Then Blues wing Tevita Li had a try ruled out after McDermott ruled the pass from Lolagi Visinia was forward.
Unfortunately for the Cape team, their defensive alignment went astray with the Waratahs attacking in the strike-zone.
A poor lineout throw, a rare bono por asistencia one, then created a turn-over try for the Highlanders, with Slades off-load putting Shaun Treeby, the centre, in for a great run that split the Kings defenders and resulted in a try for Brad Thorn as the play swung.
Rebels, two wins from three games.Sharks Tries: Piet Lindeque, Derick Minnie.It was the second successive week where the Stormers were denied in a close game, but again, they only have themselves to blame for losing.The All Black winger sprinted easily past Sarel Pretorius to win the race and take the score from 12-all to 22-12 in the Canes favour.Barrett missed both conversions and the Cheetahs hit right back as Oosthuizen, who was in bullocking form, charged over from close range to bring them within three.The crew from Canberra are starting to build a nest at the top of the Power Rankings totem pole.Confirmed season-ending injuries to Duane Vermeulen and Rynhardt Elstadt compounded their misery.Is this the nuttiest competition format in world rugby?Earlier in the day the DHL Stormers could not hold out the Waratahs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney as they conceded a late try and penalty in a 21-15 defeat to drop their first match in Australia and second on tour in Australasia.Highlanders, the Highlanders' scored three long-range tries to give them a 34-15 victory against the Lions in Dunedin, and in doing so signalled why they are dangerous from all corners of the park.Here's the itinerary: The Chiefs fly from Port Elizabeth to Jo'burg, and then bounce to Sao Paulo.
The result was a 34-15 defeat for the Lions, but the South Africans may not be too despondent.
Don't discount him, either.
Now the Rebels go on the road.Which, once again, begs the question.That was the Stormers' first loss under new coach Robbie Fleck, having dealt to the Bulls and Cheetahs in their previous games.The Sharks paid dearly for a slow start and lost 32-17, while the Bloemfontein team scored two tries in the last ten minutes of their match, but still came up short with a 34-39 scoreline.Next they face the Crusaders in Christchurch.During the 18-13 defeat to the Sharks in Cape Town, the Stormers felt they copped a rough call when TMO Marius Jonker ruled Stormers flanker Siya Kolisi kicked the ball out of halfback Cobus Reinach's hands as he attempted to score.It allows the Argies time to regroup and assess how they can jump-start their Super Rugby programme after recording a win and a loss in their opening games in South Africa.This weekend's match against the Chiefs in Buenos Aires is expected to attract some feverish home support.Js?ver4.6.1 15 16 17 18 19 20.