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Super Rugby | Bloemfontein
13:00 (GMT) | 06-06-2015
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Join us again shortly when the Stormers take on the Lions in Cape Town
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Marais misses the conversion and that is FULL-TIME: Waratahs 58-33 Cheetahs
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The Cheetahs win a penalty at the scrum and Pretorius takes it quickly. The home side goes wide and Francois Venter breaks through a tackle for the try!
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From a line-out deep inside the Cheetahs half, the 'tahs go wide again with Ryan bashing it up. the Ball is loose and Pretorius kicks it forward, He tries to pick it up but loses it forward and its a scrum to the 'Tahs.
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Foley adds the extras and the Waratahs lead 58-28
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The restart goes to far from the Cheetahs and the Waratahs have a scrum on halfway. They go wide from the set-piece with Beale and Folau looking menacing. they are now in the Cheetahs 22 taking it through the phases before Dempsy finds Carraro who is in the corner for the try!
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Foley adds the extras and the Waratahs lead 51-28
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Hoiles steals the line-out in his own 22 before Beale kicks down field. The Waratahs turn the ball over after a charge down and Betham is nearly through. It goes wide again and Carraro is almost through for the try. The Cheetahs turn it over, but Foley intercepts and scores the try!
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From a line-out in the Waratahs half, the Cheetahs form a maul before it goes wide with Le Roux looking dangerous. The home side gets a penalty and marais gives his team a line-out in the 'Tahs 22.
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Marais runs the ball back for the Cheetahs after a deep kick. The home side loses the ball forward and the Tahs go wide with Folau causing the Cheetahs problems. Robinson makes his way in the home sides 22, but nothing comes of it as they give away a penalty.
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Foley converts the penalty and the Waratahs lead 44-28
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The Waratahs, from a scrum in the Cheetahs half, wins a penalty and Dennis opts for the three points
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Foley adds the extras and the 'Tahs lead 41-28
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Benjamin gets a yellow card for a leg trip on Folau
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Betham nearly breaks through a tackle before the ball goes wide to Hoiles. The Waratahs get the penalty after the Cheetahs do not release the player and Foley gives his team a line-out in the Cheetahs 22. The Waratahs form the maul from the line-out before Palu breaks through. The ball is kept alive and Folau is in for his hat-trick
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Folau runs the ball back from a kick as the 'Tahs goe in search of another try. Foley kicks and Le Roux counters. Pretorius is nearly through a gap before Beale gathers a loose pass.
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Marais adds the extras and its is 34-28 to the Waratahs.
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The ball is knocked on in the scrum and the Cheetahs get a scrum now in their own 22. From the scrum it is Venter who is nearly in a half gap. Marais is tackled will before Petersen breaks through the defence. The ball finds its way to Hendricks who gathers his own chip kick to dive over for the try!
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Naiyaravoro crashes the ball up from the line-out before it is lost, but the Waratahs will have a scrum in the Cheetahs 22 after an earlier knock on.
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The Waratahs go on the attack from the line-out but a pass goes straight into touch. The Cheetahs win the line-out and again go wide without much success and they give away another penalty near halfway. Foley finds touch outside the Cheetahs 22
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The ball goes wide from the Cheetahs but again they are well tackled before they give away the penalty for holding on. Foley gives his team a line-out in the Cheetahs half.
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From a line-out inside the Waratahs 22, the 'tahs steal it before Foley kicks down field. the Cheetahs counter with Van Jaarsveld in space down the touchline. the home side cannot break the visitors defense and find themselves back inside their own half.
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The Waratahs run the ball from the restart before it is kicked down field. Coenie van Wyk finds touch in the 'Tahs half. Ashley-Cooper crashes the ball up from the line-out. Hooper takes it up before the Cheetahs get the penalty after some good pressure on Phipps.
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Foley cannot add the extras and the Waratahs lead 34-21
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SECOND HALF: Bernard Foley gets the game back under way! The Waratahs get the ball back from the restart and they go on the attack with Robinson bashing the ball up. The ball goes to Adam-Ashley-Cooper who crawls over for the try. It goes to TMO and it is awarded.

Half Time

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The Waratahs run the ball out of their 22 from the restart and Carraro is in space and makes his way inside the Cheetahs 22. The ball goes wide to Naiyaravoro who eases in for his team's fifth try!
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Foley adds the extras and at half-time it is Waratahs 29-21 Cheetahs
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Foley misses the conversion, but the Waratahs lead 22-21
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After a lengthy delay, the game is restarted with a Waratahs scrum and they get the penalty with the Cheetahs collapsing. Foley gives his team a line-out deep inside the Cheetahs half. The 'Tahs win the line-out and try to break the Cheetahs defence with some quick passing. They go wide again and Folau breaks through a tackle for his team's fourth try!
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The Cheetahs get a free-kick at the scrum and they take it quickly and go wide. Venter is nearly through a gap before it is lost forward and the Waratahs will have a scrum near their own 10m line.
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The Cheetahs win the Waratahs' line-out before the visitors attempt to intercept via Hooper who knocks the ball on. the home side has a scrum on the Tahs 10m line.
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It is a poor restart from the 'Tahs and the Cheetahs get a scrum on halfway. Jordaan breaks away before passing to Pretorius. Burger finds a gap and makes his way into the' 'Tahs 22, before the Cheetahs give away a penalty.
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Coenie van Wyk adds the extras and the Cheetahs lead 21-17
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After a few resets at the scrum, the Cheetahs get the penalty and Marais gives his team a line-out 5m from the Waratahs tryline. They form the maul and Prinsloo is over for the try after a good drive
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The Cheetahs run it back from the restart and Benjamin is in space. he passes to Petersen who is nearly through, but gets ankle tapped in the 'Tahs 22. The ball is lost forward and the 'Tahs get a defensive scrum in their own 22.
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The Cheetahs form the maul from the line-out before Burger takes it up. The Cheetahs get another penalty with Roach playing the ball on the ground. Marais kick goes dead as he looked for a 5m line-out and it is a 22m drop out
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The Cheetahs have a driving maul in the Waratahs half and the make their way into the 'Tahs 22. They lose the ball forward but play is brought back for a penalty. Marais gives his team an attacking line-out
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Foley misses the conversion but the 'Tahs lead 17-14
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The Waratahs form the maul from the line-out before going wide with Carraro in for the try in the corner.
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From a scrum in their own half, the Cheetahs go wide before it is turned over. The Waratahs go wide with Potgieter and Dennis bashing the ball up. The 'Tahs get a penalty and Foley gives his team a line-out in the Cheetahs 22
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Coenie van Wyk adds the extras and the Cheetahs lead 14-12
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The Waratahs have the ball inside the Cheetahs half, but are stopped well by the Cheetahs defence. They go wide and Hendricks intercepts and sprints 50m for the try!
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Coenie van Wyk adds the extras and its is Cheetahs 7-12 Waratahs
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The home side have possession in their own half and they go wide before Hendricks loses the ball forward. The visitors have the ball on halfway before it is turned over and Hendricks is in space. he passes to Benjamin who in turns gives it to Francios Venter who is in for the try!
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Foley adds the extras and the 'Tahs lead 12-0
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The Waratahs go wide from the line-out with Carraro in space. They go wide again in the Cheetahs 22 and Hooper is in space and sprints in for the try!
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The Waratahs look intent on running the ball in their own 22 from the restart before Foley finds touch in the Cheetahs half. the Cheetahs go wide from the line-out before Pretorius loses the ball forward. The Tahs have a line-out in the Cheetahs half after a kicking dual.
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Foley misses the conversion and the 'Tahs lead 5-0
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Potgieter takes the ball up for the Tahs before it goes wide to Folau who sprints passed the defender for the try in the corner.
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The 'Tahs get a free-kick from the scrum and they take it quickly. They go wide a Naiyaravoro is in a bit of space. The 'Tahs win the penalty with the Cheetahs not rolling away. The visitors have an attacking line-out in the Cheetahs 22.
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After a kicking dual, Beale takes the ball up, but the Cheetahs get the turnover with the visitors unable to use the ball. The home side has a scrum near the Tahs 10m line.
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KICK-OFF: Cheetahs flyhalf Niel Marais gets the game under way!
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The 'Tahs have not been defeated twice in a row since May 2013.
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The Cheetahs have won three in a row against the 2014 champions, the last two victories in this run coming by a single point each.
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Welcome to live coverage of Round 17 of Super Rugby with the Cheetahs taking on the Waratahs at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.
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  • 15 Coenie van Wyk
  • 14 Sergeal Petersen
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 12 Ryno Benjamin
  • 11 Cornal Hendricks
  • 10 Niel Marais
  • 9 Sarel Pretorius
  • 8 Niell Jordaan
  • 7 Tienie Burger
  • 6 Boom Prinsloo
  • 5 Francois Uys
  • 4 Carl Wegner
  • 3 Maks van Dyk
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 1 BG Uys
  • 23 Willie le Roux
  • 22 Shaun Venter
  • 21 Henco Venter
  • 20 Gerhard Olivier
  • 19 Steven Sykes
  • 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen
  • 17 Danie Mienie
  • 16 Elandré Huggett
  • 15 Israel Folau
  • 14 Taqele . Naiyaravoro
  • 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
  • 12 Kurtley Beale
  • 11 Matt Carraro
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 9 Nick Phipps
  • 8 Wycliff Palu
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 6 Jacques Potgieter
  • 5 Dave Dennis
  • 4 Mitchell Chapman
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 2 Hugh Roach
  • 1 Benn Robinson
  • 23 Peter Betham
  • 22 Brendan McKibbin
  • 21 Jack Dempsey
  • 20 Stephen Hoiles
  • 19 Dean Mumm
  • 18 Paddy Ryan
  • 17 Jeremy Tilse
  • 16 Dave Porecki
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Preview: S15 Round 17, Part Two

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:54

There is plenty at stake in Round 17 - wildcard spots, home semifinals and pride. We look at what Saturday has to offer.

There is plenty at stake in Round 17 - wildcard spots, home semifinals and pride. 
The Bulls were second on the Super Rugby log when they jetted down-under for their tour and they now find themselves ninth on the overall and third in the South African conference. 
It is an absolute must-win for the Bulls if they are to have any chance of a play-off game. However, the Rebels side has shown more grit than previous seasons, and they will want to finish their campaign off on a high.
"It is a must-win for us and we owe it to ourselves and our campaign with what we’ve done at home also where we pulled it together," said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.
The second game on Saturday sees us cross the Tasman Sea to Auckland where the Crusaders look to keep their sniff of finals alive when they take on the Blues. Saders coach Todd Blackadder will not be keen to slip up against a young inexperienced Blues outfit. 
Sticking in Oceania, there will be emotions all around Ballymore when the Reds fans bid farewell to Queensland greats Will Genia and James Horwill. The Reds take on the Chiefs and will surely want to give the two legends a winning send-off. It wont be easy as the Chiefs are hungry for a fourth place finish overall.
We then cross continents to Africa when the Cheetahs, governed by new coach Franco Smith, will blood youngsters as they attempt to beat the Waratahs in a new era in Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs have nothing to lose which is always a dangerous mindset. The Waratahs are tied at the top of the Australian conference with the Brumbies, and cannot afford another slip-up like they did against the Lions. 
It all then comes down to the game of the weekend, where the Lions will be looking to ride their high all the way to Newlands and back. The South African conference poll position is at stake in this game and it is do or die for the Johannesburg men. 
We look at Saturday's matches!
Saturday, June 6
Rebels v Bulls
(AAMI Park, Canberra - Kick-off: 15.30; 07.30 SA time; 05.30 GMT)
It seems like there is only pride at stake in this game.
Although the Bulls will be wanting to claw their way back into a play-off spot. After a dismal start to their Australasian tour, the Pretoria outfit will be all guns-blazing against a deflated Rebels side that suffered two defeats in South Africa.
The Bulls need favours from other teams for their play-off dreams to come true, but they have not lost hope. 
"That is why we will fight untill the last game to make sure because there is still hope, we need favours, but there is still hope," said Ludeke.
Ludeke's troops will have to do it without the incumbent Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard who is being rested for the crunch game. Jacques-Louis Potgieter will be keen to answer his critics with a match-winning performance. 
For the Rebels there is only pride to play for, however they will be wanting to finish strongly at home in one of their better seasons ever.
Previous results:
2014: Bulls won 40-7, Pretoria
2012: Rebels won 35-41, Melbourne
2011: Bulls won 47-10, Pretoria
Predication: The Bulls have won all three games between the sides, notching up over 40 points in each. There have been 180 points scored in the three meetings between the Rebels and the Bulls. The last time they met in Melbourne 76 points were scored, with 59 coming by half-time. Both the Rebels and Bulls are currently enduring their worst runs of form this year ;three straight defeats apiece. Just three sides have maintained a better lineout success rate than the Bulls (89%) this year, while the Rebels languish last (78%) in this regard. Both these sides have conceded eight tries from the opposition half and 11 between halfway and their own 22. However, the Rebels have conceded almost twice as many (20) as the Bulls (11) when their opponents start out with the ball inside their 22. Just two sides (both five) have conceded fewer tries in the final 20 minutes of matches than the Bulls (six) so far. Not much between the two sides, but the desperate Bulls to take it by seven
Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Cam Crawford, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Tom English 
Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van de Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Bjorn Basson, 23 Jurgen Visser.
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant referees: James Leckie, Michael Hogan
TMO: Ian Smith
Blues v Crusaders
(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)
Sitting eighth the Crusaders still have a mathematical chance of making the finals. Coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes in the forwards, among them the return of Wyatt Crockett. 
The Crusaders will have to do it without influential leader Kieran Read who is ruled out with a concussion.
"It is one of those things where we have got great replacements in Luke Whitelock and Jordan Taufua, so we
"We  don't need to rush him back either," Crusaders assistant coach Dave Hewett told New Zealand Rugby Heaven.
The Blues, meanwhile, have been hammered by injury and now representative duties due to the Under-20 World Cup. Despite missing so many regular starters, Kirwan has also made the bold call to overlook All Blacks midfielder Francis Saili and Lolagi Visinia. Hamish Northcott starts outside George Moala at centre.
"For us, it's important to give some of the youngsters a crack," Kirwan told
"I've got one eye on the future as well. It's forced on us by injury but it's a good chance for guys like Matt Vaega.
"Will Lloyd is going up against one of the best lineouts in the competition, so it's a great opportunity."
"I'm not putting any pressure on them. Obviously our season is finished. They just need to get out there put their hands up."
Recent results:
2015: Crusaders won 29-15, Christchurch 
2014: Crusaders 21-13, Christchurch
2014: Blues won 35-24, Auckland
2013: Crusaders won 23-3, Christchurch
2013: Blues won 34-15, Auckland
2012: Crusaders won 59-12, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 19-18, Auckland
Prediction: The Crusaders accounted for the Blues’ heaviest ever defeat when they beat the Auckland-based side 59-12 in 2012. Six of the last eight, and nine of the last 12, contests between the sides have been won by men from Christchurch. The Blues won two of four in May but you ’d need to go back to June last year to piece together their previous two victories. The Blues are aiming to win three home games in a row against the Crusaders, a feat they have managed just once in a run that included a home final win against their New Zealand rivals (2001-2003). Two of the last three meetings between these sides have seen the side leading at half-time go on to lose the game. The Crusaders lead the way for tries scored (48) this year, while the Blues sit second last (27) for five-pointers. The Blues have scored the fewest opening quarter tries (two) while the Crusaders have scored the second most in the same timeframe (12). The Crusaders have much more to play fore and they will out-class a rookie Blues team by 20 points.
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 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Ryan Crotty, 23 Kieron Fonotia.
Blues: 15 Matt Vaega, 14 Ben Lam, 13 Hamish Northcott, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Airi Hunt, 7 Brendon O’Connor, 6 Joe Edwards, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Will Lloyd, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Chris Vui, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 Matt McGahan.
Referee: Chris Pollock 
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Jamie Nutbrown
TMO: Ben Skeen
Reds v Chiefs
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 19.40; 21.40 NZ time; 09.40 GMT)
On paper the Chiefs should bank an easy win, however they have had a poor run of late winning one out of the last possible four games, including a 15-16 loss to the Rebels.
Coach Dave Rennie has been boosted by the return of two All Blacks - Brodie Retallick and influential skipper Liam Messam. They will be keen to right the wrongs of the Chiefs recent run and finish off the Reds in Brisbane.
For the Reds, there is more to play for than just pride as they say cheers to two Queensland heroes - James  Horwill and Will Genia in their last game at Ballymore. The duo head North post World Cup. 
"The best way to honour the guys [Genia and Horwill] is through a good team performance," said Reds coach Richard Graham. 
"He [Genia] set a new standard of scrumhalf play, in the way that he ran the ball challenging defenders in the channel two and three area."
Commenting on the Chiefs, Graham is aware of the challenge they pose and their tactics they use.
"We expected [Brodie] Retallick and [Liam] Messam back, either way they a good side."
"They have been the benchmark of Super Rugby over the last three years winning it twice and making the semifinals last year."
"Certainly a challenge, and if you watch their game they surprise you with the way they interpret the laws and some of the tactics they use," explained Graham.
Recent results: 
2013: Reds won 31-23, Hamilton 
2012: Reds won 42-27, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 19-11, Hamilton
2010: Reds won 23-18, Hamilton
2009: Chiefs won 50-26, Brisbane
2008: Chiefs 32-20, Hamilton
Prediction: The Reds have won four straight against the Chiefs, this run being preceded by four straight losses against the men from Hamilton. Three of those Reds victories have been by more than a converted try. The Queenslanders have won three of their last six matches, it took them twice as long (12 games) to piece together their three previous wins. The Chiefs’ current run of three defeats in four games marks their worst form of the season. The Reds have conceded twice as many last quarter tries (14) than the Chiefs (seven). Super Rugby fixtures between these sides in Queensland have averaged an aggregate score of 56 points; the most recent two games in Brisbane saw an average of 73. As much as Genia deserves a victorious send-off, the Chiefs will be too strong and beat them by 15 points, at least.
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: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Pettowa Paraka, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Hendrik Tui, 22 Nick Frisby, 23 Ben Tapuai, 24 Jake McIntyre.
Chiefs: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 Tim Nanai-Williams, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Jarrod Firth, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.
Referee: Mike Fraser 
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Andrew Lees
TMO: George Ayoub
Cheetahs v Waratahs
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 15.00; 23.00 AEST; 13.00 GMT)
This game is the mark of a new era for the Cheetahs as Franco Smith takes charge for the first time. 
Smith is fielding a side full of talent and youth, however filled with inexperience too. 
Smith has tapped into his University (Free-State University) team's talent pool, the side he coached earlier in the year, and is starting two players from that side launching them into Super Rugby - No.8 Niell Jordaan and flyhalf Neil Marais who will make their Super Rugby debuts.
Smith wants to establish an attractive brand of rugby at the Cheetahs and his first task is against the Waratahs.
"I think the we need to hold onto the ball a bit better, so that will definitely be one of our objectives," said Smith.
"Our first phases have not been up to standard and we have to work hard at that to give us confidence going forward.
"I think that playing in the right areas of the field is very important and I think the defence has taken on a lot because with the possession and territory stats, they have been on the back foot for most of the season so we will need to get better in both components.
For the Waratahs, Jacques Potgieter is back and his return couldn't come quick enough. The Sydney-men can't afford to slip up against the 13th placed Cheetahs as they are tied on points with the Brumbies in top spot in the Australian conference.
Recent results: 
2013: Cheetahs won 27-26, Sydney
2012: Cheetahs won 35-34, Bloemfontein
2011: Cheetahs won 23-3, Sydney
2010: Waratahs won 40-17, Sydney
2009: Waratahs won 18-10, BLoemfontein
2008: Waratahs won 23-19, Sydney
Prediction: The Cheetahs have won three in a row against the 2014 champions, the last two victories in this run coming by a single point each. The previous three meetings were won by the Waratahs. The Cheetahs have won just two of their last 12 matches. The 'Tahs have not been defeated twice in a row since May 2013. The Cheetahs have averaged the fewest defenders beaten (12.8) this season while the 'Tahs have averaged the second most (22.4). The Cheetahs are the only side yet to score a try from a scrum this season. It will be a walk-over as the defending champions' -  Waratahs will teach a youthful Cheetahs team a lesson with a 30 point drumming
Cheetahs: 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Cornal Hendricks, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Tienie Burger, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Burrie Uys.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Gerhard Olivier, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Willie Le Roux.
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Matt Carraro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis (captain), 4 Mitchell Chapman, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements - from: David Porecki, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Dean Mum, Stephen Hoiles, Pat McCutcheon, Brendan McKibbin, Peter Betham, Jack Dempsey, Jono Lance.
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Johan Greeff
Stormers v Lions 
(Cape Town - Kick-off: 17.10; 15.10 GMT)
For the Lions, it all boils down to this crunch game against the Stormers.
If they pull off a win, they will need more than a favour or two from other teams to either top the Conference or claim a play-off spot.
Lions coach Johan Ackermann has named an unchanged starting XV barring one forced change with Alwyn Hollenbach coming in for the injured Lionel Mapoe. 
Ackermann's men will be brimming with confidence after they tripped up the defending champions with a win last weekend. 
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee will be looking to tie up the South African conference but knows it is never easy against the Lions.
"It is their last game in the competition, so there is no extra game after that and they are three points behind us so they need a bonus-point victory to keep them in the hunt," explained Coetzee.
"But for us it is just another Super Rugby game. It has got nothing to do with the first game, it is about improving on our last game against the Cheetahs and ensure that our processes stay in place.
"We had a great line-out and scrummaging performance against the Cheetahs and we were fantastic defensively, but we will be tested again by the Lions this week.
"They attack you wide, they ask questions from mauls and they also have a good scrum so they are really a good team.
"We have played enough against the Lions, we never won easily at Ellis Park, but the big thing is that we won there.
Recent results: 
2015: Stormers won 22-19, Johannesburg
2014: Stormers won 18-3, Cape Town
2014: Lions won 34-10, Johannesburg
2012: Stormers won 27-17, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 33-19, Johannesburg
2011: Stormers won 19-16, Cape Town
Prediction: The Stormers’ record victory both in terms of margin and points scored came against the Lions in 2009; a 56-18 win. The Stormers have won 11 of 12 against their conference neighbours, though their defeat in this run came last year. The Lions have won eight of their last 10 while the Stormers have won six of their last seven. The last five fixtures between these sides have all seen fewer than 45 points scored on aggregate, and an average of 39 points per game. The Stormers (eight) and Lions (nine) are two of just three sides to average less than 10 penalties conceded this year. When it comes to tries scored from set-pieces (lineouts and scrums) with the feed, only the Bulls (14) and Lions (14)rank behind the Stormers (16). With the Lions in search of a bonus point it will be a high-scoring affair, but the Stormers will take it narrowly by five
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 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 Smit, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Howard Mnisi.
Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Jaco Taute.
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Compiled by Andrew Duncan
Statistical information provided Opta Sports

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Waratahs dominate Bloem try feast

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 14:59

The Waratahs have claimed the top spot in the Australian Conference with an emphatic 58-33 trouncing over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Fullback Israel Folau scored three of the nine tries that earned the Waratahs a 58-33 triumph against Cheetahs on Saturday.
Victory before a sparse crowd at a cold Free State Stadium in South Africa placed the Australians second on the combined standings with one match left, and secured them a play-off place.
A bonus-point home victory next weekend at home to lowly compatriots the Reds will guarantee the defending champions top spot in the Australian conference and second or third on the combined standings.
Finishing second overall secures a home semifinal while ending third means a home play-off quarterfinal. 
Cheetahs, playing under new coach and Springbok Franco Smith for the first time, matched the visitors for much of the opening half.
They trailed 27-21 at half-time and were still only six points behind 20 minutes into the second-half.
Folau then completed his hat-trick and Cheetahs centre Rayno Benjamin was sin-binned for deliberately tripping the Wallaby as he scored. 
Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley converted for a 41-28 lead and the visitors added two converted tries for a convincing victory.
Folau (three), wings Matt Carraro (two) and Taqele Naiyaravoro, flanker Michael Hooper, centre Adam Ashley-Cooper and Foley scored tries for the Sydney side.
Foley succeeded with five of nine conversion attempts and also slotted a penalty for an 18-point contribution.
Centre Francois Venter (two), wing Cornal Hendricks (two) and flank Johannes Prinsloo were Cheetahs' try-scorers.
Fullback Coenie van Wyk kicked three conversions and debutant flyhalf Niel Marais one.
Man of the match: Francois Venter tried his best for the Cheetahs scoring two tries and Sarel Pretorius was a live wire as usual. Sergeal Peterson showed glimpses of pace. A couple of Waratahs stuck their hands up - Michael Hooper was everywhere on the park and Adam Ashley-Cooper proved a menace in the midfield but the award goes to Israel Folau who was a destructive runner, impossible to bring down and scored a hat-trick.
The scorers:
For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Hendricks 2, Venter 2, Prinsloo
Cons: Van Wyk 3, Marais
For the Waratahs:
Tries: Hooper, Carrao 2, Folau 3, Naiyaravoro, Ashley-Cooper, Foley
Cons: Foley 5
Pen: Foley
Yellow card: Rayno Benjamin (Cheetahs, 61 - foul play - leg trip)
Cheetahs: 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Cornal Hendricks, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Tienie Burger, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Burrie Uys.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Gerhard Olivier, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Willie Le Roux.
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Matt Carraro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis (captain), 4 Mitchell Chapman, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: David Porecki, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Dean Mum, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Peter Betham, Jack Dempsey.
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Johan Greeff
Francois Venter (11min), Cornal Hendricks (14min), Boom Prinsloo (28min), Cornal Hendricks (55min), and Francois Venter (80min)
Israel Folau (4min), Michael Hooper (8min), Matt Carraro (19min), Israel Folau (38min), Taqele . Naiyaravoro (40min), Adam Ashley-Cooper (41min), Israel Folau (60min), Bernard Foley (72min), and Matt Carraro (76min)
Coenie van Wyk (12min), Coenie van Wyk (15min), Coenie van Wyk (29min), and Niel Marais (56min)
Bernard Foley (9min), Bernard Foley (40min), Bernard Foley (61min), Bernard Foley (73min), and Bernard Foley (77min)
Bernard Foley (65min)
Ryno Benjamin (61min)
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE Glen Jackson