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Super Rugby | Bloemfontein
13:00 (GMT) | 26-03-2016
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Stay tuned as we go straight to Kings Park where the Sharks take on the Crusaders
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Marais looking for the bonus point now from the penalty and gets it
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Another maul for the Cheetahs and the break away is there but the defence converges quickly. Cheetahs right outside the 5 meter now. Penalty to the home side
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Line-out at the 10 meter of the home team but the ball is kicked forward by Venter. The ball finds touch outside the 22 of the away side now
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Play is resumed with a deep kick and Blommetjies relieves the pressure. Blommetjies again at the center of the attack but gives a poor pass. Cheetahs maintain possession and they're inside the 22 but the ball is cleared
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Marais adds the extras
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Blommetjies looks for the kick into touch but fails. Blommetjies slips through a keyhole size gap and the offload is there for Petersen who pulls one back for the home team
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Cheetahs again with the maul, they lose out and decide to pass down. Venter tries to make a run for it but is stopped almost immediately
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Cheetahs changing direction with their passes just before the 22 but the Brumbies reorganise quickly. The turnover comes up field inside the 22 of the away side but the ball is driven out for a line-out
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Brumbies now with the ball just inside the 22 of the home side but Petersen is there with the break. The referee blows for a penalty and the ball is kicked into touch
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Scrum outside the 5 meter of the Brumbies and they come away with the ball. Line-out at center field
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Line-out at outside the 5 meter of the Brumbies. The referee blows shortly after the Cheetahs pull the ball out of the air
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Penalty to the Cheetahs. Scrum at center field. Another penalty to the Cheetahs
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Blommetjies loses out after trying tot step through the forwards at the center field
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The ball is eventually cleared by the away side but the Cheetahs move forward again with the maul. Penalty to the Cheetahs. They go for the line-out at the 5 meter of the away side.
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Cheetahs winning the scrum with a quality tighthead and the penalty is there. Blommetjies kicks it into touch at the 22 and they come again with the maul. Venter gets a good offload but the Brumbies defence is there
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Forward pass by Petersen and Brumbies play the advantage but the referee blows. Scrum at the 10 meter of the Cheetahs
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Line-out now at center field and the Cheetahs come again, pushing forward in the maul and they send the ball up field
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Line-out at the 5 meter but the Brumbies manage to get the ball from the ruck
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Line-out for the home team at the 10 meter of the Brumbies. They win possession and Marais gets them a few meters closer to the try line but the whistle is blown. Penalty to the home side and Blommetjies kicks it out into touch
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The conversion is good
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The ball is fumbled at the line-out but the Brumbies come away with it. Lealiifano makes good ground and they're just outside the 5 meter. There is a try but the referee refers to the TMO for a dangerous tackle but the try is given to Alexander
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Penalty towards the Brumbies up field at the 10 meter line of the Cheetahs and they kick the ball into touch around the 22
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They kick the ball out towards the 5 meter and now the Cheetahs organise their defence for the line-out. The Cheetahs win the line-out and play the ball out to mid field
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Scrum at the 10 meter of the home side for the Brumbies. Penalty towards the away team
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Brumbies resume play with a kick and Blommetjies plucks it out of the air but is taken down quickly
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Cheetahs win the scrum from the Brumbies but the away side manage to retain possession. The kick forward comes from the home side and Petersen chases but just loses out at the dead ball line
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Scrum outside the 22 line of the Cheetahs. Scrum reset
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Penalty to the away side after the scrum. Line-out at the 22 of the home side up field. The Brumbies finding it hard to progress passed the 22 of the Cheetahs
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De Jager claims the line-out at the 22 of the Brumbies. Scrum now outside the 22
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Lealiifano prepping for the kick at the 10 meter of the home team and secures the 3 points
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Penalty to the Brumbies; offside.
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Marais looking to takes the kick from the center field and gets the distance but not the direction
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Scrum now at the center of the field for the Cheetahs. And they get a penalty; illegal scrummaging
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Matt Toomua gets the second half underway

Half Time

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The Cheetahs getting close to scoring before the whistle as the horn sounds but the referee finally blows. HALF TIME
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Blommetjies with a good kick this time around and the Cheetahs get a line-out at the 5 meter and they go straight into the maul but the referee blows; yellow card to Carter
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Blommetjies kicks it deep but the try scorer Toua returns the ball back and into touch at the 5 meter line of the home side
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Lealiifano misses the conversion making him 2 from 3
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The Brumbies making the most of their numbers advantage and Aidan Toua finds the space up the field to score the TRY
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Cheetahs not allowing the away side to get through and the referee calls Retshegofaditswe Nche for a yellow card
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Line-out for the Brumbies at the 5 meter of the home team. They move the ball up field trying to find a gap but the Cheetahs hold firm.
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The Brumbies try to play their way out of danger in their own half but the Cheetahs are having none of it. The penalty does eventually come to the away side and they kick the ball into touch at center field
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Cheetahs knock the ball on and a penalty is awarded to the Brumbies. The referee blows for a scrum after the maul breaks down
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Maul after the line-out and the Cheetahs making good ground at the Brumbies' 10 meter. Blommetjies kicks it into touch and the away side defending inside their 22 now
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Cheetahs pushing back now with Francois Venter as they seem to have regained their confidence. Penalty to the Cheetahs but possession wasted
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Marais misses the conversion
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Cheetahs now at the 5 meter of the Brumbies looking to get back into it and they do. TRY credited to Uzair Cassiem after some good play splitting the defence
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Brumbies applying pressure now again at the restart now at the 22 of the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs find the ball and Petersen makes a fine breakthrough but the offload is poor
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The Brumbies win the line-out but Schoeman wins the ball back for the home side. Penalty towards the Cheetahs and Marais steps up and secures the 3 points
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Brumbies pushing the Cheetahs back in the scrum and they get the penalty. The ball is kicked into touch around their own 10 meter line
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Line-out at the 5 meter and the maul form the Cheetahs is strong. Inside the 5 meter line but the referee blows and it's a scrum at the 5 meter line
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Blommetjies kicks the ball into touch after the scrum at the 22 line of the away team. Cheetahs making some ground in the maul now but the referee blows. Penalty to the Cheetahs
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Blommetjies kicks it deep but the Brumbies' defence is solid. They kick the ball into touch around the center field. The referee blows and the Cheetahs look for a scrum at around the 10 meter line of the home side
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Coleman driving his side forward with a strong run; the home side struggling to get the ball much further than their 22. Penalty towards the Brumbies and Lealiifano secures the 3 points
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The Brumbies maintaining the pressure inside the 22 but the penalty is given by the referee. Scrum at the 22 of the home side
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Toua twisting and turning up field at the 10 meter line of the Cheetahs but is eventually brought down. The ball is kicked into touch by the home side at their own 5 meter line
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A penalty towards the Cheetahs and the Brumbies opt for a line-out at the 10 meter of the Cheetahs.
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Blommetjies with a better kick to start things off this time and the ball is cleared into touch by the Brumbies at their own 10 meter line which is won by the home side
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Lealiifano adds the extra points
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Interception by Pocock leads the away side straight through the Cheetahs defence and Vaea finds space up field to score the TRY
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Scrum at the 10 meter of the Cheetahs where the referee decided the forward pass occurred. Scrum reset and subsequently kicked into touch
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Tomas Cubelli's try gets the no after a TMO decision
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Glen Jackson blows and Blommetjies gets the game underway
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The players are now exiting the tunnel
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The Cheetahs have showed that they can push sides the full 80 minutes, however, they lose steam as the match progresses
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The Brumbies will be hurting from their defeat at the hands of the Stormers and would want to return to winning ways.
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  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Johannes Coetzee
  • 4 Lodewyk de Jager
  • 5 Francois Uys
  • 6 Boom Prinsloo
  • 7 Uzair Cassiem
  • 8 Paul Schoeman
  • 9 Shaun Venter
  • 10 Niel Marais
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 12 Joubert Engelbrecht
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 Sergeal Petersen
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
  • 16 Jacques du Toit
  • 17 Charles Marais
  • 18 Maks van Dyk
  • 19 Carl Wegner
  • 20 Hilton Lobberts
  • 21 Henco Venter
  • 22 Tian Meyer
  • 23 Fred Zeilinga
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  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 3 Ben Alexander
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 5 Sam Carter
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 7 David Pocock
  • 8 Ita Vaea
  • 9 Tomas Cubelli
  • 10 Christian Lealiifano
  • 11 Robbie Coleman
  • 12 Matt Toomua
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 14 Joe Tomane
  • 15 Aidan Toua
  • 16 Robbie Abel
  • 17 Allan Alaalatoa
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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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.

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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.


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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Sat, 26 Mar 2016 14:57

REPORT: The Brumbies recorded their fourth win of the season when they beat the Cheetahs 25-18 in a scrappy game in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The game was a stop-start affair with a number of handling errors and penalties, especially in the second half when the rain came down on the Free State Stadium.

The Brumbies thought they scored inside the first 30 seconds after scrumhalf Tomás Cubelli pounced on Niel Marais' failure to gather a ball from a kick in his own 22 to go over for the try. However, after a TMO review, there was a forward pass earlier in the play and the try was not given. 

The visitors did get their first try three minutes later when David Pocock intercepted a Cheetahs' pass to sprint inside the home side's 22. The ball went through a number of hands before Ita Vaea dived over for the score with Christian Lealiifano converting.

There was no reprieve for the Cheetahs after that try as the Brumbies dominated possession and territory. After sustained pressure in the Cheetahs' 22, Lealiifano extended the visitors lead with a penalty kick to make it 10-0 after 12 minutes.

The home side had their opportunities to get points on the board with two kickable penalties, but on both occasions they decided to go for the line-out in search of a try, which did not materialise.

After making another foray into the Brumbies half on the 20-minute mark, the Cheetahs were awarded another penalty and they decide to go for the three points with Niel Marais converting.

The Cheetahs were starting to look much better with ball in hand as the game went on, which also caused the Brumbies to give away more penalties. 

After the Brumbies went off their feet at a breakdown in their own 22 in the 24th minute, the Cheetahs got another penalty. Captain Francois Venter decided to take a quick tap and he was rewarded for his quick thinking after the ball went through a few hands until flank Uzair Cassiem crashed over for the try.

Marais could not convert, but the Cheetahs were just two points adrift after 25 minutes. 

The Cheetahs then received an untimely blow seven minutes before half-time when Retshegofaditswe Nche was yellow carded for stifling a Brumbies' attack from an offside position.

The Brumbies opted for a scrum from the penalty and made good use of their extra man when the ball went wide after a few phases with fullback Aiden Toua easing over for his team's try.

Lealiifano could not add the extras, but the Brumbies had a seven-point lead going into the last five minutes of half.

The home side were then given a boost just before half-time when Brumbies lock Sam Carter was yellow carded for joining a maul from the side in the Brumbies' 22.

The Cheetahs tried to get another try in the last few seconds of the half, but after sustained pressure deep inside the Brumbies' 22 they lost the ball forward. The Brumbies led 15-8 at the break.

Marais had an opportunity to reduce the deficit early in the second half with a penalty, but he did not have the direction from almost 50 metres out.

Instead it was the Brumbies who extended their lead when Lealiifano converted a penalty two minutes later.

After some scrappy play, the game and the crowd burst into life in the 50th minute when wing Sergeal Petersen nearly got in for a try. The ball was kicked downfield from deep inside the Cheetahs half with Petersen and Matt Toomua racing towards the Brumbies' tryline. However, the bounce of the ball evaded both players with the ball eventually going dead. 

It was the Brumbies who would eventually get the first try of the second half when prop Ben Alexander dived over the Cheetahs tryline after a number of phases in the Cheetahs' 22. Toomua converted and the visitors found themselves 17 points in front.

The game turned into a dour for the next 25 minutes with both teams, especially the Cheetahs, struggling to hang onto the ball on attack.

With five minutes to go, there was some hope of a comeback for the home side when Petersen sprinted in for try after a great break by fullback Clayton Blommetjies.

Marais converted to reduce the Brumbies' lead to ten points with five minutes remaining. 

However, as time ran out the home side had to make do with a losing bonus point after a Marais penalty just before full-time. The Brumbies walked away with the four points to maintain their position on top of the Australian Conference.

Man of the Match: The award goes to David Pocock for winning a number of turnovers at the breakdown and putting his body on the line in open play.

The scorers:

For Cheetahs:
Tries: Cassiem, Petersen
Con: Marias
Pens: Marais 2

For Brumbies:
Tries: Vaea, Toua, Alexander
Cons: Lealiifano, Toomua
Pens: Lealiifano 2

Yellow cards: Retshegofaditswe Nche (Cheetahs, 34 - offside, lazy running); Sam Carter (Brumbies, 39 - repeated infringements, joining the maul from the side)


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.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Willie Vos

Uzair Cassiem (23min) and Sergeal Petersen (75min)
Ita Vaea (4min), Aidan Toua (35min), and Ben Alexander (56min)
Niel Marais (76min)
Christian Lealiifano (5min) and Matt Toomua (58min)
Niel Marais (20min) and Niel Marais (80min)
Christian Lealiifano (11min) and Christian Lealiifano (44min)
Retshegofaditswe Nche (34min)
Sam Carter (39min)
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)