The Chiefs are making a habit of just getting over the line. And the Force are improving despite the sacking of their top try scorer. It was a much changed Chiefs team, with Anscombe due to start at outhalf, but pulled out for Aaron Cruden, disrupting many player's teams.
DTOTW: Lelia Masaga (44)
DTOTY: Gareth Anscombe (315), Pek Cowan (291)
Reds 32-17 Sharks
Queensland Reds produced one of the best displays in the first half of this game. As is the norm though, they took their foot off the gas for the second half, and allowed the Sharks to get some credibility on the scoreboard. Quade Cooper ran the game with Will Genia, and Robbie Deans will regret not having him in the team to face the Lions.
Watch out for Rod Davies finishing off a Reds 100m try.
DTOTW: Saia Fainga'a (51), Quade Cooper (38)
DTOTY: James Slipper (341)
Cheetahs 34-39 Hurricanes
It's safe to say that Labuschagne was missed.
DTOTW: Coenie Oosthuizen (83)
DTOTY: Pieter Labuschagne (295), Robert Ebersohn (243), TJ Perenara (141)
Blues 36-32 Rebels
The Rebels were in the news the last week for all the wrong reasons, with Kurtley Beale now taking another indefinite leave from rugby. The Blues continued their impressive season with another win, keeping out a spirited Rebels side that earned two bonus points.
DTOTW: Frank Halai (66), Mitch Inman (60), Francis Saili (57), Scott Higginbotham (48), Rene Ranger (44)
DTOTY: Ged Robinson (430), Steven Luatua (330), Hugh Pyle (308), Charles Piutau (307), James O'Connor (305),
Waratahs 21-15 Stormers
This was an important win for the Waratahs to prove that last weeks hammering of the Kings wasn't a once off.
Israel Folau is getting better with each week. If Robbie Deans was smart, we should be scared. Gatland will have to prepare for him at some stage.
DTOTW: Andries Bekker (33)
DTOTY: Israel Folau (382), Bernard Foley (302)
Southern Kings 34- 27 Highlanders
This was an important win for the Kings to prove that last weeks hammering to the Tahs was a once off.
I really don't know how to comment on the Highlanders, this was a terrible performance. At one stage, after being behind for a while, they got two quickfire tries showing that they are still a good team, before going back into their shells and conceding, and ultimately losing.
DTOTW: Cornell de Preez (63), Luke Watson (58), Brad Thorn (49), Shaun Venter (40), Schalk Ferreira (36)
DTOTY: Cornell du Preez (324)
Player of the Round was Murray Kinsella with another score over 400 points. His 413 lifts him up and away from Peter Corley, and within touching distance of Simon Farrell.
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