The Sharks suffered their first defeat of the Super Rugby season against the Crusaders in Durban on Saturday. In an action-packed day the Cheetahs suffered a 25-18 defeat against the Brumbies in Bloemfontein. The Lions, meanwhile, had a bye.
In Bloemfontein the Cheetahs went down 25-18 against the Brumbies as mistakes at crucial times and a solid defensive display by the visitors cost them several point-scoring chances. The victory for the Brumbies allowed them to continue their dominance against the Cheetahs in the competition, while the defeat for the home side stretched their longest losing run at home in the competition to six matches. The Sharks, meanwhile, suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 19-14 in an epic battle against the Crusaders.
The visitors attacked at will during the match, while the Durbanites were forced to defend most of the time as they opted for an aerial approach. Two opportunistic tries by Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo combined with the team’s tenacious defence, however, kept the Gary Gold’s men in the match until the final whistle. The team, however, was forced to settle for a losing bonus point in the end.
In the other matches, the Chiefs beat the Force 53-10 in Hamilton, the Highlanders defeated the Rebels 27-3 in Melbourne and the Waratahs pipped the Reds 15-13 in Brisbane.