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Super Rugby | Cape Town
13:00 (GMT) | 14-03-2015
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Join us again shortly when the Cheetahs take on the Sharks in Bloemfontein
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The Stormers win a penalty from the line-out and Catrakilis gives his team a line-out on their own 10 metre line. They go on one last attack and win another penalty, this time they have a line-out just outside the Chiefs 22. They go wide with De Jongh but he is tackled hard with the next phase being a pass going into touch and that is FULL-TIME: Stormers 19 - 28 Chiefs
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From the line-out in the Chiefs 22 the Stormers form a maul before going wide. Play is brought back for another penalty to the home team and they opt for a five metre line-out again. They form another maul before they lose the ball with Nanai-Williams running the ball out. The Stormers will have a line-out deep in their 22 after a good kick buy the centre Nanai Williams
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The Stormers get a scrum from the restart after a Chiefs knock on close to the away teams 10 metre line. After a long delay with three resets the Stormers win the penalty and Catrakilis gives the Stormers a line-out in the Chiefs 22
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Cruden misses the conversion and the Chiefs now lead 28-19
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From the restart the Chiefs break with Lowe making his way in the Stormers 22, before the Stormers turn it over and Groom sends a high ball. Lowe runs it back and Nanai Williams is nearly in. Cane pick the ball and dives for the corner and scores the TRY!
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From the scrum, just outside the home teams 22, the Stormers give away another penalty with Allistair Vermaak collapsing. Cruden has a chance to regain the seven point buffer but misses the penalty
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The Chiefs now from an attacking line-out just inside the Stormers half lose the ball and the Stormers come away with it as they make their way in the Chiefs half. Leyds finds some space near the touchline before Carr goes through a half gap. De Jongh loses it forward and the Chiefs get a penalty with Cruden taking it quickly but an obstructruction gives the Stormers a scrum just outside their own 22
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The Stormers now get a penalty deep in the Chiefs half after the away team was not releasing and Catrakilis has an opportunity to reduce the margin. He gets the PENALTY over and it is 23-19 now in favour of the Chiefs
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The Stormers give a way a penalty at the scrum and Cruden points to the polls about 45 metres out and gets the PENALTY over to make it 23-16 to the Chiefs
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From the five metre scrum De Allende goes over the advantage line before Catrakilis clears. The Chiefs run it back and Leyds intrecepts and the Stormers put Lowe under pressure in his own 22 after a good kick. The Chiefs now run it out and Sonny Bill Williams bulldozers his way over halfway but is pass is lost forward and the Stormers will get a scrum
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From the line-out the Chiefs lose the ball but they get a five metre scrum after Kitshoff fots it down in his own in-goal area. From the scrum Weber goes to the short side but is stopped in his tracks and the Stormers will get a scrum five metres from their own tryline now.
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The Chiefs form a maul before it goes wide to Sonny Bill Williams who is tackled well. Heem is nearly through but Burger tackles him and the Chiefs get another penalty with the Stormers offside. Chiefs opt for another five metre line-out
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The Chiefs have the ball on halfway and Lowe gathers a chip from McKenzie and races into the 22 and the Chiefs get a penalty and Cruden gives his team an attacking line-out five metres from the Stormers tryline
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Cruden adds the CONVERSION and the Chiefs lead 20-16
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The Chief have a scrum now after the Stormers lose it forward at the line-out. After a reset the Chiefs are pushed back before the ball is spread down the backline and Lowe scores the Chiefs second TRY after some good passing from Cruden
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The Chiefs go wide from line-out and a good pass from Cruden puts McKenzie into space but the Stormers will get a line-out in their own 22 after a pass goes into touch. Vermeulen makes good ground as the home team run it out of their 22 before Groom kicks out on the full giving the Chiefs a line-out near the Stormers 22
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Lowe kicks down field before Coleman sends a high ball which the Stormers wins untidy. Groom sends a high ball and Nanai-Williams runs it back and the Stormers turns it over with De Allende making yards in the Chiefs half. Coleman is nearly through a half gap as they are 10 out from the Chiefs 22, but Kolisi gives away a penalty and Cruden gives his team a lineout near the Stormers 10 metre line
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SECOND HALF: Stormers' flyhalf Kurt Coleman gets the second half under way!

Half Time

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The Stormers take a quick line-out to the front and are under pressure in their own 22 with aggressive counter rucking from the Chiefs before Coleman kick down field. The Chiefs run it back with Nanai-Williams finding space. Cane is nearly through for the try as he is brought down short. Play is brought back for a penalty and Cruden will have an opportunity to reduce the margin. He gets the PENALTY over and at HALF-TIME it is Stormers 16 - 13 Chiefs
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The away team makes their way into the 22 with Fitzgerald strong in the tackle. McKenzie amkes more ground before it is lost forward and Coleman kicks down filed. Lowe runs it back and Sonny Bill Williams finds touch in the 22 before Messam is tackled into touch
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The Stormers now turn it over and go wide with Schreuder in space and Kolisi breaks through Cruden's tackle as the Stormers are now on the Chiefs 10 metre line. But they give away a penalty with Carr playing it on the ground. Schreuder is down with an jury as Groom makes his way onto the field. Chiefs have an attacking line-out the the Stormers 22
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From a scrum on halfway, the Chiefs give away another penalty after another massive scrum by the Stormers who drive them back and Coleman lines up a penalty kick from about 45 metres out. He converts the PENALTY and the Stormers lead 16-10
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The Stormers get a tighthead after a powerful scrum and Coleman finds touch near the Stormers 10 metre line. From the line-out the Stormers for maul before Carr break free and makes his way in the Chiefs half. De Allende lose it forward and the Chiefs will have a scrum on halfway
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The Chiefs now run it out from their own half with Nanai William sprinting down the touch line and Carr pounces on a loose pass and the Chiefs will have an attacking scrum in the Stormers 22
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Cruden adds the CONVERSION and the score is now 13-10 to the Stormers
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The Chiefs go wide from the line-out the Heem breaking off a tackle on the touchline before passing to Cruden on the inside who races in for the TRY!
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The Stormers go to De Jongh who is nearly through the half gap. Kock takes the Stormers over the advantage line before the Kolbe hangs on to give the Chiefs a penalty and Cruden gives the Chiefs an attacking line-out near the Stormers 10 metre line
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The Stormers go on the attack again near halfway on their side but are met with some big hits before Schreuder kicks down field. Kolisi collects a kick from Lowe, it is turned over and Mckenzie kicks out on the full giving the Stormers a line-out on the Chiefs 10 metre line
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The Stormers win a penalty after the Chiefs obstructed the Stormers player and Coleman line up a kick from 25 metres out and gets the PENALTY over to make it 13-3
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Coleman gets the CONVERSION over and it is 10-3 to the Stormers
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From the line-out, the Stormers go to Vermeulen who bashes it up before De Allende is in space from Coleman and the pass to Van Wyk send the winger in for the first TRY!
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The Stormers now get a penalty from the restart after the Chiefs were found offside again and Coleman gives his team a line-out just outside the Stormers 22 after a poor kick. Carr runs it out from the line-out Before Coleman send s a high ball. Cruden takes and Sonny Bill Williams is tackled hard in the midfield. and the Stormers get a penalty near halfway after some big tackles fromKoch and Kitshoff and the Chiefs committing an offside offense and Coleman gives the Stormers an attacking line-out 10 out from the Chiefs 22
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From 40 metres out Coleman line up a another kick for polls and this time he gets the PENALTY over and it is 3-3
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The Stormers turn it over after a kick by a Chiefs player will have a scrum near the halfway after a knock on by the Chiefs. From the scrum the go to Van Wyk who bashes the ball in the midfield but play is brought back for a penalty after the Chiefs were offside.
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From the restart the Chiefs win it back before McKenzie kicks down field and Leyds finds touch near halfway for a Chiefs line-out. The throw goes long De Allede sends de Jongh in space who passes to Van Wyk who sprints for th tryline but is tackled into touch
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Coleman line up a kick for polls from nearly 50 metres out at an angle and misses the penalty and the score remains 3-0 to the Chiefs
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From the line-out Carizza drives forward before Groom sends a high ball. Lowe sends a high ball for the Chiefs with Leyds taking it well on the Stormers 10 metre line. Kolisi finds space in the Chiefs half before Schreuder loses it forward. The Chiefs will have a scrum near their own 10 metre line. From the scrum the Stormers win a penalty after asserting pressure
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The Chiefs are intent on keeping the ball in hand with Sonny Bill Williams making good ground. The Chiefs get another penalty on halfway with Messam taking it quickly and Lowes kick gives the Stormers a line-out in their own 22
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Cruden gets the PENALTY over and the Chiefs lead 3-0.
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The Chiefs go on the attack after Kolbe cannot find touch with Cruden an Willliams making good ground. The Chiefs get a penalty on halfway with the Stormers not rolling and Cruden line up a kick for polls
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Carizza loses the ball from the restart and the Chiefs have a scrum on the Stormers 22. From the scrum the Chiefs kick and Kolbe has it covered in his 22
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KICK-OFF: Chiefs' flyhalf Aaron Cruden gets the game under way
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The game will be played in front of a packed Newlands crowd in sweltering afternoon conditions.
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The Chiefs have lost on just one of their last six trips to South Africa (W3 D2) however their one loss in that run came against the Stormers in March 2013.
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The Stormers have won their opening four games of the season, their best start since 2012 when they won their first six.
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Welcome to live coverage of Super Rugby with the Stormers taking on the Chiefs at Newlands in Cape Town
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START LINE UP
  • 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
RESERVES
  • 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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  • 15 Charlie Ngatai
  • 14 Sean Wainui
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 12 Johnny Faauli
  • 11 Solomon Alaimalo
  • 10 Damian McKenzie
  • 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
  • 8 Pita Gus Sowakula
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 6 Lachlan Boshier
  • 5 Tyler Ardron
  • 4 Brodie Retallick
  • 3 Angus Taavao-Matau
  • 2 Liam Polwart
  • 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe
RESERVES
  • 23 Alex Nankivell
  • 22 Marty McKenzie
  • 21 Brad Weber
  • 20 Liam Messam
  • 19 Luke Jacobson
  • 18 Jeff Thwaites
  • 17 Sam Prattley
  • 16 Samisoni Taukel'aho
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Preview: S15 Round Five, Part Two

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:18

SUPER SATURDAY: It is going to be a cracking day of entertainment and drama, as we look at five intriguing games.

It is going to be a cracking day of entertainment and drama, as super Saturday brings us five intriguing games.

It all starts in Christchurch when the Crusaders will look to put their campaign back on track against a Lions team fresh from a win over the Blues.

Then the Highlanders host the Waratahs in a trans-Tasman encounter that could be a good indication of the two teams' championship prospects this year.

Then follows a quick hop across the Tasman Sea where the struggling Reds host an impressive Brumbies in one of only two domestic derbies.

The match of the day will take place on the other side of the Indian Ocean, where the table-topping Stormers host the Chiefs, New Zealand's top team, at Newlands.

The day concludes in Bloemfontein when the Cheetahs will l9ook to bounce back from last week's disappointing loss to the Bulls when they host a struggling Sharks team.

We look at all Saturday's matches!

Saturday, March 14


Crusaders v Lions
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 16.30; 03.30 GMT, 05.30 SAST)

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has wasted no time in drafting in some big guns, as he looks to lift his seven-time champions from near the foot of the table.

Kieran Read, who missed the opening three games as part of New Zealand's broader World Cup plan, takes over the captaincy from regular skipper Matt Todd.

Throw in other big name All Blacks - like Sam Whitelock, also in his first game of the season, Richie McCaw and Dan Carter - an the enormity of the task facing the Lions becomes obvious.

Read spoke of the need to re-ignite his team's faltering Super Rugby and he is indeed one of the players that often provide the spark when the Crusaders need it most.

Read says the team need self-belief after losing to last year's cellar-dwellers, the Melbourne Rebels, in the opening round before a hard-fought win over the Highlanders and a record loss to the Chiefs before last week's bye.

"We've just got to back ourselves,"Read said in an interview with the NZ Newswire.

"I think we're lacking a little confidence in our ability," the All Black stalwart said.

"A few guys might have gone missing in our last game and we certainly don't want to be putting that on the track for our fans.

"It's a non-negotiable and it's about getting our skills up and playing the sort of rugby that the team and the individuals are capable of."

Read said the Crusaders respected the Lions, who toppled the Blues 13-10 in Albany last week and were unlucky to lose two games prior to that.

Their set piece had been particularly impressive, Read said.

Recent results:
2014: Crusaders won 28-7, Johannesburg
2012: Crusaders won 23-13, Johannesburg
2010: Crusaders won 46-19, Christchurch
2009: Crusaders won 32-20, Johannesburg
2008: Crusaders won 31-6, Christchurch
2007: Lions won 9-3, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Lions have the opportunity to win on consecutive weekends in New Zealand for the first time since they went it alone - in 2006. As they Cats (when they teamed up with the Cheetahs) they won back-to-back April 2001. Since the Lions beat the Crusaders in Christchurch in 2001, the New Zealand side have won 34 of their 35 games at home against South African teams; a five-point defeat against the Sharks last season is the only blemish on the Crusaders' record during that run. The Crusaders have lost their opening home game twice in the last three seasons, but have gone on to win their next home game on each occasion; the last time the Christchurch side lost their first two home games in a season was in 2004. The Crusaders have the best scrum success rate in the competition so far this season (96 percent); in their three games this season they have lost just one scrum on their own feed. The Lions are the only team this season to average fewer than one try per game (0.8); the Johannesburg team also average just 3.5 clean breaks per game; the lowest in Super Rugby this season. The Lions could push the Crusaders all the way, but it is unlikely they will cause another upset. The Crusaders to win by 10 points or more.

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 David Havili.
 
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9  Ross Cronje, 8  Warren Whiteley (captain), 7  Warwick Tecklenburg, 6  Jaco Kriel, 5  Martin Muller, 4  Franco Mostert, 3  Julian Redelinghuys, 2  Robbie Coetzee, 1  Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Howard Mnisi.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Wratt (New Zealand)

Highlanders v Waratahs
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT; 17.35 AEDT)

Both teams won 'ugly' last week - the Highlanders having required a 80th-minute Marty banks penalty to steal victory from the Chiefs and while the defending champion Waratahs were more convincing against the Red, they were not as clinical as they would have liked.

The Highlanders may be catching the Tahs at just the right time.

Jamie Joseph has reshuffled his pack - among the changes first-choice flank Shane Christie making his season debut, after recovering from a knee injury.

The Waratahs named an unchanged side, but they will again be without the steadying influence of Adam Ashley-Cooper - who is struggling with a mysterious knee problem.

Highlanders Jamie Joseph, although pleased with last week's win, spoke of the need to eliminate the high error rate from their game against a Waratahs team very  well-equipped to exploit mistakes.

''It was a good result for us, but not entirely how we wanted to play," Joseph told the Otago Daily Times.

"We do need a bit more ball but to do that, we need to be a bit more clinical in our half and attack in their half. The first or only try we got started from under our own posts,'' he said.

''We can't rely on that sort of rugby every week to get across the line so that was the focus this week.

''We have got to be a lot smarter, do things a lot better - real basic stuff. Fortunately it did not cost us the result in the weekend but we come up against the opposition [Waratahs] that won the competition last year so we are going to have to be better.''

The Waratahs, in their first outing against a side from either New Zealand or South Africa, have weapons all over the park, and Joseph knows his side will have to be on its game to come away with a win.

''They're pretty strong. You do not stumble across the championship. They have X-factor players in the form of [Israel] Folau, [Kurtley] Beale and I'd put [Michael] Hooper in that.

"They've got a Wallaby tight five and a Springbok on the blindside that provide plenty of go-forward. You get a headache thinking about them, so we need to focus on our own stuff.''

Recent results:
2014: Waratahs won 44-16, Sydney
2012: Highlanders won 18-17, Dunedin
2011: Waratahs won 33-7, Sydney
2010: Highlanders won 26-10, Invercargill
2009: Waratahs won 34-16, Sydney
2008: Waratahs won 15-12, Dunedin

Prediction: The Highlanders have scored exactly 20 points in each of their three games so far this season with all three games being settled by a margin of seven points or fewer (won two and lost one). The 'Tahs have won their last four against Kiwi opposition; however they have lost eight of their last nine games in New Zealand. The 2014 champions have never won five in a row against sides from New Zealand. The Waratahs have gained the most metres (541), made the most clean breaks (10.7) and beaten the most defenders (25) on average this season. The Highlanders have the best line-out this season with the Dunedin-based side having success with 96 percent of their own throws so far. The Highlanders have conceded just one first half try this season, the lowest tally in the competition so far in 2015. Tough game to call, although on paper the Waratahs seem the better equipped. The Highlanders, at home, are always tougher and if they show the grit they did against the Chiefs last week they may well sneak a win - by less than 10 points.

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Josh Hohneck.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Pingi Ta'alapitaga, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 John Hardie, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Jason Emery.
 
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis (captain), 4 Will Skelton, 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, Jono Lance, Taqele Naiyaravoro/Ben Volavola.
 
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Kane McBride (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Reds v Brumbies
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 18.40 local; 08.40 GMT, 19.40 AEDT)

There is always bad blood in these Australian derbies and the off-field verbal jousts usually suggest a brutal, ugly arm-wrestle.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham did not endear himself to the Brisbane franchise and their fans when - after a 47-3 win in Round One - suggested the Reds were not "up to the standard of Super Rugby".

It has been regurgitated by the Brisbane media this week, with Reds back row forward Jake Schatz saying his side would be using Larkham's comments as motivation ahead of the grudge derby.

Larkham has made a brave attempt to play down the impact by claiming he was quoted out of context and meant to say Queensland's performance level was not up to their usual high standards.

"I'm sure internally the Reds will focus on the game - they're not worried about external comments," Larkham told the Australian Associated Press.

"We're not trying to get into any war of words with coaches or players or anything like that.

"We're very focused on trying to take our game to the next level, which is, I'm sure, also their focus."

The Reds, who will be missing playmaker James O'Connor with a leg injury, will hope the return of veteran Wallaby James Horwill will spark the team after a shocking start to the season.

Horwill was a late withdrawal from last week's match due to back spasms, but has been declared fit.

"It is fantastic to have Kev [James Horwill] back in the team after a few weeks on the sideline," Reds coach Richard Graham said.

"His hand injury was a freak injury but a horrendous one at the same time. His withdrawal last week with a back spasm has allowed him an extra seven days recovery and he'll be fully fit this weekend."

The Reds' only win this season was a dour 18-6 triumph in an arm-wrestle with the Western Force in Brisbane in week two and they were also dire in their 5-23 loss to the Waratahs last week.

Graham hopes the team will turn it around this week.

"It's great to be playing at home again in front of the Reds faithful," the coach said.

"The team are upbeat and looking forward to the game against the Brumbies. The previous result [the 3-47 loss in Round One] has absolutely no bearing on this contest. We haven't even discussed it."

Recent results:
2015: Brumbies won 47-3, Canberra
2014: Brumbies won 23-20, Brisbane
2014: Reds won 27-17, Canberra
2013: Reds and Brumbies drew 19-all, Brisbane
2013: Brumbies won 24-6, Canberra
2012: Reds won 13-12, Canberra
2012: Reds won 20-13, Brisbane

Prediction: The Reds have lost five of their last six games at home to fellow Australian opposition with their last two defeats in that run seeing the Reds fail to score more than five points in either game. Of the 11 meetings between the two sides in Queensland, nine have been settled by fewer than 10 points. The Brumbies have lost just one of their last nine in Queensland (won seven and drawn one). The Reds are the only team so far this season to average fewer than 10 points per game, due in part to their 50 percent goal kicking success rate which is the joint-worst in the competition. The Reds have scored three of their four tries this season off first phase ball; no team in Super Rugby has scored as high a percentage of their tries from the first phase of possession. Adam Thomson has stolen a competition joint-high three line-outs for the Reds this season. It appear the Reds have been not recovered from the fall-out of the Karmichael Hunt cocaine saga, although the media are keen to point the finger at the coach. Whatever the reason, they appear unable to fight their way out of the wet paper bag. The Brumbies should win by at least 15 points.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Ben Tapuai, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Campbell Magnay, 10 Nick Frisby, 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 Dave McDuling, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Scott Gale, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Tom Banks.
 
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, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Blake Enever, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Lausii Taliauli, 23 James Dargaville.

Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Matt O'Brien (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Stormers v Chiefs
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 15.00; 13.00 GMT; 02.00 Sunday, March 15 NZ time)

The match of the weekend - the table-topping and unbeaten Stormers against New Zealand's top tea.

The result of this match will be a good indicator of both side's championship prospects.

The Stormers, after many false starts, appears to be finally living up to the hype surrounding them.

Winning four from four, they couldn't ask for a better start with their steely defence the key.

The Chiefs should have the same stats, but for letting their match against the Highlanders slip in the dying minutes last week.

Despite having home ground advantage Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has been hard at work to keep his team grounded and is taking nothing for granted.

"We're in for a big one this weekend, of that there is no doubt," Coetzee told a media briefing.
 
"It's not for nothing that the Chiefs have won the Super Rugby title twice in the past three years and we need to be at our very best to win this one.
 
"They will test our defence in a different way, more so than before, as their biggest threat is the variety they bring on attack."
 
The loss of young Springbok firebrand Eben Etzebeth, has been offset by the return of experienced loose forward Schalk Burger, who is set to win his 99th cap for the Stormers if he comes off the bench.
 
Whilst Burger is on the verge of his 100th appearance for the Stormers, following in the footsteps of Andries Bekker, Jean de Villiers and Peter Grant before him, 23-year-old loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff will make his 50th appearance this Saturday.

* Look at an interesting statistical preview at the bottom of this article!
 
Recent results:
2014: Chiefs won 36-20, Hamilton
2013: Stormers won 36-34, Cape Town
2011: Chiefs won 30-23, Hamilton
2010: Stormers won 49-15, Hamilton
2009: Chiefs won 28-14, Cape Town
2008: Stormers won 35-26, Hamilton

Prediction: The Stormers have won their opening four games of the season, their best start since 2012 when they won their first six. The Chiefs have lost on just one of their last six trips to South Africa (W3 D2) however their one loss in that run came against the Stormers in March 2013. The Stormers have conceded the fewest metres and clean breaks on average this season, allowing their opponents to gain fewer than 300 metres and 3.5 clean breaks per game. The Chiefs have offloaded more than any other team on average this season, 18.3 per game; Sonny Bill Williams has made a joint competition-high nine offloads. No side has scored as many tries from inside their own half as the Chiefs so far this year (four). They have the star power and skills, but it is a tough ask for the Chiefs coming off a loss, travelling to the Republic and playing the top of the table side. The Stormers appear to have the desire and skill to go all the way. It won't be easy, but the Stormers should win by 10 points or less.

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Huw Jones.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Jamie Mackintosh, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Tom Marshall.

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

Cheetahs v Sharks
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 17.05; 15.05 GMT)

The Sharks will have revenge on their minds, not only because the Cheetahs beat them in Round One, but they have also lost three of their four matches so far this season.

The men from Durban have only played against South African opposition - the Cheetahs, Lions, Bulls and Stormers - with their only win having been against the Lions.

The Cheetahs have won three of their past four meetings, including their round one clash, but they haven't done it easily.

One thing is certain that between these teams, plenty of points will be scored. The Cheetahs have racked up 80 points in three games and the Sharks 106 in four.

Heinrich Brüssow returns for the Cheetahs off the bench, after missing the start of the season due to concussion.

Centre JP Pietersen insisted there is no crisis at the Sharks, despite their poor start to the season.

"I won't say we're in a crisis," Springbok star Pietersen said.

"A couple of good wins and then we're back in the competition.

"You can see by the results so far, there are a lot of away teams winning games, so Super Rugby is a long competition and there's a long way to go."

However, Pietersen admitted that one win out of four was unacceptable.

"I don't think one of four is acceptable for any team. So we need to step up."

The poor sequence of results under new director of rugby Gary Gold has meant that the Bok-laden Sharks are a lowly 10th position on the standings and with a lot of work to do in the coming weeks if they are to ignite their challenge for an elusive Super Rugby crown.

Recent results:
2015: Cheetahs won 35-29, Durban
2014: Cheetahs won 27-20, Bloemfontein
2014: Sharks won 19-8, Durban
2013: Cheetahs won 12-6, Durban
2013: Sharks won 29-22, Bloemfontein
2012: Sharks won 34-15, Durban
2012: Sharks won 34-20, Bloemfontein

Prediction: The Cheetahs have won three of the last four meetings between the two teams, however all three wins yielded a losing bonus point for the Sharks. The Cheetahs have made fewer carries this season than any other team, an average of 70 per game, and have subsequently gained the fewest metres (277m per game). Only the Brumbies (3.3) have averaged more tries this season than the Cheetahs (three), however the Bloemfontein side also concedes the most points per game on average (30.7). Pieter-Steph du Toit has won more line-outs than any other player in Super Rugby this season, with 26 catches to his name in the set piece; he has also stolen a joint- high three line-outs. Willie Le Roux has assisted five tries so far this season, two more than the next-best performer in this category. The Cheetahs always seem to lift their game for the Sharks, who have looked disjointed since to off-season coaching revamp. The new boss, Gary Gold, may need a bit of time to get his message across - which will give the Cheetahs another chance of a win - by about 10 points.

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Johannes Prinsloo, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Teboho Mohoje, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 BG Uys, 17 Stephan Coetzee, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Steven Sykes, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Clayton Blommetjies.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick / Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Marco Wentzel / Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Jack Wilson.
 
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com


Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

Mc article chiefs v stormers cruden de jongh

Stormers' run comes to an end

Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:07
The Stormers suffered their first loss of 2015, as they went down 19-28 to two-times Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs at Newlands.
The Stormers suffered their first loss of 2015, as they went down 19-28 to two-times Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday.
 
The Men from the Cape, still the SA Conference leaders despite their first defeat of the tournament, lost a ferocious fixture against their more experienced opponents.
 
The visitors, the 2013 and 2014 champions, scored three tries to one to leave the huge crowd disappointed – that after a Kobus van Wyk try, converted by Kurt Coleman (who also added a penalty goal), put the hosts up by 10-3 after 20 minutes.
 
But the Chiefs, with flyhalf Aaron Cruden doing their points-scoring, never let the Stormers out of their sights and Cruden scored (and converted) a try to make it 13-10 after 30 minutes.
 
Coleman popped over another penalty goal in the 35th minute, to put his team ahead by 16-10, but Cruden landed a penalty goal in the 40th minute to claw back a valuable three points at 16-13 before the break.
 
The Chiefs piled on the pressure in the second half and their dominance eventually told on the scoreboard when left wing James Lowe muscled his way over in the 48th minute – handing the Chiefs a 20-16 lead, the first time they went ahead since the 15th minute of the game.
 
Slowly but surely the Chiefs managed to keep their noses in front, as Cruden landed a penalty goal in the 60th minute to make the score 23-16 to the visitors as the final quarter began.
 
The Stormers, to their credit, defended courageously to keep the Chiefs at bay but the visitors’ pressure told once more when All Blacks flank Sam Cane forced his way over in the left-hand corner with nine minutes left on the clock.
 
That try, the Chiefs’ third, extended their lead past the seven-point barrier which meant the Stormers had to head the all-out attacking route to preserve their unbeaten run.
 
It was not to be, however, as the Stormers fell short for the first time in 2015 but they remain in a favourable position on the Super Rugby log – both at conference and overall level – after five rounds of action.
 
Man of the match: The Stormers had plenty of stand out players, especially in the first half; Vincent Koch and Steven Kitshoff were great in the scrum as well as in the loose, Damian de Allende carries on to boost his reputation and Siya Kolisi looked to be gaining some form. For the Chiefs, Sonny Bill Williams and Aaron Cruden may have made a few mistakes but they were also critical in some of the Chiefs tries, the back three of Damien McKenzie, Bryce Heem and James Lowe were also excellent, but over all it was the persistent hard work put in by Sam Cane that sees him crowned our man of the match.
 
Scorers:
 
For the Stormers:
Try: Van Wyk 
Con: Coleman
Pens: Coleman 3, Catrakilis
 
For the Chiefs: 
Tries: Cruden, Lowe, Cane
Cons: Cruden 2
Pens: Cruden 3
 
Teams:
 
Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Huw Jones.
 
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Jamie Mackintosh, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Tom Marshall.
 
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
 
 
TRIES
Sam Cane (71min)
 
CONVERSIONS
 
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Cape Town
REFEREE Jaco Peyper