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Super Rugby | Cape Town
15:05 (GMT) | 21-02-2015
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The Stormers go on a good attack with De Jongh find space down the touchline and the Stormers get another penalty with the Blues player playing it on the ground. Coleman kicks the penalty wide from just inside the Blues half. And that is FULL-TIME. Stormers 27 - 16 Blues
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Vermeulen makes good ground as the Stormers make their way towards the Blues 10 metre line and they get the penalty with Patrick Tuipulotu playing the ball while he was off his feet. Coleman steps up and kicks the PENALTY over and it is 27-16 to the Stormers
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The Stormers get the penalty at the scrum and Coleman relieves the pressure and the home team will have a line-out in the Blues half
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The Blues get the penalty from the line-out and West finds a good touch finder in the Stormers 22. They go wide but Lolagi Visinia knocks it on. The Stormers get a scrum in their own 22
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After a scrappy line-out the Blues get a scrum just inside the Stormers 10 metre line. They go to Saili in the midfield from the scrum who makes good groud as the Blues make their way in the Stormers 22, but Kolisi turns it over and Coleman relieves the pressure with a kick towards the Blues half
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The Stormers go on attack in the Blues half but are net with good defence. Both teams the go for a kicking dual before Kolbe calls for a mark and finds touch just inside the Stormers half
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Vermeulen takes the ball up from the restrat bfore Kebble and Carr makes good ground in the Blues half. They get the penalty and Groom takes it quickly but the Blues will get a scrum in their own 22 after the Stormers did not use the ball from a maul
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After a take from Botha the Stormers get a penalty after the Blues' Matt Moulds collapses the maul. Catrakilis misses the penalty
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Kolbe takes a high ball on halfway and the Stormers get a penalty with a Blues player not rolling away. Catrakilis goes for touch and the Stormers will have a line-out in the Blues 22
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The Stormers go for a maul but the Blues get possession after the Stormers tried to reform the maul after it broke apart. Cowan clears down field and the Blues get the thrown in
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Cowan kicks down field but Kolbe returns another and finds touch just inside the Stormers half. Stormers get a penalty in the next phase of play after a knock down by a Blues play and the Stormers have an attacking line-out in the Blues' 22
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The Blues win a Stormers line-out and find themselves in a good position in the Stormers 22 before they lose it forward, Catrakilis clears and Kaino runs it back.
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The Stormers with good possession in the Blues half get a penalty on the 10 metre line of the visitors and Catrakilis gets the PENALTY over and it is Stormers24-16 Blues
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West gets the CONVERSION over and it is now 21-16
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The Blues now find themselves in the Stormers half before the Carr turns it over but Ntubeni knocks on. Blues will have another opportunity with a scrum. The visitors make their way in the Stormers 22 and Charles Piutau finds a gap and passes to Cowan who passes to Braid for the TRY!
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A strong scrum wins the Stormers a penalty with the Blues collapsing under pressure. The Stormers now have an attacking line-out in the Blues 22. They go wide but lose possession and give away a penalty in the Blues 22
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The Stormers now get a penalty in their own 22 and Catrakilis finds touch between the Stormers 10 metre line an halfway. The Stormers maul it up but they lose it forward.The Blues now have a scrum just inside the Stormers half
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Stormers give away a penalty straight from the restart and West gets the PENALTY over and it is 21-9 to the Stormers
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The Stormers go straight on the attack after the restart and they get a penalty after a late tackle on Kolbe from Blues hooker James Parsons. Catrakilis with a kick on the Blues 10 metre gets the PENALTY over and it is 21-6 to the Stormers
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Blues' flyhalf Iaia West gets the second half under way!

Half Time

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And the Stormers get the penalty at the scrum with Blues prop Angus Ta'avao over extending. Catrakilis gets the PENALTY over and it is 18-6 to the Stormers at HALF-TIME
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From the scrum on halfway Blues go wide, but the Stormers get the turnover from the next phase with a good steal from Kitshoff. Catrakilis sends a high ball but Kotze can't hold on. Blues scrum just outside their 22
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The Blues now have possession in the midfield but referee Craig Joubert stops play with a serious injury to Stormers flank Rynhardt Elstadt. Nizaam Car comes onto the field to replace him.
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Catrakilis gets the CONVERSION over and it is 15-6 to the Stormers
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Leyds then gets a ball from a kick and beats two defenders and runs 60 metres to score a TRY! for the Stormers
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The Stormers get the ball back and tests the the Blues defence once again before a good kick from Groom finds touch in the Blues 22. The Blues take it quickly and kick down field and the Stormers will have aline-out on the Blues 10 metre line
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After a few scrum resets five out from the Blues try-line, West relieves some pressure and finds touch just outside his 22. The Stormers will have another attacking line-out. De Allende finds a half gap but the Stormers lose it and West kicks down field
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And a massive scrum from the Stormers wins them a penalty and they opt for a five metre line-out from the Blues try-line. They decide to go for a maul before bashing it pt with de Allende, but Nic Groom knocks on trying to go quickly from the ruck.
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The Stormers with an attacking line-out in the Blues 22 lose possession with Vermeulen getting caught with the ball. Blues get the scrum
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The Blues have possession in the Stormers half and they get a penalty just inside the Stormers 10 metre line. The penalty is reversed as Hayden Triggs gets a RED CARD for punching Vermeulen in the face.
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The Stormers approach the Blues 22 but are met with some solid defence. De Jongh is brough down just short of the 22 before Vermeulen knocks on and the Blues kick down field and the Stormers will have a line-out in their 22
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After a kicking dual the ball finally goes into touch on the Blues 10 metre line with a kick from Ihaia West. Stormers will have an attacking line-out. The Stormers setup another maul before going wide to Kolbe who is nearly through
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The Stormers drive it up towards the 22 from the line-out with the forwards. They go wide and the Blues turn it over and get the penalty. Cowan takes it quickly and the Blues have possession in the Stormers half
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After a few scrum resets the Stormers are under pressure at the scrum but they get a penalty with Luatua coming in from the side and Catrakilis finds touch just inside the Blues half
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Kotze almost gets the ball from a mistake from the Blues backline but it is knocked on and the Blues have a scrum on halfway. They go wide to Charles Piutau but he knocks it on. Scrum to the Stormers on their 10 metre line
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Catrakilis gets the conversion wide and it is 8-6 to the Stormers
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The stormers get a penalty inside the Blues 22 and they drive it up with a maul the ball is spread wide to Kotze but is brought down just short before Groom dives for the line and gets the TRY!
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The Blues have possession deep in the Stormers half and they get a penalty with a high tackle from de Allende. West gets the PENALTY over and it is Stormers 3-6 Blues
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The Stormers now have a penalty about five metres inside the Blues' half after a Blues player not releasing and Catrakilis gets the PENALTY over and it is 3-3.
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The Blues get a penalty with Kitshoff infringing at scrum time on the Stormers 10 metre line. Ihaia West gets the PENALTY over and the Blues lead 0-3
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Saili kicks from deep in his 22 but Catrakilis knock on trying to catch it in his own half. The Blues have an attacking scrum
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Stormers' flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis gets the game under way!
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Conditions at Newlands is windy.
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Stormers' captain Duane Vermeulen will earn his 100th Super Rugby cap today.
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The last time these two teams met was in 2013 with the Blues recording a narrow 18-17 victory in Albany.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Sarel Marais
  • 14 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 13 EW Viljoen
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 11 Dillyn Leyds
  • 10 Damian Willemse
  • 9 Dewaldt Duvenage
  • 8 Nizaam Carr
  • 7 Rynhardt Elstadt
  • 6 Siya Kolisi
  • 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
RESERVES
  • 23 Juan de Jongh
  • 22 Seabelo Senatla
  • 21 Justin Phillips
  • 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 19 Chris van Zyl
  • 18 Wilco Louw
  • 17 Oliver Kebble
  • 16 Ramone Samuels
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  • 15 Michael Collins
  • 14 Matt Duffie
  • 13 George Moala
  • 12 TJ Faiane
  • 11 Melani Nanai Vai
  • 10 Ihala West
  • 9 Augustine Pulu
  • 8 Steven Luatua
  • 7 Blake Gibson
  • 5 Scott Scrafton
  • 4 Gerald Cowley-Tuioti
  • 3 Charlie Faumuina
  • 2 James Parsons
  • 1 Ofa Tuungafasi
RESERVES
  • 23 Rene Ranger
  • 22 Stephen Perofeta
  • 21 Sam Nock
  • 20 Jerome Kaino
  • 19 Joshua Goodhue
  • 18 Sione Mafileo
  • 17 Pauliasi Manu
  • 16 Hame Faiva
Mc article jp du preez lions

Preview: S15 Round Two, Part Two

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:51

It is going to be an interesting Saturday, because most of the teams in action will be chasing their first win of the season.

It is going to be an interesting Saturday, because most of the teams in action will be chasing their first win of the season.

Only two of last week's winners will be in action on the day -the Stormers, who host the Blues in Cape Town, and the Western Force, who travel to Brisbane to face the reds.

The Highlanders, who are at home to the Crusaders, had a bye in Round One. The Crusaders lost to the rebels.

The second match of the day is another derby, the Reds - massacred by the Brumbies - will look to bounce back against a Force team that beat the defending-champion Waratahs.

After that it is across theIndian Ocean to the Republic, where the Stormers will loom to repeat the impressive form that saw them beat the Bulls last week when they host a Blues team that narrowly lost to the Chiefs.

The final match will see the Sharks, upset by the Cheetahs last week, looking to bounce back against a Lions team that was just as disappointing in their loss to the Hurricanes.

We look at all Saturday's matches!

Saturday, February 21

Highlanders v Crusaders
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

The Crusaders will be the 'desperate' team, given their loss to the Rebels last week.

However, the Highlanders will be the side under pressure - as they are coming of a first-week bye and may just be a touch undercooked.

Also, after making the play-offs last season for the first time in 12 years, the Highlanders are keen to not slip back into the pack of also-rans.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is on high alert and with good reason.

The Crusaders never take kindly to a beating and his Dunedin-based franchise might be on the receiving end of that backlash.

"Yes, I am wary," he told NZ Newswire.

"Where are they weak? They're not. They just played well below their best last weekend.

"We know they will be better and we can't do anything about that. It's up to us to play well."

The other factor is the Week One bye, making an extended pre-season for his players.

"They just need to get out there and play now," he said.

"It's about putting in a performance on the track and hopefully getting a win."

Recent results:
2014: Crusaders won 34-8, Christchurch
2014: Crusaders won 32-30, Dunedin
2013: Crusaders won 40-12, Dunedin
2013: Crusaders won 24-8, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 51-18, Christchurch
2012: Highlanders won 27-24, Dunedin

Prediction: There is no Dan Carter, but with Israel Dagg back Colin Slade started at flyhalf. It gives the Crusaders a very different dynamic and while Slade is no slouch, there's a certain magic missing from the seven-time champions. The Highlanders' biggest problem could be that they are a touch underdone, as they come into the competition a week later than everybody else. We are convinced the Crusaders will bounce back and sneak a win by less than 10 points.

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jason Emery, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (captain), 7 John Hardie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Josh Hohneck.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Trent Renata, 23 Marty Banks.

 
Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Robbie Fruean, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Nafi Tuitavake.
 
Referee:
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Wratt (New Zealand)

Reds v Western Force
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane -Kick-off: 19.40; 08.40 GMT)

Having signed two of the most high-profile players in the off-season - code-hopper Karmichael Hunt and unwanted Wallaby James O'Connor - expectations were high for the Reds.

They could not have flopped more spectacularly if they tried and there will be a steely determination to silence the detractors which have crawled out the woodworks in the last week.

Reds head coach Richard Graham said his side was looking forward to returning to Suncorp Stadium for the first time since July 2014.
 
"It is great to be back in Brisbane and playing in front of our own supporters at Suncorp Stadium," Graham said.

"Last weekend was a poor performance, the group recognise that and they are determined to deliver a strong performance on Saturday," he added.
 
"Our focus this week has been mainly around getting our set piece and defence right.

"The game usually flows on the back of controlling the collision zone and they start with those two areas."
 
Western Force coach Michael Foley is well aware there will be some kind of backlash and said his side is ready for another physical encounter against the Reds.

"Our goal is to maintain the same intensity and attitude, while we keep working on certain aspects of our game," he said of last week's win over the Waratahs.

"To that end, we've worked hard in preparation knowing the challenge posed by a determined Reds team."

Recent results:
2014: Force won 30-20, Perth
2014: Force won 32-29, Brisbane
2013: Reds and Force drew 11-all, Perth
2013: Force won 19-12, Brisbane
2012: Force won 45-19, Perth
2012: Reds won 35-20, Brisbane

Prediction: There has been a remarkable rise in the Force's form the last couple of years. The reds, in stark contrast, have been in a steady decline since their championship win in 2011. That suggest there could only be one winner, although in Super Rugby it is never that easy. Still, we have our money on the Force to win by 10 to 15 points.

Teams:
 

Reds: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Campbell Magnay, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 James Horwill, 4 Marco Kotze, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Tom Murday, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Tom Banks.

 
Western Force: 15 Zack Holmes, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8  Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Francois van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Mitchell Scott.
 
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Matt O'Brien (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Stormers v Blues
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 17.05; 5.05 GMT; 04.05 Sunday, February 22 NZDT)

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is never shy to use words like great and big, especially when describing the quality of the opposition.

It is, of course, the politically correct and polite thing to - be respectful to your rivals.

However, when he said the Blues will pose a "very different" challenge to the Bulls, he was not just throwing out the usual collection of media clichés.

"We play just once a year against a side like the Blues, where we play the Bulls three times in the Currie Cup alone,"Coetzee told a media briefing this week.

And that is the 'big' difference - they know the strategies and the players in the Bulls team, which they easily dispatched with last week.

The Blues, with a much-changed roster from when the two sides last met in 2013, will indeed present a completely different challenge.

However, they are not going to go into panic mode because they now face a team, in the Blues, that plays a much-more up-tempo game.

"For us it is not about the tempo the opposition brings," Coetzee said.

"You can only control the tempo once you are in possession of the ball," the Stormers mentor said, adding: "We will be much more comfortable playing at home, but we have to ensure our set pieces function like they functioned up there [Pretoria], then you an control the game."

He added that the key is to being accurate and clinical at scrum time and line-out time.

The Blues are not to be scoffed at, as they showed in running the Chiefs close last week.

"They have good runners, good steppers and forwards that can pass the ball as well," Coetzee said.

"They don't run directly at you, so we will have to defend from tight, close in, to wide as well.

"Yes, there are challenges, but, as I said, you can only control the tempo of the game if your source of possession is taken care of.

"That is the difference in playing against New Zealand team, hey have good broken-field players and steppers. If you don't look after the ball and you turn it over, then you defence is unstructured then you will miss a lot of tackles.

"If these guys have space and time on the ball they will punish you."

Recent results:
2013: Blues won 18-17, Albany
2012: Stormers won 27-17, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 28-26, Auckland
2010: Stormers won 33-21, Auckland
2009: Blues won 14-8, Cape Town
2008: Blues won 17-14, Auckland

Prediction: This could be the match of the weekend. The Stormers have two advantages, albeit small - they are coming off a good win and will be confident, while they are also at home. They also have one of the best defensive systems in the competition. While the Blues will pose a major threat, you simply can't look past the Stormers for a likely winner - but by less than 10 points.

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.
 
Blues: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Ben Lam, 13 Hamish Northcott, 12 Francis Saili, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Jerome Kaino (captain), 7 Brendon O'Connor, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements:  16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Luke Braid, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Dan Bowden, 23 Lolagi Visinia.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Sharks v Lions
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10 GMT)

Games between these two sides are always intriguing and high-scoring affairs.

And with both coming off defeats last week, Saturday is sure to be as entertaining as any of their encounters the last five years.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann, speaking in the build-up to his team's trip to Durban, said patience was the key ingredient from their game last week - when they lost to the Hurricanes.

Having dominated possession (66 percent) and territory (more than 70 percent) the Lions are still smarting from the many errors that robbed them of the numerous opportunities they created.

"We need to show patience in that attacking zone," Ackermann said, adding: "If it takes us a few more phases to score then we have to be able to build that pressure.

"We are confident that the guys will be better than the week before and if they can keep that patience and that accuracy when we get those opportunities hopefully we can get the scoreboard going."

The Sharks were just as sloppy in their loss to the Cheetahs and while they will no doubt raise the bar, Director of Rugby Gary Gold said he was expecting another tough battle against the Lions.

"We are looking forward to a physical battle against a very good Lions team," the Sharks boss added.

"So we need to be more accurate, particularly in our own half.

"We made a lot of errors in execution, we didn't exit correctly out of our 22 which then put pressure on us and the Cheetahs were able to put points on us because of the mistakes we made. '

"We certainly didn't exit as well as we did against Toulon.

"We're looking for a big improvement this weekend, which we will do."

Recent results:
2014: Sharks won 25-12, Johannesburg
2014: Sharks won 37-23, Durban
2012: Lions won 38-28, Johannesburg
2012: Sharks won 32-20, Durban
2011: Sharks and Lions drew 30-all, Johannesburg
2011: Sharks won 27-3, Durban

Prediction: Patience is indeed the key word. You know the Lions will attack and do so for most of the match. The Sharks prefer a territory-based game, although they can give the ball air. The difference is they have more senior players that can calm their teammates down when it gets too hectic. That is why we feel the Sharks will win by about 10 points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 Marco Wentzel, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Andre Esterhuizen.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9  Ross Cronje, 8  Warren Whiteley (captain), 7  Warwick Tecklenburg, 6  Derick Minnie, 5  Franco Mostert, 4  Martin Muller, 3  Ruan Dreyer, 2  Malcolm Marx, 1  Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Ruaan Lerm, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Harold Vorster.
 
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

Mc article stormers v blues

Stormers beat spiteful Blues

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:51

MATCH REPORT: The Stormers got their second win of the season, a 27-16 triumph over the Blues at a sun-bathed Newlands on Saturday.

The Stormers got their second win of the season, a 27-16 triumph over the Blues at a sun-bathed Newlands on Saturday.

It is a win that will be both celebrated and loathed.

The celebration will be for the four points on the standings. The negative side will be because the Blues were reduced to 14 men for 55 minutes and the home team should have won by a much larger margin.

The game was turned on its head in the 25th minute, when veteran Blues lock Hayden Triggs was spotted punching Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen - not once, but twice - and red-carded, leaving his team a man down for a large chunk of the match.

It did not end there, as some of the Blues took the word 'physical' to a very ugly new low.

The Stormers, unfortunately, at times got sucked in by the Blues' unconventional approach - with a hoist of errors, both under pressure and unforced, halting their progress.

Scrum and breakdown play infringements marked the early stages of the match and Blues pivot Ihaia West goaled two penalties against one from his Stormers opposite Demetri Catrakilis - as the visiting New Zealanders opened a 6-3 lead after only seven minutes play.

The Blues' lead was short-lived, as the Stormers' pressure in the visitors' 22-metre area took its toll. After a failed driving maul, which was held up in the Blues' tryline, Stormers' scrumhalf Nic Groom streaked through a half-gap for the first touchdown in the match.

Catrakilis' conversion attempt in the strong crossfield breeze was held out by the upright (8-6).

In the ensuing stages, the teams managed to secure possession at the set-pieces, but numerous handling mistakes put paid to promising movements.

Midway through the first half, the Stormers grabbed the initiative and their efforts were worth much more than the additional 10 points they scored ahead of the half-time break, especially after the Blues were reduced to 14 players following the red-card infringement by Triggs.

The Blues produced some instances of outstanding defence, but they failed to counter a moment of brilliance by Stormers left wing Dillyn Leyds who plucked a high kick ahead out of the air before stepping his way past the defence for his side's second try. This time Catrakilis made no mistake with the conversion (15-6).

A scrum penalty against the Blues on the stroke of half-time saw Catrakilis add to the visitors' misery with his second penalty for an 18-6 lead at the break.

When play restarted, the flyhalves again featured with a penalty each and the scoreboard moved along from 18-6 to 21-9 in favour of the Stormers in the 43rd minute.

A score somewhat against the run of play after an excellent inter-play in the Blues backline saw scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan score next to the posts and West goaled the conversion to reduce the deficit to 16-21-16.

Just ahead of the hour mark, the Stormers showed signs of imposing themselves in the last quarter of the match and Catrakilis succeeded with one of two close-in penalties which were awarded against the Blues in quick succession (24-16).

In the closing stages, the Blues broke the Stormers' grip on the match and managed several attacking sorties into the Stormers' half.

However, the Stormers managed to absorb the pressure and once they transferred play to the opposition half, substitute flyhalf Kurt Coleman closed the match out with a well-struck penalty to round off his side's second consecutive win.

Man of the match: Jerome Kaino stepped up, especially after his team was reduced to 14 men. Charles Piutau was solid and Francis Saili was also a constant presence on attack and defence. Cheslin Kolbe, for most part,  did what was expected of him, Demetri Catrakilis was steady, rather than spectacular, Kurt Coleman is beginning to put pressure on the selectors when it comes to the No.10 jersey, Nic Groom had his moments and Nizaam Carr made a strong case to be a regular starter. Our award goes Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen, who was the glue in a team that could so easily have unravelled.

The scorers:

For the Stormers:
Tries:
Groom, Leyds
Cons: Catrakilis
Pens: Catrakilis 4, Coleman

For the Blues:
Tries:
Cowan
Cons: West
Pens: West 3

Red card: Hayden Triggs (Blues, 25 - foul play, punching)

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.
 
Blues: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Ben Lam, 13 Hamish Northcott, 12 Francis Saili, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Jerome Kaino (captain), 7 Brendon O'Connor, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements:  16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Luke Braid, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Dan Bowden, 23 Lolagi Visinia.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Dillyn Leyds (35min)
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PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Cape Town
REFEREE Craig Joubert (South Africa)