Replacement flyhalf Gianni Lombard kicked a penalty after the hooter as the Lions staged a remarkable second-half fightback to down an ill-disciplined Melbourne Rebels at Ellis Park on Saturday. The Rebels led 33-5 with 30 minutes to play, but following a yellow card for centre Bill Meakes, the home side came roaring back to score 31 unanswered points and steal the win.
The Lions turned down three kickable penalties for attacking line-outs in the dying minutes but forced a scrum penalty after the 80-minute mark with the Rebels pack down to seven players following the sin-binning of flank Angus Cottrell. The teams scored five tries each, but the statistic that decided the result was a penalty count that was 20-1 against the Rebels as referee Egon Seconds repeatedly found fault with their play.
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SUNWOLVES 31 REDS 34 Hamish Stewart kicked a penalty with less than two minutes on the clock as the Reds stormed back from a 21-5 halftime deficit to beat the Sunwolves in Tokyo.
Tate McDermott had given the Reds hope when he pounced on the charge-down of Keisuke Yuchida's clearing kick to level the scores at 31-31. While Stewart missed the conversion of McDermott's try, the young fullback made no mistake with the penalty that gave the Reds their first win after three losses this season.
Replacement hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa scored two tries for the Brisbane-based side in their second-half fightback after the Sunwolves had raced out to the lead with first-half tries from Jamie Booth, Dan Pryor and Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco. STORMERS 35 JAGUARES 8
Replacement scrumhalf Justin Phillips scored a late try to secure a bonus point for the Stormers in a comprehensive victory over Argentina's Jaguares at Newlands on Friday. The visitors put the Stormers under pressure for large parts of the game, especially in the first half, but some excellent defence and dominance at the set-piece made the scoreline comfortable for the Cape Town-based side.
Phillips burrowed over from close range to secure the extra point after centre Dan du Plessis, captain Siya Kolisi and scrumhalf Hershel Jantjies had earlier crossed for tries. The Jaguares were on the scoreboard early with the opening score through wing Bautista Delguy, but have now lost their last 11 games on South African soil.
BRUMBIES 19 WARATAHS 13 Hooker Folau Fainga'a scored two tries, both from close range, as the Brumbies held off the Waratahs in a tight encounter in Canberra where neither side were able to dominate in the face of strong defences and big tackles.
Fainga'a also had his hands on the ball when the Brumbies were awarded a penalty try by referee Glen Jackson after the Waratahs had collapsed an attacking lineout drive. The hooker has now scored tries in five successive matches. Captain Michael Hooper and winger Alex Newsome both scored tries, while flyhalf Bernard Foley slotted a penalty for the Waratahs, who had both starting props Sekope Kepu and Harry Johnson-Holmes sinbinned for different offences.
CHIEFS 23 HURRICANES 23 Damian McKenzie made full use of the space available to him at fullback as he scored a try and added 13 points from the boot to end the Chiefs' losing streak with a draw against the Hurricanes in Hamilton.
McKenzie had struggled to impose himself in his three previous appearances at flyhalf as the Chiefs slumped to four successive losses and was shifted to fullback by coach Colin Cooper. The decision paid off, with the All Blacks utility back exploiting space and revelling in the open field with his pace and footwork creating opportunities for the home side, who also got a try from Anton Lienert-Brown.
Matt Proctor and Wes Goosen scored tries for the visitors, while Beauden Barrett added 10 points off the boot and younger brother Jordie slotted a long-range penalty. (Compiled by Greg Stutchbury and Nick Said; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Amlan Chakraborty and Toby Davis; Tony Lawrence)