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Super Rugby | Brisbane
09:40 (GMT) | 09-04-2016
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Reds kick the ball out and its Fulltime! Reds win and the crowd go mad along with the players! Thank you for joining us at Rugby365.com for this match. Be sure to join us later for the remaining games this weekend. Until then!
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Reds keeping it tight before Frisby clears the ball and Gill regathers and puts in a dodgy kick. Highlanders attack wide through Sopoaga . It all comes to nothing as Wheeler throws the ball forward and the Reds have the scrum put in with a minute on the clock.
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Fekitoa has a run followed by Osbourne again. They have made their way up to the Reds 22 before the ball is turned over by the Reds.
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Sopoaga attacking from the back. Highlander attacking from deep. Osbourne breaks the line! . This is great play!!!!
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Goromaru strikes the ball well but the ball is pulled to the right hand side of the upright
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Penalty to the Reds for scrumhalf Tanaka taking out Frisby early. Goromaru will have a long range attempt at goal.
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Scrum Reds near the halfway line. You can feel that the home team are nervous now. Highlanders smell blood!
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Sopoaga adds the extras with a lovely conversion from the corner
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Lineout Reds in the Highlanders 22. Faingaa finds his man and they attack wide , theres a loose pass and Fekitoa hits the ball back to Sopoaga who runs the length of the field and scores in the corner! Game on here!
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Conversion is good by Sopoaga
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Christie makes a god run for the Landers. They are 5 meters from the try line . Fekitoa picks the ball up from the base and scores!!!!
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Highlanders scrum near the halfway. They win the penalty and Parker puts the ball into touch to set up an attacking lineout on the Reds 22.
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Reds with ball in hand as McIntyre puts in a grubber and Sopoaga fumbles the ball as it goes into touch. Reds lineout on the Highlanders 22
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Highlanders attack through Faddes on the Reds 22. Defence is solid from the Reds as Faddes gets bundled into touch. Reds lineout. Ready finds his jumper and McIntyre clears the ball into touch.
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Reds clear the ball and Sopoga does will. Parker clears the ball and Feauai-Sautia isolates himself. Somehow McIntyre gets the ball and boots it into the crowd. Lineout Highlanders on the Reds 22.
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Sopoaga adds the extras with a lovely conversion
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Lovely set piece from the lineout results in Aaron Smith scoring in the corner . Trytime Highlanders
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Highlanders win the penalty and Sopoaga sets up a 5 meter lineout.
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Scrum resets at first attempt
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Knock on from the Highlanders as Fekitoa loses the ball forward. Scrum Reds in their own 22.
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Reds win another penalty as Hendrick Tui plays the ball in a offside position . 5 meter lineout set up. Dangerous position for the Kiwi outfit
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Reds with ball in hand just outside their 22 as Slipper has a run. Frisby then clears the ball and Faddes does brilliantly again taking the high ball. Highlanders penalty for the player being taken in the air. Sopoaga sets up the lineout .
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McIntyre adds another three points for the Reds
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Reds on the attack inside the Highlanders half. They have the penalty advantage also as Kerevi looks to break the line again. Ref blows his whistle for the penalty and McIntyre will have another shot at goal. By far the best ive seen the Reds play all season.
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Liam Gill breaks the line for the third time in the game for the Reds. He attempts a chip kick that is charged down by Osbourne and the ball rolls into touch for Reds lineout
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No try as the ref has judged there was a neck roll cleanout at the ruck by Joe Wheeler. Reds penalty... McIntyre will clear the ball into touch.
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Reds defend and defend and defend before Sopoaga slices through and scores the try! TMO in action for potential foul play.... Decision pending
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Highlanders steal the ball at the lineout and are on the attack 10 meters from the Reds line. Fekitoa has a go, Coltman has a go, Christie has a go followed by Sopoaga. It all comes to nothing as the Highlanders are awarded the penalty.... they take it quick
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Sopoaga pins the Reds deep in their own 22 with a lovely kick. Lineout Reds 10 meters from their own line.
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McIntyre has a shot at goal. He hits it well and the ball sails through the middle of the sticks.
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Frantic stuff once again as the Highlanders take a quick lineout as they attempt to speed up the game. Reds turn over the ball and Hunt hoists the up and under taken by Faddes who gets smashed by Hunt and holds onto the ball. Reds win the penalty. Great play by the home team
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Couple kicks back and forth before Thompson has a run for the Highlanders. A kick is put through by Osbourne and Hunt fumbles the ball , Christie regathers and scores the try. TMO in action and it is judged that Christie was in front of the kicker and the try does not stand , instead the Reds are awarded the penalty. McIntyre kicks for touch to set up a Reds lineout on the halfway line.
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Second half underway as McIntyre kicks off

Half Time

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Half time! Cracking game so far! See you all in a bit for the second half
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Scrum Reds for a knock on by the Highlanders . Frisby feeds the ball plays the ball to McIntyre who plays Kerevi who is shut down quickly. It all comes to nothing as the ball rolls out and the Highlanders take the lineout quickly and Faddes clears the ball up field.
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McIntyre pulls his penalty attempt to the left hand side of the upright. 22 dropout for the Highlanders taken by Sopoaga.
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Gill with the intercept he then attempts the kick through but the ball is regathered by an offside Highlanders player in Daniel Lienert-Brown. Penalty Reds, McIntyre will have a shot at goal
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McIntyre adds the extras
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What a run again by Kerevi he busts the first tackle and steps the last defender and scores a well deserved try. The Reds are on fire!!!!!!
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Smith clears the ball into touch. Reds lineout on the 10 meter line in Highlanders territory.
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Reds attack through Kerevi who runs straight over Sopoaga and makes a magnificent run of 30 meters. He then offloads to Gill who gets tackled. Frisby plays Hunt who throws the ball wide to Nabuli who is tackled into touch just 5 meters from the line. Great play from the Reds.
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Sopoaga clears the ball and Osbourne regathers it. Great play by the winger as the Highlanders continue their attack on the halfway line. Reds defence solid as Squire loses the ball forward forward and the Reds are awarded the scrum.
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Highlanders have already missed 22 tackles in the first half! Unheard of!
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Play going back and forth as Tui puts in a dodgy kick through. Sopoaga clears the ball but again, its a dodgy kick and Hunt has a run from the back. An exciting match but both teams are struggling to build phases in attack and most importantly keep possession of the ball! Scrum Highlanders on their 22.
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Highlanders attack from the scrum through Osbourne followed by Fekitoa. Third phase as Whitelock has a run and Andrew Ready does well for the Reds as he forces the player to hold onto the ball as the Reds win the penalty. McIntyre will clear the ball into touch.
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Shane Christie breaks the line and makes a lovely run of 20 meters before the ball comes off a Reds players hand and the Highlanders have the scrum put in near the Reds 22.
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McIntyre with the drop goal for the Reds! Its over!
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Kerevi busts about 4 tackles. He is on fire today. The Highlanders get the ball and a couple loose passes are made before the ball rolls into touch and the Reds have the lineout throw on the Highlanders 22. A frantic match so far.
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Lovely kick from Sopoaga as he lands the penalty from long range
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Penalty to the Highlanders again as Nabuli tackles Sopoaga in the air. The Highlanders opt to have a shot at goal from 50 meters out.
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Sopoaga hoists the up and under and Hunt does well or the Reds . Tui makes a run before the ball is lost forward from Frisby and the Highlanders have the scrum put-in near the halfway.
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Play going back and forth in an extremely open game. Highlanders win the penalty for Slipper going off his feet and Sopoaga will kick for touch.
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McIntyre adds the extras
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Reds with ball in hand on the halfway before McIntyre puts in a dodgy kick but Nabuli makes something of it as he regathers the ball breaks the line and beats two defenders and plays Frisby who scores under the poles! Trytime Reds!
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Frisby makes a excellent exit kick which goes out just outside the Highlanders 22. Great kick by the scrumhalf
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Forward pass thrown by Sopoaga. Reds awarded the scrum put in inside their own 22.
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Faingaa bashes it up for the Reds from the scrum before McIntyre clears the ball up-field and Faddess does well for the Highlanders again as they make their way into the Reds 22.
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Great play by winger Jack Wilson for the Highlanders as he chips and chases and regathers the ball. He then offloads to Aaron Smith who does well and throws the pass to Thompson who loses the ball forward with the try line in sight. Scrum Reds
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Coltman finds his jumper and Sopoaga clears the ball cleaned up well by Feauai-Sautia. Frisby then clears the ball and Faddes has a run from deep for the Highlanders.
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Highlanders win the penalty inside their own 22. Reds looking impressive so far. Sopoaga will clear the ball into touch and the Highlanders will have a lineout throw on the halfway line.
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Reds with ball in hand as Neville has a run followed by wing Feauai-Sautia. The Reds attack looking really smooth .
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Sopoaga lands the penalty kick for the Highlanders
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Highlanders win a penalty for Liam Gill playing the ground. Sopoaga will have a shot at goal .
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Whitelock makes a lovely run for the Highlanders as they sail into the Reds 22.
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McIntyre fails to add the extras for the Reds
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Reds on the attack as Kerevi breaks the line . In the second phase of attack a tight forward crashes it up. Third phase Kerevi gets the ball again breaks the line draws the last defender and passes to Gill who SCORES!
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Reds take the kick off well before Frisby clears the ball upfield and Osbourne takes the ball well. Squire makes a good run of 15 meters. A hack kick is put through by Liam Gill as the Highlanders have to retreat all the way back to their 22. The Reds attack wide through Nabuli but he steps into touch and the Highlanders have a lineout on the 22. Great start to this match
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First half underway ! Sopoaga kicks off!
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Teams go through their last preparations for the clash . Its almost time to get going here in Brisbane
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Along with the Sunwolves of Japan, newcomers to the competition, the Queensland-based franchise is the only winless side.
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The Reds received some good news on the injury front - the most significant the return of captain and veteran prop James Slipper
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All Black flyhalf Lima Sopoaga returns from a groin injury, to again partner with Aaron Smith for the Highlanders.
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  • 1 James Slipper
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  • 3 Greg Holmes
  • 4 Cadeyrn Neville
  • 5 Rob Simmons
  • 6 Hendrik Tui
  • 7 Liam Gill
  • 8 Jake Schatz
  • 9 Nick Frisby
  • 10 Jake McIntyre
  • 11 Eto Nabuli
  • 12 Anthony Fainga'a
  • 13 Samu Kerevi
  • 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia
  • 15 Karmichael Hunt
RESERVES
  • 16 Saia Fainga'a
  • 17 Sef Faagase
  • 18 Sam Talakai
  • 19 Ben Matwijow
  • 20 Curtis Browning
  • 21 Scott Gale
  • 22 Sam Greene
  • 23 Ayumu Goromaru
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  • 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
  • 2 Liam Coltman
  • 3 Siua Halanukonuka
  • 4 Mark Reddish
  • 5 Joseph Wheeler
  • 6 Luke Whitelock
  • 7 Shane Christie
  • 8 Liam Squire
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Lima Sopoaga
  • 11 Patrick Osborne
  • 12 Rob Thompson
  • 13 Malakai Fekitoa
  • 14 Jack Wilson
  • 15 Matt Faddes
RESERVES
  • 16 Ash Dixon
  • 17 Ross Geldenhuys
  • 18 Josh Hohneck
  • 19 Thomas Franklin
  • 20 Dan Pryor
  • 21 Fumiaki Tanaka
  • 22 Hayden Parker
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S18 PREVIEW: ROUND SEVEN, PART TWO

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.

Teams:

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.

Teams:

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.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 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.

Teams:

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
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

Mc article samu kerevi reds breaks 800

Reds repel Highlanders fightback

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 11:37

REPORT: The Reds held on for dear life to upset the Highlanders 28-27 in Brisbane and record their first victory of the 2016 Super Rugby campaign.

How do you explain it? What was said at half-time? What was drunk at half-time? Did they lose faith? Whatever was said or drunk it did not energise the Reds. Their fade brought them to the brink of defeat and it was more Highlander error that gave them their one-point win than what they did in the last half an hour of the match.

There are 18 teams in Super Rugby. The Highlanders were in second place, the winless Reds in 17th place. 2 vs 17. Even if it was on 17's home ground you would expect a comfortable win for 2 who were also the reigning champions, and yet with 30 minutes to play, the team that had thrilled and sparkled in the first half lost all energy and colour, and in the end a case could be made that they were lucky to scrape the win. After all the Highlanders, who scored three tries in the second half, had another two - deservedly - cancelled, the first because the "scorer" was offside 50 metres back, the second because of a neck roll earlier on. They have only themselves to blame.

But what a first half for the Reds!  They were sharper, more enthusiastic than ever before in 2016. They looked like winners.

Their first try started when Liam Sopoaga kicked a grubber into a Red foot and Liam Gill hacked the ball  down into Highlander territory. Then Eto Nabuli just put a foot on the touchline as he made speedy progress down the left. From the line-out Aaron Smith kicked a box kick which Nabuli caught near touch and immediately flung infield to Karmichael Hunt who ran, as he did often and to great effect, in the half. Hunt gave to Samu Kerevi who went on a mazy run and eventually passed to Gill who scored in the right corner. 5-0 after 4 minutes and the sign of things to come as especially Kerevi and Gill provided opportunities for their side.

When Gill was penalised at a tackle Sopoaga goaled. 5-3 after 7 minutes, and it could have been still better for the Highlanders but Rob Thompson knocked on with a short run to the line and nobody in front of him.

The second try had an unpromising start. Jake McIntyre kicked a high kick inside his 10-metre line that went high and parallel to the 10-metre dashes out to the left touchline, giving an impression of impending disaster. But Kerevi caught it and gave to Nabuli who beat two Highlanders  and gave to Nick Frisby who raced away for a try at the posts. 12-3 after 16 minutes.

When Nabuli was penalised for an air tackle on Sopoaga, the Highlanders' flyhalf made it 12-6 after 22 minutes.

The Reds played several phases without progress and so McIntyre stood back and dropped goal. 15-6 after 23 minutes.

Then came the try of the match. The Reds dropped the ball on the Highlanders 10-metre line and the Highlanders footed it downfield where Hunt managed to get the ball just outside his 22, and then he started running. On his 10-metre line he gave to Ben Matijow who gave to Gill. Gill was tackled on the Highlander 10-metre line. They went left and McIntyre passed but Luke Whitelock of the Highlanders knocked the ball down. Nabuli got it and passed it to Kerevi who then racked 40 metres or more down the left swerving inside Matt Faddes and going over for a splendid try. 22-6, which was the half-time score and Reds looked like winners.

Then early in the second half came the first Highlanders disappointment.  Patrick Osborne, who had a splendid match, near the half-way line, footed downfield. Christie chased and grabbed the ball to "score", but the TMO's advice was that he had been ahead of Osborne when he kicked. The try for the Highlanders became a penalty for the Reds.

When Faddes was penalised, McIntyre goaled. 25-6 after 45 minutes.

The Highlanders won a Reds line-out and went right. The Reds were penalised, Smith tapped and Sopoaga "scored". But on the TMO's advice a parenthetical incident of foul play was examined and it was found that Joe Wheeled had rolled Andrew Ready by his neck at a breakdown. Again the try for the Highlanders became a penalty for the Reds.

McIntyre his second penalty to make it 38-6 after 50 minutes.

Two penalties gave the Highlanders two five-metre line-outs. From the second one Liam Squire peeled around the front and gave to Smith who scored in the left corner. Sopoaga converted from touch. 28-13 with 20 minutes to play.

Another penalty, another line-out and the Highlanders were bashing at the line again. Malakai Fekitoa stretched and arm and scored under the posts. The conversion was quick and it was 28-20 with 12 minutes to play.

The Reds were left to perform menial activities, like tackling.

McIntyre off with severe cramp and Sam Greene was one.

The Reds had a line-out in the Highlanders' 22 and went right but Green sent a horrible pass to his right. Fekitoa batted the ball on to Sopoaga, 17 metres from his goal-line. The flyhalf set out on an 83-metre race down the touchline, his speed just enough to keep Kerevi away. Again Sopoaga converted from touch. 28-27 with eight exciting minutes to play.

The Reds held out as possession kept changing hands. But Frisby got the ball and kicked it out. 17 had its very fist win of the 2016 season.

Man of the Match: If you gave it on just one half's play your choice would be between Samu Kerevi and Liam Gill but we are going to give it to a player for two halves of play and our choice is Lima Sopoaga, so skilled, so clever, so efficient.

Scorers:

For the Reds:
Tries: Gill, Frisby, Kerevi
Cons: McIntyre 2
Pens: McIntyre 2
DG: McIntyre

For Highlanders:
Tries: Smith, Fekitoa, Sopoaga
Cons: Sopoaga 3
Pens: Sopoaga 2

Teams:

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: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Scott Gale, 22 Sam Greene, 23 Ayumu Goromaru.

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: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Jason Emery.

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

Liam Gill (3min), Nick Frisby (15min), and Samu Kerevi (34min)
TRIES
Aaron Smith (58min), Malakai Fekitoa (67min), and Lima Sopoaga (70min)
Jake McIntyre (16min) and Jake McIntyre (35min)
CONVERSIONS
Lima Sopoaga (59min), Lima Sopoaga (68min), and Lima Sopoaga (71min)
Jake McIntyre (44min) and Jake McIntyre (51min)
PENALTIES
Lima Sopoaga (7min) and Lima Sopoaga (21min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
Jake McIntyre (25min)
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Brisbane
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)