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15:05 (GMT) | 09-05-2015
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Catrakilis gives his side a line-out in the Brumbies 22 from the scrum penalty. Carizza wins it and the Stormers forms the maul. The ball goes out to De Jongh who is a half gap and after another phase, Groom passes to Koble who kicks the ball out for the win! FULL-TIME: Stormers 25-24 Brumbies
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The Stormers take a short throw in at the line-out on halfway and they get a scrum after the maul does not find its way out of the ruck. From the scrum, the Stormers go wide with De Allende and Kitshoff taking it up. But play is brought back for another scrum penalty for the Stormers
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After a reset the Stormers get the penalty at the scrum after the Brumbies wheeled it and Catrakilis gives his team a line-out on halfway
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The Brumbies now have a line-out inside the Stormers 22 after White's kick grazed Groom. Kuridrani takes it up from the line-out. After a few one-off runners the ball goes to Pocock who is held up and the Stormers get a defensive scrum inside their 22
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Lealiifano misses an easy conversion and the Stormers still lead 25-24
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Burger takes the ball up from the line-out before Catrakilis finds touch near halfway with a good kick from inside his own 22. The Brumbies form a dummy maul before Speight takes the ball up. After kicks by both teams Mogg find space and kicks behind the Stormers defence. De Jongh kicks out but it is a line-out for the Brumbiess 7 metres from the Stormers tryline. The Brumbies win it and Pocock canters in for the try!
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The Brumbies now have possession inside the Stormers half and Lealiifano finds a good touch finder in the Stormers 22 after a grubber kick.
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After a few kicks it is the Stormers who come out on tops a s they have an attacking line-out 10m from the Brumbies 22. Catrakilis slots a drop goal from a well worked move from the line-out and the Stormers lead 25-19
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Lealiifano converts the penalty, with score now 22-19 to the Stormers
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The Stormers are pegged in their 22 before Catrakilis finds touch just outside of the Stormers' 22m line. The Brumbies take the ball up with Vaea and they get a penalty right in front of the polls
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Catrakilis adds the extras and the Stormers lead 22-16
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Groom goes to the short side now but Leyds is well mark. Play is brought back for another Stormers penalty from the scrum. The home side calls for another scrum in search of that penalty try. Vermeulen comes away with before Groom is tackled. Kitshoof takes it up before Burger stretches over for the try!
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The Stormers are just a metres away from the tryline after another good scrum and Burger is held-up. The home side gets another scrum 5m from the Brumbies tryline.
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The Stormers are dominant in the scrum and they get another penalty. They choose another scrum 5m from the Brumbies tryline.
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The Brumbies steal a Stormers line-out near halfway but are tackled back by some stern Stormers defending. Mogg finds a few gaps before a pass goes loose. Groom kicks down field and White sends a forward pass metres from his tryline to Mogg. The Stormers now have a scrum in a good attacking position. Jordan Smiler gets a yellow card for a tip tackle on Burger.
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Pocock steals the Stormers ball on the ground before the Brumbies are tackled into touch on the home side's 22m line. The Stormers form the maul again and they get another penalty.
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The Stormers get another penalty at the scrum and Catrakilis will go for the three points from right in front. He lands the penalty and it is now 16-15 to the Brumbies.
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The Stormers form the driving maul from the line-out and they make some good ground before play is brought back for a penalty. Catrakilis finds touch 10 m from the Brumbies 22m line. Vermeulen takes a long ball before Kitshoff bounces off a couple of tackles. The ball is unplayable and the Stormers get a scrum in the Brumbies 22
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Arnold charges down a kick and the Brumbie have good ball in the Stormers 22. A massive tackle from De Allende on Coleman gets the ball back for the Stormers and they win a penalty just outside their 22. Catrakilis finds touch just inside the Stormers half
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The Stormers finally get a penalty after 13 phases in the Brumbies 22 and Catrakilis will go for polls to reduce the margin. He does exactly that with the score now at 16-12 to the Brumbies.
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After a few kicks to start the half, The Stormers get an attacking line-out in the Brumbies 22 after Mogg kicks out on the full. The Stormers form the maul before bashing it up with their forwards. The Stormers cannot find a way through after 12 phases
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SECOND HALF: Demetri Catrakilis gets the second half under way!

Half Time

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The Stormers now get a penalty after a brief Brumbies attack and Catrakilis give his team a line-out just outside the Brumbies 22 for one last attack. They form the maul and make about 10m before they asked to use it. The Stormers get a penalty after the Brumbies slow the ball down. Catrakilis converts the penalty and that is HALF-TIME: Brumbies 16-9 Stormers
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A massive second shove from the Stormers wins them a penalty at the scrum. Vermeulen wants the three points and Catrakilis obliges. The flyhalf makes amends for his previous kick and lands the penalty. Brumbies 16-6 Stormers
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Catrakilis sends a high ball from the restart, but its all to easy for the Brumbies at this stage, The Brumbies clear and Kolbe runs it back. De Jongh is in space down the touchline before Mbonambi loses the ball forward and the Brumbies get a scrum 10m outside of their 22
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The Stormers just about wins the line-out and are pushed back out of the Brumbies 22 before De Allende loses the ball forward and the Brumbies has a scrum near their own 10m line. The Stormers get the penalty at the scrum and Catarkilis will go for polls. The flyhalf pushes the kick wide and the Brumbies still lead 16-3
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The Stormers now have a penalty in the Brumbies half of the field after and obstruction by Nic White and Catrakilis gives his team a line-out in the opponent's 22
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Catrakilis gives his side a line-out on halfway from the penalty. Burger wins the ball after an over throw before the ball is lost by Mbonambi and he gives away penalty after playing it on the ground. Mogg will go for polls from 53 metres out. He gets his team the three points and the Brumbies lead 16-3
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From a line out inside the Stormers half, the Brumbies go wide again with Kuridrani making metres. It is turned over and the Stormers want to run it now. The home side are pegged in their own 22 and play is brought back for a Stormers penalty.
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The Stormers start again from inside their own 22 with one-off runners before it is turned over and Moore takes his team inside the 22. Pocock juggles the ball but regathers as the Stormers defence hold firm. Kuirdrani and Tomane stay strong in their tackles before it goes wide again. Mogg find space near the touchline but Burger turns it over for the home side.
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The Stormers shove the Brumbies back in the scrum and they win the penalty. Catrakilis gives his team a line-out inside the Brumbies half of the field. Burger wins the line-out before the Stormers go wide with Kotze bashing it up. The ball is lost forward and White kicks down field
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The away side goes wide from the scrum and lealiifano's grubber is picked up by Burger. De Allende loses the ball forward from the pass and the Brumbies get another chance with a scrum. They go wide again from the scrum but this time Tomane gets a forward pass from Coleman and it is a Stormers scrum.
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The Brumbies lose a line-out on their own 10m line, but they turn it over and take the ball up into the Stormers half, Kuridrani makes a few metres before the ball is knocked on in the tackle by a Stormers player and the Brumbies get ascrum just outside the Stormers 22.
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Lealifano adds the extras and the Brumbies lead 13-3
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The Stormers go wide from the scrum but De Allende's kick is poor as goes straight into the hands of Tomane who races up field for the try!
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The Brumbies decide to hold onto possession near halfway before White sends his low kick over the dead ball line and the Stormers will get a good attacking scrum in the centre of the field.
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The Stormers take a short line-out in their own before Groom sends a high ball. The Brumbies get another penalty with the Stormers playing the ball on the ground again. White cannot find touch and Kolbe sends high ball
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Catrakilis clears from the restart and the Brumbies run it back and win a penalty with a Stormers' play getting his hands in the ruck. Lealiifano will go for polls from about 40m out from an angle. He gets the three points and the Brumbies lead 6-3
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Catrakilis gives his team the three points and it is all square at 3-3
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The Stormers get the ball back from the restart and find themselves in the Brumbies 22 after a number of phases. They can't do anything with it as Leyds loses the ball forward. The Stormers get a tighthead and Vermeulen charges forward, the Stormers get a penalty and Groom takes it quickly. There is an intercept but play is brought back for a Stormers penalty
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The Brumbies win a penalty after their was a hand in the scrum by the Stormers and Moore orders Lealiifano to go for polls. The flyhalf converts the penalty and the Brumbies lead 3-0
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The Stormers keep the ball from the restart and it backfires as they are held up in a maul giving the Brumbies an attacking scrum in the Stormers 22.
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KICK-OFF: Christian Lealiifano gets the game under way!
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The Brumbies boast the best line-out success rate this season (91 percent), while the Stormers' is the second worst (78 percent).
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The last three matches between these sides have all been won by 10+ points, with the Stormers picking up two 13-point victories, but losing the most recent meeting.
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Welcome to live coverage of Round 13 of Super Rugby with the Stormers taking on the Brumbies at Newlands in Cape Town
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  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 14 Johnny Kotze
  • 13 Juan de Jongh
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 11 Dillyn Leyds
  • 10 Demetri Catrakilis
  • 9 Nic Groom
  • 8 Duane Vermeulen
  • 7 Siya Kolisi
  • 6 Schalk Burger
  • 5 Manuel Carizza
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
  • 23 Huw Jones
  • 22 Kurt Coleman
  • 21 Louis Schreuder
  • 20 Nizaam Carr
  • 19 Jean Kleyn
  • 18 Vincent Koch
  • 17 Allistair Vermaak
  • 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 15 Jesse Mogg
  • 14 Henry Speight
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 12 Robbie Coleman
  • 11 Joe Tomane
  • 10 Christian Lealiifano
  • 9 Nic White
  • 8 Ita Vaea
  • 7 David Pocock
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 5 Sam Carter
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 3 Ben Alexander
  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 1 Jean-Pierre Smith
  • 23 Nigel Ah Wong
  • 22 James Dargaville
  • 21 Michael Dowsett
  • 20 Jarrad Butler
  • 19 Jordan Smiler
  • 18 Ruan Smith
  • 17 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 16 Josh Mann-Rea
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Preview: S15 Round 13, Part Two

Thu, 07 May 2015 22:14

It is not often teams rest players when they face the Sharks, but the Hurricanes feel they can do without key backs Julian Savea and TJ Perenara.

It is not often that teams will rest players when they face the Sharks, but the Hurricanes certainly feel they can do without key backs Julian Savea and TJ Perenara.

The Sharks may well use the 'gesture' as motivation when the two sides meet in the Cake Tin in the first of Saturday's matches.

The Hurricanes, who lead the Chiefs by five points in the New Zealand conference and are nine points ahead of South Africa's Bulls in the overall standings, will also be without record points scorer and flyhalf Beauden Barrett - who is sidelined for a month with a knee injury.

Coach Chris Boyd said he has elected to hand wing Savea and scrumhalf Perenara a break under the rest requirement for All Blacks players in this World Cup season.

In Saturday's only derby the lowly Western Force host the defending champion Waratahs in Perth.

The Waratahs are just one point behind the Brumbies in the Australian conference and poised to jump into the top three if they beat the Force and the Canberra side slip up against the Stormers in Cape Town.

The Force are on the bottom of the standings following a 10-match losing run, but they have won their past two games against the Waratahs.

The match of the day is likely to be the contest between the Lions and the Highlanders in Johannesburg - two teams capable of scoring some scintillating tries and always willing to entertain.

The Highlanders, who put 48 points and seven tries past the Sharks last week, are fifth on the global standings and third in the New Zealand conference. They are six points clear of the eighth-placed Lions.

The Bulls have the weekend off, leaving the door open for the Stormers to leapfrog them back to the top of the South African conference if the Cape Town-based franchise can get a bonus-point win over Australia's Brumbies in Cape Town on Saturday - in the last of the weekend's matches.

The Brumbies, who lost to the Waratahs at home last weekend, have a good record at Newlands with four wins and a draw in their last seven visits.

We look at Saturday's games!

Saturday, May 9

Hurricanes v Sharks
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Kick-off: 19.35; 09.35 SAST, 07.35 GMT)

It is a fact that trouble Sharks simply can't escape: Two coaches they kicked out two years ago are coming back to haunt them.

The Durban-based franchise already face an enormous task when they take on the table-topping Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

However, the two faces they won't enjoy seeing in the opposing dressing room are Chris Boyd and assistant coach John Plumtree - who were involved with the Sharks previously, although it was in reversed roles.

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold acknowledged the influence the duo will have in the Hurricanes camp.

"We understand what this weekend is going to bring," Gold said, adding: "There's a big personal element involved.

"I'm a good friend of Plum [Plumtree], but it doesn't help that he knows the intricacies of nearly all of our players."

As Gold admitted, they are up against a Hurricanes team on an absolute high.

"This is probably going to be a big challenge for many of our players at this moment in time, with our backs against the wall."

The positives for the Sharks are the return of some seasoned Springboks - Frans Steyn and Jannie du Plessis.

"It's wonderful to have a guy like Frans back," Gold said.

"Jannie will also make a difference for us.

"It's cruel how sport is -when things are bad they're particularly bad. We've had an injury crisis, but it is an opportunity for young guys to step up to the plate.

"We have some big challenges ahead, but other teams have also been in this position before and came out stronger.

"So it's exciting to have guys like Frans, Jannie and Renaldo [Bothma] back and it's important that we focus on the positives."

Recent results:
2014: Sharks won 27-9, Durban
2012: Hurricanes won 42-18, Wellington
2011: Sharks won 40-24, Durban
2010: Sharks won 29-26, Wellington
2009: Sharks won 33-17, Durban
2008: Hurricanes and Sharks drew 13-all, Wellington]

Prediction: The Hurricanes are aiming to become the first side to notch 10 wins this year. They last won 10 in a campaign in 2012, but did not claim that 10th victory until the final game of the regular season. The home side has won just one of their last seven against the Sharks. The tourists have lost four in a row, their worst run of form since May 2013 (when they lost five). Julian Savea (17; second) and Cobus Reinach (15; fifth) are amongst the top players for clean breaks this season, however the latter returned to South Africa early this week with a fractured hand. The Hurricanes have forced the most missed tackles from their opponents this season, an average of 22.7. The Sharks have averaged the most missed tackles (22.5). The Hurricanes may have lost some of their attacking sting - with Julian Savea, TJ Perenara (rested) and  Beauden Barrett (knee injury) missing. However, they still look a classy outfit and while the Sharks are likely to be more competitive than last week, the home should win by seven points or more.


Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Matt Proctor, 10 James Marshall, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Blade Thomson, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Reggie Goodes, 19 Callum Gibbins, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Frae Wilson, 22 Otere Black, 23 Rey Lee-Lo.
Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Marco Wentzel (Captain), 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Kyle Cooper, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Waylon Murray.
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Michael Lash
TMO: Aaron Paterson

Western Force v Waratahs
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 17.40; 19.40 AEST; 09.40 GMT)

Like true champions the Waratahs are beginning to find form at a crucial stage in the season.

After losing two of their first four matches, including the opening round against this week's opposition, the defending champions have won five of their last six outings and are on a three-match winning streak.

Waratahs lock Will Skelton and outside back Rob Horne are confident that the team is building some serious momentum.

The Waratahs are in the top six on the standings for the first time in 2015 and are just a solitary point behind Australian conference leaders, the Brumbies.

After last week's determined and physical performance against the Brumbies, Skelton said the side enjoyed closing out last week's gutsy win even if it wasn't a complete performance.

"A win's a win," Skelton said in an interview on the Waratahs website.  "There are always things that we can improve on."

"I guess that's the satisfying thing, we'll look back from after a game and review it and say we've got a lot of things that we need to work on, but to still get the win is pleasing."

Horne echoed his forward teammate's comments by saying that confidence was building throughout the side.

"I think we're starting to put it together now," Horne said.  "We're earning some good tough wins and that self-belief is certainly starting to come back over the group."

This week sees the Waratahs travel across Australia determined to get revenge on a Force side that has managed to squeeze and frustrate the Waratahs in their last two encounters.

And while the Force have yet to post a second victory in 2015 since getting the jump on the Waratahs in this year's opening fixture, Horne believes that their opponents will be itching to inflict more pain on his side.

"How the Force play their game plan has I guess had the edge on us the last few times we've met," Horne said.  

"It's up to us to go out and execute as well as we can because if we don't we know that they'll capitalise on our mistakes.

"They brought a lot of intensity in that [round one] game and we weren't up for it and it's as simple as that.

"It's always tough going over there.  They've got a great home crowd that gets behind them when they get their tails up so I'm really looking forward to getting over there."

Recent results:
2015: Force won 25-13, Sydney
2014: Force won 28-16, Perth
2014: Waratahs won 43-21, Sydney
2013: Waratahs won 28-13, Perth
2013: Waratahs won 23-19, Sydney
2012: Waratahs won 23-18, Perth
2012: Force won 21-20, Sydney

Prediction: The Force has lost 10 in a row since beating the Waratahs on the opening weekend of the season; their worst ever run of form. The Western Australian side has been limited to single figures in the first half of 10 of their 11 games this year. The Force has won its last two against the 2014 champions; each by 12-point margins. The Tahs have pieced together three wins in a row for the first time this season; but they have come at a combined margin of just 10 points. Their first four victories this year each came by 10 or more points. Kurtley Beale (145), Israel Folau (140), Ben McCalman (135) and Bernard Foley (116) make up the top four for carries this season. Dane Haylett-Petty (108) and Kyle Godwin (107) are sixth and seventh on this list respectively. The Force rank first in average time in possession (17 minutes and 49 seconds), but second-last in points per game (16.5) - with only the Reds averaging fewer (13). Maybe it won't be as convincing as most pundits suggest, but the Waratahs have good form and too much class. They should win by more than 10 points.


Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Steve Mafi, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Marcel Brache
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Dave Dennis (captain), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements - from: Hugh Roach, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Mitch Chapman, Tala Gray, Pat McCutcheon, Brendan McKibbin, Matt Carraro, Peter Betham.
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Matt O'Brien (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Lions v Highlanders
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 15.00; 01.00 NZ time, Sunday, May 10; 13.00 GMT)

The Lions may have been 'slow out the blocks' in a number of games this season, but they have shown an amazing ability to fight back and stay in the game.

In fact there has been just one blow-out all season, the 6-34 loss to the Crusaders in Christchurch in Week Five.

Since then they recorded five consecutive victories, with last week's 33-35 reverse against the Bulls their first defeat since mid-March.

The Highlanders, as they showed in putting 48 points and seven tries past the Sharks last week, are capable of running away with any opposition.

However, the Lions have a few things going their way.

The Highlanders had to travel across the Indian Ocean this week, they will play at altitude and the game will get underway at 15.00 with the temperatures in the mid-20s (°C).

Lions coach Johan Ackermann, who is looking for his bench to make a huge impact in the final quarter, welcomed the earlier kick-off.

"The Highlanders will be a nice challenge, but it is great to be at home with a 3-o'clock [15.00] kick-off," Ackermann told a media briefing in Johannesburg.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph said the Lions have been a vastly improved side this year and will be formidable challenge at Ellis Park.

"They are one of the form South African teams," Joseph told the Otago Daily Times.

"They are a really sticky team to play, so we will have to work hard to acclimatise," Joseph said.

Despite their impressive form of the past six rounds, Lions captain Warren Whiteley said they are determined to avoid back-to-back defeats - following last week's loss to the Bulls.

"We still want to improve in a lot of areas, such as the scrums and line-outs, where we're not consistent enough," Whiteley told a media briefing.

"The way in which we start this weekend against the Highlanders will also be very important, because we didn't get a good start last weekend against the Bulls."

Ackermann made no secret of the fact that the final quarter is where he expects the game to be won or lost.

With Marnitz Boshoff starting at flyhalf and Ross Cronje at scrumhalf, Ackermann is looking for his form halfbacks - Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies and scrumhalf Francois de Klerk to make a huge impact off the replacement bench.

"Hopefully we can get that impact we selected them for," Ackermann said, adding: "Our first XV must start well so that those guys can play with freedom when they come on."

Recent results:
2014: Highlanders won 23-22, Dunedin
2011: Lions won 26-22, Dunedin
2010: Highlanders won 39-29, Dunedin
2009: Lions won 27-22, Johannesburg
2008: Highlanders won 29-20, Dunedin
2007: Lions won 11-6, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Lions have trailed at half-time in seven of their last eight outings but went on to win six of these games. The Highlanders have never beaten the Lions twice in a row, but did win the last encounter between these sides by a single point in a match that was 364 days prior to this one. The Highlanders' 48-15 defeat of the Sharks marked their largest Super Rugby victory in over 10 years and their seventh largest overall. The Landers have lost five of their last six in South Africa. Opponents of the Lions have spent the least time in possession per game this season (14 minutes and 19 seconds). Only the Cheetahs (13 minutes and 19 seconds) have spent less time in possession than the Highlanders (13 minutes and 41 seconds). The Lions have scored the fewest number of tries when starting out with the ball inside the opposition 22 (four), 10 fewer than the Highlanders (14). It is going to be a cracker between two very exciting teams. The Lions have a good chance of victory, in fact they may even start as slight favourites. However, we feel the Highlanders will sneak a win, by five points or less.


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Ruaan Lerm, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Howard Mnisi.
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain) 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Elliott Dixon, 20 John Hardie, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Jason Emery

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Rodney Bonaparte
TMO: Johan Greeff

Stormers v Brumbies
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 17.05; 01.05, Sunday, May 9 AEST, 15.05 GMT)

The Stormers will be looking to reclaim first place in the South African conference, while the Brumbies are desperate to hold onto the No.1 position in the Australian conference.

Trailing the Bulls by four points in the SA conference, the Stormers require a four-try bonus point and victory to reclaim a spot they occupied just a week ago.

The Brumbies, who lead the Waratahs by one point in the Aussie race, can afford to be a touch more conservative - a simple win will suffice.

However, victory is non-negotiable for both teams.

Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White, who has been out for the past month with an ankle sprain, said it is a "crucial week" for both teams.

"The winners give themselves a chance at the play-offs, while the losers will have a hard time from here on in," White said in an interview on the Brumbies' website.

"They [the Stormers] are playing at home and their playing with a lot of confidence. Any time you get a big game at home it helps you lift and I'm guessing they'll use that extra boost on Saturday.

"They've always been very strong at the set-pieces, their scrum and their line-out have always been at the top of the competition.

"But this year I think they've added an attacking flair which we haven't seen a lot of and that's going to be something we need to contain."

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said his team is determined to set the record straight, after last week's disappointing loss to the Cheetahs.

However, they are up against a "very good" Brumbies side.

"They're very structured and don't gift you any free possession," the Stormers coach said.

"They're well coached and well organised in all aspects of their game.

"They've got a great maul and line-out [attacking-wise and defensively] and we really have to be up for this one.

"We're bracing ourselves for one helluva clash. We have a good record at Newlands and we want to make things right - straightaway!
"We're obviously aware that we weren't good enough last week and although we've had a disrupted week of training, with a lot of our players having been with the Springboks [until Thursday], we're looking forward to being back at home in front of our supporters."

Recent results:
2014: Brumbies won 25-15, Canberra
2013: Stormers won 35-22, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 16-3, Canberra
2010: Brumbies won 19-17, Cape Town
2009: Brumbies won 17-10, Canberra
2008: Stormers won 20-10, Cape Town

Prediction: The last three matches between these sides have all been won by 10+ points, with the Stormers picking up two 13-point victories, but losing the most recent meeting. The Stormers have won three of their last four games, while the Brumbies have lost three of their last four. Damien de Allende is set to become the first player to reach 50 for defenders beaten this season. He has beaten at least 12 more (49) than anybody else so far. Sam Carter has won at least eight more line-outs (46) than any other player this season. The Brumbies boast the best line-out success rate this season (91 percent), while the Stormers' is the second worst (78 percent). The Brumbies have scored 22 tries from possessions that started with a line-out, a competition high. The Stormers have scored five when starting with a line-out, a competition low. These are two of four sides to average fewer than 10 penalties conceded this season. The Brumbies have averaged the most penalties won this season (11.8). It is going to be a cracker, likely to be a real arm-wrestle, which the Stormers should win - although the margin will be in single digits.


Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh/Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones/Pat Howard.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 JP Smith.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Quinton Immelman
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Compiled by Jan de Koning

Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Stormers edge spiteful Brumbies

Sat, 09 May 2015 17:02

REPORT: The Stormers held on in the face of a late rally by the Brumbies to record a crucial 25-24 Super Rugby win at Newlands on Saturday.

The Stormers held on in the face of a late rally by the Brumbies to record a crucial 25-24 Super Rugby win at Newlands on Saturday.

The win saw the Stormers go back to the top of the South African conference and second on the global standings.

The losing bonus point allowed the Brumbies to reclaim their spot at the top of the Australian conference, which they conceded to the Waratahs earlier in the day.

But there could have been a different outcome in Cape Town had Brumbies flyhalf Christian Lealiifano not fluffed a simple conversion of a try by flank David Pocock with eight minutes left.

The Wallaby, Lealiifano, the third highest Super Rugby points scorer this season with 114, saw his attempt come back off the left post.

Rival goal-kicker and Stormers flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis contributed 20 points through five penalties, a conversion and a penalty.

The game was marred by the numerous off-the-ball incidents - most of which were instigated by a Brumbies team determined to lure the Stormers losing their cool.

Even after the hooter for full-time had blown Nic White saw fit to charged at and push Cheslin Kolbe around, despite the ball being long gone.

The number of times Brumbies captain Stephen Moore stormed in from way off, to escalate a situation when two players were holding each other at arms length, were disgraceful.

While there is nothing wrong with a bit of 'feeling' in the game, what the Brumbies did was worth an investigation.

It was their scrum dominance, and in the second half some impressive mauling, that allowed the Stormers to get back into the game after the Brumbies raced into a 16-3 lead inside the first half-hour.

It allowed Demetri Catrakilis kick penalty after penalty till it was a one-point (15-16) game.

Then, with the Brumbies a man down after Jordan Miler was sin-binned for a dangerous tip tackle, Schalk Burger wormed his way over to give his team the lead going into the final quarter - a lead they never conceded.

It was the fourth defeat in five outings for the former champions and skipper and hooker Stephen Moore could not hide his frustration.

"We have suffered too many narrow losses this season," said the veteran Wallaby.

"This was a very disappointing result. I knew it would be tough in Cape Town and am proud of the guys, but we came here to win rather than be gallant losers.

"The penalty count against us was unacceptable and the good goal-kicking of the Stormers allowed them back into the game."

Stormers skipper and loose forward Duane Vermeulen said: "We took a long look at ourselves after the Cheetahs match and the performance tonight was a massive step-up from Bloemfontein."

Brumbies began impressively and an opportunist try from wing Joe Tomane helped build a 13-point lead on the half-hour.

Tomane pounced on a poor grubber kick from Stormers centre Damian de Allende to outpace the defence and score a converted try.

Catrakilis trimmed the visitors' lead to 16-9 at half-time with penalties.

Another two Catrakilis penalties left only one point between the sides in the niggly game, before the home team went ahead for the first time.

Flank Schalk Burger scored a try soon after a dangerous tackle on him led to Brumbies replacement forward Jordan Smiler being sin binned.

Christian Lealiifano, who had earlier kicked two penalties and a conversion, slotted a penalty - before Catrakilis landed a drop-goal, leaving the game delicately poised.

With 10 minutes to go David Pocock found a huge hole in the Stormers line, from a line-out less than 10 metres out, and strolled over untouched. However, Lealiifano missed the sitter and the Stormers held onto a one-point lead - 25-24.

That came back to haunt him, as the Stormers held on for an important win.

Man of the match:  Christian Lealiifano had a great game, till he missed that sitter of a conversion. David Pocock was a menace as always, while Rory Arnold and Sam Carter worked hard. Duane Vermeulen was a rock for the Stormers till he left the field with an injury, Eben Etzebeth added important muscle, while the Stormers' scrums are also worth mentioning. Cheslin Kolbe did an admirable job at fullback. However, our award goes to Stormers flank Schalk Burger, who continues to improve with every game and is one of the form loose forwards in the competition.

The scorers:

For the Stormers:
Con: Catrakilis
Pens: Catrakilis 5
DG: Catrakilis

For the Brumbies:
Tomane, Pocock
Con: Lealiifano
Pens: Lealiifano 3, Mogg

Yellow card: Jordan Smiler (Brumbies, 54 - foul play, tip tackle)


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

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 JP Smith.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Quinton Immelman
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Schalk Burger (61min)
Joe Tomane (14min) and David Pocock (70min)
Demetri Catrakilis (62min)
Christian Lealiifano (15min)
Demetri Catrakilis (7min), Demetri Catrakilis (39min), Demetri Catrakilis (40min), Demetri Catrakilis (45min), and Demetri Catrakilis (50min)
Christian Lealiifano (3min), Christian Lealiifano (9min), Jesse Mogg (30min), and Christian Lealiifano (65min)
Demetri Catrakilis (66min)
Jordan Smiler (55min)
VENUE Cape Town
REFEREE Stuart Berry