Super Rugby Round 12 Roundup With #D

Super Rugby Round 12 Roundup With #D

This week was by far the most disappointing (with me being a huge Stormers Supporter).
Stormers lost top spot on the SA conference to the Bulls. Before I go more into that lets go through each fixture of the past weekend:

Highlanders 48 – Sharks 15

Not much to say for this fixture as the result speaks for itself. Dominant display by the Highlanders running seven tries past a woeful Sharks team. Effectively ending any chance they had to qualify for the playoffs. Sharks remain 4th in SA conference while Highlanders stay 3rd in New Zealand but 5th on the overall log.

Waratahs 13 – Brumbies 10

Defending champions the Waratahs winning this grudge match by a narrow margin. Great defense was key to their victory over the Brumbies. Closing the gap to one point over the Brumbies in Austrailian conference with a game in hand. The Waratahs look like they can defend their title.

Blues 41 – Force 24

Blues thumping the Force in this one but coming at a price with serious injuries to All Blacks Jerome Kaino and Charles Piutau. Blues only scoring their 2nd victory for the season. Force losing streak continues, losing 10 matches in a row. Blues remain bottom of New Zealand conference and Force bottom of Australian Conference.

Hurricanes 29 – Crusaders 23

Hurricanes blowing the Crusaders away with 4 tries to 2 in this clash. Hurricanes taking a huge step towards taking the New Zealand Conference. They remain top of the conference with a 5 point gap and a game in hand over the Chiefs. While Crusaders remain 4th, making it very difficult for them to make the playoffs.

Rebels 16 – Chiefs 15

One of the shocks of the week. Rebels maintaining their slim hopes of making the playoffs by pulling off one of the biggest upsets, in my mind, this weekend. Rebels denting the hopes of The Chiefs winning the New Zealand Conference. Chiefs remain 2nd on the New Zealand Conference while Rebels remain 3rd in Australian conference.

Cheetahs 25 – Stormers 17

What can I say about this? Disappointing day at the office for the Stormers. Credit to the young Cheetahs side for playing their hearts out for the victory. Cheetahs started like a house on fire with two tries, which was caused by weak defence by the Stormers, leading 18-3 halfway through the 2nd half. Stormers fought back with a try of their own before halftime, score at the break was 18-10 to the Cheetahs. Stormers scored another try after the break, making it a nail biting end. Then came the crazy drama as Kurt Coleman missed 4 penalties, which could have effectively sealed the match for the Cape Town side, and the Cheetahs scored a try to take the lead at 25-17. Tight game even though the Stormers lost by 8 points. Lots to think about for Alistair Coetzee and the boys after this performance. Cheetahs remain bottom of the SA conference, and Stormers slip to 2nd.

Bulls 35 – Lions 33

Match had spectators and supporters sitting on the edge of their seats right till the end. Eventually the Bulls prevailing 35-33. Bulls scoring a great victory before going on tour. The Bulls reclaim top spot in SA conference while Lions remain 3rd. Keeping the Conference super tight.

This is how things stand after round 12:

Combined Conferences Log

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD BPts Pts
1 Hurricanes 10 9 0 1 280 173 107 7 43
2 Vodacom Bulls 11 7 0 4 294 246 48 6 34
3 Brumbies 11 6 0 5 236 143 93 8 32
4 Chiefs 11 8 0 3 274 197 77 6 38
5 Highlanders 10 7 0 3 259 206 53 5 33
6 Waratahs 10 7 0 3 222 190 32 3 31
7 DHL Stormers 11 7 0 4 244 219 25 2 30
8 Emirates Lions 11 6 0 5 208 253 -45 3 27
9 Crusaders 11 5 0 6 295 236 59 6 26
10 Rebels 10 5 0 5 180 197 -17 4 24
11 Cell C Sharks 11 4 0 7 216 289 -73 5 21
12 Toyota Cheetahs 11 4 0 7 229 317 -88 4 20
13 Blues 11 2 0 9 214 261 -47 8 16
14 Reds 10 2 0 8 130 261 -131 3 11
15 Force 11 1 0 10 181 274 -93 7 11

South African Conference

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD BPts Pts
1 Vodacom Bulls 11 7 0 4 294 246 48 6 34
2 DHL Stormers 11 7 0 4 244 219 25 2 30
3 Emirates Lions 11 6 0 5 208 253 -45 3 27
4 Cell C Sharks 11 4 0 7 216 289 -73 5 21
5 Toyota Cheetahs 11 4 0 7 229 317 -88 4 20

Australian Conference

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD BPts Pts
1 Brumbies 11 6 0 5 236 143 93 8 32
2 Waratahs 10 7 0 3 222 190 32 3 31
3 Rebels 10 5 0 5 180 197 -17 4 24
4 Reds 10 2 0 8 130 261 -131 3 11
5 Force 11 1 0 10 181 274 -93 7 11

New Zealand Conference

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD BPts Pts
1 Hurricanes 10 9 0 1 280 173 107 7 43
2 Chiefs 11 8 0 3 274 197 77 6 38
3 Highlanders 10 7 0 3 259 206 53 5 33
4 Crusaders 11 5 0 6 295 236 59 6 26
5 Blues 11 2 0 9 214 261 -47 8 16
 Remaining weeks of Super Rugby should be very interesting.
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Disclaimer: This is my opinion and logs taken from various websites.
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