The Stormers In The Lead But The Lions Issued A Warning To All

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A brilliant weekend for the South African teams in the Super Rugby competition. The main reason for this statement the quality of rugby that was played at the Emirates Airlines Park where the Emirates Lions showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with after their "slow" start this season. The Cell C  Sharks learnt a few valuable lessons in their loss to the hurricanes which will come in handy later on in the season.

The DHL Stormers scored a dramatic last-minute try to snatch victory away from the Emirates Lions on Saturday afternoon for their first win in five years in Johannesburg. The 33-30 result made it three wins from three starts for the Cape side who are also the early frontrunner in the South African Conference.

Ruhan Nel (centre) scored a dramatic winning try after the final hooter to break the hearts of the Emirates Lions in the DHL Stormers’ 33-30 victory in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon. The Cape side held a slender 18-15 lead at the break.

Dan Kriel (centre) rounded off a beautiful team try for the Johannesburg team and when his skipper, Elton Jantjies (flyhalf), slotted a monster kick from the middle of the field to edge his team 30-26 ahead with just two minutes remaining, an upset win for the home team seemed to be on the cards.

However, the visitors from Cape Town refused to give up and they kept the ball alive in a thrilling last passage of play, which finished with Nel running in for the winning try. The win also allowed the DHL Stormers to break their winless streak since 2015 at Emirates Airline Park.

After winning their first two matches, the Cell C Sharks suffered their first loss of the campaign in Wellington against the Hurricanes who won this Saturday morning encounter 38-22.

The Sharks guilty of not being able to adapt after their gameplan was cleverly outsmarted by Hurricanes and they seemingly lost interest in the second half. Two second-half tries by Ben Lam paved the way for a 38-22 Hurricanes triumph over the Cell C Sharks in Wellington on Saturday morning (SA time).

The teams were level 17-17 at halftime after a lively first-half display by both sides.

The Vodacom Bulls had a bye this weekend, while the Jaguares - the other team in the SA Conference ­- came from behind to beat the Reds 43-27 in the early hours of Sunday morning in Buenos Aires.

The weekend’s other Round 3 results:

Friday, 14 February
Blues 8, Crusaders 25
Rebels 24, Waratahs 10

Saturday, 15 February
Sunwolves 17, Chiefs 43
Brumbies 22, Highlanders 23

Sunday, 16 February
Jaguares 43, Reds 27