Super Rugby

Highlanders smash the Force

Saturday May 20, 2017 by  

The Highlanders have easily outclassed the Western Force to notch a club record 55-6 victory at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

The Dunedin-based side made the most of the wet conditions for a new franchise record 49-point win margin, scoring eight tries to nil which helped them remain alive for a wildcard place in the Super Rugby finals.

Late replacement prop Aki Seiuli and Rob Thompson both bagged doubles, while fly-half Marty Banks slotted seven of his eight goal attempts. Read more

Reds secure bonus-point win over Rebels

Saturday May 13, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have secured a 29-24 bonus-point victory over the Melbourne Rebels in Round 12 of Super Rugby at AAMI Park.

The Reds entered the game on a 10-match losing streak against Australian opposition but put that hoodoo to bed with a five try to two performance over their rivals.

The visitors had not won away from home since May 2015 but captain Samu Kerevi inspired his side to victory with damaging ball running and a double that included the match winner. Read more

Kings punish injured Rebels

Sunday April 30, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have gone down to the Southern Kings 44-3 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The Rebels dominated possession and territory but more injuries stifled the visitors attack as the Kings scored six unanswered tries to claim the bonus point victory.

Rebels lost Nic Stirzaker before the game after the captain was a late withdrawal courtesy of an ankle injury which saw Mick Snowden promoted to the starting line-up for the first time in his career. Read more

Reds lose to Waratahs

Saturday April 29, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have lost 29-26 to the NSW Waratahs in Round 10 of Super Rugby at Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland Reds fullback Karmichael Hunt with the ball during the narrow defeat to the NSW Waratahs.
Photo courtesy of QRU Media Unit

The Reds, wearing a maroon strip for the first time since 2009, ran in four tries to the Waratahs two but Bernard Foley kicked the visitors to victory, nailing five penalty goals in front of 18,781 spectators.

The Reds led 19-17 at half time and scored the only try of the second half but were penalised nine times in the second half.

Head coach Nick Stiles said: “We’re just gutted with that result. I thought we played some really good Rugby, but in the second half we couldn’t get any momentum, we couldn’t get out of our half. Read more

Late penalty seals draw in Durban

Sunday April 23, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have secured the first draw in the club’s history with a kick after the siren to seal a 9-9 draw against the Sharks at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday night.

For the second week in a row, the boot of Reece Hodge secured the points for the Rebels.

The try-less game saw both sides finish the game with three penalties a piece and a man down after two red cards. Read more

Chiefs overcome gutsy Force

Saturday April 22, 2017 by  

The Chiefs have defeated a brave and determined Western Force 16-7 in front of a boisterous Sea-of-Blue at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

The Waikato-based side had won of eight of the previous 10 encounters, and came to Perth full of confidence following their come-from-behind victory over the Cheetahs last weekend.

The Force meanwhile had their second bye of the season though were nursing injuries to several key players from the high-scoring and entertaining clash with the Kings a fortnight ago. Read more

Late penalty seals Rebels win

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels came from behind to claim their first win of the season when they defeated the Brumbies, 19-17 at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Saturday night.

A late penalty by Reece Hodge in the dying minutes sealed the win over the Australian Conference leaders and capped off celebrations for foundation player Laurie Weeks’ 100th Super Rugby appearance.

The Rebels opened the scoring first when Hodge booted the hosts to a 3-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes. Read more

Queensland Reds beat Southern Kings

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have defeated the Southern Kings 47-34 in their Round Eight Super Rugby match at Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland Reds scrumhalf James Tuttle in action against the Southern Kings.
Photo courtesy of QRU Media Unit

It was the first time that the Reds had met South Africa’s Southern Kings and both teams took advantage of the 3:00pm kick off, showing an intention to play expansively.

Karmichael Hunt, Eto Nabuli and Izaia Perese all crossed for doubles as the Reds ran in seven tries to five.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles said: “We’re just stoked with the win. It’s been a difficult start to the season, so to run out at our home ground tonight and earn a win for ourselves and our fans is really rewarding. Read more

ARU to consult Force and Rebels

Monday April 10, 2017 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today confirmed that one Australian team will be removed from Super Rugby when the competition reverts to a 15-team, three-conference format in 2018.

SANZAAR’s announcement of the competition restructure on Sunday followed a month of stakeholder consultation after the SANZAAR Executive Committee formed a consensus view on Super Rugby returning to a 15-team format at its March meeting in London.

ARU Chairman Cameron Clyne said: “It is important for me to clarify firstly that the decision to remove a Super Rugby team from Australia was a decision made by the ARU, not by SANZAAR. Read more

Force overcome the Kings in high-scoring thriller

Sunday April 9, 2017 by  

The Western Force and Southern Kings have played out a high-scoring thriller at nib Stadium in Perth this afternoon.

With the axe hovering over both teams for Super Rugby beyond this season a barmy autumn afternoon greeted them and those in the sea of blue.

The home side took a 15-7 lead into the main break before the floodgates for the five-pointers opened as both teams traded nine tries between them in the second half. The Western Force prevailing in the end 46-41. Read more