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||The Reds form another driving maul from the line-out and make their way into the Hurricanes 22. Kerevi takes a good pass from Frisby and he makes about 10m. Gill drives forward and the Reds are just a metres out from the Canes tryline before it goes wide and it is lost forward. The Canes get a penalty and Marshall kicks the ball out for FULL-TIME: Hurricanes 35-19 Reds|
||Nonu kicks from his own 22 and finds touch a metre inside Hurricanes territory. The Reds form a maul from the line-out before it goes to Kerevi who steps over halfway. Simmons and Slipper make a few metres before Genia sends a box kick and Barrett gathers and finds touch just outside the Hurricanes 22|
||The Hurricanes now have the ball inside the Reds half but they give away a penalty for holding on and Turner finds touch just inside the Hurricanes 22. From the line-out, the home side goes wide but they lose the ball forward once again and the Hurricanes have a defensive scrum on their own 22m line.|
||The Hurricanes lose the line-out and Genia breaks to the short side before the home side goes wide. The Hurricanes turn it over before the Reds get it back again with Genia kicking down field.|
||From the scrum the Hurricanes kick deep before Turner returns one with interest and the Hurricanes get a line-out in their own half. The Reds get the ball back from a high ball in their own half before Gill breaks from the ruck but he is penalised for hands in the ruck and Barrett gives his team a line out 5m from the Reds 22|
||The Reds now go on the attack deep in the Hurricanes half, but the lose the ball forward and the away side will have a defensive scrum just 5m from their own 22.|
||Barrett adds the conversion and the Hurricanes lead 35-19|
||The Hurricanes, from a scrum, kick down field through Barrett before Kuridrani kicks back. Proctor runs it back and is in space, running 40m before passing to Perenara who goes in for his second and the Hurricanes fourth of the game|
||From a line-out on the Hurricanes 10m line, the Reds go to the midfield but are met with some good defence. They go wide again but Thomson loses the ball forward and the Canes get a scrum on their own 10m line|
||Barrett misses the conversion and the Hurricanes lead 28-19|
||The Hurricanes now have the ball in the Reds half after a good turnover and they spread the ball wide to Julian Savea who holds off two Reds tacklers to drive over for the Hurricanes third try in the corner!|
||The scrums are looking a bit messy now and after a reset the Hurricanes kick down field through Barrett. After a kicking duel and a couple of quick throw ins Genia finally finds touch near halfway.|
||From a scrum, 5m from the Reds tryline, the Hurricanes lose the ball with Genia stealing it on the ground and it is kicked ahead. The Hurricanes now have a scrum deep in their own half after a knock on by a Reds player.|
||The away side struggles in the scrum but still gets the ball back. They send it wide and Nonu is nearly through. Gill gets yellow carded for being offside while the Hurricanes were 5m from the tryline.|
||Turner goes for a pinpoint touch finder, but instead kicks the ball dead and the Hurricanes get a scrum between their own 10m and 22m line. From the scrum they go to the short side with Proctor sending a chip kick and Genia loses it forward and the Canes get an attacking scrum deep in the Reds half|
||From the line-out, Frisby snatches an overthrow but the Hurricanes turn it over before they lose it forward and the Reds get an attacking scrum near the Hurricanes 10m line. From the scrum the Reds go wide with Kerevi in a bit of space. Play is brought back for a Reds penalty at the scrum.|
||The Hurricanes turn the ball over and Marshall goes straight through a gap and makes his way towards the Reds 22, but the Canes give a away a penalty on the ground. Turner gives his team a line-out 10m from the Hurricanes 22|
||The Hurricanes take a quick line-out in their own half and Marshall makes some serious metres down field. The way side has the ball in the Reds half before it is turned over and O'Connor beats a defender as the Reds make their way over the Canes 10m line.|
||O'Connor adds the extras and the score is now 23-19 to the Hurricanes|
||From the line-out the Reds go wide before they revert to pick and goes. It goes wide again and O'Connor is nearly through. Hanson finds space before Liam Gill bursts through a gap for a try under the polls,|
||From a line-out on halfway, the Hurricanes keep the ball close with their forwards before Perenara loses the ball forward and plays the ball on the ground giving the Reds a penalty. Turner gives his team a line-out in the Hurricanes 22.|
||The Hurricanes get a penalty near the Reds 10m line after James Marshall is taken out without the ball from an up-and-under and Barrett converts the penalty and the Hurricanes lead 23-12.|
||SECOND HALF: Hurricanes' flyhalf Beauden Barrett gets the second half under way!|
||From a line-out on the Reds 10m line the Hurricanes go on one last attack before the half ends but cannot find a way through. They get a penalty however with a Reds player not rolling away. Barrett goes for polls from about 42m out but misses the penalty. HALF-TIME: Hurricanes 20-12 Reds.|
||Barrett adds the conversion and the Hurricanes lead 20-12|
||The Hurricanes now with full of confidence go on the attack from their own half and Nonu beats three defenders before passing to Julian Savea in space. After a number of phases the ball eventually goes to Gibbins who is in for the try|
||Barrett adds the extras and the Hurricanes lead 13-12|
||The Hurricanes, from a line-out on their own 10m line, sends a high ball through Perenara. Frisby returns a kick before Barrett runs it back with interest towards the Reds 10m line. Smith breaks through a gap before passing to Nonu who gives the ball to Perenara who sprints in for the try.|
||The away side goes wide from the scrum and Marshall is nearly through a half gap and the Hurricanes get another penalty. Barrett lines-up the kick for polls from about 40m out and he hits the upright with the score remaining 12-6 to the Reds.|
||A good clearance kick from Barrett gives the Reds a line-out near halfway. The home side goes wide from the set piece, but again the ball is lost forward, this time by Kerevi and the Hurricanes have a scrum on the Reds 10m line.|
||The Hurricanes go wide wide from the scrum and they find some space before Nonu's chip kick goes straight out into touch near the Reds 22. The Reds clear, but the Hurricanes run it back through Smith and they get a penalty just outside the Reds 22. Barrett converts the penalty and the score is now 12-6|
||After a kicking duel, Nonu sends a chip kick over the Reds' defence and the centre's presence forces a knock on from Frisby near halfway and the Hurricanes will have a scrum in a good attacking position.|
||From a line-out in their own half Perenara sends a high ball which is fielded well by O'Connor. The Reds go wide but Kerevi's pass goes straight into touch. From the line-out the Hurricanes go wide before it is turned over by the Reds and Genia relieves the pressure|
||O'Connor adds the extras and the Reds lead 12-3|
||After a number of scrum resets, The Reds drive the Hurricanes back before going wide with Kerevi stepping well to beat two Hurricanes defenders to stretch over for his and the Reds' second try of the game!|
||The Reds now get a penalty on halfway after an attempted counter attack from the Hurricanes and Turner gives his team a line0out deep in the Canes 22. The Reds for a maul before the ball is knocked in down by a Canes player and the Reds will have an attacking scrum.|
||O'Connor misses the conversion, but the Reds lead 5-3|
||From the line-out in the Hurricanes 22, The Reds form a maul before Gill snipes towards the short side. Slipper makes some good metres and the Reds are just 5m from the tryline. The home side opts for one-off runners before it goes wide to Kerevi who breaks two tackles to go in for the try|
||The Reds run it out from the own 1m line but the Hurricanes turn it over before they go wide and Shields loses the ball forward after a hospital pass from Marshall and the Reds get a scrum on their own 10m line. From the scrum, the home side wins a penalty and they have an attacking line-out in the Hurricanes 22|
||Barrett gives his team a line-out 10m from the Reds tryline from the penalty. The Hurricanes form a maul and they drive towards the tryline before they give away a penalty for obstruction and Turner clears for a line-out on the Reds 10m line.|
||The Reds go wide from the line-out but Anthony Fainga'a sends the ball forward and the Canes get a scrum near halfway. The away side keeps the ball close from the scrum before it goes wide to Julian Savea who is well covered and play is brought back for a Hurricanes penalty on halfway.|
||The Hurricanes attempt to run the ball out of their own half before Marshall goes through a half gap in the Reds half. After a few phases the Hurricanes give away a penalty for holding on and Turner gives the Reds a line-out near the Hurricanes 10m line.|
||The Hurricanes now lose the ball forward in their own 22 and the Reds go on the attack but Adam Korczyk is tackled into touch. Perenara clears from the line-out and gives the Reds a line-out on the Hurricanes 22. The home side cannot do anything with the ball and give a way a penalty.|
||Barrett sets up the kick for polls from about 45m out and converts the penalty and the Hurricanes lead 3-0|
||The Hurricanes get a penalty from the kick-off and Barrett gives his team a line-out just inside the Reds' half. From the line-out the Hurricanes bash it up through Nonu and they win another penalty in the midfield.|
||KICK-OFF: Lachie Turner gets the game under way!|
||The Hurricanes have won 10 of the last 12 clashes between the sides. The Canes equalled their club record for consecutive victories (7) until defeat to the Waratahs in Round 10.|
||The Reds are aiming for back-to-back victories for the first time since June last year. Since then, they have lost nine of 11.|
||Welcome to live coverage of Round Eleven of Super Rugby with the Reds taking on the Hurricanes at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.|
Saturday will truly be a derby day. However, it is at Newlands were the spotlight will shine brightest. Jan de Koning shares his predictions.
Saturday will truly be a derby day. However, it is at Newlands were the spotlight will shine brightest.
They don't come much bigger than this, the ultimate north-south derby - rich in tradition and steeped history.
When the Stormers and Bulls go head-to-head in Cape Town there will be plenty of passion and brutality, but most of all they will be playing for first place in the South African conference.
The Bulls, top of the SA conference and second in the global standings, are just two points ahead of the Stormers - second in SA and sixth overall.
There is plenty riding on the outcome of this one.
However, that is not going to be the only cracker on Saturday.
It all starts in Christchurch where the Crusaders host the Blues - two teams desperate to get their seasons back on track.
This is New Zealand's big north-south derby, although the waning fortunes of the two team have taken some of the gloss off this one.
We then hop across the Tasman Sea to Sydney, where the defending champion Waratahs take on an improving Rebels side.
Our next trip takes us across the Indian Ocean to Johannesburg for a real cat fight, the Lions - everybody favourite second team - hosting the hapless Cheetahs.
Only then do we get to watch the Stormers versus Bulls at Newlands.
We also have a match on Sunday - when the Reds host a Hurricanes team desperate to put last week's disappointing first loss of the season behind them.
We look at Saturday and Sunday's matches!
Saturday, April 25
Crusaders v Blues
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)
There is no doubt that the Blues versus Crusaders once rivaled the Bulls versus Stormers as Super Rugby's biggest derby.
It is a traditional contest that has its foundation in the encounters between Auckland and Canterbury in the 1980s and 1990s.
While the Crusaders still make the play-offs every year - they were reduced to runners-up by a controversial late penalty in the Final last year - the Blues have been on the slide for the past four years, finish no higher than 10th.
The men from Auckland are currently second from last - with just one win from nine starts.
The Crusaders are not much better off this season, sitting 10th on 20 points - six points shy of the top six.
They have lost five of their nine games, a record that would be more respectable if they had stopped coughing-up so many turnovers, struggled with basic skills or been so predictable with their attack.
Blues coach John Kirwan, who's spent most of the year under the cosh, admitted both teams are under pressure to appease the growing band of disgruntled fans.
Spectators started leaving the stadium long before the final whistle in the Crusaders' demoralising 9-26 loss to the Chiefs last week.
However, Kirwan feels the Crusaders still have al the qualities to be play-off candidates.
"It's always going to be tough down there [in Christchurch]," he said.
"They're a proud side and they were embarrassed about last week.
"We're getting them on the hop, when they're hurting and that's a dangerous time to get them.
"It will be a classic derby. They're under pressure, we're under pressure, so it makes for an interesting match."
2014: Crusaders won 21-13, Christchurch
2014: Blues won 35-24, Auckland
2013: Crusaders won 23-3, Christchurch
2013: Blues won 34-15, Auckland
2012: Crusaders won 59-12, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 19-18, Auckland
Prediction: The Crusaders' 59-12 defeat of the Blues in May 2012 stands as the latter's record defeat. The home side on the day has won the last five instances of this fixture - three of those victories going to the Crusaders. The hosts are on a two-match losing streak and one more loss would equal their worst ever sequence. They have lost three matches in a row in a single campaign on just five occasions. Despite losing 10 of their last 11 matches, the Blues' heaviest defeat in this run was a 11-23 loss to the Waratahs and they have snared losing bonuses in seven of these games. The Crusaders have scored the most tries from scrums (8) this season, with the Blues ranking in joint-second with six. The winner will be the team most desperate to salvage something from a disastrous season. The Crusaders may just be that team, but won't win by more than 10 points.
Crusaders: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 David Havilli, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 Nafi Tuitavake.
Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Francis Saili, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Dan Bowden, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Brendon O'Connor, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Tevita Li.
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
Waratahs v Rebels
(ANZ Stadium, Sydney - Kick-off: 19.55; 09.55 GMT)
The Waratahs received a timely boost this week withy the news that captain Dave Dennis had re-signed with the defending champions until the end of 2017.
Dennis will lead the Waratahs in Sydney when his side takes on an in-form Rebels team, sitting four points adrift of the Waratahs after consecutive wins against the Reds and Brumbies.
Dennis said his side was looking forward to putting in a strong performance in front of their home crowd, but was well aware that the Rebels would pose a significant test - especially after they pushed the Waratahs all the way in a Round Two fixture in Melbourne back in February.
"We've disappointed our home fans twice this year, which isn't good enough," Dennis said of the 18-32 loss to the Stormers a fortnight ago and the 13-25 loss to the Western Force in Week One.
"So it's very important that we show that style we showed last week and I'm really expecting the boys to perform to a high level this week," he said.
"It's a really good test for us. The Rebels are playing really well as a team and they're playing consistently, so it's going to be a good test."
Saturday's match is the first time that the Waratahs have played at ANZ Stadium since their historic win over the Crusaders in last year's Super Rugby Final.
The Rebels are backing themselves to cause another upset on the road, having recorded three of their four wins away from home - including last week's 13-8 triumph over the Brumbies in Canberra.
Scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker, who will go head-to-head with former Rebels teammate Nick Phipps, admitted the Waratahs pose a much bigger threat than last week's opponents.
"They are starting to hit their straps, especially after that win last week over the table-topping Hurricanes," Stirzaker said.
"However, we go into it every week thinking we are good enough to win the game."
2015: Waratahs won 38-28, Melbourne
2014: Waratahs won 41-19, Melbourne
2014: Waratahs won 32-8, Sydney
2013: Rebels won 24-22, Melbourne
2013: Waratahs won 31-26, Sydney
2012: Waratahs won 30-21, Sydney
2012: Waratahs won 35-19, Melbourne
Prediction: This fixture has only failed to produce 40+ points once and averages 50. Eight of the nine contests between these state rivals have produced Waratah victories and just one losing bonus point for the Rebels. However, the Rebels' last six matches have produced over 40 points on just one occasion and have averaged 36. The Rebels have won their last two matches, but have never won three in a row. Michael Hooper (100) and Sean McMahon (96) are among the top tacklers this season. They are ranked fourth and fifth respectively behind Warren Whiteley (129), Warwick Tecklenburg (108) and Johannes Prinsloo (103). The Tahs have scored six tries from possessions that have gone seven-plus phases, a competition joint-high. The Rebels have managed five. The Rebels have improved in recent weeks, but you still can't see them beat the Waratahs - who should win by at least 10 points.
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Mitch Chapman, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Wycliff Palu, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Matt Carraro, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro.
Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Sefanaia Naivalu, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (co-captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller (co-captain), 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Jordy Reid, 23 Bryce Hegarty.
Referee: Rohan Hoffman
Assistant referees: James Leckie, Ed Martin
TMO: George Ayoub
Lions v Cheetahs
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 17.05; 15.05 GMT)
The Lions are just one win short of beating setting a new franchise benchmark - five consecutive wins. They won four on the trot in 2007 and have equalled that with four victories in their last four games.
However, coach Johan Ackermann has warned his team to keep their eye on the proverbial ball and not get distracted by the sideshows.
The Cheetahs, ravaged by injuries, have won just one of their last seven matches.
Yet, Ackermann sounded a warning to those who suggest the men from Bloemfontein are easy-beats.
"These teams which people write off and on the table it appears they are not having a good season, they are the most dangerous," Ackermann said.
"However, if you look closer you'll see how unfortunate they were. They are certainly a team you can't write off."
The Lions mentor said the biggest threats come in the form of the Cheetahs' wings and centres, while they also possess a solid set of forward with plenty of experience.
"Francois Uys, Johannes Prinsloo and Willie Britz are first-class players," Ackermann said, adding: "The results don't always do them justice.
"If you analyse them you see the good things they do and what qualities they have as a team.
"If we are anywhere below our best we will be in for a long day at the office.
"We will have to play very well if we want to secure the win."
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said made it clear his outfit is not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Springboks Coenie Oosthuizen (prop, back), Heinrich Brüssow (flank, fractured arm), Willie le Roux (fullback, ankle), Raymond Rhule (wing, hamstring), Lodewyk de Jager (lock, elbow) and Teboho Mohoje (flank, groin) are all sidelined with injuries.
Apart from the long list of international stars who have been ruled out, the Cheetahs are also without Coenie van Wyk (fullback, ankle), Jean Cook (flank, abdominal muscle) and Burry Uys (prop, back).
"There's nothing you can do about injuries, so we're not going to sit and worry about it," Drotské told a media briefing this week.
"It's a reality that guys like Willie [le Roux], Coenie [Oosthuizen], Oupa [Mohoje], Lood [de Jager] and Heinz [Brüssow] are key players, but we can't use it as an excuse.
"The Lions are playing very good rugby and have a settled group for the last three, four years now.
"They've also been lucky with injuries and therefore must be favourites.
"However, we're not going to lie down. We still believe 100 percent that we can beat them."
2014: Lions won 60-25, Johannesburg
2014: Lions won 21-20, Bloemfontein
2012: Cheetahs won 26-5, Welkom
2012: Lions won 27-25, Johannesburg
2011: Cheetahs won 53-19, Johannesburg
2011: Lions won 25-20, Bloemfontein
Prediction: The Lions are on a club record-equalling run of four victories. The Lions' matches this season have averaged 37 points in total and are yet to produce 45+. The Cheetahs' last three games have produced fewer than 40 points each. The last meeting between these sides produced the Lions' largest ever victory (60-25). The Cheetahs' 59-10 defeat of the Lions in May 2010 represents their largest win. The instances of this fixture have either produced a losing bonus point (seven occasions) or a final points difference of more than 20 points (four occasions). There is no doubt the Lions are favoured to win. And if they keep their focus the winning margin could be 20 points.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Howard Mnisi.
Cheetahs: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Johannes Prinsloo, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Michael van der Spuy, 23 Clayton Blommetjies.
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Ben Crouse
TMO: Johan Greeff
Stormers v Bulls
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10 GMT)
These encounters are always spicy, full of passion and worth every cent of the entrance fee.
It is likely to be sell-out affair.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said this big north-south derby will be similar to a Test match atmosphere.
The Bulls currently top the standings in the South African Conference with 28 points, with the Stormers narrowly behind on 26 points.
However, the Bulls still have to tour Australasia and only two of their final seven encounters are at home. The Stormers on the other hand play five of their remaining seven matches at home.
Saturday's clash could therefore go a long way in determining the winner in the SA Conference.
"I don't think there will be any lack of motivation for either side," Coetzee told a media briefing at Newlands.
"We have a proud record at Newlands and we want to keep it that way.
"There are still a lot of games to be played, in terms of our planning it is another home game and winning your home games is always important.
"Conference games are massively important, if you want to get to play-offs the first and foremost thing is that you have got to win your conference.
"We are on track, it doesn't matter what happens on Saturday which you can't predict, but we are well prepared and looking forward to this one.
"We all know a game against the Bulls is a battle of attrition, it is going to be physical and that is the first question before any tactical questions will be asked."
Bulls captain Pierre Spies also spoke of the importance of the occasion and the quality of the opposition.
"It will be a great game," Spies said, adding: "The Stormers are coming off a couple of great wins [over the Waratahs and Western Force]."
The Bulls No.8 said there is very little to choose between the teams at this stage.
He felt that, despite the importance of the occasion, there will be plenty of excitement.
"Both teams have shown they can play expansive rugby.
"However, it will be a game of opportunities.
"There won't be too many opportunities, so the key will be about using those that come your way.
"It is important that we pitch up on Saturday."
2015: Stormers won 29-17, Pretoria
2014: Stormers won 16-0, Cape Town
2014: Bulls won 28-12, Pretoria
2013: Stormers won 30-13, Cape Town
2013: Bulls won 25-17, Pretoria
2012: Stormers won 19-14, Pretoria
2012: Stormers won 20-17, Cape Town
Prediction: A losing bonus point has not been scored in any of the last five meetings between these South African rivals. The Bulls were to blame for the Stormers' record defeat (14-75; May 2005). The last time the Stormers hosted the Bulls, the hosts won 16-0; this marking the lowest scoring game either side has been involved in. That was the third time the Stormers had reduced a side to nil and the fourth time the Bulls had not scored a point. Prior to a 13-6 win in Perth last week, the Stormers' previous nine games all produced over 40 points in total. Jessie Kriel is the top metre-maker (877) this term, while Damian de Allende tops the charts for defenders beaten (38). Both these sides have conceded 17 tries this season. The Stormers have conceded the most second-quarter tries (nine, six more than the Bulls), while the Bulls have conceded the joint-most third-quarter five-pointers (eight). It is going to be a brutal, but entertaining contest in which the Stormers will sneak a late winner - by five points or less.
Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.
Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 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 Lappies Labuschagne, 21 Akona Ndungane, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jurgen Visser.
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Francois Pretorius
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
Sunday, April 26
Reds v Hurricanes
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 16.05; 18.05 NZST, 06.05 GMT)
The Reds could be on the receiving end of an angry Hurricanes team, determined to make amends for their first loss of the season - a disappointing 24-29 loss to the Waratahs in Wellington last week.
For the The Hurricanes it will be their final Super Rugby round-robin match of the season outside of New Zealand.
The Hurricanes have made it clear this week they are determined to resume their winning ways and maintain their lead at the top of both the New Zealand conference and overall standings, after last week's loss.
The Reds are returning to Brisbane from South Africa, where they beat the Cheetahs by a point in Bloemfontein in the last round to keep their faint play-off hopes alive.
With just 11 competition points, this match appears to be a must-win for the 2011 Super Rugby champions, so with their desperation and the Hurricanes' hunger, this fixture will be one to watch.
The Hurricanes head to Brisbane with a good recent record against the Reds. They've won five of their past six games over the Reds, and won this fixture 35-21 in Wellington last year, scoring five tries to two.
The Reds won 18-12 the last time they met in Brisbane in 2013.
Hurricanes - Reds matches are always fast-paced and frenetic, with the contest for recycled ball often the decisive area, and the match-ups in the loose forwards and at halfback looking important.
Reds coach Richard Graham admitted the Hurricanes will take to the field as favourites.
"Everyone knows how capable they are with the ball in hand, but it is obvious they have worked hard on their defence and breakdown leading in to this season," Graham said.
"Their scrum is also improved and they are one of the best at providing quality ball to their backline.
"The game this weekend should be a cracker.
"The weather conditions look great, it is a Sunday fixture and we're playing the competition leaders.
"It doesn't get much better for the players involved or the people supporting."
2014: Hurricanes won 35-21, Wellington
2013: Reds won 18-12, Brisbane
2011: Hurricanes won 28-26, Wellington
2010: Hurricanes won 44-21, Wellington
2009: Hurricanes won 37-28, Brisbane
2008: Hurricanes won 23-18, Wellington
Prediction: The Reds are aiming for back-to-back victories for the first time since June last year. Since then, they have lost nine of 11. The Hurricanes have won 10 of the last 12 clashes between the sides. The Canes equalled their club record for consecutive victories (7) until defeat to the Waratahs in Round 10 but have not lost consecutive matches since March 2014. Only the Bulls (27.3) have averaged more points than the Hurricanes (27) this season. The Reds have scored the fewest, an average of 12.3. The Reds' try difference is -13 so far, compared to +14 by the Canes. Obviously the Reds have a chance to win, but the smart money will be on a Hurricanes victory and it won't be a massive surprise if it the margin is well into double digits.
Reds: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 James O'Connor, 10 Nick Frisby, 9 Will Genia, 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Sef Faagase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Marco Kotze, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Scott Gale, 22 Campbell Magnay, 23 Chris Kuridrani.
Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Matt Proctor, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Callum Gibbins, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 Cory Jane.
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Referees: Matt O'Brien, Damien Mitchelmore
TMO: Ian Smith
Compiled by Jan de Koning
Statistical information provided by Opta Sports
The Hurricanes fought back from an early setback to beat the Reds 35-19 and retain the Super Rugby lead in Brisbane on Sunday.