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RugbyU: Sharks open Super 15 lead over Brumbies, Chiefs

The Coastal Sharks opened a six-point break at the top of Super Rugby with a South African derby win as champions Waikato Chiefs lost narrowly at home this weekend. The Sharks, seeking a first southern hemisphere inter-provincial championship title under former World Cup-winning coach Jake White, downed the Central Cheetahs 19-8 in Durban to move to 31 points. Australia's ACT Brumbies remain in second place on 25 points despite their weekend bye, ahead on points differential over the Chiefs.

RugbyU: Western Force 28 NSW Waratahs 16

Result of a Super 15 match between the Western Force and NSW Waratahs in Perth on Saturday: Western Force (AUS) 28 NSW Waratahs (AUS) 16 (h-t: 13-9) Force - Tries: Nick Cummins (3). Conversion: Sias Ebersohn (2). Penalties: Ebersohn (3). Waratahs - Penalties: Kurtley Beale. Conversion: Bernard Foley. Penalties: Beale (2), Foley. Referee: Angus Gardner (AUS) afp

RugbyU: Super 15 - Stormers 11 Waratahs 22

Result of a Super 15 match at Newlands stadium in Cape Town on Saturday: Western Stormers (RSA) 11 New South Wales Waratahs (AUS) 22 H-t: 8-10 Scorers Stormers - Try: Kobus van Wyk. Penalties: Peter Grant (2) Waratahs - Try: Nick Phipps. Conversion: Bernard Foley. Penalties: Foley (3), Kurtley Beale (2) Sin bin Waratahs: Phipps 80+2 Referee: Glen Jackson (NZL) afp

RugbyU; Waratahs end long wait for Cape Town victory

New South Wales Waratahs ended an eight-year wait for success in Cape Town with a workmanlike 22-11 Super 15 victory over Western Stormers Saturday. Victory lifted the Australians to fourth place on 20 points, three behind the South African pacesetters Coastal Sharks. It also atoned for a poor performance at the start of their two-match tour in Durban last weekend whey they suffered a 22-point pasting from the Sharks. Waratahs once again lacked star full-back Israel Folau, who failed to make the expected recovery from a throat injury.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Sharks 32 Waratahs 10

Result of a Super 15 match at KIngs Park in Durban Saturday: Coastal Sharks (RSA) 32 New South Wales Waratahs (AUS) 10 H-t: 12-3 Scorers Sharks - Tries: Willem Alberts, Keegan Daniel. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (2). Penalties: Zeilinga (5), Francois Steyn Waratahs - Try: Bernard Foley. Conversion: Foley. Penalty: Foley Sin bin Waratahs: Dave Dennis 48 minutes Referee: Mike Fraser (NZL) afp

RugbyU: Spotlight on Sharks' depth, Chiefs' discipline

The depth of the Coastal Sharks and the discipline of the Waikato Chiefs will be under scrutiny as the Super 15 heavyweights begin to sort themselves out this weekend. The NSW Waratahs, who complete the top three, will also be under pressure to maintain their unbeaten record when they face the ACT Brumbies in a tantalising Australian derby. The Queensland Reds will test speculation about a possible lack of depth in the table-topping Sharks when they clash in Durban.

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: NSW Waratahs 32 Queensland Reds 5

Result of a Super 15 match between the New South Wales Waratahs and Queensland Reds in Sydney on Saturday: NSW Waratahs (AUS) 32 Queensland Reds (AUS) 5 (h-t: 19-5) Waratahs - Tries: Israel Folau (2), Peter Betham, Kurtley Beale. Conversions: Bernard Foley (3). Penalties: Foley (2). Force - Try: Lachie Turner. Referee: Glen Jackson (NZL) afp

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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