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Bulls

Super Rugby | Sydney
09:40 (GMT) | 14-05-2016
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Foley adds the extras and the ref blows for Full-Time. Thank you for joining us for this match , be sure to join us for the next match as the Sunwolves take on the Stormers
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Angus Taavao-Matau crashes over for the Waratahs ! Try time!
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Waratahs have a penalty advantage as the Waratahs attack through Folau . The Bulls are penalized again and this time Kirsten is shown a yellow
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Waratahs continue to bash at the defence before the ref awards them with the penalty. Foley will kick for touch to set up a lineout 5 meters from the Bulls try line. Roach finds his man and the maul is set.
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Waratahs on the attack in the Bulls half
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Schoeman fails to add the extras
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Bulls still bashing at the Waratahs defence before Swanepoel breaks through and scores for the Bulls
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Bulls on the attack on the Waratahs 22 but with minimal reward
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Conversion is good by Foley
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Tahs on the attack again as Folau breaks through the line and plays in Nick Phipps who scores under the posts. What a try!
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Bulls attacking from deep before Kriel puts a grubber in that rolls into touch. Waratahs take it quickly and Foley attempts a drop goal but it is wide. Drop-out to the Bulls.
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Waratahs attack through Folau followed by Carraro followed by Horne. Skelton then loses the ball forward and the Bulls have the scrum 5 meters from their own line.
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Waratahs keep bashing at the Bulls before the turnover is made and Schoeman clears the ball into touch , taken quickly by Foley. Folau then makes a chip kick which is fumbled by Serfontein and the Tahs get the scrum put-in.
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Waratahs still attacking now inside the Bulls 22 as Folau has a run.
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Waratahs attack through Horne and Kellaway followed by Mumm . 30 meters from the Bulls try line.
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Bulls with ball in hand on the halfway line but the attack is extremely robotic. Waratahs awarded the scrum put in. Bulls look to be a defeated unit.
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Folau forces the penalty for Kriel holding onto the ball. Foley will kick the ball into touch. Great defence by the Waratahs .
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Bulls inside the Waratahs 22. Nyakane has a run , Kirsten, Strauss, Nyakane again... No reward for the visitors.
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Bulls scrum near the Waratahs 22. Serfontein takes the ball on the crash again
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Penalty to the Waratahs, Foley will have a shot at goal from in front, he adds another penalty
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Waratahs lineout inside the Bulls 22, Nice set piece sees Foley put Horne into the gap but gets taken down 3 meters from the try line. Hack kick is put in by Basson forcing the Waratahs to restart their attack
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Messy scrum from the Tahs but Phipps cleans up and plays Horne who does well .
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Schoeman clears the ball up field and Kellaway returns the favor. Marais has a run from the back but he is held up and the Waratahs are awarded a scrum put in .
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Waratahs up to the Bulls 22. Bulls look like they are on the ropes.
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Tahs attack through Kellaway who plays Horne into the gap, Bulls somehow turn the ball over and Schoeman clears the ball again. Waratahs lineout inside Bulls territory.
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Tahs inside the Bulls 22 before Polatu Nau loses the ball and the Bulls regain possession. Schoeman clears the ball into touch.
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Schoeman puts the ball into touch on the halfway line. Waratahs lineout. Polotu Nau finds his jumper and plays Foley who attacks through Kellaway and then Horne. Waratahs looking good .
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Foley adds the extras
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Mumm finally busts through for the Waratahs and scores the TRY!
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Horne breaks the line for the Waratahs , Tahs 5 meters from the Bulls try line. Skelton has a run, then Hooper, Foley and Polota Nau. Bulls hanging on for dear life.
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Bulls with ball in hand near their 22 before Schoeman clears the ball upfield to Kellaway who plays Foley who has a crack, No reward for the Waratahs attack.
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Second half underway

Half Time

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Bulls win the penalty and Schoeman has shot at goal, he lines it up, composes himself and strikes the penalty through the middle and the ref blows for halftime. See you all in a bit for the second half, lets hope its more entertaining
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Waratahs on the attack but Hooper is held up and the ref blows for a Bulls scrum. Tough half of rugby , not many highlights.
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Schoeman kicks and Horwitz cleans the ball up and puts in a lovely clearing kick that goes into touch . Bulls lineout just inside their own half.
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Waratahs win the penalty for Bulls forwards leaving their feet at the ruck. Foley kicks for touch. Waratahs lineout near the halfway line.
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Foley converts the try
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Foley has a run and almost breaks through, Phibbs snipes and scores the TRY! Finally some points in this game
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Waratahs attack wide and SP Marais almost makes the interception but loses the ball forward. Scrum to the Waratahs inside the Bulls 22.
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Great counter ruck from the Bulls as Kellaway gets completely dominated at the contact point. Bulls with ball in hand but Schoeman loses the ball forward and the Waratahs have a scrum inside the Bulls 22.
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Polatu Nau gets involved as the Tahs bash at the Bulls defence. Waratahs awarded another penalty , Foley will kick for touch . Lineout to the Tahs inside the Bulls 22.
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Penalty to the Waratahs on the halfway line. Foley will put the ball into touch deep in the Bulls half .
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Horne has a run for the Waratahs followed by Palu then Dennis. Bulls defending well , forcing Foley to kick.
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Liebenberg loses the ball from number 8, scrum awarded to the Waratahs
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Errors everywhere, an absolute nightmare to officiate. Scrum Bulls inside the Waratahs half.
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Bulls attack through Snyman who breaks the line and offloads to Schoeman . Good play here by the Bulls as they make their way into the Tahs 22.
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Bulls with ball in hand but its really slow forcing Paige to kick , Folau cleans up and returns the compliment with his own kick up field.
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Horwitz was a run from the lineout and Folau comes straight off his feet , Bulls penalty , Schoeman kicks for touch.
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Penalty to the Waratahs from the scrum for Van der Merwe dropping his bind. Foley plugs the ball into touch deep in the Bulls 22. A great attacking position.
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Scrum resets at the first attempt for both front rows popping up.
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Waratahs attack through Horne, second phase sees Kellaway lose the ball forward. Scrum Bulls inside their own half.
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Strauss finds his jumper and the Bulls crash it up through Serfontein before the Bulls are pinged for obstruction and the Waratahs win the penalty. Foley kicks for touch.
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Bulls win the penalty for Dean Mumm not rolling away, Schoeman kicks for touch to set up a Bulls lineout in the Waratahs half
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SP Marais breaks the line and offloads to Ulengo who plays Labuschagne who gets tackled and once again the Tahs force the penalty , got to say that was great play by the Bulls, unfortunate not to be rewarded.
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Bulls still with ball in hand before Paige gets isolated and Palu forces the penalty , Foley will kick for touch which fails to go out.
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Bulls on the attack through Basson who loses the ball and Phipps kicks the ball , Serfontein makes a good run from the back followed by Kriel. Slow start to this game.
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Lineout Bulls deep in the Waratahs half. Schoeman has a run and then Du Plessis. Waratahs defending well as the Bulls try to batter their way through the defense.
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Palu has a run followed by Folau. Hooper , Skelton and Dennis all getting involved as the Waratahs string the phases together before being penalized for crossing. Penalty Bulls
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Foley's penalty attempt is pulled to the right and the Bulls have a 22 drop-out
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Aerial ping pong between both sides before SP Marais puts his head down and has a go before isolating himself and the Tahs are awarded the penalty. Foley will have a shot at goal.
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Strauss finds his jumper and the maul is set by the Bulls. Paige plays Serfontein who gets smashed . Folau turns the ball over and Foley pumps the ball downtown .
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A knock on from a Waratahs player at the lineout results in a scrum put in for the Bulls on the halfway line. Bulls win the penalty , Schoeman kicks for touch . Lineout Bulls inside the Waratahs 22.
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Bulls destroy the Waratahs pack and win the penalty. Schoeman kicks the ball for touch to set up a lineout on the halfway line .
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Schoeman kicks the ball upfield and Foley returns the favor. Tahs regather the kick and attack through Folau who puts in a grubber that comes off a Bulls player and rolls into touch. Lineout Waratahs on the Bulls 22. Beale is replaced as he seems to have done his knee. Tahs win the lineout and attack through Folau, second phase sees Skelton lose the ball forward and the Bulls have the scrum put in on their own 22.
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First half underway! Foley kicks off !
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Teams will be going through their last match preparations. Its almost time to get this game underway
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The Bulls this week spoke about avoiding getting dragged into a set-piece arm-wrestle, but the Waratahs are keen to use their strengths - impressive defence and powerful scrum - to lay the platform for victory.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Paddy Ryan
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 3 Tom Robertson
  • 4 Dave Dennis
  • 5 Will Skelton
  • 6 Dean Mumm
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Wycliff Palu
  • 9 Nick Phipps
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Rob Horne
  • 12 Kurtley Beale
  • 13 Israel Folau
  • 14 Reece Robinson
  • 15 Andrew Kellaway
RESERVES
  • 16 Hugh Roach
  • 17 Jeremy Tilse
  • 18 Angus Taavao-Matau
  • 19 Sam Lousi
  • 20 Ned Hanigan
  • 21 Matt Lucas
  • 22 David Horwitz
  • 23 Matt Carraro
START LINE UP
  • 1 Lizo Gqoboka
  • 2 Adriaan Strauss
  • 3 Marcel van der Merwe
  • 4 Jason Jenkins
  • 5 Rudolf Snyman
  • 6 Pieter Labuschagne
  • 7 Jannes Kirsten
  • 8 Hanro Liebenberg
  • 9 Rudi Paige
  • 10 Tian Schoeman
  • 11 Bjorn Basson
  • 12 Jan Serfontein
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Jamba Ulengo
  • 15 SP Marais
RESERVES
  • 16 Jaco Visagie
  • 17 Trevor Nyakane
  • 18 Pierre Schoeman
  • 19 Marvin Orie
  • 20 Roelof Smit
  • 21 Piet van Zyl
  • 22 Francois Brummer
  • 23 Dries Swanepoel
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S18 PREVIEW: ROUND 12, PART Two

Fri, 13 May 2016 00:43

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Saturday matches in Part Two of Super Rugby's Round 12.

In a week in which the competition (read race for play-off places) is finally beginning to take shape and some excitement is building, SANZAAR bosses again started talking of expansion.

Bewilderingly they feel the already bloated and frightfully confusing competition is in need of more discombobulating.

However, the boardroom drama will soon be pushed to the background, especially on a six-game Super Saturday that includes several crunch matches.

It all starts when the Hurricanes, one point behind the Highlanders in the New Zealand conference, host the Reds - having axed five players for 'breaching team protocol' by partying a bit too hard while on tour in South Africa.

The players dropped from the matchday 23 include All Blacks Julian Savea, Cory Jane and Victor.

The trio, along with Ardie Savea and Chris Eves, have been punished for staying out late in breach of a team curfew before last week's loss to the Sharks.

The Waratahs, sandwiched between the Brumbies and Rebels, host the Bulls in Sydney with a lot at stake for both teams.

A win for the Waratahs - who like the Rebels have played one game less than the Brumbies - will keep them in contention for the important guaranteed Australian berth in the play-offs.

The Bulls, meanwhile, need the win to stay in touch with the Stormers - who are one point ahead at the top of the Africa One conference and should bank easy points when they play the lowly Sunwolves in Singapore.

Next up are the Cheetahs and Southern Kings, who - with only three wins between them - clash in Bloemfontein.

In the Africa Two conference the Lions will have to beat a resurgent Blues if they are to stay ahead of the Sharks.

The Lions, one point ahead of the Sharks in the Africa Two, host a Blues side rejuvenated by their 34-18 win over the Southern Kings last week to record their first win on the road in two years.

The Sharks are in Argentina for their return match against the Jaguares, having beaten them 19-15 in Durban in the second round.

We look at the Saturday, May 14, matches below!

The Hurricanes coaching staff this week drew a line in the sand, which may well be the turning point for last year's beaten finalists.

The now well-documented decision to slap a one-match ban on five frontline players for breaking a team curfew (reportedly by only 18 minutes) means the message is clear: discipline is key.

And disciplined teams are usually the ones that perform best.

Coach Chris Boyd admitted it was a 'major' punishment for a 'minor' offence.

However, there is no doubt the Hurricanes are determined to put last week's disappointing loss to the Sharks behind them and the Reds may just be on the receiving end of the backlash.

"The game against the Sharks was a poor performance that we were not happy with," Boyd told the New Zealand media.

"Is there are correlation between our preparation [in Durban] and our performance? I'm not 100 per cent sure, but I know we trained very well during the week."

The absence of All Blacks Cory Jane, Julian Savea and Victor Vito - along with Ardie Savea and Chris Eves - may rob the team of some star quality, but not necessary weaken the side.

Reds lock Rob Simmons will hope the off-field distraction could assist in making his 100th Queensland cap a memorable one.

However, Reds interim co-coach Nick Stiles believes it will strengthen the Kiwis' resolve.

"We've got another tough match this weekend against a very strong Kiwi team," Stiles said.

"The team recognises the significance of this match, both in testing ourselves against one of the competition leaders and in putting up a performance worthy of Rob Simmons' 100th cap for Queensland.

"It's a fantastic achievement for Rob and he joins an elite group of centurions who have represented this state. It's a just reward for his dedication and professionalism over a number of years.

"Injury has meant that we've had to make a couple of changes to the side, but the guys we're bringing in are familiar with what we're trying to do and we're confident in what they can offer.

"Being able to bring a guy of Ayumu Goromaru's experience straight into the starting side is a big benefit for us. This is a good opportunity for him to step up and demonstrate what we know he is capable of."

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 35-19, Brisbane
2014: Hurricanes won 35-21, Wellington
2013: Reds won 18-12, Brisbane
2011: Hurricanes won 28-26, Wellington
2010: Hurricanes won 44-21, Wellington
2009: Hurricanes won 37-28, Brisbane

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won 11 of the last 13 meetings between these sides, averaging 30 points per game in those 11 victories. These two teams are the only two teams in Super Rugby to have success rates above 90 percent at both the scrum and line-out this season. Although he has successfully kicked the second most shots at goal this season (39), Beauden Barrett has missed the most as well (22). The Hurricanes have been the most ruthless side in the competition when it comes to scoring tries following winning a turnover this season (14 times).; only two teams have scored fewer than the Reds in this fashion (two). The Reds are the only side yet to score a try involving seven-plus phases of build-up play so far, no side has scored more tries of this nature than the Canes (seven). The Hurricanes are likely to put on display their championship qualities and record a victory of 15 points or more.

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Jason Woodward, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Callum Gibbins, 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 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Willis Halaholo.

Reds: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Campbell Magnay, 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 Matt Mafi, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Duncan Paia'aua, 23 Junior Laloifi.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Mabey (New Zealand), Brett Johnson (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

The Bulls this week spoke about avoiding getting dragged into a set-piece arm-wrestle, but the Waratahs are keen to use their strengths - impressive defence and powerful scrum - to lay the platform for victory.

Waratahs assistant coach Nathan Grey the players have been working really hard over a long period of time, to get consistency in the set piece.

"We took a step in the right direction against the Cheetahs," Grey said.

"We're certainly under no illusion that we're going to need a better performance than that, against the Bulls though."

He said that he expects the Bulls to be 'typical' South African, which is why there was a "really big focus" this week around consistency of their set piece.

"We have the belief that if we can give consistently good ball to our backs we're going to trouble teams.

"The way that we play on both sides of the ball puts opposition under pressure.

"Maintaining the balance of putting them under pressure with the ball, and without the ball, are the two main things we'll be working on this week."

The Bulls, still hurting from last week's loss to the Brumbies - which ended seven-match unbeaten streak - re determined to regain the form that saw them steadily move up the standings and into play-off contention.

"We did not perform to expectations last weekend and need to make a big step up this weekend," coach Nollis Marais said.

"The idea is to freshen up the squad a bit and go at the Waratahs with a slightly different team. They are formidable opponents and we owe it to ourselves to give it a good go in our final match on tour."

Captain Adriaan Strauss urged his team for a final effort.

"A win will make this tour a very successful one, despite last weekend's defeat," Strauss said.

"We know we have to deliver a classy performance if we want to outplay the Waratahs, but I think we can do it."

Recent results:
2014: Waratahs won 19-12, Sydney
2013: Bulls won 30-19, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 27-24, Sydney
2011: Bulls won 23-17, Pretoria
2010: Bulls won 48-38, Pretoria
2009: Bulls won 20-6, Sydney

Prediction: The Waratahs won their last meeting against the Bulls in 2014, however the Pretoria side won eight on the bounce against the Tahs before that. Despite losing three of their last four at home to the Bulls, the Waratahs have won seven of 10 when hosting the Bulls in Super Rugby. Of the 35 players to take 20-plus line-out throws this season, Adriaan Strauss has the best success rate (95 percent) despite only one player taking more throws (112). As well as a strong line-out the Bulls boast the best tackling success rate in the competition (88 percent). No side has conceded fewer tries in the final quarter of matches this season than the Tahs (3), whilst the Bulls have conceded the fewest first half tries (four). The Bulls have a realistic chance, but we feel the Waratahs will do enough to edge it with a late converted try.

Teams:

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

Bulls: 15 SP Marais, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka. 
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Dries Swanepoel.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, James Leckie
TMO: George Ayoub

With the Sunwolves having opted to 'rest' inspirational captain Shota Horie - and making a few other players - it may appear they have already thrown in the towel - for a match that is not a real home game anyway.

The Stormers travelled  just over 9,000 kilometres from Cape Tow, while the Sunwolves had to travel over 5,00 kilometres for this game.

It means the Stormers have an ideal opportunity to get back on the winning track - following a Round 10 loss to the Waratahs and last week's bye.

"It's always difficult coming back after a loss and a bye week," Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said.

"I would have liked to have carried on.

"However, the players enjoyed the break and the squad is fresh now."

Fleck said now might be a good time to "experiment" in terms of the way they want to play and how they play.

The Stormers coach warned his team against underestimating the Japanese side - which has just one win from nine outings.

"The Sunwolves, even though the results did not go their way, are side that puts every team under pressure in terms of their attacking game," Fleck said.

"They certainly showed that at Newlands at stages, when they kept ball in hand, and when they put us under pressure defensively," he said of a match the Stormers won 46-19 last month.

"We've got our work cut out.

"We respect every opposition that we play, but it does allow me to try a few things and we want to go there and embrace the challenge of playing in Singapore."

The Stormers know - with the Bulls just a point behind them on the standings in the Africa One conference - that defeat could have dire results with the June break just around the corner.

"Both Africa Conferences are really tight now, but we always expected that.

"We have to look forward and not behind us.

"Our focus is to keep improving and getting better and keep winning. This is the start of phase three now and it is important that we win this one, regardless of what's happening with the rest of the Africa conference."

Previous result:
2016: Stormers won 46-19, Cape Town

Prediction: This will be the second meeting between these sides, with the Stormers winning 46-19 in Cape Town in their Round Seven clash. The Sunwolves' home games have seen 55 points per game scored on average. The Stormers have won each of their last three games outside of South Africa, their best run outside of the country since winning four in a row across 2011 and 2012. Eben Etzebeth (not playing in this game) is the only player to make more than 50 tackles (57) this season without missing at least one. Of all teams in Super Rugby the Stormers have forced the lowest success rates from their opposition in both set pieces this season (scrum 71 percent, line-out 77 percent). It should be one-way traffic, with the Stormers winning by at least 30 points.

Teams:

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa (captain), 11 John Stewart, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Atsushi Hiwasha, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Timothy Bond, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2, Takeshi Kizu, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Taiyo Ando, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Mifiposeti Paea.

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

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
TMO: Takashi Hareda (Japan)
The Kings' season is going south, literally, at a rate of knots.

Despite the narrow win over the Sunwolves in Week Six, they have conceded 190 points in the last four matches (an average of 48 points per match) and 29 tries (more than seven a game).

Then they lost a host of key players - including veteran captain Steven Sykes, along with star loose forwards Cyril-John Velleman and Chris Cloete, as well as midfielder Stefan Watermeyer.

Apart from the rapidly depleting player resources, the Kings have failed to produce an 80-minute performance.

However, Cheetah coach Franco Smith said there is no chance of underestimating the men from Port Elizabeth.

"They are unpredictable and they can get up for any game," Smith said.

He felt that despite the loss of those key players, they still have a good pack.

"I feel Tom Botha is an outstanding scrummager," the Cheetahs coach said, adding: "We also know [flyhalf] Elgar [Watts] very well and Jurgen Visser is doing a great job for them at fullback.

"We know they are under pressure to get some positive results and that makes them even more dangerous," he said, adding that the Cheetahs will "respect" the Kings.

Kings coach Deon Davids played down the loss of so many star players, saying it provides opportunities for others to put up their hands.

Like the Kings, the Cheetahs have had minimal success this season and re struggling to get some momentum going.

"They are desperate to put up a good performance having come off a tough tour," Davids said of a Cheetahs team that lost to the Rebels, reds and Waratahs in Australia.

"The Cheetahs are currently playing a brand of rugby that uses the width of the field and they like to attack from anywhere, where possible, so we will have to deal with that," he said.

Previous results:
2013: Cheetahs won 34-22, Port Elizabeth
2013: Cheetahs won 26-12, Bloemfontein

Prediction: This will be the third Super Rugby meeting between the sides with the Cheetahs winning the previous two, by margins of 14 and 12 points. The Cheetahs have lost their last two at home to fellow South African teams and have not lost more in a row to teams from their own country since losing three on the bounce across 2012 and 2013. The Kings' last six away games have all been settled by margins of more than 20 points. Sergeal Petersen has made an average gain of 11.8 metres per carry so far this season, the best rate of any player to make 10+ carries. The Kings are the only side this season with a tackle success rate below 80 percent (79.95 percent). The Kings are in for a long day at the office and the Cheetahs should by at least 20 points.

Teams:

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

Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Phillipus du Plessis, 12 Shane Gates (captain), 11 Luzuko Vulindlu, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 James Hall, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Juan-Pierre Jonck, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Schalk Oelofse, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Cornell Hess, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Ntando Kebe, 22 Louis Fouche, 23 Leighton Eksteen.

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

The Lions are well aware they have to win this week to keep the pressure on the front-runners in the Africa conference - the Stormers and Bulls.

There is also the Sharks lurking, now just a point behind the Lions in the Africa Two conference.

For Lions coach Johan Ackermann the key is to avoid a repeat of the horror show they produced against the Hurricanes a fortnight ago.

And to complicate matter they face an erratic Blues team that have the talent to knock over any team.

"They are a tough team to prepare for, because you never know what you will get on the day," Ackermann said of the visiting Blues outfit.

"There is no doubt they have the talent to knock over any team - we saw that when they beat the Sharks.

"They may be last on the New Zealand conference, but it is so tight in that group that only our best will be good enough."

Like any Kiwi side the Blues are dangerous from broken play and have some powerful ball carries.

"Our defence will have to be a lot better than what it was against the Hurricanes ," Ackermann said,.

"They also make use of quick throw-ins and any opportunity to launch a sneaky attack.

"We will have to be alert for the entire 80 minutes.

"We are disappointed in our last outing [against the Hurricanes] at Ellis park and will have to fix that."

Blues coach Tana Umaga is also disappointed with his team's last outing, despite beating the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

However, it ended a long losing streak in away matches - stretching back to June 2014.

The Blues are well aware that the Lions at Ellis Park is a much taller order than the Kings.

However, Umaga's men have been buoyed by last week's victory.

"We know that if we play anywhere near as poorly as we did last week, then we won't get the result we're looking for against the Lions," Umaga said.

Recent results:
2015: Lions won 13-10, Albany
2014: Lions won 39-36, Johannesburg
2012: Blues won 25-3, Auckland
2011: Blues won 41-32, Johannesburg
2010: Blues won 56-14, Johannesburg
2009: Blues 36-12, Auckland

Prediction: The Lions have won their last two against the Blues, previously they had never won back-to-back games against the Auckland side, losing seven of the eight games between the two prior to that. However, the Lions have lost their last two at home; they've not lost more in a row on home soil since 2012 when they lost five consecutive games. The Lions are the most dangerous side in the 20 minutes before half-time this season so far, scoring the most points (97) and having the best points differential in this period (plus 55). The Lions (27.6) and Blues (27.1) have averaged the most defenders beaten of any sides in Super Rugby in 2016. No side has enjoyed more possession than the Blues this season, an average of 18 minutes, 10 seconds per game. The Blues do have a realistic chance to win, but the smart money is on a Lions win - by 15 points.

Teams:

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

Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Melani Nanai, 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 Hoani Matenga, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Kara Pryor, 20 Joe Edwards, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 Male Sa'u.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lesego Legoete (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

The Jaguares are coming off a bye and the Sharks are still fresh from a morale-boosting win over the Hurricanes at home last Saturday, a win which has revitalised their hopes of qualifying for the play-offs.

However, Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold said last week's win - as impressive as the performance was - must be put in the archives and the focus must be on a dangerous opponent - who themselves had an important win over the Kings a fortnight ago.

"This is a week where we really need to stay grounded, we haven't achieved anything yet and we still have some really tough encounters ahead," Gold said.

"We're still in the fight in our pool and the games ahead are going to be critically important." he added.

"If we think the Jaguares will be easy in Buenos Aires, we have another thing coming. They're a team improving every week they play together, there is no doubting their passion.

"The Jaguares are very physical, they're going to come at you hard and they have a partisan crowd behind them, I think it's a very tough challenge for us.

"We must remain humble and rest. Those are the most important. We know what is waiting for us on Saturday."

The Jaguares' international loose forward Juan Manuel Leguizamón said they are under no illusion as to how tough the challenge will be.

"We know just how strong the Sharks are on defence," Leguizamón said.

"What is important for us is to avoid those lapses in concentration that have cost us so much already this season."

He spoke of the need to have the right "intensity, desire and attitude".

"The key is to ensure our defensive line is solid and ensure we do not miss any one-on-one tackles."

Previous result:
2016: Sharks won 19-15, Durban

Prediction: This will be the second meeting between the sides in Super Rugby with the Durban outfit emerging 19-15 winners in Round Two. The Jaguares won their last game by 46 points, although six of their eight games prior to that had been settled by eight points or fewer. The Sharks' last four away games outside of South Africa have all seen a losing bonus point picked up. The Sharks have averaged the most turnovers won per game so far (nine), Andre Esterhuizen has won a team high 12 but six other players have chipped in with five or more. The Sharks have benefitted from the poorest goal kicking from their opposition of any side this season (60 percent). It will be a close call, but the Sharks should sneak it with a late score - five points or less.

Teams:

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 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 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle/Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Garth April, 23 Sibusiso Sithole/Joe Pietersen.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Juan Sylvestre (Argentina), Damian Schneider (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

Compiled by Jan de Koning, with additional reporting by Agence France-Presse
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Sat, 14 May 2016 11:35

REPORT: The Waratahs moved to the top of the Australian conference and into the top four of the global standings with a bonus-point 31-8 win over the Bulls in Sydney on Saturday.

The Waratahs are not the finished product yet, but they are beginning to show the kind of grunt that will keep them entrenched in the play-off zone.

The biggest concern from the match will be the knee injury suffered by Wallaby Kurtley Beale, who was taken from the field early in the first half after getting his boot caught in the turf and twisting his leg awkwardly.

Beale, who had only just announced signing a lucrative deal to play for Wasps in England next season, fell awkwardly while jumping for a high ball.

Team medics later said Beale may have injured his patellar tendon which, depending on the severity of the injury, could mean months out of the game.

Beale is now unlikely to play for the Wallabies in next month's three-Test home series against England.

The Bulls, apart from rare flashes, looked clueless and reverted back to a dour style that belong in the archives of how not to play the game.

In fact Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss, in his post-match reaction, admitted his team did not pitch up in the second half, which certainly explains their abject performance.

Scrumhalf Nick Phipps scored two tries, laid on the final pass for another try by Dean Mumm before replacement prop Angus Ta'avao clinched the fourth try and a bonus point crashing over under the cross bar in the final minute.

Bernard Foley kicked four conversions and a penalty from six attempts.

The Bulls, beaten 23-6 by the Brumbies in Canberra last week, mounted few attacks in the second half as the Waratahs, led by lock Dave Dennis, took charge.

The win pushed the Waratahs one point clear of the Brumbies in the Australian conference, with the Brumbies having next weekend off and the Sydneysiders facing the Canterbury Crusaders in New Zealand.

"We grew slowly as the game went on, lots of penalties in the first half, so I'm really happy with the end result," Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper said.

"I was happy with our forwards going through the middle and the backs sharpened up so to get a win and a bonus point is most pleasing.

"Pleased we are getting away and home wins now and we face a huge test in the next few weeks against Kiwi outfits, so it's an exciting challenge and the momentum is great at the moment."

Strauss said it was a tough end to a hard three weeks touring in Australia.

"We were in it in the first half and in the second half they got a lot of yards on us and we had to force the play out of areas that we didn't actually want to and it put us under a lot of pressure," Strauss said.

The Bulls return home and will face the Stormers at home next week.

Man of the match: Jessie Kriel is regaining some impressive form, while Jamba Ulengo made the most of a rare start. Locks Rudolf Snyman and Jason Jenkins were valuable workhorses, while flank Pieter Labuschagne also deserves a mention. Bernard Foley directed play like a world class flyhalf should, Michael Hooper was involved in almost everything, while Dean Mumm provided the physical presence that kept the Bulls' brutes at bay. Rob Horne, always a threat with ball in hand, produced some crucial plays with his strong defending. Israel Folau was closely marked, but was good enough to create and set up tries for his teammates - such as Nick Phipps' second score - and for that wins our award.

The scorers:

For the Waratahs:
Tries:
Phipps 3, Mumm, Ta'avao
Cons: Foley 4
Pen: Foley

For the Bulls:
Try:
Swanepoel
Pen: Schoeman

Yellow card: Jannes Kirsten (Bulls, 78 - cynical foul, collapsing the maul)

Teams:

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

Bulls: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Dries Swanepoel.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, James Leckie
TMO: George Ayoub

Nick Phipps (34min), Dean Mumm (44min), Nick Phipps (69min), and Angus Taavao-Matau (79min)
TRIES
Dries Swanepoel (72min)
Bernard Foley (35min), Bernard Foley (45min), Bernard Foley (70min), and Bernard Foley (80min)
CONVERSIONS
Bernard Foley (55min)
PENALTIES
Tian Schoeman (40min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Jannes Kirsten (78min)
 
 
VENUE Sydney
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)