Rugby Union

Union Match Report

Eddie came, Eddie saw, Eddie conquered

Devastating pairing: George Ford and Owen Farrell.

Leading Japan to victory over South Africa at the World Cup was sweet, but bulldozing the Wallabies in their own backyard in a series they were not expected to win may just be the biggest jewel in Eddie Jones' coaching crown.

14-man Irish stun Springboks at Newlands

Grappling: South Africa's Eben Etzebeth is wrapped up by Ireland's Paddy Jackson at Newlands in Cape Town.

Plucky Ireland produced a historic first-ever win in South Africa when they beat the Springboks 26-20 at Newlands despite playing an hour of the game down to 14 men.

Eddie Jones' England draw first blood

Feeling the pain: Michael Hooper and Scott Fardy.

Just like the infamous summer of 1932/33, England have drawn first blood against Australia in a fiery contest and Eddie Jones has kept his blemish-free record with the old enemy intact, running out 11-point victors against the Wallabies in Brisbane.

Naholo brace helps All Blacks overcome Wales

Captain fantastic: Kieran Read scores under the posts.

Waisake Naholo's second try of the match with about 20 minutes remaining helped the All Blacks overhaul a combative Wales side to record a 39-21 victory at Eden Park on Saturday.

Lions beat Bulls for first time away

Diving over: Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg beats Bulls opponent Bjorn Basson to score.

Lions' powerful centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg gave a game-winning performance as they beat the Bulls for the first time away in Super Rugby by 56-20 on Saturday to consolidate their position atop the South African conference.

Stormers beat Cheetahs 31-24

Through the gap: Siya Kolisi makes a break for the Stormers during the Super Rugby clash with the Cheetahs at Newlands ...

The Stormers moved back into playoff contention in the South African conference after beating the Cheetahs 31-24 in an ill-tempered clash at Newlands with two fortunate tries proving the difference.

Crusaders beat Blues to top ladder

Back in business: Nemani Nadolo.

The Crusaders have moved back to the top of Super Rugby, overcoming some valiant defence by the Blues before prevailing 26-21 in Auckland.

Kings edge out 12-man Jaguares

Shane Gates of the Southern Kings tackles Juan Manuel Leguizamon of the Jaguares.

Argentina could be without lock Tomas Lavanini and prop Ramiro Herrera for Test matches against Italy and France next month after they were sent off in the Jaguares' 29-22 Super Rugby loss to the Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Blues deny Force consecutive wins

Captain fantastic: Matt Hodgson scores a try.

​The Western Force gave it everything but didn't have the polish to finish as the Blues held on for a 17-13 Super Rugby win on Saturday night at nib Stadium.

Crusaders gives Waratahs dose of reality

Full flight: Israel Folau carves up the Crusaders' defence to score.

The NSW Waratahs have plummeted back to reality with the biggest loss of their season and failed to break a 12-year drought against the Crusaders away from home, going down by 19 points in difficult conditions.

Sharks edge Jaguares in thriller

Kicking on: Patrick Lambie's boot proved the difference for the Sharks against the Jaguares.

A last-minute Pat Lambie penalty goal has given the Durban-based Sharks a 25-22 victory over the Jaguares in a Super Rugby thriller in Buenos Aires.