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05:05 (GMT) | 27-03-2016
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FULL TIME. The Waratahs take the win
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The Waratahs give it to Folau who looks for space but runs into traffic. Foley kicks the ball into touch at the last second
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Kerevi knocks the ball on missing the pass right in front of his 5 meter line. Scrum at the 5 meter
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The Reds lose the ball after the line-out and the ball moves up field. Line-out at the 22 of the home team
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The Waratahs find a break but the referee blows. McIntyre kicks the ball into touch passed halway
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The turnover is there and Goromaru couldn't reach the pass from McIntyre inside their own half. Scrum just outside the 22 of the home team
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Line-out at the 10 meter of the Reds. The Waratahs move forward with the ball now and enter the 22 at the bottom side of the field.
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Beale with a high kick forward and chased by Guildford away from McIntyre. The referee blows and it's a scrum at the 22 of the home team
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Beale steps up for the kick from the 10 meter and the direction is there but the kick is too short
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The Reds now looking to play the ball out of their 10 meter but a penalty to the away side
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The Reds switch play down field and Nabuli almost finds space but his leg is clipped. The ball lost forward by the Reds
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McIntyre kicks the ball too deep and the clearance by Guildford is there. Ball finds touch in the Waratahs 10 meter
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Foley looking to put his team in front again with the penalty and does
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Foley kicks the ball forward for his team to chase and the ball is in the 22 of the Reds when the referee blows for a penalty to the away team
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Line-out at the half-line. The Reds make a powering run at the bottom of the field but a missed pass ends the ball into touch
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Beale with a smart kick forward but is brought down and the away team look to the referee but play on is the call. Penalty to the Reds, however, and McIntyre kicks it into touch
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Penalty to the Waratahs. Scrum inside the 10 meter of the away team and they clear
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The Reds get the scrum win and a penalty. McIntyre kicks the ball into touch at the 22 of the away team
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Scrum around mid field. Scrum reset.
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A poor throw and the Reds find the ball and clear. Line-out at the 10 meter of the home team. The Waratahs moving forward but both sets of players finding it hard to grip the ball as the Waratahs lose it
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They move over the try line but the referee's call is "Held up". Penalty to the Waratahs
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Both teams with slips and misses due to the ball and field being wet. Line-out at the 5 meter of the Reds
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McIntyre making a break into the 10 meter but he is tackled. The turnover is there and the Waratahs moving forward now. Foley opts to kick the ball forward but doesn't reach touch
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Foley kicks the ball into touch at center field
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Scrum at the 22 of the Waratahs and the Reds inches from the try line but the away team defence is solid
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The home team moving nowhere with the maul. They move the ball up field trying to find space but McIntyre gives a low pass and the ball goes out into touch
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McIntyre kicks the ball into touch around the 22
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Line-out at the in the Reds half down field. Penalty to the Reds
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The Reds making ground quickly in the maul. Feauai-Sautia twisting and turning but gets brought down eventually at mid field
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Both teams clearing the ball until Folau kicks it into touch around center field
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McIntyre steps up to put them in front and does
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McIntyre with a short kick and the bounces not favouring any team as Beale misses the ball and the Reds find themselves in the 10 meter of the Waratahs. Penalty to the Reds
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The Reds clear the ball and Folau drops a ball into touch for a line-out on his own side
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McIntyre looking to narrow the lead and does
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Another tussle this time at the 10 meter. penalty to the Reds
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The referee refers to TMO for potential foul play by Andrew Ready and Sef Faagase. Ready gets the yellow card
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Reds win the scrum and get a penalty. Another scrum at the 5 meter
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McIntyre chases down a loose ball but doesn't get the bounce in his favour. The referee calls for a TMO review on whether McIntyre gets the try. 5 meter scrum to the Reds
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Penalty to the Waratahs after Neville fumbles it. Scrum at the 10 meter of the Waratahs
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McIntyre gets the game going

Half Time

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Foley adds the extras
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Line-out at the 22 of the Waratahs. The Reds maul making ground and the horn sounds. Fainga'a making good ground but the ball is outside the 22 now. The Reds keeping the ball in play but the turnover is there and now the Waratahs looking to score before the whistle and Israel Folau manages a second TRY
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A wonderful break by the Reds and Kerevi finds himself isolated from his team mates outside the 5 meter but the ball is cleared by the away side
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The Waratahs run the ball into the Reds' half moving forward but the turnover is there
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Line-out at the 10 meter of the home team. Frisby runs straight into the opposition and McIntyre clears
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Foley kicks the ball into touch around the 10 meter. Reds making good work of the defence and the Waratahs are pushed back
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Foley clears and puts it into touch. Line-out for the Reds at the 10 meter. penalty against the Reds
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The Reds moving forward now outside the 22 and the turnover is there but McIntyre is there and the ball is in the 22 of the away team
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Line-out at the 10 meter of the Reds. The home team move the ball up field
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Waratahs get the ball and the ball is intercepted by Gill and given to Frisby who makes some ground before being brought down. penalty to the Reds
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Waratahs looking to make ground with the maul but the Reds are strong. Scrum 10 meters from the try line
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The away team make good ground and the referee blows again. Foley kicks the ball into touch at the 5 meter
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Scrum now at the center field. Waratahs get the penalty this time in the scrum. Foley kicks the ball into touch outside the 5 meter
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Waratahs make their way towards the Reds side moving the ball down field and the the whistle sounds again while the ball is at center field
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The turnover is there again and Nabuli makes a swift run down the field but the pass was forward so the try won't sit. Scrum at the 10 meter of the Waratahs
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Penalty conceded by the away team. McIntyre kicks the ball into touch inside the 10 meter. The turnover is there by Dempsey
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Line-out up field inside the 22 o the Reds, moving forward with the maul now making it outside their 22 and the referee blows
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The Reds looking to play out of their own 22. The ball goes into touch and the Waratahs take a quick throw
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Reds start the scrum strong but the Waratahs push them back
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Beale trying to find the gap but Gill is there. Penalty and a scrum around center field. Neville again receiving treatment
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Both teams clearing the ball away from their 22s. The Reds trying to play out of their 10 meter
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Foley steps up for his first shot of 2016 and it goes off the upright
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Holloway makes a brilliant break along with to get the ball right into the 5 meter and Folau is there to pick it up and score the TRY. The referee refers to the TMO but the TRY is given
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The Waratahs take the ball up field but play is stopped by the referee. Penalty to the Waratahs. Scrum at 10 meter of the Reds
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The Waratahs with a missed passed and Neville picks it up but the referee blows. Penalty to the Reds and they opt for another scrum
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McIntyre misses the penalty and the score remains the same
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The Reds with it again now at center field and Frisby kicks forward chased by Gill and the referee blows. Penalty to the Reds
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McIntyre adds the extras
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The referee blows for a penalty TRY. He has had enough
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The whistle sounds and it's a penalty to the Reds again. Another scrum up field at the 5 meter
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Another scrum at the 5 meter of the Waratahs. They move the ball up field and the away team defending desperately now
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The Reds again pushing the Waratahs back, Schatz gets the ball into the 5 meter and Simmons passes the try line but the referee calls held up
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The Reds pushing the away team back and the referee blows for a penalty. The Reds opt for another scrum
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Scrum reset again outside the 5 meter.
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Reds opt for the scrum just outside the 5 meter of the Waratahs. Neville receiving some treatment in the pause. Scrum reset
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Neville makes a quick run straight into the 22 of the Waratahs and they move the ball up field just outside the 5 meter. Reds get a penalty
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Reds make a short break up field keeping the ball out of touch but the lack of space sees the Away team get the ball. penalty to the Reds and McIntyre kikcs it out into touch at the 10 meter of the Waratahs
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Reds pushing the boys in Blue back and McIntyre clears but the Waratahs come again. Foley with a low kick forward but the defence is there
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Reds come away with the ball and Fainga'a tries to play his way out but is brought down at the 22. ANother scrum
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The kick is deep and the referee blows for a scrum right off the bat at the 22 of the Reds. Scrum reset
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Ben O'Keeffe blows and the game is underway
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The players leaving the tunnel now, the Reds with a late change to their line-up
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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.
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  • 2 Andrew Ready
  • 3 Greg Holmes
  • 4 Cadeyrn Neville
  • 5 Rob Simmons
  • 6 Hendrik Tui
  • 7 Liam Gill
  • 8 Jake Schatz
  • 9 Nick Frisby
  • 10 Jake McIntyre
  • 11 Eto Nabuli
  • 12 Anthony Fainga'a
  • 13 Samu Kerevi
  • 14 Junior Laloifi
  • 15 Karmichael Hunt
  • 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
  • 1 Paddy Ryan
  • 2 Silatolu Latu
  • 3 Angus Taavao-Matau
  • 4 Dean Mumm
  • 5 Dave Dennis
  • 6 Jack Dempsey
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Jed Holloway
  • 9 Nick Phipps
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Zac Guildford
  • 12 Kurtley Beale
  • 13 Rob Horne
  • 14 Reece Robinson
  • 15 Israel Folau
  • 16 Hugh Roach
  • 17 Benn Robinson
  • 18 Tom Robertson
  • 19 Sam Lousi
  • 20 Wycliff Palu
  • 21 Matt Lucas
  • 22 David Horwitz
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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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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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Sun, 27 Mar 2016 07:00

REPORT: Handling errors were the order of the day in Queensland as the Waratahs scraped past the Reds 15-13, in a rain-affected Australian derby.

Both sides failed to hold onto the ball for long enough to launch a meaningful attack - thanks to slippery conditions - however, the match was not without its drama and handbags. The result sees the Waratahs claim their second victory of the campaign.

The Reds dominated the possession and territory in the opening minutes and the Waratahs had no answer to their powerful scrum, giving away a number of penalties inside their 22. All the pressure paid off in the 12th minute when another dominant Reds scrum on the Waratahs' five metre line was rewarded with a penalty try. Jake McIntyre added the extras to hand the Reds a 7-0 lead.

The Waratahs finally got their hands on the ball and with their first attack of the match, Jed Holloway broke off the back of a scrum on his 10 metre line. He sped all the way into the Reds' 22 before being brought down but the Waratahs recycled it quickly and flung it left. It found the hands of Israel Folau, who had an easy canter over the line.

Bernard Foley's conversion attempt came back off the right upright and the Waratahs trailed 5-7 after 20 minutes.

The match opened up from that point but errors were starting to creep into the Reds' game which allowed the Waratahs to gain some momentum. They could not take advantage of their dominance though as the Reds got their hands on the ball once again.

The Reds were camping inside the Waratahs' 22 but clever work by Michael Hooper at the breakdown saw him win back possession. The ball found the hands of Foley who  broke through the Reds defence and was brought down inside the Reds' 22. The ball was recycled and handed to Folau, who stepped through a gap to grab his second of the match.

Foley added the conversion and the Waratahs led 12-7 at the half-time interval.

The Reds thought they had regained the lead in the 42nd minute when some poor defending by the Waratahs allowed Curtis Browning to steal the ball at a breakdown a metre from the Waratahs' line but he was held up over the line. From the resulting five metre scrum, the Reds were once again dominant.

But some foul play by hooker Andrew Ready, in which he drove his knee into the head of his opponent, saw him being sent to the sin bin. However, the Waratahs conceded a penalty a few seconds later and McIntyre took full advantage as he slotted the kick to reduce the deficit to 10-12 after 46 minutes.

The Reds had their tails up and the Waratahs could not hold onto the ball as the rain began to fall. The home side were awarded another penalty in the 49th minute and McIntyre made no mistake to hand the Reds a 13-12 lead.

The Waratahs finally managed to hold onto the ball for a few phases and began finding their rhythm once again. The error count began rising by the second and a mistake on their 10 metre line saw the Reds give up their lead. Foley slotted a 68th minute penalty to hand the Waratahs a 15-13 lead.

The visitors spend the majority of the final 10 minutes inside the Reds' 22 but the handling errors remained a hindrance. They were unable to add to the scoreline as they claimed the win to leave the Reds without a victory in the competition.

Man of the match: The conditions and scrappy nature of the match ,makes it hard to single out any individuals. The Reds' entire pack of forwards, including their replacements, were absolutely dominant at scrum time while Samu Kerevi gave the Waratahs plenty of headaches. Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau, despite bagging a brace, showed glimpses and Jack Dempsey had a stellar performance. Bernard Foley's tactical kicking game was on point and was pivotal in helping the Waratahs get out of danger and into the Reds' half of the field, so he gets the nod.


For the Reds:
Try: Penalty try
Con: McIntyre
Pens: McIntyre 2

For the Waratahs:
Tries: Folau 2
Con: Foley
Pen: Foley

Yellow card: Andrew Ready (Reds, foul play - knee to the head, 44)


Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Junior Laloifi , 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.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe

Israel Folau (18min) and Israel Folau (40min)
Jake McIntyre (13min) and Nick Frisby (40min)
Jake McIntyre (45min) and Jake McIntyre (48min)
Bernard Foley (67min)
Andrew Ready (43min)
VENUE Brisbane
REFEREE Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)