Ngani Laumape’s hat trick for Hurricanes forced Brumbies to 43-13 loss as well as first loss of the 2019 Super Rugby season as round three kicked off 1st March, 2019.
Hurricanes v Brumbies
Centre Ngani Laumape scored a hat trick and captain Dane Coles a brace for Hurricanes while Folau Fainga’a and Tom Wright scored the Brumbies’ tries.
The visitors came in strong from destroying the Chiefs 54-17 in Canberra last weekend while the Hurricanes were stinging from a 38-22 loss to the Crusaders.
Rebels v Highlanders
The Rebels defended their second win of the season as they beat Highlanders 24-19 to their first loss of the season.
A brace by Tom English and solos by Billy Meakes and Jack Maddocks was all Brumbies needed to oversee Highlanders’ Shannon Frizell, Tokolahi and Jackson Hemapo’s tries for first home win over a Kiwi Super Rugby team since 2015.
Chiefs v Sunwolves
Chiefs suffered third loss on bounce as they lost 30-15 to Sunwolves who won their first away Super Rugby game courtesy of Shunei Matsuhashi, Uwe Helu and Gerhard van den Heever tries.
Reds v Crusaders
Defending champions Crusaders continued their winning streak of 18 games, Super Rugby record, in a row after taking down Reds 22-12 where they scored four tries against two.
Braydon Ennor, Will Jordan, Whetu Douglas and Jordan Taufau were in the front foot for Crusaders tries while Samu Kerevi and Scott Higginbotham made the response for Reds.
Lions v Bulls
Bulls produced a hefty performance to defeat last year’s finalists, Lions, 30-12 at Ellis Park will a spectacular performance by Handre Pollard who kicked in six penalties and a conversion for a tally of 20 points for Bulls.
Sharks v Stormers
An early Damian William se try helped Stormers outclass Sharks 16-11 to win second consecutive South African derby as they handed coach Robert du Preez side first loss of the season.
SP Marais secured the visitors victory as he extended the lead with three penalties and a conversion over Lukhanyo Am try and two penalties by Robert du Preez for the hosts.
Jaguares v Blues
Blues crashed to their third straight defeat for the new Super Rugby season in Buenos Aires where they were tipped over 23-19 by the Jaguares whi superbly struck three tries, two of them by speedster Ramiro Moyano.
ROUND 3 RESULTS
Hurricanes 43 – 13 Brumbies
Rebels 24 – 19 Highlanders
Chiefs 15 – 30 Sunwolves
Reds 12 – 22 Crusaders
Lions 12 – 30 Bulls
Sharks 11 – 16 Stormers
Jaguares 23 – 19 Blues