HIGHLIGHTS-Rugby-Super Rugby week four

HIGHLIGHTS-Rugby-Super Rugby week four
By Reuters

19/03/2017 at 06:28

March 18 (Reuters) - Highlights from week four of Super Rugby:

JAGUARES 41 CHEETAHS 14

Jaguares wing Ramiro Moyano bagged a hat-trick as they scored five tries to crush the Cheetahs 41-14 on Saturday for their third win in four Super Rugby matches at Velez Sarsfield.

Lock Matias Alemanno also went over for the Argentine side, who secured a bonus point, and they were awarded a penalty try in the dying seconds.

The home side lost left wing Santiago Cordero early on in controversial circumstances with a head injury after he was the victim of spear tackle that went unpunished.

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SHARKS 19 KINGS 17

Teenage flyhalf Curwin Bosch kicked a 52-metre penalty eight minutes from time to hand the Sharks a narrow win over the Southern Kings at King's Park on Saturday.

The visitors led for most of the game but the 12 penalties they conceded kept the Sharks in the hunt as the home side also scored tries through prop Lourens Adriaanse and wing Jacobus Van Wyk.

The visitors led 14-8 at halftime after tries from number eight Ruan Lerm and wing Makazole Mapimpi, but succumbed to a 17th successive defeat against fellow South African opponents.

LIONS 44 REDS 14

Lions wing Courtnall Skosan scored four tries as the South African side overwhelmed the Queensland Reds with a bonus-point victory at Ellis Park.

The visitors lost flyhalf Quade Cooper to a red card for a dangerous tackle early in the second half, minutes after having scrumhalf Nick Frisby sent to the sin-bin.

The Lions capitalised on that advantage and turned a 15-0 halftime lead into a dominant seven-try victory as flank Jaco Kriel, centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg and hooker Malcolm Marx also scored to inflict a 10th away defeat in a row on the Reds.

WARATAHS 12 BRUMBIES 28

Wallabies winger Henry Speight scored two second-half tries to inspire the ACT Brumbies to a 28-12 victory over the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday as the visitors secured a third straight win over the home side.

Brumbies centre Tevita Kuridrani cancelled out an early Tom Robertson try to send the teams in to the break at 7-7 before hooker Robbie Abel and Speight went over within three minutes of each other to put the game out of the Waratahs' reach.

Jake Gordon pulled a try back for the home side with 18 minutes remaining but Speight burst through a couple of weak tackles with five minutes left to seal victory for the Brumbies.

HURRICANES 41 HIGHLANDERS 15

The Hurricanes blew away the Highlanders with a dominant second-half display as the defending Super Rugby champions got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 41-15 victory in Wellington.

Ngani Laumape and Vince Aso scored two tries apiece for the home side, with Ardie Savea, Julian Savea and Matt Proctor also touching down for the Hurricanes, who won their third match in four outings following last week's loss to the Chiefs.

Matt Faddes and Elliot Dixon responded with tries for the Hurricanes, who were guilty of 13 handling errors in the match as they fell to their third loss in four matches.

BULLS 34 SUNWOLVES 21

South Africa's Bulls recorded their first victory of the Super Rugby season despite playing almost an entire half with 14 players against the Sunwolves of Japan.

Centre Jan Serfontein bagged a brace of tries to go with scores from prop Pierre Schoeman and lock Jason Jenkins after the Bulls held a 17-14 lead at halftime.

The hosts lost flank Renaldo Bothma to a red card a minute into the second period for a dangerously high tackle on loose-forward Ed Quirk but still had too much muscle for the winless Sunwolves, whose tries came via Quirk and wing Kenki Fukuoka.

REBELS 14 CHIEFS 27

Tries from Dominic Bird, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane and Shaun Stevenson ensured the Chiefs had a 27-14 win over a spirited Rebels team in Melbourne on Friday to remain unbeaten and move back to the top of the Super Rugby table.

The Chiefs were leading 7-3 at halftime and late tries from Cane and Stevenson in the final five minutes ended any hopes of a late comeback from the Rebels.

Marika Koroibete had the only try of the game for the Rebels, who took an 11-7 lead at one point.

The win meant that the Chiefs have won all their four games to top the standings while the Rebels remain rooted to the bottom, having lost all their three games so far.

CRUSADERS 33 BLUES 24

The Canterbury Crusaders continued their series of great escapes with a comeback win over the Auckland Blues in their Super Rugby match in Christchurch on Friday.

Trailing 21-5 at half-time, the Crusaders' forwards lifted their work-rate and late tries to Mitch Hunt and Mitchell Drummond ensured the home side maintained their perfect start to the season.

Hunt slotted a penalty after the siren to hand the Crusaders a last-gasp win over the Reds in Brisbane last week, and the team rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin the week before. (Reporting by Ian Ransom, Shravanth Vijayakumar and John O'Brien; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly and Ken Ferris)

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