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Super Rugby | Wellington
07:35 (GMT) | 09-04-2016
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Stay tuned as we go straight to Suncorp Stadium where the Reds tackle the Highlanders
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Barrett with another 2 to his name. The referee blows for the FULL TIME whistle
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The Canes inside the 5 meter almost driving the ball past the line. And Ben May gets the ball over the line for a TRY and he secures them the bonus point
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Another player down in the Jaguares side at their 22. The Canes pushing desperately looking for the try.
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The Hurricanes with a line-out at the 22 of the away team now as the Canes look for the bonus point. penalty to the home team now
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Landajo gives it to Sánchez but the referee blows for a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch at the 10 meter of the home team
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The away team not allowing any space for the clearance, but it does find the boot eventually
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Landajo gets the ball after the scrum and passes the ball forward. Scrum at the 5 meter again now
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The referee having some trouble organizing the scrum
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Scrum outside the 5 meter of the Canes now after the injury check. Sánchez with a good gap run but he loses it over the try line. The referee looks for the try/no try as he calls the TMO. No try. Penalty
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The Jaguares putting good pressure looking for the bonus point now at the 5 meter.
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The Jagueares with a penalty after the reset. Sánchez kicks it but misses touch
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Sánchez with a good kick to secure the 2 points
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Jaguares win the scrum and Landajo finds a gap and fits inside it easily
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Scrum resets again. Penalty to the away team again. Another scrum up field for the Jaguares
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Scrum at the 5 meter of the hosts now as the Jaguares look to maybe get a losing bonus point. Scrum reset
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The Jaguares kick the ball into touch at the line-out. maul from the away team as the referee blows for a penalty
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The Jaguares making strong progress inside the half if the home team now at the 5 meter. The referee blows for a knock-on
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Barrett looks to be going in but goes wide at the last second
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Perenara drags it out and gives it wide to his left wing and Savea is there for his hatrick; which also gets his team the bonus point if they can maintain their lead
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The referee blows for a knock-on. Scrum at the 5 meter
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The Canes bombing forward at the 5 meter and they try to muscle their way through
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Line-out to the Canes at the 22 of the away team. They pressure inside the Jaguares' half. They kick into touch at the 5 meter again
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The Canes now with all the momentum and there's a aggressive exchange between the players on the field. The referee gives the signal for the TMO. penalty to the home team
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Barrett secures the extras
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Coles finds a gap and makes a quick break after the switch in direction of the passes, he gets a TRY
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The Canes more resilient after their withheld try. They make it inside the 22 of the away team
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Thomson steals the ball away after the maul and the clearance is there. The Jaguares tries to play the ball out and the interception is there by Shields and he breaks for the TRY. The referee calls the points back, however as a Jaguares player was in touch
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Scrum at the center field after the reset as Barrett kicks into the dead ball zone. Sánchez makes a fine run but is tackled down at the 10 meter. Senatore with a nice kick forward and Jane is forced to get the ball into touch at the 22
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Sánchez tries to go for goal with the kick and he gets the 3 points
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Both teams recovering after the burst of play by the Canes as medical staff enter the field at the 5 meter of the Jaguares. Line-out for the away team. The referee halts play for a TMO referral some way away from the 5 meter of the Jaguares. The referee gives a penalty to the away team
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Iglesias makes good ground close to the 5 meter but Lavaninni looses it and the Canes make a break forward with Coles.
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Line-out at the 22. The referee blows for the line-out to be reformed
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Scrum at the 5 meter and the Jaguares pounce on the ball after Canes get the ball out of the scrum. The clearance is there
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The Canes making good on the counter maul after the half time break, no doubt having addressed that at the break. The away team still move forward and the referee finally blows for a penalty at the 5 meter of the home team
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Scrum at the 10 meter of the home team and a penalty to the Jaguares
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Perenara clears after the line-out and the referee blows after the ball reaches the ground.
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The Jaguares making good ground and reach the 22 but the ball goes into touch after a tackle
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Sánchez gets the ball away again but it doesn't reach touch. Both teams clearing almost exclusively
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Barrett with the start to get the second half underway. He kicks deep into the Jaguares' half but the away team clear. The ball at center field and Barrett kicks it into touch at the 22 of the away team

Half Time

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Barrett with the exact same angle as the previous try. He secures the points. HALF TIME
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The reset kick is there and the Jaguares are caught off guard by Perenara who makes a great break and kicks forward for Savea who gets another TRY
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Barrett looking to give his team the lead and he just squeezes it between the sticks
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Perenara finds a small gap but he is caught up to and brought down. They bring the ball down and Thomson manages to find space and passes to Savea who secures a TRY for his team
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Senatore wins the line-out for his team and they move forward but Thomson snags the loose ball and the Canes inside the 10 meter now. Proctor tries to squeeze through but can't
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Line-out at the 10 meter of the away team now
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Senatore trying to power through after the reset and clearance. The ball now at the 10 meter of the Canes but the referee blows the whistle. Scrum
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Sánchez with another tough angle, this time misses the conversion
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Vito trying to power his way through but gets floored and there is an interception. Moroni intercepts at his own 22 and makes a run straight over the lien to score a TRY
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Scrum outside the 22 of the away team. They get a penalty but tap and go moving the ball up field
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The Jaguares with an interception but it's knocked forward. penalty to he Canes as they keep the pressure on
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The referee blows for an infringement against the away team and the ball is kicked into touch at the 22 of the Jaguares
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The Hurricanes move the ball up field at the 22 but the steal is there from the away team. They try to play their way out of their own half
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The knock-on by the Jaguares as Orlando misses the catch forward. Scrum at the 22 of the Jaguares
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The clearance is there and the chase is on by the Jaguares. The referee blows; penalty to the Canes and Barrett sends it into touch at the center field
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The Canes get themselves to the 22 after the rest, both teams finding the breaks hard to create
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Sánchez making the conversion look easy
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The Jagueares moving forward with ambition and they make a slow progression to the try line and Senatore finally muscles his way through over the TRY line
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The Canes poach the ball and they get the clearance.Line-out at the 10 meter of the home team and the Jaguares with another maul
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Line-out at the 22 of the home team and the driving maul is there straight after and they make it to the 5 meter and the maul dragged down; penalty to away team. Yellow card to Savea
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Both teams battling intensely at every ruck. The Jaguares find themselves inside the 10 meter but the referee blows for offside against Landajo
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The Canes not making much ground in the maul and they send the ball up field from Proctor. The referee blows for a penalty and Barrett looks for the kick into touch and misses that. Scrum at the 10 meter of the Jaguares
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The Canes with more attacking play now inside the 22 but the away team get the clearance into touch, the pressure still against them
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Barrett he gets another chance and he secures the points this time
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Barrett with some quick thinking after the scrum to pounce on a kick forward and slide from outside the 5 meter line to pass the try line and secure the TRY
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Scrum at the 10 meter of the Jaguares. Scrum reset
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First points of the game does not go to Barrett with the penalty. He misses. The reset kick sends the ball forward but the Canes come again now inside the 10 meter of the Jaguares
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Line-out at the 22 now after the clearance at the 5 meter. The Canes now trying another kick forward but the interception is there. The referee does, however blow for a penalty
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The Canes make their way to the 5 meter on their right wing with Proctor but the ball goes into touch
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The Canes make their way forward and Cole with a cheeky kick forward but the chase follow-up isn't good enough.
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The Canes get the ball and the clearance into their own 10 meter is there. Both teams fighting for the ball in the ruck
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Jaguares try the maul and move away from it immediately. They make it to the 5 meter line of the home team now
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Penalty to the Jaguares at their 10 meter. They send the ball into touch at the 22 of the home team
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The Canes clear the ball but it's sent back to their side of the field. They move the ball down field at the mid field
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Nick Briant blows and the game is underway
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The players now on the field doing minor stretches
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The Jaguares' losses have been by 8 points or less in their last 4 Super Rugby matches
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The Jaguares have won one of their last five Super Rugby matches
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The Hurricanes have won 11 of their last 13 matches against teams from outside of New Zealand, including the last two by a combined score line of 83-26. The Hurricanes have won their last six regular season home matches in Super Rugby having scored 139 points across their last three such fixtures.
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Welcome to the first of four Super Rugby matches today! We have a cracker up first as the Hurricanes host the unpredictable Jaguares!
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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:55

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

The match of the day is undoubtedly the all-South African derby between the Sharks and Lions in Durban.

Given what is at stake, it promises to be thrilling derby.

These two teams are currently occupying the top two spots on the Africa Conference Two standings.

It all starts in Wellington, when the 2015 runners-up , the Hurricanes, host the tournament newcomers, the Jaguares of Argentina.

The Hurricanes have finally worked their way into the play-off race, after starting with two defeats - while the Jaguares have lost four on the trot after a fortuitous win in the opening round.

Next we head across the Tasman Sea to Brisbane, where the hapless Reds host the defending champion Highlanders - one of the form teams in the tournament.

Then it is off to South Africa for the Sharks versus Lions.

We finish the weekend's action when the Southern Kings face the Bulls at home in Port Elizabeth.

Their match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is the second successive home game for the Kings, after their morale-boosting maiden win over the Sunwolves last weekend.

The Brumbies, Cheetahs, Rebels and Waratahs all have a bye.

We look at the Saturday, April 9, matches below!

The game has the potential to produce an upset - the Jaguares' first win since they scraped past the Cheetahs (34-33) in the opening week.

The talk around the Hurricanes camp this week was about the return of Julian Savea and Cory Jane's 100th game.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said Jane's achievement was a significant one for any player.

"Hopefully we can put in a performance against the Jaguares that makes it a memorable occasion for Cory and his family," Boyd said.

"I'm sure the players are highly motivated to do just that this weekend."

The Jaguares - still without a host of their frontline internationals - are into the second week of a three-match tour of New Zealand, desperate to end the losing streak that has seen them slide to well outside the top 10.

Having analysed last week's loss to the Blues, the Argentinean team believe they can turn the corner against last year's beaten finalists - who currently sit in the top eight.

"The main objective is to try to sharpen our attack and to be more efficient," assistant coach Martin Gaitan said.

"Last week, against the Blues, we have five scoring opportunities early in the match. Only one of those, a penalty, was turned into points."

The Jaguares are determined to salvage something from their tour - which will see them play the Hurricanes and Crusaders - before they head to Japan for an encounter with fellow tournament newcomers, the Sunwolves.

"It becomes more difficult with each match on tour," Gaitan said.

"However, it is vital that we focus on each game and not look too far ahead - to other games or where we want to finish on the standings."

He felt they are not too far off their next victory.

"Our attitude and the will to always attack is really very good.

"The players need to made some minor tweaks and improvement, then we can get that victory."

Previous results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won 11 of their last 13 matches against teams from outside of New Zealand, including the last two by a combined score line of 83-26. The Hurricanes have won their last six regular season home matches in Super Rugby having scored 139 points across their last three such fixtures. Despite having won only one match from their five so far in Super Rugby the Jaguares are yet to lose a fixture by more than eight points and have lead at half-time in two of their last four. The Hurricanes average 123 carries per game, the most of any team after five rounds this season, and they're one of only three teams (Chiefs, Lions) to average more than half a kilometre gained over the advantage line each match (541 metres). Martin Landajo has made eight breaks so far this season, the most of any scrum half in the competition. The Jaguares have a realistic chance of an upset, but only if they can improve their discipline and cut down on the number of penalties they conceded. We feel the Latin temperament will be their undoing and the Hurricanes will score a late winner.


Hurricanes: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Willis Halaholo, 12 Julian Savea, 11 Ngani Laumape, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Blade Thomson, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Otere Black, 23 Matt Proctor.

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

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Brett Johnson (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

To say the Reds have under-performed this season would be an understatement.

Along with the Sunwolves of Japan, newcomers to the competition, the Queensland-based franchise is the only winless side.

There is a glimmer, just a glimmer, of hope they can end a streak that dates back to June last year. A draw against the Blues last month is the highlight for a team that has not finished higher than 13th since 2013.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph have made a raft of changes, some injury related.

The most significant of those changes are the loss of star All Black Ben Smith, who sits out as a result of concussion he suffered in the win over the Western Force last week.

The other is one the Reds will not enjoy.

All Black flyhalf Lima Sopoaga returns from a groin injury, to again partner with Aaron Smith.

The Reds also received some good news on the injury front - the most significant the return of captain and veteran prop James Slipper.

Slipper's return will provide a mighty lift for a relatively inexperienced team that has mostly shown fight, but is in desperate need of composure.

Rob Simmons has filled in as interim skipper.

"It's been disjointed, but Simmo's done a good job in difficult circumstances," Slipper said.

"I won't do too much different in terms of captaincy.

"The best thing I can do is hit the ground running. That's the way I can serve the team the best.

"We just need to control the game a little better."

Slipper said he has seen enough to be enthusiastic about the rest of the season.

"There's plenty to be optimistic about," Slipper said.

"I've had my ups and downs but I've been jumpy about playing since the trials.

"I've got a lot of pride in this jersey and want to play a game that our fans have been proud of.

"The fans have been the ones who are missing out and that hurts me. Our fans have been great but it's been tough for them.

"There's been a lot of things going on, but all we can do as players as put our heads down and get on with it. We can't afford to get bogged down.

"Our job's to play and, in my case, I feel like I can get back and hit the ground running in better nick than I was before surgery.

"We're confident in the way we want to play but it's just a matter of doing it."

Recent results:
2015: Highlanders won 20-13, Dunedin
2014: Reds won 38-31, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 34-33, Dunedin
2012: Reds won 19-13, Brisbane
2010: Reds won 38-36, Brisbane
2009: Highlanders won 24-19, Ivercargill

Prediction: The Reds have won four of their last five matches against the Highlanders, though none of the last seven matches between these sides has been decided by more than a converted try. Anything short of victory for the Reds would see them record their longest start to a Super Rugby season without a win, eclipsing the five game losing streak they opened the 1997 campaign with. The Highlanders are enjoying a five-game winning streak and a sixth straight win would equal the longest winning streak in the club's Super Rugby history set from Round 3 to Round 9 in 2005. The Highlanders are the only team so far yet to win a scrum penalty or scrum free kick on their own feed so far this season, though they've won 32 scrums outright, the fourth most of any side. Saia Fainga'a has made 27 successful throws from 28 attempts, giving him the second highest throw success (96.4 percent) of any player to have made more than 20 throws so far this season. The Reds, if they manage to drag the Highlanders down to their level and turn it into a scrappy slugfest, will have a chance. We feel the Highlanders have too much class and should win by about 15 points.


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, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 23 Ayumu Goromaru, 22 Sam Greene, 21 Scott Gale, 20 Curtis Browning, 19 Ben Matwijow, 18 Sam Talakai, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 16 Saia Fainga'a.

Highlanders: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Jack Wilson, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Pat Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (Captain), 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Replacements: 23 Jason Emery, 22 Hayden Parker, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 20 Dan Pryor, 19 Tom Franklin, 18 Josh Hohneck, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 16 Ash Dixon

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Both teams are coming off defeats to the Crusaders, hoping to return to winning ways before they lose contact with the tournament pace-setters.

More intriguingly, it is a contrast of styles - the Sharks' defence-orientated approach to the Lions' all-out attack.

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold admitted this is going to be an "incredibly tough" fixture.

"The outcome of this game is going to be significant to the status of this pool at a later stage," he said of an encounter between two teams separated by just two points on the standings.

"They are a fantastic team and we have a huge amount of respect for them.

"We know how good they are with ball in hand and the questions they ask on defence.

"We want to play with more ball in hand and ask questions of our own," he said of the vastly different tactics followed by the two sides so far this season.

"The set-piece battle is going to be important and it will lay the foundation for us to launch our attacks.

"It is important for us to put in a good performance before our overseas tour, which we hope will set the tone for a tough but exciting three weeks in New Zealand."

Lions coach Johan Ackermann admitted they have been suspect in the 10 minutes either side of half-time in both their defeats - to the Highlanders and Crusaders.

Ackermann said they have looked at the reasons for those lapses and have worked on rectifying those.

However, he felt pressure is on the Sharks, as it is a home game for them.

"We have to fix our mistakes and go there with a positive mindset," Ackermann said, adding: "The Sharks are a quality side with a lot of Springboks - it is a big challenge for us.

"However, we have to work on some minor details - the individual decisions - that will ensure we turn these close losses into victories."

The similarity between the Crusaders' and Lions' style makes the Sharks believe they have the ability to beat their up-country rivals.

Sharks lock Stephan Lewies said the Lions have a quality set-piece.

"We've done our homework and we're sure they've done their homework, so I think we know what we're getting," Lewies said.

"I'm sure the okes will be up for it.

"The Crusaders were a good practice for us. They're two teams that play a similar style and we play them in succession so we've almost had a training play against the Crusaders so we know what's coming up."

Recent results:
2015: Lions won 23-21, Johannesburg
2015: Sharks won 29-12, Durban
2014: Sharks won 25-12, Johannesburg
2014: Sharks won 37-23, Durban
2012: Lions won 38-28, Johannesburg
2012: Sharks won 32-20, Durban

Prediction: The Sharks have won nine and drawn one of their last 12 matches against the Lions, though the Lions will be looking for back-to-back wins against the Sharks for the first time after defeating them 23-21 in their last encounter. The Sharks average just 16.8 points scored per game across their last four Super Rugby fixtures, though they've managed to win twice and draw once in that span. The Lions have enjoyed some success on the road of late, winning three and drawing one of their last five matches away from home with each full-time result mirroring the half-time status. Elton Jantjies has kicked 23 goals so far this season, the third most of any player in the competition and the most of any South African-based player. Paul Jordaan has missed just three of 54 tackle attempts this season, giving him the second best tackle success (94.4 percent) of any player to have made more than 50 attempts. At home the Sharks must be fancied and given their low-risk approach against the Lions' high-risk approach, the home team should do enough to win - albeit by less than 10 points.


Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 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 Keegan Daniel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Garth April, 23 Odwa Ndungane.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylon Smith.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Jaco van der Walt.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (Australia), Rodney Bonaparte (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

The Southern Kings have been buoyed by their maiden win, over the Sunwolves last week.

And they have not been scared to express their confidence ion their ability to secure back-to-back victories.

The Bulls, who have not lived up to expectations this week, have been in a cautious mood during the build-up to the game this week.

"There is no doubt that the Kings will be tails up," Bulls coach Nollis Marais said.

"They really deserved the win against the Sunwolves, a team we battled to put away [in Singapore the week before].

"So with that as measure, it is clear that we will have to play very well if we want to leave Port Elizabeth with a win.

"We showed good grit against the Cheetahs, but will have to be more consistent at this level.

"We are playing in spurts and our second half effort is lacking."

The Kings' star loose forward Cyril-John Velleman said they are ready for the "physical nature" of the Bulls' game.

"You just need to put your body on the line and do your job," Velleman said.

Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss admitted that his team's set pieces have not been up to scratch this season and could be a target for the home side.

"No doubt," Strauss said, when asked the Bulls' wobbly scrums, adding: "We did not do well in that department last weekend, while they did very well - so they will see an opportunity to attack us there.

"We worked hard to fix the issues we had and I am confident that we can repel that attack.

"We have some weapons of our own and intend to use them."

Previous results:
2013: Bulls won 48-18, Pretoria
2013: Bulls won 34-0, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: The Bulls beat the Kings by a combined 82-18 in their only two previous encounters back in 2013, keeping the Kings scoreless in their maiden encounter. The Kings earned their first victory of 2016 against the Sunwolves in Round Five and will now be looking to snare consecutive wins for the first time in their Super Rugby history. The Bulls are undefeated (won three, drawn one) in their last four matches, the last time they went longer without a loss was in 2013 when they managed a run of nine straight wins. The Kings have the lowest tackle success rate in Super Rugby so far this season (79 percent), with Stefan Watermeyer individually missing more than any other player (15). Warrick Gelant makes an average gain of 8.9 metres so far this season, the most of any player who's made more than 40 carries. This could go either way and we feel the Kings will pull off a stunning win - by 12 points.


Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 James Hall, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Justin Ackermann, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Cyril-John Velleman, 21 Ntando Kebe, 22 Leighton Eksteen/JP du Plessis, 23 Jaco van Tonder.

Bulls: 15 SP Marais, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Dan Kriel.

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Hurricanes claim nine try thriller

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 09:33

REPORT: Running rugby was the order of the day as the Hurricanes ran in six tries, including a Julian Savea hat-trick, to claim a bonus point 40-22 victory over the Jaguares in Wellington on Saturday.

The home side grabbed three tries either side of half-time to claim their fourth victory of the campaign, while handing the South American side their biggest losing margin thus far. Before this loss, the Jaguares never lost a match by more than eight points.

It was a fast start by both sides as they looked happy to throw the ball around and run it at their opponents. The Hurricanes should have taken the lead in the eighth minute but Brad Barrett missed a regulation penalty after the Jaguares were caught in an offside position inside their 22.

He would make up for that miss two minutes later though when he ran onto a clever Ardie Savea grubber kick to slide all of five metres for the opening try of the match. He added the extras to hand the Hurricanes a 7-0 lead after 10 minutes.

Both sides were guilty of giving away unnecessary penalties at the breakdown and once such transgression allowed the Jaguares to set up a rolling maul from an attacking line-out. Ardie Savea collapsed it a few metres short of the try line and was sent to the bin for his efforts.

The Jaguares took full advantage of the extra man by showing great patience to take the resulting play through the phases. They used their forwards to great effect and Leonardo Senatore got his hands on the ball to bash his way over. Sanchez added the conversion to level matters in the 23rd minute.

The match remained evenly poised from that point and just as it seemed like the Hurricanes were building up much needed momentum, out popped Matías Moroni to pick off a pass and race about 70 metres to grab the Jaguares' second score of the night. Sanchez failed with the conversion though but the South Americans held a 1-7 lead after 33 minutes.

This sparked the Hurricanes into life and sustained pressure on the Jaguares' defence paid off in the final minutes of the half as Julian Savea grabbed tries in the 38th and 39th minutes. Scrumhalf TJ Perenara was influential on both occasions to set up the man they call The Bus.

Barrett made no mistake with both conversions as the Hurricanes went into the half-time interval with a 21-12 lead.

The Jaguares camped inside the Canes' half after play resumed and were awarded a 50th minute penalty when Willis Halaholo was penalised for an off the ball tackle on Moroni. Sanchez slotted the kick at goals to reduce the deficit to six points.

The Canes were forced to work hard on defence as the Jaguares maintained the pressure on their opponents. The homes die managed to turn over possession on their five metre line and after a great counter attack, soon found themselves inside the Jaguares' 22.

A neat set move saw captain Dane Coles cut inside to receive a pass from Barrett and the flying hooker sliced through the Jaguares' defence to grab his side's fourth try of the match. Barrett converted the score to stretch the lead to 28-15 after 58 minutes.

The home side began to turn on the style from that point and a powerful scrum close to the Jaguares' five metre line saw them send a long pass which found the hands of J Savea. There was no stopping the big man from a few metres out as he grabbed his hat-trick. Barrett failed to add the extras but the Hurricanes lead stretched to 33-15 after 62 minutes.

The Jaguares were not going down without a fight and continued to plug away at the Hurricanes' defence. They proved just how strong their scrum can be when they provided a perfect platform for Martín Landajo to work from. The scrumhalf spotted a massive opening on the blind side and sniped around to grab his side's third try of the match.

Sanchez made sure of the extras as the Jaguares trailed 22-33 with 10 minutes remaining in the contest.

The Jaguares remained on the front foot for the remainder of the match and game within inches of grabbing a fourth try but it was the home side who had the final say as Ben May bashed his way over to secure the bonus point. Barrett added the extras to seal the match.

Man of the match: Leonardo Senatore was a menace at the breakdown and his defensive work rate kept the Hurricanes attack at bay on numerous occasions. While Nicolás Sánchez was good with ball in hand and his tactical kicking was fair, his work on defence left much to be desired. Jaguares captain Martín Landajo was by far their standout player as he controlled the tempo of the game and provided his side with swift service. Hurricanes captain Dane Coles set the tone for the rest of the team to follow while Ardie Savea's great all round game was only let down by his yellow card. Julian Savea grabbed a hat-trick and had some good runs but the man who gets the nod is scrumhalf TJ Perenara, whose excellent vision, brilliant service and reading of the game helped the Hurricanes grab five tries.


For Hurricanes:
Tries: Barrett, J Savea 3, Coles, May
Cons: Barrett 5

For Jaguares:
Tries: Senatore, Moroni, Landajo
Cons: Sanchez 2
Pen: Sanchez

Yellow card: Ardie Savea (Hurricanes, professional foul - collapsing the maul, 19)


Hurricanes: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Matt Proctor, 13 Willis Halaholo, 12 Julian Savea, 11 Ngani Laumape, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Blade Thomson, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Otere Black, 23 Vincent Tavae-Aso.

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

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)

Beauden Barrett (10min), Ardie Savea (37min), Ardie Savea (39min), Dane Coles (56min), Ardie Savea (62min), and Ben May (80min)
Leonardo Senatore (21min), Matias Moroni (31min), and Martin Landajo (69min)
Beauden Barrett (11min), Beauden Barrett (38min), Beauden Barrett (40min), Beauden Barrett (57min), and Beauden Barrett (81min)
Nicolas Sánchez (22min) and Nicolas Sánchez (70min)
Nicolas Sánchez (50min)
Ardie Savea (18min)
VENUE Wellington
REFEREE Nick Briant (New Zealand)