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The Sunwolves run it from their own tryline and work the ball towards halfway. However, there is a knock-on and the Kings hold on for their first win of the season. That's FULL-TIME and we head to Loftus versfeld straight away!
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The conversion attempt is wide, but there is enough time fr a restart the referee says.
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One last throw of the dice for the Sunwolves and they launch a sweeping attack - Yamada is put into space and it is a five-point game.
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Louis Fouche adds the extras and the Kings lead by 10
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Kings rewarded for their scrum dominance, as they win a heel-against-the-head with a powerful push and Elfar Watts scores what may well be the winning TRY.
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The Kings' defence is now simply sublime, rock solid and another penalty conceded by the Sunwolves - Tatekawa for a high tackle.
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Monster scrum by the Kings - Takuma Asahara penalised for collapsing the scrum.
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And there it is - The Sunwolves concede a penalty through Tim Bond for obstruction.
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Great defence by the Kings and the Sunwolves may regret not going for posts with their last penalty
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Kings scrum under pressure and they cough up a penalty
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The Kings are purely in a defensive role at the moment as the Sunwolves continue to attack their goal line. Great line speed by the Kings put the Sunwolves under pressure and the visitors will have a scrum on the 10
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The referee has a look at a dangerous Kings tackle right in front of the try line. They get penalised for the no-arm tackle and the Sunwolves start their attack again. The Kings are determined to keep them out and turn it over at the ruck!
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The Sunwolves are stranded five metres out from the the try line as they struggle to get past the Kings' defence...
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No stability at the scrum just outside Sunwolves 22 and the Japanese side do well to get out of the red zone. They knock the ball on after collecting a Kings kick and Fouche adds the penalty for the Kings
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The Kings have the throw-in on opposition 10 and come away with it. A poor outside pass by the Kings give the Sunwolves possession and they knock it on but a bit of misconduct by the Kings gives Pisi a chance to draw level
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The Sunwolves take the ball through the hands well and the Kings turn it over but they lose the ball forward. The visitors have the put-in at the scrum on Kings 10 and do well to take the ball up. Their attack comes to a stop and Fouche relieves some pressure as he boots the ball into touch
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The visitors have the put-in at the scrum on the 5 and Pisi finds touch. The Kings take the throw-in and start their attack but they lose the ball forward and the Sunwolves will feed the scrum on own 10

Half Time

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Pisi fails to get it over from an angle and both side go into halftime with three tries each
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Play is resumed with a Sunwolves scrum on own 10 after a short injury time-out. Pisi chips and chases to gain good metres and they get into the Kings' 22. They play wide and lock Timothy Bond dummies and goes over in the left corner for their third try!
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Fouche sends the conversion wide
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The Kings get back into the game quickly and after a threatening run up field, the Sunwolves turn possession over. It's short-lived, however, as Kings centre Shane Gates snaps the ball up at the ruck in midfield and sprints to an open try-line to add five more for the hosts
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The Japanese side have flipped the coin and are setting the tempo now. Their momentum is halted, however, as the Kings dominate them at the scrum inside Sunwolves half and Fouche capatilises on their mistake with a penalty
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The try-scorer fails to convert his five-pointer and scores remain locked
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The Sunwolves come out firing after the restart and snipe into Kings 22. Pisi gets the ball in the red zone and after a dummy pass and two defenders beaten he crosses the whitewash to level the scores!
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Pisi adds the extras with an easy kick right in front if the posts
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The Sunwolves get a real attacking shot after an attacking lineout just inside Kings 22. The retain possession and spread the ball wide but a fumble has them scattered. They right the wrong and skipper Shota Horie dives over after an inside pass to score the try!
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Fouche doesn't get the conversion
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The lineout goes the Kings' way and beautiful interplay and distribution by the hosts set Malcolm Jaer up for his first Super Rugby try!
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The Sunwolves get the the scrum feed on own 10 but the Kings put in a massive effort to turn it over. Fouche finds touch on Sunwolves 22 to give his side the throw in
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The Sunwolves get to answer with a penalty and Tusi Pisi makes no mistake and gets the scoreboard moving for the visitors
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The hosts get an opportunity to stretch their lead after a the visitors infringe and Fouche slots it through to add three more points
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Louis Fouche adds the conversion
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The hosts come away with it and Kings skipper Steven Sykes powers through after a ruck on the 5m line to dot down for the first try of the match!
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The Kings get into Sunwolves territory early on and fullback Jurgen Visser crosses the tryline but he goes into touch and the Sunwolves have a line-out on Kings' 5
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The whistle goes and Riaan Viljoen of the Sunwolves gets the game underway!
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Rasta Rasivhenge will be the man in the middle and the sides make their way to the pitch...
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The Japanese outfit have made four changes with Liaki Moli moving from the back-row to the blindside. Timonthy Bond replaces Moli in the number five jersey and Shinnosuke Kakinaga comes in for Takuma Asahara in the front-row. Ed Quirk replaces Tomás Leonardi at number eight and Yoshiya Hosoda provides cover on the bench
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Luzuko Vulindlu, who suffered a concussion in their 42-20 loss to the Hurricanes in Round Five, is replaced on the wing by Siyanda Grey. Aidon Davis will make his first Super Rugby start of the season as he replaces Jacques Engelbrecht at number eight.
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Both teams will be looking for their first win after four defeats in as many matches. The visitors have secured a spot above the hosts after two bonus point defeats.
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Welcome and thanks for joining us at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium where we are getting ready for the Round Six showdown between the Kings and the Sunwolves!
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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:53

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

Super Rugby's leading scorers Damian McKenzie and Christian Leali'ifano go head-to-head on Saturday when the Chiefs and Brumbies promise a points-laden trans-Tasman showdown in Canberra.

The table-topping clash in the Australasian arm of the championship is only matched for intrigue by the polar opposite game in the African group, where winless newcomers the Southern Kings and the Sunwolves will be battling for their first victory of the season - the odds favouring an historic maiden triumph for the Japanese side.

The Sunwolves are at least on the board after their bonus points for narrow losses against the Cheetahs and Bulls, while the Kings, with no points so far, also have the travel factor against them as they return from their two-match road trip to New Zealand.

New Argentine side the Jaguares open their New Zealand swing resting several big names - including Agustin Creevy, Santiago Cordero and Juan Manuel Leguizamon - for Saturday's match with the Blues.

The Bulls have suffered a setback ahead of their match against the Cheetahs with fullback Warrick Gelant out for at least six weeks after breaking his jaw against the Sunwolves last weekend.

The Cheetahs have just one win so far, but will be feeling good after picking up a bonus point for their close finish against the Brumbies.

In the remaining weekend game the Waratahs are at home to the Rebels who currently lie second in the Australia conference.

We look at the Saturday, April 2,  and Sunday, April 3, matches below!

Blues coach Tana Umaga admitted his side is down on confidence - following two defeats and a draw in their last three matches, which leaves them well outside the top 10 on the standings.

After starting so brightly with a win in the opening week against the Highlanders, the Blues crashed to the Crusaders in Christchurch, lost to the Hurricanes in Auckland and managed an equally disappointing draw with the hapless Reds in Brisbane.

Like all the coaches of losing teams, Umaga was grabbing at straws of positivity.

"For us it's to re-focus on what we're doing," Umaga told the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

"We can't lose sight of that, we must keep faith in it," Umaga said.

"It [Blues game plan] has created a lot of opportunities for us. If we do go back to that Reds game we just missed a lot of opportunities.

"Good sides take those. Being a young side, confidence is a big thing and if we can hold some of those passes and take some of those opportunities our confidence will grow."

They will be up against a Jaguares side equally despondent, having also only won their opening  match - a fortuitous one-point victory against a Cheetahs team that let a 20-point lead slip.

The result was that a host of frontline players were left at home - supposedly 'rested' for the first two matches of their three-match New Zealand tour.

Among those left behind are captain Agustin Creevy, Santiago Cordero and Juan Manuel Leguizamon.

Rodrigo Báez, one of the players who are back in the side after missing the defeats to the Chiefs and Stormers on home soil, said "rotation is a good thing".

The loose forward said this Saturday is a chance for the Argentinean side to get their campaign back on track.

"We are coming off three straight defeats and the team has a great desire to win, "said Báez.

The Jaguares have focussed a lot on turning their defence into attack this week - to make their turnovers count.

"We know we have to score points with each and every opportunity we get," he said.

"We are creating many opportunities on attack, but we are not turning them into points.

Recent results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Blues have won three and drawn one of their last five matches against teams from outside of New Zealand. The Jaguares have scored 32 of their 49 points in the opening half when playing away from home and they failed to score a second half point in their last away fixture against the Sharks. The Jaguares beat an average of 29.3 defenders per game so far this season, the most of any team and 9.3 more than the Blues (20). Blake Gibson has made 59 tackles so far this season, the third most of any player, and he's missed just seven further attempts. Matias Moroni has won nine turnovers for the Jaguares so far this season, the third most of any player in the competition and more than any New Zealand-based player. Both teams are due a good performance, but the Blues come off a bye and the Jaguares have travelled. The Blues should the game with a margin in the single digits.


Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Joe Edwards, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Nic Mayhew.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Hoani Matenga, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 George Moala.

Jaguares: 15 Ramiro Moyano, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Santiago González Iglesias, 9 Martín Landajo (captain), 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Báez, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Julián Montoya, 1 Roberto Tejerizo.
Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Juan Cruz Guillemaín, 20 Pablo Matera, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Nicolás Sánchez, 23 Joaquín Paz.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Two of the game's premier playmakers will go head-to-head on Saturday, with Christian Lealiifano and Aaron Cruden set to lock horns.

Lealiifano has been a stalwart of the Brumbies for almost a decade, making his debut for the side in 2007 after moving to Canberra as a teenager from Melbourne.

Since his debut Lealiifano has made 106 appearances, scoring 693 points. He is now becoming the Brumbies seventh most capped player and second highest point scorer.

During his time at the Brumbies, Lealiifano has also made 16 appearances for the Wallabies, scoring 124 points for the national side.

Equally as comfortable at flyhalf or inside centre, Lealiifano's ability to pick a gap or find space with his accurate boot have made him a valuable member of the Brumbies squad.

Lealiifano's opposite number Aaron Cruden has been one of the world's best throughout his career since bursting onto the scene in 2010.

Cruden's Super Rugby debut was met with much fanfare, he was a highly touted prospect having led the Junior All Black's to IRB Junior World Championship in 2009, as well as being named IRB Junior Player of the Year for 2009.

He made his Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes in 2010, impressing immediately and earning a call up to the All Blacks.

In 2012 Cruden moved to the Chiefs, helping the side win its maiden Super Rugby title after a comprehensive 37-6 victory over the Sharks in the final.

The following year the Chiefs successfully defended their title with Cruden a key cog, defeating the Brumbies at Waikato stadium. On that occasion though, Lealiifano was almost the star of the show - scoring all of his side's 22 points in the narrow 29-22 loss in Waikato.

Lealiifano says the team wants to deliver a performance to make fans proud.

"Hopefully we can get some momentum and get things clicking. We don't need to change our shape or make drastic changes, we just have to stick at it," Lealiifano told the Canberra Times.

"The more we can get a consistent set piece and stay in our shape, the better our attack will be.

"The Chiefs are red hot at the moment, they can punish you from everywhere so we have to control that as best we can.

"Last week was a frustrating one for the backs and it was scrappy, but we've spoken about it as a backline in terms of getting our hands on the footy, especially to our danger men.

"We've got guys who can really light it up, so we have to take opportunities when we get them and make the most of them."

Recent results:
2015: Chiefs won 19-17, New Plymouth
2014: Brumbies won 32-30, Canberra (preliminary play-off match)
2014: Brumbies won 41-23, Canberra
2013: Chiefs won 27-22, Hamilton (Final)
2012: Chiefs won 29-22, Hamilton
2011: Brumbies won 28-20, Canberra

Prediction: The spoils are split at two wins apiece in the last four matches between these teams; of those four matches two have been post-season with each team notching one win. The Brumbies have won eight and drawn one of their last 10 home matches against the Chiefs. The Chiefs have won their last three matches away from home and a fourth straight road win would equal their second longest streak in club history (2007), just one behind the club record (five wins - 2011-12). The Chiefs scored twice from the scrum in Round Four, taking their season tally to six tries from that origin, the most of any team so far this season. Damian McKenzie leads the competition in points (85), tries (six) and goals (24) scored after five rounds; Charlie Ngatai is the second top try scorer (five) after his four tries against the Force. The Brumbies have travelled back from South Africa, so they will need a significant lead going into the final quarter. We feel the Chiefs will edge ahead in the last 20 minutes and win by two tries.


Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 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 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Joe Powell, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 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 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Seta Tamanivalu, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: William Houston (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

With two teams looking for their first win of the season, this game has a very different feel.

Despite their lowly positions on the standings, there is an edge and an air of expectation to the game that have not been present in any of their previous outings this season.

Kings coach Deon Davids said his team has made significant progress on their just-completed two-match tout of New Zealand - which saw them lose 24-57 to the Crusaders, but then stayed in touch with the Hurricanes for more than an hour before a couple of late scores saw the Kiwi team win 42-20.

"We are also aware that there is a lot for us to work on," Davids told a media briefing in Port Elizabeth this week.

He felt that if they can improve on the weaknesses they identified and add it to what went well the scoreboard will have a positive reflection for the men from PE.

"These Japanese teams always bring something different and our defence is a key component that we worked on," Davids said.

"We definitely want to shut down their space and time."

While the Kings struggled to get any moment in the early rounds of the competition, last week they players like centre Stefan Watermeyer, flank Stefan Willemse and hooker Edgar Marutlulle to get go-forward ball.

"We also have to improve in terms of our discipline and ensure we don't give away kickable penalties."

He said the Sunwolves are a stereotypical side.

"They will change up their tactics, look for space and look for opportunities to isolate your defenders.

"If you are slack in terms of defence and allow the game to become unstructured they will punish you."

Recent results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Kings have conceded 157 points combined in their last three matches against teams from outside of South Africa. This will be the Sunwolves first ever match away from home turf in Super Rugby. Both of the Kings two wins at home in Super Rugby history have come against teams from outside of South Africa (Force & Highlanders). The Sunwolves have conceded eight tries on the opening phase of opposition possession, only the Kings (nine) have conceded more. Tusi Pisi kicks at an accuracy of 94 percent, the highest of any player who's attempted at least 15 shots at goal so far this season. Unless it is a draw, one team will finally have a 'W' in their results column and we think - despite travelling back from New Zealand - the Kings will have an edge over a Sunwolves team that travelled from Tokyo. Kings by 10 to 15 points.


Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Cyril-John Velleman, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22. Elgar Watts, 23 Jaco van Tonder.

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

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Rodney Bonaparte (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)

Expect this to be a typical South African derby - physical and at times brutal. It won't be pretty, but it will be intense.

While the Cheetahs' only win so far has been a one-point victory over the Sunwolves, they showed promise against the Brumbies last week - coming back with a determined second-half showing.

The Bulls have also made steady progress since their opening round defeat to the Stormers, and they have won two matches and drawn one since that defeat.

Bulls coach Nollis Marais said the Cheetahs are a "dangerous" team with good set pieces.

"They have great maul and line-out and an incredible scrum," Marais told rugby365.

"If you give them broken-field [play] they will hurt you badly."

The Cheetahs' biggest problem this season has been that they start slow and then have to come back in the second half.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith spoke of his side's ability with ball in hand and also reflected on the quality of their set pieces.

"My main aim is to compare us to previous Cheetahs teams," Smith said, adding: "So there is progress and from there we can compete with the rest."

Marais said a big focus for the Bulls this week was to ensure they play from minute one to the 80th to avoid falling prey to the Cheetahs' famous second-half rallies.

Then he also wants his team to work on their "game management" - the ability to close out games.

"[That shortcoming was illustrated] in our last two games," Marais said, adding: "Against the Sharks [in Pretoria] we were leading 13-3 and in then end played to a [16-all] draw and against the Sunwolves [a week later] we were leading 23-10 and made it difficult for ourselves at the end of the day [allowing the Sunwolves back in to win just 30-27].

"We will have to produce an 80-minute performance.

"At least some of our senior guys [like Pieter Labuschagne, Deon Stegmann and Dean Greyling] are returning, so that will help down the line."

Recent results:
2015: Cheetahs won 42-29, Pretoria
2015: Bulls won 39-20, Bloemfontein
2014: Bulls won 26-21, Pretoria
2014: Cheetahs won 15-9, Bloemfontein
2013: Bulls won 30-25, Bloemfontein
2013: Bulls won 26-20, Pretoria

Prediction: The Bulls have won 13 of their last 15 matches against the Cheetahs, though the Cheetahs will be on the hunt for consecutive wins against the Bulls for the first time in history after a 42-29 win in their last encounter. The 16 matches between these sides have seen 56 points scored per game on average. The Bulls have conceded only nine points in the opening halves of their two home matches this season. The Bulls have conceded only one of their 11 tries in the first half of games this season, the fewest of any team in the competition; the Cheetahs have conceded the joint most in that time (12). Francois Uys has won 27 line-outs so far this season, the third most of any player in the competition while he's stolen two more in the process. It is Loftus Versfeld, so the Bulls should be favourites (if only ever so lightly), but this game could go either way. We feel the Bulls will edge it with a late score.


Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Rudolph 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 Pieter Labuschagne/Nic de Jager, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 SP Marais.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain) , 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Johannes 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.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Ben Crouse (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Sunday, April 3

In a week when questions were raised over Australia's ability to sustain five Super Rugby teams, this game may just showcase both the best and worst of Australian rugby at present.

To say the Waratahs have been a disappointment this season would be an understatement.

The Tahs' are barely holding onto a top 10 spot and assistant coach Chris Malone said there are a number of areas they need to improve on ahead of Sunday's match against the Rebels.

"We had a lot more possession last week [a 15-13 win over the Reds], but we didn't take advantage of it," Malone said.

"Taking the opportunities when they're presented in the game whether that's from a scrum, line-out, kick, turnover is important.

"We know that we can get into our game, we just need to be more accurate with our skill execution."

Discipline is another issue the Tahs focussed on this week.

"Discipline is very important," Malone said, adding: "The week before [against the Highlanders] we were really good in terms of our discipline and only gave away four penalties.

"This past week [against the Reds] we gave away quite a few more.

"It just puts you under pressure for longer periods of the game. It means you don't have the football for long periods of time.

"The pleasing thing for us was that we defended our way out of a lot of those situations. So we can take that as a positive moving forward."

The  Rebels feel that despite their loss to the Highlanders last week, they can take some valuable lessons into the all-Australian derby.

"We'll take a look over things like our attack, but our scrum and defence was really good," Rebels prop Laurie Weeks said.

"The Highlanders' tries came off a few freakish little things so we'll take that [positive] going into the Waratahs game.

"The confidence is still here in the team so taking that to the next game is crucial."

Along with local rivalries renewed, the local derby has the added importance of Super Rugby points with the Rebels and Waratahs jockeying for positions in the Australian conference.

Despite last weekend's defeat the Rebels, with three wins and two defeats after their opening five games of the season, remain three points ahead of the Waratahs, who have two wins and two defeats, in second place in the local conference.

"We don't want to struggle at the end of the season to get points so we'll take everything we can get now," Weeks said.

Recent results:
2015: Waratahs won 18-16, Sydney
2015: Waratahs won 38-28, Melbourne
2014: Waratahs won 41-19, Melbourne
2014: Waratahs won 32-8, Sydney
2013: Rebels won 24-22, Melbourne
2013: Waratahs won 31-26, Sydney

Prediction: The Waratahs have won nine of the 10 previous encounters between these teams including a current streak of four wins.
The Waratahs average more points per game against the Rebels (31.8) than against any other team in the Australasian Group. The Rebels have won two of their last three matches away from home and, after a 35-9 win over the Sunwolves in Round Four, will be looking for back-to-back away wins for the first time since Round Five, 2015. At 55 percent the Waratahs goal kicking success is the lowest in the competition, although the Rebels are the fourth worst team (67 percent). Sean McMahon (20) has beaten more defenders than any other forward in Super Rugby this season. Both teams have shown promise this season, but are coming off disappointing performances last week. We will give it to the home team, the Waratahs, but by less than 10 points.


Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 David Horwitz, 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 Hugh Roach, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Sam Lousi, 21 Wycliff Palu, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Andrew Kellaway.

Rebels: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Cam Crawford, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Sean McMahon, 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 Ben Meehan, 22 Dan Hawkins, 23 Sera Naivalu.

Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning, with additional reporting from AFP

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Kings break their Super duck

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:07

REPORT: The Southern Kings scored their first win of the Super Rugby season when they beat the Sunwolves 33-28 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

It was a scrappy match, littered with errors, by the worst two teams in the competition.

Defence was certainly not always at a premium - with the missed tackle count for the Kings and Sunwolves going well into double digits in the first hour.

However, in the final quarter the home team - now playing into a stiff breeze - certainly shored up their defence - holding out numerous raids deep inside their 22.

The Kings opened the scoring with a try from captain Steven Sykes, converted by Louis Fouche - as they took an early 7-0 lead after just four minutes.

Fouche added a penalty three minutes later, as he stretched their lead to 10-0 after seven minutes.

Sunwolves flyhalf Tusi Pisi added a penalty-kick minutes later and the visitors closed the gap to 3-10 after 10 minutes.

The home side was back on the attack inside the Sunwolves half and a brilliant inside pass provided Malcolm Jaer with enough space to cut through the Sunwolves defence - as he scored his team's second try.

Fouche missed the conversion as they took a 15-3 lead.

The visitors struck back with two tries in quick succession - the first by captain Shota Horie, followed by Pisi.

Pisi converted the first try to level the scores at 15-all.

Southern Kings centre Shane Gates snatched a loose ball, as it popped out the ruck, to sprint in for a 60-odd metres try.

Fouche missed the conversion as they took a 20-15 lead.

The Sunwolves scored a try on half-time, but not before Fouche added another penalty kick for the Southern Kings - as the teams went into the half-time break with the Kings leading 23-20.

The  second half only came to life in the closing minutes - as the two flyhalves exchanged penalty kicks.

Fouche and Pisi added a penalty each, as the Southern Kings held onto a slender three-point lead with two minutes remaining, 26-23.

Replacement Elgar Watts scored in the 78th minute, after another massive Kings scrum won a turnover, with Fouche was spot on with the conversion as they took a 33-23 lead.

Not to be outdone the Sunwolves threw everything at the Southern Kings, with a minute remaining, and managed to score their fourth try of the game - when flying wig Akihito Yamada went over in the left corner.

The conversion was missed, but there was time left for a restart.

The Sunwolves threw everything into attack, running from their own tryline, but a knock-on near halfway allowed the Kings to walk away with a 33-28 win.

Man of the match: Centre Harumichi Tatekawa for once outplayed his more illustrious teammate Akihito Yamada, captain Shota Horie produced a high workrate, but he was among those who slipped too many tackles. Flyhalf Tusi Pisi was the Sunwolves most productive player. As Usual Kings hooker Edgar Marutlulle was a bundle of energy and captain Steven Sykes the steadying influence. However, our award goes to Kings flank Cyril-John Velleman - who epitomised the resilience that saw the Port Elizabeth-based team secure their first win.

The scorers:

For the Southern Kings:
Sykes, Jaer, Gates, Watts
Cons: Fouche 2
Pens: Fouche 3

For the Sunwolves:
Horie, Pisi, Bond, Yamada
Cons: Pisi
Pens: Pisi 2


Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Cyril-John Velleman, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22. Elgar Watts, 23 Jaco van Tonder.

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

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Rodney Bonaparte (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)

Steven Sykes (3min), Malcolm Jaer (16min), Shane Gates (33min), and Elgar Watts (78min)
Shota Horie (20min), Tusi Pisi (25min), Tim Bond (37min), and Akihito Yamada (80min)
Louis Fouché (4min) and Louis Fouché (79min)
Tusi Pisi (22min)
Louis Fouché (6min), Louis Fouché (28min), and Louis Fouché (58min)
Tusi Pisi (9min) and Tusi Pisi (53min)
VENUE Port Elizabeth
REFEREE Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)