Bulls beat Brumbies hands down; Sharks mauled by Cheetahs; Stormers blow away Waratahs.
Bulls 50 — Brumbies 32
The Bulls went 50 points plus in two matches when they beat the Brumbies 50-32 after an uninspiring start. Their pack came back after the break when the Pretoria side were 21-20 down. Man of the Match, Morné Steyn, scored 35 points, including two tries in the Bulls’ five-try total.
Photo: Morne Steyn of the Bulls (L) scores a try as Brumbie’s Rocky Elsom looks on during their Super 14 rugby match at Loftus Versfeldt in Pretoria February 20, 2010. Picture taken February 20, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer
Highlanders 15 — Blues 19
Blues fullback Paul Williams went over for two tries against his old team as the Aucklanders came back from some poor scrummaging, rucking and lineout work to claim a narrow win over the Highlanders in Dunedin. Williams scored tries in each half in the Blues fourth straight Super win over the South Island team.
Reds 41 — Crusaders 20
The Reds took a bonus point running in four tries against seven-time Super rugby champions the Crusaders. Wallaby star Quade Cooper scored 31 of the Brisbane side’s 41 points total with two tries, three conversions and five penalties. The Crusaders are really missing skipper Richie McCaw, who’s sitting out a few matches to recover from injuries.
Sharks 20 — Cheetahs 25
The Sharks head off across the ocean to face the Crusaders, Brumbies, Waratahs and Highlanders after their 25-20 defeat to the Cheetahs. They lost to the Chiefs last week in the dying minute by one point, and just aren’t firing. It was skipper John Smit’s 100th Super rugby match, and one he’d rather forget.
Lions 65 — Chiefs 72
The Chiefs beat the Lions 72-65 in a record-breaking Super 14 match. The 137 point total came as both teams scored nine tries, with Lion’s newcomer Wandile Mjekevu and All Blacks centre Richard Kahui each scoring a hat-trick, in a game characterised by poor defensive play.
Hurricanes 47 — Western Force 22
The Hurricanes brushed aside Perth’s Western Force 47-22 in Wellington, after leading 18-8 at halftime. They ran in five tries in the second half by playing an expansive game which saw them make 14 handling errors, but go over for seven tries in total.
Stormers 27 — Waratahs 6
The Waratahs take on Super 14 champions the Bulls next week after going down to the Stormers 27-6. The Stormers ran in three tries to none against an uncharacteristically out-of-sorts Waratahs, who lacked composure, concentration and quality execution. Bryan Habana’s move from the Bulls to the Cape squad added to the Tahs’ misery, as he went over twice in the game.