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Super Rugby | Cape Town
17:10 (GMT) | 30-04-2016
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Both teams tyring to maintain possession after the reset but the Tahs have the ball as the horn sounds and Foley sends it into touch to end the game. FULL TIME
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Foley secures the 2 points putting the visitors in the lead
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The Tahs puah the home team back in the scrum and the Tahs in the 5 meter now. Hooper stretches and he reaches over the line to score the TRY
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Scrum at the 5 meter for the Stormers. Scrum reset
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The Tahs desperately chasing a win here as they find space. They make it to the 5 meter but the ball is knocked-on in the heat of the attack
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du Plessis with a the clearance outside his 22 after the reset.
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du Plessis adds the extra 2 points and the crowd alive with joy now
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Carr trying to muscle through in the 6th phase and he gives it to de Jongh, The ball is moved up field and then down again. du Toit finally finds space and he plants it inbetween the sticks. The crowd with deafening cheers as he scores the TRY
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Line-out at the 10 and the Stormers moving forward in the maul now. The crowd cheering as they make ground. du Plessis carrying to the 5 meter after a series of passes
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The Stormers find themselves a penalty and some much needed breathing space in their own 22. du Plessis sends it out into touch
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The ball booted forward by Foley and it bounces foutunately for the home team. They regain themselves and du Plessis clear.
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Line-out for the Tahs in their own half after the reset. Kolbe makes a good grab out of the air but the referee blows. Penalty to the visitors. Foley kicks forward but not into touch
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Foley secures the extras
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Line-out for the hosts and they send the ball up field, away from Zas' position. The Tahs get the turnover and Foley runs it to the 22. The ball is moved up field and the numbers advantage sees the Tahs move the ball over the line to score the TRY. Credited to Horne
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du Plessis with a good kick into touch allowing some breathing space for the home team after the reset. The Waratahs make their way forward with Robinson along the wing but he is tackled into touch
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du Plessis lines up the spot kick again and he secures the 3 points putting the Stormers 5 points ahead
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Scrum reset. The referee blows for the advantage to the Stormers
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The Tahs make a break but the referee calls them back for a knock-on. Scrum at the 10 of the away team
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Line-out at the 10 of the hosts and the clearance comes from the Stormers number 10
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The Tahs in the Stormers half now with a man advantage. The ball is cleared by du Plessis
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Foley with a kick from the 10 meter and he misses the penalty
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The referee decides that Zas caused Foley to land in a dangerous position. Red card to the youngster
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The Stormers start out from the half way after a series of clearances by each team after the reset. The ball lost forward by Holloway. Scrum at the 10 of the Tahs as the referee calls for a TMO on a possible dangerous tackle
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He makes no mistake with the kick this time and the lead is dow nto 2 points again
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Penalties a common occurance between the teams as Foley has his chance to regain the 3 points they lost a few minutes ago
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Kolbe with a kick forward and e chases it himself but doens; make it in time as Folau picks it up. The Tahs in their own half trying to play into the Stormers' half but struggle to make it throught the defensive line
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du Plessis takes a few steps back and his run up is as good as the kick. 3 points to the Stormers
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The clearance by Foley after the reset. du Plessis sends it back and the ball now in the Tahs' half as the Stormers make their way closer to the 22. The referee stops play for a high tackle by Beale
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He secures the 3 points to narrow the lead. 2 points stand between the teams now
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The Waratahs making ground forward after a throw and the referee blows the whistle inside the 10 meter of the hosts. Foley sets up for the spot kick
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du Plessis converts his kick into 3 points for his team
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Kolbe trying slip past his man but gets taken down. The Tahs not allowing the Stormers into the 22. Some pushes being distributed among the players and the referee decides to takeno action. Penalty to the Stormers still, prior to the players hsoving each other
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Scrum at the 22 of the visitors. Groom slides it in and the Stormers move forward but marginally
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The second half is underway and the Tahs starting with new resolve it seems. The away team making a patient buildup but the turnover is there from the Stormers. The kick forward is there and Zas gives chase. The ball is lost forward under pressure by the Tahs.

Half Time

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The ball lost forward after the reset by the visitors. Scrum at the 10 of the Tahs and the Tahs take the scrum. Foley kicks forward. The Tahs make their way to the 22 and form their offensive line. The referee blows to end the first half. HALF TIME
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Foley focusing as the growd jeers. He is unmoved and secures the 2 points
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Foley clears into touch this time at the 10 if the home team. Folau with a good take after the line-out, finding space after a mere four passes to scroe the TRY
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du Plessis kicks deep into touch at the 10 of the Tahs. Carr saves the ball from the steal and the hosts move forward but then are halted by the referee who blows for a penalty
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The Tahs take the scrum in their stride but the Stormers defence hold firm
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The ball lost forward after the clearance. A soft pass by Zas put the defence under pressure caused the mistake. Scrum at the 10 of the Stormers
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Foley gets it and he clears but the ball is snatched up by Kolbe at the half way. The home team move forward again but the ball is lost into touch after a kick forward
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Scrum at the 22 of the Tahs. Scrum reset
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Burger with the carry forward and he gives it back to du Toit. The Stormers move the ball up field and Burger again with the carry forward. The referee blows for a knock-on by the Stormers
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Penalty to the home team and du Plessis sends it into touch at the 5 meter down field
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Scrum reset again after it broke down for the second time
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The referee calls for a scrum at the mid field. Foul during the reset kick. Scrum reset
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du Plessis prepares himself and he secures the 2 points
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The Stormers applying immense pressure throwing bodies at the Tahs and it eventually pays off as Kolbe finds a tiny gap and slips through to score the TRY after the Stormers muscled their way into the 5
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The referee calls play back for a scrum at the 10 of the Tahs. The Stormers with a patient build-up and du Toit finds space and runs into the 22
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Hollowway applying pressure to the Stormers back line with the chase. Kolbe takes him down and they send the ball up field. Zas gets away on his left wing running into the 22 but the defence catches up to him
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du Plessis kicks forward for the runners to chase but the referee blows. Penalty at the 10 of the hosts and Foley steps up to take the kick and misses
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The reset is deep from Foley and the ball cleared into touch by Kolbe. The Stormers take the line-out and they start their trek forward from their own 22
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du Plessis adds the extras
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Line-out at the 5 and the Stormers trying the maul forward. The home team inside the 5 meter and they finally muscle their way over the line and Burger gets his first TRY of the season
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The Tahs with a clearance to relieve some of the pressure applied by the home side. Carr with another carry forward before being brought down and the Stormers making good ground now inside the 22
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The Stormers inside the Tahs half but they can't find space, the away team ensuring a good defensive line. Scrum at 10 of the Tahs
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Foley misses the conversion
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Foley with a quick break sees him slip through the defence. He gives it to Beale who makes his run over the line to score the TRY
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The Tahs with the turnover and they move forward with Mumm. They enter the 10 of the hosts but the referee blows for a penalty to the Tahs. The ball is kicked into touch by Foley
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The Stormers again with possession playing out of their own half and a cheeky kick forward from Zas but the Tahs defence halts the runner
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du Plessis looking to try again with the kick from a different angle. He misses again
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Carr with a good take down after the reset kick and he passes two to enter the 22 of the Tahs. Penalty to the hosts again
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du Plessis fails to put the Stormers in an early lead with a missed kick
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The ball is lost into touch after du Plessis' kick. Carr trying to carry forward but the Waratahs defensive line holding. The referee blows for a penalty to the Strormers inside the 10 and du Plessis lines it up for a kick
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Mike Fraser sounds the whistle and du Plessis kicks it out wide
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The players now exiting the tunnel and entering the field
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Stormers have won four of the last six matches between these sides, the most recent being an away win in Sydney
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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:10

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Saturday matches in Part Two of Super Rugby's Round 10.

It is a day that could well be labelled 'dance of the desperate'.

More than just a couple of teams are desperate for victories as the tournament heads into the second half of the season.

The defending champion Highlanders and the Brumbies - who go head-to-head in one of the southernmost cities in the world, Invercargill - are both in the midst of a bad slump.

The Highlanders and Brumbies have both won five of their eight games and while that leaves the Highlanders fourth in an intense New Zealand group, the Brumbies are second in Australia, one point behind the Rebels.

The Brumbies "certainly need a lift," according to coach Stephen Larkham.

However, they will be without injured star Joe Tomane and captain Stephen Moore, who has a calf muscle injury.

The Rebels, who have replaced the Brumbies as the No.1 Australian side, could cement their position when they travel to Auckland to play the Blues, who are at the bottom of the New Zealand group, in the opening match of the day.

Of the leading South Africa sides, the Lions are at home to a Hurricanes unit, who blew a chance last week to topple the Chiefs.

The Hurricanes, despite having an impressive pack, have had plenty to work on ahead of playing the Lions in Johannesburg.

Beauden Barrett has lost his kicking radar and they were plagued by handling errors against the Chiefs.

The Lions head the Africa Two conference and with a six-point buffer over the second-placed Sharks.

The Stormers, the premier South African side and Africa One conference leaders, will fancy their chances when they host an out of form Waratahs team badly in need of a big win.

In the two other matches of the day there is plenty of desperation, but little more than honour at stake.

The Reds, in 14th place with one win, host the Cheetahs (in 13th place with two victories) in Brisbane.

The Jaguares, who have lost seven on the trot after a win in Week One, are at home to a Southern Kings side that also have only one win, but are last in the 18-team tournament.

We look at the Saturday, April 30, matches below!

The Rebels, who take on the Blues for just the second time at Eden Park, are searching for their first win in Auckland - following losses at North Harbour Stadium in Round 10, 2011 (23-40) and at Eden Park in Round 13, 2013 (32-36).

The two sides have split the four previous Super Rugby meetings with the home side winning on each occasion.

"I think Auckland is one of the tougher places to play," Rebels hooker James Hanson said in an interview on the team's website.

"That's the one thing about this group, it's a group of young guys that don't have baggage with previous years, so for us we're just going over there and having a crack.

"It's really important, we haven't beaten a New Zealand team yet this season.

"We really want to go over there and put in a good performance and go into that second bye with another win."

Blues hooker and captain James Parsons spoke of the team's desire to be more consistent - with three wins in sevens starts, but have yet to win back-to-back games.

"We are realistic about where we sit in the season," he said of their 12th place on the standings.

"We are looking to tighten up our skills around our attacking half and make sure we turn the opportunities into points.

"We want to set a good platform up front, to set our backs alight.

"However, we also need to defend well.

"Championships are won on defence and if we can hold them out and score points, while applying pressure, hopefully we can come out on the right end."

The Blues are at the bottom of the New Zealand table, but Rebels coach Tony McGahan is taking no notice of their past results.

"The Blues in the New Zealand conference would probably be first or second in the other conferences, but they find themselves down the bottom in theirs because it's so good," McGahan said.

Earlier this year, the Blues ran in nine tries to one when they defeated the Rebels 59-7 in a pre-season trial in Auckland.

"We're under no illusion of the challenge we face against a really good side that towelled us up in a pre-season trial match earlier this year so we need nothing less than our best 80-minute performance on Saturday," McGahan said.

Previous results:
2015: Rebels won 42-22, Melbourne
2013: Blues won 36-32, Auckland
2012: Rebels won 34-23, Melbourne
2011: Blues won 40-23, North Harbour

Prediction: These teams have traded blows four times, alternating two wins apiece with all four games being won by the home side on the day. Off the back of a 23-18 win against the Sharks in Round Eight the Blues will be looking for consecutive wins for the first time since Round 17, 2014. The Blues have won five and drawn one of their last eight matches against Australian opposition and are undefeated in their last four home matches against teams from Australia. The Rebels have won three matches away from home so far this season, the equal most of any Australian team, and a fourth away win would make it their most wins on the road in a season in Super Rugby history. The Rebels have travelled to New Zealand for 10 games, including two against the Blues, and have won only once (versus the Crusaders in Round One, 2015). The Rebels have had a good season by their standards, but they will have to be on top of their game to stay first in Australia. We sense and upset - the Blues by 12 points.


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

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Tamati Ellison, 11 Cam Crawford , 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Sean McMahon, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Jamie Hagan, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Kotaro Matsushima, 23 Sione Tuipulotu.

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson, Brett Johnson
TMO: Ben Skeen

The Brumbies have taken an unusual route to Invercargill - from Canberra, with a connection in Sydney to Christchurch, then a stopover in Queenstown, for a training day and then bus down from Queenstown on the Friday afternoon.

However, the Brumbies are determined to make the best of this outing, bond and reverse the mistakes made in the heavy loss to the Crusaders last week.

Lock Sam Carter said too many errors cost the side and there's been an emphasis on improving at training this week.

"We were very disappointed with how we played last Sunday," Carter said in an interview on the Brumbies website.

"Crucial errors at crucial times. You give a New Zealand team, especially the Crusaders, that many turnover opportunities, they're going to capitalise on it.

"There would've been maybe one mistake by each player. If you add them up its 15 mistakes across 80 minutes. It's tough to come back from.

"We just can't do that and give them that much opportunity so we just need to tighten up our skills and make sure we deliver."

Like all New Zealand sides, the defending champion Highlanders are not scared to kick the ball and do indeed have some great kick-chasers.

They are also very abrasive in the forward exchanges.

The Brumbies' last two encounters with Kiwis sides have seen them cough up 40 points or more in heavy defeats.

"The Highlanders are very strong at their breakdown and they defend well," he said.

"They're going to be up for it this weekend especially their forward pack.

"I know if we train well this week and stick to what we want to do and don't make any errors then I'm sure we can get a good result."

Carter says he is also looking forward to having David Pocock back on the field. Pocock received a three-week suspension following the Brumbies loss to the Chiefs at GIO Stadium earlier this month.

"Obviously he's one of the best players in the world and to have him come back this week coming off a two-week break he'll be fresh and ready to rip in," Carter said.

"I love playing with him so it's going to be good having him out there again, just the experience he brings."

Recent results:
2015: Brumbies won 31-18, Canberra
2013: Brumbies won 30-19, Dunedin
2012: Brumbies won 33-26, Canberra
2011: Highlanders won 26-20, Invercargill
2010: Brumbies won 31-3, Canberra
2009: Brumbies 33-31, Dunedin

Prediction: The Highlanders have lost seven of their last eight matches against the Brumbies including the last three. The Highlanders have conceded 94 points against the Brumbies across their last three encounters, 68 of which were scored in the opening stanza. The Brumbies have earned a win in three of their last four excursions to New Zealand to face the Highlanders with a six-point loss in 2011 the only blemish in that span. The Highlanders have now lost consecutive matches by a single point; they have not lost three matches in a row in Super Rugby since a stretch of four losses ended early in 2015. The Highlanders have been involved in 24 games decided by a single point in their history, the most of any team in Super Rugby, and never before has a team been involved in three consecutive games decided by a single point. This is indeed a contest between two very desperate teams, which makes predicting an outcome an almost futile exercise. Home ground advantage do count for something, so we'll go for a Highlanders win by five points.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Jack Wilson, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (co-captain), 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Matt Faddes.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Nigel Ah Wong, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Allan Alaalatoa.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Blake Enever, 21 Jordan Smiler, 22 Joe Powell, 23 James Dargaville.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

These are two sides who are in the process of rebuilding after having asked their respective coaches to leave mid-season - the Cheetahs late last year and the Reds in the early stages of 2016.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith said they are looking at their own game, rather than worrying about the scoreboard.

Reds co-interim coach Nick Stiles, in contrast, said they are "desperate" for victories.

He said the desire among the players to not just compete, but to win is "part of their DNA".

The Reds were run down by a rampant Stormers side in Cape Town last Saturday, giving up an eight-point lead in the last 20 minutes, going down 22-40.

Stiles made no attempts to hide the fact that the late fade is an area the team will be keen to amend in front of their loyal home fans this weekend.

"The inability to finish off in those last 10 or 15 minutes is something we were very unhappy with," Stiles said.

The Reds are eager to replicate their fantastic performance from their last outing at Suncorp Stadium, when they upset the defending champions, the Highlanders, three weeks ago.

However, Stiles knows that despite their lowly position on the ladder, Saturday's opponents are no easy-beats.

"You saw last week against the Rebels in that first half the dangerous and lightning speed they've got in their backs is something that if you turn the ball over too much they will punish you," he said of the Cheetahs.

"Like all South Africans, they've got a big forward pack, good at set piece, so we've got to be on our game in those areas and it's going to be a tough game."

There is of course, apart from the overall contest, and intriguing head-to-head to look forward to - the second row battle between veteran Wallaby Rob Simmons and young Springbok Lodewyk de Jager.

Simmons, a 60-Test stalwart, said simply improving is not good enough for the Reds and that matches have to be taken by the scruff of the neck when the result is in the balance.

"In just about every game this year we have seen moments from the Reds where we are a very good Rugby side," Simmons said.

"That's not good enough. We have to be able to close out games.

"Applying ourselves better for the full 80 minutes is the important thing. We can start doing a number on teams if we do that."

Recent results:
2015: Reds won 18-17, Bloemfontein
2014: Reds won 43-33, Brisbane
2013: Cheetahs won 27-13, Bloemfontein
2011: Reds won 41-8, Brisbane
2010: Reds won 31-10, Bloemfontein
2009: Reds won 22-3, Brisbane

Prediction: The Reds have won five of their last six matches against the Cheetahs, outscoring the South African side by 70 points across that span. The Cheetahs have won just one of their last six matches in Australia, and they've never beaten the Reds there. The Reds have scored just one try in the final 20 minutes of their games this season, fewer than any other side. Torsten van Jaarsveld has won 91 throws so far this season, the most of any player (success of 86 percent). The Reds have a scrum success of 95 percent so far this season, the best of any team, the Cheetahs' is the least effective scrum in the competition (73 percent). The Reds have improved since the change in coaching staff earlier this season, while the Cheetahs - while showing promise at times - have been a touch inconsistent. We think the Reds will win by 10 to 15 points.


Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Junior Laloifi, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ben Matwijow, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Duncan Paia'aua, 23 Ayumu Goromaru.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Lodewyk de Jager (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Michael van der Spuy..

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Will Houston (Australia), Nic Berry (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree spent enough time in South Africa to know just how tough it is to win on the Highveld - and that was before the Lions added an expansive dimension to their game.

Not surprising then to hear Plumtree speak of the need to sharpen up on defence.

"We allowed two or three soft tries, which is unlike us considering the heights we reached against the Rebels, so that was probably the big disappointment," he said of last week's heartbreaking one-point loss to the Chiefs.

Plumtree made no secret of the fact that he feels the Lions present a huge challenge on their home turf.

"The Lions play from all over the field, so defensively we're going to get tested, and up front they're pretty rugged," he said in an interview on the Hurricanes' website.

"We've got a lot of respect for this Lions side and it's well organised by Johan Ackermann and Swys de Bruin, so we've got to make sure we're on the money with what we want to do."

The Lions are on top of the Africa Two conference after winning six of their eight matches this season - with the Stormers being the only South African team to have gained more competition points in 2016.

"They play a pretty good brand of footy and they've been very successful this year in what they've been doing," Plumtree said.

"I think we can expect them to come at our set piece, they've shown over the course of the year their scrum is a force to be reckoned with and their line-out's not too bad either.

"I think that will be a focus point for them and something we need to be aware of.

"We're trying to nail down our preparation so it's perfect for the boys and they feel as good as they can.

"We know we're going to need the whole squad at the weekend in terms of the 23 and it's going to be another high intensity game."

Lions coach Johan Ackermann also spoke of the "massive challenge" this game presents, given that the Hurricanes will be desperate not to lose any more ground on the tournament leaders - the Chiefs and Crusaders.

Like the Lions, the Hurricanes are a very "attack-minded" side with quality all over the park.

Both teams pointed out that this expansive game can only work if the forwards provide them with a solid platform to attack from.

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 22-8, Johannesburg
2012: Hurricanes won 30-28, Johannesburg
2011: Hurricanes won 38-27, Wellington
2010: Hurricanes won 33-18, Wellington
2009: Hurricanes won 38-32, Johannesburg
2008: Hurricanes won 38-12, Wellington

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won eight of their nine meetings with the Lions, a defeat in 2007 the only blemish in this run. In each of the Lions' last 12 games the half-time results has mirrored the full-time result, including a 19-all draw with the Stormers in Round 17 last season.  The last time the Hurricanes lost a game to a South African team was a one-point loss to the Stormers in Round Three, 2014. The Hurricanes have lost fewer than one line-out per game so far this season, no team averages fewer, and their line-out success of 93 percent is the best in the competition. The Lions are the only team in the competition yet to concede a try from opposition possession originating from a scrum. This is another tough call. How will the travel affect the Hurricanes? Can the Lions overcome the injury-enforced absence of fine front row forwards? Again, in such a tight game, you go with home ground advantage, but the Lions won't win by much - the margin will be single digits.


Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 John-Wessel Bell, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

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

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper, Ben Crouse
TMO: Johan Greeff

The Stormers are sitting pretty at the top of the Africa conference, but in stark contrast the Waratahs are clinging to a faint hope of making the Super Rugby play-offs.

The men from Sydney have just three wins, but each victory have been followed by two defeats - leaving them outside the top 10.

Their trip to Newlands, after the 49-13 demolition of the Western Force last week, will be their first match of the season outside of Australia.

Waratahs assistant coach Chris Malone said playing the Stormers at Newlands is one of the "great experiences" a player can have.

"We will expect them to be immensely physical, as all South African teams are, so our preparation catered for that," Malone said.

"They have a real willingness to play also, so it will be tough and a great challenge and one that we are looking forward to."

The Stormers will also field their first-choice midfield combination, Springboks Juan de Jongh and Damian de Allende, for the first time this season - following De Allende's lengthy time on the sideline due to an ankle injury sustained while playing club rugby in Japan and concussion suffered by De Jongh.

It will certainly give them additional strike power in the backline.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck readily admits that the transition from a defence-orientated team to one with an expansive game is far from complete.

"I am happy with our progress thus far," Fleck said.

"There are certainly glimpses of the fearless rugby that we have been trying to get across, but there have been moments where we have let ourselves down a little bit.

"We still got a way to go, both in terms of the campaign, but also our own growth.

"I am very happy with the signs that are coming out of the squad.

"We are playing a brand that we set out to do at the beginning of the campaign, but it is by no means a finished product yet. We still got a lot of hard work ahead of us."

Fleck said the Stormers will need to be solid on defence against a Waratahs team that can be devastating if they get it right on the day.

"Our approach this year is that we want to play with more ball in hand," the Stormers coach said.

"I would like to think we could do a bit more in this game, but when the opportunities do present themselves we need to take those."

Recent results:
2015: Stormers won 32-18, Sydney
2014: Waratahs won 22-11, Cape Town
2013: Waratahs won 21-15, Sydney
2012: Stormers won 19-13, Cape Town
2010: Stormers won 25-6, Cape Town (semifinal)
2010: Stormers won 27-6, Cape Town

Prediction: The Stormers have won four of their last six matches against the Waratahs including a 32-18 victory in their last encounter. Only one of the Waratahs' last five matches against South African opposition has been decided by a points difference of fewer than two converted tries. The Stormers have won 16 and drawn one of their last 21 matches on home soil against Australian opposition in Super Rugby. The Stormers have the best opening quarter points differential, scoring 45 points more than they've conceded in the opening 20 minutes of games so far this season. Kurtley Beale has made 2.2 offloads per game so far this season, the second most of any player in the competition behind SP Marais (3.7). The Stormers must fancy their chances of another crucial win - by 10 to 15 points.


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

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Paddy Ryan.     
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Matt Carraro.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Neither team were very happy with last week's performances - the Jaguares going down to the Sunwolves and the Southern Kings being run ragged by the Lions.

Jaguares captain Agustín Creevy spoke of the "importance" of this week, the need for the Argentinean franchise to get a 'W' on the board for the first time since Round One.

He complained about the repetition of their errors, which cost them so dearly week after week.

"There is no reprieve, as we have a new opponent in just a few days," Creevy said.

"We have to work twice as hard and ensure we eliminate those errors.

"It is obvious there are no easy games and we have to be prepared for another tough challenge in the Kings."

Jaguares coach Raúl Perez said it was important for the team to get their confidence back if they are to end their run of seven defeats.

Kings coach Deon Davids also spoke this week about making the players accountable for their roles and actions on the field.

Their only win was against the Sunwolves, which last week lowered the Jaguares' colours.

"Our approach has been more player-driven this week," Davids said.

"The players understand that some of the things that happened [in the heavy loss to the Lions] were unacceptable.

"We have been open and honest with each other  and I am hopeful that we will put up a much better performance."

The Kings are expecting a typical Argentinean opponent - a team with solid set pieces.

"They also do enjoy a ball-in-hand game, so we will have to be very alert and aware of what is happening on the field."

Recent results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Jaguares' solitary Super Rugby win so far came against a South African side in Round One (the Cheetahs), in their other two games against South African teams they have kept them to fewer than 20 points.The Kings have conceded an average of 47.3 points per game in their last six matches against teams from outside of South Africa. The Kings have scored 64.3 percent (nine/14) of their tries in the first half, the highest percentage of any team in the competition. Guido Petti Pagadizaval has won 37 line-outs so far this season, the equal second of any player though he is yet to steal one. The Kings may just be overawed, seeing as it is their first trip to the noisy Vélez Sarsfield stadium, in Buenos Aires. The Jaguares could get their second win of the season - by 12 points.


Jaguares: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Tomás Lezana,  5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Jerónimo De La Fuente, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

Southern Kings: 15 Jaco Van Tonder, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Luzuko Vulindlu, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 CJ Velleman, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Stefan Willemse, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 James Hall, 22 Louis Fouche, 23 Leighton Eksteen.

Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi, Juan Sylvestre
TMO: Santiago Borsani

Compiled by Jan de Koning, additional reporting by Agence France-Presse

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Waratahs steal late winner at Newlands

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:07

REPORT: The Waratahs scored a 78th-minute try to steal a 32-30 win over the Stormers in a Super Rugby Round 10 encounter at Newlands on Saturday.

The four tries to three win not only restored some much-needed pride for the Australian franchises, but also sealed a day of horrors for South African teams.

After the hammerings the Cheetahs and Lions took earlier in the day, the Waratahs' win in Cape Town would have rubbed salt into the festering South African wounds.

The Stormers were forced to play the final quarter with 14 men, after wing Leolin Zas was sent off with a red card for playing a man in the air.

The home side looked to have done enough to secure victory, but a late try from Michael Hooper saw the visitors take the honours in a hard-fought battle.

It was just their third defeat of the season, but the bonus point they earned sees them keep their place at the top of Africa One conference.

The Stormers took the game to the Waratahs early on and won two penalties in opposition territory, but both attempts on goal from flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis were wide of the mark.

Instead it was the Waratahs who opened the scoring, as centre Kurtley Beale darted through to score the first try, which went unconverted for a 5-0 lead.

However, the Stormers did not trail for long as a great flip pass from Nic Groom saw Schalk Burger score under the poles to put them 7-5 up.

The Stormers' second try was sparked by a break from Pieter-Steph du Toit who surged into the Waratahs 22, and the big lock was on hand to finish it off as well as he crashed over from close range shortly afterwards.

The visitors had the final say before half-time, as an Israel Folau try saw them trail the Stormers 12-14 at the break.

The hosts were first to score in the second half through a Du Plessis penalty, and the Waratahs responded soon afterwards with a penalty of their own from Foley.

The flyhalves exchanged penalties once again before the Stormers were struck a major blow when wing Leolin Zas was shown a red card for colliding with another player in the air.

Despite that setback, the Stormers were next to score through another Du Plessis penalty, but the Waratahs would have the lead soon afterwards as wing Rob Horne crossed for their third try to put them 25-23 ahead.

However, the Stormers refused to lie down and after a powerful maul had driven them into the opposition 22, Du Toit took matters into his own hands and powered over for a try between the poles.

The Waratahs would have the final say when skipper Michael Hooper forced his way over for a try at the death which saw them claim a slender victory.

Man of the match: Cheslin Kolbe had his moments of magic and Jean-Luc du Plessis bounced back very nicely from a nervous start. Schalk Burger was busy, while Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Nizaam Carr also made massive contributions. However, the most effective Stormers player was lock Pieter-Steph du Toit. Michael Hooper showed the size of his heart and scored the match-winning try. Midfielders Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale showed the dangerous the Waratahs have in their backline. Of those Beale was the best and our man of the match.

The scorers:

For the Stormers:
Burger, Kolbe, Du Toit
Cons: Du Plessis 3
Pens: Du Plessis 3

For the Waratahs:
Beale, Folau, Horne, Hooper
Cons: Foley 3
Pens: Foley 2

Red card: Leolin Zas (Stormers, 56 - foul play, playing man in the air)


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

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Paddy Ryan.     
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Matt Carraro.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Schalk Burger (14min), Cheslin Kolbe (23min), and Pieter-Steph du Toit (72min)
Kurtley Beale (8min), Israel Folau (37min), Rob Horne (65min), and Michael Hooper (77min)
Jean-Luc du Plessis (15min), Jean-Luc du Plessis (24min), and Jean-Luc du Plessis (73min)
Bernard Foley (39min), Bernard Foley (66min), and Bernard Foley (78min)
Jean-Luc du Plessis (45min), Jean-Luc du Plessis (50min), and Jean-Luc du Plessis (62min)
Bernard Foley (48min) and Bernard Foley (54min)
Leolin Zas (56min)
VENUE Cape Town
REFEREE Mike Fraser (New Zealand)