- Published: 29 Apr 2019
Round 11 of Super Rugby saw the South African teams suffer mixed fortunes abroad and at home while all the teams in the SA Conference still remain in contention for the play-offs.
Crusaders vs Lions in Christchurch
Even though the Crusaders rested a number of key players for this encounter they had little trouble in dispatching the Lions 36-10 in Christchurch.
While the Lions defended bravely at times, managing to keep the Crusaders out of the goal area for stretches at a time, they just didn’t have the firepower to break the Crusaders defensive line on attack.
The Lions return hope for a bye and a lot of work-ons before they face the Waratahs the following week.
Waratahs vs Sharks in Sydney
After consecutive losses to the Jaguares and the Reds at home the Sharks once again lifted themselves to a winning performance on the road by beating the Waratahs 15-25 in Sydney.
The Sharks’ inconsistent performances this season have been frustrating for fans and coaches and make it very difficult to predict which Sharks team will take the field the following week.
The Sharks next match is against the log leading Crusaders in Christchurh.
Stormers vs Bulls in Cape Town
The Stormers bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Brumbies at home to scrape a win against the equally inconsistent Bulls, beating them 24-23.
Next the Stormers face the Jaguares in Buenos Aires while the Bulls take on the Waratahs at home.
The frustrating part of all the SA sides is their inconsistency and while they are all still play-off contenders none have really shown that they will be challenging for the title this year.
3 Sharks: VVLLBVLVLLV
4 Bulls: VLVVBLVLVBL
7 Stormers: LVVBVLLLVLV
9 Lions: VLLVVVBLLVL
Jaguares vs Brumbies in Buenos Aires
All this while the fifth team in the SA Conference, the Jaguares, have had a more consistent run of three consecutive wins in recent weeks and are threatening to take the top spot in the conference after beating the Brumbies 20-15 in Buenos Aires.
6 Jaguares: LVVLLBLVVBV
Run to the play-offs:
3 Sharks (26) – Saders (A), Chiefs (A), Bye, Lions (H), Canes (H), Jaguares (A), Stormers (A)
4 Bulls (24) – Tahs (H), Saders (H), Rebels (A), Brumbies (A), Blues (A), Landers (A), Lions (H)
6 (9) Jaguares (23) – Stormers (H), Landers (A), Canes (A), Tahs (A), Reds (A), Sharks (H), Sunwolves (A)
7 (10) Stormers (23) – Jaguares (A), Bye, Saders (H), Landers (H), Lions (A), Sunwolves (H), Sharks (H)
9 (5) Lions (22) – Bye, Tahs (H), Landers (H), Sharks (A), Stormers (H), Canes (H), Bulls (A)