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17:10 (GMT) | 28-02-2015
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Stormers are making tackle after tackle as the Lions look for an opening! KNOCK ON! Mnisi loses the ball forward and it's ALL OVER! FULLTIME! What a finish!
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PENALTY! Stormers are offside and concede it right in front of the post. Its taking quick. Minnie stopped short. PENALTY! Stormers fail to release the tackled player as Mnisi loses the ball as he crosses the try line
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Just 7 metres left for the Lions now
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Lions keep probing away but the Stormers are holding their own in defence!
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Stormers holding on for dear life right now as the Lions make their way into the 22.
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The siren goes as the Stormers restart the match with a 22 drop out. Lions have to run it from their 22. Combrink takes it to the Stormers 10 metre line.
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They set the maul and make a few metres before it goes down. It's being lept among the forwards as they inch their way closer to the try line. A drop goal attempt from van der Walt goes wide!
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Lions have an ideal chance to hit back straight away after Coleman kicks the ball straight into touch. Lions line-out on the Stormers 22
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Coleman keeps a calm head as he slots the conversion. The Stormers lead for the first time in the match!
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The maul is set! TRY!!!! Kolisi emerges with the ball as the maul rumbles their way over the line!
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Free-kick to the Stormers. Its taken quickly and they enter the 22. PENALTY! Lions are offside. Coleman kicks the ball into touch for a 5 metre line-out
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Stormers enjoying some possession in Lions territory but the Lions stand firm in defence. Scrum feed to the Lions close to their 22
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Stormers will now have the scrum feed on the halfway line after a Lions grubber rolls over the dead-ball line
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He strikes it sweet and has the distance but misses on the left!
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PENALTY! Lions win the scrum penalty as the Stormers push too early. Combrink will have a shot at goal from all of 60 metres
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Lions in possession via a scrum on their 10 metre line
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Catrakilis adds the 3 points to reduce the Lions lead to 4 points
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PENALTY! Lions scrum in on the angle again and the Stormers opt to have a shot at goal
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Mastriet claims a high ball but as he gets up to run, loses it forward to hand the Stormers a scrum feed close to the Lions 10 metre line
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Whiteley steals the line-out and the Lions manage to boot the ball back into Stormers territory. Kolbe kicks the ball straight into touch. Lions line-out on the Stormers 10 metre line
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PENALTY! The Lions are penalised for scrumming on an angle. Catrakilis kicks the ball into touch on the Lions 10 metre line
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Lions lose the ball forward and the Stormers have the scrum feed on their 22
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It's turned into a kicking battle as both sides look for territorial advantage. Lions with possession close to the halfway line. Catrakilis kicks the ball directly into touch and the Lions have a line-out close to the Stormers 22
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Lions in possession on their 10 metre line
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He strikes it sweetly and it's over!
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PENALTY! Stormers are penalised on the halfway line for a shoulder charge by Botha. Jantjies will have a shot at goal
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The ball is recycled and Rhodes makes a break. He offloads to Groom but the support players are slow to the breakdown. The Lions turn the ball over and clear the ball back into Stormers territory
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Stormers manage to maintain possession through a line-out on the halfway line. They set the maul and slowly build -up momentum.
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PENALTY! Lions are caught offside. Catrakilis makes no mistake with the penalty as he reduces the Lions' lead
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The ball finds De Jongh who hands it to Leyds who gets over the 22. The fprwards get the ball and 6 metres to go. TURNOVER! Lions clear the danger but Kolbe takes the line-out quickly. Back into Lions territory they go
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Stormers in possession inside Lions territory. Botha takes them over the 10 metre line.
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The ball sails between the uprights as he extends the Lions' lead
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KICK-OFF! Catrakilis gets he second half underway. Kolbe is caught in possession on his 22! PENALTY! Jantjies will have a shot at goal

Half Time

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He slots the penalty to extend the Lions' lead to 4 points at HALFTIME!!!
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PENALTY! Koch concedes a scrum penalty as he goes straight to ground on the hit! Jantjies will have a shot at goal
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No problem for him as the deficit is now a solitary point
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Huge scrum from the Stormers! PENALTY! Tecklenburg breaks early to hand Catrakilis a shot at goal
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Kotze takes the ball into the Lions 22. He piuts the ball onto the boot and the Lions regain possession. De Klerk knocks the ball on at the back of the ruck and the Stormers will have the scrum feed on the Lions 22
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No mistake from Catrakilis as he sneaks it inside the right-hand upright
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Mbonambi misses his jumper and the Lions are back in possession. PENALTY! Kolbe is obstructed with his clearance kick and the Stormers have a penalty in Lions territory. Catrakilis will have a shot at goal
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Carr takes the ball into the 22. PENALTY! he fails to release the ball. It's taken quickly but de Klerk passes the ball straight into touch
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Jantjies makes a break that takes the Lions to the Stormers 22! TURNOVER! De Allende gets the ball and boots it all the way to the Lions try line before the Lions kick it into touch. Stormers line-out on the Lions 22
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He slots his first attempt at goal as the Stormers get on the board
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PENALTY! Lions holding firm in defence but fail to release the tackled player at the breakdown. Catrakilis will have a shot at goal
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After a few scrum resets, Vermeulen picks the ball from the back of the scrum.
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De Allende takes the ball as first receiver! Groom has a snipe for the line! He is held up but the Stormers maintain possession with a PENALTY as the Lions were offside. Stormers opt for the scrum
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PENALTY! De Jongh takes a quick tap and takes the Stormers into the Lions 22. Koch makes a break down the right touchline. Just a few metres to go now. Kitshoff gets over the try line and takes 3 defenders with him. He is held up and Stormers will have a 5 metre scrum
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Stormers hold onto possession as they edge their way closer to the Lions' 22
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Stormers with possession on the Lions 10 metre line. KNOCK ON! The Lions win the ball at the breakdown but they lose the ball. Scrum feed to the Stormers
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Jantjies adds the extra points
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The rumble the ball up with the forwards. 5 metres to go now. TRY!!!! Tecklenburg barges his way over the line for the first try of the match
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Lions with a line-out inside Stormers 22
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Stormers a few metre away now. TURNOVER! Jantjies puts in a little dink of a kick and Leyds is under all sort of pressure and concedes the penalty
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Combrinck attempts a clearanc ebut kicks oit straight in touch
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Stormers in possession on the Lions 10 metre line. Mbonambi breaks through a tackle. Carr loses it forward and Jantjies kicks the ball clear. The ref decides there's no advantage and the Lions have the scrum feed close to their 22
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Up to the 22 the Lions go. The lose it forward and the Stormers kicks it forward. It's a scramble on the halfway line. Lions knock it on again and it's a Stormers feed
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Lions set a maul and have made some metres. They keep it with the forwards before its given to Jantjies who puts in a high ball. KNOCK ON! Stormers knock the ball on and the Lions will have a feed to scrum between the 10 and 22 of the Stormers
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PENALTY! After a reset, the scrum goes straight down on the hit and Jantjies kicks the ball into touch in the Stormers 10 metre line
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Stormers in possession with a line-out on the Lions 10 metre line. They lose it forward in the air and the Lions will have the feed to the first scrum of the match
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Jantjies gets the first points of the match as he splits the uprights
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Lions with front-foot ball inside Stormers territory. PENALTY! Rhodes fails to roll away at the breakdown and Jantjies will have a shot at goal
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Stormers with an early maul. Groom puts in the box kick which is claimed by the Lions but De Klerk's kick goes straight up and Carr claims the catch
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KICK-OFF! Jantjies gets the game underway!
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A cloudy and wet evening greets the players as rain continues to fall
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The Lions have rung the changes for this match while the Stormers have made just 2 changes to the starting XV
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Welcome to the final match of the round as the Lions host the Stormers in Johannesburg
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  • 15 Andries Coetzee
  • 14 Ruan Combrinck
  • 13 Lionel Mapoe
  • 12 Harold Voster
  • 11 Madosh Tambwe
  • 10 Elton Jantjies
  • 9 Dillon Smit
  • 8 Hacjivah Dayimani
  • 7 Franco Mostert
  • 6 Albertus Smith
  • 5 Marvin Orie
  • 4 Andries Ferreira
  • 3 Ruan Dreyer
  • 2 Malcolm Marx
  • 1 Jacques van Rooyen
  • 23 Sylvian Mahuza
  • 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • 21 Nic Groom
  • 20 Marnus Schoeman
  • 19 Lourens Erasmus
  • 18 Jacobie Adriaanse
  • 17 Dylan Smith
  • 16 Robbie Coetzee
  • 15 Dillyn Leyds
  • 14 Craig Barry
  • 13 EW Viljoen
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 10 Damian Willemse
  • 9 Dewaldt Duvenage
  • 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 6 Siya Kolisi
  • 5 Chris van Zyl
  • 4 Jan de Klerk
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 2 Ramone Samuels
  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
  • 23 Johannes Engelbrecht
  • 22 Sarel Marais
  • 21 Paul De Wet
  • 20 Nizaam Carr
  • 19 Kobus van Dyk
  • 18 Carlu Sadie
  • 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg
  • 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni
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Preview: S15 Round Three, Part Two

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:34

DERBY DAY: Two of Super Rugby's most successful teams - the Crusaders and Bulls - appear to be up the creek without a paddle.

Two of Super Rugby's most successful teams - the Crusaders and Bulls - appear to be up the creek without a paddle.

The seven-time champion Crusaders, without a title since 2008, travel to Hamilton to face compatriots and two-time champions the Chiefs.

However, it is trouble within their own ranks, as much as the opposition that could trip them up again.

After this intriguing opening to Saturday's derby-day action, we hop across the Tasman Sea where the Rebels host Brumbies in an all-Australian encounter in Melbourne.

Then it is the long trek across the Indian Ocean to Pretoria where the three-time champion Bulls take on the Sharks - the most successful team never to have won a Super Rugby title - in Pretoria. The Bulls, despite there array of superstars have been firing blanks this season and are winless after two rounds.

The last match on Saturday is another all-South African derby, just 50-odd kilometres down the M1 in Johannesburg - the winless Lions hosting the table-topping Stormers.

We look at Saturday's matches!

Saturday, February 28

Chiefs v Crusaders
(Waikato Stadium, Hamilton - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

The two teams' buildup could not have been more contrasting if they tried - the Chiefs getting a rash of All Blacks back, the Crusaders having to soldier on without a few of their most influential and experienced internationals.

All Blacks Dan Carter and Israel Dagg will miss the Crusaders' trip to Hamilton, as the seven-time champions' tough start threatens to worsen.

Injuries to flyhalf Carter and explosive fullback Dagg, plus New Zealand prop Owen Franks' suspension for striking, are the cause of coach Todd Blackadder's biggest headaches.

The depleted Crusaders face a Chiefs side buoyed by the return of code-hopper Sonny Bill Williams, fellow All Blacks Sam Cane and international player of the year Brodie Retallick.

Scrumhalf Augustine Pulu, another of the team's returning All Blacks, said it is now up top the internationals to maintain the momentum build up through the team's unbeaten start to the season.

"The boys have done a real good job of rowing the boat and we've just got to jump in and join them," he told the Waikato Times.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said Brad Weber had been great for the team in the opening two matches, which put pressure on Pulu.

"But [Pulu] is a good player and he's been working hard so we expect him to fire at the weekend," Rennie said.

Recent results:
2014: Crusaders won 18-17, Hamilton
2014: Chiefs won 18-10, Christchurch
2013: Chiefs won 20-19, Hamilton (semifinal)
2013: Crusaders won 43-15, Christchurch
2013: Chiefs won 28-19, Hamilton
2012: Chiefs won 20-17,Hamilton (semifinal)
2012: Crusaders won 28-21, Hamilton
2012: Chiefs won 24-19, Napier

Prediction: The Chiefs have won four of the last six contests between the sides, despite losing 16 of their 25 meetings overall. Fifteen of those 25 matches have seen the losing team end the game within the losing bonus point scope. The Crusaders have won all 18 of their scrum feeds so far. The Chiefs have managed the most clean breaks this season (20), almost twice as many as the 2014 finalists (11). James Lowe has made a competition-high 222 metres over the gainline so far, the Crusaders' Robbie Fruean is third on this list with 118 metres. The Crusaders look vulnerable and the Chiefs have some real firepower - especially among the backs. It will be a cracker, likely to be the weekend's most entertaining game, with the Chiefs winning a thriller by ;less than 10 points.


Chiefs: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Liam Messam (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Michael Fitzgerald, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Johan Bardoul, 20 Sean Polwart, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Seta Tamanivalu.
Crusaders: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Robbie Fruean, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Alex Hodgman, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Nathaniel Apa, 23 Nafi Tuitavake.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Rebels v Brumbies
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.40; 08.40 GMT)

The Rebels and Brumbies will look to put last week's disappointing losses behind them. As with all of the teams in the Australian Super Rugby conference, the Rebels and Brumbies come into this game with a won one, lost one record.

After being pipped at the post by an Aaron Cruden penalty on the full-time siren - to lose 17-19, the Brumbies are determined to put their campaign back on track and reproduce the form that saw them put almost 50 points past the Reds in Week One.

Last year the Rebels beat an ill-disciplined Brumbies outfit 32-24 and Brumbies flank Scott Fardy, who was sin-binned, knows all too well the challenge which the Melbourne-based outfit will pose this Saturday.

"They've had a great start to the season," Fardy said.

"They were unlucky last week. I only caught the end of the game because we were obviously playing, but to knock off the Crusaders in Christchurch [in week one] is a huge effort and that's something we've struggled to do so they've been growing for the past few years and they'll get better."

Despite the Brumbies loss to the Chiefs last Friday, Fardy said that the side was happy with how the forwards played, and for the best part got the better of their New Zealand rivals, but was adamant that that's how the Brumbies pack should play each week.

"Our scrum's always been a big part of our game and the same with our line-out and rolling maul. Since 2012 it's been something we've been really proud of.

"It's had a good start this year, but we're two rounds in so it's going to be a big challenge this weekend against a good Melbourne pack," said Fardy.

"I think they've muscled up for the last few years. They've been growing as a forward pack and they're looking good and it's going to be a tough challenge for us to go down to Melbourne."

Making the trip down to Melbourne even more difficult is that openside flank David Pocock will again be missing from the side through injury.

The battle of the front row will play a big part in establishing who wins this game. Last week, the Rebels came up against another international front row and were impressive, and again they will need to be at their best.

Coach Tony McGahan said he was looking forward to the challenge of playing the Brumbies, a side he has great respect for.

"You're always in for a big challenge when you play against the Brumbies," McGahan said.

"They're the most successful Australian Super Rugby franchise ever, and are a formidable opponent who have impressed so far again this season. We have a lot of time for their senior playing group and way they get on with their business on the field.

"It's an exciting opportunity to again test ourselves against one of the competition benchmarks, and show we are continuing to move forward in the right direction following very tough opening games against the Crusaders and Waratahs."

McGahan also praised the work of his forward pack despite eventually suffering a narrow defeat to the Waratahs.

"I thought that our forward pack performed very well and showed great physicality against the Waratahs," McGahan said. "The performance and togetherness of the forward pack in our opening two games shows that they deserve to hold their spots in the squad moving into the game against the Brumbies."

Recent results:
2014: Brumbies won 37-10, Canberra
2014: Rebels won 32-24, Melbourne
2013: Brumbies won 39-17, Canberra
2013: Brumbies won 30-13, Melbourne
2012: Brumbies won 27-19, Melbourne
2012: Brumbies won 37-6

Prediction: The Rebels' largest ever Super Rugby victory (35-14 over Cheetahs) came a year ago to the day of this game. The Rebels have lost six of the last seven clashes between the sides. The Rebels (85 percent) have the worst tackle success rate in the league after two rounds. Consequently, opponents of the Rebels have gained more metres (1,066) than against any other side so far. The Rebels have scored exactly three points in the first half in each of the last three meetings between the sides (W1 L2); the Brumbies have scored 10+ first half points in all eight meetings with the Rebels. The Rebels' biggest ally is in their homeground advantage. The Brumbies, at least on paper, have the classier team and should win by at least 10 points.


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 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 Luke Burgess, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu.
Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 JP Smith, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Jesse Mogg.
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Bulls v Sharks
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 17.05; 15.05 GMT)

Any team with 10 internationals must be rated a good bet to upstage the best.

However, the Bulls have been well-below par, with reputations taking bigger dents with every passing week - unlike the Sharks, who bounced back last week, after also losing in Week One.

"We have started poorly, no doubt and we have put ourselves under pressure, even if it is early in the competition," Bulls coach Ludeke said.

"One cannot really afford to drop any home matches if you have serious title aspirations, so nothing but a win will suffice.

"We realise the Sharks are one of the best teams in the competition, but we owe it to ourselves and the supporters out there to play to our potential.

"If we do that, we will be competitive as our squad is certainly good enough."

Sharks assistant coach Paul Anthony emphasised the importance of winning after a poor start - their loss to the Cheetahs in week one was every bit as poor as the Bulls' defeat to the Stormers on the same day.

"What is ideal is that we put in a better performance against the Lions after losing to the Cheetahs," Anthony said.

"We want our players to be accountable for how they perform. That game we lost, as with the Bulls against the Hurricanes [last week], those were both literally millimetres away from victories.

"Without a doubt the players felt accountable after the Cheetahs loss. They knew that they weren't on par, they were disappointed with themselves. But they all lifted their performances markedly and we're hoping to lift it even more, game after game."
Bulls captain Pierre Spies feels his team can turn the season around.

"We have lost to ourselves as much as our opponents so far," Spies said.

"We need to eliminate the soft moments from our game and make sure we execute. It is going to be a tough battle, a typical local derby, but we are ready for this challenge," Spies added.

Sharks captain Bismarck du Plessis admitted his team will have t raise the bar considerably this week, as they are expecting the desperate Bulls to produce a determined effort.

"Last week, when we sat down, we were very disappointed in the previous game, but we picked it up and beat the Lions," Du Plessis said.

"You are only as good as your last game, so for us it is now about focusing on what we can change not focusing too much on the opposition, but you would be a fool if you think that they are not going to be storming out of the change room to be really physical, especially in the first half and even throughout the game.

"What is important for us is to be able to match that physicality and the intensity they will bring in the first few areas of contact."

Recent results:
2014: Bulls won 23-19, Pretoria
2014: Sharks won 31-16, Durban
2013:  Bulls won 20-19, Pretoria
2013: Bulls won 18-16, Durban
2012: Sharks won 32-10, Durban
2012: Bulls won 18-13, Pretoria

Prediction: Of sides currently in the competition, the Bulls are the only South African representatives to hold a positive win/loss record over the Sharks (won 13, lost nine, drawn two). That includes seven wins in their last 10 meetings. Meanwhile, their last 12 wins over the Sharks have been by single-figure margins. The Bulls have conceded the most turnovers so far (34), though the Sharks have coughed up 33 themselves. Pieter Labuschagne has made the most tackles so far this Super Rugby season (39). Matt Todd and Michael Hooper are ranked equal-second with 31. The Bulls last lost their first three games of the season in 2005. You have to be an avid fan to put serious money on the Bulls. The smart money is on the Sharks to win - by 10 to 15 points.


Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 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 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Travis Ismaiel, 23 Jurgen Visser.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 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 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Marco Wentzel, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga/Lionel Cronje, 23 Jack Wilson.

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

Lions v Stormers
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10 GMT)

South Africa's unbeaten table-toppers, the Stormers, are wary of an ambush in Johannesburg for the second season in a row - when they face the Golden Lions.

The Stormers, who jointly lead the standings with the Hurricanes, were chastened 34-10 by the Lions last year and are on their guard for Saturday's clash, despite the Johannesburg team losing both their matches so far.

"It is a different challenge this weekend," Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said at a media briefing - when asked if the Lions would pose a similar threat than the Bulls (in week one) and Blues (last week) did.

"It is another game that you have to be up for.

"That is the challenge in this competition. One week you have a physical encounter from a foreign team, the New Zealanders -  it was really physical last Saturday and the players did really well in that department.

"Yes, I know we have line-out issues we have to sort out, the execution wasn't that great.

"However, the discipline was outstanding. We could have been lured into a lot of off-the-ball stuff, but we didn't fall into the trap of retaliating - the team remained composed and we got on with the job.

"The challenge is different this week, with the width, passing game that the Lions bring.

"We just have to make sure we keep working hard."

Lions coach Johan Ackermann made eight changes to the starting line-up, after the team suffered their second consecutive defeat with a 12-29 loss to the Sharks in Durban last weekend.

He was at pains to explain that the changes were part of their player management policy, while it was also partly an audition for players ahead of the Australasian tour starting next week.

"Our thinking is, let's put these guys out there and give them the opportunity to stake a claim to go on tour," Ackermann said.

The Stormers will be without powerhouse flanker Rynhardt Elstadt, who broke his leg in last week's 27-16 win against the Blues at Newlands and is out for four months.

Recent results:
2014: Stormers won 18-3, Cape Town
2014: Lions won 34-10, Johannesburg
2012: Stormers won 27-17, Cape Town
2012: Stormers won 24-19, Johannesburg
2011: Stormers won 33-19, Johannesburg
2011: Stormers won 19-16, Cape Town

Prediction: The Stormers have won 12 of their last 13 matches between the sides. Their most recent meeting in April 2014 was the lowest scoring contest between these teams (21 combined points). The Stormers are one of two sides to win all of their scrums so far this season. Opponents of the Lions have spent the least amount of time in possession so far, an average of 11 minutes three seconds. The Stormers won their first three matches of the season in each of the 2011 and 2012 seasons and went on to win their first six games in each year, finishing first and second on those season-end logs respectively. There is no doubt who the favourites are - the Stormers. It is simply a case of what the margin will be - 15 to 20 points.


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Howard Mnisi.

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 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Stephan Geldenhuys (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

Statistical information provided by Opta Sports


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Stormers fight back to sink Lions

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:59

The Stormers came from behind to secure a dramatic 22-19 victory over the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The Stormers came from behind to secure a dramatic 22-19 victory over the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
A late Siya Kolisi try was enough for the Cape side to continue their unbeaten start to the season and pile more misery on the Lions who are still yet to win a game.
The Stormers were frustrated by a committed defensive display from the Lions who put them under serious pressure at the breakdown throughout and regularly disrupted their line-out ball, but held their nerve when it counted to claim a valuable four log points on the road.
The opening exchanges were tense with neither side giving much away and the hosts drew first blood with an early Elton Jantjies penalty.
After absorbing an extended attack from the Stormers and turning the ball over in their 22 the Lions made their way steadily upfield before flank Warwick Tecklenburg got over for the first try which put them 10-0 up.
The Stormers surged into opposition territory in response and got over the tryline twice as both Steven Kishoff and Nic Groom were held up, and after a few attacking scrums they eventually took the points through a Demetri Catrakilis penalty.
The Stormers flyhalf added another shortly afterwards when his opposite number Jantjies was blown up for obstruction, and they were soon within a point of the Lions when Catrakilis slotted his third penalty after a powerful scrum.
However, the Lions had the final say of the first half with another Jantjies penalty giving them a 13-9 advantage at half-time which was well-deserved considering how well they had defended.
The home side started the second half in the same way they ended the first - with a Jantjies penalty - and they managed to maintain that seven-point lead as the teams exchanged further penalties.
Both teams brought on brand new front rows simultaneously and the Lions were blown up twice for scrumming inwards which saw Catrakilis slot another penalty to cut the Lions' lead to 19-15 with 15 minutes left to play.
The visitors took the lead for the first time in the match with just minutes remaining as they backed their misfiring line-out, and Kolisi crashed over from the driving maul.
The Lions threw everything at them in the closing exchanges, as the game went deep into extra time, but it was not to be as the Stormers hung on for the win.
Man of the match: Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies controlled the game well and their loose forwards caused havoc at the breakdown but our award goes to Damian de Allende who put his body on the line throughout.
The scorers:
For the Lions:
Try: Tecklenburg
Con: Jantjies
Pens: Jantjies 4
For the Stormers:
Try: Kolisi
Con: Coleman
Pens: Catrakilis 5
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Howard Mnisi.
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 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Stephan Geldenhuys (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Siya Kolisi (77min)
Elton Jantjies (18min)
Elton Jantjies (5min), Elton Jantjies (40min), Elton Jantjies (42min), and Elton Jantjies (53min)
VENUE Johannesburg
REFEREE Andrew Lees (Australia)