Super Rugby 2016: Week 3 round-up - Brumbies and Sharks march on

The third week of the 2016 Super Rugby season saw the competition break now ground, with Singapore becoming a new host city.

Super Rugby 2016: Week 3 round-up - Brumbies and Sharks march on
Rene Ranger stretches out to score for the Blues against the Hurricanes (image via:

After three weeks of the 2016 Super Rugby season, there are now just two sides in the competition who have maintained their 100% winning start to the season. 

The Brumbies and the Sharks each picked up road victories against rivals from their own country, and both sit atop their respective tables. 

Super Rugby broke yet more new ground on Saturday, when the Sunwolves hosted the Cheetahs at the Singapore National Stadium. There will be yet more history next weekend, when Argentina become the next nation to open their doors to competition, when the Jaguares host the Chiefs

Brumbies & Sharks maintain winning starts

The two sides who have won three from three so far this season are the Brumbies from Australia, and the Sharks from South Africa. 

On Friday evening, the Brumbies overcame a resolute Force side in Perth to win 31-14 without a bonus point. 

Early on in the match it looked as though the visitors would romp home, when they took a 17-0 lead inside half-an-hour. Tries from Stephen Moore and Matt Toomua were just reward for Stephen Larkham's men who bossed proceedings early on, especially with Force prop Pat Cowan in the sin-bin. 

David Pocock celebrates with Matt Toomua after his try (image via:

The Force, though, fought back and got their first try just before the break, when Luke Morahan ran the perfect line to take a pass from Jono Lance under the posts. 

The Brumbies then took back control with the try of the game, coming from winger Joe Tomane. After a break from Sam Carter, Tomane hit the line at speed, breaking three tackles before stretching over to touch down. 

Ben Tapuai got the home side back within ten points once again when he crossed for a try, but that was as close as they got and the Brumbies closed out the victory with a late try by Josh Mann-Rea

At Newlands, the Sharks picked up a very impressive away victory against the Stormers. A 13-point haul from Joe Pietersen was crucial in the 18-13 victory to lay down a marker in the South African conference. 

After a tight first half-hour, it was the Stormers who struck first when Leolin Zas collected a kick from Cheslin Kolbe before finishing expertly as the Stormers built a 10-3 lead they took to the break. 

Eight minutes into the second half, and the Sharks were handed a lifeline back into the game, when a penalty try was awarded to them after Siya Kolisi was adjudged to have kicked the ball from Cobus Reinach's hands as he was attempting to score. Kolisi was yellow-carded for the infringement, and Pietersen added the extras to draw the sides level. 

A penalty from Pietersen then gave the Sharks their first lead of the afternoon, only for Kurt Coleman to draw the sides back level with a penalty of his own in the 74th minute. 

There was to be late drama though, and it was the Sharks who stole victory, when Pietersen collected a ball from his namesake JP, before touching down for the game winning try. 

Chiefs, Hurricanes and Highlanders pick up victories in Kiwi conference

Last year's finalists, the Hurricanes, have finally picked up their first victory of the season, after seeing off the Blues 23-19 at Eden Park

It was the Blues who got off to the better start, and grabbed the games opening try, when Rene Ranger dived over in the corner after being assisted by the impressive George Moala.

It didn't take the Canes long to get back into the game though, and they got their first try when Victor Vito pounced from the back of a driving maul. They then took the lead a couple of minutes later, when captain TJ Perenara collected a chip, before touching down for his first try of the season. 

Moala dragged the Blues back within two after barreling over from close range, but before long the Hurricanes were scoring again, with Perenara doubling his account for the match and the season. 

A couple of penalties from Ihaia West dragged the Blues back to within seven points, but their late surges at the Hurricanes line came to no avail and they have now suffered two defeats on the bounce. 

At Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, the Highlanders were mightily impressive, dispatching the previoulsy unbeaten Lions side in a 34-15 win. 

A tight first-half was shaded by the Highlanders, who led 10-3 at the break thanks to Matt Faddes first ever super rugby try. The home side then came to life in the second half, scoring three tries in just over ten minutes as they blitzed their South African opponents.

Ben Smith breaks against the Lions (image via:

Ben Smith was the first to cross after he had linked up with Aaron Smith, taking a quick lineout before sprinting the length of the field. Within a minute, the hosts had scored again, when Faddes crossed for his second after an excellent break from Malaki Fekitoa down the right wing.

Fekitoa was then rewarded for his hard work with the teams fourth try, all of which had been converted by the excellent Lima Sopoaga

With both sides being forced into changes through injury, the Lions took control in the final quarter, and scored two tries through Ruan Ackerman and Rohan Janse van Rensburg, which saw the Highlanders lose their bonus point. 

Over in South Africa, the Chiefs lived up to their hype with a barnstorming 58-24 win over the Kings at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The Chiefs scored seven tries in the big win, to claim the bonus point in Port Elizabeth. Captain Sam Cane scored twice from close range, adding to scores from Taleni Seu, Charlie Ngatai, Aaron Cruden, Glen Fisiiahi and Damian McKenzie

Damian McKenzie scores one of the Chiefs seven tries (image via: Getty)

McKenzie converted all seven tries, as well as adding three penalties in another excellent performance from the youngster who is really pulling up trees this season. 

Rebels outlast Reds, whilst Sunwolves collapse in Singapore to suffer defeat to Cheetahs

In Melbourne, the Rebels picked up their second win of the campaign with a 25-23 victory over the Reds from Queensland. 

Jonah Placid scored the Rebels only try of the game, with Jack Debreczini adding 20 points from the tee. 

The Reds scored tries in either half through Nick Frisby and Andrew Reddy, but it wasn't enough as they fell to their third straight defeat. Following the sacking of head coach Richard Graham last week, it was a much improved performance, but their defence and discipline ended up costing them big time.  

In Singapore, a stunning hat-trick from Akihito Yamada was in vain as the Sunwolves went down to a 32-31 defeat against the Cheetahs.

Akihito Yamada dives over for one of his three tries (image via:

Yamada's three tries, added to the five-pointer from captain Shota Horie gave the Japanese franchise a 28-13 lead at the break, but they were unable to hold on for their maiden Super Rugby victory.  

The Cheetahs scored four tries of their own through Boom Prinsloo, Uzair Cassiem and Daniel Marais (2) to grab their first victory of the season.