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Super Rugby | Perth
11:45 (GMT) | 18-04-2015
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Join us again shortly for more Super Rugby action when the Sharks take on the Bulls at Kings Park in Durban.
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The Force win the penalty 5m from the Stormers tryline and they ask for a scrum. They go to the short side and win another penalty with the Stormers backline offside. They chose another scrum as the hooter sounds. The Force go with one off runners and Mafi is nearly over. Haylett-Petty is over the tryline and it goes to the TMO. The TMO rules that it is held-up and that is FULL-TIME: Stormers 13-6 Force
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The Force now find themselves with the ball in the Stormers half as try try and get back into the game. Hoskins makes a metre or two as the home side struggles to find a breakthrough. It goes wide and McCalman is nearly in.
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Coleman line up the kick for polls and converts the penalty and the Stormers lead 13-6
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The Stormers show their dominance and wins the ball from the scrum after a massive shove. They make their way up the field and after some good touches are just 5m from the Force tryline. Kleyn stays strong in the tackle, but play is brought back for a penalty to the Stormers and Burton is yellow carded for being offside.
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The Stormers now knock the ball on at the base of the scrum and the Force now have a scrum in a good position in the centre of the field.
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From the scrum the Force go wide but it is a forward pass from Burton to Brache and the Stormers have a scrum now in a good position in the centre of the field.
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The Stormers sends a high ball of their own through Coleman but it is a poor one and the Force will get the scrum near halfway after the Stormers lose it forward
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Kolisi crashes the ball up from the line-out as the Stormers are now in a good position in the Force 22. Koch makes some good ground but after two more phases the Stormers give away a penalty after holding onto the ball. The Force have a line-out near their own 10m line.
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The home side finds space on the short side and Haylett-Petty is nearly threw. But it is good defensive work from the Stormers and they win a penalty. Coleman take it quickly and the visitors kick down field. The Stormers now have an attacking line-out 10m from the Force 22
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The Stormers cannot do anything with the ball and they give away a penalty 10m from the Force tryline after Vermaak holds onto the ball. The Force now find themselves in a good position after winning a high ball and are just 5m from the Stormers 22
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De Allend takes it up from the scrum for the Stormers before Coleman kicks it away. The visitors now get a line-out on halfway after Haylett-Petty kicks out on the full. Etzebeth wins the throw and the Stormers form the maul. They go wide but Ntubeni is tackled back before Leyds is in space in the Force 22
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The home side wins the line-out and make their way inside the Stormers 22. They take it through the phases before Godwin loses the ball forward near the touchline and the Stormers get a defensive scrum.
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The Force goes wide from the line-out and Cummin is in space down the touchline. Godwin sends a kick behind the Stormers defence and finds touch about 10m from the Stormers tryline.. Burger takes it up from the set-piece before Catrakilis find touch just outside the 22.
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The throw is not in straight by Ntubeni and the Force opts for a line-out. Prior kicks down field and after a few kicks by both teams, Catrakilis finally finds touch on halfway.
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The home side runs the ball from their own 22 before the kick. After another kicking dual the Stormers have an attacking line-out on the Force 10m line.
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From the scrum, Catrakilis kick down field before Morahan returns it. After a kicking dual Kolbe sends a chip kick and regathers before passing to Carr in space. De Allende makes some good metres as the Stormers find themselves in the Force 22, but they lose it forward and the Force will have a defensive scrum
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Burger kicks down field and Cummins runs it back as the Force go in search of their first try. But they again can't do anything with it and lose the ball forward and the Stormers get the scrum just outside of their own 22.
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From the 5m scrum the Force goes wide but they lose the ball forward after great work from De Allende and Catrakilis clears for a Force line-out on the Stormers 10m line. The home side finds some space and are back in the Stormers 22 with Mafi making good ground before it is lost forward.
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Morahan hits the post with the kick but will have an attacking scrum after the Stormers lose it forward after trying to regather.
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The Force win a free-kick and they take it quickly and make their way inside the Stormers 22 with Haylett-Petty making a few metres. Morahan spins out of the tackle and the Force are are tackled out in to touch just short of the tryline. Play is brought back for a Force penalty
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The Force, from a scrum just inside their own half, go wide before they send a high ball which is fielded by Kolbe. Catrakilis sends a kick of his own down field. The Force wins the ball and will have a scrum about 10m from the Stormers 22m line
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SECOND HALF: Force gets the the game under way!

Half Time

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The Force wins the ball from a Stormers throw in and they get the scrum just inside their own 22. The get a free-kick after an early shove from the Stormers and Mathewson boots the ball out for HALF-TIME: Stormers 10-6 Force.
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The Stormers now have the ball in the Force half and they go wide to De Allende who bashes his way over the gain line. Carr is in space and sprints for the tryline and is brought down short. The Force turn it over and Ebersohn clears from inside his own tryline.
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Burton converts the penalty, but the Stormers still lead 10-6
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The Stormers, from the scrum in their own 22, gives away a penalty with Kitshoff collapsing and Burton lines up the kick from right in front to reduce the margin
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The Stormers are now under pressure on their own tryline before Catrakilis clears. The Force, from an attacking line-out in the visitors 22 take it up with one-off runners before Angus Cottrell sends a forward pass and the Stormers will have a defensive scrum.
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The visitors wins the line-out on the Force throw. both teams decide they don't want the ball and kick it away. Mathewson is in space now as the Force find themselves in the Stormers' 22. The home side is met with some stern defence before they are tackled into touch about 8m from the Stormers tryline
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Van Wyk goes off injured now for the Stormers with Jones taking his place. The Force are driven back in the scrum but still come away with the ball and Mathewson sends a high ball. The Stormers go wide and De Jongh is in space, but the Force wins the penalty and they have a line-out in the Stormers half
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After a few resets, the Stormers go the short side and Schreuder finds space towards halfway. the Stormers then get held-up and the Force wins the scrum with the visitors unable to use it.
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From a scrum on their own 10m line, the Force goes to the short side before Mathewson sends a high ball. The stormers returns kick before Haylett-Petty sends a high ball but Cummins loses the ball trying to catch it and the Stormers have a scrum 10m from their 22
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The Stormers decide to run it out from their own 22 and they find space before Leyds kicks down field with Kolbe chasing. The Force gets the ball back deep in their half before Haylett-Petty finds touch near the Force 10m line
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McCalman gets tackled hard after the Force wins the line-out. Haylett-Petty then finds a half gap before the home side loses the ball forward and the Stormers have a scrum just outside their own 22. Wykes goes off injured.
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From the scrum inside their own 22, the Stormers clear through Schreuder and the Force will have an attacking line-out near the Stormers 10m line. The visitors steal the ball, but find themselves back inside their own 22 before Catrakilis clears the pressure.
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The home side forms a maul from the line-out before Alcock peels off the back. It goes wide to Godwin before Alcock gets the ball again and loses the ball forward. The Stormers have a defensive scrum inside their own 22.
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The Force go wide from the line-out through Cummins, who makes a couple of good metres. Ebersohn sends a kick into the Stormers 22, Catrakilis gets the ball and clears, but the Force will have an attacking line-out in the Stormers 22.
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From a line-out just outside the Force 22, the Stormers go to the midfield and Van Wyk finds himself in space but cannot hold onto the ball. The Force kick down field before Kolbe finds touch near the Stormers 10m line.
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The Force now have possession just outside the Stormers' 22. Alcock takes it up before they lose the ball in the Stormers 22. The visitors kick ahead and they win the penalty with the Force holding onto the ball.
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Catrakilis adds the extras and the Stormers lead 10-3
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The Stormers opts for the scrum from the penalty and after a reset they drive the Force back and get a penalty try!
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The Stormers, from an attacking line-out in the Force 22, form the maul before Burger takes it up. Bongi Mbonambi makes more ground and the Stormers are just 5m short of the tryline. The visitors win the penalty a metre short of the tryline.
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Cummins wins a fantastic high ball and the Force now win a penalty with Burger going off his feet at the ruck. Luke Burton lines up the kick for polls from almost 50m out and he converts the penalty, 3-3
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Catrakilis converts the penalty and the Stormers lead 3-0
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Van Wyk wins the ball straight from the restart and the Stormers find themselves in the Force 22. Burger passes to Shreuder but he knocks, but the Stormers win the penalty
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KICK-OFF: Stormers' flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis gets the game under way!
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The Stormers are aiming to win consecutive away matches outside of South Africa for the first time since April 2012, which included a win against the Force..
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The Force are enduring their worst run of form (seven defeats) since losing nine straight at the beginning of their inaugural season in 2006.
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Welcome to live coverage of Round 10 of Super Rugby with the Force taking on the Stormers at the nib Stadium in Perth.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
  • 14 Luke Morahan
  • 13 Kyle Godwin
  • 12 Luke Burton
  • 11 Nick Cummins
  • 10 Sias Ebersohn
  • 9 Alby Mathewson
  • 8 Ben McCalman
  • 7 Chris Alcock
  • 6 Steve Mafi
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 4 Sam Wykes
  • 3 Tetera Faulkner
  • 2 Nathan Charles
  • 1 Pek Cowan
RESERVES
  • 23 Marcel Brache
  • 22 Zack Holmes
  • 21 Ian Prior
  • 20 Angus Cottrell
  • 19 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 18 Ollie Hoskins
  • 17 Chris Heiberg
  • 16 Heath Tessmann
START LINE UP
  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 14 Kobus van Wyk
  • 13 Juan de Jongh
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 11 Dillyn Leyds
  • 10 Demetri Catrakilis
  • 9 Louis Schreuder
  • 8 Nizaam Carr
  • 7 Schalk Burger
  • 6 Siya Kolisi
  • 5 Ruan Botha
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
RESERVES
  • 23 Huw Jones
  • 22 Kurt Coleman
  • 21 Nic Groom
  • 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 19 Jean Kleyn
  • 18 Vincent Koch
  • 17 Allistair Vermaak
  • 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni
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Preview: S15 Round 10, Part Two

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:56

The spotlight will shine brightly on the South African teams in this edition of our preview, even though two of the matches are cross-conference encounters.

The spotlight will shine brightly on the South African teams in this edition of our preview, even though two of the matches are cross-conference encounters.

With the SA conference a closely contested affair in which all teams are still in the running at the halfway stage, four of the five teams feature in Part Two.

The Lions have a bye  and do not feature.

By the end of Saturday's action anyone of the Bulls, Stormers and Sharks could top the SA conference.

Just four log points separate the Bulls on 24 (after eight matches), Stormers on 22 (eight), Lions on 21 (nine) and Sharks on 20 (nine). Even the Cheetahs are not out of the running - as they trail the Sharks by seven points with a game in hand.

We kick off this edition of our preview in Perth, where the Stormers face the Western Force; followed by the match of the weekend - the Sharks versus Bulls in Durban.

The weekend's action is concluded when the Cheetahs will look to make up some lost ground when  they host the Reds in Bloemfontein.

Saturday, April 18

Western Force v Stormers
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 19.45; 13.45 SAST, 11.45 GMT)

The Force will be hard-pressed to end their seven-match losing streak against a Stormers team that displayed some ominous form against the defending champion Waratahs last week.

Having not won since their Week One victory over the Waratahs in mid-February, the Force go into the match happy with their underdog status.

However, they are confident they can upstage a team that topped the table after the opening month of the competition.

Coach Michael Foley said Saturday marks another strong challenge for his side - who will be facing a South African team for the fourth consecutive week.

They lost 24-25 to the Bulls in Pretoria and fell 9-15 to the Sharks in Durban, before returning home to Perth where they lost 15-24 yo the Cheetahs last week.

"As with any South African opponent, it's important that we're up for the physical challenge in defence and at the breakdown, which has been a feature of our performances in our past three matches," Foley said.

"While playing physically is a foundation, we have to play smart to finish off the effort that's being put in every week.

"When 'decision making' is mentioned, it's easy to assume there's a level of complexity, but it's a simple focus on firstly creating momentum and secondly playing with awareness to take opportunities we're creating."

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is adamant they will not take the foot off the gas against a team sitting second from bottom of the standings.

"The big thing for us it to improve on last week's [32-18] win [over the Tahs] and not take it for granted that it will happen again," Coetzee said.
 
"The biggest mistake we could make is under estimate the Force.

"There is no talk of complacency, but rather energy in the team."
 
The Stormers mentor said it is crucial to get it right this weekend if they are to have a chance of reclaiming the No.1 ranking in the SA conference - a position they last held after Week Four.

"The biggest thing in this game is about discipline and not giving soft penalties away - which will enable a good kicking side to get territory and they have a good maul as well," Coetzee said, adding: "That is the difference for me from last weekend to this weekend."
 
Recent results:

2014: Stormers won 24-8, Cape Town
2012: Stormers won 17-3, Perth
2011: Stormers won 51-16, Cape Town
2010: Force won 16-15, Perth
2009: Stormers won 25-24, Cape Town
2008: Stormers won 32-16, Perth

Prediction: The Force are enduring their worst run of form (seven defeats) since losing nine straight at the beginning of their inaugural season in 2006. The Force failed to reach double figures in their last two meetings with the Stormers.  They have lost their last three against the South African side by margins of 25, 14 and 16 points respectively. Three of the last four meetings between the sides have seen 32 or fewer points scored. The Stormers are aiming to win consecutive away matches outside of South Africa
for the first time since April 2012, which included a win against the Force. Both Vincent Koch and Ben McCalman have conceded 13 penalties this season, only one other man (Charlie Faumuina, 14) has conceded more. Of course the Force have a chance to win. Anything can happen. But I wouldn't bet my house on a home team win. The Stormers by at least 15 points.

Teams:

Western Force:
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (c), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Marcel Brache.
 
Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees, Will Houston
TMO: Ian Smith

Sharks v Bulls
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 17.05; 15.05 GMT)

The Sharks believe they have turned the corner after a tumultuous month that resulted in the suspension of three of their most senior players (including captain Bismarck du Plessis) and defeats in their last two matches.

After the humiliating 10-52 loss to the Crusaders a fortnight ago, they showed some drive in going to lose by just two points (21-23) to the impressive Lions last week - a game they may well have won if a last-minute penalty kick had gone over.

The Bulls have shown some flashes of real brilliance in recent weeks - especially in the victories over the Crusaders and reds.

However, they also displayed their vulnerability in going down to the Lions - a match sandwiched between those two impressive victories.

Not surprising then Sharks assistant coach Sean Everitt believes his team has a realistic chance of putting their campaign back on track with a crucial win at home.

"There were a lot of positives to take out of the [Lions] game [last week] and if we can just polish those up a bit, the result could go our way," Everitt said.

"Obviously we're still in with a good shout [of reaching the play-offs], but what we need to do is concentrate on our performances and make sure we rectify the mistakes we've made and that we move forward."

The backline mentor pinpointed workrate and effort as the two big positives to come from their last outing.

"And at times when we kept the ball, we looked very good as well, we scored two nice tries from way out," Everitt said.

"We're happy with the way we're attacking but unfortunately, the unforced errors are counting against us."

Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke described his team's trip to Durban as "massive challenge" for the SA conference leaders.

"We will be facing a Sharks team what will be hurting and desperate to redeem themselves at home and I think it is fair to say that this will be our toughest assignment this year."

The other key factor is the Bulls' vulnerability on the road.

They have won just once in their last 11 away matches - against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in Week Four.

Bulls captain Pierre Spies said they will have to show their ability to win away from home consistently if they want to remain in the competition.

"Durban is a tough place to play at and with so much at stake in the SA conference, we really cannot afford to play average rugby,"Spies said.

"This is going to be an epic local derby and we need to front up to it."

Recent results:
2015: Bulls won 43-35, Pretoria
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: The Sharks have lost their last two matches, but have not been beaten three times in a row since May 2013. The Bulls have won eight of the last 11 instances of this fixture but never by a double figure margin. The Sharks' three wins in this run have been by an aggregate difference of 40 points; in those 11 fixtures the Sharks (259) have scored two more points in total than the
Bulls (257). All but one of the Bulls' matches have seen at least 40 points on the board this season, an average of 52 per game.
Only the Crusaders (29.3) have averaged more points than the Bulls (28.6), despite the South Africans rank equalling last for breaks per game (4.9). Jessie Kriel (802) and SP Marais (672) rank first and third for metres gained this season. The Bulls will go into the game as favourites, but you would expect the Sharks to bounce back at some stage. This may well be the game - the Sharks to win a brutal, perhaps even spiteful, encounter by less than 10 points.

Teams:

Sharks:
15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.  
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Etienne Oosthuizen, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Lionel Cronje, 23 SP Marais.

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Morné Mellett, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Pieter Labuschagne, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jurgen Visser.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Archie Sehlako
TMO: Marius Jonker

Cheetahs v Reds
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 19.10; 03.10 Sunday, April 19 AEST, 17.10 GMT)

This may well be the most entertaining match of the weekend - two teams who enjoy an expansive game, but neither really place a premium on defence.

The Reds have scored just 12 tries (of which four were against the Bulls last week) and leaked 25.

The Cheetahs' attack has been more productive - with 17 tries - but their defence is also worse than the reds, letting 28 tries in.

Reds head coach Richard Graham said his side was looking forward to the challenge of taking on the Cheetahs at their home ground.

"This weekend is another fantastic challenge in South Africa," Graham said.

"The group delivered some real positives last week [a 22-43 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria], but we understand we need to tighten up on a number of areas if we are to get a result against the Cheetahs," he said.

"The team have focused a lot this week on our attacking framework and how we can continue to maximize our strengths from prop through to fullback.

"The four tries against the Bulls demonstrated we are heading in the right direction.

"However, each week in Super Rugby there is a need to evolve.

"The Cheetahs enjoy the game becoming loose and with the likes of Sarel Pretorius, Cornal Hendricks and Raymond Rhule they are able to capitalise very quickly.

"Add Heinrich Brüssow to that mix and they become a very capable side."

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské admitted that, despite their positive finish to their Australasian tour (a win over the Force last week), Saturday is not going to be an easy game.

"The Reds have a lot of game breakers and two of their best players are coming back or this encounter," Drotské said.

"We've put a lot of pressure on ourselves and we need to win.

"If we play the way we know we can play and keep to our structures, then I believe we can win. It is in our hands."

Recent results:
2014: Reds won 43-33, Brisbane
2013: Cheetahs won 27-13, Bloemfontein
2011: Reds won 41-8, Brisbane
2010: Reds won 31-10, Bloemfontein
2009: Reds won 22-3, Brisbane
2008: Cheetahs won 29-14, Bloemfontein

Prediction: The Cheetahs have not triumphed by more than seven points in any of their last six home games, a run which includes three defeats. The Reds have won five of the last seven instances of this match, but have been defeated in four of five away from home. The Reds have lost six in a row, equalling their worst run of form since their worst-ever sequence of nine straight defeats between February and April 2007. Away from home the Reds have lost 10 of their last 11, securing a losing bonus point in two just of those defeats. The Reds have scored fewer points per match (11.6) than any other side so far. The Cheetahs have conceded more points per match (31) than any other side heading into Round 10. The Cheetahs will go into the match as favourites, but it will not be such a big surprise if the reds win. However, we feel the Cheetahs will sneak a win - by less than 10 points.

Teams:

Cheetahs:
15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Johannes Prinsloo, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Burrie Uys.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Tienie Burger, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Ryno Benjamin.
 
Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 James O'Connor, 10 Nick Frisby, 9 Will Genia, 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Curtis Browning, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Marco Kotze, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Anthony Fainga'a, 22 Campbell Magnay, 23 Chris Kuridrani.
 
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com


Statistical information provided by Opta Sports
 

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Stormers edge willing Force

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:34

REPORT: The Stormers ended the Australian leg of their tour unbeaten when they edged a willing Western Force 13-6 in Perth on Saturday.

The Stormers ended the Australian leg of their tour unbeaten when they edged a willing Western Force 13-6 in Perth on Saturday.

After losing both their encounters in New Zealand, the Stormers bounced back to beat the defending champion Waratahs last week and then followed up with a victory against the Force.

It was a crucial win that propelled them to the top of the South African conference and a top-three spot on the overall standings.

The Stormers took their record to six victories from nine games, while the Force have just one win - having lost their last eight matches, many by narrow margins.

Overcoming a determined Force team, aided by some liberal applications of the laws, the Stormers outscored the home team by one try to none.

The first scoring opportunity came straight from the first kick-off - the Force failing to control the kick, the Stormers taking it through a few phases before the Force were penalised for offside. From close range Demetri Catrakilis made it 3-0.

From the restart the Force were awarded a penalty, which was questionable at best. Luke Burton wasted no time to level the scores - 3-all.

However, the Stormers hardly broke a sweat for their next score - a powerful scrum under the uprights, after a penalty for some cynical play by the Force, and the visitors shoved the home team's pack back at a rate of knots. When the Force went down in a heap the referee had no hesitation to award the penalty try. Catrakilis made it 10-3 with the conversion.

For the next 20 minutes, with the aid of some strange calls by the match officials, the Force managed to turn the game into a scrap-fest.

A scrum penalty against the Stormers in the 36th minute allowed Burton to narrow the gap to 6-10.

More questionable officiating allowed the Force to hang on till half-time, despite a huge surge upfield by Nizaam Carr - with at least three penalisable actions by the Force just metres from their tryline going unpunished.

Early in the second half the Force managed to put some good phases together, which culminated in a penalty. However, Burton's attempt bounced off the upright. Despite winning a scrum feed close to the Stormers line, the Force turned the ball over twice and the visitors could clear their lines.

The Force managed to pin the Stormers in their half, making judicial use of the boot and then taking the ball through phases once they started getting near the Stormers 22.

However, the visitors' famed defence kicked in and they managed to hold out a Force team clearly playing to a different set of rules.

Five minutes from time the Force were reduced to 14 men, centre Luke Burton yellow-carded for a cynical offence - killing an almost certain Stormers try by going offside.

Kurt Coleman slotted the penalty to make it 13-6 - the only points of the second half.

The Force launched a strong late raid, but the Stormers again repelled them and held on for a crucial win - making it two from four on their Australasian tour.

Man of the match: Dane Haylett-Petty scrambled well on defence and saved his team on a number of occasions. Ben McCalman was a workhorse that managed to provide some spark for the home team. Cheslin Kolbe was a ball of energy and Damian de Allende took another step closer to Springbok selection. However, our award foes to Stormers and Springbok loose forward Schalk Burger. he is still a fine physical specimen, but showed he is not just a brute - delivering some sublime touches and an amazing workrate.

Scorers:

For the Western Force:
Pens:
Burton 2

For the Stormers:
Try:
Penalty try
Con: Catrakilis
Pens: Catrakilis, Coleman

Yellow card: Luke Burton (Western Force, 75 - cynical infringement, offside)

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Marcel Brache.
 
Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees, Will Houston
TMO: Ian Smith

 
TRIES
 
CONVERSIONS
Demetri Catrakilis (10min)
Luke Burton (5min) and Luke Burton (38min)
PENALTIES
Demetri Catrakilis (3min) and Kurt Coleman (76min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
9min
 
DROP GOALS
Luke Burton (75min)
 
 
VENUE Perth
REFEREE Mike Fraser