheetahs are theoretically ahead, by a log point. Lose this weekend, and both the Cheetahs and likely the Bulls to leapfrog the Sharks on the log. Sobering!

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.13 07:52:13 by KingCheetah Reply

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