This Friday the Super Rugby Unlocked South African and, in local condition and suffering on the end, Sharks surpassed Lions and kicked off the competition on the right foot.
Then, on Saturday, the first day of the new contest in the African country was completed with two great games: Bulls beat Griquas, while Cheetahs gave the chair against Pumas.
BULLS 30 – 23 GRIQUAS (Saturday)
Bulls was another of the teams that made it to debut with old familiar faces like Gio Aplon, Cornal Hendricks, Travis Ismaiel, Morné Steyn and Ivan van Zyl shine. Even so, the game against Griquas was very even. The final 30-23 speaks for itself. The Pretoria team won thanks to tries by Arno Botha, Ruan Nortje and a penalty try. In turn, Steyn had an excellent game with his foot, providing 13 points. The new Griquas fought with the tries of James Verity-Amm (2) and Anthonie Volmink. For his part, George Whitehead added 8 points with his foot.
CHEETAHS 53 – 31 PUMAS (Saturday)
In the previous Cheetahs, he made clear his commitment to this competition with the inclusion of two heavyweights such as Frans Steyn and Ruan Pienaar. Both players led their team to victory 53-31 with a ton of authority. The tries of Both Malcolm Jaer (3), Rosko Specman (2), Junior Pokomela, William Small-Smith and Pienaar contributed to the success of the Bloemfontein outfit. On the side of Pumas, the visiting team left good feelings and was able to hurt the rival defense on more than one occasion with the tries of Dewald Maritz, Ginter Smuts, Daniel Maartens and Le Roux Roets.
SHARKS 19-16 LIONS (Friday)
As soon as the match began in Durban, after 4 minutes of play, the locals were going to make the first blow: after a great handrail in which Phepsi Buthelezi and captain Lukhanyo Am participated, wing Werner Kok took advantage of his speed to explode in the final meters and support the first try of the match. Then a penalty shootout between kickers Curwin Bosch and Elton Jantjies. A Jantjies who, on the beginning of the complement, was going to send one of his own: a few meters from the rival ingoal, he played a quick penalty and, with a precise cross kick, assisted wing Jamba Ulengo, who showed great technique for the aerial game and contributed his conquest. There were 4 minutes left to play. The Lions 10 had, on his left foot, the possibility of tying the game. However, his shot crashed into one of the posts and, in that way, he decreed the final 19-16 in favor of the host cast.