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Super Rugby | Melbourne
08:40 (GMT) | 12-03-2016
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FULL-TIME ! Thank you for joining us at for this match. Be sure to join us for the next game as the Sunwolves take on the Cheetahs
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Kerevi loses the ball with a minute on the clock, absolute heartbreak for the Reds as the Rebels win the penalty also and hoof the ball into touch.
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Browning almost broke straight through the defence. Reds just 5 meters from the line . Kerevi has a go but is wrapped up well by Inman. Tui has a go , Schatz has a bash. Rebels defence holding strong- possibly thinking of a drop goal.
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Reds inside the Rebels 22 now. Can they steal the game at the death
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Rebels on the attack as Meehan puts in a grubber kick that rolls out and the Reds have the lineout. Ready finds his man and the Reds clear the ball into touch
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Debreczeni sets up the lineout deep inside the Reds half. Hanson cant find his man and the Reds have the ball
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McMahon with another monster run for the Rebels. A certain man of the match performance. The Rebels win the penalty on the halfway and Anthony Faingaa gets a yellow card
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Reds continue to attack but the Rebels defence is solid as a rock no matter what is thrown at them.
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Reds on the attack inside the Rebels half but defence is holding strong
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Debreczeni adds three points for the Rebels from the boot
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Rebels inside the Reds 22 as Placid as a run. The ref awards the Rebels a penalty and Debreczeni can regain the lead for the Rebels if he gets his kick over
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McIntyre lands the penalty and the Reds take the lead
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Reds demolish the Rebels scrum and win the penalty. They have the chance to take the lead now
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Reds lineout inside the Rebels 22 but theres a knock on from a Rebels player and the Reds get the put in at the scrum
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Reds win the penalty on their own 22. Frustrating for the Rebels. McIntyre puts the ball into touch
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McMahon makes another great run for the Rebels. He has been on top form today
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McIntyre adds the extras
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The maul is set from the lineout and Andrew Ready crashes over for the try for the Reds!
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Chris Feauai-Sautia has a go from deep. The Reds continue to attack but without much reward. Reds win the penalty and McIntyre plugs the ball into the corner for a 5 meter lineout on the Rebels line
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We have a scrum to the Rebels just outside their 22.
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Eto Nabuli breaks the line for the Reds before putting in a dodgy chip kick that doesnt come off well.
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Debreczeni adds three points from the tee
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Rebels have another penalty advantage. Tuipolotu has a go , a chip kick comes to nothing and the ref goes back for the penalty for the Rebels
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Rebels 10 meters from the Reds line
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McMahon has a run for the Rebels, they have a penalty advantage also. Reds defending well inside their own 22
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Rebels on the attack again as English makes a good run. The Rebels make their way towards the Reds 22
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Debreczeni pulls his penalty attempt to the right. 22 dropout to the Reds
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A couple knocks from both sides but the Ref goes back for the Reds being offside , the Rebels win the penalty and decide to have a shot at goal
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Rebels on the attack on the 50 as Inman gets smashed by Kerevi
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McIntyre will have a shot at goal, he lines up his kick, strikes the ball well its over. Great kick
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Reds have a scrum near the halfway line, Frisby swings it wide to McIntyre who plays Faingaa on the cut back . They dont make many meters but they are awarded a penalty
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Rebels win the penalty and Debreczeni will have a shot at goal. He strikes the ball well and its.....OVER
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Second half underway

Half Time

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Dominic Shipperley kicks the ball out and the ref blows for halftime! See you all for the second half coming up in a bit!
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Rebels still attacking as they go into 10 phases, Reds defence holding strong and not giving an inch
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Rebels on the attack through Inman , he is shut down quickly
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Jake McIntyre has a long penalty attempt , he strikes the ball well and it sails through the middle. Lovely kick
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Reds on the attack on the halfway line. They are awarded the penalty for Thomson not releasing the ball
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Jake McIntyre adds the extras
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Tui with a massive run of 50 meters for the Reds , he switch passes with Frisby who runs through and scores under the sticks
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Debreczeni pulls his kick to the left. 22 drop out to the Reds.
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Tuipolotu makes a great run again for the Rebels, a certain talent! Rebels win the penalty again in a kickable position. Debreczeni will have a shot.
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Rebels on the attack through Laurie Weeks followed by Timani near the halfway line.
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Reds attack through Faingaa but he throws a awful pass and the Rebels turn the ball over and win the penalty also. Debreczeni will clear the ball into touch near the halfway
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Reds have the scrum put in inside the Rebels 22.
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Couple kicks back and forth, English decides enough is enough and has a crack from the back before the Reds win the penalty.
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Debreczeni extends the Rebels lead
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Rebels penalty , Debreczeni will have another shot
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Kerevi clears the ball up field but its not out and Shipperley makes a lovely run of 20 meters as he beat 2-3 defenders.
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Rebels on the attack inside the Reds 22 before here is a knock on by Adam Thomson. Scrum Reds
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Tui penalized at the breakdown. Debreczeni puts the ball into touch deep in Reds territory
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Rebels win the ball on a Reds scrum put in. Total domination up front at that scrum
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Reds lineout about 15 meters from the try line. Ready throws and the Rebels spoil it but the ref calls knock on and the Reds will have the scrum put in.
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Tuipolotu the debutante makes a lovely run before the Reds win the penalty and McIntyre will put the ball into touch
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Knock on by Faingaa , Rebels have the scrum just inside their own half.
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Debreczeni will a lovely conversion kick from the corner
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McMahon makes a lovely run, the ball is then kicked through by Meehan and regathered by fullback Jonah Placid who scores in the corner! Great play by the Rebels
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We have Rebels scrum but it has been reset a couple times and the ref is having words with the heavies up front.
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Debreczeni penalty is good and the Rebels extend their lead
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Rebels win the penalty for incorrect entry by Rob Simmons ,Debreczeni will have another shot at goal
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Karmichael Hunt kicks the ball out on the full and the Rebels have the lineout in the 10 meter line in Reds territory
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Kick put through by Meehan and Hunt has a go from the back for the Reds. A couple kicks are exchanged before Jonah Placid calls the mark to calm things down
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Reds on the attack but Tui spills the ball forward. Scrum Rebels inside their own half
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Debreczeni lands his penalty and the Rebels take the lead
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James Hanson finds his jumper and the Rebels are on the attack . The ref goes back for Nick Frisby being offside. Debreczeni will have a shot at goal for the first points of the match
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Its all Red in the early exchanges as Kerevi has a go but is wrapped up in a good tackle and McMahon forces the penalty. Good defence by the Rebels and great work by the hardworking flanker. Jack Debreczeni puts the ball deep into Reds territory and sets up a lineout
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Good start by the Reds as they make their way into the Rebels 22. The Rebels turn the ball over and Jack Debreczeni clears the ball but it does not go out and the Reds are back on the attack
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  • 16 Jonah Placid
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  • 8 Adam Thomson
  • 7 Sean McMahon
  • 6 Jordy Reid
  • 5 Lopeti Timani
  • 4 Luke Jones
  • 3 Laurie Weeks
  • 2 James Hanson
  • 1 Toby Smith
  • 24 Kotaro Matsushima
  • 23 Dan Hawkins
  • 22 Mick Snowden
  • 21 Steven Cummins
  • 20 Sam Jeffries
  • 19 Jamie Hagan
  • 18 Cruze Ah-Nau
  • 17 Pat Leafa
  • 15 Karmichael Hunt
  • 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia
  • 13 Samu Kerevi
  • 12 Anthony Fainga'a
  • 11 Eto Nabuli
  • 10 Jake McIntyre
  • 9 Nick Frisby
  • 8 Jake Schatz
  • 7 Waita Setu
  • 6 Hendrik Tui
  • 5 Rob Simmons
  • 4 Cadeyrn Neville
  • 3 Greg Holmes
  • 2 Andrew Ready
  • 1 Saia Faingaa
  • 23 Ayumu Goromaru
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Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:10

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Saturday matches in Part Two of Super Rugby's Round Three.

Another piece of Super Rugby history will be written when the competition makes its first stop in Singapore this weekend.

Despite fears over extended travel times, tropical heat and a questionable pitch, the Japanese newcomers the Sunwolves - who have played only once so far - have made the nearly eight-hour trip from Tokyo to face the Cheetahs, who have flown 11 hours from Bloemfontein.

Saturday's game is one of three "home" fixtures in Singapore for the Sunwolves.

Brendan Morris, operations manager for Super Rugby organisers SANZAAR, admitted the shift to steamy Singapore wasn't easy for the teams, but he was confident the venture would be a success.

"Any expansion comes with both challenge and opportunity," Morris said.

"One of the biggest challenges is a little bit more travel into new markets and the teams will adapt to that.

"You've got to look at the commercial opportunities, the rugby opportunities and the logistical challenges around expansion. The combination of Japan and Singapore was very attractive."

Elsewhere the top-of-the-table clash in South Africa pits the Stormers against the Sharks, with both teams gunning to stay unbeaten.

The Lions, who have started with away wins in Japan and New Zealand, face reigning champions the Highlanders in Dunedin to get Saturday's action underway.

Then we hop across the Tasman Sea for an all-Australian derby between the Rebels and Reds in Melbourne.

It is off to Singapore next, Sunwolves versus Cheetahs, before we head to South Africa for a double header - the Southern Kings hosting the Chiefs in Port Elizabeth and the Stormers at home to the Sharks in Cape Town.

We look at the Saturday, March 12, matches below!

There is no doubt the Lions' character is going to be tested to the extreme this weekend.

The Lions have not had the most pleasant of travel schedules this season - over 40,000 kilometres from Johannesburg to Tokyo and then on to Hamilton in just over a week.

What was meant to be a short hop from the North Island to the South Island turned into another delayed, extended trip - as severe gales battered Otago - which left thousands of residents in the dark and numerous flights cancelled.

The Lions were eventually forced to sleep over in Wellington on Thursday and only flew out to Dunedin on Friday morning.

"We had a good week in Rotorua, it is just a pity about our travelling that was affected by the weather," Johan Ackermann said.

"We again spent many hours on the plane and we arrived in Dunedin later than planned.

"Although the weather is bad on the south island at the moment, the Dunedin stadium has a roof and I believe it will be an exciting game against the defending champions - with a lot of All Blacks in their side.

"We must just recuperate from the travel and give our best."

They may be left with limited preparation time, but there is no doubting the Highlanders are wary of a team that has already shown their ability to overcome the odds.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph said the encounter with the Lions - to be played in controlled conditions under the stadium's closed roof - is likely to be "another hectic one".

"Last year when they played us, they came back from 20-odd points down within 40 minutes," he told the Otago Daily Times.

"It is going to be another quick game.

""I would like to see the early-season stats, especially here in this stadium, where you get an extra five minutes of play.

"So when you get two teams together like the Lions and Highlanders, you are going to get some good, quick rugby.''

The Lions pulled off what was arguably one of the best wins of Round Two when they beat the Chiefs on New Zealand soil for the first time in their history.

It gave them a perfect two-from-two start to the season.

However, the already testing tour became even more complicated and the men from Johannesburg will have to dig deep.

Recent results:
2015: Lions won 28-23, Johannesburg
2014: Highlanders won 23-22, Dunedin
2011: Lions won 26-22, Dunedin
2010: Highlanders won 39-29, Dunedin
2009: Lions won 27-22, Johannesburg
2008: Highlanders won 29-20, Dunedin

Prediction: The Lions have won five of their last eight matches against the Highlanders, though at no point in the last six matches between these sides has either team won back-to-back games. The Highlanders have won their last six matches on home soil, their longest such streak since they won 13 consecutive home matches from 2000 to 2002. Having dispensed of the last two New Zealand teams they've faced the Lions will now be hunting for three straight wins against NZ opponents for the first time. The Lions are undefeated in their last four matches away from home, double the length of any other such streak in their history. The Highlanders haven't lost a home match against a South African side since a 19-36 loss to the Cheetahs in Round Four, 2013. This will be an entertaining contest that is likely to go down to the wire. Given their additional travel hours, the Lions could run out of gas in the final quarter and allow the Highlanders to sneak a win by seven points or less.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Elliot Dixon, 20 Shane Christie, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Hayden Parker.

Lions: 15 Jaco Van Der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois De Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques Van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand Van Der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Ruan Ackermann, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Andries Coetzee.

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

This will be the first match under the new coaching regime for the Reds - Matt O'Connor and Nick Stiles taking over in the wake of the axing of Richard Graham.

The talk in Brisbane all week has been about the new set-up and whether it could end the dour run that has enveloped the Reds.

Stiles played down their role, saying it is about the players.

He added that the transition had been "seamless" and they now have just have one less member on the coaching panel.

It is not just on the coaching panel where the deck has been shuffled.

They have made significant changes to their team, including dropping high-profile Japanese import Ayumu Goromaru to the bench.

"We felt it was time for a change," Stiles said, adding: "We needed to get a bit of freshness in the squad to get a bit of a performance."

He suggested it will all start up front.

"We're all very proud Queenslanders and we let the players know we were disappointed," he said about the winless start to the season.

"We have drawn a line in the sand."

The Rebels will host their first match for 2016 and are looking to bounce back following their loss to the Bulls in South Africa.

Recent results:
2015: Reds won 46-29, Brisbane
2015: Rebels won 23-15, Melbourne
2014: Reds won 36-20, Melbourne
2014: Rebels won 30-27, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 33-20, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 23-13, Melbourne

Prediction: The Reds have won eight of the 10 clashes between these teams since the Rebels admission to Super Rugby, though the Melbourne outfit have recorded their two wins in their last four encounters against the Reds. The Rebels have led the Reds at the half-time break on four occasions, winning none, though both their wins against the Reds have come after being level at the major interval. The Reds have won only two of their last eight away matches within Australia, though the first of those two wins was a 36-20 defeat of the Rebels in Round 17, 2014. The Reds boast the best line-out success so far this season (97 percent) and are one of three teams yet to lose a scum on their own feed so far. The Rebels win an average of 12 turnovers per game, the most of any team in the competition. The Reds may well be sparked by the upheavals and the Rebels have travelled back from South Africa. The Reds may just edge the Rebels - by 10 points or less.


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Ben Meehan, 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Sean McMahon (captain), 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Steve Cummins, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Dan Hawkins, 23 Kotaro Matsushima.

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Waita Setu, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Matt Mafi, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Scott Gale, 22 Sam Greene, 23 Ayumu Goromaru.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper (Australia), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)
With Super Rugby set for its Singapore debut Saturday, the hosts admitted the pitch of the city-state's National Stadium was "not perfect" - but insisted it was ready for the rough-and-tumble of the competition just days after a Madonna concert at the venue.

The head of the stadium complex said the playing surface, which was slammed by visiting soccer teams before undergoing a revamp last year, was "extremely playable" ahead of the clash between Japanese newcomers Sunwolves and the Cheetahs from South Africa. 

Saturday's match is one of three "home" fixtures in Singapore for the Sunwolves as rugby continues its bid for Asian fans, especially in the build-up to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Chief Operating Officer of Singapore Sports Hub Oon Jin Teik told AFP: "Because this stadium is multi-use and multi-purpose, it will undoubtedly be exposed to all the possible hazards.

"We have that assurance right now that we have a team of professionals working on it."

He said it was "extremely safe and extremely playable" before cautioning: "But, it's not perfect."

The Sunwolves have made the nearly eight-hour trip from Tokyo to face the Cheetahs, who have flown 11 hours from Bloemfontein.

The previous pitch drew flak from visiting soccer teams such as Italian heavyweights Juventus and five-time world champions Brazil, whose coach Dunga complained that "most of it is sand" and warned it could injure his players.

In late 2014, a match pitting the Maori All Blacks against Asia Pacific Dragons was also scrapped over the poor state of the playing surface.

A brand new pitch was unveiled just in time for the 28th Southeast Asian Games, which kicked off in June 2015.

Brendan Morris, operation manager for Super Rugby organisers SANZAR, expressed his confidence that the "world-class facility" will live up to expectations.

Morris told AFP: "I think it has been well documented, the troubles that the pitch has had.

"We've been conscious in the background that a first-class surface will be provided and it's been guaranteed by the Sports Hub."

He added: "The pitch looks in pretty reasonable condition, the big test will be Saturday night, but things look pretty good at the moment."

Recent results:
These teams have never met before!

Prediction: The Sunwolves first and only previous match in Super Rugby was a 13-26 loss to another South African side, the Lions. The Cheetahs have won only one of their last eight matches against teams from outside South Africa. The Cheetahs ended their 2015 campaign with an away win against the Bulls and will now be looking to score back-to-back away wins for the first time since Round 15, 2013. The Cheetahs have scored all five of their tries so far this season in the first half, no team has managed to cross the line more often in the opening stanza. The Sunwolves are the only team so far in 2016 yet to concede a penalty goal, though they've kicked two of their own. This marks the first ever Super Rugby match played in Singapore. The stadium's roof will be closed for the game. The Sunwolves are likely to give the Cheetahs a good run for their money, but the South African outfit should win by 15 to 20 points.


Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Harumichi Tatekawa, 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Atsushi Hiwasa, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Timothy Vond, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Keith Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Yoshiya Hosoda, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Derek Carpenter, 23 Mifiposeti Paea.

Cheetahs: 15 Sias Ebersohn, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Johannes Prinsloo, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo, Aki Aso
TMO: Takashi Hareda

Kings coach Deon Davids said his team is on a "massive learning curve", given the limited pre-season preparation time and rag-tag nature of the squad assembled for him by the South African Rugby Union.

In their first outing, a heavy loss to the Sharks, 15 players in the matchday squad of 23 made their Super Rugby debut.

It was thus not a surprise to see SARU's mobi unit putting in some extra work to try and get the Kings up to par ahead of the encounter with the visitors from New Zealand.

Having coughed up six tries against the Sharks, SARU defence guru Jacques Nienaber was a prominent figure in Port Elizabeth this week.

He worked intensely with the Kings on Tuesday and Thursday.

Kings captain Steven Sykes said he expects a "quick" game from the Chiefs.

"They don't enjoy to have set pieces in their own half and don't kick the ball out," Sykes told a media briefing.

"They opt to kick downfield or attack as long as they can.

"That is why we have been working very hard with Jacques [Nienaber] on our defence  this week."

The coach, Davids, admitted his team lacks the experience of the opposition, with a team made up largely of Super Rugby rookies, but said they will grow with every outing.

"This is the situation we are in and we have to deal with it," Davids said, adding: "We learnt a lot from that game [against the Sharks], but each game will bring something different.

"We know New Zealand sides play the game at a very high tempo.

"It is going to be another massive learning cure for the boys," he said, adding they also need to ensure their set pieces are solid.

Previous result:
2013: Chiefs won 35-24, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: This will be just the second meeting between these teams after the Chiefs defeated the Kings 35-24 in Round Five, 2013. The Kings are hunting for their first win since Round 13, 2013, though two of their three wins have come when playing at home. The Chiefs have won seven and drawn two of their last 12 matches in South Africa, though after losing their last such match they'll be aiming to avoid consecutive defeats in South Africa for the first time since 2008. The Chiefs have averaged 15 offloads per game so far this season, the most of any team and triple the Kings average (five). CJ Velleman has won four turnovers to date this season, the equal fifth most in the competition despite his side only having played one fixture; no player has won more than four in a single game this year. This game may well get ugly for the home team. The Chiefs should win by at least 20 points.


Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Sithembiso Sithole, 17 Martin Bezuidenhout, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Cyril-John Velleman, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Jaco van Tonder.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Glen Fisiiahi, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Johan Bardoul, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Mitchell Graham.    
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Atu Moli, 19 James Tucker, 20 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Anton Lienert-Brown, 23 Sam McNicol.

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

The plaudits flew thick and fast between Durban and Cape Town this week, but the fake cordiality will fly out the window at Newlands on Saturday.

Derbies between the Stormers and Sharks are always testy, often spiteful.

The Stormers are among four unbeaten teams, with two wins from two starts - the others being the Brumbies, Lions and Sharks, all on nine points.

Sharks Director of Rugby said this is a significant game, the pecking order in the South African conference will sort itself out in the next few weeks.

"We believe this will be our sternest test," Gold told a media briefing.

He spoke of having lost key individuals like Patrick Lambie and Jean Deysel to injury.

However, he is confident the Sharks have the dept to deal with the disruptions.

"This weekend will be another step up, at a packed Newlands.

"We will have to play the right game and be on it for the full 80 minutes."

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck, who was in an equally magnifying mood, said that the Durban side should prove a good test for his team - as they have raised their game defensively, and will provide the usual physical challenge up front.

"I think they are a much-improved side, certainly defensively they are a much better outfit," Fleck said at his media briefing in Cape Town.

"They are looking well organised and well drilled in that regard.

"They have got a strong scrum, they have got a strong maul and they are looking to back themselves a bit more," he added.

Recent results:
2015: Sharks won 34-12, Durban
2015: Stormers won 29-13, Cape Town
2014: Sharks won 34-10, Cape Town
2014: Stormers won 21-19, Durban
2013: Stormers won 22-15, Cape Town
2013: Sharks won 12-6, Durban

Prediction: The spoils are split at three wins apiece in the six games since the Sharks beat the Stormers 26-19 in the 2012 semifinals. Four of the Stormers' last five home matches have seen the losing side in the fixture being held to single figures in the opening half. The Sharks are aiming for a sixth consecutive win in Super Rugby; the last time they went on a longer run was between 2006 and 2007 when they won a club record eight straight games. The Stormers have missed an average of only eight tackles per game so far this season and enjoy a tackling success of 92 percent, making them the best tackling team in the competition. The Sharks have averaged 550 metres over the gainline this season, the most of any team and one of only two teams (Lions) to average more than half a kilometre. These are two teams with similar styles - relying on solid set pieces and determined defence. The Stormers have looked just a bit more clinical and should win at home - by eight points.


Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi , 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Huw Jones.

Sharks : 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Hyron Andrew, 20 Philip van der Walt, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Garth April, 23 Sibusiso Sithole.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning and additional reporting by AFP

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Rebels keep hapless Reds winless

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:33

REPORT: The Rebels kept the hapless Reds winless and stuck at the bottom of the Super Rugby standings.

In a game of ebb and flow the Rebels eventually won 25-23 - with six Jack Debreczeni penalties proving to be the difference.

The Rebels started off well enough and soon held a 16-0 lead, before the Reds eventually found their rhythm and closed the gap to just 10-16 at the half-time break.

After that it became an arm-wrestle - with the Rebels struggling to get back into that dominant, free-flowing game that served them so well in the first half-hour.

The Reds, although a much improved team from what they produced in the early stages, still made far too many unforced errors and penalties - which allowed the Rebels to hold on for the win.

Debreczeni kicked six penalty goals and a conversion as the Rebels staved off a late charge from a Reds team reduced to 14 men in the final 10 minutes - to win their second game of the season and their first at home.

The Reds fought back from 0-16 down after 35 minutes in their first match under the new coaching regime of Matt O'Connor and Nick Stiles following the sacking of head coach Richard Graham during the week.

The Reds looked set to pull off a spirited win when Jake McIntyre kicked them to a 23-22 lead with 13 minutes remaining - only to lose centre Anthony Fainga'a to the sin bin for the final seven minutes of the game.

Debreczeni kicked the Rebels back to the front with 11 minutes left, but the home side had to defend desperately as the undermanned Reds fought back through multiple phases inside Melbourne's quarter before time ran out.

The Reds scored two tries to one with McIntyre landing three penalties and two conversions.

Fullback Jonah Placid scored off a grubber kick by scrum-half Ben Meehan in the 14th minute but Queensland scored twice through scrumhalf Nick Frisby and hooker Andrew Ready.

"The Reds were out to smash us and put us on the back foot and we put in a real gutsy effort. I couldn't be more proud of them," Rebels skipper Sean McMahon said.

The Reds skipper Rob Simmons said ill-discipline had cost his side.

"We knew we were right in it right through the whole game and it was just our discipline that let us down from the start to finish," Simmons said.

"But I'm really proud of the guys but that's the start and we have to get better again."

The Rebels, who only arrived back this week from South Africa, are off to Tokyo to play the Sunwolves next week.

Man of the match: Jake Schatz and Rob Simmons were the steadying influence in a Reds pack that worked its way back into a game that almost got away from them. Nick Frisby is beginning to settle down nicely as the Reds' starting scrumhalf. Curtis Browning showed the impact players can make off the bench with a couple of crucial turnovers and some powerful bursts with ball in hand. The Reds' scrum came back at the Rebels pack in a big way and won crucial moments in the second half. The Rebels' loose forwards - Adam Thomson, captain Sean McMahon (especially) and Jordy Reid - were all over the place and very influential. Young Sione Tuipolotu, who had not yet turned 19 and only came in as a late replacement on matchday, had a satisfactory debut in the midfield. Jonah Placid, although not flawless, was the rock in the last line of defence. However, our award goes to Rebels flyhalf Jack Debreczeni, who with his boot kept the Rebels in the lead for long periods and eventually won them the match.

The scorers:

For the Melbourne Rebels:
Con: Debreczeni
Pens: Debreczeni 6

For the Reds:
Frisby, Ready
Cons: McIntyre 2
Pens: McIntyre 3

Yellow card: Anthony Fainga'a (Reds, 73 - repeated infringements, slowing down the ball illegally)


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Sione Tuipolotu, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Ben Meehan, 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Sean McMahon (captain), 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Steve Cummins, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Dan Hawkins, 23 Kotaro Matsushima.

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Waita Setu, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Matt Mafi, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Scott Gale, 22 Sam Greene, 23 Ayumu Goromaru.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper (Australia), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

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Jonah Placid (13min)
Nick Frisby (34min) and Andrew Ready (59min)
Jack Debreczeni (15min)
Jake McIntyre (35min) and Jake McIntyre (60min)
Jack Debreczeni (5min), Jack Debreczeni (10min), Jack Debreczeni (24min), Jack Debreczeni (42min), Jack Debreczeni (54min), and Jack Debreczeni (68min)
Jake McIntyre (37min), Jake McIntyre (44min), and Jake McIntyre (66min)
Anthony Fainga'a (72min)
VENUE Melbourne
REFEREE Paul Williams (New Zealand)