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10:50 (GMT) | 26-03-2016
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Pisi adds the extras and the ref blows for full-time! Thank you for joining us at Rugby365.com for this match. Be sure to join us for the Cheetahs vs Brumbies coming up next
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TRY SUNWOLVES! Yuki Yatomi scores from a beautiful lineout set piece
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Sunwolves continue to attack the Bulls line with no reward. Serfontein had to make a try saving tackle.
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Strauss finds his jumper and the Bulls attack again through Ulengo who makes a fantastic run
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Bulls win another penalty on the halfway line. Brummer puts the ball into touch on the Sunwolves 22.
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Sunwolves on the attack in the 22 before Smit makes a great steal resulting in a Bulls penalty. Schoeman kicks for touch
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Penalty on the halfway for the Sunwolves. Pisi kicks for touch and the Sunwolves have an attacking lineout
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Yamada makes a good run but gets smashed by Ulengo .
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Bulls on the attack inside the Sunwolves 22 before being penalized. Penalty Sunwolves. Pisi clears the ball into touch
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Excessive amounts of penalties has send Ed Quirk to the bin.
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Schoeman adds the extras
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Bulls 5 meters out , Nyakane crashes over the line but it has been judged that he was held up. 5 meter scrum to the Bulls. From the 5 meter scrum Ulengo runs and looks to have scored against the base of the pole protectors. TMO in action- it is judged to be a TRY!
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Bulls win the penalty at the scrum. Schoeman will kick for touch to set up an attacking lineout. Strauss finds his jumper and Schoeman takes on the line. Kriel has a go again but is shut down well. Better play by the Bulls here.
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Kriel has a run for the Bulls before Strauss loses the ball forward. Basics need attention.
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Scrum resets a couple times chowing minutes off the clock
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Sunwolves on the attack inside the Bulls half before losing the ball forward on the 22. Scrum Bulls
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Viljoen hits the bar with a monster kick
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Sunwolves in the penalty on the halfway line. Viljoen will have a 60 range penalty attempt
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Pisi adds the extras with a superb kick from the corner
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What fantastic play by the Sunwolves, Horie started it off with a lovely offload who plays the ball to Pisi who breaks the line and offloads to Yamada who scores in the corner! Fantastic try
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Paige pins the Sunwolves into their own 22 with a lovely box kick.
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Kriel has a run, followed by Strauss. All comes to nothing as Gelant spills the ball and the Sunwolves have possession
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Bulls win another penalty , Schoeman kicks for touch
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Sunwolves attacking from deep before Pisi clears the ball to Gelant who does well
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Pisi hits the ball well and splits the uprights. Good kick
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Sunwolves win the penalty on a Bulls scrum. They opt to shoot for goal.
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Schoeman adds the extras.
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Maul set resulting in Roelof Smit crashing over for a try
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Bulls attack through Ulengo who makes a solid run, Gelant puts in a lovely grubber forcing Shigeno to hack the ball into touch. Lineout to the Bulls 5 meters from the Sunwolves line
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Bulls win the penalty at the scrum. Schoeman will kick for touch
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Pisi breaks the line and makes 30 meters he offloads to Yamada who tries to pass the ball back but he throws it forward and the Bulls have a scrum on their own 22
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Bulls on the attack inside the Sunwolves territory as Gelant has a crack followed by Snyman who loses the ball forward and the Sunwolves have the scrum put in.
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Second half underway

Half Time

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Half-Time see you all in a bit for the second half
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Schoeman pulls the penalty attempt to the right hand side of the upright
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The Bulls dominate the scrum again and win the tighthead. The ref also awards the Bulls a penalty from the domination taking place up front. Schoeman will have a shot at goal.
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Scrum resets a couple times. A fairly average half of rugby here
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Pisi clears the ball into touch. Bulls lineout inside the Sunwolves 22. Strauss finds his man and the maul is set again but the ref has blown them up again for accidental obstruction. Scrum to the Sunwolves
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Strauss finds his jumper and the maul is set again but the ref has called for accidental obstruction so the Sunwolves are given the scrum put in 5 meters from their own line.
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Bulls awarded another penalty from a dominant scrum. Schoeman kicks for touch to set up an attacking lineout position.
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Absolute chaos at the lineout as the Sunwolves stuff up badly and the Bulls are given the scrum put in
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Shigeno feeds the scrum and Pisi clears the ball to Gelant who puts the ball into touch. Sunwolves lineout inside their own half .
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Scrum to the Sunwolves just outside their 22
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Sunwolves ill disciplined , giving away numerous penalties
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Schoeman adds the extras
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Maul set by the Bulls results in Adriaan Strauss crashing over for the TRY!
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Bulls awarded another penalty . Schoeman will kick for touch to set up a lineout inside the Sunwolves 22
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The Bulls destroy the Sunwolves pack and are awarded the penalty. Schoeman opts to go for touch but he kicks the ball dead. Bad error
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Bulls on the attack once more as Ulengo runs a short line but loses the ball forward. Scrum Sunwolves
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Bulls opt to go for poles again and Schoeman adds another penalty
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Bulls on the Sunwolves line and there is a intentional foul play by Tomás Leonardi who gets a yellow card
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Sunwolves on the attack in the Bulls half but then they are penalized for obstruction. Schoeman will put the ball into touch.
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Schoeman adds the three points to the Bulls tally
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Bulls on the attack inside the Sunwolves 22. They are awarded the penalty . Schoeman will have another shot at goal
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Schoemans kick off goes out on the full. Scrum Sunwolves on the halfway line.
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Pisi lands the penalty and the Sunwolves extend their lead
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Penalty Sunwolves as Duratalo forces the player to hold onto the ball. Pisi will have a shot at goal
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Couple kicks back and forth before it eventually goes out and the Bulls have the lineout throw in their own half
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Horie finds his jumper on the halfway line . Pisi puts in a lovely chip kick but unfortunately loses the ball forward on the regather. Scrum to the Bulls just outside their own 22
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Pisi has a run for the Sunwolves . He gets shut down early and the Sunwolves are awarded the penalty. Pisi will kick for touch.
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Schoeman hits the ball well but the ball drifts to the left of the upright. 22 drop out to the Sunwolves
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Bulls attack through Snyman inside the Sunwolves half before the ref awards the Bulls another penalty and Schoeman will have a long range shot at goal to narrow the gap.
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Schoeman kicks the penalty and the Bulls have their first points of the game
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Bulls on the attack inside the Sunwolves 22 . Schoeman plays Botha who has a run but is tackled well. Strauss has a run before Jason Jenkins loses the ball and the Bulls are awarded a penalty which they opt to go for goal.
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Pisi adds the extras
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Early scrum for the Sunwolves then attack through Viljoen who puts in a kick and regathers . He then plays the ball to Andrew Durutalo who scores!!!!!!!!
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First half underway! Viljoen kicks off
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Almost time to get this game underway as the teams go through their last match preparations
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The Bulls have won only one of their last six matches immediately after a draw. Two of the Bulls' seven tries so far this season have originated from lineout steals, no team has scored more from that origin.
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The Bulls haven't won a Super Rugby match outside of South Africa since Round Four, 2013, losing their last 11 such games. The Sunwolves may still be searching for their maiden Super Rugby victory but they have led at half-time in their last two matches, outscoring opponents 39-19 in that period.
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Welcome to this Super Rugby clash between the Sunwolves and the Bulls in Singapore
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Keita Inagaki
  • 2 Shota Horie
  • 3 Takuma Asahara
  • 4 Hitoshi Ono
  • 5 Liaki Moli
  • 6 Yoshiya Hosoda
  • 7 Andrew Durutalo
  • 8 Tomás Leonardi
  • 9 Kaito Shigeno
  • 10 Tusi Pisi
  • 11 Akihito Yamada
  • 12 Yu Tamura
  • 13 Harumichi Tatekawa
  • 14 Viliami Lolohea
  • 15 Riaan Viljoen
RESERVES
  • 16 Futoshi Mori
  • 17 Masataka Mikami
  • 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga
  • 19 Shinya Makabe
  • 20 Ed Quirk
  • 21 Yuki Yatomi
  • 22 Mifiposeti Paea
  • 23 Yasutaka Sasakura
START LINE UP
  • 1 Lizo Gqoboka
  • 2 Adriaan Strauss
  • 3 Marcel van der Merwe
  • 4 Jason Jenkins
  • 5 Rudolf Snyman
  • 6 Roelof Smit
  • 7 Jannes Kirsten
  • 8 Arno Botha
  • 9 Rudi Paige
  • 11 Bjorn Basson
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Jamba Ulengo
  • 15 Warrick Gelant
RESERVES
  • 10 Tian Schoeman
  • 16 Bandise Maku
  • 17 Trevor Nyakane
  • 18 Pierre Schoeman
  • 19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg,
  • 20 Nick de Jager
  • 21 Piet van Zyl
  • 22 Francois Brummer
  • 23 Jan Serfontein
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S18 PREVIEW: ROUND FIVE, PART TWO

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:28

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Tauriq Ebrahim looks at the remaining Round Five Super Rugby fixtures played over Easter weekend!

There is a bumper weekend of action ahead of us, with six matches on Saturday and a massive Australian derby on Sunday.

Most of the matches already seem like foregone conclusions on paper, however, we know anything is possible in this competition.

The main attraction on Saturday will be the huge encounter in Durban where the Sharks host the Crusaders. The Sharks remain the only unbeaten side in the competition and will want to keep that record going against a Crusaders side who are well known for being slow starters.

The other big match of the round is the all-Australian derby in Queensland where the Reds host the Waratahs. Both sides are yet to gain any sort of winning momentum and have somewhat struggled.

We look at all the Easter weekend matches below!

Saturday, March 26

The Chiefs have won seven of the nine encounters between these sides, though the Force's most recent victory came in Round Six, 2014.

The Chiefs have won three of their four matches in Super Rugby 2016, though in each of those four matches they have trailed at half-time. The Force have won two of their last three matches away from home, though they've not won in New Zealand since Round Five, 2014 against the Highlanders.

Matt Hodgson has won the most turnovers this season (nine) while teammate Pekahou Cowan has won four so far, the equal most of any player who's yet to concede a turnover. The Chiefs have scored 59 first-half points so far this season, only the Highlanders (65) have scored more.

Recent results:

Prediction: The Force will be plucky and highly determined but the Chiefs have too much class and will win by about 25 points.

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sam McNicol, 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 Tom Sanders, 5 Taleni Seu, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham.  
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 James Tucker, 20 Sam Henwood, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Toni Pulu.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Junior Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Angus Cottrell, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Chris Heiberg, 17 Nathan Charles, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Albert Nikoro.

Date: Saturday, March 26
Venue: FMG Stadium, Hamilton
Kick-off: 19.35 (14.35 AWST; 06.35 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Paul Williams, Brett Johnson
TMO: Glenn Newman

The Rebels have won their last two against sides from New Zealand and are aiming for three consecutive wins against teams from across the Tasman for the first time, however they have lost three of four against the Highlanders.

Despite averaging 24.5 points scored across their four matches against the Highlanders, the Rebels have only defeated them once. The Highlanders have conceded only nine points in the first half of their last three matches, though they've conceded 48 points in the second half of those fixtures.

Lima Sopoaga has scored 42 points so far this season, the seventh most of any player but the most of any player who is yet to score a try. For the second week in a row, a Rebels player - John Placid - beat eight defenders in a single match, the equal most of any Rebels player since Tom English beat 11 in Round Three, 2014.

Recent results:

Prediction: The Rebels will certainly not roll over and hand the Highlanders the victory. Expect a tightly fought first half but the Highlanders' experience and class should shine through in the second half to run away with a 15-point victory.

Teams:

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 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Dan Hawkins, 23 Reece Hodge.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Jack Wilson, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (co-captain), 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Dan Pryor, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Jason Emery.

Date: Saturday, March 26
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 19.45 (21.45 NZDT; 08.45 GMT)
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner, Jordan Way
TMO: Peter Marshall

The Bulls haven't won a Super Rugby match outside of South Africa since Round Four, 2013, losing their last 11 such games. The Sunwolves may still be searching for their maiden Super Rugby victory
but they have led at half-time in their last two matches, outscoring opponents 39-19 in that period.

The Bulls have won only one of their last six matches immediately after a draw. Two of the Bulls' seven tries so far this season have originated from lineout steals, no team has scored more from that origin.

Shinnosuke Kakinaga has conceded seven penalties in the Sunwolves inaugural Super Rugby campaign, only three players have conceded more.

Recent results:

These sides have never met before.

Prediction: The Sunwolves have showed that they are capable of taking the game to any opponent and despite holding the lead for a long period, they have not been able to close out matches. The Bulls have bagged just one victory from their three matches but their draw against the Sharks should have a positive impact on their performance. Despite the travelling, the Bulls should claim a converted try victory.

Teams:

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Viliami Lolohea, 13 Harumichi Tatekawa , 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Tomas Leonardi, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Yoshiya Hosoda, 5 Liaki Moli, 4 Hitoshi Ono , 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Keith Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori,17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Shinosuke Kakinaga, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Ed Quirk, 21  Yuki Yatomi, 22 Mifiposeti Paea, 23 Yasutaka Sasakura.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20 Nicholas de Jager, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Date: Saturday, March 26
Venue: Singapore National Stadium, Singapore
Kick-off: 18.50 (12.50 SAST; 10.50 GMT)
Referee: William Houston
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo, Aki Aso
TMO: Takashi Hareda

The Brumbies have won eight of the 11 matches between these clubs, including a 20-3 victory in their last encounter. The Cheetahs have lost each of their last five matches on home turf, their
longest streak in Super Rugby.

On the back of an away loss to the Stormers in Round Four, the Brumbies will now be looking to avoid consecutive defeats for the first time since their last regular season trip to South Africa (Round 13, 2015).

Two of the Brumbies' eight tries conceded so far this season have come from losing their own scrum, only one other team in the competition (Chiefs - 1) have conceded such a try.

At 70 percent, the Cheetahs have the least effective scrum in Super Rugby 2016 and they lose an average of two scrums per game so far.

Recent results:

Prediction: The Brumbies will be hurting from their defeat at the hands of the Stormers and would want to return to winning ways. They are showing signs of vulnerability and the Cheetahs need to exploit that. The Cheetahs have showed that they can push sides the full 80 minutes, however, they lose steam as the match progresses. The Cheetahs will certainly push the Brumbies but the Australian side will be too motivated and should claim a 12 point win.

Teams:

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

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Tom Staniforth. 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Date: Saturday, March 26
Venue: Free Sate Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 15.00 (00.00 AEDT, Sunday, March 27; 13.00 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Willie Vos

The Sharks have won three of their last five home matches against the Crusaders, though the Crusaders won the last such clash by 42 points - the biggest margin in the history of the fixture in South Africa.

The Sharks remain unbeaten in their last seven fixtures, a win or draw against the Crusaders would equal the club's longest unbeaten run in Super Rugby history.

The Crusaders have won 16 of their last 20 matches against the Sharks, though three of their losses in that span have been in South Africa. The Crusaders have won 93 percent of their line-outs so far this season, the most of any team in the competition and they are one of only two teams (Chiefs) to lose fewer than one lineout per match on average.

The Sharks remain the only team yet to concede a second half try this season, though the Crusaders have scored seven of their 13 tries in the second stanza.

Recent results:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prediction: This is probably the toughest call to make as the result can go either way. The Sharks are defending their unbeaten streak while the Crusaders are desperate for a victory to keep in touch with the Chiefs and Highlanders on the log. The Sharks are no pushovers at home though but history suggests the Crusaders are the favourites to walk away with a five point victory.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Philip van der Walt, 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 Andrews, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Garth April, 23 Odwa Ndungane.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jimmy Tupou, 21 Tim Boys, 22 Mitchell Drummond, 23 Ben Volavola.

Date: Saturday, March 26
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17.05 (04.05 NZDT; 15.05 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Johan Greeff

The Jaguares have already beaten South African opposition, and claimed a losing bonus point in their other encounter with a team from that country. The Stormers average just 15.5 points per game in their last four matches away from home, though they've gone on to win two of those matches.

In all three of the Jaguares' games so far in Super Rugby, the team trailing at half-time has gone on to win the match. The Jaguares have conceded five tries in the opening quarter of matches this season, more than any other team in the competition, though the Stormers have scored only one of their nine tries in that period.

Eben Etzebeth has made 44 tackles, the most of any player yet to miss an attempt.

Recent results:

These sides have not met before.

Prediction: The Jaguares will be looking to keep the game as unstructured as possible in order to use all their flair and unpredictability. Their fans make be behind them every step of the way and the environment could be hostile for the Stormers. The Jaguares side is filled with international stars and have to be the favourites, however, the Stormers proved they can overcome any side when they defeated the more-fancied Brumbies in Round Four. It will be a tight affair but the Jaguares should claim a three-point victory.

Teams:

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Orlando, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Lucas González Amorosino, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Felipe Arregui, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Roberto Tejerizo, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Santiago Cordero.

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

Date: Saturday, March 26
Venue: Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires
Kick-off: 18.40 (23.40 SAST; 21.40 GMT)
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown, Federico Anselmi
TMO: Santiago Borsani

Sunday, March 27

The Waratahs have won their last five matches against the Reds, conceded only 28 points across that period. Prior to that the Reds had also won five straight matches in this fixture.

The Waratahs have lost their last two matches and will be hoping to avoid a third consecutive defeat for the first time since a horror run of nine straight losses from 2012 to 2013. The Reds haven't gone two matches without a loss in Super Rugby since Round 17, 2014, and they'll be aiming to equal that after a draw against the Blues in Round Four.

The Waratahs' opposition have kicked an average of just 1.3 penalty goals per game this season, no team concedes fewer. League-convert Eto Nabuli has averaged 11.5 metres per carry so far this season, the most of any player who's made more than 20 carries in 2016.

Recent results:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prediction: An Australian derby is always going to be a tough battle and the result can usually go either way. However, the Reds have gone through some boardroom troubles and it seems to be taking its toll on the players. The Waratahs have been under-performing and will be eyeing this encounter to get things back on track. The Reds will push the Waratahs for at least 40 minutes but the 'Tahs have too much class and should bag a 25 point victory.

Teams:

Reds: 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 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Sef Fa'agase.  
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Scott Gale, 22 Sam Greene, 23 Ayumu Goromaru.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 David Dennis, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz , 23 Matt Carraro.

Date: Sunday, March 27
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 15.05 (05.05 GMT)
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper, Damien Mitchelmore
TMO: George Ayoub

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Bulls hang on to pip Sunwolves

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:50

REPORT: The Bulls withstood a late Sunwolves charge to claim a slender 30-27 victory in what was essentially a scrappy affair in Singapore.

The Sunwolves were trailing by 10 points with 14 minutes remaining in the match and threw caution to the wind as they went in search of a dramatic win. However, it was not to be as the Bulls hung on to claim their second victory of the competition while the Sunwolves remain winless.

The Sunwolves made their intentions clear in the opening minutes as they ran the ball at the Bulls. Riaan Viljoen placed a well weighted grubber that the Bulls failed to deal with. He chased it down and had the presence of mind to offload to a charging Andrew Durutalo, who bashed his way through two would-be defenders to grab the opening score.

Tusi Pisi made no mistake with the conversion as the Sunwolves led 7-0 after three minutes.

The Bulls went straight on the attack from the restart and after several phases, got themselves to the Sunwolves five metre line. The home side were caught in an offside position at the breakdown to hand Tian Schoeman the chance to reduce the deficit. He did just that and the Bulls were on the board in the fifth minute.

Pisi and Schoeman traded penalties in the 13th and 17th minutes as the Sunwolves maintained their four-point lead. Tomas Leonardi saw yellow in the 20th minute when he intentionally slowed down the Bulls' ball a metre from his try line. Schoeman popped over the penalty to reduce the deficit to a solitary point.

The Bulls were starting to find their rhythm in the encounter and found reward in the 25th minute, thanks to a well-executed rolling maul. The Sunwolves could not handle the Bulls' power and captain Adriaan Strauss emerged with the ball. Schoeman made no mistake with the conversion to hand the Bulls a 16-10 lead.

The Bulls camped in the Sunwolves' territory for the remainder of the half but refused to make any attempt at scoring more tries. Each time they were awarded a penalty, they opted to have a shot at goal and it backfired as Schoeman was off target. Bulls went into the half-time break with a 16-10 lead.

Both sides were intent on running the ball after the resumption of play but handling errors let them down.

The Bulls found themselves with the perfect attacking opportunity with a line-out five metres from the Sunwolves' try line. They worked a neat play as Jason Jenkins received the throw-in before offloading to Roelof Smit who bashed his way over for his first Super Rugby try. Schoeman added the conversion to stretch the lead to 23-10 after 47 minutes.

Pisi brought the Sunwolves to within 10 points of the Bulls when he slotted a long range penalty in the 51st minute after the Bulls were penalised at scrum time.

The Bulls kept the pressure on the Sunwolves and after a period of scrappy play, the Sunwolves produced a moment of brilliance. Akihito Yamada received the ball on his 22 and sped down the line. Some neat interplay and excellent support running between Pisi and Yamada saw the later grab a brilliant score in the corner.

Pisi slotted a tough conversion attempt to reduce the deficit to 20-23 after 56 minutes. Viljoen had the chance to draw the sides level a minute later but his 56 metre penalty attempt ricocheted off the right upright.

The Bulls were under all sorts of pressure but rose to the occasion to keep the Sunwolves our before they finally managed to gain some possession. After a sustained period of attacks, replacement prop Trevor Nyakane rumbled his way over the line but was held up. From the resulting five metre scrum, Jamba Ulengo received the ball at first receiver and a sniping run saw him dot the ball down against the cushion.

Schoeman had an easy conversion to hand the Bulls a 30-20 lead after 66 minutes.

The remainder of the match was a scrappy affair but the Sunwolves showed plenty of determination to keep the match unstructured as they searched for a late score. The final hooter went and the Sunwolves made one last push with an attacking line-out five metres from the Bulls' try line.

They secured the ball and when it reached the hands of Yuki Yatomi, the replacement scrumhalf made a dart through a massive hole to score under the posts. Pisi popped over the conversion as the Sunwolves claimed a losing bonus point.

Man of the match: In a scrappy affair, any moment of decent rugby would catch the eye. Akihito Yamada was a thorn in the Bulls' side with some devastating runs while Tusi Pisi was once again the centre of attention. Warrick Gelant showed what a class player he is but a knock to the head cut his match short. The Bulls had a mixed bag at scrum time but for his excellent work at the breakdown and string carries, flank Roelof Smit gets the nod.

Scorers:

For Sunwolves:
Tries: Durutalo, Yamada, Yatomi
Cons: Pisi 3
Pens: Pisi 2

For Bulls:
Tries: Strauss, Smit, Ulengo
Cons: Schoeman 3
Pens: Schoeman 3

Yellow cards: Tomas Leonardi (Sunwolves, cynical foul - slowing the ball down, 20); Ed Quirk (Sunwolves, repeated infringements - off feet at the breakdown, 68)

Teams:

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Viliami Lolohea, 13 Harumichi Tatekawa, 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Tomas Leonardi, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Yoshiya Hosoda, 5 Liaki Moli, 4 Hitoshi Ono , 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Keith Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori,17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Shinosuke Kakinaga, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Ed Quirk, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Mifiposeti Paea, 23 Yasutaka Sasakura.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20 Nicholas de Jager, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Referee: William Houston

Andrew Durutalo (2min), Akihito Yamada (55min), and Yuki Yatomi (79min)
TRIES
Adriaan Strauss (25min), Roelof Smit (46min), and Jamba Ulengo (65min)
Tusi Pisi (3min), Tusi Pisi (56min), and Tusi Pisi (80min)
CONVERSIONS
Tian Schoeman (26min), Tian Schoeman (47min), and Tian Schoeman (66min)
Tusi Pisi (13min) and Tusi Pisi (50min)
PENALTIES
Tian Schoeman (5min), Tian Schoeman (16min), and Tian Schoeman (20min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Tomás Leonardi (19min) and Ed Quirk (67min)
 
 
VENUE Singapore ( Singapore , Singapore )
REFEREE William Houston (Australia)