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Super Rugby | Cape Town
15:05 (GMT) | 06-06-2015
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Coleman sends a forward pass to Kolbe and the Lions have a scrum in the Stormers half. After two resets Whiteley comes away with the ball. The siren sounds and the Lions go wide with Mnisi tackled well. The Lions opt for one-off runners and are 15m out from the Stormers 22. The Lions go wide and Vorster is tackled short of the tryline. The Lions lose the ball forward and that is FULL-TIME: Stormers 19-19 Lions
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Boshoff adds the extras and the scores are level at 19-19
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The Lions choose another 5m line-out and they form the maul again. This time they are over and Marx gets the try!
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The Lions choose the 5m line-out again and they form the maul again. They have the advantage again. Muller is tackled before Coetzee is tackled back. Play is brought back for another penalty to the Lions.
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The Lions forms the maul again and they make their way towards the tryline. They are just a metre short now and they get another penalty and Kitshoff is yellow carded,
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A Maul is formed by the Lions from the line-out and they drive forward before Coetzee picks up a chip kick. Boshoff is tackled just short of the tryline. The visitors opt for a pick-and go and play is brought back for another penalty. The Lions opt for a line-out again.
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The Lions form a maul from the line-out and they get a penalty with Rhodes coming in from the side. Boshoff gives his team a line-out inside the Stormers 22.
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From a line-out deep inside the Stormers half, the Lions go wide, but a pass is loose and Leyds kicks down field. The Lions start again in their own half before they kick. Kolbe finds touch near his own 10m line
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The Lions opt for the long throw again and Kriel gathers. Vorster nearly breaks through a tackle. The Lions chip kick but Kolbe dots the ball down safely in his in-goal area.
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The Stormers give away a penalty at the scrum and Boshoff gives his team a line-out between the Stormers 10m and 22m line.
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The Lions form the maul from the line-out before a high ball is sent up. Akker van der Merwe gathers before the Lions go wide. Mnisi loses the ball forward and the Stormers will have an attacking line-out in the Lions half.
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The game is getting really physical now with the Stormers bashing the Lions back. The Stormers turn it over and Groom finds touch deep inside the Lions half. Play is stopped for an injury to Jantjies.
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The Lions go wide from the line-out but it is turned over by the Stormers. Coleman kicks and finds touch inside the Lions 22. Jantjies clears from the line-out and Kolbe attempts a drop from halfway but it is just short. The Lions gets the ball back from a kick with Vorster breaking a few tackles.
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The Lions go wide from the lien-out deep in their own half. Kriel makes a few metres with a strong run before Senatla knocks the ball forward attempting to intercept. The Lions opt for the line-out
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The Lions go blindside from the scrum with Coetzee in a bit of space. The ball is loose and Kolisi gathers the ball. The Stormers go wide but Senatla is tackled into touch.
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The Stormers form the maul from the line-out before Leyds takes it into the 22. He is held up and the Lions will have scrum in their own 22
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Etzebeth takes the ball up with a strong carry from the restart before Kolbe kicks. The Stormers get the ball back from a Lions kick with Burger sprinting up field. The home side gets the penalty and Coleman finds touch 10m from the Lions 22.
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Coleman adds the extras and the Stormers lead 19-12
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The Lions have the ball deep in their half before Jantjie kicks again. Kolbe gets the ball and chips and gathers before passing to Carr who sprints in for the try!
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Again there is number of resets at the scrum in the Lions 22. The ref has a chat to the two hookers. The Stormers get the tighthead before losing the ball forward. Jantjies kicks deep.. Kolbe runs it back but Akker van der Merwe rips it free.
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From a line-out in their own half, the Lions go wide with a loose pass. the Stormers will have an attacking line-out in the Lions half after the visitors were put under pressure in their own half. The Stormers go wide from the line-out but De Jongh loses the ball in the tackle.
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Groom beaks on halfway after a loose line-out, but the Lions get a penalty with Carr holding a Lions player back. Jantjies gives his team a line-out near the Stormers 22. Kriel is in space from the line-out. the y are 5m short before Skosan loses the ball forward. the Stormers counter with Leyds chipping. He gathers but his pass cannot find De Allende
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The Stormers lose the ball forward via Carizza at the line-out and the Lions will have a defensive scrum deep in their own half. Jantjies kicks deep from the scrum. After return kicks, De Klerk finds touch in his own half
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From a line-out on halfway, the Lions lose their throw in and the Stormers go wide with Se Allende taking the ball up. Kolbe chips, but play is brought back fro a Stormers penalty. Coleman gives his team a line-out 15m from the Lions 22.
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SECOND HALF: Elton Jantjes gets the game back under way!

Half Time

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The Stormers win the penalty at the scrum inside the Lions 22 and De Jongh asks Coleman to go for polls. Coleman lines-up the kick and misses the penalty. HALF-TIME: Stormers 12-12 Lions.
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Jantjies kicks straight out on the full from the restart and the Stormers will have a line-out in the Lions 22. The Stormers keep it close with their forwards and the lions turn it over on their 22 after the Stormers could not use the ball.
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Jantjies misses the conversion and the scores are level at 12-12
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The Lions win the line-out and Mostert takes it up. Schalk van der Merwe gets the ball and bulldozers his way over the tryline. It goes to the TMO and the try is awarded.
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Coleman kicks deep from the scrum and Andries Coetzee runs it back. The Liosn keep it close with their forwards before play is brought back for a penalty. The Lions opt for a line-out in the Stormers 22
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Kolbe finds touch from the restart, but the Lions will still have a line-out deep inside the Stormers half. The visitors go wide with Skosan in a gap. Andries Coetzee is tackled hard in the Stormers 22, before it is lost forward and the Stormers will have a defensive scrum in their own 22
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Coleman misses the conversion, but the Stormers lead 12-5
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From a line-out just inside their own half the Lions go wide with Combrinck in a half gap. The Stormers get the ball back and they take it through the hands until they find themselves in the LIons 22. The Stormers go wide again and after some wonderful passing Leyds is in for the try!
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The stormers go wide from the line-out with Leyds getting involved, Kitshoff drives the ball into the Liosn 22. Play is stopped and the Lions get a penalty with Kolisi holding onto a player at the ruck
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From the scrum, The Stormers go wide but the is a forward pass. Play is brought back for a scrum penalty to the Stormers and Coleman gives his team a line-out on the Lions 22.
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After a kicking duel, Coleman sends a high ball but it is gathered well by De Klerk. Tecklenburg takes the ball up before it is lost forward at the base of a ruck on halfway. It will be a scrum to the Stormers.
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From the scrum in the Stormers 22 and after a number of restarts, it is the Stormers who get the free-kick. Coleman boots the ball down field
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The Lions go on the attack now with Combrinck into space. Mostert bashes his way into the Stormers 22 before a pass goes into the ref and it will be a lions scrum.
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Jantjies adds the extras and it is all level at 7-7
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Jantjies gives his team a line-out in the Stormers' 22 from the offside penalty. They form the maul and drive forward and are just short. De Klerk snipes around the blindside and scores the try!
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From a line-out inside the Stormers half, The Lions go wide again with Kriel clashing into Catrakilis who stays down. The Lions win a penalty on halfway
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The Lions win a penalty at the scrum with Kitshoff changing the angle. Jantjies gives his team a line-out near halfway.The Lions go wide from the line-out, but it is another poor pass to Skosan. De Klerk sends a high ball, but Kolbe takes it well. Senatla chips but the Lions gathers and it is kicked into touch
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The Lions go wide from the line-out but are tackle well by the Stormers. De Klerk grubbers down field and Kolbe counters. Kolisi is in space before the ball goes to Etzebeth who sprints 15m before losing the ball. The Lions will get a scrum in their own 22 after a knock on.
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Catrakilis finds a good touch finder from the restart and the Lions will have to start again from their own half. De Klerk sends ahigh ball before Catrakilis; ' kick goes into touch after Senatla nearly gathers.
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Catrakilis adds the extras and the Stormers lead 7-0
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The Stormers go to the midfield from the line-out. It goes to Leyds who beats two defenders, Groom gets the ball and snipes for the tryline and scores!
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The Stormers win the restart and go wide with Kitshoff crashing into Hollenbach. The Lions turn it over, but a loose pass goes into touch for a Stormers throw in near the Lions 22.
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Catrakilis misses the penalty and the score remains 0-0
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The Stormers find themselves back inside the Lions 22 after a charge down with De Jongh doing good work. The Stormers get a penalty after three more phases and Catrakilis will go for polls.
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Jantjies sends a high ball which is gathered by Catrakilis. Burger takes the ball up for the home side and after a few phases the Stormers get the penalty. It is taken quickly with Catrakilis taking it to the line in the Lions 22. The Lions get the penalty with Etzebeth holding on.
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KICK-OFF: Demetri Catrakilis gets the game under way!
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NIzaam Carr comes in for Duane Vermeulen in a late change for the Stormers
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The Lions have won eight of their last 10 while the Stormers have won six of their last seven.
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The Stormers’ record victory both in terms of margin and points scored came against the Lions in 2009; a 56-18 win.
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Welcome to live coverage of Round 17 of Super Rugby with the Stormers taking on the Lions at Newlands in Cape Town.
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  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 14 Dillyn Leyds
  • 13 Juan de Jongh
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 11 Seabelo Senatla
  • 10 Demetri Catrakilis
  • 9 Nic Groom
  • 8 Nizaam Carr
  • 7 Siya Kolisi
  • 6 Schalk Burger
  • 5 Manuel Carizza
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
  • 23 Jaco Taute
  • 22 Kurt Coleman
  • 21 Louis Schreuder
  • 20 Michael Rhodes
  • 19 Jean Kleyn
  • 18 Vincent Koch
  • 17 Oliver Kebble
  • 16 Michael Willemse
  • 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
  • 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
  • 23 Howard Mnisi
  • 22 Marnitz Boshoff
  • 21 Dillon Smit
  • 20 Albertus Smith
  • 19 Robert Kruger
  • 18 Ruan Dreyer
  • 17 Corne Fourie
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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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Newlands deadlock costs Stormers

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 17:10

Stormers' hopes of securing a home semifinal were dented on Saturday when they drew 19-19 with Lions in a Cape Town thriller.

Stormers' hopes of finishing Super Rugby league runners-up and securing a home semifinal were dented on Saturday when they drew 19-19 with Lions in a Cape Town thriller.
Marnitz Boshoff converted a try by Malcolm Marx three minutes from time to tie the match. But the stalemate eliminated the Lions from the title race, leaving conference winners the Stormers as the only South African contenders for the championship.
Taking only two points from a match watched by a 34,000 crowd leaves the Stormers two points behind the Waratahs in the race for second spot with one round left.
Finishing second on the combined standings secures a one-week break after the league season followed by a home semifinal.
There is no break for the side coming third, though, as they host a play-off and, if successful, play away in the semifinals.
Waratahs appear to have the easier final league fixture, at home to struggling fellow Australians Reds, while Stormers travel to the Sharks for a South African derby.
Stormers led the Lions three times only for the Johannesburg team to claw back, and the visitors exerted tremendous post-siren pressure before committing a knock-on a few metres short of the try-line.
The home side played the last six minutes a man short after prop Steven Kitshoff was sin-binned.
"It was not the result we wanted," admitted Stormers centre Juan de Jongh, who took over as skipper when No. 8 Duane Vermeulen withdrew injured just before the kick-off..
Lions skipper and No.8 Warren Whiteley said: "We have missed out on the play-offs, but I am so proud of my team for what they achieved this season."
Stormers started as favourites having won 11 of 12 previous Super Rugby clashes between the teams and were first to score.
Kitshoff was held up just short of the line and scrumhalf Nic Groom grabbed the ball to score a try flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis converted.
Lions scrumhalf Francois de Klerk darted over in the corner and flyhalf Elton Jantjies converted to restore equality.
A skip pass enabled Stormers wing Dillyn Leyds to score far out but Kurt Coleman, who replaced the injured Catrakilis, failed to convert.
The teams were level again when Lions prop Schalk van der Merwe barged over and the failure of Jantjies to convert meant the first half ended with each team having scored 12 points.
Fullback Cheslin Kolbe created the Stormers' third try by gathering his chip and sending No.8 Nizaam Carr away for a score Coleman converted for a 19-12 advantage.
The Lions equalised again three minutes from time when hooker Marx scored a pushover try which flyhalf Boshoff converted.
The visitors finished stronger, but could not snatch the victory that would have taken them to the top of the South African conference. They had to settle for seventh place. 
Man of the Match: In an immense game the award could have gone to a player from either side. Cheslin Colby was electric at the back for the Stormers while Dillyn Leyds was a threat on the wing. For the Lions Jaco Kriel was a wrecking ball on attack giving defenders headaches all day and Franco Mostert was tireless on the park. Armand van der Merwe was explosive for the Lions, however the best player on the park was Eben Etzebeth with his defensive work, clean-out play and charging runs. 
The scorers:
For the Stormers:
Tries: Groom, Leyds, Carr
Cons: Catrakilis, Coleman
For the Lions:
Tries: De Klerk, Van der Merwe, Marx
Cons: Jantjies, Boshoff
Yellow card: Steven Kitshoff (Stormers, 74 - repeated infringements in the maul)
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 Nizaam Carr, 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 Michael Rhodes, 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)
Nic Groom (7min), Dillyn Leyds (29min), and Nizaam Carr (53min)
Francois de Klerk (17min), Schalk van der Merwe (35min), and Malcolm Marx (77min)
Demetri Catrakilis (8min) and Kurt Coleman (54min)
Elton Jantjies (7min) and Marnitz Boshoff (77min)
Steven Kitshoff (74min)
VENUE Cape Town
REFEREE Stuart Berry