Super Rugby

McCalman re-signs for three more

Tuesday June 2, 2015 by  

Rampaging No.8 Ben McCalman will stay with the Western Force after re-signing with the Western Australian club for a further three seasons.

The incumbent Wallabies No.8 will remain with the Force through until the end of the 2018 season, with his flexible contract allowing him to the play the 2015/2016 Top League season in Japan following this year’s Rugby World Cup.

The 27-year-old, who has been one of competition’s form No.8’s throughout the Super Rugby season, has already played 79 matches over six seasons with the Force. Read more

Waratahs on top despite Lions loss

Sunday May 31, 2015 by  

The Waratahs suffered a narrow five-point loss, 27-22, to the Lions at Ellis Park on early Sunday morning AEST, with the bonus point loss margin assisted by three missed penalty goal attempts by Elton Jantjies. The Waratahs retain the top spot on the Australian conference, leading the Brumbies.

THE MATCH

Early attacking play from the home side put the Waratahs on notice, but handling errors under pressure saw their efforts initially thwarted, until the sixth minute when Ruan Combrinck broke through to cross the line. Easily converted by Jantjies, the home side took an early seven point lead. Read more

Reds beat the Force in Perth

Saturday May 30, 2015 by  

Quade Cooper returned from injury with an impressive display to spearhead the Queensland Reds to a stunning 32-10 triumph over the Western Force in an Asteron Life Super Rugby clash played in Perth tonight.

The talented flyhalf tallied 22 points, including two tries, to inspire Queensland to a comprehensive four tries to one victory. The other tryscorer for the Reds was another injury returnee, winger Lachie Turner, who also crossed for a double. The Force’s one try was scored by fullback Dane Haylett-Petty.

Reds head coach Richard Graham said he was pleased to see his team maintain a strong performance for 80 minutes. Read more

Fast-finishing Rebels fall short in Durban

Saturday May 30, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have fallen agonisingly short in Durban against the Sharks, going down 25-21 despite dominating the second half while playing a man down for nearly an hour.

Two tries and a try assist to Rebels’ Captain Scott Higginbotham put the visitors within touching distance as the game neared its’ conclusion, however the Sharks were able to hold on for a second successive victory and leave the Rebels with just a losing bonus point to show for their endeavours in a game which saw each side score three tries.

A subdued opening half hour, notable only for a Lionel Cronje penalty goal, gave no indication of what was to come as Laurie Weeks saw red after Jannie du Plessis initiated a coming together of the tightheads, with the Sharks instantly taking advantage to score through S’bula Sithole. Read more

Prior, Louwrens re-sign with the Force

Friday May 29, 2015 by  

The Western Force has extended the stay of scrumhalves Ryan Louwrens and Ian Prior through until the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

The pair joins fellow halfback Alby Mathewson, who is signed to the Force until the end of 2016.

Head Coach Michael Foley says signing three strong scrumhalves puts the squad in a strong position moving forward. Read more

Wallabies veteran continues career with Australian Rugby

Wednesday May 27, 2015 by  

Experienced Wallabies and Brumbies prop Ben Alexander will continue his career in Australia after signing a new one-year contract extension through until the end of 2016.

The new deal will allow Australian Rugby’s most capped Test prop to add to his current tally of 72 Tests after initially making his debut for the Wallabies in 2008.

The 30-year-old currently shares the record-setting mark of 72 caps for a Test prop with NSW Waratahs loosehead and long-time international teammate Benn Robinson. Read more

Stormers too strong for the Rebels

Sunday May 24, 2015 by  

The RaboDirect Rebels have been defeated 31-15 by the Stormers in Cape Town, in a fascinating battle full of intensity and physicality at the breakdown throughout.

Tries to Dom Shipperley and Tom English weren’t enough, as Cam Crawford (Rebel Number 84) and Keita Inagaki (Rebel Number 85) both made their debuts in a game where the Stormers capitalised upon the few penalties conceded by the Rebels through the boot of Demetri Catrakilis, and scored three tries to two.

Both sides were showing their defensive capabilities early as attacking opportunities were few and far between in the opening quarter, a lone penalty goal to Catrakilis seeing the Stormers take an early lead. Read more

Highlanders down Western Force

Saturday May 23, 2015 by  

The Western Force has fallen to the Highlanders, 23-3, at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) tonight.

While creating numerous opportunities throughout the match, the home side was unable to complete them, with the Otago side scoring the only two tries of the match to run out 20-point victors.

While the Force held the dangerous Highlanders outfit try-less through the first half, a Lima Sopoaga drop goal and Aaron Smith try within the final 10 minutes of the match extended the final margin. Read more

Waratahs best Crusaders in Final rematch

Saturday May 23, 2015 by  

The NSW Waratahs have bested the Crusaders 32-22 in a thrilling rematch of the 2014 Super Rugby Final at ANZ Stadium. A brace to Taqele Naiyaravoro and tries to Rob Horne and Bernard Foley gave the Tahs their first four-try bonus point at home this year, and powered them to the top of the Australian conference with only three weeks to play in the regular season.

THE MATCH
Much had been made of the clash between giant Fijians Naiyaravoro and Nemani Nadolo and, in the opening 10 minutes of the game, neither winger disappointed. Naiyaravoro failed to field the kick-off, gifting Nadolo a try in the corner within the first two minutes. But Taqele made amends five minutes later, when some slick handling from Foley, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau gave Naiyaravoro the return salvo in the right corner.

And then, in a double blow for the home side, Dan Carter slotted a penalty goal to seize the lead and hooker Tolu Latu was yellow carded for a lifting tackle on Sam Whitelock. Read more

Reds edged out by Sharks

Friday May 22, 2015 by  

The Queensland Reds have fallen to a narrow 21-14 loss to the South African Sharks in a hard fought Asteron Life Super Rugby match played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane tonight.

After last week’s tryfest against the Rebels the Reds were restricted to just two tries to blockbusting centre Samu Kerevi and winger Chris Kuridrani while the Sharks two tries were scored by scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer.

Queensland dominated possession and territory throughout the 80 minutes but handling errors and turnovers let the home team down. Read more