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Super Rugby | Port Elizabeth
17:10 (GMT) | 09-04-2016
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We will have one final play as the hooter goes. The Bulls have a scrum just outside Kings 10 and set up a few phases. The ball goes into touch and that will be it.
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Jaer gets the home crowd excited with yet another sprint down touch but he is taken down. The intensity in this game is much higher now. The Bulls have a lineout on Kings 10 and Ivan van Zyl kicks it forward but the ball is gathered by the Kings who ground it
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Brummer adds the conversion with a massive mack from a left angle
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Marais receives a short pass from Francois Brummer and kicks a grubber that is gathered by the Kings. They lose control of the ball and Marais picks it up to score his second try of the match in the right corner!
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They regain possession and Jaer snipes down the touchline again but he is tackled without the ball. The Kings try to make something of the opportunity but are penalised for truck and trailor as the cross the tryline
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The Kings answer with attacking play that gets them into Bulls 22 again but the Bulls are displaying solid defence to keep them out. Fouche makes a very poor call and decides to kick ahead, but the kick is gathered by the Bulls.
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Schoeman adds the conversion
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The Bulls launch a dangerous counter attack from midfield and RG Snyman receives an inside pass from Kriel and he is over for the TRY!
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The Bulls move into Kings territory after a number of restarts and the Kings get them out gain with a free kick by Fouche. The Kings have the lineout on Bulls 10 and quick hands by Jaco van Tonder to Malcolm Jaer gets the Kingsto the try line but they are taken into touch just short of the goal line
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Serfontein puts in a threatening run again after the lineout and breaks through defenders but he is taken down just outside Kings 22. The hosts secure turnover ball but a knock on hands the visitors possession
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The Kings have an attacking lineout on Bulls 5 but get penalised for obstruction and Schoeman gets the Bulls out of the red zone
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Schoeman adds the extras
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Jesse Kriel receives the ball and passes and finds support in Ulengo on his inside who strides through to dot down for their fourth try of the match!
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The Bulls retain possession and the Kings turn it over. They find touch and have a lineout in midfield. They gain a few good metres before Trevor Nyakane steals the ball at the ruck
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There's been quite a few medical checks already in the second 40. The Bulls have a scrum on Kings 22 and the set piece is reset. Adriaan Strauss is now receiving medical attention..
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Schoeman gets the second half going and the Kings secure the restart

Half Time

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Reset after reset as the Bulls keep collapsing the scrum. The referee has a word with the Bulls and issues a long overdue yellow card to tighthead Marcel van der Merwe. They have another go and fullback Jurgen Visser goes over for the try but he is held up. A TMO referral calls no try and the Bulls go into the break with an 11-point lead
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The Kings are in the wrong at the ruck in midfield and Schoeman finds touch on Kings 22. Possession is turned over on the strike of halftime and hooker Edgar Marutlulle shows impressive pace as he breaks away from a ruck and outside the 22 and sprints to the try line where he is taken down. RG Snyman is yellow carded and the Kings have a scrum on the 5.
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Fouche gets a chance to narrow the gap as he sets up for the penalty kick just outside Bulls 22 after an infringement by the visitors.
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Quite a scrappy game from both sides. Both sides aren't doing very well to hold on to the ball.
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Schoeman adds the extras
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The Bulls now seem determined to stretch their lead. They launch an attack from the halfway line and the backs take the ball through the hands and send it to SP Marais on the outside who snipes through to cross over on the left!
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Hardly a good performance in the first quarter, but the Bulls' are doing well to deny the Kings points after a number of scoring opportunities.
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And it's another miss for Schoeman as he sends the ball just wide
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A massive team effort form inside opposition half sends Jamba Ulengo over in the right corner for the Bulls' second try of the match!
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Schoeman misjudges the conversion
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The Kings have a scrum in midfield and poor decision-making by Fouche sees him kicking the ball, no more than two metres away from the opposition, that is charged down by the Bulls. The sprint contest is won by Jan Serfontein who sped after the ball and dots it down!
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The Kings have the lineout and make their way upfield before the whistle goes for a ruck infringement by the Bulls outside their 22. Fouche sets up for the penalty kick and slots it through to put the first points on the scoreboard
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The Kings have the throw-in at the lineout and keep distribution quick. The Bulls secure a turnover at the ruck and Schoeman clears to find touch on own 10
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The Bulls have the lineout on Kings 22 but a knock on by the Pretoria side relieves some pressure for the Kings. Play continues but there is no advantage and Louis Fouche finds touch on Bulls 22
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They have the lineout on Kings' 22 but the hosts turn it over and and get back into Bulls territory. It doesn't last long and the visitors get a free kick for obstruction by the Kings
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The Bulls have a lineout in midfield after some early attacking by the hosts and come away with it. Tian Schoeman finds touch after the Kings are penalised for not releasing
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Louis Fouche kicks the game off with a high one into Kings 22.
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Shuhei Kubo will become the first Japanese referee to officiate a Super Rugby match and he will be assisted by the experienced Craig Joubert and Archie Sehlako, with Christie du Preez as the TMO.
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SP Marais will replace Jesse Kriel at fullback for the Bulls and partner-up Jan Serfontein. At scrumhalf, Piet van Zyl will start at nine for the first time this year, with Ivan van Zyl providing cover on the bench. Up front, Arno Botha returns to the number eight, replacing Nic de Jager, while Lappies Labuschagne is back in the starting pack with Roelof Smitmoving to the bench. Trevor Nyakane will start at loosehead prop, with Lizo Gqoboka dropping out. Kriel's twin brother, Dan, comes in on the bench as back-line cover.
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Kings coach Deon Davids has made several changes to his run-on side. Tom Botha moves up from the and replaces Jacobie Adriaanse, who is out with a rib injury. Chris Cloete, who dislocated a finger during their match against the Sunwolves, comes in for CJ Velleman at six, who moves to the bench. Among the backs, scrumhalf Ntando Kebe drops to the bench and James Hall is promoted to the starting lineup. Stefan Watermeyer starts at inside centre in place of Shane Gates, who is batting with a foot injury, and Lukhanyo Am comes in at outside centre. Luzuko Vulindlu replaces Siyanda Grey on the wing.
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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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Sat, 09 Apr 2016 19:06

REPORT: The Bulls ran in six unanswered tries to hand the Southern Kings a 38-6 hiding at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

It's a result that flatters the Blue Bulls as the Kings were more in the game than the score and six tries to nil suggest.  There is no doubting the Kings' efforts, but their problem is in their messy birth. They have got together late with suspect resources and although they have the spirit to want to try and do well it seems that they do it one at a time and perhaps with less stamina than other sides who have had a better programmed preparation for this year.

Just one sign of this was how rarely their wings, Luzuko Vulindlu and Malcolm Jaer, got a pass. The three inside of them were more intent on doing things themselves than letting them play. But late in the game when Jaer did get a pass the brave, little man was marvellous as he flashed down the left and came close to scoring twice.

Good will is there but not enough of team work.

But today they brought along a most promising player - 20-year-old James Hall who was at Kearsney when he went to Craven Week in 2014. His crisp, accurate, sympathetic passing, his decision-making, his bravery in entering harm's way, his strength and confidence - all suggest that he is the sort of scrumhalf South Africa needs even if he is not a sixfooter.

The Bulls' finishing was the biggest difference between the sides. They did not have anybody on attack who grubbered good ball to a fullback who was standing in in-goal. It must have been this year's worst kick.

The Kings were less penalised than the Bulls, had the better of the scrums and managed their line-outs well.  But not even when the Bulls were down to 13 players were they able to score a try.

That the Bulls were down to 13 players hardly redounded to their credit. Both players were in the sin bin in the first half - first lock RG Snyman for grabbing the Kings' scrumhalf who was waiting to get the ball from a tackle on the Bulls' line. Snyman was sitting it out when Marcell van der Merwe followed him, penalised three times at scrums and then for offside within five metres of his line.

The Kings actually scored first - a penalty goal when Lappies  Labuschagne was penalised at a tackle. 3-0 after 12 minutes. But four minutes later the Bulls had the lead with a fortuitous try.

Jürgen Visser the Kings' fullback, formerly of the Bulls, originally from the Western Province, got the ball in his 22 and ran a straight line across the field before kicking. Jan Serfontein charged the kick down and raced after it  as it got close to the join of the dead-ball line and touch-in-goal, diving on it to score and wind himself. 5-3 after 16 minutes.

The Bulls went through 16 phases till Tian Schoeman threw a great pass to send Jamba Ulengo over in the right corner. 10-3 after 22 minutes. But at this stage a Bulls' victory did not look a certainty.

The third try came from a backline movement going left. SP Marais, formerly of the Sharks, formerly of the Kings, born in Western Province, joined in the centre and went outside Fouché and inside Lukhanyo Am to score. Tthis time Schoeman converted. 17-3 after 28 minutes.

Fouché goaled a second penalty. 17-6 after 37 minutes.

But still the Kings did not look out of it.

The siren went but the Bulls opted to go attacking but burly flank Stefan Willemse of the Kings won a turnover and raced down the right on a long run and the next thing bustling Edgar Marutlulle was racing for the line, stopped two metres short as the Bulls rallied on defence and the Kings rallied on attack. It was here that Snyman earned his yellow card.

The Kings opted to scrum instead of kicking the penalty at goal. This led to a sequence four penalties and four five-metre scrums, and then a yellow card for Marcel van der Merwe. Prop Werner Kruger came on and Arno Botha was sacrificed to accommodate him. The Kings bashed and a TMO was consulted when Visser went over but was held up by Travis Ismaiel's clever determination. This enabled the referee to declare half-time some 10 minutes after the siren had sounded.

Trevor Nyakane won a turnover inside the Bulls' half and Piet van Zyl kicked a high up-and-under which chasing Jesse Kriel got hold of in a contest with Visser. Kriel charged ahead and then flipped an underarm pass to Ulengo on his right and the tall, athletic wing raced an easy 30 metres to score. 24-6 after 34 minutes.

Serfontein had a good break and Jaer had a run down the left till Ismaiel caught him three metres from the line.

The Bulls went wide left as Roelf Smit created space. Kriel played back inside and Strauss gave Snyman a short pass. A hand-off and a short gallop produced the try. 31-6 after 63 minutes.

Jaer had another run down the left with a rapid chip and chase.

Then the Bulls attacked on the left and despite having an overlap Marais grubbered, gathered and scored. Francois Brummer converted from touch. 39-6 after 74 minutes.

Man of the Match: The temptation is to choose James Hall but he was substituted in 52 minutes. Of the Bulls one could choose quietly efficient Tian Schoeman, active SP Marais, industrious Trevor Nyakane, two-try Jamba Ulengo and our choice - energetic, efficient, skilful Lappies Labuschagne with the smile on his face.


For Southern Kings:
Pens: Fouché 2

For Bulls:
Tries: Serfontein, Ulengo 2, Marais 2, Snyman
Cons: Schoeman 3, Brummer

Yellow cards: Rudolph Snyman (Bulls, cynical play - slowing down the ball, 40); Marcel van der Merwe (Bulls, repeated infringements - offside, 40)


Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouché, 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)

Jan Serfontein (15min), Jamba Ulengo (19min), SP Marais (26min), Jamba Ulengo (48min), Rudolf Snyman (63min), and SP Marais (73min)
Tian Schoeman (28min), Tian Schoeman (49min), Tian Schoeman (64min), and Francois Brummer (75min)
Louis Fouché (11min) and Louis Fouché (37min)
VENUE Port Elizabeth
REFEREE Shuhei Kubo (Japan)