Super Rugby

Stormers edge Jaguares

Leading 2015 Rugby World Cup points scorer Nicolas Sanchez fluffed two relatively simple chances to add to his early penalty against the South African visitors.

The fly-half missed the conversion of a try by centre Jeronimo de la Fuente at the end of a first half in which all 21 points were scored before a large crowd at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires.

Hurricanes blow away Kings

The Hurricanes execution at pace in the opening quarter had indicated another rout was on the cards for the Kings, who had conceded 158 points in their first three games this season.

The home side scored tries to Ngani Laumape, Blade Thomson and Ardie Savea to establish a 19-3 lead in the first 25 minutes, with Savea's efforts promoting his All Black call-up chances later in the year.

Highlanders welcome back players from injury

In the forwards, regular starting lock Joe Wheeler re-joins the team and will partner with Mark Reddish who, after a good showing last week against the Waratahs, has been promoted to the starting fifteen.

The locks who started against the Waratahs last weekend, Alex Ainley and Tom Franklin, have both been left out of the matchday 23 this week.

Beaver set for a return for Chiefs

He has been named on the bench for the home team's game that night against the Western Force.

Donald, who kicked the winning penalty in the final of the 2011 World Cup, will don the Chiefs jersey for the first time since then.

Three players, meanwhile, are expected to make their debut for the franchise.

Blues snatch a late draw against the Reds in Brisbane with an Ihaia West penalty

The former All Black must have been pulling out his scraggly dreadlocks on Saturday night in the coaches box as he watched his young side capitulate at Suncorp Stadium, only to come back and snatch a late draw at Suncorp Stadium.  

Chiefs beat Jaguares in thrilling first Super Rugby match in Argentina

The replacement halfback dived over in the dying stages of a great contest at Jose Amalfitani Stadium in Buenos Aires on Sunday morning (NZ time) to snuff out a late Jaguares comeback in front of a sold-out crowd of around 24,000.

In control at 23-14, the Chiefs were staring down the barrel after a gutsy home side came roaring back.

Highlanders hold off resurgent Waratahs in Super Rugby nail biter

Despite fielding a supposedly depowered back three and the absence of two key forwards, the Highlanders notched their fifth win in seven matches over the New South Welshmen, though not before the concession of three tries in eight minutes set up a frantic climax at Allianz Stadium.

Hard-working Hurricanes get job done over Western Force

Just 10-6 up early in the second half, and with the Western Force hard on their line, the Hurricanes hardly seemed destined for a big bonus-point win.

But by the time the final whistle blew at Palmerston North's CET Arena on Friday night, the Hurricanes had emerged 41-6 victors.

Crusaders aim for Super Rugby king-hit against SA newbies

The blame for the terrible mis-matches foisted upon us in Super Rugby must be assigned to the same bampots from Sanzaar who agreed to the fruitcake competition draw many of us are still trying to comprehend.

Highlanders edge Hurricanes in thriller

In a rematch of last year's Super Rugby title-decider, the 25-year-old's angled kick from just outside the 22m line gave the champion Highlanders their first win of the season, while leaving last year's runners-up 0-2 and under pressure after two rounds. "It was a good game, wasn't it? Just lucky we managed to pull through at the end there," Highlanders captain Ben Smith said pitchside.