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Super Rugby | Melbourne
08:40 (GMT) | 20-02-2015
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That is not the end of it for today! Stay with us for a massive game as the Springbok-laden Bulls take on the Hurricanes with their All Black-laden backline! See you then!
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The scrum is secured as the Tahs go through a few phases until the hooter sounds and the ball is out into touch by Foley! What a match! Great showing by the Rebels who deserved a draw or at least a bonus point. FULL TIME!
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The Waratahs have it in their 22 within the last minute as they look to hold on for the win - but it is knocked on! Rebels try and go but they also cough it up! Wartahs scrum...
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Foley nails the PENALTY!
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Waratahs running out of their 22 as they look to keep ball in hand. A break by replacement hooker Tolu Latu gets the Rebels scrambling and it looks like there might be an illegal shoulder charge by Naivalu. Waratahs penalty...
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Foley's impressive kicking display continues
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Another Waratahs scrum... but this one is good. TRY! Bernard Foley busts through a tackle after taking the ball from the scrum and offloads to Beale who is in for the 5-pointer!
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As almost expected.. the Rebels get a penalty from the scrum and it is kickable! however their sniper Mike Harris is off the field, Debreczeni is the new kick and it sails wide - still locked up at 28-all
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Rebels attack is cut short by a forward pass, but it does mean a Waratahs scrum which is not ideal for the visitors...
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Harris ties up the game with 12 minutes remaining!
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TRY! Te Rebels work the ball back to the other wing where there is a missing Tahs' player as Mike Harris flings the ball skyward with one hand to Sefanaia Naivalu for the bonus point try!
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Rebels go for a scrum from their penalty and earn another penalty from that. They decide on the scrum again... More solid this time as the ball is released
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Trouble here... Naiyaravoro is now sent to the bin for chasing the ball into the scoring area and knocking it dead instead of dotting it down for a 22 (he comes from a Rugby League background where that is legal)
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The Waratahs are working their way through the phases looking for the try... finally it comes to Naiyaravoro to score the TRY on the right wing - his double!
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Looks like Shipperley has held the ball up - no try, Waratahs scrum (which has been wobbly) on 5 metres
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Hooper hits another gaping hole and puts the Rebels on the back foot, the ball is swung towards the other wing where Folau looks as if he may have put Rob Horne through for his third try in 2 games - TMO call...
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The scrum is finally settled but the Rebels earn a penalty and are able to clear their lines. They secure the line-out and carry on their attack until Harris looks for territory but only finds Folau
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Potgieter has an amazing run, selling a dummy and brushing off a defender but the ball is in the wrong had and it is fumbled - Rebels scrum close to their own line.
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Easy points for Harris
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From the scrum the ball is picked up by Higginbotham who gives it to Burgess, he dances through and thinks he has scored - the referee was unsighted, but the TMO gives the TRY under the posts!
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A solid scrum sees Debreczeni throw the ball inside to Mitch Inman who makes it over the line but is held up! It is a Rebels scrum 5 metres out
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Rebels have a good period of sustained attack now as they push towards the line. There is a penalty advantage and the home team decide to go for a scrum.
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Waratahs happy to run the ball back and play a bit with it. Beale tries to pop the ball up by Higginbotham almost intercepts - Waratahs scrum in the middle of the park
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Foley nails the CONVERSION
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TRY! Taqele Naiyaravoro runs off Ashley-Coopers inside shoulder and cuts a good angle to brush off the cross-defense to score the points!
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Beale hits a massive gap and ghosts through the defense, he looks for support and finds Foley on the switch but he is pulled down and the ball is poached by Higginbotham - it is still a Waratahs ball as the Rebels hack the ball out on the 22
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We are back for the SECOND HALF as the Warathas kick off in their unique way!

Half Time

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TRY! unbelievably the Rebels have scored! All Phipps had to do was boot the ball out but he had his pocket picked by Higginbotham as the ball squirted out, from the next phase Lopeti Timani picked up and scored his second try in two games!
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Harris adds the extras
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Rebels get close again through Tamati Ellison on a good angle, but he is tackled by Hooper from behind and there is another knock on as the Tahs have the scrum just before halfway
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It is still all the Waratahs as the Rebels are forced to defend and live off scraps as Luke Burgess picks up a loose ball that makes its way to Shipperly who chips and gathers 10 metres from the tryline. Just as the ball starts getting swung wide again it is knocked on!
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Waratahs attack from a lineout but as they reach the 22 there is another knock on and the Rebels have the scrum
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PENALTY - Foley has another shot and makes it a nine point game
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Waratahs are back into their running as they flood the Rebels half, there is a penalty advantage which the ref blows. There is a break in play with Tatafu Polota-Nau taking a head-knock.
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The scrum is under huge pressure but the Rebels get a penalty for the Tahs being offside at the scrum - Harris steps up but cannot convert the penalty kick as the score remains 13-7
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Waratahs try and get inventive from the back as Beale tries a long pass at the back that Adam Ashley-Cooper can't get to and knocks on - Rebels scrum
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Waratahs full of attack now as they earn another penalty on halfway after multiple phases, Beale steps up and nails a 45 metre PENALTY
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A simple kick for the CONVERSION for Foley
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TRY! with advantage being played, Belae tries a little chip kick that he gathers himself only to pop the ball back in to No.8 Stephan Hoiles for a try under the posts
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Folau makes a great burst running onto a flat Beale pass that puts the Rebels on the back foot, Hooper gets the Tahs into the Rebels 22 with relentless attack
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The Rebels waste their shot as the line-out is thrown skew from the resulting penalty. The Waratahs decide on a scrum just inside their half... which collapses and needs resetting
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The Waratahs attack is looking good until Timani forces another knock on to kill the passage of play - Rebels scrum and they get a penalty at scrum time
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Rebels have a scrum 10 metres into their half but the Waratahs go early as the Rebels tap and go but kick possession back to the visitors
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Harris adds the simple CONVERSION
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The Rebels take too long to clear the scrum and the pressure gives as the Tahs come away with it - but again they cough it up and the Rebels have another chance to attack. TRY! Scott Higgenbotham dummys Phipps and hands off Skelton to dive under the posts for the Rebels first try!
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The ball is overthrown and the Waratahs secure it, but there is another knock on and possession comes back to the home team about 10 metres out for a scrum
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The Rebels get a good scrum position after Beale fumbles a high bomb in his 22. The Rebels get the ball away and almost burst through with a great inside ball but the Tahs hack the ball through and are penalised for diving on the man - Rebels lineout 15m out
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Rebels get their first real chance at attack but they are under some heavy defensive pressure as a massive hit from Dave Dennis forces a turnover for the Tahs who get a net gain in territory as the Rebels clear
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The line-out is secured as the ball is swung into the backs but the Rebels defense is smashing them backwards. Another Waratahs penalty and this time Foley pops it over for the first points
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It all starts with a bit of a kicking contest until Beale has a run into the Rebels territory and earns a penalty that Foley pops into touch for the first line-out
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We are underway as the Rebels kick off deep!
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It is a great night in Melbourne for the Rebels first home game of the season!
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Speaking of upsets, the Rebels went the other way when they toppled the Crusaders in Christchurch. They will be hoping they can knock over another one of last year's finalists this time out
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The Waratahs, champions of 2014, will be looking to vounce back after a huge upset last week when they went down in Sydney to the Western Force
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Welcome to the second match of Round Two: The Waratahs up against the Rebels in this all Aussie derby!
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  • 15 Jack Maddocks
  • 14 Tom English
  • 13 Reece Hodge
  • 12 Bill Meakes
  • 11 Marika Koroibete
  • 10 Jack Debreczeni
  • 9 Michael Ruru
  • 8 Amanaki Mafi
  • 7 Angus Cottrell
  • 6 Lopeti Timani
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 4 Matt Philip
  • 3 Jermaine Ainsley
  • 2 Anaru Rangi
  • 1 Tetera Faulkner
  • 23 Sefanaia Naivalu
  • 22 Semisi Tupou
  • 21 Harrison Goddard
  • 20 Colby Faingaa
  • 19 Geoff Parling
  • 18 Sam Talakai
  • 17 Fereti Sa'aga
  • 16 Sama Malolo
  • 15 Bryce Hegarty
  • 14 Alex Newsome
  • 13 Curtis Rona
  • 12 Kurtley Beale
  • 11 Taqele . Naiyaravoro
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 9 Jake Gordon
  • 8 Michael Wells
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 6 Ned Hanigan
  • 5 Rob Simmons
  • 4 Tom Staniforth
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 2 Damien Fitzpatrick
  • 1 Tom Robertson
  • 23 Lalakai Foketi
  • 22 Nick Phipps
  • 21 Will Miller
  • 20 Jed Holloway
  • 19 Nick Palmer
  • 18 Harry Johnson-Holmes
  • 17 Hugh Roach
  • 16 Paddy Ryan
Mc article sonny bi   williams chiefs2

Preview: S15 Round Two, Part One

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:11

Will the madness continue or will we have some semblance of normality when Super Rugby's Round Two gets underway on Friday?

Will the madness continue or will we have some semblance of normality when Super Rugby's Round Two gets underway on Friday?

The Round One mayhem saw just one home team win, while tournament favourites like the defending-champion Waratahs and seven-time champion Crusaders got upstaged by supposed minnows.

This Friday's Round Two action start with two of the most impressive teams from Round One, the Chiefs and Brumbies, going head-to in New Plymouth.

The setting may have a rural feel about it, given the dairy farming community that supports the Taranaki region, but the on-field action will be colossal.

Then we will make a quick hop across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne for an all-Australian derby - one of last week's giant killing acts, the Rebels, hosting on the opening round's big losers, the Waratahs.

The final match of the day takes us another 14,000-odd kilometres across the Indian Ocean to Pretoria, where the Bulls, losers last week, meet the Hurricanes, who won their opening match.

We look at Friday's games!

Friday, February 20

Chiefs v Brumbies
(Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 AEDT; 06.35 GMT)

The Chiefs will host the Brumbies in New Plymouth in what is set to be an exciting battle.

The Chiefs, already loaded with superstar players, welcome back several All Blacks to the fold - including the likes of Aaron Cruden, Liam Messam and Jamie Mackintosh in the starting XV - with players like Ben Tameifuna and Brodie Retallick on the bench.

However, their real star value is at flyhalf and in the midfield - where Charlie Ngatai, Sonny Bill Williams Aaron Cruden will combine.

Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua, who has faced his share of midfield bruisers, regards Cruden (at flyhalf) and Williams (inside centre) as one of the most skilful combinations he has come up against.

"Cruden probably offers a bit more of that offload game, he's probably one of silkiest No.10s in the competition," Toomua told the Canberra Times.

"I've played against him a lot, played in the Under- 20s against each other and played against each other a few times last year.

"Sonny outside him offers a huge threat as well. There's no bigger name in Australian or New Zealand sport than Sonny Bill, so that'll be a huge challenge for us.

"Getting them down is one thing, stopping them offload is another, so we'll look do that in pods of threes - trying to get guys around the ball there.

"Those two individually are very dangerous and when you've got the combination you've got to be wary about it ... we've come up against similar combinations but to be fair I think this is one of the most skilful ones."

Recent results:
2014: Brumbies won 32-30, Canberra (preliminary play-off match)
2014: Brumbies won 41-23, Canberra
2013: Chiefs won 27-22, Hamilton (Final)
2012: Chiefs won 29-22, Hamilton
2011: Brumbies won 28-20, Canberra
2010: Brumbies won 30-23, Canberra

Prediction: The last 10 games between these sides have seen the Chiefs follow two defeats with two victories, with the Brumbies triumphant in six of these matches. If that run were to continue, the New Zealanders would win the next two contests against the Canberra-based outfit. The last seven games between the sides have been won by the home team. The Brumbies' 47-3 victory over the Reds in round one was their largest win since a 61-15 success against the Cheetahs in April 2010. The Chiefs managed the most metres (597), breaks (12) and off-loads (19) in round one, while the Brumbies topped the charts for carries (126), time in possession (19 minutes 52 seconds) and tries (six). They also missed the fewest tackles last weekend (eight). The Brumbies have won four of their last five regular season games on New Zealand soil after previously losing seven in a row on their trips across the Tasman. The Reds were rabble last week, which makes it difficult to gauge the real strength of the Brumbies. The Chiefs, who overcame a slow start, showed enough last week to suggest they could sneak a win - by less than 10 points.


Chiefs: 15 James Lowe, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
Replacments: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Tevita Koloamatangi, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Seta Tamanivalu.

Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White (captain), 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy , 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler , 20 Sean Doyle, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Shane McDermott (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

Rebels v Waratahs
(AMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.40; 08.40 GMT)

The Rebels will be buoyed by their victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch in Round One.

However, they know they can't afford to ease off even the slightest, given the quality of the opposition.

The Waratahs won the 2014 Super Rugby championship and whilst they suffered defeat at the hands of the Western Force in Sydney last week, they remain a world class outfit.

The Waratahs and Rebels have developed a healthy rivalry, while both possess plenty of individuals with history at both franchises.

For the Waratahs there is certainly a lot more riding on this game, which is important if they are to reach their stated goal of becoming the first Australian side to win back-to-back titles.

And history points to this being more likely than first thought - with four of the seven Super Rugby teams to have lifted the Super Rugby title in the 19 year history of the competition - Blues, Crusaders (twice), Bulls and Chiefs - having done just that.

"Off the back of knowing that we're the defending champions and we can be the first Australian Super Rugby team to do it twice in a row, there's a lot of motivation and a lot of excitement around that," veteran Wallaby Adam Ashley-Cooper said in an interview on the Waratahs website.

Driving the excitement and motivation around the current group of Waratahs is the culture that has been built over the past couple of seasons.

"About the 80 minutes on the weekend it's about going the distance and we're certainly reminded day in and day out here by the coaching staff that games are won in that last couple of metres of a drill or that last minute of an exercise or that last rep in the gym. It's about doing that yard extra and it certainly transfers onto the field.

"Once your goal and your ambitions are clear it gives the team purpose and we're certainly all on board and buying into the culture and working hard to give ourselves and the club purpose to reach that end goal.

"Culture I guess is the glue to any winning formula; it binds everyone together and allows teams to enjoy their hard work and enjoy their success," said Ashley-Cooper.

Recent results:
2014: Waratahs won 41-19, Melbourne
2014: Waratahs won 32-8, Sydney
2013: Rebels won 24-22, Melbourne
2013: Waratahs won 31-26, Sydney
2012: Waratahs won 30-21, Sydney
2012: Waratahs won 35-19, Melbourne

Prediction: Against the Force, the 2014 champions conceded four tries in a home match for the first time since June 2012 (against Hurricanes). The Tahs have won seven of eight games against the Melbourne side, denying the Rebels a bonus point in all but one of those seven victories. The Waratahs have never lost their opening two matches of a Super Rugby season. The Waratahs managed the best tackling success rate (92 percent) in the opening round, but won just one turnover, a weekend low. They also won all 10 of their line-outs and stole ball from the Force on four occasions. In contrast, no side lost more line-outs on their own throw than the Rebels in round one (four). The wake-up call has been received and the Waratahs should start showing some of their 2014 - to record a 10-point win.


Rebels:  15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.Replacments: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis (captain), 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements - from: Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Sam Lousi, Mitchell Chapman, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Matt Carraro, Pat McCutcheon, Peter Betham.
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Bulls v Hurricanes
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 19.19; 17.10 GMT; 06.10, Saturday, February 21 NZ time)

The Hurricanes are chasing a rare double on South African soil and more valuable competition points on the road.

Their 22-8 win over the Lions last week was their first win to start the season since 2010, while the last time the Hurricanes won two consecutive matches in South Africa was in 2006 - the year they reached the Final.

Victory over the Lions was built on patience and resilient defence, the Hurricanes surviving on a minority of possession to outscore their opposition two tries to one.

In contrast, the Bulls failed to fire in their opening 17-29 loss to the Stormers last week, which was their first Super Rugby defeat at home since dipping out to the Brumbies in their 2013 home semifinal.

The Bulls were mistake-ridden against the Stormers.

Super Rugby champions in 2007, 2009 and 2010, the Bulls will be eager to get on the front foot and beat the Hurricanes to register their first win of the season.

On his return as captain of the Bulls, Pierre Spies says they will be looking to make amends for last week's defeat on Friday.

"We had a hard look at ourselves, and the guys are really working hard to get the result and produce a more consistent performance," Spies told a media briefing in Pretoria.

"We've got to take care of our ball, be disciplined in our approach and be clinical as we made way too many mistakes against the Stormers."

Coach Frans Ludeke also expressed his disappointment in last week's showing, especially in the scrums - where they were schooled by the Stormers' pack of forwards.

"It wasn't good enough, and there was a lot pressure from that battle where we were on the back foot," he said.

"We gave away penalties that gave them field position and easy exits and we lost two vital turnovers at the base of the scrum in the right areas.

"That wasn't up to our standards, and we would like to improve this weekend."

Recent results:
2014: Hurricanes won 25-20, Wellington
2013: Bulls won 48-14, Pretoria
2011: Bulls won 26-14, Napier
2010: Bulls won 19-18, Pretoria
2009: Bulls won 19-14, Wellington
2008: Hurricanes won 50-22, Pretoria

Prediction: The Bulls have won four of the last five clashes between the sides, limiting the 'Canes to fewer than 20 points in each of those matches. The Bulls won all nine of their line-outs last weekend, but had the lowest tackling success (80 percent) having missed 26 of 129 attempted hits. The Canes meanwhile won five of seven line-out throws, a weekend - low success rate of 71 percent. The Hurricanes managed the most turnovers won (10) last weekend and conceded fewer turnovers (seven) than any other side. The Canes were the only side to manage less than 10 minutes in possession of the ball last week (nine minutes and 23 seconds). It is a tough call to make, as it is uncertain which Bulls team will turn up. However, we are going for a narrow home win - the Bulls by five.


Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie), 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 Jurgen Visser.

Hurricanes: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Ardie Savea, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 James Marshall, 23 Matt Proctor.

Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

By Jan de Koning

* Stats provided by @OptaJason

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Tahs hold on against feisty Rebels

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:48

REPORT: The Waratahs had to fight to the bitter end, but 10 points in the final 10 minutes saw them edge the Rebels 38-28 on Friday.

The Waratahs had to fight to the bitter end, but 10 points in the final 10 minutes saw them edge the Rebels 38-28 in their Super Rugby Round Two match in Melbourne on Friday.

In the often brutal affair the two teams scored four tries each, but the boot of Bernard Foley proved to be the difference - as he added three penalties to his three conversions - to seal the deal.

Kurtley Beale, who produced a Man of the Match performance, also kicked a penalty in an encounter where the Rebels showed that they have a lot more grunt than in past years - with their defence in particular a much-improved aspect of their game.

It was a much improved performance by the Waratahs after a week of soul searching, following their losing performance at home to the Western Force in last weekend's season-opener.

Wallaby Kurtley Beale was a star performer for the Waratahs, scoring a try off a Bernard Foley break and setting up a try for Stephen Hoiles with a skilful chip-kick and re-gather.

The Rebels, who rocked the Crusaders in Christchurch last weekend, were on course to beat both last season's finalists when they drew level at 28-all with 14 minutes after a try to replacement wing Sefanaia Naivalu.

But Foley broke through two tackles and sent Beale racing over for the clinching converted try with seven minutes left and then kicked a 78th-minute penalty to ensure victory.

Foley finished with 15 points from three conversions and three penalties.

"We were disappointing in the physicality area last week so tonight that was a big focus for us," Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis said.

"The most pleasing thing for us is that we made a lot of errors, but we scrambled well and stuck to our game plan.

"Our focus is holding on to the ball and just being patient and there were a couple of loose turnovers, but on the back of that we did have some good phases and scored some good tries," he said.

Powerful Fijian wing Taqele Naiyaravoro scored two tries, but he blotted his performance when he left the Waratahs a man down at a crucial time for intentionally knocking the ball over his own in-goal area and he was sent to the sin bin.

While Naiyaravoro was off the field, the Rebels drew level and the Waratahs had to work overtime to keep them out with the home crowd cheering their team on.

"That was a tough game, we knew it was going to be and credit to the Tahs, they hung in and really put it on us at the back end," said skipper Scott Higginbotham, who scored the Rebels' opening try.

"Coming up against a big forward pack like the Tahs you have to make your tackles and there were a few we missed."

The win in Melbourne means that the Waratahs have now won four consecutive Super Rugby matches on the road.

The Waratahs will be able to rest up with a bye in round three, but will return for the grudge match in Round Four against the Reds on Saturday, March 7, in Brisbane.

Man of the match: You can always bargain on Scot Higginbotham to produce something special, while Mike Harris is a bog acquisition as well. Taqele Naiyaravoro was powerful with ball in hand - getting a double. Bernard Foley was the director of the orchestra, but Kurtley Beale was the star performer and our Man of the Match.

The scorers:

For the Rebels:
Higginbotham, Timani, Burgess, Naivalu
Cons: Harris 4

For the Waratahs:
Hoiles, Naiyaravoro 2, Beale
Cons: Foley 3
Pens: Foley 3, Beale

Yellow card: Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs, 64 - professional foul, deliberately knocking the ball over the dead-ball line)


Rebels:  15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis (captain), 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Mitchell Chapman, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Peter Betham.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Lopeti Timani (40min) and Sefanaia Naivalu (66min)
Taqele . Naiyaravoro (44min), Taqele . Naiyaravoro (62min), and Kurtley Beale (73min)
Bernard Foley (24min), Bernard Foley (45min), and Bernard Foley (74min)
Bernard Foley (4min), Kurtley Beale (26min), Bernard Foley (33min), and Bernard Foley (78min)
Taqele . Naiyaravoro (64min)
VENUE Melbourne
REFEREE Angus Gardner (Australia)