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Super Rugby | Buenos Aires
20:40 (GMT) | 14-05-2016
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The Jaguares look to break open the Sharks defence and score the wining try after the hooter as they make their way towards the Sharks 22 metre line. Hernandez looks to throw a long pass over the top but it goes straight into touch and that will be the game. The Sharks come out with the 22-25 victory thanks to the boot of Patrick Lambie and a Daniel du Preez try. The Jaguares scored some fantastic tries but it was the Sharks defence that won the game at the end. FULL TIME: JAGUARES 22-25 SHARKS- Please join us next week Friday for Super Rugby action as the Crusaders take on the Waratahs from AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
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Lambie shows amazing composure with the pressure kick as he sends it flying through the uprights, Sharks lead 22-25 with one minute remaining. The Sharks defence might just be able to hold out for the win here.
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The Sharks win the penalty in the three points zone and up steps Lambie to take the kick at posts on the Jaguares ten metre line, centre field.
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Both teams giving it their all in these final few minutes, it's been a case of the Jaguares attack up against the Sharks defence.
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The conversion is missed and the score remains at 22-22 with eight minutes left on the clock.
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Botta draws the scores level as he goes over for the five pointer from close range. Tense finish in store here in Buenos Aires. Eight minutes to go and the scores are all tied at 22-22 with the conversion to come.
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Sibusiso Sithole has only been on for two minutes before the referee dishes out a yellow for an infringement at the breakdown, Sithole found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and paid dearly. Shars down to fourteen men now.
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Hernandez shapes to kick but then he decides to set off for the line. Hernandez is wrapped up and the Sharks continue to defend in their numbers.
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The Jaguares look to have scored the crucial try that will draw the scores level but the TMO rules that the ball was held up and the Jaguares have the five metre attacking scrum now.
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Hernandez sets the attacking line-out for the Jaguares on the Sharks five metre line. The Jaguares are unable to get any momentum from the maul as it goes to ground. Jaguares looking for a pushover try here.
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Fifteen minutes remaining and the Sharks lead 17-22. Scrum to the Sharks on their 22 metre line and the Jaguares win the penalty at scrum time.
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Sanchez with the show and go but he is wrapped up. The Sharks concede the penalty inside their half and Hernandez sets the line-out for the Jaguares with a kick to touch which goes out on the Sharks 22 metre line.
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The Sharks are awarded the free kick at the scrum and they are able to clear their lines as the Sharks find touch just outside their 22 metre line. Jaguares with the line-out.
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It's high fives all around for the Sharks at scrum time now as they finally put on the shove at the scrum and manage to win the turnover. Scrum awarded to the Sharks on their five metre line.
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The Jaguares are awarded the penalty for their efforts in the scrum and again they will take the scrum on the Sharks five metre line.
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The scrum goes down, the Jaguares are awarded the penalty and the Jaguares will look to scrum their way to the try line as they go for another scrum.
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The Jaguares continue to make the Sharks do the tackling as they have the five metre scrum in the Sharks half. Jaguares could draw in the Sharks defence and expose the blindside here.
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Some fantastic combination play from the Jaguares as one offload leads to another, the passes are going to hand at the moment but the Sharks defence is standing tall.
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Lambie tries to put in a kick to the corner but he sends the ball over the dead ball line and the Jaguares come back for a scrum on the Sharks ten metre line.
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Lambie has the distance and he has the direction! The flags go up and the Sharks lead 17-22 with that successful penalty from Lambie.
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The Jaguares get caught up in an offside position and Lambie will look to add another three onto the Sharks score as the Sharks are awarded the penalty.
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Sanchez fluffs the kick at posts and the score remains at 17-19 to the Sharks.
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The Jaguares win the penalty at the scrum and Sanchez is set to strike one at posts on the Sharks ten metre line.
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Lewies jumps up and wins the line-out against the throw on the Sharks ten metre line but there was a knock forward in the line-out and the Jaguares have the scrum on the Sharks ten metre line.
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Lambie kicks posession straight to Sanchez, Sanchez returns the favor but this time the Jaguares win the high kick on halfway and they go charging into the Sharks half.
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Jaguares have a good attacking opportunity as they have the attacking line-out on the Sharks 22 metre line. Jaguares look set to attack the line here. The Sharks defence is able to hold their line and Sanchez tries a quick drop kick which sails wide of the uprights.
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Hernandez gets the second half going as he puts in a kick which travels all the way to the Sharks 22 metre line.

Half Time

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The referee blows his whistle and that will be halftime, the Jaguares made a good start to the game with those two early tries but the Sharks managed to keep the score ticking over with the boot of Lambie before they managed to take control after the Jaguares were shown yellow towards the end of the half. Halftime: JAGUARES 17-19 SHARKS
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Sanchez makes it a two point game as he sends the ball sailing through the icon after the Sharks concede the penalty deep in their half.
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Lambie converts the try and the Sharks lead 14-19 with that converted try.
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The Sharks make the Jaguares pay immediately as Daniel Du Preez goes over for the try after a strong push at the line from the Sharks forwards.
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Pablo Matera is shown yellow as he concedes the penalty. The Jaguares were given a warning for multiple infringements and the Sharks set the attacking line-out from the penalty on the Jaguares five metre line.
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Deysel is being carried off on a stretcher after a big collision in which he came off second best. Mtembu replaces Deysel at flank. Lets hope that this is just precautionary and Deysel is back on the field for the Sharks next clash. Play resumes with a scrum to the Sharks on the Jaguares 22.
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The Jaguares concede the penalty at scrum time and the Sharks set the attacking line-out deep in the Jaguares half.
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The Jaguares concede the penalty for going offside and Lambie will have a shot at posts from right in front of the uprights. Lambie is successful with the penalty and it is a two point game now.
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It looks good! And it's over, Lambies adds the extra three and the Jaguares now lead 14-9 with that Lambie penalty.
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Jaguares concede the penalty and Lambie looks set to strike this one at the uprights from just inside the Jaguares half, center field.
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The Sharks are unable to establish any sort of momenutm from the line-out as they go to the front but they are bundled into touch and the Jaguares have the line-out on their 22 now.
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Sharks win the penalty at scrum time and Lambie finds touch on the Jaguares 22 metre line with the kick to touch. Sharks line-out on the Jaguares 22.
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Emiliano Boffelli with a fantastic counter attack as he puts the Sharks defence at sixes and sevens, Boffelli gets wrapped up, the ball goes wide but the pass does not go to hand and the Sharks manage to clear for a line-out inside their own half.
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The Jaguares manage to win the line-out against the throw and they bash the ball up on halfway.
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Sánchez makes no mistake in adding the extra two and the Jaguares lead 14-6 now.
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Lubabalo Mtyanda has just assisted in creating a try for the Jaguares as he attempts to tackle Martin Landajo just before the line but only manages to propel him towards the try line. Jaguares with their second try of the game lead 12-6 now.
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Lambie makes it a one point game as he strikes it well from the kicking tee and the score is now 7-6 to the Jaguares.
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Ndungane running out of space as he almost gets carried into touch but the Sharks are there to secure the ball at the breakdown and they look to go through the phases just inside the Jaguares half.
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The flags are raised and Lambie adds the extra three from the penalty after the Jaguares get blown up in a good kicking position. Score is now 7-3 to the Jaguares.
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Sánchez adds the extra two from the conversion and the Jaguares lead 7-0 now.
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Joaquin Tuculet breaks up field and his steps his way out of the tackle before his makes a perfectly timed pass to Lavaninni who is running on his shoulder with pace. Lavaninni receives the pass and goes in for the first try of the game.
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Lambie pulls the penalty to the right of the posts and the score remains at 0-0 with six minutes gone.
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The Jaguares concede the penalty for not releasing the ball at the breakdown and Lambie steps up to strike one from the kicking tee from just outside the Jaguares 22 metre line.
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Good defence from the Sharks as the Jaguares cough up possession with a handling error and the Sharks have the scrum on halfway.
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Mtawirira is penalized and the Jaguares set the attacking line-out just before halfway with the kick to touch.
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Pietersen comes in as first receiver and knocks the ball forward in the tackle- scrum to the Jaguares inside their 22.
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The Sharks have the attacking scrum from the kickoff as the Jaguares get caught up in the physical exchanges and try to get the maul going. The ball does not come out and the Sharks are awarded the scrum.
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Here we go! Marius van der Westhuizen blows his whistle and Patrick Lambie gets the game underway as he kicks deep into the Jaguares 22 metre area.
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The teams are on the field. Stay tuned as we await referee Marius van der Westhuizen to get us underway shortly.
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Marius van der Westhuizen is our referee. Juan Sylvestre and Damian Schneider will assist him. Our TMO is Santiago Borsani.
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WEATHER: It is cloudy in Buenos Aires, however, conditions are perfect for some wonderful sidestepping, big hits and spectacular offloads.
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The Jaguares put seventy points past the Kings in Buenos Aires prior to their bye two weeks ago while the Sharks put in an impressive performance in downing the Hurricanes 32-15 in Durban last weekend.
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The only previous clash between the two teams came earlier this year when the Sharks managed to beat the Jaguares 19-15 in a close fought encounter in Durban.
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SHARKS, TEAM NEWS: Fly-half Patrick Lambie replaces Garth April and takes over the captaincy from Beast Mtawirira while forwards Jean Deysel, Giant Mtyanda and Coenie Oosthuisen all earn a place in the run on side.
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JAGUARES, TEAM NEWS: Pablo Matera comes in for Tomás Lezana in the loose forwards while in the backline Joaquín Tuculet will start at fifteen with Matías Orlando slotting in at outside centre.
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Hello and welcome to Rugby 365’s live commentary of this Super Rugby matchup between the Jaguares and the Sharks from Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires.
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  • 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
  • 2 Augustin Creevy
  • 3 Ramiro Herrera
  • 4 Matias Alemanno
  • 5 Tomas Lavaninni
  • 6 Pablo Matera
  • 7 Javier Desio
  • 8 Leonardo Senatore
  • 9 Martin Landajo
  • 10 Nicolas Sánchez
  • 11 Manuel Montero
  • 12 Juan Martin Hernandez
  • 13 Matias Orlando
  • 14 Emiliano Boffelli
  • 15 Joaquin Tuculet
  • 16 Julian Montoya
  • 17 Facundo Gigena
  • 18 Nahuel Chaparro
  • 19 Guido Petti Pagadizaval
  • 20 Facundo Isa
  • 21 Gonzalo Bertranou
  • 22 Santiago González Iglesias
  • 23 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino
  • 1 Tendai Mtawarira
  • 2 Franco Marais
  • 3 Etienne Oosthuizen
  • 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda
  • 5 Stephan Lewies
  • 6 Keegan Daniel
  • 7 Jean Deysel
  • 8 Daniel du Preez
  • 9 Stefan Ungerer
  • 10 Patrick Lambie
  • 11 JP Pietersen
  • 12 Andre Esterhuizen
  • 13 Paul Jordaan
  • 14 Odwa Ndungane
  • 15 Willie le Roux
  • 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
  • 17 Dale Chadwick
  • 18 Lourens Adriaanse
  • 19 Ettienne Oosthuizen
  • 20 Lubabalo Mtembu
  • 21 Joe Pietersen
  • 22 Garth April
  • 23 Sibusiso Sithole
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Lambie edges Sharks past Jaguares

Sat, 14 May 2016 22:37

REPORT: An 80th minute Patrick Lambie penalty handed the Sharks a deserved 25-22 victory over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires after being under pressure for most of the second half.

The home side spent nearly 20 consecutive minutes inside the Sharks' 22 but some determined and dogged defending kept the home side at bay. Lambie contributed 20 of his sides 25 points to help his team edge the victory.

The match began at a frantic pace with both sides going full out. The SHakrs had a chance to open the scoring in the 7th minute but Patrick Lambie missed the penalty. The Jaguares attack from the restart and fullback Joaquin Tuculet went on a blistering run.

He cut through the Sharks defence, and although he was aided by some poor tackling, he got his side into the Sharks' 22. A neat offload found Tomas Lavinini in support and the lock stretched his legs to grab the first try of the match.

Nicolas Sanchez added the extras to hand the home side a 7-0 lead after eight minutes.

The Sharks enjoyed a neat spell of position for the next seven minutes and were rewarded with six points - two Lambie penalties - after the home side were penalised inside their 22 on both occasions for infringements at the ruck. Sharks trailed 6-7 after 15 minutes.

The homes side were back on the attack and Lavinini was once again at the centre of the attack as his run broke through the Sharks' defence. After a number of phases from inside the Sharks' 22, the Jaguares sent the ball right and scrumhalf Martin Landajo sniped down the short side.

He was brought to ground short of the line and seemed to have propelled himself forward but referee Marius van der Westhuizen saw things differently and awarded the try. Sanchez added the extras as the Jaguares stretched their lead to 14-6 after 19 minutes.

The home side were being spurred on by a boisterous Buenos Aires crowd and that allowed the Jaguares to turn the screw on their opponents. However, despite the momentum being with the home side, the Sharks grinded their way back and got themselves to within two points of the Jaguares.

Lambie slotting a further two penalties to ensure the Sharks took the score to 12-14 after 30 minutes of play.

The Sharks had their tails up and began working their way up field. From a scrum, they threw the ball wide and got themselves within five metres of the home side's try line. Pablo Matera was sent to the bin for repeated infringements inside his 22 and the Sharks took full advantage.

Further pressure on the defence saw Daniel du Preez bash his way through. Lambie added the extras to hand the Sharks a 19-14 lead after 35 minutes.

The Jaguares finished the half on the front foot as they looked to steal back the lead as the half came to an end, however, they could muster just three points via Sanchez' boot in the 38th minute to trail the Sharks 17-19 at the break.

It was a real arm wrestle in the opening 10 minutes of the second half and it was the Sharks who get the first points of the half as Lambie slotted his fifth penalty of the match to make it 22-17 to the Sharks after 50 minutes.

The momentum was with the home side for the next 10 minutes but had no points to show for it, despite having the Sharks under pressure inside their 22. That pressure remained as the Jaguares probed for a gap but the Sharks remained resolute in defence to keep their opponents at bay.

Something had to give though, and with Sibusiso Sithole in the bin for repeated infringements at the breakdown, the resistance was broken in the 72nd minute when Santiago Garcia Botta bashed his way through four defenders to score. Hernandez failed with the conversion as the score was locked at 22-all.

The Sharks went in search of the winning points and found it in the 80th minute when Lambie slotted his sixth penalty to hand the visitors the win.

Man of the match: Joaquín Tuculet was by far the best backline player in either side while captain Agustín Creevy put in a notable performance. Martin Landajo controlled the tempo of the game for his side while Tomas Lavinini was their standout player. Daniel du Preez performed admirable while Keegan Daniel did the hard yards. It would be easy to hand the award to Patrick Lambie for his heroics with the boot, however, the entire Sharks pack gets the nod for their determined defending close to their try line when they were up against it.


For Jaguares:
Tries: Lavanini, Landajo, Botta
Cons: Sanchez 2
Pen: Sanchez

For Sharks:
Try: du Preez
Con: Lambie
Pens: Lambie 6

Yellow cards: Pablo Matera (Jaguares, repeated infringements - slowing down the ball, 34), Sibusiso Sithole (Sharks, repeated infringements - slowing down the ball, 69)


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 Stefan Ungerer, 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, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Lubabalo Mthembu, 21 Joe Pietersen, 22 Garth April, 23 Sibusiso Sithole/Joe Pietersen.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)

Tomas Lavaninni (7min), Martin Landajo (17min), and Santiago Garcia Botta (72min)
Daniel du Preez (34min)
Nicolas Sánchez (8min) and Nicolas Sánchez (19min)
Patrick Lambie (35min)
Nicolas Sánchez (38min)
Patrick Lambie (10min), Patrick Lambie (15min), Patrick Lambie (27min), Patrick Lambie (29min), Patrick Lambie (49min), and Patrick Lambie (79min)
Pablo Matera (33min)
Sibusiso Sithole (69min)
VENUE Buenos Aires
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)