Road bumps frustrate South Africans

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:13
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SUPER RUGBY TALKING POINTS: South African teams experienced three away defeats in Round Six as the Sharks, Lions and Bulls all went down, underlining their struggles on their travels.

No South African team has won outside of South Africa this season, with the Stormers and Bulls both 0-3 when playing overseas.

The Sharks will need to produce an upset against the Blues to avoid the same fate after receiving a 14-46 drubbing from the Rebels in Melbourne.

Captain Ruan Botha said discipline and patience were keys to improving his team's performance. 

"In a game of rugby you're going to get frustrated, it's how you deal with that frustration and get back in the game," he said.

"We have to go back and work on the basics, get them right."

Ledesma fumes as Lions go on a roll

Jaguares coach Mario Ledesma tempered praise of a 49-35 triumph over the Lions in Buenos Aires by telling his team they must perform better when defending rolling mauls. 

Three of the Lions' five tries came from winning line-outs close to the Jaguares' tryline, shoving the Argentines back and scoring.

"The Lions used the rolling maul very well," said former Pumas hooker Ledesma, who took over as Jaguares coach this season.

"In other matches we have defended well against this method of attack. On Monday, we must analyse out strengths and weaknesses and prepare for the Crusaders."

Rebels out to end Aussie angst

The high-flying Melbourne Rebels will attempt to rectify one of Australian rugby's more humbling statistics when they face the Hurricanes on Friday.

It is the first meeting between an Australian and a New Zealand team this season following the Kiwi teams winning all 25 encounters against their Aussie counterparts in a chastening 2017 whitewash.

The losing streak extends to 30 if results from the tail-end of 2016 are included, so a Rebels win at home would provide a morale boost for all Australian teams.

It would also burnish the Rebels' credentials as genuine title contenders and help justify cutting three teams from the competition last year to strengthen the remaining clubs.

Fleck hits out at 'cheap shots' 

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck slammed Queensland Reds for being overly physical after the dominant South Africans made hard work of a 25-19 victory in Cape Town.

"We are disappointed about cheap shots they dished out early in the game that were not recognised by the referee," said the former Springboks centre.

"There were at least four incidents that were not dealt with and that frustrated us. We were the dominant team but poor execution let us down."

The most serious incident saw Reds prop Taniela Tupou escape punishment in the ninth minute after a no-arms, high tackle and he has since been cited for alleged foul play.

AFP

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14