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Reds thrash Rebels as Highlanders stun Chiefs
ESPN Staff
June 27, 2014
Lachie Turner, who scored two tries in Melbourne, offloads under pressure © Getty Images
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The Reds shook off the absence of several star players to thump their Australian conference rivals the Rebels 36-20 in Melbourne.

Despite being without influential half-back pairing Quade Cooper and Will Genia, the Reds ran in six tries against the Rebels as the Super Rugby season swung back into action after the June internationals. Lachie Turner, on as a fifth-minute replacement for Dom Shipperley, went over for two scores, while Nick Frisby also scored a brace and Mike Harris and Rod Davies chipped in with a try apiece.

The Rebels did not go quietly in the free-scoring encounter, crossing the whitewash for three of their own. Luke Burgess, Bryce Hegarty and Mitch Inman were the trio who touched down for the hosts, who had poked fun at the Reds' absentees before kick-off.

Both sides remain some way off the play-offs, but the Reds at least secured the bragging rights as they proved a strong proposition even without their Australia internationals Genia and Cooper.

The Chiefs' hopes of defending their Super Rugby title took another blow as they were defeated by the Highlanders 29-25 in a hard-fought contest in Dunedin.

The loss was the third in a row for the Chiefs and it keeps the two-time defending champions outside the top six with two rounds to go. The Highlanders, despite being outscored three tries to two, now find themselves up in third place as they bid to break a 12-year play-off drought.

The Chiefs' scored three tries with Dwayne Sweeney, Tim Nanai-Williams and Josh Hohneck all etching their names onto the scoreboard. The Highlanders managed two of their own via Patrick Osborne and Ben Smith, but it was the boot of fly-half Lima Sopoaga that secured the win for the home side.

Australian
Pos Team P W D L Bye F A PD TF TA TBP LBP Pts
2 Waratahs 13 9 0 4 2 364 245 +119 40 22 6 1 43
5 Brumbies 14 9 0 5 1 357 314 +43 41 27 3 1 40
7 Force 13 8 0 5 2 274 286 -12 29 25 3 1 36
12 Reds 14 5 0 9 2 351 429 -78 40 45 4 4 28
14 Rebels 14 4 0 10 2 279 386 -107 26 42 1 4 21


New Zealand
Pos Team P W D L Bye F A PD TF TA TBP LBP Pts
3 Highlanders 14 8 0 6 2 377 364 +13 37 42 5 5 42
4 Crusaders 13 9 0 4 2 381 285 +96 35 32 3 2 41
6 Hurricanes 14 7 0 7 1 407 341 +66 46 34 6 3 37
8 Chiefs 14 6 2 6 2 349 354 -5 41 33 5 3 36
10 Blues 13 6 0 7 2 358 349 +9 38 38 5 2 31


South African
Pos Team P W D L Bye F A PD TF TA TBP LBP Pts
1 Sharks 14 10 0 4 2 352 256 +96 24 18 2 3 45
9 Bulls 14 6 1 7 2 325 312 +13 24 27 2 5 33
11 Stormers 14 6 0 8 2 264 292 -28 28 26 2 2 28
13 Lions 14 5 0 9 2 273 371 -98 20 41 1 1 22
15 Cheetahs 14 3 1 10 2 320 447 -127 32 49 3 3 20

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