April 20 (Reuters) – Highlights from Super Rugby week 10 games:
HIGHLANDERS 24 BLUES 12
Matt Faddes scored a long-range intercept try in the 56th minute that gave the Highlanders some breathing room as they snapped a five-game losing streak with victory over the Blues in Dunedin on Saturday.
All Blacks loose forward Shannon Frizell also scored a try for the home side, while their forwards destroyed the Blues scrum to earn a penalty try early in the second half to secure their first win since Feb. 22.
Blues blindside flanker Tom Robinson also continued to push himself forward as a World Cup dark horse selection with a first-half try after a Ma’a Nonu line break, while fullback Melani Nanai scored in the final minute of the game.
The 36-year-old Nonu, who last played for the All Blacks in the 2015 World Cup final, also continued his recent strong form that has also propelled him into discussions for the global showpiece.
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SHARKS 14 QUEENSLAND REDS 21
The Reds won for the first time in 15 years in Durban as they held on for victory with captain Samu Kerevi outstanding in a gutsy performance at King’s Park on Friday.
Kerevi had a hand in each of the tries from Bryce Hegarty, Chris Feauai-Sautia and Tate McDermott as the Reds took a 14-0 lead in the first 20 minutes, went into the break 14-7 up and held on for victory.
Kerron van Vuuren and Jean-Luc du Preez scored tries for the Sharks, who had also suffered an upset 51-17 loss to the Jaguares last week. Their performance on Friday was littered with handling errors and missed tackles.
SUNWOLVES 23 HURRICANES 29
Wes Goosen scored a 68th-minute try as the Hurricanes battled back from a 13-point halftime deficit and kept the Sunwolves scoreless in the second spell to record victory despite a scrappy performance in Tokyo on Friday.
TJ Perenara, Ben Lam, and Chase Tiatia also scored tries for the visitors, who rested three All Blacks for the clash in Tokyo and found the home side’s frenetic style of play difficult to counteract.
The Hurricanes were also guilty of far too many missed tackles, turnovers, errors and indiscretions, but managed to finally exert some control in the second half.
Semisi Masirewa scored two tries for the home side, while flyhalf Hayden Parker converted both tries and slotted three penalties to build a 23-10 lead by halftime but they were unable to add to their score in the second half.
CHIEFS 17 LIONS 23
Captain Warren Whiteley underlined his influence and importance to the Lions as he returned from a long-term injury to lead his side to victory over a fast-finishing Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.
Whiteley had missed the last six games due to a muscle tear in his chest and the Lions have not looked like the same side that have made the last three Super Rugby finals.
Carlu Sadie and winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored tries for the Lions, who managed to snuff out any late comeback from the home side when Elton Jantjies slotted a 79th-minute drop goal.
Winger Sean Wainui, prop Nepo Laulala and replacement Tumua Manu all scored tries in the final 20 minutes for the Chiefs, who only came alive in the final quarter after a 30-metre burst by scrumhalf Neil Weber had set up Wainui’s try.
Reporting by Greg Stutchbury and Mark Gleeson; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly/Christian Radnedge