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17:10 (GMT) | 08-04-2016
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Jean-Luc du Plessis looks to add 2 more as he sets up for the kick, but misses as the horn sounds. FULL TIME
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The Sunwolves get the ball and move forward but lose it. Jean-Luc du Plessis steals it and kicks it forward twice to secure his own TRY, running from his own 10 meter
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Stormers moving forward in the maul past mid field now, and then into the 10 meter. They use it and kick it forward for Van Wyk to chase.
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The goes into touch off Lolohea down field as Zas tried to kick forward
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The Sunwolves looking to get a losing bonus point. Scrum at the 10 meter of the home team
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The ball is kicked into touch at the 10 meter of the away team. line-out and Masimla cuts through the defence. The Stormers go straight through to the 5 meter of the away team. The Sunwolves get the penalty and the clearance is there
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Penalty to the home team as the medical staff enter the field for a Sunwolves player
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Tempers start to flair as Elstadt finds himself offside. Viljoen sends it into touch outside the 22
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The Stormers putting pressure after the red card but the away team gets a penalty and Viljoen kicks it into touch
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Another TMO for a shoulder charge and a yellow card for the offending player; Tim Bond
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Zas finds space on his left wing and manages to cross the line but the referee refers to the TMO to make sure he was not in touch. He was. No try
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Scrum reset. Masimla looking to make a break on his own but he is brought down. The home team inside the 22 now
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The reset kick is there and the Sunwolves start their attack again. Scrum at center field
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Tamura secures the conversion from a tricky angle
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Carpenter steals the ball out of the ruck and the Sunwolves now inside the 22. Viljoen finds space up field and gets a TRY on the corner
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Scrum at the half way line. Scrum reset
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Viljoen trying to go it solo and finds some space but the turnover is good for the Stormers. They go on the counter but there is a forward pass
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Stormers move forward now and Zas gets away from his man to get his team into the 22. Scrum just inside the 22 of the Sunwolves
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The Sunwolves try a long through but come under immediate pressure. They do find the clearance
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The turnover is there for the home team at mid field and Zas chases a kick forward but the bounce doesn't favour him. Line-out at the 5 meter of the away team
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The Sunwolves efforts come to nothing this time as Schrueder clears. The away team come forward after the line-out at midfield
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The Sunwolves in the 16th phase and they get the penalty. Good resilience. The ball is kicked into touch at the 5 meter
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The Stormers not allowing the Sunwolves to make any ground but Viljoen gets them closer to the line and now just outside the 5 meter
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Paea holding firm as he tries to move forward. Sunwolves move forward after the ruck, now outside the 22 with the 8th phase
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Both team clearing the ball and the Stormers send it into touch at mid field. Line-out to the Sunwolves
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du Plessis with 2 more points
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The clearance comes but Kolbe brings it forward again. Schrueder slips through the defence and gets his leg tugged. He slips but manages to cross the line for another TRY
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Stormers with a quick tap after the reset and penalty. Durutalo loses it as he tries to run through 3 players. The kick forward from the home team is there and they're at the 5 meter now
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du Plessis ensures the 2 extra points
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Notshe finds space and gets his 2nd TRY after Koch bombed forward to give the offload
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Van Wyk on his right wing running into traffic and de Jongh kicks it forward. The Stormers now inside the 22 of the away team
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The Stormers give the away team no time to clear and the ruck is there. Sunwolves reorganize and do eventually find the clearance
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Stormers find some space after the reset as Ntubeni manages to power through a few players but the last pass is forward. Scrum outside the 5 meter of the Sunwolves
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The conversion is good
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Sunwolves trying making a serious effort and Yatomi finds a gap and squeezes through before the defence can catch him
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The referee calls play back for an offside advantage against Notshe. Viljoen sends the ball into touch at the 5 meter
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Both team taking a short breather after that blistering start. Line-out to the away team at the 10 meter of the home team
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Sunwolves starting the second half with some good pressure, but the turnover is there by the Stormers. The home team get a low kick forward and Kolbe and Koch chase the ball into the away teams 22
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The whistle goes and the second half gets started

Half Time

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Penalty tot he Stormers at the 8th phase; Sunwolves not releasing the ball. The referee blows and it's HALF TIME
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Line-out at the 22 of the home side. The away team come bombing forward now at the 5 meter of the home team. Yatomi just outside the 5 meter as the horn sounds
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Penalty to the away team; Koch offisde
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Schrueder with a low kick forward and the chase is there by Kolbe but he doesn't get there in time. The Sunwolves get the turnover and they now come inside the Stormers' half
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Scrum at the 10 meter of the home team
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Sunwovles try to move forward after the scrum but the Stormers hold firm and the turnover is there. The away team steals it away again and Yamada breaks away quickly on his left wing but Kolbe is there
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Scrum at the 10 meter of the away team up field
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du Plessis doesn't find the points
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Burger looks to power through but is brought down outside the 22. Penalty to the home team as du Plessis lines the ball up
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The Stormers run into trouble on their left wing at the Sunwolves' 10 meter. They start moving the ball downfield in the 6th phase
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The conversion is missed
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Lolohea with a good run up field. he is brought down and the offload is there to send the ball downfield where Viljoen finds it and secures 5 points fro the away team
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Penalty to the Sunwolves outside the 5 meter and they send the ball into touch but he squanders the kick and now the Stormers have a chance to reset play
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Sunwolves move forward with Carpenter inside the 22 of the home team
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du Plessis adds the extras this time around
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The chase falls short after the reset and Juan de Jongh finds himself on the wing after a swift run by Kolbe sent it up field towards him to score the TRY
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du Plessis with another difficult angle and goes the same direction of the second conversion attempt - wide
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The Stormers line-out at the 5 meter down field after the penalty. They hand it to Ntubeni and he secures the third TRY for the home team
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Penalty to the Stormers. Makabe Offside at the ruck for the Sunwolves
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Scrum at the 10 meter of the Stormers and Zas gives a smart kick forward that disrupts the away team defence.
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Sunwolves take their line and press froward now but the ball goes into touch again, not before a forward pass.
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Stormers manage the kick and chase at the reset well with a clearance . Line-out at the 10 meter
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du Plessis misses the conversion
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Burger trying to force his way through but isn't strong enough. They send the ball down field after the breakdown and van Wyk finds himself over the line for a TRY
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The referee blows for the penalty to the Stormers 5 meters from the line as the maul broke down.
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Kotze making good ground to reach the 22 of the away team. Koch making a menace of himself as the Stormers move closer to the 5 meter. Jean-Luc du Plessis sends it out for a line-out at the 5 meter
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Scrum at the 22 of the home team up field. Zas with a speculative pass after the scrum. They get it to the halfway line
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Both team clearing after the reset But the Sunwolves make their way inside the Stormers half with conviction
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Jean-Luc du Plessis secures another kick
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Notshe prepares for the pass at the ruck on the try line but goes himself and gets the TRY
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Koch powers it over the line with Notshe. The referee blows for a scrum at the 5 meter up field
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The Sunwolves organizing their defence in their own 22 now. Line-out inside the 22 of the away team now
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van Wyk almost slips away through the wing after the scrum but he is just clipped
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Sunwolves with a short kick for the restart. Double knock-on; scrum at center field
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du Plessis steps up for the penalty and secures it
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Stormers outside the 5 meter now and De Jongh gives it to du Toit who tries to squeeze through but they get the penalty
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Kotze makes a nice run gaining some ground inside the 22 of the Sunwolves, the turnover is there but Stormers get it back
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The Sunwovles rushing into the Stormers half now inside the 10 meter
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The Stormers now with the ball after the clearance by the Sunwolves. Scrum at the 10 meter of the home team up field
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Scrum right after the kickoff at the 22 of the away team
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Nicholas Berry sounds the whistle for kickoff and the game is underway
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The players now leaving the dugouts
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The Stormers have won six of their last seven regular season matches at home when hosting a team from outside of South Africa.
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These teams have never met before. Stormers do, however, come into the fixture as a strong favourite
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Welcome to Newlands where the Stormers host the Japanese Sunwolves
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  • 1 Oliver Kebble
  • 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 3 Vincent Koch
  • 4 JD Schickerling
  • 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 7 Siya Kolisi
  • 8 Schalk Burger
  • 9 Louis Schrueder
  • 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis
  • 11 Leolin Zas
  • 12 Juan de Jongh
  • 13 John-Ben Kotze
  • 14 Kobus van Wyk
  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 16 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 17 JC Janse van Rensburg
  • 18 Frans Malherbe
  • 19 Rynhardt Elstadt
  • 20 Nizaam Carr
  • 21 Godlin Masimla
  • 22 Huw Jones
  • 23 Damian de Allende
  • 1 Masataka Mikami
  • 2 Shota Horie
  • 3 Takuma Asahara
  • 4 Shinya Makabe
  • 5 Tim Bond
  • 6 Liaki Moli
  • 7 Ed Quirk
  • 8 Tomás Leonardi
  • 9 Yuki Yatomi
  • 10 Yu Tamura
  • 11 Akihito Yamada
  • 12 Carpenter Derek
  • 13 Mifiposeti Paea
  • 14 Viliami Lolohea
  • 15 Riaan Viljoen
  • 16 Takeshi Kizu
  • 17 Ziun Gu
  • 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga
  • 19 Yoshiya Hosoda
  • 20 Andrew Durutalo
  • 21 Atsushi Hiwasa
  • 22 Harumichi Tatekawa
  • 23 Yasutaka Sasakura
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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 23:26

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round Seven.

The burning question in Super Rugby is: 'Who can stop the Chiefs?'

Since their Round Two slip to the Lions, a 32-36 loss in Hamilton, they have looked almost unstoppable - scoring more than 50 points in two of their four matches and 48 in another.

The Blues have the unenviable task of taking on the two-time champions, when they go head-to-head in the weekend's opening match.

The Crusaders, one of New Zealand's other form teams, head to Perth to take on  the hapless Western Force for the conclusion of a three-match road trip - which saw them beat the Sharks and Lions.

The final match on Friday sees the Stormers host tournament newcomers the Sunwolves ion a historic match at Newlands - the Japanese outfit's first visit to South Africa.

We look at the Friday, April 8, matches below!

There is something special about domestic derbies - always full of energy and always brutal.

You can expect much of the same when these rivals on either side of the Bombay Hills go head-to-head,

Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge does not see his team as outright favourites, despite their impressive form of the past month - in which they passed the 50-point mark twice and scored 48 points in another match.

"It is a derby game, because we have a huge history with the Blues and Auckland rugby," Strawbridge said.

"It is always a passionate affair and always a tough game to win."

He described the Blues a team of "powerful athletes" and a side that loves it when a game gets unstructured.

"We going to try and nullify those strengths," he added.

Blues No.7 Steven Luatua also spoke of the physicality that these games produce.

"We are looking forward to this challenge against the Chiefs," Luatua said.

"They put a number on the Brumbies last week," he said of the 48-23 win.

"The Chiefs definitely the hot team, the form team.

"We are looking forward to some big collisions and looking forward to some expansive rugby."

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie also spoke of the big rivalry between the two North Island franchises.

"Our guys know a lot of the opposition and have a lot of friends in the opposition, but we'll put that aside for 80 minutes," the Chiefs head coach said.

"It's normally pretty brutal, so it's great to be playing at home."

Blues coach Tana Umaga said the key to victory was denying the Chiefs the ball for 80 minutes.

"If we don't run out of puff, that is probably a big thing," Umaga said.

"They're very good at looking after the ball and they can sustain that throughout the game."

Recent results:
2015: Chiefs won 23-16, Hamilton
2015: Chiefs won 23-18, Albany
2014: Chiefs won 11-8, Auckland
2014: Chiefs won 32-20, New Plymouth
2013: Chiefs won 26-16, Auckland
2013:  Chiefs won 23-16, Mount Maunganui

Prediction: The Chiefs have won their last nine matches against the Blues, their longest winning streak against any opponent in Super Rugby. The Chiefs have won only one of their last three matches on home soil against fellow New Zealand teams, though they've not lost consecutive home matches against NZ squads since Round 9, 2011. The Blues are undefeated in their last two matches, they've not gone three matches without loss in a single season since Round 12, 2011. The Chiefs have scored 12 tries in the first half so far this season, the most of any team in the competition, while the Blues have conceded seven tries in the same period, the equal most of any New Zealand team. James Lowe (128) made more metres than any other player again in Round Five and became the first player this season to make more than 500 metres over the gain line. The Chiefs will not have it all their own way, but should have just enough in the tank to sneak the win - by less than 10 points.


Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 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 Maama Vaipulu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Sam Henwood, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Seta Tamanivalu, 23 Sam McNicol.

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 Hoani Matenga, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Namatahi Waa, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Akira Ioane, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 George Moala.

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

History will suggest that the Force have always troubled the Crusaders in Perth, but history will count for nothing on Friday.

Their last meeting in Perth, back in 2013, resulted in an upset 16-14 win for the hosts.

However, the Force are nowhere near the quality side of three years ago and their form this season will ensure the Crusaders enter the game as outright favourites.

The Crusaders have just completed a two-match road trip to South Africa, where they overpowered the Sharks and Lions - leaving them in sixth place on the standings.

Without a doubt the one of the biggest match-ups for Friday's clash will see incumbent Wallaby No.8 Ben McCalman come up against newly appointed All Black captain and one of the best No.8s in the world, Kieran Read.

Both men provide incredible go forward for their sides and a strong performance from the international No.8s will go a long way to deciding the result.

Force coach Michael Foley said the side is looking forward to playing at home.

"It's always good to come home and play in front of our supporters after time away," he said of their loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin.

"We set about changing the way we play this season by being more dynamic with ball in hand and while we haven't got the wins we'd all like, we will persevere.

"Our fans are incredibly passionate and the team is looking forward to running out at home and giving it their all for the full 80 minutes on Friday."

Recent results:
2014: Crusaders won 30-7, Christchurch
2013: Force won 16-14, Perth
2012: Crusaders won 38-24, Christchurch
2011: Crusaders won 42-30, Perth
2010: Force won 24-16, Perth
2009: Force and Crusaders drew 23-all, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders have won three of their last four matches against the Force, though have been victorious in only one of their last three trips to Western Australia. A win for the Crusaders would be their fifth in succession, their longest streak in Super Rugby since they won five on the bounce by Round 13, 2014. The Force haven't hosted and defeated a New Zealand team since the corresponding round two seasons ago (18-15 - Round Six, 2014 v Chiefs). The Crusaders are one of only two teams (Stormers) to have a positive points differential in each of the four quarters of matches so far this season. The Force have conceded 80 points in the final quarter of matches so far this season, by far the most of any team and exactly four times as many as they've been able to score in reply. It will not be easy, but the Crusaders will win by 10 to 15 points.


Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Solomoni (Junior) Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sitiveni (Steve) Mafi, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pekahou Cowan
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Albert Nikoro

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

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

The Sunwolves are still searching for their first win, with most pundits believing that last week's outing against the Southern Kings had presented their best opportunity to break that duck.

The Stormers, in contrast, are the bestr among the South African teams in the competition.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck is determined to keep his charges' feet firmly planted on the ground.

"Every week we speak about focussing on what we have to do and if we lose focus on that then we will face trouble," Fleck said.

"For us, it is only about improving our game from the things we have identified in the Jaguares match.

The Stormers m,entor said the Japanese outfit will present different challenges.

"They are a good attacking side, they ask different questions, their basics are good, they play at a high tempo.

"There will certainly not be any complacency from our side.

"We know they are desperate for a win and are certainly looking to grab a win in South Africa."

Previous results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Sunwolves' last three games against South African opposition have been decided by five points or fewer and they've scored 55 points in their last two games against teams from South Africa. The Stormers are the only South African team who are yet to trail at the half-time break so far this season. The Stormers have won six of their last seven regular season matches at home when hosting a team from outside of South Africa. Eben Etzebeth has stolen nine lineouts so far this season, the most of any player in the competition, while having won an additional 22 on his side's throw. Sunwolves lock Tim Bond made 14 carries in his side's Round Five loss to the Kings, the equal second most of any player across the round, and teammate Tusi Pisi (13) was just one behind. The Stormers' solid set pieces and famed defence will ensuire they win by about 20 points.


Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Huw Jones, 23 Damian de Allende.

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Viliami Lolohea, 13 Mifiposeti Paea, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Tomas Leonardi, 7 Ed Quirk, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Timothy Bond, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Andrew Durutalo, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Harumichi Tatekawa, 23 Yasutaka Sasakura .

Referee: Nicholas Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Stormers too strong for Sunwolves

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 19:04

REPORT: The Stormers scored seven tries to record a 46-19 bonus-point win against the travelling Sunwolves at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.

A Round Seven victory for the hosts was never in doubt against the Tokyo-based Super Rugby newcomers, who were suffering a sixth successive loss, including two in South Africa.

The Stormers scored seven tries to record a bonus-point win against the travelling Sunwolves at Newlands on Friday.

It was  a warm, still autumn day at Newlands to welcome first of all a provincial match of sorts which is labelled the Currie Cup though there is no pot of gold at the end of the competition and then a Super Rugby match played on a balmy evening before 20 383 spectators, on the occasion of the Sunwolves'  first trip to Newlands.

Western Province beat the Blue Bulls more comfortably than the 30-16 score suggests in the first match and then the Stormers beat the Sunwolves 46-19, despite the best endeavours from the gentlemen of Japan.

But there was something common to both matches. It was as if all the voices of Newlands past had called out: "Play Province rugby, chaps." The chaps, the home players in both matches, heard and heeded the call, for that is what Western Province and the Stormers did. The ball was there to be passed, caught and passed again till somebody had a good chance to run with it. And so it went to the threequarters and so it involved the fullbacks and the loose forwards and even the tight forwards and it did not matter that you who were running in the ball were hooker, prop or lock - Scarra Ntubeni, Mike Willemse, Vincent Koch or Chris van Zyl.

The job of the Stormers was easier than that of Western Province as their opponents were not as physically dominant as the Blue Bulls had been in the first game.

From the very first moment the Stormers attacked and then suddenly on the attack there was an audacious chip by Jean-Luc du Plessis that nearly brought a try. But the first score was a penalty goaled by Du Plessis, his first kick at goal in a starting role in Super Rugby. 3-0 after 5 minutes.

Riaan Viljoen, the Sunwolves fullback, had an excellent game but his first deed in the match was a mishap. He kicked directly into touch after the ball had been taken back into his 22 and from the subsequent line-out inside the visitors' 22 led to the first try, as the home side mauled and bashed with Sikhumbuzo Notshe leading the charge. Koch was close, the Sunwolves were penalised, the Stormers took a five-metre scrum and bashed till suddenly Notshe plunged over for a try under the posts. 10-0 after 8 minutes.

Two penalties gave the Stormers two five-metre line-outs on their left. Eventually they went wide right where Du Plessis sent a long pass to unmarked Kobus van Wyk who dived over. 15-0 after 18 minutes.

Again a penalty again gave the Stormers a five-metre line-out. Scarra Ntubeni threw in, the Stormers won the ball and gave back to Ntubeni who forced himself over in the right corner. 20-0 after 25 minutes.

From the kick-off the Stormers scored. The Sunwolves kicked off deep and Cheslin Kolbe, one of rugby's most mercurial players, simply raced past groping defenders before giving to Juan de Jongh who raced down the left wing and around for a try which Du Plessis converted. 27-0 after 26 minutes.

It looked as if the Sunwolves were in for a humiliation. But they attacked and received a penalty five metres from the Stormers;' goal, near the posts but opted to kick for touch. That was a flop as they kicked into touch-in-goal. The Stormers then dropped out a long way but suddenly Viliami Lolohea was refusing to be tackled and burst clear on the right. They went left where Viljoen dummied and scored. 27-5 after 31 minutes.

That was the half-time score.

Three early second-half penalties to the Sunwolves at breakdowns set them attacking. From the third they had a line-out 10 metres from the Stormers' goal-line on their left. They went right where scrumhalf Yuki Yatomi threw an extravagant dummy, accelerated and scored. Flyhalf Yu Tamura converted. 27-12

The last two tries had been scored by the Sunwolves but when the Stormers got back to scoring tries it was created by an intricate tapestry of 15 passes and patterns of running till Du Plessis picked out Notshe who cut through untouched and scored well in. 34-12 after 51 minutes.

Three minutes later they scored again, this time a solo effort as Louis Schreuder broke, stepped and swerved. He was knocked down but bounced up again and plunged over for a try at the posts. 41-12.

The Stormers were neglectful when they won the ball back from a breakdown just inside their own half on the Sunwolves' right. The Sunwolves grabbed the ball and eventually went wide left to Viljoen on the left touchline. The sturdy fullback raced down the touchline, warding off  Van Wyk's attempts to push him out and scored in the left corner, his second try in the match. Tamura converted from touch. 41-19.

The match tended to fizzle after this but there was life when Leolin Zas was tackled out at the corner and an unhappy incident when lock Timothy Bond was red-carded 10 minutes from time for a late shoulder charge on Cheslin Kolbe, his right shoulder connecting with Kolbe's head. The match officials examined the incident and then Bond was shown a red card with nine minutes to play.

The Sunwolves were attacking on their right when Lolohea flung the ball infield. It was knocked into the arms of Du Plessis, just in from touch and about seven metres out side of his 22. The strong flyhalf started running. He grubbered ahead. He got to the ball first near the half-way line and flykicked it ahead. He chased it and flykicked it again. He raced after it, snatched it up and scored in the corner, ending the match at 46-19.

Man of the Match: There were several candidates - Riaan Viljoen and Yuki Yatomi of the Sunwolves and Scarra Ntubeni, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Vincent Kock of the Stormers pack and of their backs Cheslin Kolbe and our choice 21-year-old Jean-Luc du Plessis for his skill and vision, a flyhalf to run a team.

The scorers:

For Stormers:
Tries: Notshe 2, Van Wyk, Ntubeni, De Jongh, Schreuder, Du Plessis
Cons: Du Plessis 4
Pen: Du Plessis

For Sunwolves:
Tries: Viljoen 2, Yatomi
Cons: Tamura 2

Red card: Timothy Bond (Sunwolves, 71 - dangerous play, shoulder charge)


Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Huw Jones, 23 Damian de Allende.

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Viliami Lolohea, 13 Mifiposeti Paea, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Tomas Leonardi, 7 Ed Quirk, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Timothy Bond, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Andrew Durutalo, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Harumichi Tatekawa, 23 Yasutaka Sasakura .

Referee: Nicholas Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Sikhumbuzo Notshe (10min), Kobus van Wyk (16min), Siyabonga Ntubeni (22min), Juan de Jongh (24min), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (50min), Louis Schrueder (53min), and Jean-Luc du Plessis (79min)
Riaan Viljoen (29min), Yuki Yatomi (45min), and Riaan Viljoen (65min)
Jean-Luc du Plessis (11min), Jean-Luc du Plessis (25min), Jean-Luc du Plessis (51min), and Jean-Luc du Plessis (54min)
Yu Tamura (46min) and Yu Tamura (66min)
Jean-Luc du Plessis (5min)
Tim Bond (70min)
VENUE Cape Town
REFEREE Nicholas Berry (Australia)