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Super Rugby | Buenos Aires
21:40 (GMT) | 26-03-2016
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The Stormers push the Jaguares back inside their own own half with some good kicking and the home side loses the ball forward once again. The Stormers choose the line-out and they secure possession. They hold onto the ball until Groom boots the ball out for FULL-TIME! Stormers 13-8 Jaguares!
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Etzebeth steals the ball for the Stormers once again and Du Plessis kicks downfield. The Jaguares run the ball back inside the Stormers' half.
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The Jaguares win a penalty at the scrum. They take it quickly, but lose the ball forward. However they is brought back for a penalty. They set up a line-out in the Stormers' 22
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Etzebeth steals the ball at the line-out for the Stormers and the ball is kicked downfield. The Jaguares go wide but Santiago Iglesias loses the ball forward and the Stormers will have a scrum on the Jaguares 10m line
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the Jaguares get a penalty in their own half and they set up a line-out near the Stormers' 10m line.
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The Stormers go straight down at the scrum and the Jaguares get a penalty. Santiago Iglesias lines up the kick from 42m out but has not got the distance or direction.
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The Jaguares just cannot hold onto the ball for a sustained period in this game. Another knock on gives the Stormers a scrum on their own 10m line.
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The Jaguares try and run the ball out of their own 22 again and they do well with ball in hand. They get the penalty but Sanchez cannot find touch. Kolbe kicks the ball downfield. The Jaguares run the ball back, but they lose the ball forward once again.
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Du Plessis gathers a high ball before Groom finds touch inside the Jaguares 22 with a great kick.
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Du Plessis kicks the ball high from the scrum and the Jaguares returns it. Kolbe attempts a drop goal but it is well short and the home side kicks downfield through Sanchez.
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The Stormers give the ball away at the line-out. The ball is turned over and the Stormers will have a scrum after a Jaguares knock on near the halfway line.
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The Stormers win another scrum penalty and Coleman gives his team a line-out near the Jaguares 10m line
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The home side have the ball on halfway and are dominating possession now. However, the ball is lots forward again and the Stormers will have a scrum on their own 10m line.
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This time the Jaguares get a penalty at the scrum and Sanchez will kick for goal. He misses the penalty and the score remains the same.
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The Jaguares make progress up field, but the Stormers are aggressive in defence, the ball is lost forward and the Stormers will have a defensive scrum to deal with.
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The Stormers steal the ball at the line-out and they go wide before they lose the ball. They mange to get it back and Coleman sends the ball high. It gives the Jaguares the opportunity to go on an attack deep inside the Stormers' half.
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Groom goes wide from the scrum and Zas is through a gap. The ball goes to De Jongh who is tackled back. However, the ball is turned over and the Jaguares kick the ball downfield. The Jaguares have a penalty in their own 22 and Sanchez gives his team a line-out near halfway.
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The Jaguares make their way inside the Stormers half, before they are tackled back. The ball is lost forward once again and the Stormers will have an attacking scrum deep in the Jaguares half.
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Groom goes wide from the scrum before Kolbe kicks the ball away. After an exchange of kicks, the Jaguares will have a line-out near their own 10m line.
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The Stormers get another penalty at a scrum but Coleman cannot find touch. The Jaguares run the ball back. Creevy shows some power and makes a few metres inside the Stormers' half. However, the ball is lost forward again and the Stormers will have a scrum near halfway.
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Landajo breaks through a gap and the Jaguares are ten metres short of the Stormers' tryline. The ball goes wide but Creevy loses the ball forward and the Stormers will have a defensive scrum in their own 22.
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The Stormers go wide from the scrum, but there is a poor pass from Kotze and the Jaguares will have an attacking line-out..
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The Stormers will now have an attacking scrum on halfway after a skew throw in by Creevy at a line-out.
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Coleman clear the pressure from the scrum, but the Jaguares will have an attacking line-out on the Stormers' 22. The home side messes up the line-out and the Stormers will have a throw in.
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The Jaguares have started like a house on fire in the second half and are nearly over for a try under the Stormers' polls. However, the ball is lost forward.
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SECOND HALF: Nicolas Sanchez gets the second half underway!

Half Time

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From a scrum in the Jaguares half, the Stormers go wide and De Jongh is nearly through. The home side turns the ball over and they get the penalty. Sanchez gives his team a line-out 10m from the Stormers' 22. The home side goes wide from the line-out and Sanchez is nearly through. After another few phases Sanchez is through a gap and he feeds Jerónimo De La Fuente, who steps past a defender to score a try! Sanchez misses the conversion and that is half-time!
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The Jaguares sends the ball wide in their own half and they lose the ball forward again. The Stormers go wide and they look more dangerous with ball in hand than the home side. The visitors win a scrum near the home side's 10m line.
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Kobus van Wyk crashes the ball up for the Stormers in the Jaguares half. The ball is kicked ahead and Zas gathers. The wing is tackled 5m short of the Jaguares tryline and he loses the ball forward.
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The Stormers shove the Jaguares back in the scrum and get another penalty. Coleman gives his team a line-out 15m from the Jaguares' 22.
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The Jaguares steal the Stormers' ball at the line-out, but they cannot do anything with it and the Stormers will have a scrum just outside their own 22.
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From a scrum 5m from the Stormers' tryline, the Jaguares give away a penalty for hands in the scrum and Coleman gives his team a line-out a few metres outside their own 22.
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The Jaguares make their way in the Stormers 22 again before they lose the ball again. However, they get the ball back and are just 15 minutes from the Stormers' tryline. The Jaguares will get an attacking scrum 10m from the Stormers' tryline.
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The Jaguares form the driving maul before they go wide. They make their way inside the Stormers' 22 before the ball is lost forward. Groom grubbers, but Orlando gathers well.
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The Jaguares try and run the ball out from deep inside their own half and they get a penalty. They will have a line-out near the Stormers' 10m line.
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Coleman adds the extras and the Stormers lead 13-3
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The Stormers go on the attack from the line-out and the ball finds its way to Cheslin Kolbe who dodges a couple of defenders to score the first try!
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The Cape side are just outside the Jaguares 22 as they look for a gap in their opponents' stern defence. The ball goes wide to Zas and the wing is brought down just short. The Stormers get a penalty and Sanchez is yellow carded!
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The Jaguares find themselves 10m from the Stormers' tryline and they get penalty. Sanchez will go for polls. He converts the penalty and it is 6-3!
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The Stormers drive forward with a maul in the Jaguares' 22. They get a penalty right in front of the polls. Coleman slots the penalty and the Stormers lead 6-0!
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The Stormers now get a penalty at the scrum and Coleman gives his team a line-out near halfway. The Stormers form the maul and they get a penalty after the Jaguares came in from the side. Coleman gives his team another line-out near the Jaguares' 22.
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There is hands in the scrum by the Stormers and the Jaguares get a penalty. Sanchez gives his team a line-out inside the Stormers' half. The home side gets a free-kick and they take it quickly. They make their way inside the Stormers 22. They end up with a scrum.
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The Stormers drive the Jaguares back in the scrum and the visitors get the penalty. Coleman cannot find touch, but the Stormers will get a scrum outside the Jaguares 22 after the home side's clearance kick goes dead.
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The home side goes wide from a line-out, but again they lose the ball forward. The Stormers will have an attacking scrum in midfield.
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The Stormers form the maul in the Jaguares 22 before De Jongh takes the ball up. The ball goes wide but the Cape side are tackled back. This time the Jaguares get a penalty at the ruck.
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From a line-out inside the Stormers' half, the Jaguares lose the ball forward and the Stormers go on the attack. The Stormers get another penalty. They opt for a line-out in the Jaguares' 22
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The home side is under pressure in their own 22, but they decide to run the ball out. It's a bad call as they give away penalty and the Stormers will go for polls! Coleman converts the penalty and the Stormers lead 3-0
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The Stormers have the ball on halfway, but they kick the ball away. The Jaguares run it back, but they lose the ball forward.
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KICK-OFF: Stormers flyhalf Kurt Coleman gets the game underway!
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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.
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The Jaguares have already beaten South African opposition, and claimed a losing bonus point in their other encounter with a team from that country.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Santiago García Botta
  • 2 Agustin Creevy
  • 3 Felipe Arregui
  • 4 Matias Alemanno
  • 5 Tomas Lavaninni
  • 6 Pablo Matera
  • 7 Tomás Lezana
  • 8 Leonardo Senatore
  • 9 Martin Landajo
  • 10 Nicolas Sánchez
  • 11 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino
  • 12 Jerónimo De La Fuente
  • 13 Matias Moroni
  • 14 Matias Orlando
  • 15 Joaquin Tuculet
RESERVES
  • 16 Julian Montoya
  • 17 Roberto Tejerizo
  • 18 Enrique Pieretto
  • 19 Guido Petti
  • 20 Facundo Isa
  • 21 Gonzalo Bertranou
  • 22 Santiago Iglesias,
  • 23 Santiago Cordero
START LINE UP
  • 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
  • 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 5 JD Schickerling
  • 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 7 Siya Kolisi
  • 8 Nizaam Carr
  • 9 Nic Groom
  • 10 Kurt Coleman
  • 11 Leolin Zas
  • 12 Juan de Jongh
  • 13 Johnny Kotze
  • 14 Kobus van Wyk
  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
RESERVES
  • 16 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 17 Oliver Kebble
  • 18 Vincent Koch
  • 19 Jan de Klerk
  • 20 Schalk Burger
  • 21 Louis Schrueder
  • 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis
  • 23 Huw Jones
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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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Stormers grind out win in Buenos Aires

Sun, 27 Mar 2016 00:01

REPORT: The Stormers put in a strong performance up front as they edged the Jaguares 13-8 in difficult conditions in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The match was not the greatest as both teams were unable to score any points in the second half

Missing kickable shots at goal cost Argentina's Jaguares dearly as they suffered a second successive Super Rugby home defeat.

Leading 2015 World Cup points scorer Nicolas Sanchez fluffed two relatively simple chances to add to his early penalty against the South African visitors.

The flyhalf missed the conversion of a try by centre Jeronimo de la Fuente at the end of a first half in which all 21 points were scored before a large crowd at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires.

Sanchez failed again on the hour as a slightly more difficult penalty attempt drifted wide to groans from supporters.

Replacement kicker Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias tried to trim the five-point gap with a more challenging attempt, but he was also off target.

Stormers flyhalf Kurt Coleman had slotted two penalties as the Cape side were dominating the set pieces, especially the scrums against a strong looking Jaguares pack. 

Sanchez had replied with a penalty himself before the Argentine playmaker was sin-binned midway through the opening half for a professional foul.

The South Africans took advantage of the numerical advantage within two minutes as fullback Cheslin Kolbe jinked his way past several would-be tacklers to dot down.

Coleman converted for a deserved 13-3 lead. Once back to full strength, the hosts finished the opening half strongly and De la Fuente went over in additional time.

Jaguares must wait at least until April 30 to celebrate a first home Super Rugby triumph after also committing many handling errors and lacking composure when within sight of the Stormers' tryline.

Jaguares began life as a Super Rugby team by beating the Cheetahs and losing narrowly to the Sharks in South Africa.

After failing against the defensively strong Stormers, and also losing narrowly to the visiting Chiefs from New Zealand last weekend, they embark on a four-match tour.

Stormers have a bye next weekend, then host the Sunwolves in Cape Town.

The victory increased their lead in the Africa Conference One standings to eight points ahead of three-time Super Rugby champions, the Bulls.

Man of the match: Eben Etzebeth made some crucial steals in the line-outs, while Cheslin Kolbe had some good touches with ball in hand. However, the award goes to co-captain Frans Malherbe who had a powerful showing in the scrums and was also a monster in defence.  

The scorers:

For Jaguares:
Try: De la Fuente
Pen: Sanchez

For Stormers:
Try: Kolbe
Con: Coleman
Pens: Coleman 2

Yellow card: Nicolás Sánchez (Jaguares, 22 - proffessional foul)

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.

Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown, Federico Anselmi
TMO: Santiago Borsani

AFP & @rugby365com

Jerónimo De La Fuente (40min)
TRIES
Cheslin Kolbe (23min)
 
CONVERSIONS
Kurt Coleman (24min)
Nicolas Sánchez (20min)
PENALTIES
Kurt Coleman (4min) and Kurt Coleman (18min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Nicolas Sánchez (22min)
 
 
VENUE Buenos Aires
REFEREE Chris Pollock (New Zealand)