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Blues

Super Rugby | Perth
09:40 (GMT) | 21-05-2016
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The Force win another penalty , they kick for the corner again. This will be their final opportunity .The Force then lose the ball forward at the lineout and the Blues have the scrum. That should be the game.
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Force attacking inside the Blues 22 . Blues defending well
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Mayhew gets a yellow card for infringing at the maul, Blues down to 14 for the rest of the game and the Force set up another lineout
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Force attacking inside the Blues 22, they have the penalty advantage also. Ref blows for the penalty and the lineout is set 5 meters from the try line. Grand slam finish
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West clears the ball up field and Haylett-Petty responds with his own kick. Force win the penalty for the Blues being in front of the kicker. Haylett-Petty sets up a lineout inside the Blues 22. Can the force snatch this game?
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Haylett Petty puts in a lovely kick that rolls into touch inside the Blues 22.
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West clears the ball into touch , Force lineout just inside the Blues half.
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Scrum Blues inside their own 22. Time running out for the Force.
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Blues make their way into the Force 22. Tuipolotu loses the ball and Haylett Petty clears the ball up field and Nanai responds with his own kick. Force decide to run it back.
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Blues on the attack with Matt Duffie . Force defending well.
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Blues win the penalty and West clears the ball into touch to set up the lineout. Moala has another strong run midfield, the midfielder has been on fire today.
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West's restart goes out on the full, scrum Force midfield. The momentum is with the home side , Blues looking shaky.
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Tapuai adds three points for the Force with a lovely kick
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Force win the penalty for a high tackle and Tapuai will have a shot at goal.
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West clears the ball and the Force attack from deep through Haylett-Petty.
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Force attack through Burton, McCalman and Stander before getting the penalty and Hodgson tries a quick tap and go and loses the ball forward , what a mess..... Scrum Blues
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Luatua loses the ball forward and the Force have the scrum put in inside the Blues half.
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West slices his penalty attempt off the side of his boot. 22 drop-out to the Force
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Blues penalty, West will have a pop at goal
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Blues on the attack in the Force's 22
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Tapuai converts the try
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Constant waves of attack finally sees Hodgson crash over for the TRY for the home side!
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Force on the attack in the Blues 22. They are 5 meters from the try line.
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Force continue to bash at the line before Godwin crashes over for the try. TMO in action and its judged to be no try as there was obstruction. We go back for a Force penalty, they opt to set up a 5 meter attacking lineout
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Force in the Blues 22 as Tapuai almost scores. Tey have a penalty advantage also as they continue to bash at the Blues defence.
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Force on the attack midfield before Haylett-Petty puts in a kick and Nanai responds with his own kick into touch. The heavens have opened. Rain, rain and more rain!
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Force get a turnover for the ball not coming out of the maul. Scrum Force.
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Blues lineout on the halfway line
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Blues still bashing at the Force's defence. Kaino and Bekhuis have a go before Mahue loses the ball forward. Force scrum after a brave defensive effort holding off 17 phases of attack.
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Blues on the attack in the Force 22 as Luatua has a run, then Tuipolotu, then Moala. Force defence holding strong at the moment
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Haylett-Petty clears the ball into touch on the halfway line. Parsons finds his jumper for the Blues as the rain starts to pour down.
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Second half underway

Half Time

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Halftime, see you all in a bit for the second half
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Force set up the maul , its going forward well . Penalty awarded to the Force , they opt to set up a lineout again 5 meters from the Blues try line. Another penalty results in Faumuina getting a yellow card
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Force losing ground in attack , good defence by the visitors. Penalty awarded to the Force , they opt to set up a lineout inside the Blues 22.
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Morahan does well for the Force as they make their way up to the Blues 22.
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Scrum resets a couple times chowing up the minutes
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Force scrum inside the Blues half. They need some reward before half time.
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West adds the extras
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WHAT A TRY! Force lose the ball forward and the Blues attack from deep. Moala does well busting the line and offloads to Kaino who plays Li who steps Haylett-Petty and scores under the poles ! 60 meter try!
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Force with ball in hand near the halfway line as Godwin has a run.
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Force attack but with no venom forcing Prior to clear the ball up field and Duffie clears the ball into touch.
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Force attack through Tapuai followed by Mathewson , Luatua forces the turnover for the Blues and Guyton clears the ball into touch.
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Force scrum just outside the Blues 22
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West adds the extras
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Relentless pressure as Kaino gets the ball and crashes over for the TRY!
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Moala has a run midfield as he busts through Prior but then the Force turn the ball over and clear it up field. Blues run from the back as Guyton breaks through . Blues 5 meters from the Force try line. Great play by the visitors
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Haylett-Petty hioists the up and under and Morahan re-gathers but throws a forward pass. Blues scrum inside their own half.
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Haylett-Petty clears the ball all the way up to the Blues 22. Great clearance kick.
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Blues lose the ball forward, scrum Force on their 22.
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Moala has a run in the centers, Blues making their way into the Force 22.
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Haylett-Petty clears the ball into touch. Blues lineout on the ten meter line in the Force half. A bit of a kicking fest here, not much to shout about.
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West puts in a lovely kick that rolls into touch on the Force 22.
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Moala does well to offload to Nanai as the creative backs try to spark something for the visitors. Theres a knock on at the ruck resulting in a Force scrum put in.
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West clears the ball into touch. Force have the lineout on the halfway
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West lands the penalty for the Blues and we all square
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Blues on the attack in the Force 22. Big Georgie Moala gets his hands on the ball but is tackled well. The relentless waves of attack result in nothing as the ref gives the Blues a penalty. West will have a pop at goal.
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Nanai has a run from the back for the Blues followed by Tuipolotu and then Latimer.
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Penalty awarded to the Force again , this time they opt to go for goal. Prior lines up his kick, strikes the ball well and adds the three points.
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Penalty Force for a high tackle from the Blues. Lineout set up again. Maul is set but defended well by the Blues.
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Force on the attack inside the Blues 22 through Godwin, Coleman and Millar
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Penalty to the Force as the Blues are pinged for offside. They opt to turn down the three points and opt to set up the lineout 10 meters from the Blues line.
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Force on the attack near the Blues 22
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Force with ball inn hand as McCalman has a run and then Haylett-Petty clears the ball up field fumbled badly by Matt Duffie. Scrum Force.
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Kick after kick after kick results in Mathewson dotting down the ball and the Force have a 22 dropout
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Blues set the maul followed by a cross kick by West taken well by Haylett-Petty who goes into touch on his own 22. Blues lineout
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Nanai clears the ball into touch. Force lineout near the halfway line. Couple kicks back and forth again before Godwin kicks the ball into touch. Miserable weather, could be a dull affair.
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First half underway! Prior kicks off for the Force
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Weather is pretty miserable as the teams go through their last match preparations
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The Blues are desperate to end their three-match road-trip with a win, on a winning fashion note - especially after last week's embarrassing loss to the Lions.
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Welcome to this Super Rugby clash between the Force and the Blues
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Francois Van Wyk
  • 2 Harry Scoble
  • 3 Guy Millar
  • 4 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 6 Brynard Stander
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 8 Ben McCalman
  • 9 Alby Mathewson
  • 10 Ian Prior
  • 11 Luke Morahan
  • 12 Kyle Godwin
  • 13 Ben Tapuai
  • 14 Marcel Brache
  • 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
RESERVES
  • 16 Anaru Rangi
  • 17 Pekahou Cowan
  • 18 Tetera Faulkner
  • 19 Rory Walton
  • 20 Angus Cottrell
  • 21 Ryan Louwrens
  • 22 Luke Burton
  • 23 Semisi Masirewa
START LINE UP
  • 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi
  • 2 James Parsons
  • 3 Charlie Faumuina
  • 4 Patrick Tuipulotu
  • 5 Josh Bekhuis
  • 6 Jerome Kaino
  • 7 Tanerau Latimer
  • 8 Steven Luatua
  • 9 Billy Guyton
  • 10 Ihaia West
  • 11 Tevita Li
  • 12 Piers Francis
  • 13 George Moala
  • 14 Matt Duffie
  • 15 Melani Nanai Vai
RESERVES
  • 16 Quentin MacDonald
  • 17 Sione Mafileo
  • 18 Nic Mayhew
  • 19 Hoani Matenga
  • 20 Kara Pryor
  • 21 Bryn Hall
  • 22 Lolagi Visinia
  • 23 Male Sau
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S18 PREVIEW: ROUND 13, PART TWO

Fri, 20 May 2016 01:32

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the last four matches in Part Two of Super Rugby's Round 13.

Let's start with the BIG match of the weekend, the north-south derby - the Bulls hosting the Stormers in Pretoria.

It is always a special occasion, even when one of the teams is in a slump.

The Stormers lead the Bulls by a mere three points at the top of the Africa One conference, with both sides having won six of 10 games and the difference on the table coming from the Stormers' ability to regularly pick up a losing bonus point.

The Stormers will have to make do without co-captain Juan de Jongh, who has a hamstring injury.

However, the silver lining for coach Robbie Fleck is the news that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is ready to play again.

The Blues will be looking to bounce back from last week's hammering at the hands of the Lions when they stop off in Perth - on their way home to Auckland - to play a Western Force team fresh from a win in their last outing (40-22 over the Sunwolves) with a bye sandwiched in between.

The Lions, leaders in Africa Two conference, will fancy their chances when they play a depleted Jaguares side - who have both captain Agustin Creevy and back row forward Leonardo Senatore suspended.

The Sharks, who lie second in that conference, play the bottom-placed Southern Kings.

And then, of course, it is the Loftus showdown - the Bulls against the Stormers.

Saturday, May 21:

The Blues are desperate to end their three-match road-trip with a win, on a winning fashion note - especially after last week's embarrassing loss to the Lions.

However, they face a Force team coming off a bye and with a morale-boosting win over the Sunwolves the week before.

Force coach Michael Foley said the team is well rested and looking to carry their form from Tokyo back to Perth on Saturday.

"We used the first few days of the bye week to recover and the back end of the week to reinforce some of the positives from the Sunwolves match," he said.

Foley believes his team found the formula for success that had eluded them earlier in the season - when they lost seven matches on the trot.

"In Tokyo, we played the type of rugby we've been working towards," the coach said.

"The biggest difference came as a result of us focusing on enjoying the game and attacking every contest without fear.

"Without doubt, there have been times where our disappointment as a result of not getting things 'right' held us back, but I believe the boys now have not only a clear picture of the type of game we're chasing, but also the attitude that allows us to enjoy games while we continue to improve."

Blues captain James Parsons said the embarrassment of their 5-43 loss to the Lions would be a key tool in turning the result around.

"There's a natural edge obviously," he said of the team's build-up towards the Perth outing.

Parsons, and assistant coach Glenn Moore, re-emphasised the point that the week's build-up to the game had been the best of the season.

Parson said they had plans in place to cover any eventuality in terms of the weather - it rained throughout the game in Johannesburg.

"We certainly didn't institute the plans we wanted and I suppose there was that disappointment, but flip that on its head it was a great learning curve for us, we're a young group and I think we can feed off that experience," he said.

Recent results:
2015: Blues won 41-24, Auckland
2014: Blues won 40-14, Perth
2012: Blues won 32-9, Auckland
2011: Force and Blues drew 22-all, Perth
2010: Blues won 38-17, Auckland
2009: Blues won 25-19, Perth

Prediction: The Blues are undefeated in their last six games against the Force and have lost to the Western Australian team only once in Super Rugby history (2008). The Force have lost their last four games at home when hosting a team from New Zealand, scoring an average of just 12 points per game in that span and conceding 31. The Blues have won only one of their last 14 games away from home, though they are yet to lose consecutive away games this season. Ihaia West has kicked 21 successful penalty goals so far this season, the most of any player, and has missed eight further attempts. Matt Hodgson has made 145 tackles so far this season and is five shy of becoming the first player to make 150, he currently sits 26 tackles above second ranked Michael Hooper. It is difficult to fathom who has been more dire - the Force or Blues. The home ground factor will give the Force hope, but the Blues should win by 10 to 15 points.

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Ian Prior, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Guy Millar, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Francois Van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rang, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Semisi Masirewa.

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

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

The Lions will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the African conference.

However, they have to overcome a stiff challenge from a much-improved Jaguares team - which went down fighting when they lost 22-25 to the Sharks last week.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann warned his team against complacency - which cost his team dearly against the Hurricanes earlier in the season.

Ackerman spoke about the quality remaining in the team, despite the ban of two key players - captain Agustin Creevy (one-week ban for dangerous tackle) and No.8 Leonardo Senatore (10-week ban for biting).

"You would be a fool if you take this Argentinean side lightly," Ackermann said.

"They have a large number of their World Cup players in the squad and you don't play for your national team unless you are a very good player."

Ackermann said he felt the Jaguares were unlucky not to get a win in some of the games.

"They were never really humiliated in any games," the Lions mentor said, adding: "There were one or two games where they lost with more than seven points, but they were always in it.

"If you look at their No.9 and No.10 combination, the locks and the front rows, it is all guys we will see soon in the international season.

"It is a quality side and we have to play to our highest standards."

Jaguares No.8 Facundo Isa - in for the suspended Senatore - said Johannesburg's high altitude of 1,700 will be a factor.

"It is a topic which we have discussed and hopefully we will all adapt," Isa said.

The loose forward pointed to the Lions' record of seven wins from 10 starts and their 43-5 humiliation of the Blues last week as indicators that it will be a tough day at the park.

"Our analysis made it clear they like to play from everywhere and are very strong ball carriers.

"In many ways they are a team like Sharks. We know that when we get opportunities we must make them count and score."

He felt they have shown this season - and particularly against the Sharks last week - showed the Jaguares can compete with the best.

Previous results:
These teams have not met before.

Prediction: This Jaguares' only away win so far in Super Rugby came in Round One when they visited South Africa to play the Cheetahs. Each of the Lions' last 14 matches have seen the full-time result mirror the half-time results. The Lions have won only one of their last four games against teams from outside of South Africa, though that win came in their most recent such fixture in Round 12. The Lions have won nine turnovers per game this season, the most of any team and 2.3 more per game than the Jaguares who average the third fewest. Elton Jantjies has kicked 44 goals for the season, the most of any player, and is one of only five players (all of whom are South African based) to have kicked a goal from beyond the halfway line. It will be tough and the Jaguares will push the Lions all the way, but in the end the home team will win by eight points.

Teams:

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 Cyle Brink, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Juan Martin Hernández, 12 Matías Orlando, 11 Lucas González Amorosino, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo (captain), 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Julián Montoya, 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

The Sharks - just two points behind - will look to keep the pressure up on the Lions in the race for Africa Two conference honours.

With Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie now back to full fitness and starting at flyhalf, the KwaZulu-Natalians will be looking to continue their recent resurgence - with three wins in their last four matches.

The Kings have some serious firepower back and Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold struck a very cautionary note for his team this week.

"We had work to do after our performance against the Jaguares [a fortuitous 25-22 win last week], but we are happy with the character shown to dig deep and find a way to win in tough conditions," Gold said.

Gold dismissed the notion that the Kings - with just one win from 10 starts - is a guaranteed win for his side.

"Every week you need to be at your best in this competition and our match against the Kings is no exception," Gold said.

"They have been working hard and improving each week and they will be ready for the fight this weekend.

"We as a group are very determined to improve each week and it is critically important for us to continue doing so."

Kings coach Deon Davids spoke about the need to focus on getting the basics right and making the right decisions throughout the game.

The Kings have been inconsistent all season, but were bolstered by the return of captain Steven Sykes and veteran prop Schalk Ferreira, two of the most experienced players.

However, Davids said it would require a team effort, rather than individual brilliance to beat the Sharks.

"I think all the players have the ability to make an impact," Davids said.

Previous results:
2016: Sharks 43-8, Port Elizabeth
2013: Sharks won 58-13, Durban
2013: Sharks won 21-12, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: This will be only the fourth clash between these teams; the Sharks have won all three previous meetings by a combined 122-33 score line. The Sharks have won three and drawn one of their last five games against South African opponents, though they've not scored more than 18 points in any of their last three such fixtures. The Kings have lost their last three games on the trot, conceding 141 points in the process. The Sharks have been forced to make 127 tackles per game so far this season, the second most of any team in the competition, yet they still boast the third best tackle success of any side (86 percent). The Sharks have averaged the fewest carries of any team this season (85.2 per game), however the Kings have gained the fewest metres on average (324). The Sharks will win, it is just a matter of the margin. Don't be surprised in the winning margin exceeds 50 points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Garth April, 23 Odwa Ndungane.

Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Luzuko Vulindlu, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Stefan Willemse, 5 Schalk Oelofse, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Martin Ferreira , 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Tom Botha, 19 John-Charles Astle, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Leighton Eksteen.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Rodney Bonaparte, Archie Sehlako
TMO: Marius Jonker

The Bulls and Stormers are both coming off disappointing trips abroad - the Bulls having lost their last two matches in Australia and the Stormers playing to a 17-all draw against the lowly Sunwolves.

The Bulls are hoping to avoid a record fifth straight loss against their fierce southern rivals, the Stormers.

Not that matches between these two are even in need of additions motivation - but with just three points separating them it is a conference decider.

Tradition dictates that it will be another bruising derby.

Bulls coach Nollis Marais was quick to accept the underdog for a game where there is never any love lost.

"They're travelling up north with a point to prove after their draw [against the Sunwolves] in Singapore last week," Marais said.

"When we met in Cape Town earlier in the competition, they used their bench to good effect, so we have to be prepared for that.

"A match between the two sides is always very tough and tense and I expect the same on Saturday."

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck all week spoke of his team's desire to set the record straight after last week's dire effort .

"Week-in and week-out we want to be in a position where we have to compete and be at our best," Fleck said, adding: "We certainly weren't against the Sunwolves and we need to cop that, understand it and learn from it.

"It is now a real situation where every single game counts."

Fleck knows that his side are in for a serious test against a competitive Bulls side.

"Our backs are against the wall, but so are theirs, they are coming off two losses and are playing in front of their home fans, so it is going to be a helluva game and we are excited about making amends for last week," Fleck said.

"The players know that we have to make a big step up in terms of our performance, and we have worked incredibly hard this week to ensure that we are at our best"

Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss said he expected a typical arm-wrestle.

"We always have massive clashes with the Stormers," Strauss said.

"It is one of those matches everybody wants to play and to be part of.

"This team have a great opportunity to deliver a proper performances in front of our fans against a formidable foe. We will be ready," Strauss added.

Recent results:
2016: Stormers won 33-9, Cape Town
2015: Stormers won 15-13, Cape Town
2015: Stormers won 29-17, Pretoria
2014: Stormers won 16-0, Cape Town
2014: Bulls won 28-12, Pretoria
2013: Stormers won 30-13, Cape Town
2013: Bulls won 25-17, Pretoria

Prediction: The Stormers have won their last four games against the Bulls; a fifth straight win would be their longest victory run in the history of this fixture. The Bulls are the only team in the competition who are still undefeated at home. The Bulls have scored only 14 points in their last two Super Rugby games, never before in the history of the competition have the Bulls been restricted to single figures in three consecutive games. The Bulls have conceded just 6.8 clean breaks and 6.5 offloads per game, the fewest of any team in the competition in both categories, while they have also missed the fewest tackles per game this season (13.7). No player has stolen more line-outs than Stormers' pair Eben Etzebeth (nine) and Pieter-Steph du Toit (seven) so far this season. The Stormers, based on their superior set pieces, will ease to a win of 15 points or more.

Teams:

Bulls: 15 SP Marais, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Pieter Labuschagne , 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Deon Stegmann, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Dries Swanepoel.

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

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Johan Greeff

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Blues win Perth snorefest

Sat, 21 May 2016 11:50

REPORT: The Blues returned to the winners' circle when they edged the Western Force 17-13 in a scrappy Super Rugby match in Perth on Saturday.

The heavy rain - said to be the worst in decades - that enveloped Perth on Saturday - meant the entertainment value came from the closeness of the contest and not the skills levels.

In fact - due to the conditions - the game seldom reached any respectable heights.

Tana Umaga's Blues led 17-3 at half-time and fended off the Force despite not scoring a point in the second half for their sixth win of the season.

The Blues dominated the opening half with tries from Jerome Kaino and Tevita Li, but had to defend for long periods as the home side hit back in the second term.

Force skipper Matt Hodgson ploughed over from close range in the 54th minute and former Reds centre Ben Tapuai kicked the home side to within four points with a penalty goal with 16 minutes.

Force were in the Blues' quarter for the final stages before they lost possession in a driving maul allowing the Kiwis to kill off the game.

The Blues saw out the game with 14 men after replacement forward Nic Mayhew was yellow-carded for collapsing a Force maul close to the Blues' try-line.

The win did little to help the Blues' lowly standing in the New Zealand conference despite the inconsistent Blues bouncing back after being thumped 43-5 by the Lions in South Africa last week.

It was again more heartbreak for Western Force, who are still without a home victory this season.

The Force were looking for rare consecutive wins, after beating the Sunwolves in Japan two weeks ago to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Man of the match: Brynard Stander and Matt Hodgson tried hard and ensured the Force actually were competitive. Ihaia West produced an accomplished flyhalf performance in testing conditions, while Patrick Tuipulotu was a monster up front. Our award goes to Blues centre George Moala - as he found holes in the Force defence at regular intervals.

The scorers:

For the Western Force:
Try:
Hodgson
Cons: Tapuai
Pens: Prior, Tapuai

The Blues:
Tries:
Kaino, Li
Cons: West 2
Pens: West

Yellow cards: Charlie Faumuina (Blues, 40 - repeated infringements, killing the ball), Nic Mayhew (Blues, 76 - repeated infringements, collapsing maul)

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Ian Prior, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Guy Millar, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Francois Van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rang, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Semisi Masirewa.

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

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Matt Hodgson (53min)
TRIES
Jerome Kaino (25min) and Tevita Li (31min)
Ben Tapuai (54min)
CONVERSIONS
Ihaia West (26min) and Ihaia West (32min)
Ian Prior (10min) and Ben Tapuai (63min)
PENALTIES
Ihaia West (13min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Charlie Faumuina (39min) and Nic Mayhew (76min)
 
 
VENUE Perth
REFEREE Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)