Baptism by fire for the SA team

The four South African teams in the United Rugby Championship were baptized by fire on the first weekend of the new tournament, and only Lions won in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Johannesburg boys stood up first and took a big lead before their opponent Italian club Zebre started their comeback in the second half, but the Lions were able to win the victory over Lovez Maxwan (38-26). Record 2 out of 5 trials that had enough points in the bank.

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But Saturday’s three games, DHL Stormers, Bodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks, were tough for South Africans.

The Capetonians seemed to dominate Benetton, but with the blazing momentum of the second half of the Italian side, the winner of the Rainbow Cup earlier this year, DHL Stormers left Treviso with only a loss of bonus points (22). -18).

Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks faced Leinster and Munster, experiencing first-hand how tough these Irish giants were and allowing 10 tries.

A Pretoria man allowed four attempts and failed to score in Dublin (31-3), while Kwazul Natalian was punished in Dublin (42-17).

Leinster and Münster topped the log after the first action round, with Emirates Lions third with five points, as did Cardiff, Ulster and Edinburgh. DHL Stormers is 10 peopleNS, At one log point, Cell C Sharks (15NS) And Vodacom Bulls (16)NS) Support the ranking.

Next weekend, Vodacom Bulls will head east to Galway and Friday night to Connacht. At the same time, the Emirates Lions will face Scarlets in Llanelli, Wales.

Cell C Sharks will face the Scottish club Glasgow Warriors on Saturday afternoon. Later that night, DHL Stormers will face Münster in Limerick.

The Emirates Lions defeated Zebre 38-26 in Parma on Friday night, putting the Bodacom United Rugby Championship campaign on the right track despite a strong comeback in the second half by an Italian host.

The Johannesburg boy got out of the block at 100km / h at the stadium Sergiolan Franki and took the lead of 35-0 in the first five tries, but Zebre did not give up and gave out three five pointers and one card. Did. The second half is a penalty try.


Zebre 26 (0) – Try: Carlo Canna, Tommaso Boni, Oliviero Fabiani, Penalty Try. Conversion: Kanna (2).

Emirates Lions 38 (35) – Trial: Jamba Ulengo, Burger Odendaal, Rabz Maxwane (2), Jaco Visagie Conversion: Jordan Hendrickse (5). Penalty goal: Hendrickse.

Benetton scored 15 unanswered points in the final quarter to beat DHL Stormers in the opening round of the Bodacom United Rugby Championship season by 22-18 in Treviso on Saturday afternoon.

The Capetonians, who started the match brilliantly when Rix Pritrias scored his first try in the first minute, would have wondered where Treviso Comunale di Monigo had the problem.

The Italians dominated ownership (69%) and had a large territorial advantage (74%), putting pressure on the DHL Stormers, especially in the second half of the second half, but the South African team also made many stupid errors. Did. Return the ball to your opponent.


Benetton 22 (7) – Trial: Jean Marco Lucesi, Ivan Nemer, Tommaso Menoncello. Conversion: Thomas Arbornos (2). Penalty goal: Arbornos.

DHL Stormers 18 (8) – Trial: Rix Pritrias, Ruhan Nel. Conversion: Manny Ribock. Penalty goal: Ribock (2).

Irish powerhouse Leinster properly welcomed Northern Hemisphere rugby when it convincingly won the opening round of the Bodacom United Rugby Championship 31-3 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.

The Pretoria boys seemed to be better than the three points they scored during the game, but they hit the most successful team in the history of the tournament with unreasonable mistakes, handling errors, lineout misfires and defensive failures. I did.

The Irish are classy in defense and have won four tries as bonus points. This is two tries in any half of the match. But 16 mistackles by Vodacom Bulls and 18 defenders beaten by Leinster tell their own story.


Leinster 31 (17) – Trials: Josh van der Flier, Andrew Porter, James Tracy, Ed Byrne. Conversion: Johnny Sexton (4). Penalty goal: Sexton.

Vodacom Bulls 3 (3) – Penalty goal: Johangusen.

Simon Zebo and Gavin Coombs each scored two tries when Münster defeated Limerick’s Cell C Sharks 42-17 on Saturday and launched the Bodacom United Rugby Championship campaign.

It was a tough baptism for one of the best teams in the competition for Cell C Sharks, except for the last two attempts by Bota Chamberlain (Fly Half) and Yo Penks (Wing).

KwaZulu Natalian defended very well with a tackle success rate of 93%, but their discipline disappointed them as they granted 17 penalties to seven of Münster.

And in addition to their worries, Springbok prop Thomas du Toit, who had a short stint with Münster a few seasons ago, was issued a yellow card just before the 30-minute mark due to repeated infringement. rice field.


Münster 42 (20) – Trials: Simon Zebo (2), Craig Casey, Gavin Coombes (2), Chris Cloete. Conversion: Joey Carbery (2), Ben Healy. Penalty goal: Carberry, Healy.

Cell C Sharks 17 (3) – Trial: Boeta Chamberlain, Yaw Penxe Conversion: Curwin Bosch (2). Penalty goal: Bosch.

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