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Super Rugby | Canberra
09:40 (GMT) | 29-05-2015
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Hattingh almost steals the line-out but the Brumbies somehow come away with it and White hacks it out to bring the game to FULL-TIME.
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Bulls penalised for scrumming in and White will kick to the corner, but he cant find touch and the Bulls try and run it out but Basson only runs it into touch.
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Bulls set the drive again, the ball pops out to Du Plessis and he is driven back and turned over. The Brumbies have a scrum on halfway. Its a tense finish.
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White finds touch and the Brumbies have a line-out on halfway. White kicks it out on the full and the Bulls have a line-out on halfway. Hattingh secures and they form the drive. Hougaard plays short to Ismail and Butler wins a turnover and a penalty. White kicks to touch and the Brumbies lose the ball as Spies hacks it through. Tomane can do nothing but kick it out. The Bulls have a line-out on the Brumbies 10m.
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Brumbies front-row collapses and the Bulls receive a penalty. Pollard kicks to the 22m for the line-out. The Bulls secure the ball but Potgieter hands possession over by running an obstructive run.
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Paige puts a box kick up off the restart and the Brumbies set the line-out on halfway. Bulls do some great defensive work as they force the turnover from a maul. Scrum Bulls.
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Pollard nails the crucial conversion. Game on!
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Butler is now penalised from joining the maul incorrectly. The Bulls will try again and Hattingh collects and the maul is formed. This time is goes forward and over the line and Labuschagne gets the try.
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Brumbies are penalised for obstruction in the backline and Pollard kicks deep and sets a line-out on the Bulls 22m. Fard is penalised for dragging thejumper down and Pollard hits the corner to set another line-out.
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Bulls set the drive but the Brumbies kill the ball and its a scrum to the home-side. A huge shove from the Brumbies gives them a penalty. White kicks for touch.
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Bulls win a penalty quickly after the restart, and Pollard doesn't hesitate to put it in the corner.
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Lealiifano kicks a beauty from the corner to extend the lead even further.
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Bulls are under pressure here as the Brumbies are attacking wide. Fardy finds a gap and makes 10 metres taking play 7m out. Coleman finds a hole from an inside pass by Mogg. They recycle quickly and get the ball to Speight who fends off Engelbrecht for the try in the corner.
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Brumbies playing in midfield and the Bulls are penalised as Odendaal counter rucks, but from the side. White punts it up for touch to set a Brumbies line-out on the Bulls 22m.
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Bulls win a scrum penalty under pressure and Pollard hits the corner. Bulls set the drive but the Brumbies hold up well. Paige sends it to Pollard and they move it wide, Visser outs a grubber through for Basson to chase but Brumbies are back to dot it down.
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The Brumbies are slipping Bulls tackle attempts with ease and are up to the halfway line. White makes a cut-out pass straight to Mogg but it has gone forward. The Bulls have a scrum on halfway.
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Pollard's kick is wide and the Brumbies will restart with a 22m drop.
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Mogg clears from the restart. Bulls secure the line-out and set the maul. Pocock comes in from the side and and he is penalised. Its in Pollards range and he will have a kick at goal from about 50m out.
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Lealiifano converts the kick to extend the lead.
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Brumbies with a scrum on the Bulls 10m. White plays Speight coming off his wing into the line, and he bursts straight through Pollard and Odendaal tackles and sprints straight under the poles for a try.
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After an early ping-pong battle the Bulls have a scrum inside the Brumbies half. Alexander is penalised at the scrum and Pollard is taking a 40m shot at goal. It is straight down the middle. The Bulls take the lead.
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SECOND-HALF: Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard gets the half underway.

Half Time

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Bulls nick the line-out and Paige puts it in touch to bring the game to HALF-TIME.
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Brumbies come away with it and are 5m from the Bulls line. The forwards are chipping away at the line and the Bulls turn it over through Spies. Pollard clears and finds touch. Relief for the Bulls.
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Brumbies win the scrum penalty and White finds touch.
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Lealiifano restarts deep and the Bulls launch an attack, Odendaal puts a grubber through but Lealiifano cleans up and finds touch. Bulls line-out on their 10m. Hattingh secures and Paige puts a box up and Basson chases and collects. Buls ove it left but Strauss spills it forward on the wing for a Brumbies scrum.
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Brumbies looking to run it out of their 22m. Mogg eventually kicks to touch and the Bulls take it quickly. Paige slows things as the forwards rumbe up. Pollard drops into the pocket and takes a dip at a drop goal but it is just wide.
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Lealiifano, from the corner, can't curl it in.
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Brumbies secured the line-out and are attacking in the 22m now with 10 phases as Pocock finds a gap and off-loads to Coleman. White picks and passes wide to Smiler and he dives over in the corner.
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Bulls with a scrum in the Brumbies half now and they receive a free kick. Odendaal takes a flat pass to contact but Pocock is all ver him on the ground and makes the turnover. Tomane is released down the touchline and he puts a grubber though. Pollard cleans up and the Brumbies have a line-out.
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The Brumbies aggresive straight off the restart and are attacking in the bulls 10m. White nudges a grubber through and the Visser is back to pick it up but the Bulls give away a penalty for holding on. Lealiifano converts the penalty to put the Brumbies on the board.
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Pollard kicks for poles and makes the Brumbies pay with a good strike.
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Paige puts it a high from the scrum and tomane collects well but is thrown into touch for a Bulls line-out on halfway. Paige box kicks again and Tomane is solid again. But Nic White is penalised for obstructing the chaser. Penalty for the Bulls.
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Brumbies now playing ball on the Bulls 10m. 5 phases as Kurindrani takes on the defence. Pocock eventually loses the ball forward for a Bulls scrum around halfway.
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Pollard from 40m out curls it in to give the Bulls the lead.
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Nic White puts a kick to touch and the Bulls have a line-out on the Brumbies 10m. Hattingh secures well and they form a maul and Moore is penalised for a side-entry. Pollard this time takes a shot at goal.
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Lealiifano puts a grubber through, after the restart and Visser collects and keeps it in play. The Bulls receive a penalty and Pollard finds touch. Hattingh secures and they set a good maul that makes 10 quick metres. They spread right and Odendaal takes it hard to the line making metres. Paige shifts it left but Basson loses the ball in contact and the Brumbies clear down field.
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Lealiifano has another crack at 3 points in front, but he misses again.
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Pollard restarts with the 22 and Pocock carries well handing off Eneglbrecht. Strauss is penalised for not rolling away and the Brumbies kick for the corner. They secure it and rumble with the forwards but Hattingh is penalised for not rolling away.
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Lealiifano can't draw it back and he misses the penalty.
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Greyling is penalised for hinging amd Lealiifano will have a shot at goals from 40m out.
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After a kick exchange, the end result is a Bulls line-out. Hattingh collects and the form a maul. The Bulls receive a penalty. But Pollard can't find touch., and the Brumbies counter from deep. Coleman puts a grubber down the touchline and Visser colelects but is wrapped up for a Brumbies scrum.
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Visser finds and early touch finder from his 22m for a Brumbies line-out. The play wide from the line-out and White stabs a grubber through for a Bulls line-out, and Pollard kicks deep and the Tomane takes it quickly.
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KICK-OFF: Brumbies flyhalf Christian Lealiifano gets the game underway.
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The Bulls have only won once in eight away trips to play the Brumbies, with that win coming in 2007. If the Bulls manage a win they will go top of the South African conference.
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Welcome to live coverage of Super Rugby Round 16 with the Bulls taking on the Brumbies in Canberra.
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START LINE UP
  • 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 Scott Sio
RESERVES
  • 23 James Dargaville
  • 22 Nigel Ah Wong
  • 21 Michael Dowsett
  • 20 Jarrad Butler
  • 19 Jordan Smiler
  • 18 Ruan Smith
  • 17 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 16 Josh Mann-Rea
START LINE UP
  • 15 Jurgen Visser
  • 14 Francois Hougaard
  • 13 JJ Engelbrecht
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 11 Bjorn Basson
  • 10 Handre Pollard
  • 9 Rudi Paige
  • 8 Pierre Spies
  • 7 Arno Botha
  • 6 Deon Stegmann
  • 5 Grant Hattingh
  • 4 Flip van der Merwe
  • 3 Marcel van der Merwe
  • 2 Adriaan Strauss
  • 1 Dean Greyling
RESERVES
  • 23 Jesse Kriel
  • 22 Travis Ismaiel
  • 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter
  • 20 Pieter Labuschagne
  • 19 Jacques du Plessis
  • 18 Morne Mellett
  • 17 Trevor Nyakane
  • 16 Callie Visagie
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Preview: S15 Round 16, Part One

Wed, 27 May 2015 23:55

The ninth-placed Crusaders could be ruled out of Super Rugby's play-offs for the first time in more than a decade. Jan de Koning reports.

The ninth-placed Crusaders could be ruled out of Super Rugby's play-offs for the first time in more than a decade.

The seven-time champions last missed the knock-out stages of the competition in 2001, when they finished a lowly 10th. The only other times they did not make the cut was in the first two year's of the sport's professional era, 1996 and 1997.

Since 2001 they have not only won seven titles in 13 years, but also finished runners-up on four other occasions.

They will need to cause a major upset against the competitions runaway leaders, the Hurricanes, in Nelson on Friday to avoid the ignominy of finishing with double digits as their final position in the tournament.

This intriguing encounter at Trafalgar Park is followed by the crunch clash between the Brumbies and Bulls in Canberra - two teams not quite as desperate as the Crusaders, but also on the verge of losing touch with the tournament's pace setters. The Brumbies are currently in sixth place and Bulls in eighth.

Friday's action is completed when two teams, the Sharks (11th) and Rebels (10th), face off in Durban. For all intents and purposes both are already out of the running and will be playing for pride only.

We look at Friday's matches!

Friday, May 28

Crusaders v Hurricanes

(Trafalgar Park, Nelson - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)

The fortunes of the two teams couldn't be more contrasting if they tried.

The Hurricanes have already secured their place in Super Rugby's season-ending play-offs - even though they are still chasing a home semifinal.

The Crusaders have accepted, barring a miracle, they are out of play-off contention.

The seven-time champions will be playing for pride and hoping to keep their dignity intact.

Having been decimated by injuries - including concussions to key players Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and midfielder Ryan Crotty - the Crusaders are also without flyhalf Colin Slade (thigh), prop Joe Moody (foot) and fullback Israel Dagg.

The table-topping Hurricanes - who have been runners-up once and reached the semifinals on another five occasions - are determined to go all the way this year.

That means showing no mercy to their compatriots and recording a win that will guarantee them first place on the standings.

"It's pretty satisfying," Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith told the Dominion Post, when asked about his team's lofty standing this year.

"From four years ago it's largely the same group who were told we weren't much of a rugby team. We haven't had to recruit much.

"We've got Ma'a [Nonu] back and Franksy [Ben Franks] from down south, and a few guys have come through the region. I don't think a lot of the other New Zealand teams could boast the same thing."

And Smith said there was no chance of complacency with the squad desperate to make the good times flow through to a home semifinal in Wellington.

"We want to keep winning, we're enjoying the ride we're on. We don't want to just stagger into the playoffs… you lose momentum and that's when everything comes undone."

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 29-23, Wellington
2014: Hurricanes won 16-9, Wellington
2014: Hurricanes won 29-26, Christchurch
2013: Crusaders won 25-17, Christchurch
2013: Hurricanes won 29-28, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 23-22, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 42-14, Wellington

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won five of their last six Super Rugby games against the Crusaders. However, all of these victories have come by a margin of seven or fewer points. The Canes remain unbeaten on the road this season, winning all six games and not conceding more than 19 points in any of these matches. The Crusaders have averaged more clean breaks per game (11.3) than any other side this season while the Hurricanes lead the way for defenders beaten (23). The Canes (96 percent) and the Crusaders (92 percent) rank first and second respectively for scrum success this season. The Hurricanes have gained more metres per game than any other side this season (533) while the Crusaders rank second in that regard (520). The Crusaders will make a fist of it and can even cause an upset. However, we feel the Hurricanes have too much class and will win by more than a converted try.

Teams:

Crusaders:
15 Tom Taylor, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 David Havili, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Matt Todd, 5 Jimmy Tupou, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Alex Hodgman.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 Jone Macilai.

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Otere Black, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Ben May, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 Matt Proctor.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Kane McBride (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Wratt (New Zealand)

Brumbies v Bulls
(Canberra Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 19.40; 11.40 SA time; 09.40 GMT)

The Brumbies are planning an early blitzkrieg against the Bulls, hoping to catch the South African tourists napping and forcing them to chase the game.

Brumbies win Joe Tomane said they are wary of the Bulls, a physical outfit that can scrap to the bitter end if the game is close.

"We have lost a few tight games this year, so the way to not lose a tight game is to score four tries in the first 20 minutes, blow it out of the park," Tomane told the Canberra Times.

"We'll be trying to do that, but they're a quality side and I don't think they'll let us.

"It will be a tight contest and we'll be doing everything we can to get the win."

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke sees the game very differently, expecting the Brumbies to use their much-vaunted kicking game to secure field position before launching any raids.

"It will be like Test rugby, with field position, turnovers, special moments," Ludeke said in a teleconference call from the team's base in Canberra.

He said basics, like the set pieces, will need to be spot on.

The Bulls coach said his team has worked hard on their set pieces, especially the scrums - which were an issue earlier in the season.

"That will be a challenge and something we have worked on, to get the pack to function as a unit," Ludeke said, adding: "That has been a focus area for us and it will be a test to see how much we have improved."

He said that with his team in a must-win situation, there has been a different focus this wee.

"We know there is no longer a safety net," he said of their hopes to make the play-offs.

"We need to be spot-on with our execution. The team is responding well and we know we need a special performance at the weekend."

Recent results:
2014: Bulls won 44-23, Pretoria
2013: Brumbies won 26-23, Pretoria (semifinal)
2013: Brumbies won 23-20, Canberra
2012: Bulls won 36-34, Pretoria
2010:  Bulls won 50-32, Pretoria
2009: Brumbies won 32-31, Canberra

Prediction: The last six games between these sides have seen an average aggregate of 62 points scored. In fact, in the entire 19 Super Rugby games between the teams, the average aggregate is 57 points. The Bulls have only won once in eight away trips to play the Brumbies, with that win coming in 2007. Only the Bulls (5.5) have averaged fewer off-loads per game than the Brumbies (6.3) in this campaign. The Brumbies have conceded fewer clean breaks (5.3) and metres (350) per game than any other side this season. The Brumbies have scored a competition-high 21 tries when beginning possession in their opponents' 22, and have also conceded a low of six when their opponents start possession in the Brumbies' 22. It will be a cracker, a real arm-wrestle that will be decided in the final 10 minutes. The Brumbies to win, inside one score.

Teams:

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 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Nigel Ah Wong, 23 James Dargaville.

Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van de Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Morne Mellett, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Pieter Labuschagne, 21 Jacques Louis Potgieter, 22 Travis Ismaiel, 23 Jesse Kriel.
 
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Ed Martin
TMO: Ian Smith

Sharks v Rebels
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10 GMT; 03.00, Saturday, May 30 AEST)

The Sharks and Rebels know they are effectively out of the running for places in the play-offs. And playing for pride only in the final round of the competition often means teams tend to throw off the shackles.

However, this seems unlikely as both teams have placed a high premium on victory.

The Rebels currently sit in 10th place on the table and the Sharks in 11th, so indications are that it will be good match up.

The Sharks have conceded the third most points in the competition. However, they have worked hard on improving their defence and do have an abundance of quality players within their squad.

Last week, the Rebels were defeated 31-15 by the Stormers in Cape Town, but produced a tenacious performance.

The Sharks, in contrast, finished their Australasian tour with victory over the Reds in Brisbane.

Having also pushing the Hurricanes and Waratahs to the limit in their previous two matches, the Rebels are expecting a another physical arm-wrestle against a "typical" South African outfit.

"They play very much like the Stormers, through channel one," Rebels coach Tony McGahan said in a teleconference call from the team's base in Durban.

"They have a very good maul and a strong scrum. Being back home they will look to get some more wins.

"No doubt they will go back to what works for them and I am sure they will be nice and direct."

McGahan gave further indication of the simplistic gameplan they are expecting from the Sharks when he said they had focused on their "game management and control" this week.

"We have worked on our kicking game and our high-ball catch," he added.

Sharks flyhalf Lionel Cronje seemed to be singing from the same hymnbook.

He said one of the aspects of their game they have been working on is their defence.

"Our whole focus has changed," Cronje said in an interview on the Sharks website.

"We have tried to put a lot of emphasis on our defence and understanding our roles from rucks into phase defence. The players' understanding is a lot clearer; the guys have really bought into the structures we want to have.

"It's really been successful in the last few weeks -we're not there yet but I think it's been a great improvement."

Previous results:
2014: Sharks won 22-16, Melbourne
2013: Sharks won 64-7, Durban
2011: Sharks won 34-32, Melbourne

Prediction: The Sharks have won 10 of the last 11 games when they have hosted Australian opposition. The Rebels' wait for a win in South Africa continues, they have lost all nine games so far and have conceded at least 30 points in eight of those games. The Rebels have made the most carries per game this season (123), while only the Cheetahs have made fewer than the Sharks (88). The Sharks have kicked from hand a tournament-high 26 times per game while only the Waratahs have kicked less often than the Rebels (17.2). Only the Stormers have conceded more tries in the 20 minutes before half-time than the Sharks (11) while the Rebels have conceded the second most in the 20 minutes after the break (14). The Rebels' winless streak in South Africa looks set to continue, as the Sharks will win by more than 10 points.

Teams:

Sharks:
15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts/Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Renaldo Bothma, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis , 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Matt Stevens, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Etienne Oosthuizen/Khaya Majola, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Heimar Williams.

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

Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Rodney Boneparte, Ben Crouse
TMO: Marius Jonker

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com


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Brumbies edge blunder Bulls

Fri, 29 May 2015 11:41

REPORT: The Brumbies moved back to the top of the Australian conference with a hard-earned 22-16 win over the Bulls in Canberra on Friday.

The Brumbies moved back to the top of the Australian conference with a hard-earned 22-16 win over the Bulls in Canberra on Friday.

It was two tries by barnstorming wing Henry Speight that set up the victory against a Bulls team looking devoid of ideas and blundering their way through the game.

The visitors will have some questions about decisions made by South African referee Marius van der Westhuizen - who looked scared to make calls and on at least one occasion was overruled by a team of Australian assistants.

However, the Bulls simply did not deserve this win.

The Brumbies knew what to do and that was to push the envelope as much as possible, while limiting their errors.

The Bulls, in contrast, got caught between a kicking game and an expansive approach - going nowhere for long periods.

The Brumbies leapfrogged the Waratahs to the top of the Australian conference ahead of the defending champions' match against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The loss left the Pretoria-based Bulls five points outside the Super Rugby play-off positions, with just two games left, and they are still without a win in Australasia for over three years.

The Brumbies, whose last loss at home to the Bulls was in 2007, led 22-9 after Speight's second try in the 58th minute and they looked to be heading for a comfortable win.

But the Bulls fought back with a try to Pieter Labuschagne off the back of a rolling maul in the 67th minute to trail by six points.

The Brumbies were under pressure to hold on but the Bulls let themselves down by taking some poor attacking options in the final stages.

Replacement lock Jordan Smiler scored the Brumbies' opening try in the 30th minute, after a bad defensive read by Bulls centre Burger Odendaal for the Brumbies to lead 8-6 at half-time.

Speight beat off tackles by Handré Pollard and Odendaal to score his first try six minutes after the resumption and was over again after - brushing off a weak effort from JJ Engelbrecht close to the Bulls try-line.

Labuschagne kept the Bulls in it with his foraging try with Pollard finishing with three penalty goals and a conversion from five attempts.

"We got the job done, it was a bit close at the end, but we needed that win at this stage of the season and we did that," Brumbies skipper Stephen Moore said.

"It was a very stop-start game and maybe we were a bit rusty after last week's bye, so we need to do better next week against the Western Force in Perth."

Bulls captain Pierre Spies said his side had made too many mistakes.

"It was a battle, you have to give credit to the Brumbies, but I think we made too many mistakes and we could have converted on those things," Spies said.

"We will have to look at that for next week's game against the Rebels in Melbourne."
Man of the match: Not many Bulls put their hands up, although Rudy Paige and Pierre Spies had their moments. Christian Lealiifano directed the traffic, Nic White was as spiteful as always (with good affect), while David Pocock was a constant nuisance. However, our award goes to Brumbies wing Henry Speight - who used his limited opportunities and score the match-winning try.

The scorers:

For the Brumbies:
Tries:
Smiler, Speight 2
Cons: Lealiifano 2
Pen: Lealiifano

For the Bulls:
Try:
Labuschagne
Con: Pollard
Pens: Pollard 3

Teams:

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 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Nigel Ah Wong, 23 James Dargaville.

Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van de Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Pieter Labuschagne, 21 Jacques Louis Potgieter, 22 Travis Ismaiel, 23 Jesse Kriel.
 
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Ed Martin
TMO: Ian Smith

Jordan Smiler (29min), Henry Speight (45min), and Henry Speight (57min)
TRIES
Pieter Labuschagne (66min)
Christian Lealiifano (46min) and Christian Lealiifano (58min)
CONVERSIONS
Handre Pollard (67min)
Christian Lealiifano (24min)
PENALTIES
Handre Pollard (16min), Handre Pollard (22min), and Handre Pollard (43min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Canberra
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)