Super Rugby Round 8

Elton Jantjies' 19-point haul steered the Lions to a 29-22 Super Rugby victory over the Stormers.
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Israel Dagg double helps Crusaders to victory over Jaguares

Israel Dagg scored two tries as Crusaders defeated Jaguares 32-15 in a Super Rugby meeting in Christchurch.

Andrew Ellis and Kieran Read also touched down and Richie Mo'unga added 12 points, including a try, as Crusaders dominated a game which saw the visitors lose Joaquin Tuculet to the sin bin midway through the first half.

Facundo Isa and Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias touched down for Jaguares with Juan Martin Hernandez kicking one conversion and a penalty.

Hurricanes secure fifth straight Super Rugby success

Hurricanes recorded a fifth straight win to beat Melbourne Rebels 38-13 in their Super Rugby clash at AAMI Park.

After falling behind to an early converted score from Dom Shipperley, the visitors took command of the match in the first half as tries from Victor Vito, Cory Jane, Beauden Barrett and Jason Woodward gave them a 26-8 lead.

Ardie Savea touched down another try on the hour, with Barrett running in again before Cameron Crawford ‏added a consolation for the Rebels.

Hurricanes, last year's Super Rugby runners-up, next take on the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium.

Miserable Sunwolves concede 14 tries to the Cheetahs in heavy Bloemfontein loss

The Cheetahs ran 14 tries past a hapless Sunwolves on their way to celebrating a comprehensive second win of the Super Rugby season.

Mark Hammett's Japanese side were humiliated in Bloemfontein as Torsten Van Jaarsveld, Francois Venter, Uzair Cassiem, Raymond Rhule, Sergeal Petersen (three), Shaun Venter, Hilton Lobberts, Clayton Blommetjies, Paul Schoeman (three) and Jacques Du Toit touched down in a 92-17 rout.

The Sunwolves, who now return home following their three-week tour of South Africa, did restore some credibility in the second half as Derek Carpenter and Mifiposeti Paea dotted down. Tusi Pisi converted both of the visitors' tries with Niel Marais and Fred Zeilinga dispensing Cheetahs damage with their respective boots.

Joe Tomane treble sinks Waratahs

Winger Joe Tomane scored a hat-trick as the Brumbies beat the Waratahs 26-20 to make it five wins out of seven to start of the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Stephen Moore went over for the visitors' other try and Christian Lealiifano kicked three conversions to keep the Brumbies on top of the Australian Conference.

In response, Reece Robinson and Israel Folau crossed for the Waratahs adding to 10 points from the boot of Bernard Foley, but the New South Wales side suffered their third defeat of the campaign on home soil at Allianz Stadium.

Rieko Ioane helps Blues over the line as Eden Park remembers Kurtis Haiu

Rieko Ioane's second-half try helped the Blues fight back to secure a 23-18 victory over the Sharks in their Super Rugby clash at Eden Park.

The game began with a minute's silence to remember former Blues lock Kurtis Haiu who died midweek at the age of 31 after a battle with cancer, but the Sharks raced into a 11-3 lead thanks to Tendai Mtawarira's try and the kicking of Joe Pietersen, who finished with eight points.

Sharks centre Paul Jordaan extended that lead to 18-10, after George Moala had briefly reduced the Blues' deficit, but Ioane touched down on 65 minutes and West took his tally to 13 points with the boot to seal the win.

Bulls continue impressive run by seeing off Reds

The Bulls extended their unbeaten run to four Super Rugby matches after beating the Reds 41-22 in Pretoria.

The Reds took an early lead through wing Chris Feauai-Sautia's try, but the hosts hit back through Marcel van der Merwe and Adriaan Strauss to go 17-8 in front at half-time.

When Lappies Labuschagne raced in to score it looked like the Bulls would run away with it, but a brace from Samu Kerevi put the visitors back in touch at 27-22 down around the hour mark.

Scores from Travis Ismaiel and Piet van Zyl alleviated any worries for the Bulls, but they did not do enough for a bonus point.

Francois Brummer kicked over an impressive 14-point haul for the hosts, while Jake McIntyre added two conversions for the Reds, who also had an unlikely drop goal from flanker Liam Gill.

Lions weather Stormers in Super Rugby thriller

The Lions shaded a thrilling contest to inflict only a second Super Rugby defeat of the season on the Stormers with a 29-22 victory in Johannesburg.

Penalties were exchanged as the Stomers opened up a 12-9 lead, but Ruan Combrinck's converted try four minutes before the break gave the Lions a half-time lead.

Replacement Faf de Klerk's try and the boot of Elton Jantjies, who finished with 19 points, saw the Lions home despite Siya Kolisi crossing for a brilliant score and Jean-Luc du Plessis completing a 17-point haul for the Stormers.