There was a lot of movement in the South African Conference after Round 15 of Vodacom Super Rugby this weekend, with the DHL Stormers going top and the Emirates Lions surpassing the Vodacom Bulls into second spot.
The Vodacom Bulls started well against the Chiefs in Rotorua on Friday morning and led 15-3 after 20 minutes, but were left behind when the Kiwis stepped up a gear. The home team eventually won by 34-20 and the team from Pretoria dropped from third to eighth on the log.
After disappointing defeats in Wellington and Sydney in the last fortnight, the Cell C Sharks finally got a win on the road. Stefan Ungerer scored twice in their 21-14 win over the Reds in Brisbane, also on Friday.
It was the Emirates Lions’ eighth victory of the season, which means 2015 is now their best Vodacom Super Rugby season ever. The Bloem victory also moved Jozi’s Pride to the top of the SA Conference standings, but it only lasted for roughly two hours.
The DHL Stormers then took back top spot in the SA Conference courtesy of a 31-15 victory over the Rebels in Cape Town, which was the Melburians’ ninth successive defeat in the Republic.