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Super Rugby | Cape Town
17:10 (GMT) | 19-03-2016
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Join us at 21.40 for the final match of the round between the Jaguares and the Sharks
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du Plessis secures the extras as the FULL TIME whistle is blown
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The horn sounds but Stormers show no intention of kicking the ball out and Zas makes a great run. They change pace and the ball is down field sent by Burger. Another TMO decision pending a try at the 80th minute. The TRY is awarded to Koch
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Stormers win the scrum but the referee signals fro play to stop. Scrum reset.
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The ball now with the Brumbies inside their own half and they get it away but the whistle stops play. Scrum at the 10 meter line of the away team.
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du Plessis fails to get the 2 points
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Etzebeth using his strength to get to the try line but is force to offload. Leyds drops the ball as he goes for the dive to get the try. TMO decision pending... The referee gives the TRY
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Stormers now playing the from their own half and Zas finds some space up field and makes a break. The offload comes but it's fumbled and the Brumbies come away with a scrum at the 5 meter
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Brumbies get the ball and Toua kicks the ball into touch at the 22
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Line-out at the 10 meter but the referee calls for a scrum. Scrum reset
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Penalty towards the Stormers at the scrum and du Plessis kicks it into touch
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The Brumbies resume play with a man down. Scrum at the 10 meter line of the Stormers. Scrum reset
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Coleman preparing himself after tensions have somewhat calmed down to take the penalty. He secures the points
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TMO decision shows that Mann-Rea gave two fist punches in the face of Kebble and the referee shows him the red card
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de Jongh taking a few steps forward but the referee blows for some off the ball tussling between the players
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Brumbies with the clearance after they find the space. Line-out at the 22 for the Stormers. Kolisi hands it over but to the wrong player and the Brumbies lobs the ball upward
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Lealiifano sets his ball up for the penalty. He doesn't miss from the 5 meter line
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Brumbies get away with the ball after an intense stalemate with the packs.
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Scrum at the 5 meter line of the Stormers. Scrum reset
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Coleman taking his time with the kick. He gets the 2 points
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Stormers with patient build up play and they find the space working from down field at the 10 meter line all the way up to the try line. Kolisi scores the TRY
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The clearance is there by the Brumbies but Stormers press onward. They lose possession at their 10 meter line
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Stormers clear from their own 10 meter line and the ball is into touch just outside the 5 meter line
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The ball is lobbed forward by the Brumbies and picked up by Kolbe who makes some good ground before being brought down
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Coleman offloads under pressure but the referee says knock on. Scrum outside the 22. Scrum resets
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The Stormers making some good ground into the Brumbies' half with a cheeky kick forward which is then fumbled by the Brumbies. Line-out at the 10 meter now
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The Stormers now in the 22 but the clearance is there. Line-out at the 10 meter line of the away team while medical staff attend to some players
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Line-out at the mid field and the Stormers move the ball way up then change down again
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Penalty for the Brumbies as Lealiifano steps up and secures the points this time
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Stormers get the ball and move forward in the mid field but the referee blows. Scrum at the 10 meter of the home team. Scrum reset and Brumbies get the ball and find space down field in the 22
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The clearance comes immediately from the Stormers and it's a line-out at center field. The Brumbies moves the ball down field. but the Stormers maintaining a good line
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Lealiifano gets the half underway

Half Time

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Coleman lobs the ball as the siren sounds and the ball is sent into touch. HALF TIME
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Brumbies with a penalty and Lealiifano looking to make sure his team gets the points but misses the kick
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Brumbies now in possession at the 10 meter line of the Stormers when the referee blows and calls a few players together to have a word
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Stormers do come away with a penalty and Coleman makes it 3 from 4
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The referee referring to the TMO for a possible slap in the face from Tomane. The referee shows no punishment despite clear malicious intent
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Line-out at the 22 for the Stormers pushing forward in the maul and tensions are rising now between the team
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Brumbies resumed play and the Stormers moving passed the 10 meter line, looking to reclaim their lead. A smart kick forward and de Jongh tries to power through but is brought down
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The Brumbies now with it again inside their own 22 finding it difficult to break through. The referee blows for a penalty to the home team. Coleman steps up with the intention of making it three from three, and hits the pole
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Lealiifano misses the conversation
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An excellent break by the Brumbies moving the ball from up field and changing position swiftly. Speight gets credit for the TRY after a strong run
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Coleman with the clearance and line-out at the 10 meter line up field. The referee blows for a penalty against the Stormers and the ball is kicked into touch at the 22
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The Brumbies push the Stormers back but the referee blows, Brumbies player playing the ball on the gorund
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Stormers moving forward with a maul but hit a wall. the referee blows for a scrum
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Stormers clear but finds the ball and shows them some steps before his offload finds the Brumbies up field at the 10 meter
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Scrum outside the 22 now. The Brumbies in a good position to get some points on the board. Scrum reset
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Stormers applying real pressure at the 5 meter line but the boot is there and the ball is away. Kicked into touch around the 22 of the Stormers
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Burger making a break but the Stormers lose it shortly after. Scrum at the 22 of the Brumbies
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Line-out at 22 of the Stormers and they try to play the ball out this time around but run into a ruck. They come away with the ball and decide to clear this time. The ball is shifted down field and out for a line-out
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Kotze Almost with the break but fails to control the passed ball. Scrum at the 10 meter of the home team. Both packs standing firm and the clearance comes from the Stormers
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Another penalty to the Stormers in a good position outside the 22. Coleman focusing and checking the angle. He adds the 3 extra points
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Brumbies make the break with a wide pass down field into space. Line-out at the 22 of the home team and the referee blows. Penalty to the Stormers and Coleman kicks it into touch
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Scrum just outside the 22 and the Brumbies clear the ball. Another clearance, this time from the Stormers
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Carr trying to power forward but is surrounded and brought down at the 10 meter line up field
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Play resumes with the line-out and the ball is subsequently cleared into touch at the 10 meter line of the away team
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The Brumbies looking for a more substantial form of points, pressing forward into the 22 of the Stormers but the clearance is there and it's a line-out at the opposite 22
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Penalty to the Stormers in line with the post. Coleman gets the first points of the game
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The Stormers kick the ball into touch at the 10 meter of the away team.
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Line-out at the 5 meter for the Brumbies and they start moving forward and clear eventually
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The Brumbies decide to play the ball forward and find the themselves at center mid field and bombing forward into the 22 of the Stormers but the clearance is there for the home team to chase
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Both teams lobbing the ball away from their respective 22's early in the game.
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The referee gets the game underway
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The players now running onto the pitch
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The last 6 games between the 2 teams show each side with 3 victories each. Both teams winning and losing at home to the other.
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Welcome to Cape Town where the Brumbies take on the Stormers
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  • 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 6 Nizaam Carr
  • 7 Siya Kolisi
  • 8 Schalk Burger
  • 9 Nic Groom
  • 10 Kurt Coleman
  • 11 Dillyn Leyds
  • 12 Juan de Jongh
  • 13 Johnny Kotze
  • 14 Kobus van Wyk
  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 17 Oliver Kebble
  • 18 Vincent Koch
  • 19 JD Schickerling
  • 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 21 Louis Schrueder
  • 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis
  • 23 Leolin Zas
  • 1 Scott Sio
  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 3 Ben Alexander
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 5 Sam Carter
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 7 David Pocock
  • 8 Jarrad Butler
  • 9 Tomas Cubelli
  • 10 Christian Lealiifano
  • 11 Joe Tomane
  • 12 Matt Toomua
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 14 Henry Speight
  • 15 Aidan Toua
  • 16 Josh Mann-Rea
  • 17 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 18 Les Makin
  • 19 Tom Staniforth
  • 20 Jordan Smiler
  • 21 Michael Dowsett
  • 22 Robbie Coleman
  • 23 Nigel Ah Wong
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Fri, 18 Mar 2016 01:01

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

There are two significant matches on Super Saturday - both historical events.

First there is Japan newcomers the Sunwolves, who host the Rebels at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium - the first Australian team to play a Super Rugby match in Tokyo.

The next two matches may well both be blow-outs - the Crusaders at home to the Southern Kings in Christchurch and the Reds under pressure to follow last week's maiden win for the season with a second triumph against a desperate Blues outfit.

Then there is the all South African derby between the Lions and Cheetahs in Johannesburg - with both teams having travelled back home this week after two early tour, the Lions from Dunedin in New Zealand and the Cheetahs from Singapore.

After that follows one of the matches of the weekend - the unbeaten Brumbies head to Newlands full of confidence after three rounds that have seen wins  over 2015 beaten finalists the Hurricanes and 2014 champions Waratahs.

The Stormers last week suffered their first loss of the year to the Sharks - the only other unbeaten side in the expanded 18-team competition this year.

The New Zealand conference leaders, the Chiefs, feature in Super Rugby's debut appearance in Argentina - where they play the Jaguares.

We look at the Saturday, March 19, matches below!
Japan's Sunwolves will continue to make history, this week by hosting the Melbourne Rebels in Tokyo.

The Sunwolves might be Super Rugby's newcomers, but there will be some familiar faces at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Rebels foundation player Laurie Weeks said the Japanese side will be an "exiting" team.

"Their games have been close, especially the one-point [loss] against the Cheetahs," Weeks said in an interview on the Rebels website.

"I know personally up front that I've got a battle against two very good international front row forwards in Shota [Horie] and Gaki [Keita Inagaki], good friends of ours so it will be very interesting."

Sunwolves captain Horie, who scored his new franchise's first ever Super Rugby try against the Lions in the opening round, made 18 appearances for the Rebels in 2013 after becoming the first Japanese international to sign with an Australian Super Rugby franchise.

Horie quickly became a fan favourite in Melbourne, going on to win the Rebels' People's Choice award in 2014.

"He's an excellent player, if you watch any of his games he's one of the best players on the field and Gaki is very physical and strong in the scrum so it's going to be a big challenge but looking forward to it.

"Shota is a very dynamic player, strong leader and one of those hookers you'll see very comfortable in the backline.

"He had the silkiest hands in our team when he was here and he doesn't mind a little kick or two so he's a very dangerous and exciting player."

Rebels coach Tony McGahan also struck a cautionary note ahead of Saturday's historic outing.

"We're expecting a very passionate, fast paced and technical game from the Sunwolves on Saturday," McGahan said.

"For a new side, they continue to impress with their development, and we expect nothing less again this weekend, so we're prepared for a difficult challenge in a new environment for many of the players."
Recent results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Sunwolves' 28 first half points against the Cheetahs in Round Three was the equal most points scored by any team in the opening half of any match across the first three weekends of Super Rugby. This will be the Sunwolves' first Super Rugby encounter with a team outside of South Africa. The Rebels become the first Australian team to travel to Japan to face the Sunwolves, though they've won only one of their 21 matches away from home outside of Australia. Mitch Inman has made 35 carries this season, the third most of any Australian player and the sixth most in the competition. The Sunwolves have won the fewest total line-outs (11) and have the lowest line-out success (73 percent) of any team in the competition so far this season. It is likely to be a close contest for at least the first hour, with the Rebels to sneak a win with a couple of late scores - by 10 to 15 points.


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

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 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Dan Hawkins, 23 Stone Tuipulotu.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Noriaki Hashimoto (Japan)
TMO: Takashi Hareda (Japan)
The Kings will feel insulted that the Crusaders are sending a team with a decidedly fringe feel to it into battle.

Nine changes, including 'resting' All Black Kieran Read, says it all.

Coach  Todd Blackadder has also given several other internationals - like Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Andy Ellis - a break ahead of the more demanding road trip to South Africa and Perth.

Like his coach injured fullback Marty McKenzie took the diplomatic route when fronting up to the media this week.

"We have tried to put the Kings' poor form in the back of our minds," McKenzie said - who withdrew from the team, after initially being named at fullback - on the advice of the medical team.

McKenzie had a tight hamstring after training on Thursday and has been withdrawn as a precautionary measure.

"We are really looking to have a massive game," the injured back said.

Kings coach Deon Davids produced the expected list of cliches when asked about his team of underdogs.

"The Crusaders are a well-balanced team and we are expecting this match to be an exceptional challenge for us as a team," he said.

Davids said the team was focused on improving on their performance game by game.

"We have only had one practice session so far this week, due to the long trip, so we have tried to cover some of the issues we identified from the last game.

"We have also spoken a lot about concentration, specifically in the 10 minutes before and after half time," he said.

Kings captain Steven Sykes also spoke about a "tough game" against the Crusaders.

"I told the team that this is probably going to be the toughest game of the competition," Sykes said.

"The Crusaders are a great team, In all my years playing, I have never played against a weak Crusaders team," he said.

Sykes said the forwards were confident in their set piece, having held their own in the first two games of the season.

"I think the guys are ready for the match, we just need to focus on cutting out some of the soft moments in the game and making less errors," he added.

Previous result:
2013: Crusaders won 55-20, Christchurch

Prediction: The only previous match between these sides saw 75 points scored with 55 of those points scored by the Crusaders in Round Six, 2013. The Crusaders have kept their opponents to fewer than 10 points in the opening half of four of their last five Super Rugby matches. This will be the Kings first foray away from home since their 2013 season - which saw them accrue just one win and one draw on the road, both of which came in Australia. Nemani Nadolo averages four defenders beaten per game so far in 2016, the third most of any New Zealand-based player behind Chiefs duo Damian McKenzie and Charlie Ngatai. Kings flank Chris Cloete has won six turnovers so far this season, the equal most of any player in the competition from only two games. It would be a surprise if the Crusaders do not put 50 points past the Kings.


Crusaders: 15 Ben Volavola, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 David Havili, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jimmy Tupou, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Ryan Crotty, 23 Jone Macilai.

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

Referee: William Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Wratt (New Zealand)
It has been a season of disappointment for both teams.

The Blues started off like a house on fire - winning all their pre-season matches and the first match of the season proper. However, they have since gone off the boil.

The Reds lost their first two matches and then axed coach Richard Graham. They lost last week, but finally showed some grit against the Rebels.

Reds co-interim coach Matt O'Connor said they took some steps forward last week, but there's still a lot to work on.

"The two things we can address immediately are our discipline and how we start the game," O'Connor said.

"That let us down last week. We've certainly got some concrete elements we can improve on as continue to develop.

"We decided it was important to stick with the team, as combinations are important and we thought there was a marked improvement last week.

"We're trying to get the most mileage out of the combinations we've had.

"The players are really excited about being back at Suncorp Stadium and putting out a performance they're proud of."

Forwards coach Glenn Moore felt the conditions - as much as the opposition - is what could trip the visitors up.

The forecast for Brisbane is a hot and humid 31ºC on Saturday.

"We know it's going to be hot and that there is going to be high humidity over there," Moore told the NZ Herald.

As a result the Blues have loaded their bench with forwards.

"The forwards have had high workloads in those games and we want to have those options open to us to us that bench," Moore added.

Recent results:
2014: Blues won 44-14, Auckland
2013: Reds won 12-11, Brisbane
2012: Reds won 23-11, Auckland
2011: Reds won 30-13, Brisbane (semifinal)
2011: Reds won 37-31, Brisbane
2010: Blues won 27-18, Brisbane

Prediction: The Reds have won four of their last five matches against the Blues, including a 30-13 semifinal triumph in 2011. The Reds have won only one of their last nine matches against New Zealand opponents. The Blues have won twice in Australia since the beginning of the 2011 season, though their last win against the Reds across the Tasman Sea came in Round 3, 2010. The Reds (13) have conceded the most penalty goals of any team so far this season and have kicked fewer than half that many (6) in reply. George Moala made eight offloads for the Blues in Round Three, double that of any other player over the weekend to leapfrog straight to the top of the season table for offloads. It will be an arm-wrestle, with the Blues edging it - the margin in single digits.


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 Pettowa Paraka, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Scott Gale, 22 Sam Greene, 23 Ayumu Goromaru.

Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Male Sa'u, 12 George Moala, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino (captain), 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, Ofa Tu'ungafasi.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Hoani Matenga, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Akira Ioane, 22 Billy Guyton, 23 Matt McGahan.

Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)
There were contrasting scenes as the Lions and Cheetahs faced the media during their build-up to Saturday's derbies.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann was confronted with questions over his decision to play his son Ruan and the Golden Lions Rugby Union hit back at 'unfounded' reports of a threatening player exodus.

This comes against the background of the Lions' first loss of the season - to the Highlanders last week.

The Cheetahs, who edged the Sunwolves for their first win of the season, were in a far more jovial mood.

The GLRU said it "took notice" of a article doing the rounds about the exodus of Lions players - which include stars like Warren Whiteley, Franco Mostert and Ross Cronje.
"The GLRU was not approached for comment on the story and is appalled that information is distributed without clearing the facts with the union," the GLRU hit back in a statement.

"Although some of the players mentioned in the article have asked to play overseas during the 2016 Currie Cup season, no contracts have been signed and we are still in negotiations."

Ackermann, who said his son Ruan deserves his chance on merit, is confident the off-field sideshows will not distract his charges.

Both teams have travelled back from aboard - the Lions from Dunedin in New Zealand and the Cheetahs from Singapore.

"Hopefully we have enough left in the tank, because the Cheetahs are a quality side," Ackermann told a media briefing.

He said they won't use the travelling as an excuse - despite having flown over 50,000 kilometres from Johannesburg to Tokyo, then to Hamilton, on to Dunedin and back to Johannesburg in just over two weeks.

"There is a bye next week where they can relax and recover - ahead of the next part of the campaign," the Lions coach said.

Cheetahs captain Francois Venter said the Lions can be beaten at Ellis Park, even though they have build an impressive record on their home ground in the last couple of years.

Venter said for the Cheetahs it is vital that they maintain the momentum they gained from the come-from-behind, one-point win over the Sunwolves in Singapore last week.

"Our defence will have to improve dramatically," Venter said of a match in which they leaked four tries before securing the late win.

"The soft moments that cost us last week can't be afforded this week," he added.

Recent results:
2015: Lions won 40-17, Bloemfontein
2015: Lions won 34-29, Johannesburg
2014: Lions won 60-25, Johannesburg
2014: Lions won 21-20, Bloemfontein
2012: Cheetahs won 26-5, Welkom
2012: Lions won 27-25, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Lions have won their last four matches against the Cheetahs and have scored 134 points in their last three encounters. After falling to the Highlanders in Round Three the Lions will be looking to avoid back-to-back defeats for the first time since the corresponding round last season. The Cheetahs finished their 2015 season with an away win against the Bulldogs and will now be looking to back that win up for consecutive away victories against South African opponents for the first time since Round 15, 2013. The Lions have starved their opposition of possession allowing them an average of just 12 minutes and 15 seconds of time in possession, the least of any team. The Cheetahs have the lowest scrum success rate so far this season (76 percent), they also had the lowest rate last season (73 percent). The Lions were not as bad as last week's scoreline suggest - given that two crucial tries by the Highlanders just after halftime were both illegal. And the Cheetahs have struggle with their defence all season. The Lions should win by 10 to 15 points.


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Armand Van Der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, Jaco van der Walt, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

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

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck identified the breakdown as the area where his team's encounter with the Brumbies is likely to be decided.

The Canberra-based Brumbies have made an impressive start to the season.

The Australian outfit is equal top of the try-count with 15, the same as the Chiefs, and much of their success has originated from winning the battle of the breakdown.

"We understand that we are going to be under pressure in terms of our exits, at set-piece and at the breakdown," Fleck said.

"We have spoken about it for a number of weeks. It is the breakdown with [David] Pocock, [Scott] Fardy and Stephen Moore where they put teams under massive pressure."

Fleck made no secret of the fact that they have focussed on aspects like the breakdown in training this week.

"We have identified one or two things we need to work on this week, both in terms of ourselves and the Brumbies," the coach said.

The Brumbies are looking to continue their undefeated start to the Super Rugby season.

"This weekend will be another difficult game and will pose its own challenges," coach Brumbies Stephen Larkham told a media briefing in Cape Town.

"Things have worked out pretty well for us so far, but I expect from here on teams will start to challenge us more."

Larkham said that while the Stormers have been trying to "throw the ball around a little more", their defence remains the hallmark of their game.

Recent results:
2015: Brumbies won 39-19, Cape Town (preliminary play-off match)
2015: Stormers won 25-24, Cape Town
2014: Brumbies won 25-15, Canberra
2013: Stormers won 35-22, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 16-3, Canberra
2010: Brumbies won 19-17, Cape Town

Prediction: The Stormers have won three of their last four regular season encounters with the Brumbies and haven't lost to them on home soil in the regular season since Rd 3, 2010. The Stormers have won five and drawn one of their last eight matches at home in Super Rugby but after defeat in Round Three will be aiming to avoid consecutive losses at home for the first time since the 2011 semifinals. The Brumbies will be looking to start a Super Rugby campaign with three straight home wins for the fourth time in the last five seasons. The Brumbies have scored 15 tries in their opening three matches this season, the equal most of any team in the competition (Chiefs). The Stormers' three tries conceded this season is the fewest of any team and they've not conceded more than one try in any single quarter. The Stormers can never be written off, but the Brumbies appear to have too much class and should win by at least seven points.


Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 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 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Leolin Zas.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Robbie Coleman, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
The two-time champion Chiefs may just walk into an ambush in Buenos Aires.

The Jaguares - who are coming off a bye following their two games in South Africa, where they beat the Cheetahs (34-33) and then lost to the Sharks (15-19) - have named a shadow Test team.

There are six changes to the side that lost to the Sharks - with players like Thomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Juan Martin Hernández, Jeronimo de la Fuente and Joaquin Tuculet all back.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has also made six changes, but did not have the class of players to call on that the homes side brought into the selection frame.

The key for the Chiefs is 20-year-old unflappable fullback Damian McKenzie, who heads the individual points scoring list with 57 and tops the try-scoring list with three.

Jaguares Martin Gaitan, a member of the Jaguares' coaching staff, warned of the threats posed by a "good" Chiefs team.

"They look break you down all the time, in different ways - with the ball in hand, through kicking or on defence," Gaitan said.

"They are a team with great offensive intent and always play with great pace."

He said the key to denying the Chiefs those attacking opportunities is to dominate the set pieces.

"The Chiefs are good at creating opportunities by building momentum and winning the collisions," Gaitan added.

Recent results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Jaguares head home for the first time in their Super Rugby history and will also face their first ever New Zealand opposition after a win and a loss against South African opponents. The Chiefs' 58 point haul against the Kings last weekend was their fourth most points ever in a Super Rugby match and their most since the highest scoring match in Super Rugby history in Round 2, 2010. The Chiefs have won their last two away matches outside of New Zealand by a combined score line of 82-27. The Jaguares are one of only two teams (Sharks) in the competition who are yet to concede a try in the second half of a match. James Lowe has made seven offloads this season, the equal second most of any player and one more than Chiefs teammate Charlie Ngatai who is ranked equal fourth. This is one of the most talked about games of the season and certainly the game of the weekend. The Chiefs may just run out of energy in the final quarter, which could see the Jaguares sneak a late winner - five points or less.


Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 12 Juan Martin Hernández, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Roberto Tejerizo, 18 Felipe Arregui, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Matías Moroni.

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

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Stormers sink bruised Brumbies

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 19:17

REPORT: The Stormers ran in three second half tries to defeat the Brumbies 31-11 in a bruising encounter at Newlands on Saturday to hand the Brumbies their first defeat of the season.

Maybe kicking is best after all. Last week the Stormers passed and ran and lost. This week they kicked and won. It may seem that a lot of the kicking was pointless but the truth is that it certainly was not. The Brumbies had , not by much, the majority of possession but the Stormers had 70% of the territory. Having territory proved better than having possession, it seemed, even if it was the boot that kept the Brumbies a long way from the Stormers' goal line. The upshot was a first defeat in Super Rugby 2016.

The Brumbies also had two silly incidents that damaged their cause. First Joe Tomane, who otherwise had a really good game, banged into Dillyn Leyds after the whistle and then slapped him in the face, giving the Stormers a sitter of a penalty. Then Josh Mann-Rea punched Oliver Kebble in the face more than once and was redcarded, leaving his side to play with 14 players for the last 16 minutes of the match. When he left the score was 16-11. It grew after that.

There was more to talk about in the try that Leyds scored in Tomane's tackle in the right corner. Leyds had an overlap but decided that the best dive was a high arch. Tomane's tackle dislodged the ball as Leyds reached down to ground it. The referee referred to the TMO and eventually awarded the try on the grounds that there was no evidence that the ball had  broken contact with Leyds's hands. Leyds himself did not think that he had scored! That happened four minutes from time when the score was 19-11.

After the match Stephen Moore, the Brumbies' captain, said that he thought the Stormers had deserved to win the match.

There were just under 30 000 people at Newlands on a balmy Saturday evening. They, of course, enjoyed their side's big win.

In the first two minutes of the match each of the Brumbies' wings, Tomane and Henry Speight had received passes from backline movement. That did not happen to Stormers' wings till a long time later, but the Brumbies' duo got the possession in their own territory and nothing came of it.

In Brumbies' territory the Stormers goaled their first two penalties in a match of few (12) penalties. The first was for offside, the second against Moore at a tackle. 6-0 after 16 minutes.

The next score was the sweetest try of the match. The Brumbies threw into a line-out on their left and won the ball. They went right and outside of Christian Leali'ifano there was a bunch of three backs. The flyhalf chose to pass to Tevita Kuridrani and he burst past Juan de Jongh and then Kurt Coleman before throwing, left-handed, a long (20 metres or so) pass to unmarked Speight on the right wing and he scored far out. 6-5 after 30 minutes.

The Stormers attacked with a maul from a line-out. The referee played advantage, Coleman chipped and Tomane was cross with Leyds. That gave the Stormers a penalty under the Brumbies' posts. 9-5 after 30 minutes.

Just before half-time Eben Etzebeth was penalised for tackling a player who did not have the ball but Leali'ifano missed the kick at goal.

At the break the Stormers thus led 9-5.

That became 9-8 early in the second half when Leali'ifano goaled  a penalty from a scrum.  

That is how the score stayed for 12 minutes, till Leali'ifano kicked to his right from deep in his 22. Leyds jumped and, as two Brumbies also jumped, caught the high ball. The Stormers went far right to Kobus van Wyk and then came back left where Nizaam Carr broke off a pass from Siya Kolisi. Suddenly Pieter-Steph du Toit was surging towards the line and the next thing Kolisi had dived over for a try. 16-8 after 57 minutes.

The Stormers made a mess of the kick-off and were penalised. Leali'ifano goaled. 16-11.

Five minutes later Mann-Rae was silly and sent off. Coleman goaled the subsequent penalty and from then on the Brumbies had no hope of winning. The Stormers shoved them off the ball and attacked from the tight head, Cheslin Kolbe sending Leyds to the corner on an overlap. He thought his silly dive and Tomane's intervention had cost him a try, but it did not do so in the end. 24-11 with 4 minutes to go.

From a scrum the Stormers went left to Leolin Zas and then along to the right where Schalk Burger nonchalantly lobbed a diagonal kick out to the wing. Sikhumbuzo Notshe caught the ball and headed for the line. He was flattened but Vincent Koch gathered., plunged and scored. Jean-Luc du Plessis, son of Carel and nephew of Willie and Michael, converted. 31-11.

Man of the Match: The front row and the locks are obvious candidates but our individual choice is that man of nonstop action and brave and skilled input, Siya Kolisi.


For the Stormers:
Tries: Kolisi, Leyds, Koch
Cons: Coleman, du Plessis
Pens: Coleman 4

For the Brumbies:
Try: Speight
Pens: Lealiifano 2


Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 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 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Leolin Zas.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Robbie Coleman, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

Siya Kolisi (55min), Dillyn Leyds (76min), and Vincent Koch (82min)
Henry Speight (29min)
Kurt Coleman (56min) and Jean-Luc du Plessis (83min)
Kurt Coleman (6min), Kurt Coleman (16min), Kurt Coleman (37min), and Kurt Coleman (65min)
Christian Lealiifano (45min) and Christian Lealiifano (60min)
Josh Mann-Rea (64min)
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