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13:00 (GMT) | 12-03-2016
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McKenzie with the last penalty of the game adds another 3 points for the Chiefs. Full time
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A final line out for the Kings just passed the 22 line of the Chiefs. They maintain possession but just can't make it forward. Chiefs with the break away but the Kings defense catches up
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The horn sounds and the Kings will be looking to get the ball out as soon as they can
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Kings get the scrum but making short progress as they are stopped before their own 22 line. Penalty towards the home team and they opt for a clearance
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Scrum just outside the Kings 5 meter breaks down and is being reset
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Scrum at the 22 line of the Kings. Chiefs come away with it after missing the first pass.
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The away team maybe looking for 60 as the charge forward. The ref blows as a Kings player is down receiving treatment.
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Line out reset, they win the ball and attempt to move forward with the maul. The ref blows for a penalty millimeters away from the try line
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Kings with a line out at the 5 meter area of the away team, looking to salvage anything from this game.
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The Kings with a line out after play resumes and they win it marginally. Pressing forward but making little ground as the Chiefs hold a tight line
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McKenzie now almost certainly man of the match with that conversion
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Chiefs get the 50 by a TRY for Glen Fisiiahi
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Yellow card for Martin Bezuidenhout
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Chiefs moving the ball between the try line and the 5 meter but the Kings are holding firm
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Scrum reset again for a misplay by the Chiefs on the quick tap
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Chiefs now looking for their 50 with about 15 minutes to get it as the referee blows. Scrum resets after it breaks down.
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The Chiefs making ground from their own half instead of clearing and they're doing it well. They make it to the 22 meter line of the Kings. The Kings give away a scrum at 5 meters
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McKenzie with a perfect score thus far, securing another conversion
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The Chiefs pressing forward with menace inches from the try line
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Kings making their best effort to hold back more tries, but Sam Cane adds another 5 points to his teams score sheet with a TRY
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A line out for the Kings at their own 5 meter area calls for some desperate defending. Scrum just outside their 5 meter area. Penalty given to the Kings
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A scrum is underway and the Chiefs overpower the Kings winning the scrum. McKenzie all of the Kings defense causing them all kinds of problems
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McKenzie and Weber at the center of the Chiefs attack but a slip comes and Kings make a break for the other end of the field but they are quickly stopped
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A line out at the 10 meter area of the Kings, but play is halted as a Chiefs player is down on the ground
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The referee signals for the Kings to get things under way. They lose the line out and Chiefs are on the attack again
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Kings feeling a bit more confident as the Chiefs press forward now
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Fouché secures the 2 points
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Kings don't let them set them back and come away with a try after play resumes with a scrum anyway
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Try not given
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The Chiefs with a scrum inside their own half and a brilliant interception by Jaco van Tonder and the referee refers to TMO for the possible try...
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Chiefs fumble the ball and the Kings press forward but the indecision causes the attack to come to an end
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After a quick substitution the referee resumes play with a scrum at the 22 line of the Kings
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The Chiefs come away with the ball and make a lot of ground quickly as the home team is not reacting fast enough.
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McKenzie again secures the points
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The Kings fumbling the ball and right after play resumes and the Chiefs come way with another TRY this time for Cruden
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McKenzie does not disappoint with the conversion
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That turns out to be a mistake as the Chiefs make a break away and get a try early in the second half
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Kings with a line out at the 22 meter line at the bottom of the field. Losing ground at the scrum the decide to clear
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The Chiefs with a line out just before the 22 line of the home team, they press forward but lose possession.

Half Time

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Fouché fails to add the 2 extra points before the whistle for half time sounds
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The Kings are pushing forward and they get the TRY before half time
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The second half is underway
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Penalty awarded to the Kings and again they opt for the line out, desperately looking for 5 points
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Kings opt for a line out instead of the possible 3 points after play is resumed. Looking for a gap at the 5 meter area of the Chiefs.
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McKenzie adds the extras
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Turnover for the Chiefs but a penalty is given that halts play. They take it quickly and are moving forward with menace and it's another TRY, this time for Seu
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McKenzie adds the extras
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Chiefs with a good clearance shortly after play restarts, but the ball is cleared by the Kings defense
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McKenzie gets a TRY of the game of an outstanding bit of play by the Chiefs
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Kings making ground inside the away teams half slowly but the turnover comes and there is a break!
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McKenzie puts the Chiefs ahead again by 1 point
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Penalty towards the Chiefs; Kings player not releasing in the ruck
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Both teams kicking defensively but the Chiefs come away with the ball and are now in the 5 meter area, applying heavier pressure to the home team.
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They come away with another penalty and Fouché gets the ball between the poles again for another 3 points
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Kings winning the turnover and making a promising break on the bottom side of the field but the recovering is there by the Chiefs defense
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Kings get awarded a penalty and Fouché gets another 3 points for his team
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Kings now in a good position with a scrum just within the 22 meter area of the Chiefs. They make the break but fumble the ball just before the 5 meter line
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McKenzie secures the extras
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The away team applying the pressure now and they manage the TRY!
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The Kings being pressed back in the maul up field at their 10 meter line. Foul to the Chiefs. The ball is booted and the Chiefs have a line out at hte 5 meter area
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The Chiefs win the ball and move forward confidently but Kings steal the ball from the ruck
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A scrum now in the Kings' half but they manage the clearance for a line out on the opposite side of the field
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Now the third scrum at the third scrum at the 5 meter area, Chiefs with the turnover but illegally and Kings come away with a penalty
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The three points is secured
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Scrum at the 5 meter area as the Kings try to get the lead again. Referee resets the scrum.
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Kings have a line out at the away teams 5 meter area. They win the line out and look for the try with the maul. They don't secure the points though because Steven Sykes was held up over the line
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Damian McKenzie looking to even the scores with the penalty gained from the advantage. He secures the points
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Penalty to Chiefs; Kings player not releasing the ball. The Chiefs now making their move towards the try line. Playing with an advantage and the referee blows
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Kings moving along the top side of the field at their own 10 meter area
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Chiefs win the subsequent scrum and start making ground, with good steps but they fumble the ball
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A good kick sees the ball at the opposite side of the field for a line out. The Kings holding most of the possession early on in the game. Knock on by the Kings
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Kings moving forward again with a promising maul, but Chiefs collapsing the maul again
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Both teams clearing the ball but the Chiefs come away with a line out at the home teams 22 meter area
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Kings take the lead early. Both teams ready for a scrum at midfield which is won by the Kings
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And they get 3 points from way out
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Penalty to the home side; Chiefs collapsed the maul
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Line out to the Kings, who make good ground after winning the line out in the maul
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The players are now on the field waiting for the whistle
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There have been a few changes to the Chiefs starting lineup.
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The Kings are hunting for their first win since Round 13, 2013, though two of their three wins have come when playing at home.
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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
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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.
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  • 15 Jurgen Visser
  • 14 Luzuko Vulindlu
  • 13 Stefan Watermeyer
  • 12 Shane Gates
  • 11 Malcolm Jaer
  • 10 Louis Fouché
  • 9 Ntando Kebe
  • 8 Jacques Engelbrecht
  • 7 Thembelani Bholi
  • 6 Chris Cloete
  • 5 JC Astle
  • 4 Steven Sykes
  • 3 Jacobie Adriaanse
  • 2 Edgar Marutlulle
  • 1 Schalk Ferreira
  • 23 Jaco van Tonder
  • 22 Elgar Watts
  • 21 Kevin Luiters
  • 20 CJ Velleman
  • 19 Schalk Oelofse
  • 18 Tom Botha
  • 17 Martin Bezuidenhout
  • 16 Sithembiso Sithole
  • 25 Yoshikazu Fujita
  • 24 Hika Elliot
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
  • 14 Glen Fisiiahi
  • 13 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 12 Charlie Ngatai
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 9 Brad Weber
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 6 Taleni Seu
  • 5 Johan Bardoul
  • 4 Michael Allardice
  • 3 Siate Tokolahi
  • 2 Rhys Marshall
  • 1 Mitchell Graham
  • 23 Sam McNicol
  • 22 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 20 Maama Vaipulu
  • 19 James Tucker
  • 18 Atunaisa Moli
  • 17 Pauliasi Manu
  • 16 Hika Elliot
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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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Chiefs rout crownless Kings

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 15:06

REPORT: The Chiefs hardly moved out of second gear, but were still too good for the hopelessly outclassed Southern Kings.

Outscoring them by seven tries to two, the Chiefs secured a 58-24 bonus-point win in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The Kings had their moments in the first half, but they were ruthlessly punished by a Chiefs team that is among the best in turning opposition mistakes into points.

The visitors rammed home the point in a five-minute blitzkrieg just round the half-hour mark, when tries by Damian McKenzie and Taleni Seu, along with a McKenzie penalty, took the score from 12-10 in favour of the Kings to 27-12 in favour of the Chiefs.

After that it was a matter of by how much the visitors would win.

McKenzie, the 20-year-old New Zealander with a painstakingly slow goal-kicking method, became the highest individual scorer in a Super Rugby match this season with 28 points.

McKenzie surpassed the 23 points of Robert du Preez for the Stormers against Bulls in a South African derby two weekends ago.

His flawless show, which also included a try, took him to 57 points three matches into the season - 14 points more than second-place Christian Leali'ifano of the Brumbies.

McKenzie was the star of a workmanlike Chiefs' performance that brought a bonus point, with a couple of early second-half tries significantly stretching a 27-17 half-time advantage.

The Kings have the unwanted distinction of being the first of the 18 contenders in the expanded competition to concede more than 100 points.

As was the case against fellow South Africans the Sharks two weeks ago, the Kings began promisingly only to fade after the break with unforced errors severely punished.

The Chiefs got back on the winning trail after a shock home loss to another South African team, the Lions, in Hamilton last weekend.

Both teams led twice in the opening 30 minutes of a match played before a small crowd.

Then, a McKenzie try close to the posts, after quickly recycled ball when giant Glen Fisiiahi was floored by 73-kilogram fellow wing Malcolm Jaer, left the visitors 20-12 ahead.

That eight-point gap increased by 10 by half-time and when centre Charlie Ngatai and fly-half Aaron Cruden crossed the try-line soon after the interval, the outcome was obvious.

Errors crept into Kings' game, including missed tackles, knock-ons and over-long throws to line-outs, and the clinical Chiefs took advantage.

Success for the Kiwi outfit took them to the top of the New Zealand conference, one point ahead of defending champions Highlanders.

Kings, tipped by many pundits to be one of the Super Rugby whipping boys this season, are pointless and bottom of the Africa Two table.

Both teams face long journeys ahead of Round Four matches next weekend with Chiefs playing Jaguares in Buenos Aires and Kings tackling the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Man of the match: Chris Cloete was the most productive and effective of the Kings players, while Thembelani Bholi and Edgar Marutlulle had their moments. While the Chiefs set pieces were put under pressure at times, it is in the backline where they dominated and outclassed the opposition - with Damian McKenzie, Charlie Ngatai, Aaron Cruden and Brad Weber causing havoc for the haphazard Kings defence. Our award goes to Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie, who - apart from the constant threat he posed with ball in hand - contributed 28 points with a flawless kicking performance (seven conversions and three penalties) as well as scoring one of his team's seven tries.

The scorers:

For the Southern Kings:
Marutlulle 2
Con: Fouche
Pens: Fouche 4

For the Chiefs:
Cane 2, McKenzie, Seu, Ngatai, Cruden, Fisiiahi
Cons: McKenzie 7
Pens: McKenzie 3

Yellow card: Martin Bezuidenhout (Kings, 68 - professional foul, illegally killing the ball)


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)


Edgar Marutlulle (40min) and Edgar Marutlulle (52min)
Sam Cane (21min), Damian McKenzie (32min), Taleni Seu (34min), Charlie Ngatai (43min), Aaron Cruden (45min), and Sam Cane (60min)
Louis Fouché (53min)
Damian McKenzie (22min), Damian McKenzie (33min), Damian McKenzie (35min), Damian McKenzie (43min), Damian McKenzie (46min), Damian McKenzie (62min), and Damian McKenzie (70min)
Louis Fouché (2min), Louis Fouché (15min), Louis Fouché (24min), and Louis Fouché (27min)
Damian McKenzie (11min), Damian McKenzie (30min), Glen Fisiiahi (69min), and Damian McKenzie (83min)
Martin Bezuidenhout (68min)
VENUE Port Elizabeth
REFEREE Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)