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Habana shines in Stormers win

Bryan Habana returned to haunt his former club the Bulls by scoring a decisive try that enabled the Stormers to make it four wins from four with a 23-13 victory in Pretoria.

The South Africa winger crossed the line with 10 minutes to go in a tight game, albeit one dominated by the men from Cape Town, to condemn the defending champions to a second successive home loss.

In a repeat of last season's final, Peter Grant also kicked 18 points to outshine his Springbok counterpart Morne Steyn, who had a rare off night for the hosts. Apart from a late Bjorn Basson try, the first half was mainly a battle of the boot between the two number 10s.

The Crusaders routed the Highlanders in the second half as they cruised to a 44-13 win in the Investec Super Rugby match at Carisbrook.

The visitors scored six tries, four in the last quarter, as they overpowered their opponents.

The Crusaders were dominant throughout with Robbie Fruean and Israel Dagg lethal on attack. There was little for the Highlanders supporters to cheer about as they spent most of the game on the back foot, with loose forward Adam Thomson's try on the final whistle a mere consolation.

A week after being on the receiving end of a shock, the Cheetahs enjoyed one of their own on Saturday with a thumping 23-3 win over the Waratahs at the Sydney Football Stadium.

The South African outfit became the first side to lose to the Lions in 23 months last Saturday, but they rebounded strongly in wet conditions to secure their first win on Australian soil in a huge upset.

James O'Connor kicked 15 points to help Western Force to their first victory of the season as they claimed a 27-15 win over the Lions in Johannesburg.

Three tries in the last 14 minutes guided Blues to an emphatic-looking 41-17 victory over Hurricanes in their Super Rugby clash at Eden Park.


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