25 Feb 2008

Blues and Crusaders enjoy huge wins in South Africa

12:16 pm on 25 February 2008

Week two of Super 14 competition has ended with two New Zealand teams coming out as the clear favourites.

The Hurricanes kicked off week two with a 23-18 win over the Queensland Reds at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

Matt Giteau kicked a last-gasp penalty to give the Western Force a dramatic 16-15 Super 14 rugby win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The Crusaders, with their potent blend of old heads and raw talent, put the Super 14 on notice by scoring sevens tries to humiliate defending champion Bulls 54-19 in Pretoria.

It was a close clash between the New South Wales Waratahs and the Chiefs in Hamilton, with both sides committing numerous errors.

The homeside sealed the game with a penalty kick in the last two minutes for their 20-17 win.

And a 22-20 win over the Highlanders gave the Brumbies a morale booster after a thrashing at the hands of the Crusaders last week.

The Sharks ground their way to a 12-10 victory over the Stormers in Durban, punishing the visitors' second-half indiscipline in an all-South African Super 14 derby

And the Blues wrapped up week two by thrashing the Lions 55-10 in Johannesburg.

The Lions' only reply was a converted try and a penalty.

Crusaders and Blues lead the table with the maximum 10 points Sharks alone with eight, three teams have five and the next group on four points while the Highlanders, Cheetahs and Stormers yet to score a win.