HIGHLIGHTS-Rugby-Super Rugby week six

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April 1 (Reuters) - Highlights from week six of Super Rugby:

LIONS 34 SHARKS 29

Flanker Jaco Kriel scored a try four minutes from time to secure a ninth home win in a row for the Lions as they edged compatriots the Sharks in a see-saw battle at Ellis Park.

The visitors led 16-13 at the break and might have been further ahead but for the indiscretions of lock Etienne Oosthuizen, who was twice penalised for cleaning out around the neck at a ruck.

The first incident saw a try for teammate Andre Esterhuizen chalked off, and the second, after his yellow card, resulted in seven points for the Lions through hooker Malcolm Marx.

The Lions' third try came via wing Courtnall Skosan, while prop Coenie Oosthuizen and wing Cobus van Wyk scored for the Sharks.

The score was locked at 29-29 going into the closing stages, but Kriel broke down the right touchline and crossed in the corner for the winning try.

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STORMERS 53 CHEETAHS 10

Number eight Sikhumbuzo Notshe grabbed a hat-trick of tries as a rampant Stormers overwhelmed their South African rivals with a bonus-point victory to maintain their 100 percent start to the season.

The home side ran in eight tries for a fifth victory in a row as wing Dillyn Leyds (two), centre Daniel du Plessis, flyhalf Robert du Preez and flanker Siya Kolisi also crossed the line.

The Stormers led 22-3 at halftime despite the Cheetahs having more possession, with Leyds key to their clinical attacking play, having switched from fullback to wing for the game.

The Cheetahs’ only score came from flanker Paul Schoeman and for the Bloemfontein-based side it was a fourth defeat in six games this campaign.

REDS 15 HURRICANES 34

The Hurricanes pulled away from the Queensland Reds with an inspired second-half performance to win their Super Rugby match in Brisbane on Saturday and maintain the dominant record of New Zealand sides.

Australia's five Super Rugby teams have yet to beat a side from New Zealand this season.

Julian Savea and TJ Perenara scored in the first half for the defending champions. Vince Aso claimed a try after the break while brothers Jordie and Beauden Barrett crossed over late to confirm the bonus-point win for the Hurricanes, who also had three tries ruled out by the television match official.

It was the fifth straight loss for the Reds who scored through Chris Kuridrani and Scott Higginbotham, after a yellow card to Hurricanes' Ngani Laumape, to trail 14-12 at halftime.

WAIKATO CHIEFS 28 BULLS 12

The Waikato Chiefs fended off a dogged challenge from the Bulls before roaring to a 28-12 win in Hamilton on Saturday to continue their unbeaten start to the Super Rugby season.

The Chiefs lost co-captain Sam Cane to concussion in the fourth minute and trailed 9-3 at half-time, but tries after the break for wing Shaun Stevenson, fullback Damian McKenzie and replacement prop Atunaisa Moli sealed their fifth successive win.

All Blacks flanker Liam Messam celebrated his 150th match for the Chiefs, helping to secure a bonus point by killing off a late raid on the try-line by the Pretoria-based Bulls.

The South Africans battled hard but were kept try-less at Waikato Stadium, with flyhalf Handre Pollard kicking their entire score in penalties.

AUCKLAND BLUES 24 WESTERN FORCE 15

Fullback Michael Collins sprinted nearly half the length of the field for a late try to secure a third win of the season for the Blues.

Dragged into an arm-wrestle for much of the match at Eden Park, the Blues' bench dominated the last quarter, with replacement wing Rieko Ioane conjuring a breathtaking team try in the 65th minute.

His brother Akira and winger Matt Duffie scored the Blues' other tries in a four-minute burst before halftime.

Lock Richie Arnold crossed for the Force in the first half and wing Dane Haylett-Petty grabbed a consolation try in the 78th minute as the Perth side slumped to their fourth loss of the season.

HIGHLANDERS 51 REBELS 12

Centre Malakai Fekitoa scored two tries to lead the Otago Highlanders to a convincing victory against the winless Melbourne Rebels in Dunedin on Friday.

Centre Richard Buckman, number eight Luke Whitelock, flanker Gareth Evans and replacement hooker Greg Pleasants-Tate also scored in the 2015 champions' bonus-point victory to move to fourth in the New Zealand conference.

Flyhalf Marty Banks scored five conversions and three penalties for a haul of 19 points with the boot.

With Australian conference places in doubt for 2018, it was another insipid performance from the Rebels, whose tries came from wing Tom English and centre Reece Hodge. (Compiled by Ian Ransom, Sudipto Ganguly and Nick Said, Editing by John O'Brien, Ed Osmond and Neville Dalton)

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