Four-try Jones equals Super Rugby record
Cape Town - Scotland-born Huw Jones equalled the record for the most tries in a Super Rugby match by scoring four as Stormers triumphed 52-24 against Southern Kings in Cape Town Saturday.
Twelve other players have achieved the feat, and Jones was the second to do so this season after Charles Ngatai from New Zealand franchise Chiefs.
Jones is the third player from a South African side to score four tries in a Super Rugby game after now retired Sharks duo Gavin Lawless and Stefan Terblanche.
Making a rare start for the Africa 1 conference winners, Jones took just 43 seconds to score in a South African derby watched by a 20,000 crowd.
He got a lucky bounce off his grubber kick and raced over for a try that flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis converted at a cold Newlands stadium in the south-west city.
Jones, who debuted for Scotland in a 21-16 win over Japan last month, got his and Stormers' second try after 15 minutes of the final round league match.
The hosts won a five-metre scrum and despite some uncertain handling, Jones gained possession and shrugged off several tackles to dot down.
Jones thought he had completed his hat-trick just before half-time after an intercept and sprint, but did not realise the referee had awarded Kings a penalty at the other end of the field.
But a line-out steal six minutes into the second half set in motion a move that ended with fellow centre Damian de Allende sending Jones over in the corner.
The record-equalling fourth try for the 22-year-old came in the final minute when he punished half-hearted tackling to score.
TV analyst and former Springboks coach Nick Mallett lauded Jones, who was named man of the match.
"What a superb performance from Huw. He ran good, straight lines and showed strength with ball in hand.
Super Rugby most tries in a match
Joe Roff (ACT Brumbies/AUS) v Coastal Sharks, Canberra
Gavin Lawless (Sharks/RSA) v Otago Highlanders, Durban
Stefan Terblanche (Sharks) v Waikato Chiefs, Port Elizabeth
Joeli Vidiri (Auckland Blues/NZL) v Northern Bulls, Auckland
Doug Howlett (Blues) v Wellington Hurricanes, Wellington
Malili Muliaina (Blues) v Bulls, Auckland
Caleb Ralph (Canterbury Crusaders/NZL) v NSW Waratahs, Christchurch
Sitiveni Sivivatu (Waikato Chiefs/NZL) v Blues, Hamilton
Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs/AUS) v Golden Lions, Sydney
Sean Maitland (Crusaders) v Brumbies, Nelson
Asaeli Tikoirotuma (Chiefs) v Blues, North Harbour
Charlie Ngatai (Chiefs) v Western Force, Hamilton
Huw Jones (Western Stormers/RSA) v Southern Kings, Cape Town