Le Roux inspires Cheetahs to win over Stormers
April 26, 2014
The Western Force celebrate their win over the Bulls © Getty Images
The Cheetahs beat the Stormers 35-22 to move off the foot of the Super Rugby table.
South Africa international Willie Le Roux played a starring role as the Bloemfontein club strung together 23 unanswered points to set up their first win for two months. Hennie Daniller, Rayno Benjamin and Le Roux all crossed for first-half tries during the Cheetahs' decisive burst. Cornall Hendricks and Trevor Nyakane confirmed the result with scores in the final 10 minutes.
The Western Force continued their impressive season with a 15-9 win over the Bulls on Saturday.
It was a match played in poor conditions and both teams took to kicking possession away rather than putting it through the hands but it was the Force who came away with a key win. Sias Ebersohn's five penalties brought up the Force's total with two penalties from Jacques-Louis Potgieter and one from Handre Pollard earning the Bulls a losing bonus point.
A Cory Jane hat-trick helped the Hurricanes to a 35-21 win over the Reds in Wellington on Saturday.
The Hurricanes ran in five tries with openside Jack Lam receiving plenty of plaudits for his performance at openside. The Reds led 14-10 at the break with Quade Cooper slotting nine points and Ben Lucas grabbing a try. But in the second 40 the Hurricanes pulled away with Jane scoring his third, following a first-half brace, and TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea also scoring. James Hanson scored for the Reds in the second-half but they left Wellington empty handed.
The Highlandersshocked the Sharks winning 34-18 at Kings Park on Friday evening.
The Sharks went into the latest round of Super Rugby sitting at the top of the overall table but the Highlanders put together a remarkable performance as they put four tries on the hosts. Richard Buckman, Aaron Smith, Shane Christie and Malakai Fekitoa all scored for the visitors with Lima Sopoaga slotting 14 points.
The Sharks failed to get over the tryline with Tim Swiel knocking over all 18 points for the hosts from the tee.
Aaron Smith scores for the Highlanders © Getty Images
Tevita Kuridrani and Matt Toomua scored two tries apiece as the Brumbies thumped defending Super Rugby champions Chiefs 41-23 at Canberra Stadium.
Toomua opened the scoring then wrapped up a convincing victory with a 50-metre sprint, with Joe Tomane and Kuridrani also on the scoresheet as the Brumbies claimed a four-try bonus point. Brad Weber and Josh Hohneck crossed for the Chiefs as they attempted to stage a second half comeback, but the home side were too strong.
The Blues saw off the Waratahs 21-13 at Eden Park on Friday.
The Blues took the lead in the seventh minute through a Simon Hickey penalty and they did not relinquish it for the rest of the game. The Blues extended their advantage when left wing Lolagi Visinia scored after finding the end of a wide cut-out pass from Ma'a Nonu. Hickey's conversion attempt from near the touchline faded away before Bernard Foley scored his first points of the night to claw his side back into the game at 8-3 at the break.
The Blues fly-half moved his side further ahead with Francis Saili then scoring the second try of the night in the 53rd minute after two great inside passes. Hickey slotted the conversion to move his side 18-3 ahead but the Waratahs hit back when Potgieter crossed, with Foley's conversion making it an eight-point margin. A penalty for either side followed but the Blues held on.
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