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Opening weekend of the Super 14: Waikato Chiefs stun Sh...

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Opening weekend of the Super 14: Waikato Chiefs stun Sharks on their own hunting ground

Also this weekend: Bulls get off to cracking start in defence of Super 14 title, while Stormers overpower Lions.

Sharks 18 – Chiefs 19

Chiefs flyhalf Stephen Donald kicked over a last-minute penalty to give the Kiwis a dramatic 19-18 win over the Sharks in Durban on Saturday The lead changed hands three times in the last five minutes, when the Chiefs got a penalty a minute after the referee awarded the Sharks a kick that looked to have won them the game. Photo: Reuters.

Read more: Sport 24, Super 14

 

Blues 20 – Hurricanes 34

The Wellington Hurricanes slotted a record nine Super 14 penalty kicks and scored 22 unanswered points, beating the Auckland Blues 34-20 in the opening match of the 2010 season on Friday night in Auckland. Flyhalf Willie Ripia slotted five and scrumhalf Piri Weepu kicked four, while Hosea Gear scored an intercept try.

Read more: Big Pond Sport, Super 14

 

Western Force 15 – Brumbies 24

Brumbies skipper Stirling Mortlock became the first player to reach 1,000 Super tournament points in his 118th game, as his team beat the Western Force 24-15 in Perth on Friday. Two early conversions saw Mortlock reach the record, and then his pass to Huia Edmonds allowed the hooker to cross late in the match.

Read more: Sport 24, Super 14

 

Cheetahs 34 – Bulls 51

The Bulls won the Super 14 last year, and a 51-34 win over the Cheetahs on Friday night in Bloemfontein saw them get off to a good start in 2010. The scoreline didn’t convey how well the Cheetahs did, and Eskom’s embarrassing blackout mid-match can only have the 2010 Soccer World Cup organisers chewing their nails.

Read more: Sport 24, Super 14

 

Crusaders 32 – Highlanders 17

The Crusaders stuttered to a last-gasp 32-17 victory over the Highlanders in Christchurch on Saturday, as the Highlanders fought back from a 10-0 deficit to trail 18-17 with 13 minutes remaining. The Crusaders got a bonus point after dominating the first half, but the Highlanders continually repelled them.

Read more: Sport 24, Super 14

 

Reds 28 – Waratahs 30

Wallaby No. 8 Wycliff Palu scored a last-minute try to give the Waratahs a 30-28 win over the Reds in their Super 14 clash on Saturday. The Reds were awarded a penalty try with 10 minutes left, which appeared to clinch the game, but Rory Sidey’s subsequent try pulled the Waratahs close, and Palu’s converted try won it.

Read more: Sport 24, Super 14

 

Lions 13 – Stormers 26

Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen scored 21 points as the Cape Town team romped home 26-13 over the Lions on Saturday. In 10th place last year, the Stormers now have Springboks Bryan Habana, a former Bull, and Jaque Fourie, a former Lion, in their side. Pietersen scored a try, and kicked two conversions and four penalties.

Read more: Sport 24, Super 14

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