Stormers beat Sharks as Bulls beat Lions

The Stormers rose to the top of the South African United Rugby Championship shield with a 20-10 victory over the Sharks in Cape Town.

After inflicting a 20-10 defeat on the Sharks in Cape Town, the Stormers have risen to the top of the South African United Rugby Championship shield.

The Stormers previously sat in second place, with just two points between them and the Sharks, but now it’s Sean Everitt’s side following them by the same margin.

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Both teams struggled for a chance in the first half, but Seabelo Senatla produced an individual quality play heading into halftime to send the Stormers up 7-3 at the start. interval.

Adre Smith took over after the break, with Manie Libbok adding 10 points from the tee for the home side.

The under-par Sharks were held to three points from Tito Bonilla’s boot until Grant Williams landed shortly after the hour mark and Boeta Chamberlain added the conversion.

Bulls make it two in a row against Lions in United Rugby Championship

It’s back-to-back victories for the Bulls in the United Rugby Championship, having beaten the Lions for the second week in a row, thanks to a 21-13 win at Pretoria.

Jake White’s side claimed a 34-10 victory when these sides met in Johannesburg last weekend and rarely seemed to relinquish the lead this week after taking the lead in the 25th minute.

The Bulls were unlucky to miss out on a bonus point as Marcell Coetzee and Johan Grobbelaar scored in the first half, with Kurt-Lee Arendse contributing early in the second half.

The Lions had to settle for a late consolation try from Ruben Schoeman and eight points from Tiaan Swanepoel’s boot, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the South African shield and two places off the foot of the general draw.

Morne Steyn kicked off all three of the Bulls’ conversions as they secured three wins from eight appearances this season – and their first at home.

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Charles P. Patton