Madosh Tambwe recorded four tries to support the Emirates Lions to a complete 52-31 Vodacom Super Rugby win over the DHL Stormers on Saturday evening in Johannesburg.
On Friday morning the Cell C Sharks suffered a heart-breaking 38-37 loss to the Hurricanes in Napier after they allowed a converted try in the fourth minute after the final hooter. Although the coastal side can be very proud of their outstanding effort, they will be disappointed at their failure to close out the match.
The Vodacom Bulls, who defeated the DHL Stormers in last week’s derby clash in Pretoria, had a bye over the weekend. Meanwhile in the remaining South African Conference match played last night in Buenos Aires, the Jaguares went down 40-14 to the Crusaders.
The Emirates Lions put a difficult few weeks behind them with Saturday’s outstanding performance against the Cape side, who struggled to match their forward dominance and pace on attack. They increased their points tally to 25 at the top of the South African conference, 11 points more than the second-placed Cell C Sharks while the DHL Stormers are now 12 points behind the local log leaders.
Twenty-year-old Tambwe scored a blitzkrieg 13-minute hat-trick of tries as the Highveld team raced into a comfortable early lead against their Cape rivals. He scored his fourth shortly after the restart before leaving the field because of a leg injury. His outstanding individual performance landed him the Man of the Match accolade.
The Gauteng outfit suffered home defeats against the Blues and the Crusaders but they bounced back in splendid fashion against the visitors who fell to their second successive away loss on the Highveld.
Springbok wing Ruan Combrinck celebrated his return from a long injury spell by grabbing one of the hosts’ other eight tries. The win comes as a timely boost for their four away matches against Australian and New Zealand opponents.