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RugbyU: Steyn the unlikely star as Sharks sink Lions

Francois Steyn was the unlikely man of the match as Coastal Sharks posted a bonus-point 37-23 Super 15 victory over Golden Lions in Durban Saturday. Originally selected at inside centre, the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok was switched to fly-half before kick-off because Patrick Lambie felt unwell. And Steyn revelled in the playmaker role while giving a flawless goal-kicking display to finish with 17 points from four conversions and three penalties.

RugbyU: Super 15 results - collated

Collated Super 15 southern hemisphere inter-provincial rugby union championship results Saturday: At Christchurch Canterbury Crusaders (NZL) 14 Western Stormers (RSA) 13 At Perth Western Force (AUS) 32 Melbourne Rebels (AUS) 7 At Pretoria Northern Bulls (RSA) 38 Auckland Blues (NZL) 22 At Durban Coastal Sharks (RSA) 37 Golden Lions (RSA) 23 Friday At Wellington Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) 21 ACT Brumbies (AUS) 29 At Brisbane Queensland Reds (AUS) 43 Central Cheetahs (RSA) 33

RugbyU: Taylor-made win sees Crusaders down Stormers

The Canterbury Crusaders snatched a last-gasp 14-13 win over the Western Stormers Saturday to get their faltering Super 15 season back on track. Fly-half Tom Taylor was the hero for the seven-time champions, landing a penalty with six minutes to go that sealed the victory after debutant Kieron Fonotia's try put the Crusaders within striking distance. Taylor also produced a try-saving tackle to mow down the Stormers' Nizaam Carr with a minute on the clock as the match reached a nail-biting finale.

RugbyU: Force pounce on Rebels in Perth

The Western Force produced the best 30 minutes of their Super Rugby history to stun the Melbourne Rebels in their clash in Perth on Saturday. The Force scored the first 32 points of the match to blow the Rebels away and went on to open their account for 2014 with an upset 32-7 win. The home team went within seconds of holding their opponents scoreless for the first time ever, only for the Rebels to score their lone try as the final hooter sounded.

RugbyU: Cooper kicks a record in Reds' high-scoring win

Quade Cooper set a club point-scoring record to steer the Queensland Reds to a high-scoring 43-33 Super 15 win over South Africa's Central Cheetahs in Brisbane on Friday. The Wallaby playmaker kicked 18 points from three conversions and four penalty goals as the Reds bounced back from their heavy 32-5 loss to the Waratahs to claim a bonus point victory. Queensland scored five tries to three with Cooper becoming the Reds' highest points scorer with 638 career points, eclipsing Elton Flatley's 629.

RugbyU: Sharks circle Lions to return to top of Super 15

Jake White's Coastal Sharks will look to regain the outright Super 15 series lead this weekend and impose their daunting home record on the Golden Lions. The New South Wales Waratahs and defending champions Waikato Chiefs have the weekend off with byes, so the Sharks can return to the top with victory over the Johannesburg-based Lions. The Sharks have not lost to the Lions in Durban since 2000, and the four-time Super Rugby runners-up are looking to go one better under the 2007 World Cup-winning coach White this season.

RugbyU: Folau-led Waratahs bloom to lead Super 15

The Israel Folau-powered New South Wales Waratahs are the surprise early leaders of rugby's Super 15 after a commanding Australian derby win over the Queensland Reds this weekend. Wallaby hotshot Folau scored his fifth try in two games as the Waratahs thumped the Reds 32-5 in their biggest win over their fierce interstate rivals. The Michael Cheika-coached Waratahs are one point ahead of South Africa's Coastal Sharks with a further point to defending New Zealand champions Waikato Chiefs after three rounds of the southern hemisphere provincial series.

RugbyU: Waratahs humble Reds in record Super win

The New South Wales Waratahs savoured their biggest win over the Queensland Reds winning the Australian Super 15 derby 32-5 in Sydney on Saturday. The Waratahs ended a five-game losing run against the Reds to humble their interstate rivals five tries to one with man-of-the-moment Israel Folau scoring a try double after grabbing a hat-trick the previous week. The 26-point margin eclipsed the Tahs' previous highest winning margin over the Reds of 24 in their 30-6 win three years ago.

RugbyU: Super 15 results - collated

Collated Super 15 southern hemisphere inter-provincial rugby union championship results this weekend: Saturday At Hamilton Waikato Chiefs (NZL, holders) 21 Otago Highlanders (NZL) 19 At Sydney New South Wales Waratahs (AUS) 32 Queensland Reds (AUS) 5 At Perth Western Force (AUS) 14 Brumbies (AUS) 27 At Pretoria Northern Bullls (RSA) 25 Golden Lions (RSA) 17 Friday At Auckland Auckland Blues (NZL) 35 Canterbury Crusaders (NZL) 24 At Melbourne

RugbyU: Reds bid to stop rampaging Folau in Aussie derby

The New South Wales Waratahs will look to their explosive running back Israel Folau to overturn their losing Super 15 run against the Queensland Reds this weekend. The underachieving Waratahs are out to end a five-game losing streak against the Reds in Sydney on Saturday, while champions Waikato Chiefs vie with the Otago Highlanders for top of the New Zealand conference. In the weekend's feature South African match, the early season surprise team Golden Lions will attempt to keep three-time champions Northern Bulls winless after three rounds.
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