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Super Rugby | Cape Town
17:10 (GMT) | 23-05-2015
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The ball is fired through the hands but none of the speedsters can find their way through the Rebels defence as the game ends! FULLTIME!
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Rebels get a short-arm penalty and they run the ball out the back. Stormers stand firm in defence and are keeping the Rebels on their 10 metre line. KNOCK-ON! Harris knocks the ball on and the Stormers will have the feed on their opponents 10 metre line
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Groom gets the ball and collects his own chip kick. The ball is fired wide but Senatla can't hang onto it as it dips on him. Rebels with the scrum feed close to their 22
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Play resumes with a Rebels line-out on the halfway line. The throw is not straight and the Stormers will have the feed to the scrum
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Rebels are keeping it among the forwards. PENALTY! Stormers are offside and the Rebels take it quickly. 2 metres from the try line. McMahon has a go at the line but he loses the ball over the line and Jones manages to hack the ball up-field
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Catrakilis attempts a kick but it's charged down and the Rebels are in possession. Reid finds a gap and gets the visitors to the Stormers' 22
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Groom chips the ball forward but the ball eludes Senatla and the Rebels are back in possession. They kick the ball forward and the Stormers need to rebuild from the halfway line.
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Stormers win a penalty that Senatla takes quickly. Stormers maintain possession and are on the Rebels' 22
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Rebels find themselves in possession n the Stormers' 10 metre line. They keep it among the big men but the Stormers steals it at the breakdown. Kolbe gets the ball and finds some space as he gets the ball into Rebels territory
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PENALTY! Faingaa wins the penalty for the Rebels after some excellent at the breakdown
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Solid scrum by the Stormers allows Catrakilis to find touch inside the Rebels' 22. Etsabeth steals the line-out ball and the Stormers have possesion on the Rebels' 22
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The forwards have managed to take the ball up to the Stormers' 10 metre line but excellent defence by the Stormers pushes the Rebels back and gets them the scrum feed after the ball failed to emerge from the breakdown
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Rebels in possession on the halfway line as they probe to find an opening in the Stormers' defence
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The flyhalf lands another kick to take the Stormers' lead to 16 points
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PENALTY! Rebels hinge under the pressure and Catrakilis will have a shot at goal from about 25 metres
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Stormers under all sorts of pressure but they manage to gain possession and kicks the ball into touch. The Rebels takes a quick line-out but the next pass is forward and hands the Stormers a scrum just outside the Rebels' 22
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The Rebels swing the ball wide and Kolbe's attempt at an interception nearly pays off but he fails to hold onto the ball. Stormers will have the scrum feed for an earlier knock-on
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PENALTY! Koch is penlised for leaning and llows the Rebels to find touch on the Stormers' 10 metre line
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Rebels are back in possession form the restart and look to run the ball out of their 22. Stormers turn possession over and fins themselves on the edge of the Rebels' 22. A stab kick is a bit too far for Senatla to gather and the Rebels run it once again. The ball is shifted to the other side of the field and Koch wins the ball back but he loses it in the contact and the Rebels have the scrum feed just inside their 22
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Debreczeni pushes his conversion attempt to the right
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De Jongh intercepts a pass and he hacks it forward. Rebels in possession on the halfway line and a bursting run allows them to enter the 22. The ball is shifted left to find English on the touchline and the wing gets an easy run-in
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Stormers looking strong in defence as they keep the Rebels at bay and drive them a few metres back
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Rebels get the short-arm penalty and have quickly made their way on to the Stormers' 22. The forwards maintain the continuity and find themselves 7 metres from the try line
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A promising Rebels attack comes to nothing as Stirzaker's pass to Higginbotham is forward and the Stormers have the scrum feed on the halfway line
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Rebels take it quickly and look to the run the ball out the back but they cough up possession just inside the Stormers' half. Catrakilis puts in a high ball that is claimed by the Rebels
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Rebels claim the line-out and look to sedn it to the backline to find a hole in the Stormers defence. Stormers gets their boot on the ball and its a mad dash down the line to get possession. PENALTY! Play eventually comes to an end as Jones is penalised on the Rebels 5 metre line
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Rebels find themselves in possession on the Stormers' 10 metre line. PENALTY! The Stormers are caught offside and Debreczeni kicks the ball into touch for a 5 metre attacking line-out
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Catrakilis has the radar locked as he slots yet another conversion
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A HUGE shove from the Stormers sees them push the Rebels back. Schreuder peals off the back and finds Leyds who cuts inside and steps his way through the Rebels defence to bag his second try of the match
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Its a little bit scrappy from the restart and play will resume with a Rebels scrum feed on the halfway line
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He slots yet another kick to restore the Stormers' 11 point lead
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Stormers win a penalty from the restart as Burger feels the wrong end of a Rebels boot. Catrakilis will have a shot at goal
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The Rebels draw first blood in the second half as the kick splits the uprights
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KICK-OFF! Catrakilis gets the second half underway. Rebels go on the attack straight away and receive a penalty on the Stormers' 10 metre line. Debreczeni will have a shot at goal

Half Time

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Stormers do not contest the line-out and the Rebels look to run the ball out! INTERCEPTION! Leyds grabs the interception and sprints through the Rebels defence to grab a try after the hooter
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Catrakilis hits the upright and that is the final play of the half! HALFTIME!
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Stormers a bit static at the moment and are in possession on their 10 metre line. Catrakilis spots an gap and finds touch in the corner. Rebels will have a throw-in five metres from their try line
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De Allende gets the ball at first receiver and makes a few metres. Stormers opt for a high ball and the Rebels decide to kick it back. Kolbe collects and sets off on a run but he does not make too many metres. The ball is recycled and put on the boot by the Stormers to pin the Tebels in their half
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The throw-in is not straight and the Stormers will restart the match with a scrum on their 22
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Following a reset, Stirzaker breaks from the back of the scrum and releases Harris down the short side to take the Rebels ever closer to the Stormers' try line. TURNOVER! Burger wins it for the home side and Kolbe is able to kick the ball into touch on the Stormers' 22
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Stormers look to run the ball out of their half but Burger's attempt to get his arms through the tackle and send Kolisi through a gap fails to be executed and the Rebels have the scrum feed on the Stormers' 10 metre line
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He strikes it well and it sails between the uprights!
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Ntubeni hooks the ball for the Stormers. PENALTY! Rebels are caught offside at the scrum and Catrakilis will have a shot at goal from about 42 metres
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Rebels look to gain some territory as Harris kicks the ball into Stormers territory. Kolbe puts in a high ball and Catrakilis pounces on a loose ball to pop it to Schreuder. The scrumhalf attempts a pass but it's forward and the Rebels ahve the feed on their 10 metre line
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Rebels send the ball down the line and the play is rounded off by Shipperley as the Rebels open up the Stormers defence for the first time in the match
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Harris makes no mistake in adding the extra points as he curls it in from the right
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Play will resume with a Rebels line-out on the Stormers' 10 metre line
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Rebels look dangerous with ball-in-hand but the Stormers are up to the challenge. Senatla read a Rebels kick brilliantly and managed to retreat to snuffle the attack
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Catrakilis makes a tough kick look easy as he adds the extra points
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The Stormers show excellent patience as they get the ball into the hands of De Allende who streaks down the left touchline to grab the first try of the match
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It's scrappy from the Rebels and the Stormers push them back before turning over possession. Kolbe gets the ball and runs down the touchline before hacking it into Rebels territory.
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Good scrum by the Rebels and they are on the attack as they make a few metres. They ball is thrown down the backline and Burger puts in a try-saving tackle to deny Harris a near-certain try
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The Revels enjoying some nice possession and have made their way into the Stormers' 22. Kolisi does excellent work on at the breakdown to win possession but Kitshoff knocks the ball on and the Revels have the feed 10 metres from the Stormers' try line
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The ball is flung through the hands and finds Harris who places a grubber but Kolbe reacts quickest to snub the attack. Rebels line-out on the Stormers' 10 metre line
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Lleyds gets the ball at first receiver and puts in a little chip kick but his second attempt on the half-volley comes off the side of his boot and the Rebels have the line-out closer to their 10 metre line
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The Rebels disrupt the line-out but knock the ball on in the process to had the Stormers the scrum feed
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The ball pops out on the Stormers side. PENALTY! Rebels enter the ruck from the side and Catrakilis decides to kick the ball into touch on his 10 metre line
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Debreczeni gets the ball and places a clever grubber. De Jongh goes flying after it but misses the slippery ball. Senatla is there to clean up but he kicks the ball over the dead-ball line and the Rebels will have a scrum feed on the Stormers' 5 metre line
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Play will resume with a Rebels line-out on the halfway line
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Vermeulen gathers a long throw-in by Ntubeni and makes a few metres before he is brought down. PENALTY! Stormers are penalised for obstruction and the Rebels can clear their lines
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Solid scrum by the Rebels allows Debreczeni to put in a clearance kick and finds touch on his 22
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Solid scrum by the Stormers and Klbe gets the ball at first receiver. He steps his way past two defenders before handing it to Lleyds who takes the contact. Schreuder knocks the ball on at the back of the ruck and the Rebels have the scrum feed close to their 5 metre line
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Schreuder hands possession back to the Rebels after they claim his high kick and they look to run the ball out of their 22. They make it up to the 10 metre line before knocking the ball on and handing possession back to the Stormers
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Catrakilis looks happy to find the territorial ascendency as he puts boot to the ball with every chance. A deep kick by Harris finds Kolbe who goes on a run of his own and the Stormers in possession on the halfway line
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He makes no mistake with the first kick of the match as he splits the uprights to break the deadlock
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Massive shove by the Stormers as they maintain possession and look to work the ball up through the forwards. PENALTY! Rebels are penalised at scrum time and Catrakilis will have a shot at goal
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Rebels are penalised for an accidental offside and the Stormers will have the scrum feed just outside the Rebels' 22
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Debreczeni decides to test Kolbe under the high ball but the fullback rises well to claim the kick. The Stormers remain in possession and have made their way to the halfway line. Catrakilis puts in a high ball and the Rebels look to run the ball from their 22
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Catrakilis finds touch on the halfway line with his first clearance kick of the match. The Rebels win their own ball and are in possession on the Stormers' 10 metre line
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KICK-OFF! Debreczeni gets the match underway!
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It's been raining in Cape Town, so it is a little wet underfoot
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The Stormers have won their last four against Aussie opposition, despite trailing at half-time in two of these matches. The Rebels are yet to win in South Africa, losing all eight games so far, picking up just two losing points in the process and conceding an average of 40 points per game.
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Welcome to the final match of Round 15! We are in Cape Town where the Stormers are getting ready to host the Rebels!
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 14 Seabelo Senatla
  • 13 Juan de Jongh
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 11 Dillyn Leyds
  • 10 Demetri Catrakilis
  • 9 Louis Schreuder
  • 8 Duane Vermeulen
  • 7 Siya Kolisi
  • 6 Schalk Burger
  • 5 Manuel Carizza
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
RESERVES
  • 23 Huw Jones
  • 22 Kurt Coleman
  • 21 Nic Groom
  • 20 Nizaam Carr
  • 19 Jean Kleyn
  • 18 Vincent Koch
  • 17 Allistair Vermaak
  • 16 Bongi Mbonambi
START LINE UP
  • 15 Mike Harris
  • 14 Tom English
  • 13 Dominic Shipperley
  • 12 Mitch Inman
  • 11 Cam Crawford
  • 10 Jack Debreczeni
  • 9 Nic Stirzaker
  • 8 Scott Higginbotham
  • 7 Scott Fuglistaller
  • 6 Sean McMahon
  • 5 Lopeti Timani
  • 4 Luke Jones
  • 3 Paul Alo-Emile
  • 2 Pat Leafa
  • 1 Cruze Ah-Nau
RESERVES
  • 23 Bryce Hegarty
  • 22 Luke Burgess
  • 21 Colby Faingaa
  • 20 Jordy Reid
  • 19 Cadeyrn Neville
  • 18 Laurie Weeks
  • 17 Keita Inagaki
  • 16 Tom Sexton
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Preview: S15 Round 15, Part Two

Thu, 21 May 2015 23:37

HOME STRETCH: It seems unlikely anybody will catch Super Rugby's runaway leaders, the Hurricanes. Jan de Koning looks at Saturday's matches.

It seems unlikely anybody will catch Super Rugby's runaway leaders, the Hurricanes. But that won't stop teams from trying to knock them over and claim bragging rights in the home stretch of the tournament's league stages.

The first team that will have a crack at them is the Blues, who host the Hurricanes in Auckland on Saturday.

The Hurricanes will be looking to extend their already burgeoning 14-point overall lead, but opted to rest captain Conrad Smith. All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu will make a milestone 122nd appearance, equalling the team's record as their most capped player shared with Tana Umaga.

From Auckland it is a quick hop across the Tasman Sea for a replay of last year's contentious Final - the defending champion Waratahs hosting the seven-time champion Crusaders in Sydney. The Waratahs can leapfrog the inactive Brumbies at the top of the Australia conference in they win, while the Crusaders must win to stay in touch with the top six in the run-in to the play-offs.

There is then a trek across Australia, from east to west, where the Western Force will host an ambitious Highlanders outfit in Perth. The Highlanders, like the Chiefs (both on 39), have more points that the Brumbies (in second place) and the Bulls (third), but because of the convoluted conference system are outside the top three.

Our next stop is an 8,000-kilometre trek across the Indian Ocean to central South Africa - where the Cheetahs host the Lions in an all-South African derby. It is a fixture that less than a month ago produced eight tries and promises to be another exciting, all-action affair.

We conclude the weekend's action when the Stormers will hope to reclaim the South African conference lead - depending obviously what happened the day before between the Chiefs and Bulls. The Stormers host the Rebels in a game that will be heavily influence by prediction of rain and both teams' well-known dependence on defence to squeeze out a win.

We look at Saturday's matches!

Saturday, May 23


Blues v Hurricanes
(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-Off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)

The Blues will be hard-pressed to repeat last week's heroic win over the Bulls, a rare feat in a season of turmoil.

Not only did they pay a heavy price for the brutal approach in the encounter with the Bulls, the already injury-riddled team losing a few more All Blacks, but the Mexican stand-off over coach John Kirwan's position has become near farcical.

Kirwan has been forced to name his third captain of the season - hooker James Parsons - after injury ruled out Jerome Kaino and Steven Luatua.

Kirwan feels they have it in them to claim another big scalp, in the Hurricanes.

"They are one of the best counter-attacking sides in the competition," he told the NZ Herald.

"They can attack from all over the place so it's really important that we shut them down."

The public spat over Kirwan's position as head coach continues to cast a pall over the team, with some media reports suggesting an intervention into the dispute by New Zealand Rugby is only days away.

The Blues are on a run of seven defeats against fellow New Zealand sides in Super Rugby.

The Hurricanes have looked a class act all season and even without Conrad Smith still have plenty of class in a backline that features devastating runners like Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea and Cory Jane.

Nonu will make a milestone 122nd appearance for the Hurricanes, equalling the team's record as their most capped player, level with another midfield gem in Tana Umaga.

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 30-23, Palmerston North
2014: Blues won 37-24, Auckland
2014: Hurricanes won 39-20, Wellington
2013: Blues won 28-6, Auckland
2013: Blues won 34-20, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes on 35-19, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 26-25, Auckland

Prediction: The Blues are on a run of seven defeats against fellow New Zealand sides in Super Rugby. However, five of these have come on the road. The Hurricanes have lost just once this season and have won their last five away games, a record run on the road for the Wellington-based side. On average Hurricanes' matches this season have seen an aggregate score of 46 points, with their matches going over 50 points on six occasions. The Canes average more tackles per game than any other team (135) whilst the Blues are the third most tackled team (123). The Hurricanes can boast two of Super Rugby's top three try scorers (TJ Perenara - seven & Julian Savea - six) whilst no Blues player has managed more than three this season. Injuries, infighting and a lack of consistency will conspire against the Blues. The Hurricanes to win by at least 15 points.

Teams:

Blues:
15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Ben Lam, 13 Francis Saili, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Brendon O'Connor, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Angus Ta'avao, 18, Nic Mayhew, 19 Will Lloyd/Hayden Triggs, 20 Joe Edwards, 21 Jimmy Cowan, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 Matt Vaega.
 
Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 James Marshall, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Blade Thomson, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush (captain), 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16. Motu Matu'u, 17 Ben May, 18 Tolu Fahamokioa, 19 Mark Abbott/Callum Gibbins, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Otere Black, 23 Willis Halaholo.

Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Aki Aso
TMO: Aaron Paterson

Waratahs v Crusaders
(ANZ Stadium, Sydney - Kick-off: 19.40; 21.40 NZ time; 09.40 GMT)

No doubt this will be a cracker, the match of the weekend.

Both teams have attempted to play down the significance, but it is a replay of last year's controversial Final, when South African referee Craig Joubert erroneously awarded the penalty that gifted the Waratahs victory.

No doubt the Crusaders will have revenge on their minds.

This game will also be a true indication of the Waratahs' championship potential.

Veteran centre Adam Ashley-Cooper made no secret of the fact that the outcome of this game could have a significant influence on the Waratahs' prospects of defending their title.

With the current Super Rugby standings - with just four rounds left - a Waratahs win will lift them into top spot on the Australian conference and make the task of the Crusaders reaching the play-offs highly improbable.

"At the end of the day we need to win four from four to really secure our spot and that's the only way you look at it," Ashley-Cooper said.

"Without getting too ahead of ourselves, we've got the Crusaders this week - one of the best teams in the competition and one of the best teams in New Zealand.

"We just have to put all our focus and all of our concentration into that before we can start thinking about points and ladders and finals."

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder admitted they are playing "a final every week" during the run-in to the play-offs.

The Crusaders face an uphill battle to make the Super Rugby play-offs. They are in ninth place overall, but are fourth in the New Zealand conference, eight points behind the Chiefs and the Highlanders.

"We talked about that on Monday [when the squad resumed training after the bye week]," Blackadder said.

"Every game for us is a final now.

"It's probably a good week, playing the Waratahs who were in last year's Final.

"We'll be well and truly motivated and it's going to be a good challenge."

Recent results:
2014: Waratahs won 33-32, Sydney (Final)
2013: Crusaders won 23-22, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 37-33, Sydney
2011: Crusaders won 33-18, Nelson
2010: Crusaders won 20-13, Christchurch
2009: Crusaders won 17-13, Sydney

Prediction: The last time these sides met was the 2014 final when the Tahs won by a single point and in doing so ended a run of 11 defeats against the Crusaders (including two play-off defeats). Five of the last six games between these sides have been settled by seven points or fewer. The Crusaders won their last game against the Reds but have only won back to back games once this season, back in mid-March. The Crusaders have passed the ball more than any other team this season, averaging 172 per game, whilst the Waratahs rank second in that regard (158). Three of the tournament's top four carriers play for the NSW outfit - Kurtley Beale (174), Israel Folau (172) and Bernard Foley (140). The Crusaders may not have been the most consistent team this year, but they have shown glimpses of their potential. A desperate Crusaders team is always dangerous and could pull off an upset - by about eight points.

Teams:

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 Stephen Hoiles, 5 Dave Dennis, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Silatolu Latu, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Patrick McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Matt Carraro.

Crusaders: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 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 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Israel Dagg, 23 Jone Macilai.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Western Force v Highlanders
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 19.45; 23.45 NZ time; 11.45 GMT)

The Western Force may be playing for no more than pride, but it is a key game for the Highlanders.

They are fifth on the ladder on 39 points, equal with the Chiefs (fourth).

Victory could go a long way to cement their place in the play-off zone.

They are up against a Force side coming off a bye and sitting at bottom of the table.

The Force will be high on confidence after their win over the Waratahs, in their last game before the bye. That (18-11) victory in Perth was one of only two triumphs - both over the Tahs.

Force coach Michael Foley said his side will be looking to continue on from their last performance against the Waratahs.

"Our last performance was built on outstanding attitude and discipline in defence and at the breakdown," Foley said.

"In some ways it was a response to the disappointment of the Blues match, but more importantly, it was a reflection of how we play when we focus on our strengths.

"In our remaining four games, we want to deliver more of the same.

"The Highlanders are a team that plays with a lot of spirit, and it's important that we're able to bring that same determined attitude again this weekend."

Recent results:
2014: Force won 31-29, Dunedin
2013: Force won 19-18, Perth
2011: Force won 21-14, Dunedin
2010: Force won 41-27, Queenstown
2009: Force won 33-28, Perth
2008: Force won 36-28, Queenstown

Prediction: The Force ended their worst ever Super Rugby run of 10 consecutive defeats by beating the Tahs last week. Force have won their last six games against the Highlanders, with their last defeat coming back in 2007. The Highlanders have lost 14 of their last 15 away games against Australian opposition. The Force have spent more time in possession than any other team this season on average (17 minutes and 23 seconds), whilst only the Cheetahs have spent less time on the ball than the Dunedin-based side (13 minutes and 50 seconds). Waisake Naholo has made 20 breaks this season, the joint most in the competition. No Force player has managed more than 10 (Luke Morahan - 10). No doubt the Western Force have a realistic chance of victory. However, the Highlanders have too much riding on the result not to be focused and should win by at least 10 points.

Teams:

Western Force:
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Kyle Godwin, 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 Sam Wykes, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Brad Lacey.
 
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (captain), 7 John Hardie, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Richard Buckman, 23 Marty Banks.

Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Graham Cooper
TMO:  Ian Smith

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

The last time these two teams met, just under a month ago, it was an eight-try thriller in which attack was at a premium and defence took a backseat.

It is likely to be another entertaining affair.

However, there is a bit more riding on the game - especially for the Cheetahs.

It will be the last home game for coach Naka Drotské and forwards mentor Os du Randt, before the veteran duo walk off into the sunset.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann admitted it will add to the motivation for the Cheetahs.

The Lions have their own motivation. They are just one victory away from making this their best season in Super Rugby yet.

However, Ackermann said it is about focusing on improving their own game - in the wake of a disappointing loss to the Brumbies last week - rather than trying to set records.

"We are not chasing a number, wanting to win eight or nine games," he said, adding: "We [also] don't chase play-offs.

"We weren't happy with our performance last weekend and we need to rectify that, if we can do that and walk away with the win that would be our ultimate goal.

"Breaking records and extra achievements will be a bonus, but that is not part of the motivation or the focus."

With only three league matches left for Ackermann's charges, a maximum haul of 15 log points will be foremost in their minds if they are to have any chance of reaching the play-offs in the conference era.

The team from Johannesburg will be encouraged by the notion that the Cheetahs have been their favourite locally based team in the competition, winning seven of their 12 encounters since the two franchises parted ways as the Cats.

"We know we will have to meet fire with fire against the Lions on Saturday," Cheetahs captain Francois Uys said.

"If you allow them to do what they want and not disrupt them at all, it will be easy for them, as they are a good unit and play well together.

"So we will have to play well to beat them, like we did in Johannesburg earlier in the season - when one or two errors in the end probably cost us the game.

"If we stick together as a team, we know we're in with a chance."

Lions captain Warren Whiteley, like his coach, cautioned his teammates against expecting an easy ride in Bloemfontein.

"They are an unpredictable side and we know when they click they are a dangerous side," Whiteley said, adding: "We saw that when we played against them [in Johannesburg last month] and they played great rugby.

"It is really important for us first and foremost to focus for 80 minutes and that is one of our games the last couple of weeks.

"It is important to play the right type of rugby they are a dangerous side on turnover ball and they've got some explosive runners at the back."

Recent results:
2015: Lions won 34-29, Johannesburg
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 Cheetahs have held a half-time lead in four of their last five games against the Lions, but won just one of these matches. Having previously lost 17 out of 18 away games, the Lions have won three of their last five on the road. Seven of the Lions' last eight games have been settled by five points or fewer. The Lions have the best tackle success rate this season (88 percent) whilst the Cheetahs have broken fewer tackles per game than any other team (12.7). The Cheetahs can boast the hooker with the most successful line-out throws (Torsten van Jaarsveld - 117 from 135), whilst replacement Stephan Coetzee's throw success rate of 94 percent is the best of any hooker (minimum 10+ throws). The Cheetahs have been erratic at best this season - a combination of injuries and internal issues. The home side does have the added motivation of it being the last home game of Naka Drotské and Os du Randt. The Lions were just as poor in their last outing. However, the Lions have showed a lot more promise this season and should have just too much class for the Cheetahs - winning by 12 to 15 points.

Teams:

Cheetahs:
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Johannes Prinsloo, 6 Carel Greeff, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Minnie.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Burrie Uys, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Rayno Benjamin.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Harold Vorster.
 
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Stormers v Rebels
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 19.10; 03.10, Sunday, May 24 AEST; 17.10 GMT)

Don't expect a free-flowing try feast. It looks set to be a dour arm-wrestle.

Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham made it clear earlier this week that both teams will rely on their defence to strangle to opposition and secure victory.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee also said they will look to secure the win first, and worry about the "bonuses" afterwards.

"The Rebels have beaten the Crusaders and the Brumbies away this year, so it shows their capacity as a team," Coetzee said.

"We need to pitch up for this weekend's match - we need to bring attitude and ensure our physicality is spot-on.

"This is much-improved Rebels team. They're a good team, they're well-coached and we know we're in for a tough time of it on Saturday."

The Stormers can claim top spot in the South African conference - depending on what happens in the encounter between the Chiefs and Bulls on Friday.

The Bulls are on tour for the next three weeks, while the Stormers are at home for that same period.

For Coetzee it is about their own game, doing the basics and securing the win.

"We want to be stronger and better against the Rebels this week," he said, adding: "I think we all agree that our line-outs aren't there yet and we're working on that plan.

"The bonus points scenario, if you look at all the teams that have six, seven bonus points, they are teams that have lost narrowly six, seven times.

"We don't want to go and say we must just lose [by less than seven], we want to fight until we win the game and that's the philosophy."

With a bit of rain expected in Cape Town on Saturday, four tries might move even further down the list of priorities.

"It's not going to change our playing style. It's not going to force us to do something that we haven't done," said Coetzee.

Previous results:
2013: Rebels won 30-21, Melbourne
2012: Stormers won 26-21, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 40-3, Melbourne

Prediction: The Stormers have won their last four against Aussie opposition, despite trailing at half-time in two of these matches. The Rebels are yet to win in South Africa, losing all eight games so far, picking up just two losing points in the process and conceding an average of 40 points per game. The three previous games between these sides have seen an average aggregate score of 47 points. Only the Hurricanes and the Crusaders have a better scrum success than these two sides (92 percent). Damian de Allende has beaten the most defenders this season (49), 23 more than the
top Rebels player (Sean McMahon - 26). Expect lots of scrums, line-outs and mauls - with the Stormers winning by less than 10 points.

Teams:

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

Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Tom English, 13 Dom Shipperley, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Cam Crawford, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 ,Scott Fuglistaller 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Colby Fainga'a, 22 Luke Burgess, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com


Statistical information provided by Opta Sports
 

 

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Stormers back on top

Sat, 23 May 2015 19:06

REPORT: The Stormers reclaimed their place at the top of the South African conference with a hard-earned 31-15 win over the Rebels.

The Stormers reclaimed their place at the top of the South African conference with a hard-earned 31-15 win over the Rebels at Newlands on Saturday.

Outscoring the visitors by three tries to two, the Stormers also moved back into the top three on the global standings - displacing the Bulls - who were also overtaking by a rampaging Lions team.

Dillyn Leyds scored two tries, but the Stormers may yet rue their failure to get a four-try bonus point, but the win ensure their encounter with the Lions in a fortnight may well be the conference decider.

The 22-year-old wing scored late in the first half and early in the second - while the home side collected four precious points in Cape Town after building an 18-7 half-time advantage.

Stormers lead the Lions by two points and the Bulls by three, with three league rounds left in the Southern Hemisphere championship.

Three South African derbies lie ahead for the Stormers - who host the Cheetahs and the Lions, before tackling the Sharks in Durban.

The Australian, New Zealand and South African conference winners, plus the sides finishing fourth, fifth and sixth overall secure knock-out places.

All the pre-match media attention had been on Stormers wing Seabelo Senatla, who had a quiet Super Rugby return this season - after starring for South Africa in the Sevens World Series.

Senatla completed the seven-a-side circuit as the leading try scorer with 43, and a nomination for player of the series.

But it was Leyds on the other wing before a 23,000 crowd on a Newlands stadium pitch softened by heavy pre-match rain.

His first try in opening-half stoppage time came gift-wrapped from Rebels hooker Pat Leafa, whose careless pass inside the visitors 22-metre area was intercepted for a soft try.

The second try six minutes after half-time was special, and created by one of many powerful scrum shoves from the formidable Stormers pack.

Skipper and No.8 Duane Vermeulen took the ball forward and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder continued the move before Leyds cut inside a host of Rebels for a memorable score.

Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis converted for a 28-10 lead and while the Melbourne outfit battled bravely, they never seriously challenged the Stormers.

"We enjoyed the game and while a four-try bonus point would have been nice, we will take the win," said Vermeulen.

"There are three derbies ahead and there is no love lost between South African sides. However, it will help that two of them are in front of our fantastic supporters."

Outstanding Rebels No.8 and skipper Scott Higginbotham said: "Reviewing this match will be painful as we committed many errors."

Centre Damian de Allende was the Stormers' other try scorer and Catrakilis claimed 16 points from two conversions and four penalties.

Centre Dominic Shipperley and wing Tom English crossed the try-line for the Australian outfit and full-back Mike Harris kicked a conversion and flyhalf Jack Debreczeni a penalty.

Man of the match: Sean McMahon was the Rebels' most productive forward, both in terms of defence and attack - making 47 metres in his 10 carries. Only Dom Shipperley made more metres in the visiting team but McMahon's defence was superior. Damian de Allende was a constant threat with ball in hand, while his defence was not shabby either - 11 tackles and two missed tackles. Dillyn Leyds also displayed his attacking prowess. Schalk Burger was also very productive, although his missed tackle count was somewhat higher than expected. You seldom look much further than Stormers captain and No.8 Duane Vermeulen and he wins our award after a game that saw him make 10 carries, 14 tackles and being a real nuisance at the breakdown.

The scorers:

For the Stormers:
Tries:
De Allende, Leyds 2
Cons: Catrakilis 2
Pens: Catrakilis 4

For the Rebels:
Tries:
Shipperley, English
Cons: Harris
Pens: Debreczeni

Teams:

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

Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Tom English, 13 Dom Shipperley, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Cam Crawford, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 ,Scott Fuglistaller 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Colby Fainga'a, 22 Luke Burgess, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

Damian de Allende (24min), Dillyn Leyds (40min), and Dillyn Leyds (46min)
TRIES
Dominic Shipperley (29min) and Tom English (56min)
Demetri Catrakilis (25min) and Demetri Catrakilis (48min)
CONVERSIONS
Mike Harris (29min)
Demetri Catrakilis (5min), Demetri Catrakilis (33min), Demetri Catrakilis (44min), and Demetri Catrakilis (66min)
PENALTIES
Jack Debreczeni (42min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Cape Town
REFEREE Stuart Berry