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Super Rugby | Cape Town
15:05 (GMT) | 30-05-2015
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Play is brought back for a high tackle on Kolbe, and Coleman kicks it out to set the final play. They play wide and Kolbe takes contact. The Cheetahs force a turnover and Ventre makes a break down field. Sykes makes a bulldozing run busting tackles into the Stormers 22m, but Pretorius loses the ball that the Stormers pick up and try to counter however there is a knock-on and that brings the game to FULL-TIME.
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Stormers play left off the scrum and Jones bashes up on the wing. Cheetahs rip the ball in contact and kick down field. Leyds counters and plays Carr who makes ground. Cheetahs now turn the ball over and Benjamin is released down the wing. He chips over Kolbe but Kolbe hacks it over the dead ball.
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Van Wyk fields the restart and plays Pietersen who chips and chases, the bounce is off and the Cheetahs knock-on for a Stormers scrum.
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Pietersen's conversion attempt sails wide.
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Cheetahs with a line-out 5m from the Stormers line and they set the maul, Greef peels off and drives over the line for a try.
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Stomrers make a turnover in midfield and Kolbe jets off for a counter, he passes to Senatla but he can't hold on and the Cheetahs have a scrum on the Stormers 10m.
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Carr fields the restart, and the Stormers trying to run out from their 22m. A miss-pass goes to ground and Peterson kicks it out for a Stormers line-out. They secure the line-out and Coleman kicks to touch.
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Coleman misses a regulation conversion kick.
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Allister Coetzee rings the changes for the Stormers as they set for a scrum in midfield. Schreuder goes left and De Jongh finds a gap from a switch with Kolbe, he finds Notshe in support and Notshe steps well to beat the last defender and he sprints over for the try.
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Catrakilis converts the kick from in front.
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The Stormers are in the 22m and relentlessly attacking the line. Schreuder plays Vermeulen who comes in hard. Koch picks up a loose ball and powers his way over for his first Super Rugby try.
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Groom is controlling the breakdown, but Peterson intercepts and is sprinting away, Kolbe chases him and Leyds intercepts his pass as the Stormers counter back.
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Stormers put a huge shove in winning the penalty. Catrakilis puts the kick in the corner, and Carizza wins the line-out. Carr breaks off and the Stormers are attacking the Cheetahs line.
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Cheetahs clear through Pietersen, but his kick only finds Senatla deep. The Stormers run it back, but only to hand the Cheetahs a scrum on halfway.
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Stormers steal the line-out and maul it forward 10m. Groom passes to Catrakilis, and he plays De Allende. De Allende puts a grubber through for Senatla to chase, but its too heavy and it finds touch in the corner.
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Stormers receive another scrum penalty, and Catrakilis sets the line-out on the Cheetahs 22m. They secure the line-out and Mbonambi crashes it up but there is a poor pass that goes behind Etzebeth into touch.
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Stormers run it out from their 22m and Carr throws a speculator that floats forward for a Cheetahs scrum.
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Catrakilis comverts the penalty to add the extra 2 points.
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Carizza secures the the line-out and they set the drive. Kolisi controls it at the back, and he is brought down just short. De Allende picks it up and forces his way over for the try.
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Catrakilis kicks for the corner and the Stormers win the line-out and play wide. Stormers receive yet another penalty and Catrakilis puts it in the other corner for a line-out.
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The line-out is over thrown and and Prinsloo hacks it through. Senatla is back to collect, he plays Kolbe who is high tackled from Ventre. Stormers receive a penalty and Ventre is shown a yellow card.
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Huge pressure from the Stormers scrum, gives the the home-side a penalty. Catrakilis kicks for the corner to set the line-out.
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Stormers given a short-arm and Groom takes it quickly. Vermeulen takes it up and Groom plays blind to release De Jongh, he hacks it forward but then dives on Van der Spuy to give away a penalty. Cheetahs kick for touch, and a scrum is the result from the line-out.
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Cheetahs started the second half with an attack but accidental offsides hands the Stormers a scrum near halfway.
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SECOND-HALF: Pietersen gets the half underway.

Half Time

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Vermeulen wins the line-out and the Stormers spread wide again, its on out wide as the Stormers have numbers but a great tackle from Blommetjies forces De Jongh to knock on and that brings the game to HALF-TIME.
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Cheetahs receive a free-kick and Blommetjies clears for touch. Stormers win the ball and pass wide to De Allende who busts forward. Cheetahs penalised for not rolling away and Catrakilis kicks to the corner to set a line-out.
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Cheetahs quickly in the Stormers 22m but Carr forces the turnover and they are away down the touchline through Leyds, Peterson reels him, but Leyds passes to De Allende, who finds De Jongh, but De Jongh can't hold on after he is tackled. Cheetahs have a scrum 10m from their own line.
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Catrakilis makes no mistake from straight in front.
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Stormers set a good platform from the scrum and Senatla comes flying off his wing to take a pass at pace and busts two tackles and dives over for a try under the poles.
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Cheetahs defending their line well after 5 phases. Etzebeth makes a good carry. The ball is unplayable and the Stormers are awarded a scrum 5m out.
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Stormers with possession on halfway and De Jongh makes a good carry. Catrakilis sends it wide as De Allende brushes off two defenders and makes an outside break. He passes to Leyds who finds Groom on the inside. He is tackled 5m short. The Stormers are given a penalty and they kick it in the corner to set the line-out.
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Van der Spuy puts in a good kick that takes play all the way up to the Stormers 5m line. Etzebeth secures the line-out and Catrakilis clears.
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Catrakilis kicks out on the full and the Cheetahs have a centre scrum.
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Pietersen slots the kick from the corner.
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Cheetahs win the line-out and Carizza gives a penalty away. Pietersen hits the corners and the Cheetahs form a drive but it is sacked early by the Stormers. Stormers guilty of taking out the jumper and the Cheetahs get a penalty. They do the same again and this time form a solid drive that takes them over the line for try.
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Stormers penalised and from Pietersen kicks for touch. Cheetahs win the line-out and swing it, but Vermeulen makes a turnover and Catrakilis puts a box-kick into touch on the full.
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Catrakilis clears for touch from the restart. The Cheetahs secure the ball but it is static in the backline and Blommetjies passes into touch.
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Catrakilis strokes it through the uprights.
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Stormers opt for the scrum, and its a big shove as they win another penalty. This time Catrakilis will go for poles.
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Catrakilis clears from the restart. The Cheetahs set for a line-out on the Stormers 10m. Uys secures and Pietersen kicks one high. Colby fields and Catrakilis kicks one back. Van der Spuy returns the favour and the Stormers counter as De Jongh is released down the wing, he plays De Allende and he makes a bulldozing run down the touchline. Groom is in support and so is Carr. Play is brought to a halt 5m from the Cheetahs line with a penalty.
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Catrakilis lines up a shot at goal, and he converts the penalty.
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Cheetahs now with their first touch of the pill, and Pitersen hoists an up-and-under. Catrakilis fields the ball and the Stormers re-group. Catrakilis kicks a high one and Petersen makes a good catch but there is a good chase and the Stormers counter ruck well and win a penalty at the Cheetahs 22m.
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Catrakilis converts from the corner.
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Stormers run it from the restart and Leyds is released down the left flank. He puts a chip over an De Jongh regathers. Stormers in the 22 now and they spread left through De Allende. Koch takes it 5m from the line and Groom plays Senatla on the wing. He powers over in the corner for the try.
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Catrakilis draws first blood and the Stormers take the lead.
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Stormers with early possession in the Cheetahs half. They are looking to run it and have gone through 8 phases. Prinsloo penalised for hands in the ruck. Catrakilis will have a shot at goal.
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KICK-OFF: Stormers flyhalf Demetri Catrakelis gets the game underway.
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Conditions are clear at Newlands but the pitch is wet and slippery from earlier rain in the day. The Stormers will be looking to get one back on the Cheetahs who pipped them in the last encounter in Bloemfontein.
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The Cheetahs will be fired up for Naka Drotske's and Os du Rant's last game in charge of the Bloemfontein outfit, while the Stormers will want to maintain their lead at the top of the conference.
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Welcome to live coverage of Super Rugby Round 16 with the Cheetahs taking on the Stormers at Newlands.
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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 Nic Groom
  • 8 Duane Vermeulen
  • 7 Siya Kolisi
  • 6 Nizaam Carr
  • 5 Manuel Carizza
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 3 Vincent Koch
  • 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
RESERVES
  • 23 Huw Jones
  • 22 Kurt Coleman
  • 21 Louis Schreuder
  • 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 19 Jean Kleyn
  • 18 Oliver Kebble
  • 17 Allistair Vermaak
  • 16 Bongi Mbonambi
START LINE UP
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
  • 14 Sergeal Petersen
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 12 Michael van de Spuy
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 10 Joe Pietersen
  • 9 Tian Meyer
  • 8 Henco Venter
  • 7 Boom Prinsloo
  • 6 Tienie Burger
  • 5 Francois Uys
  • 4 Carl Wegner
  • 3 Maks van Dyk
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 1 Danie Mienie
RESERVES
  • 23 Ryno Benjamin
  • 22 Coenie van Wyk
  • 21 Sarel Pretorius
  • 20 Carel Greeff
  • 19 Steven Sykes
  • 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen
  • 17 BG Uys
  • 16 Stephan Coetzee
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Preview: S15 Round 16, Part Two

Fri, 29 May 2015 00:20

Saturday's action covers the whole spectrum, with Super Rugby action from the top to the bottom. Jan de Koning reports.

Saturday's action covers the whole spectrum, with Super Rugby action from the top to the bottom.

Not only do we have the pace-setters going toe-to-toe, but we also have an intriguing basement battle.

It all starts at Rugby Park in New Zealand's most southern city,  Invercargill, where the Chiefs and Highlanders will meet in a crucial conference encounter. They are fourth (Chiefs) and fifth (Highlanders) on the standings, with just one point separating them.

This is followed by the all-Australian basement battle between the Western Force and Reds in Perth.

We then make the long trek across the Indian Ocean to Cape Town, where the Stormers will be under pressure to maintain their winning form in their all-South African derby against the Cheetahs - to ensure they hold onto their conference lead.

The Lions, who could claim the SA conference lead should the Stormers slip up, will face a Waratahs team without suspended forward pair Silatolu Latu and Will Skelton. Both lost their appeals on Thursday - meaning Latu's four-week and Skelton's two-week bans remain in place.

We look at Saturday's matches!

Saturday, May 30

Highlanders v Chiefs

(Rugby Park, Invercargill - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)

There is plenty at stake, given that just one point separates the two sides.

The most significant aspect is the number of former Southland players in the Chiefs team that will 'return home' to Invercargill.

However, one who will not feature is former Highlanders prop Jamie Mackintosh.  He was captain of the Highlanders for two seasons, before he left after the side's disappointing 2013 season.

Mackintosh, who played one Test for the All Blacks in 2008, has had a stop-start season with the Chiefs this year. The loosehead prop played in the opening half of the season, but when the team got back from South Africa he had to go to Perth for a family funeral and has not got back into the team since.

Despite not being named in the matchday 23, he said there's still a very strong Southland connection.

"We've got the McKenzie brothers [Damian and Marty] in our side, and they're from Southland.," Mackintosh told the Otago Daily Times.

"Plus we have some special players in our side."

The man they call Whoppa, said this week the Chiefs were concentrating on making sure they did not give the Highlanders any opportunities on the counterattack.

The Chiefs have been forced to make some important selections as well, with Sam Cane taking over as captain from injured skipper Liam Messam, who will miss the match with a left shoulder injury that flared up following last Friday's win over the Bulls in Rotorua.

The injury is only expected to keep the All Blacks flank out for one game.

"This is the group that is hopefully going to propel us to the play-offs and then we'll worry about guys coming back later in the round-robin," Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie told the Waikato Times.

Recent results:
2015: Highlanders won 20-17, Hamilton
2014: Highlanders won 29-25, Dunedin
2014: Chiefs won 21-19, Hamilton
2013: Chiefs won 19-7, Hamilton
2013: Chiefs won 41-27, Dunedin
2012: Chiefs won 27-21, Dunedin
2012: Highlanders won 23-19, Hamilton

Prediction: The Highlanders have won their last two against the Chiefs, a feat they had not previously achieved since 2000, when they won four in a row (1997 to 2000). Two of the last three meetings between these sides has seen the side losing at half-time go on to win the match. The Chiefs have made more offloads per game than any other team this season (18.2) while the Highlanders have allowed their opponents the most in 2015 (13.3). The Chiefs have conceded a competition-high 17.7 turnovers per game this season while opponents of the Highlanders have conceded more than against any other opponent (18.4). The Highlanders have scored more tries than any other team in the 20 minutes leading up to half-time (14), however the Chiefs have conceded the joint fewest in the same quarter (three). Not much to choose between the teams and we feel the Highlanders will edge an exciting encounter - by five points.

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Dan Pryor, 7 John Hardie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Joe Latta, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Jason Emery.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Hosea Gear, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Bryce Heem, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Maama Vaipulu, 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Brian Alainu'uese, 20 Mitchell Crosswell, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Tim Nanai-Williams.
 
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant referees: Shane McDermott, Mike Lash
TMO: Glenn Newman

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

This basement battle is likely to have plenty of 'feeling', as neither side wants to finish last in the competition.

Quade Cooper will make his return from injury at flyhalf for the Reds in the most significant change.

The Force have named an unchanged side, as they look to register their third win of the season.  

"Quade [Cooper] was given the all clear 10 days ago, but we wanted to keep working on his strength and bulk just to ensure we didn't compromise his return," Reds head coach Richard Graham said.

"He has been training with the squad now for about three weeks and will have no problems returning to play at this level."

The Western Force have made no secret of the fact that they will do "whatever it takes" to win what is likely to be a brutal scrap.

"While we showed a lot of character last week [in a loss to the Highlanders], particularly in defence, it's important we bring that same intensity to finish off the opportunities we're creating in attack," coach Michael Foley said.

"It's exciting to finish with three derby matches - two of them in Perth - and the guys are very driven to finish the season well."

The Perth-based franchise were beaten 18-6 by the Reds earlier this season, and prop Pek Cowan said the team are eager to turn the tables on Saturday.

"You don't normally like to lose a derby game, so for us there's definitely a bit of revenge," Cowan told the Australian Associated Press.

"We're making it very personal. We're going to make sure we do the job.

"We're playing to win.

"We're playing all Australian teams [in the last three rounds] and there's no better way to take out a bit of frustrating than to play against guys that you know quite well."

Recent results:
2015: Reds won 18-6, Brisbane
2014: Force won 30-20, Perth
2014: Force won 32-29, Brisbane
2013: Force and Reds drew 11-all, Perth
2013: Force won 19-12, Brisbane
2012: Force won 45-19, Perth
2012: Reds won 35-20, Brisbane

Prediction: The Force have only ever lost at home to the Reds once before - in 2011. The Force have won just two games this season, both against 2014 champions, the Waratahs. The Force (17 minutes and 27 seconds) and the Reds (16 minutes and 36 seconds) rank first and second for average time spent in possession this season. Despite this, the Force have made the fewest clean breaks this season, averaging just 5.1 per game. Only the Force (53 percent) have a worse kick success this season than the Reds (58 percent). The Force players seem to rise to another level in all-Australian derbies and could sneak a win - by less than a converted try.

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 Patrick Dellit

Reds: 15 James O'Connor, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Karmichael Hunt, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements - from: Andrew Ready, Pettowa Paraka, Sam Talakai, Ed O'Donoghue, Beau Robinson, Nick Frisby, Jake McIntyre, Ben Tapuai, Jamie-Jerry Taulagi
 
Referee: Matt O'Brien
Assistant referees: Damien Mitchelmore, Michael Hogan
TMO: Peter Marshall

Stormers v Cheetahs
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 17.05; 15.05 GMT)

The build-up to this game has all been about it being the final match for Naka Drotské and Os du Randt.

Drotské will retired, with Franco Smith taking over from next week, while Du Randt will head to Japan.

For the Stormers it is about maintaining their lead in the South African conference.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee admitted that it will be a fired-up Cheetahs team arriving at Newlands.

"One should never underestimate how important this game is for those guys," Coetzee told a media briefing in Cape Town.

"They are still a good side, they are a willing side and they want to play for each other.

"There is also the emotional thing where they want to have a good send-off for their coach."

However, the Stormers' motivation is completely different.

"We have got to focus on our processes," he said, adding: "We have got to make sure our work-rate is good, our defence is sound and our set-pieces function well.

"The rain is going to come down over the weekend so we have got to make sure our scrum is still strong and solid and our line-out has improved so that is a focus."

Coetzee also felt that the Cheetahs' lowly position on the standings - third from last with just four wins from 13 outings - is misleading.

"A lot of people will look at the Cheetahs and underestimate them, we have burnt our fingers and learned from that.

"It is the business-end and you want to get your game up and running in all departments and make massive progress going forward.

"That is where you get confidence through winning tough games like this in the latter part of the competition."

Recent results:
2015: Cheetahs won 25-17, Bloemfontein
2014: Stormers won 33-0, Cape Town
2014: Cheetahs won 35-22, Bloemfontein
2013: Stormers won 28-3, Cape Town
2013: Cheetahs won 26-24, Bloemfontein
2012: Stormers won 13-6, Bloemfontein
2012: Stormers won 16-14, Cape Town

Prediction: The Cheetahs have scored just three points combined in their last two away games against the Stormers, losing on their last six trips to their conference rivals. The Cheetahs have lost their last two games by more than 20 points; the last time they lost three in a row by 20+ points was in 2010 when they lost four by 20 points or more. The Stormers (81 percent) and the Cheetahs (80 percent) rank first and second for kick success this season. The Cheetahs have the worst scrum success this season (74 percent) while the Stormers boast the third best in Super Rugby 2015 (92 percent). The Cheetahs have conceded more metres (512) and clean breaks (11.8) per game than any other team this season, while the Stormers have conceded the third fewest in each category (389 and 6.5). The Stormers are unlikely to be caught napping again, as they were earlier this season. Also, the expected inclement weather will suit the Stormers' more structured game and they should win by about 15 points.

Teams:

Stormers:
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 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 Nizaam Carr, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.
 
Cheetahs: 5 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Johannes Prinsloo, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Burry Uys, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Rayno Benjamin.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha (South Africa), Francois Pretorius (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

Lions v Waratahs
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 19.10; 03.10 AEST; 17.10 GMT)

The Waratahs have been labelled the 'bullies' of Super Rugby, in the wake of the double ban slapped on two players.

While Tahs coach Michael Cheika naturally defended his players and the team's tactics, he was unable to convince a judicial panel that they have not crossed that thin divide between physical and foul.

The result is that their appeal - against the bans of lock Will Skelton (two weeks) and hooker Tolu Latu (four weeks) - have been dismissed.

They will have neither of these 'enforcers' available at Ellis Park on Saturday - although Latu would not have played anyway, as he wasn't even named in the tour squad.

Cheika has publicly questioned the reasons for labelling his team as being "over the top" with their physicality and asked whether people wanted a "soft" Super Rugby team or a "hard" unit.

Cheika described the performance of the 23-year-old man-mountain, Skelton, as what's expected from a forward.

"He's just playing footy and he's playing footy hard and like we should," Cheika told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"The whole thing is a moot point. Will is a big guy and that's how he played on that day, it was the nature of things.
 
"We just want a game played with physicality, nothing outside of the rules - just play hard. That's what our goal is, as it is for every rugby team. People either want us to be softies or hard - I'm not sure what the issue is."
 
Lions coach Johan Ackermann sidestepped the controversy surrounding the Waratahs and suggested his team will be up against a team of 'international' standard.

Despite the absence of the part-time Wallaby lock, Skelton, the Waratahs still have superstars like Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale, Michael Hooper and Bernard Foley.

“They've been together for quite a while now and they've obviously been coached well," Ackermann told a media briefing at the team's base in Johannesburg.

"If you look at the number of Australian caps in that side it is almost like the Lions against Australia," Ackermann added.

“So that is the challenge that lies ahead for us, but it is a great one for the players and for the team, against a quality side."

Recent results:
2014 : Waratahs won 41-13, Sydney
2011: Waratahs won 29-12, Sydney
2010: Waratahs won 73-12, Sydney
2009: Waratahs won 38-33, Johannesburg
2008: Waratahs won 26-3, Sydney
2007: Waratahs won 25-16, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Johannesburg-based side's solitary win against the Tahs was in 1997 - although as the Cats (combined with the Cheetahs) they won in 2001. Since then they have conceded an average of 39 points per game and scored just 15 themselves. Since 2012, the Brumbies (twice) are the only Australian side to win in South Africa against the Lions. The Waratahs have averaged 22 defenders beaten per game this season, the second most in Super Rugby, however the Lions have the best tackle success in 2015 (88 percent). The Tahs have scored more first phase tries than any other team this season (19) while the Lions have scored a joint-high nine tries after seven-plus phases. These two sides boast three of the top six tacklers in Super Rugby (Warren Whiteley - 204 from 211, Warwick Tecklenburg -153 from 159 and Michael Hooper - 144 from 165). There is no doubt the Waratahs will start as favourites and should win - while the Lions will do well to keep it down to single digits.

Teams:

Lions:
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1  Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Dillon Smi, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Nicolaas Hanekom.
 
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 David Dennis (captain), 4 Mitchell Chapman, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 David Porecki, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Dean Mumm, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Matt Carraro.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Lesego Legoete (South Africa), Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
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Stormers rout hapless Cheetahs

Sat, 30 May 2015 17:14

REPORT: The Stormers cemented their place as the South African conference leaders with a comprehensive 42-12 rout of the Cheetahs.

The Stormers cemented their place as the South African conference leaders with a comprehensive 42-12 rout of a hapless Cheetahs outfit at Newlands on Saturday.

The five-tries-to-two victory also saw them move into second place on the global standings.

For the Cheetahs, who said goodbye to their long-standings coaches Naka Drotské and Os du Randt on this sad note, there awaits a lot of work - with Franco Smith coming in from Monday.

The Cheetahs remain rooted to the bottom of the SA Conference and 13th overall.

The hosts scored five tries to one, with South African Sevens star Seabelo Senatla crossing for two first-half tries.

The Stormers' other tries came from inside centre Damian de Allende, tighthead prop Vincent Koch and replacement flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe, who showed great feet and speed for his five-pointer.

Koch's try, in the 64th minute, sealed the bonus point for the Stormers in a near-flawless performance by the host team.

It was the Stormers' 10th victory of the season - only the Hurricanes have won more matches than them in 2015.

Unlike some of their more recent performances the Stormers were clinical in their approach and dominated their opponents in all facets of play.

The Stormers' scrum was once again a dominant factor, while their normally disfunctional line-out showed a marked improvement.

The dreadlocked 22-year-old Senatla has quickly adjusted to the 15-a-side code, after finishing leading 2015 Sevens World Series try-scorer with 43, and a nomination for player of the season.

He used power and pace to score his first-half tries at Newlands stadium while South African conference leaders Stormers moved within four points of clinching first place and a top-three finish.

Stormers complete their league season with two more South African derbies - at home to the Lions next Saturday and away to the Sharks in Durban a week later.

One more victory would lift the Cape Town outfit to 47 points, and out of the reach of their two challengers, the Lions and three-time champions the Bulls.

Stormers' victory was laid around two predictable foundations - flawless goal-kicking by flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis and a potent scrum.

Ultra-calm and methodical in his pre-kick routine, the playmaker did not miss a shot at goal, slotting four conversions and three penalties for a 17-point contribution.

Catrakilis lies second on the scorers chart this season, 13 points behind Bulls flyhalf Handré Pollard and 14 ahead of Highlanders' playmaker Lima Sopoaga.  

Even the early loss of injured hooker Siyabonga Ntubeni did not dilute the strength of the Stormers' scrummaging with replacement Bongi Mbonambi and props Steven Kitshoff and Vincent Koch dominant.    

A heavy defeat was a sad climax to eight years as Cheetahs coach for former Springboks hooker Naka Drotské, whose squad has been ravaged by injuries to key players.

The Cheetahs trailed after only four minutes and were on the backfoot apart from a brief mid-first-half spell which produced one of their two tries, from loose forward Johannes Prinsloo off a driving maul after a line-out.

Man of the match: Not many Cheetahs, with the loose trio of Henco Venter, Johannes Prinsloo and Tienie Burger having made a mountain of tackles - making close in 50 between them. Damian de Allende had a storming first half, breaking tackles at will, but seemed to lose his momentum after the break. Juan de Jongh also had a big game, while props Vincent Koch and Steven Kitshoff were monsters in the scrums and doing the hard yards around the park. Our award goes to Stormers flank Nizaam Carr, who looked pure Springbok - taking his tackle count well into double figures, contributing in the line-outs and making plenty of metres with his 11 carries.

The scorers:

For the Stormers:
Tries:
Senatla 2, De Allende, Koch, Notshe
Cons: Catrakilis 4
Pens: Catrakilis 3

For the Cheetahs:
Tries:
Prinsloo, Greeff
Con: Pietersen

Yellow card: Henco Venter (Cheetahs, 48 - foul play, high tackle)

Teams:

Stormers:
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 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 Nizaam Carr, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.
 
Cheetahs: 5 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Johannes Prinsloo, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Burry Uys, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Rayno Benjamin.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha (South Africa), Francois Pretorius (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
 

Seabelo Senatla (5min), Seabelo Senatla (34min), Damian de Allende (49min), Vincent Koch (63min), and Sikhumbuzo Notshe (67min)
TRIES
Boom Prinsloo (23min) and Carel Greeff (75min)
Demetri Catrakilis (6min), Demetri Catrakilis (35min), Demetri Catrakilis (50min), and Demetri Catrakilis (64min)
CONVERSIONS
Joe Pietersen (24min)
Demetri Catrakilis (3min), Demetri Catrakilis (10min), and Demetri Catrakilis (17min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Henco Venter (48min)
 
 
VENUE Cape Town
REFEREE Craig Joubert