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Super Rugby | Durban
15:05 (GMT) | 18-04-2015
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Join us again shortly for our next game between the Cheetahs and Reds from Bloemfontein
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After a reset, the Sharks go to Mvovo from the scrum but he is tackled well. Alberts makes some momentum with another strong run before it goes wide, but Hougaard's presence wins the Bulls a penalty. Schoeman sends a monster kick down field for a Bulls line-out. They win the set-piece and kick it out for FULL-TIME: Bulls 17-10
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The home side goes wide from the line-out and Mvovo makes his way into the Bulls 22. The Bulls defence is rock solid around the fringes and the Sharks will have to start again from a scrum in the Bulls 22
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Spies beats three tacklers as the Bulls make their way into the Sharks half but good work from Marcel Coetzee gives the Sharks the penalty and Cronje gives his team a line-out in the Bulls 22.
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From the scrum Hoffman goes short side but is well tackled and the Bulls get a penalty after some good work from Arno Botha. Pollard line-up the kick and it is over from 50m out. Bulls lead 17-10
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The Sharks get the ball back from the restart through Alberts and the ball does not come out of the ruck and the home side gets the put in at the scrum on halfway.
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The Sharks now get a penalty just on the Bulls side of halfway and Wentzel orders Cronje to go for the three points. Lionel Cronje kick goes wide and the score remains 14-10
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Pollard converts the penalty and the Bulls now lead 14-10
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The Bulls lose the ball forward at the line-out and the Sharks will have a scrum just outside their own 22. Zeilinga sends a huge kick down field and the Bulls run it back. The Bulls win a penalty with the Sharks off their feet and Pollard will go for polls from about 25m out
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The Bulls have the ball in the Sharks half and Odendaal gathers a chip kick well. The Bulls chip kick again but Sithole is in the right place. The Sharks clear but the Bulls have an attacking line-out just outside the Sharks 22.
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Zeilinga lines-up the kick from a tough angle but miss the kick and the score remains 11-10 to the Bulls
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The home side goes to the midfield from the scrum and Andre Esterhuizen makes some serious metres after a good run. Alberts now storms his way up field after a Bulls kick. Coetzee finds some space on the sideline as the Sharks enter the Bulls 22 and they get a penalty
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The Sharks from a line-out just outside their 22, kick down field through Zeilinga and the Bulls run it back into the Sharks half. Paige sends a high ball and Marais wins the battle with Basson. The Sharks will get a scrum 5m from their 22 after a Bulls knock-on
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The Bulls win the line-out but Hattingh is interfered with in the air and the Bulls get the penalty. Pollard line-up the kick and misses the penalty with score remaining 11-10 to the Bulls
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The Sharks now from a line-out on their own 10m line, win free-kick and Zeilinga sends a high ball, but Kriel is solid under the high ball. Paige sends another high ball before Reinach kicks out on the full and the Bulls have an attacking line-out 10m from the Sharks 22.
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The Sharks go to Sithole from the scrum before it goes wide to Mvovo who kicks but it goes touch in goal. The home side gets the ball back from the restart but Alberts is tackled into touch on the Bulls 10m line
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After being tackled back, Marais sends a grubber downfield. After a kicking duel Kriel finds touch for the Bulls just on their side of halfway. The Bulls win the line-out before going wide, but it is a forward pass and the Sharks get the scrum on the Bulls 10m line.
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The Bulls turns the balls over in their own half and Pollard kicks down field, The Sharks return it before Pollard finds touch on the Sharks 10m line with a good kick. The Sharks form the maul before they go wide with Murray into space over halfway.
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Pollard converts the penalty and the Bulls now lead 11-10
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The Bulls now have the ball deep inside the Sharks half but Reinach steals it at the ruck. After winning the ball the Sharks give away a penalty for hanging onto the ball and Pollard will go for polls from just outside the Sharks 22.
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Zeilinga adds the extras and the Sharks lead 10-8
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Paige sends a high ball from the restart, but Marais gathers well. On the Bulls 10m line, the Sharks go wide before Coetzee breaks through the tackle. Reinach then finds space and passes to Coetzee who sprints in for the try!
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SECOND HALF: Sharks' flyhalf Fred Zeilinga gets the game back under way!

Half Time

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From the scrum, near their own 10m line, the Bulls get a free-kick and Pollard sends a high ball. The Sharks get the ball back and Reinach kicks the ball out for HALF-TIME: Bulls 8-3 Sharks.
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From the restart Pollard finds touch near his own 10m line. The Sharks form the maul from the set-piece before Coetzee breaks free. The home side cannot do anything with and they lose it forward and the Bulls have a scrum near their own 10m line
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Pollard misses the conversion but the Bulls lead 8-3
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Paige goes to the blindside from the scrum and gives it to Hougaard in space. He passes back to Paige who again returns the pass to the winger who sprints in for the first try of the game!
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The Bulls, from the line-out go wide to Hougaard but he is met with some good defence. Paige is caught with the ball behind a ruck and gives away a penalty. Zeilinga is unable to find touch but they get the ball back before they kick it away again. The Sharks turn it over but they lose the ball forward outside the Bulls 22
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Odendaal takes a good high ball before Pollard sends a kick behind the Sharks defence and the home side has a defensive line-out inside their own 22. The Sharks form the maul before Reinach clears.
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The Bulls win a penalty at the scrum with Jannie du Plessis collapsing the scrum and Pollard will line-up a kick for polls from about 45m out. Pollard converts the penalty and the scores are all level at 3-3.
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From the scrum Pollard sends a high ball and Marais loses the ball forward and the Bulls suddenly find themselves with an attacking scrum near the Sharks 10m line.
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Stegmann wins the ball after the Sharks find themselves in the Bulls half, but it was lost forward by a Bulls player and the Sharks get an attacking scrum on the Bulls 10m line. They get a free-kick and Reinach takes it quickly. Nothing comes of it as the Bulls get a a scrum after an accidental offside.
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Marcel Coetzee puts his team on the front foot now as the Sharks make their way into the Bulls half. They get a penalty with Adriaan Strauss off his feet at the ruck and Zeilinga lines up the kick from about 35m out, but it goes wide.
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The Bulls go to the midfield from the line-out with Odendaal taking the ball up. They take it through the phases before Odendaal again makes some metres in the Sharks 22. Pollard line up the drop but it goes wide.
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The Sharks form the maul from the line-out before Coetzee peels away. The Bulls turn it over before Paige sends a high ball but play is brought back for a Bulls' penalty. Pollard gives his team a line-out near the Sharks 22m line
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The Bulls have the ball now deep inside the Sharks half and they give another penalty with players off their feet and Zeilinga gives his team an attacking line-out 10m from the Bulls 22m line
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Zeilinga converts the penalty and the Sharks lead 3-0
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The Sharks have the ball now in the Bulls half but they cannot hold onto it and Pollard clears. The Bulls have a line-out near the Sharks 10m line. But play is brought back for a penalty to the Sharks on the Bulls 10m after an early tackle by Stegmann and Zeilinga sets up the kick for polls.
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The Bulls win the line-out but they cannot execute their play and Marcel van der Merwe loses the ball forward and the Sharks have a scrum 5m from their own tryline. Reinach clears and Kriel responds with a high ball. SP Marais gets the ball in his own 22 and relieves pressure with a good run into space.
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The Sharks turn the ball over near their own tryline but the clearance kick finds a Bulls player just outside their 22. Engelbrecht sends through a grubber and after a messy period of play the Bulls win the penalty. Marais replaces Ndugane as the Bulls opt for a 5m line-out
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The Bulls form a maul before Paige sends a high ball. The Sharks win the ball and they go wide from within their own half. They kick the ball away and Paige finds a good touch finder deep in the Sharks half. The visitors win the line-out before Stegmann goes into a half gap and the Bulls are just 10 out from the Sharks tryline
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The Sharks win the ball after a messy line-out but cannot find a way past the Bulls defence and Zeilinga sends a poor kick to the Bulls 22. The visitors kick down field before Ndungane finds a good touch deep in the Bulls half
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Strauss takes two defenders with him as the Bulls are now in the Sharks 22, but it is the Sharks who win the penalty after the Bulls had hands in the rucks and Zeilinga gives his team a line-out on the Bulls 10m line
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The Sharks are met with some tough defence from the Bulls in the midfield and they lose the ball forward with the Bulls having the scrum just on their side of halfway. The visitors go wide and make their way into the Sharks half. Spies stays strong in the tackle and makes some metres as the Bulls make their way to the Sharks 22
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From the scrum on their own 10m line, the Sharks win a penalty with Greyling collapsing and Zeilinga gives his team a line-out in the Bulls' half of the field.
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The Bulls gets possession after a high ball from Reinach and Engelbrecht is nearly through a gap. However the ball is lost forward and the Sharks get a scrum on their own 10m line.
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KICK-OFF: Bulls' flyhalf Handre Pollard gets the game under way!
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The Bulls have won eight of the last 11 instances of this fixture but never by a double figure margin.
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The Sharks have lost their last two matches, but have not been beaten three times in a row since May 2013.
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Welcome to live coverage of Round 10 of Super Rugby with the Sharks taking on the Bulls at Kings Park in Durban.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Odwa Ndungane
  • 14 S'bura 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
  • 4 Mouritz Botha
  • 3 Jannie du Plessis
  • 2 Franco Marais
  • 1 Tendai Mtawarira
RESERVES
  • 23 SP Marais
  • 22 Lionel Cronje
  • 21 Conrad Hoffmann
  • 20 Etienne Oosthuizen
  • 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda
  • 18 Lourens Adriaanse
  • 17 Thomas Du Toit
  • 16 Monde Hadebe
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  • 15 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Francois Hougaard
  • 13 JJ Engelbrecht
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 11 Bjorn Basson
  • 10 Handre Pollard
  • 9 Rudi Paige
  • 8 Pierre Spies
  • 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
RESERVES
  • 24 Jurgen Visser
  • 23 Tiaan Schoeman
  • 22 Piet van Zyl
  • 21 Pieter Labuschagne
  • 20 Arno Botha
  • 19 Trevor Nyakane
  • 18 Morne Mellett
  • 17 Callie Visagie
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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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Bulls outmuscle Sharks in the Tank

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:00

MATCH REPORT: The Bulls outmuscle the Sharks in a tense Super Rugby encounter in Durban on Saturday, winning 17-10.

The Bulls outmuscle the Sharks in a tense Super Rugby encounter in Durban on Saturday, winning 17-10.

With the teams  having scored one try each, it was the boot of Springbok flyhalf Handré Pollard that proved the difference.

His four penalties trumped the one penalty and one conversion of Fred Zeilinga.

It also gave the Bulls a double over the Sharks this season - following their high-scoring 43-35 first round win in Pretoria.

This encounter was a more traditional South African derby - an arm-wrestle of brutal proportions.

The Bulls also reclaimed their place at the top of the South African conference.

The leading points scorer this season, Pollard,  took his tally to 120 and right wing Francois Hougaard scored a breathtaking try.

The Bulls led 8-3 at half-time, but fell two points behind early in the second half before Pollard slotted three penalties to secure a sixth victory from nine games.

The New Zealand Hurricanes - despite their loss to the Waratahs earlier - top the standings with 33 points, the Bulls have 28 and Australia's Brumbies are on 26 after 10 rounds.

Sharks, tipped by many pundits to be the strongest South African contenders before the competition started two months ago, lie ninth 12 points behind the leaders.

The match was an eye-sore with battering-ram rugby the order of the day.

It was raw, highly physical and error-strewn with much poor handling and many turnovers.

When there was tactical kicking, it was often misplaced, and Sharks supporters left the ground disillusioned after a poor game and a third straight loss for the Durban team.

Sharks suffered an early blow when fullback Odwa Ndungane retired injured with SP Marais replacing the veteran.

Although camped in opposition territory for the first quarter of the game and dominating possession, the Bulls fell behind on 18 minutes to a Zeilinga penalty.

Zeilinga missed another shot at goal before Springboks 2015 World Cup contender Pollard restored parity on the half-hour with his first penalty.

The highlight of the game came on 36 minutes as Hougaard scored after a brilliant exchange of passes with scrumhalf Rudy Paige close to the right touchline.

Pollard watched his difficult conversion rebound off the far post and the Pretoria outfit went into the break with an unflattering five-point lead.

A rare spell in Bulls' half of the pitch brought early second-half reward for the hosts as Coetzee claimed his fifth try of the season after a break by scrumhalf Cobus Reinach.

Zeilinga converted and Sharks had a two-point advantage that lasted just four minutes before a Pollard penalty put the visitors ahead again.

Pollard and Zeilinga fluffed penalty attempts and the impressive Paige retired hurt as the arm-wrestle rugby continued.

A further two successful penalty kicks by Pollard in between a change of halfbacks by the Sharks brought a dour affair to a close.

Sharks have a bye next weekend, while the Bulls face another tough South African derby away to sixth-place Stormers in Cape Town.

Man of the match: Marcell Coetzee was the Sharks' most effective player by some distance. Waylon Murray had a few promising moments and Tendai Mtawarira was quick to rush in to protect his players in any off-the-ball incidents. Burger Odendaal again had an outstanding game, while Francois Hougaard showed he is a better wing than scrumhalf. Dean Greyling, Adriaan Strauss, Grant Hattingh and Jacques du Plessis all made valuable contributions. However, our award goes to Bulls captain Pierre Spies who again put his hand up for Springbok selection with a performance that was a classic mix of brute force in the tight exchanges and a few sublime touches.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Try:
Coetzee
Con: Zeilinga
Pen: Zeilinga

For the Bulls:
Try:
Hougaard
Pens: Pollard 4

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

Marcell Coetzee (42min)
TRIES
Francois Hougaard (36min)
Fred Zeilinga (43min)
CONVERSIONS
Fred Zeilinga (18min)
PENALTIES
Handre Pollard (30min), Handre Pollard (46min), Handre Pollard (67min), and Handre Pollard (74min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Durban
REFEREE Jaco Peyper