Sports Reporter
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19 Apr 2015
4:19 pm

Solid wins for Stormers, Vodacom Bulls

Sports Reporter

The DHL Stormers finished their Australasian tour with a second win while the Vodacom Bulls consolidated their position at the top of the South African Conference as Vodacom Super Rugby 2015 entered the second half of the season.

Lionel Cronje of the Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls at Growthpoint Kings Park on April 18, 2015 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

However, the Toyota Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks both lost at home as the teams from Pretoria and Cape Town opened up a bit of a gap in the local conference and the Vodacom Bulls moved up to second on the overall log.

The DHL Stormers were made to work hard for a scrappy win in Perth on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the struggling Force by 13-6, the only five-pointer of the encounter a penalty try to the visitors after yet another superb scrum. The win concluded their best Australasian tour in three years.

Back home, the Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks delivered a typically hard local derby in Durban with the three-time champions from Pretoria ultimately winning by 17-10, with each team scoring a solitary try.

The Toyota Cheetahs unfortunately could not build on their good win in Perth last weekend when they were beaten by 18-17 by the Reds in Bloemfontein.

Down Under, the defending champions, the Waratahs, and the Chiefs recorded impressive victories in Wellington and Christchurch respectively.