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Super Rugby | Sydney
09:40 (GMT) | 27-05-2016
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The last scrum of the match as the hooter goes down. With the last action of the game, Tahs is tackled to touch and ref blows his whistle . The final score 45-25 to the Tahs, who silence their critics.
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Foley steps up and covert for the extras!!!!
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Scrum to the Chiefs, they are on the attack. Again McKenzie lost the ball forward. The loose ball is collected by the Tahs, Jack Dempsey receive the ball and break through the defense for a try.
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Matt Carraro receiving some medical attention before the scrum continue.
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Andrew Horrell with a possible interception but fails to collect and its lost forward. Scrum to the Tahs.
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Tahs opt to take it quickly, they are just inside the Chiefs' 50 meter. Tahs not making any meters the ref returns for the penalty. Hooper opt to kick at poles. Bernard Foley steps up. The distance is there but no accuracy as he push it wide.
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A scrum inside the Chiefs' half. Chiefs is on the attack. McKenzie taking his eye of the ball knocks it forward and its a Tahs scrum.
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McKenzie steps up and its over!!! 38-25 in favour of the Tahs.
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Some replacements happening on the field before Chiefs' lineout inside the 22. Cruden with a perfect cross kick, Toni Pulu collects it and slides over to add a try.
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Foley adds the extras!!! 38-18 the hosts are enjoying themselves.
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Another Tahs' scrum just infront of the posts. Ref Jaco Peyper has a word with a guys as they reset for the scrum. The Tahs with a big scrum and Phipps ordered to use it. He misses 2 tackles but loose ball in the tackle. Folau collects the loose ball and cross the line for his second try of the game.
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Tahs' scrum inside the Chiefs' 5 meter. A big scrum from the Tahs as they make meters. Tahs is just under the posts, but the Chiefs' defense keeps them at bay.
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The turnover is good and Tahs is on the attack as Folau as the pace-setter. Pass to Matt Carraro, who makes some meters and eventually pass to Dean Mumm who is tackled just 5 meters short of the try line.
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Foley adds the extras with an easy conversions.
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Tahs is on the attack, Chiefs do not know how to handle the attack. The skipper force himself through to score the try back-to-back tries for the Tahs
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Foley adds the extras with a difficult kick!!!
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Only one point is separating the two sides. Israel Folau with a beautiful break, he finds Foley who gives it to the skipper, and Andrew Kellaway goes over to score his first Super Rugby try.
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The smiling McKenzie fails to add the extras the score is 18-17.
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Chiefs on the attack with quick hands Mckenzie goes wide to James Louw. They build some momentum and redirects their attack to the left. Cruden pass to Nathan Harris and he sails over the line.
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Tahs' lineout on the 22, they build some phases but in the end kicked it to touch for Chiefs' lineout on Tahs' 10 meter line.
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Chiefs penalize for hands in the ruch and Tahs kick the ball down field. McKenzie return the favour as his ball reach the Tahs 22' for a line out.
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Lineout to the Chiefs on the Tahs' 10 meter. They manage to secure the ball and is on the attack. Chiefs is putting in the phases. McKenzie making a great break but fails to make meters and is tackled. Again Chiefs build some momentum but does not make meters. Foley kick down field to relieve some pressure.
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Cruden to get the second half underway. Tahs win the ball. We in for a fast pace 40 minutes.

Half Time

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Foley steps up and adds the extras!!! The hosts takes the lead of 17-13 as we break for the first half!!!
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Lineout on to the Tahs on the Chiefs' 10 meter. The Tahs attack, Will Skelton with a break Chiefs tries to tackle him as he pass to the skipper Michael Hooper who crosses the line.
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Waratahs is building momentum as they play the ball out of their own half. Penalty against the Chiefs for hands in the ruck. Tahs kick to touch.
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14 man Tahs side have not put their foot of the gas as they welcome back Wycliff Palu. Israel Folau was tackled early and ref overturn his decision and gives Tahs the put in at the scrum.
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Tahs is penalize for foul play. Chiefs opt to kick at poles. Near the 10 meter McKenzie steps up, and he slots it over to give the visitors the lead, 13-10
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Chiefs' attacking lineout on the Tahs' 22. They are on the attack. Inside the 5 meter, James Lowe gives a beautiful pass to Nathan Harris who is tackled by 3 Tahs players to touch line.
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Tahs is on the attack, the ball is played into touch but Tahs opt to take it quickly. A little bit of pushing amongst the players.
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McKenzie steps up but sends it wide.
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Assistant ref spotted Wycliff Palu with foul play and he gets a yellow card.
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Chiefs fails to secure their lineout on the Tahs' 22. Tahs secure ball and is on the attack.
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Tahs penalized at the breakdown near the 50 meter line. Cruden steps up and kick to touch.
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Assistant spot some infringement and Tahs awarded a penalty. Bernard Foley sends it wide from the poles and fails to put the hosts in front, score remains 10-10.
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Aaron Cruden sends its wide and the score remains 10-10. We in for a tantalizing 20 minutes of the first half.
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Chiefs secured the lineout. Their are on the attack, Weber opt to go the short side with a pass to McKenzie who breaks 2 tackles and sends Aaron Cruden to score the try, 10-10
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Waratahs' scrum inside their 10 meter. tahs win penalty and Phipps takes it quickly. Their are on the attack Matt Carraro up and under goes to touch on the full and is a Chiefs' lineout,
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From the Kick-off Israel Folau collects a perfect high ball. The hosts are on the attack. Phipps box kick charged down but Chiefs fails to hold on to the ball and its a knock on!
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Chiefs in the attack. Nick Phipps unable to ground the ball and Seta Tamanivalu tplace his hands on the ball. The TMO find no reason not to award a try . Cruden fails to add the extras
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Tahs is on the attack and Chiefs does not know how to deal with this attack. Tahs penalize for not releasing the ball. Chiefs opt to kick to touch and wins a lineout.
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Foley adds the extras!!!! 10-0
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Scrum on the 5 meter, Weber's pass to Barrett is intercept by Israel Folau. With safe hands he ran off with Mckenzie on his heels, Folau puts in down in the corner.
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Israel Folau carried it over and its a 5 meter scrum to Chiefs. McKenzie making a run is tackled. Its turnover ball, Foley kicked it down field but its again collected by Chiefs who is on the attack again.
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Chiefs is on the attack. Cruden breaks thought the Tahs' 22. Tahs ' defense stood firm and tackles Chiefs back, and Chiefs have to again break though the 22. Weber with a grubber but is collected by Israel Folau.
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Waraths opt kick at poles and Bernard Foley give the Tahs the early lead
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Waratas gets us underway. An early penalty to home side near the 10 meter.
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Lead by the centurion Rob Horne the Waratahs ran out to this must win match.
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A windy stadium awaits the teams as they finish of last preparations before they head to the field.
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Referee Jaco Peyper from South Africa will be the man in the middle taking control of the match. Assisting him are Jaco van Heerden also from South Africa and Ed Martin from Australia. The TMO will be Peter Marshall.
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Waratahs will depend on guys like Bernard Foley and Israel Folau to be on top form as they head into this match. Israel Folau has gained an average of 97.4 metres per game in his last eight encounters with teams from New Zealand but, despite scoring five tries in his last eight games overall, he hasn't scored against a New Zealand team since Round 10 in 2015.
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Chiefs goes into this match as clear favourites, with five consecutive victories on the road it is set to be one of Chiefs' easy encounters.
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Waratahs are desperate to avoid back-to-back defeats at the hands of New Zealand opponents.
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Welcome to the live coverage of the Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and Chiefs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney Australia.
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  • 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 Zac Guildford
  • 12 Rob Horne
  • 13 Israel Folau
  • 14 Matt Carraro
  • 15 Andrew Kellaway
  • 16 Hugh Roach
  • 17 Jeremy Tilse
  • 18 Angus Taavao-Matau
  • 19 Sam Lousi
  • 20 Jack Dempsey
  • 21 Matt Lucas
  • 22 David Horwitz
  • 23 Reece Robinson
  • 1 Mitchell Graham
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 3 Hiroshi Yamashita
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Taleni Seu
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Tom Sanders
  • 9 Brad Weber
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 13 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 14 Toni Pulu
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
  • 16 Hika Elliot
  • 17 Kane Hames
  • 18 Siegfried Fisiihoi
  • 19 Michael Allardice
  • 20 Lachlan Boshier
  • 21 Kayne Hammington
  • 22 Andrew Horrell
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Wed, 25 May 2016 21:02

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round 14.

It is the final round ahead of the June break, which means it is an important occasion for every team with play-off aspirations.

With a five-week break and just three rounds of league matches remaining when the competition resumes in July, no team want to lose momentum.

Even with a whole month to ponder the final run-in, there will be no margin for error when teams return.

And to start the weekend's drama we have a re-run of last year's Final, the Hurricanes hosting the defending champion Highlanders in Wellington.

And, as if that is not enough to whet your appetite, then savour the second match on Friday - the table-topping Chiefs against a desperate Waratahs team.

That is followed by the encounter between the Southern Kings and Jaguares. While it may be a basement battle, it is no less intriguing an encounter than any of the top flight fixtures.

We look at the Friday, May 27, matches!

On the surface it would appear that Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd was stating the obvious when he said the match would be a "big occasion".

However, he was probably understating the significance of the fixture, five the close proximity of the New Zealand teams in the play-off race.

The Chiefs (on 42 league points) and Crusaders (41) head the dash for home ground advantage in the knock-out stages, with the Highlanders (37) and Hurricanes (36) within striking distance.

However, defeat will be near catastrophic, given that only three rounds remain upon the competition's resumption in July.

"All indications are there will be a big crowd [in Wellington] and that really pumps up the guys to perform in front of their home fans," Boyd said.

"It adds a real edge and nobody is under any illusion that this is an important match for both teams.

"We are really looking forward to what will no doubt be a tough challenge from a quality Highlanders unit."

While Friday's match is a replay of last year's Super Rugby Final (won 21-14 by the Highlanders), it is not the first time the two sides have met since - with the Highlanders winning another close encounter 17-16 in Dunedin in Round Two this year.

The Highlanders are coming off the two great victories, followed by last week's bye. With just this match before the June break it is going to be difficult to build any kind of momentum.

However, Highlanders Assistant coach Scott McLeod is more concerned with the scratchy starts in recent matches - especially against quality teams like the Chiefs and Crusaders.

"We got put under a hell of a lot of pressure against the Chiefs and the Crusaders, mainly at the start of those games," McLeod told the Otago Daily Times.

"Just the momentum they got and the line breaks they were able to do.

"So we have to shore up our defensive line a little bit more.

"To be able to put some early pressure on teams and not have to soak up as much.''

McLeod said the side was progressing and it would have been good to keep playing.

"We are learning about our game still. We are building slowly.

"It is nice to look after some niggles but you get the excitement of the game and keep it going.''

Recent results:
2016: Highlanders won 17-16, Dunedin
2015: Highlanders won 21-14, Wellington (Final)
2015: Hurricanes won 56-20, Wellington
2015: Hurricanes won 20-13, Dunedin
2014: Highlanders won 18-16, Wellington
2014: Highlanders won 35-31, Dunedin

Prediction: The Highlanders have won five of their last seven games against the Hurricanes, including victory in the 2015 Super Rugby Final. Only one of the last 16 games between these teams has been decided by more than the value of a converted try, with each team accruing eight wins in that span. The Hurricanes have won 18 of their last 22 games at home, though three of the four losses in that period came against New Zealand opposition.  The Hurricanes have not trailed at the half-time break since Round Two this season, the last time they faced the Highlanders. Since then they've led at half time on eight occasions and been level once. Of the 12 players so far this season to attempt more than 40 shots at goal, Lima Sopoaga is the second most accurate at 75 percent (Lealiifano - 76 percent). The Highlanders have shown this season that they can win crunch matches and they are likely to edge this one - but not by much more than five points.


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

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Matt Faddes, 12 Malakai Fekitoa, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Teihorangi Walden.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Peterson (New Zealand)

The Waratahs are desperate to avoid re-run of last week's hammering at the hands of the Crusaders - with the 29-10 margin somewhat flattering to the Waratahs.

And facing another powerful New Zealand side on Friday in the table-topping Chiefs, the Sydney-based outfit had to do a lot of introspection.

Waratahs assistant coach Cam Blades spoke of "lessons learnt".

He said it is more important to focus on their own game, rather than to counter the opposition.

"We got caught last week being a little too focused on what they [the Crusaders] can do and what they bring to the table, rather than our strengths and what we bring to the table," Blades said.

"This week our focus is on our strengths, and making our strengths as good as they can be.

"We must make sure that the Waratahs' game is better than the Chiefs' fame."

He said that are not carrying any emotional baggage from last week's loss into this game.

"By lunch time on a Monday we had finished our review and moved on and buried that performance, and taken the lessons from it going forward. T

"he rest of it we shed so we're not carrying it forward with us.

"We really focus on what needs to be done so our next performance is as good as it can be. If that happens then we generally get the results we want."

He said the June break is not doing their team any favours either.

"Players just want to play," Blades said, adding: "They'd rather play every week than spend weeks just training without a game.

"Some players will move into the Wallabies squad and some of our other guys that have played high minutes will rest up a little bit.

"The guys who haven't been playing much will play a little bit of club rugby."

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, in contrast, was concerned that complacency might be an issue for his table-topping outfit.

The Wednesday training session didn't exactly fill Rennie with confidence.

"We're certainly clear on what we've got to do and we actually didn't see too much evidence of it on the field [at training on Wednesday]," Rennie told

"It was a bit of a frustrating training session.

"In the end, you've got to hang onto the ball and build pressure. If you don't and you turn it over against sides like the Waratahs, you get hurt, so it's got to be key for us."

Recent results:
2014: Waratahs won 33-17, New Plymouth
2013: Waratahs won 25-20, Sydney
2012: Chiefs won 30-13, Hamilton
2011: Waratahs won 23-16, Sydney
2010: Waratahs won 46-19, Hamilton
2009: Waratahs won 11-7, Sydney

Prediction: The  Waratahs  have  won  five  of  their  last  six  games  against  the  Chiefs, though this will be their first encounter since Round 16, 2014. The  Chiefs  have  won  only  twice  against  the  Waratahs  in  Sydney  in  Super Rugby in nine attempts, losing seven away Tahs in total. The  Chiefs  have  won  all  five  of  their  games  away  from  home  so  far  this season; they are the only team this campaign yet to lose a game on the road. The Chiefs have scored 52 tries this season, the most of any team and they are the only side to have scored half a century of tries going into Round 14. Israel  Folau  has  gained  an  average  of  97.4 metres  per  game  in his  last  eight encounters with teams from New Zealand but, despite scoring five tries in his last eight games overall, he hasn't scored against a New Zealand team since Round 10, 2015.  The question is just how desperate are the Waratahs? If it depends on pure skill, the Chiefs should win easily. We think they will edge ahead in the final quarter and win by 10 to 15 points.


Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dave 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 Jack Dempsey, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Reece Robinson.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 6 Hika Elliot, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Sam Vaka.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall

The Southern Kings have come in for some scathing criticism - mostly because of the comical bungling in the boardroom, but lately more so for their amateurish on-field performances.

Some of the most harsh critics described them as circus clowns and a joke.

It will take a special effort to silence those critics, against a team that put 70 points past them less than a month ago.

That game was in Buenos Aires. This time it is in Port Elizabeth.

The Jaguares are also coming off a horror run - just one win in their last 10 matches, the victory that 73-27 hammering of the Kings.

Lock Guido Petti described last week's 24-52 loss to the Lions as a "bucket of cold water".

And they are determined to prove they are not bottom feeders.

"We need to focus on improving certain aspects of our game and finish the [South African] tour in the best way possible," Petti said.

"We need to keep our belief and trust in what we do on the pitch. We must back our game plan, regardless of the opposition."

The Jaguares are not expecting the Kings to be the same soft touch they were in Buenos Aires on April 30.

" his time they are at home and the result of the previous game against us will serve as motivation for them," the second row forward said.

He expects them to be "very physical".

The bulk of the Jaguares squad will go straight from PE into training with the Argentina national team for the June internationals, so they feel it is important to take "some confidence" out of this game.

Previous result:
2016: Jaguares won 73-27, Buenos Aires

Prediction: The last time these teams met the Jaguares scored 73 points against the South African side, the equal ninth most by a team in Super Rugby history. All three of the Kings' home wins in Super Rugby have come against teams from outside of South Africa, the last of which came in Round Six this season against the Sunwolves. The Jaguares have lost their last six away games since an opening round victory away to the Cheetahs, conceding an average of 34 points per game in those six games. CJ Velleman has won 1.9 turnovers per game on average this campaign, only David Pocock (2.3) has won more amongst players who have made more than one appearance this season. The Jaguares have beaten an average of 25.2 defenders per game so far this season, only the Lions (27.5) have beaten more. It won't be the same massive margin, but the Jaguares will win again - perhaps by 20 to 25 points.


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

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

Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Ben Crouse
TMO: Marius Jonker

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Waratahs smash Chiefs in Sydney upset

Fri, 27 May 2016 11:44

REPORT: The Waratahs produced their best performance of the season to upstage the table-topping Chiefs 45-25 in Sydney on Saturday.

The six tries to four victory - in the final round before Super Rugby goes into a month-long hiatus - cements the Tahs' place at the top of the Australian conference.

It also opens the door for the Crusaders to reclaim first place on the tournament standings when they play on Saturday.

Wallabies Israel Folau and Michael Hooper scored try doubles in a commanding performance.

The Waratahs kicked clear of the Chiefs after leading 17-13 at half-time - with three unanswered converted tries in 13 minutes early in the second half.

The home side kept a space on the Chiefs and clinched victory with a sixth try to replacement forward Jack Dempsey three minutes from full-time.

It was the Chiefs' first loss on the road this season and they remain win-less in Sydney since 2007.

It was also a tonic for Wallaby coach Michael Cheika ahead of the international season next month with only the third win by an Australian team over a New Zealand outfit in 20 trans-Tasman encounters this season.

Wallabies Folau and Hooper had big games along with flyhalf Foley and scrumhalf Nick Phipps as the Waratahs more than matched the attacking flair of the Chiefs.

"We needed that performance, the Chiefs are a really good team and it's really nice to come out and beat a really good Kiwi team," skipper Hooper said.

"The boys really stood up tonight and I'm proud of them."

Folau latched onto a wide pass from scrumhalf Brad Weber to race 80 metres in the opening minutes to score and hold off Damian McKenzie's despairing tackle.

The Waratahs raced to a 10-0 lead before centre Seta Tamanivalu scored after Phipps failed to force dead a kick over his try-line in the 13th minute.

A Damian McKenzie penalty gained the Chiefs the lead, but Wallaby flank Hooper scored just before half-time, backing up a Will Skelton break to score under the bar for Foley to convert for a 17-13 half-time lead.

The Chiefs hit the front again eight minutes after the interval with a try by hooker Nathan Harris before the Waratahs put on three converted tries to get the jump on the Kiwis.

Fullback Andrew Kellaway scored off a long Hooper pass, Hooper burst over for his second try and Phipps put Folau over for his second five-pointer.

The Chiefs pulled back a converted try through wing Toni Pulu off a Aaron Cruden kick before Dempsey sealed it with his try crashing through three tackles.

"We know it's a tough place to play over here and we knew the Waratahs would be desperate and they showed that," bloodied Chiefs skipper Sam Cane said.

"They outclassed us in pretty much all areas so it's pretty disappointing from our point of view, but you can't take anything away from the Tahs, they were on fire."

Man of the match: Aaron Cruden was a big influence, Sam Cane tried hard and Nathan Harris was also making an impact. Andrew Kellaway had his moments, Israel Folau asked all kinds of questions of the Chiefs' defence, Nick Phibbs was a huge influence and Dean Mumm was another big figure in producing the final outcome. However, our award goes to Waratahs flank and captain Michael Hooper, who not only scored two tries, but lead by example with a fearless performance.

The scorers:

For the Waratahs:
Folau 2, Hooper 2, Kellaway, Dempsey
Cons: Foley 6
Pen: Foley

For the Chiefs:
Tamanivalu, Cruden, Harris, Pulu
Con: McKenzie
Pen: McKenzie

Yellow card: Wycliff Palu (Waratahs, 25 - foul play, neck choke)


Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dave 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 Jack Dempsey, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Reece Robinson.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 6 Hika Elliot, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Sam Vaka.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall

Israel Folau (7min), Michael Hooper (38min), Andrew Kellaway (49min), Michael Hooper (52min), Israel Folau (63min), and Jack Dempsey (76min)
Seta Tamanivalu (13min), Aaron Cruden (18min), Nathan Harris (47min), and Toni Pulu (65min)
Bernard Foley (10min), Bernard Foley (39min), Bernard Foley (50min), Bernard Foley (53min), Bernard Foley (64min), and Bernard Foley (78min)
Damian McKenzie (68min)
Bernard Foley (1min)
Damian McKenzie (32min)
Wycliff Palu (25min)
VENUE Sydney
REFEREE Jaco Peyper (South Africa)