The Stormers defeated the Sunwolves 52-15 in their Super Rugby match in Cape Town on Saturday evening to consolidate their place in the play-offs.
In the earlier match played in Pretoria, flyhalf Lionel Cronjé kicked a last minute penalty to steer the Southern Kings to a historic 31-30 win over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.
Robbie Fleck’s Cape side received the Africa Conference 1 trophy afterwards for finishing top of their group and thereby qualifying for the knockout phase of the competition. His team scored eight tries against their Japanese opponents, with diminutive attacker Cheslin Kolbe dotting down a second successive hat-trick.
The rest of the try scorers were EW Viljoen, Seabelo Senatla, Damian Willemse and Dillyn Leyds (2).
The Kings clinched their second successive triumph on the road in Pretoria thanks to the winning penalty by Cronjé, who kicked 21 points in total. Last week the Eastern Cape team defeated the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.
Makazole Mapimpi, Cronjé and Malcolm Jaer were the try scorers, while the Bulls’ tries were scored through Jason Jenkins, Duncan Matthews and Jaco Visagie.
Visagie’s converted try put the Pretoria team in the lead towards the end; however, in the end, it was the winning kick by Cronjé that clinched a remarkable comeback win for the Kings.
The New Zealand sides now return to action next week following their break for the British & Irish Lions Series, when the final round of regular fixtures will be decided. – ANA
Bulls 30-31 Southern Kings
Stormers 52-15 Sunwolves
Reds 16-15 Brumbies
Force 31-22 Rebels
Waratahs 27-40 Jaguares