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17:00 (GMT) | 27-05-2016
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That's all from PE folks. Join us again tomorrow when we have plenty of drama in stall - both Super Rugby, as well as Premiership and Pro12 finals.
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The Kings control possession for the last minute, painstakingly working their way up the field and eventually a knock-on ends the move. The referee blows the whistle for FULL-TIME and the Kings go away with a 29-22 win against a 12-man Jaguares. The Argentinean outfit has been their own worst enemy - especially with their thuggish behaviour and general lack of discipline. The Kings should have won by a much further, but they only woke up in the last 10 minutes.
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Jaguares try to milk a penalty at the scrums - they have used the scrums as a time-wasting method, now that they are behind they wantb to speed it up.
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The conversion attempt is wide - 29-22
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The maul is stopped a metre short and a couple of quick drives before a blindside pass finds Wandile Mjekevu for what must be the match-winning try
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Kings again run from inside their 22 after the restart and win a penalty near their 10m line - they set up an attacking line-out
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Fouche slots the touchline conversion and the Kings lead for the first time in the game - 24-22
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Ginally some urgency by the Kings, running from inside their 22 and holding on to the ball till Dewald Human goes over in the left corner
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Louis Fouche adds the extras and the gap closes to 17-22
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And there it is, a penalty try as the Jaguares deliberately collapse the scrum
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More time-wasting by the Jaguares, as yet another scrum is reset.
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Another maul collapsed illegally, referee playing advantage and some sloppy handling before the Kings are pushed into touch again. The referee comes back for the penalty and Lezana Tomas will spend the next (last) 10 minutes in the bin - Jaguares down to 12 men
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Jaguares have no problem with conceding penalties - illegally collapsing a maul
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Kings win a penalty for offside and they set up a line-out inside the Jaguares 22
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Again the Kings go side to side, only for Watermeyer to cough up a pass on the left wing - SHOCKING!
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And Louis Fouche kicks the ball away, despite the numerical advantage. The Kings lack any real ambition.
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Another poor restart by the Kings and the Jaguares put it through the hands, carrying it up-field and into the Kings' half. More time-wasting (or game management) by the Jaguares. Every scrum is now being reset.
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Nicolas Sánchez stretches the lead to 12 points yet again - 22-10
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Jafuares have now taken the ball through 20 phases inside the Kings' 22. Facundo Isa is the man that eventually gets it over the line for a five-pointer
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Kings can' control the restart and the Jaguares are into the home team;s 22 - slowing the game down with ponderous pick-and-drive moves
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Louis Fouche adds the extra two points and the gap closes to 10-15
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Schalk Ferreira charges down Martin Landajo's attempted clearance and flops on the ball for the five-pointer.
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Kings butcher yet another attacking chance - a move around the front of the line-out and they are easily pushed into touch.
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Penalty to the Kings for a side-entry at a ruck. They were once again very side-to-side, with no clear indication that they are going to break the line.
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The Jaguares clear to just outside their 22 and then some fresh legs coming on.
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The scrum is reset twice - the Jaguares are now masterfully slowing down the game to a crawl.
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The Kings win a penalty from the restart and set up up a line-out inside the Jaguares 22. And the Kings butcher yet another play - obstruction at the maul.
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Nicolas Sánchez adds three more and the Jaguares lead 15-3.
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Yet another penalty conceded by the Kings at the breakdown. Do the Kings actually have a coach? They look like a Sunday league fish-and-chips team
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Nicolas Sánchez attempts a drop-goal and it is wide.
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A high bomb by Nicolas Sánchez is put down by Kebe and the Jaguares have a scrum geed inside the Kings 22
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Another shocking kick by Louis Fouche, directly into touch and the Jaguares drive them back into their 22. This is now worse than amateur hour ... U9 C teams put in better efforts.
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Nicolas Sánchez makes it 12-3 with that penalty
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Another aimless kick by Louis Fouche and the Jaguares have an attacking line-out just outside the Kings 22Another poor Kings kick, Louis Fouche knocks on and a teammate plays from an offside position - penalty to the Jaguares.
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Another aimless kick by Louis Fouche and the Jaguares have an attacking line-out just outside the Kings 22
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Kings cough up yet another ball and, despite being pushed back, the Jaguares still win their own scrum
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Jaguares wins a penalty at the breakdown, just inside the Kings' half. Nicolas Sánchez makes it 9-3
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Juan Martin Hernandez gets the second half underway. Louis Fouche clears to about halfway.

Half Time

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The Jaguares manage to win the scrum geed, despite being pushed back at a rate of knots and the referee blows the whistle for HALF-TIME. It was a very scrappy - no UGLY - first half. The only entertainment value has come from the two red cards. See you in 10 minutes.
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Another penalty to the Southern Kings for a line-out offence by a very indisciplined Jaguares team. Despite being two men up the Kings can't maul the ball over - they are held up on the line and the Jaguares win a turnover.
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Another TMO call for a foul play review and this time it is Ramiro Herrera who goes for an early shower after charging into the back of the neck/head area of Steven Sykes. The Jaguares are now behaving like thugs - that is disgraceful!
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Free kick to the Jaguares as yet another scrum collapses and then it becomes a penalty to the visitors as the Kings go offside.
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Another aimless kick by Nicolas Sánchez , but the Kings just return the favour. Let's just blow the final whistle and spare the spectators this miserable mess
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Another penalty at the breakdown and Nicolas Sánchez gives the Jagures the lead
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Not that the Jaguares are any better - a pass rolled on the ground, followed by an aimless kick downfield. Neither team seems very keen.
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The Kings with another bout of dropsies - some side-to-side play, aimless passing and then Schalk Ferreira decides it is time to scrum, so he knocks it on.
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Jaguares now looking to run it out from their 22. This is a snorefest delux ... the endeavour may be there, but the execution is dire
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Another aimless kick - a grubber that goes too deep and a knock-on - the Jaguares have a scrum feed 5m from their line.
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The Jaguares cough the ball up and then the Kings return the favour inside the visitors' 22. The quality of the games of both teams leave a lot to be desired.
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A silly box kick hands posession back to the Jaguares.
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After a failed maul and a few pick-and-drives, there is a crossfield kick and Emiliano Boffelli collects - dropping over the line. There is a call by the TMO for foul play, a shoulder charge at a ruck by Tomas Lavaninni and that is the end of his game.
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They visitors pick and go a few times and then win another penalty and now the referee gives a talking to the Kings about repeated infringements.
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Jaguares attempt a move around the front of the line-out, but the Kings are up to it. Defence holding for now.
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Another penalty against the Kings - for playing a man in the air.
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Penalty against Shabe Gates and the Jaguares have a line-out deep inside the Kings 22
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The Kings attempt to set up a maul, but cough up the ball. There is an attempted intercept by Gouche, but he can't control the ball. This is just amateur hour.
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It is very sloppy and the Kings go from side to side and backwards. Eventually a sloppy pass is kicked into touch by the Jaguares.
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Kings win the ball back from the restart and are on the attack just outside the Jaguares 22
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Nicolas Sánchez, from about 42m out, kicks the penalty to level the scores.
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Scrum penalty to the Jaguares near the Kings 10m line.
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Sloppy line-out by the Jaguares, but they get the ball back. A Kings hand got in the way of a pass and the visitors have a scrum feed just inside the Kings half.
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Kings concede another penalty at the breakdown, this time just inside the Jaguares half. The referee goes to the TMO for possible foul play - the ruling is that Wandile Mjekevu is guilty of a leg trip. He is lucky he was not carded.
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Another turnover won, this time by the Jaguares, who also win a penalty as the Kings go offside
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Strong scrum from the Jaguares, but Ntando Kebe wins a turnover and the ball is hacked downfield where uan Martin Hernandez throws a shocking forward pass inside his 22. Poor game so far.
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Kings try a maul and then revert to pick and go, only to cough up the ball - that was sloppy play
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Clearance by Jaguares up to their own 10m l9ine.
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Wasted possession as the Kings kick possession away.
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Comedy of errors as Martin Landajo passes the ball into the face of Lezana Tomas and the Kings win an attacking scrum
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Penalty to the Jaguares as the Kings are guilty of obstruction near the visitors' 10m line
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Louis Fouche, from 48m out right in front, pulled it to his left - too much effort, not smooth enough
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Scrum penalty to the Kings, Ramiro Herrera is adjudged to have gone in on the angle
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Strong pick and drive from the Kings. However, Stefan Watermeyer pits the ball down cold just inside the Jaguares half.
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There's now a long delay as they treat Visser. It may just be precaution, but the mobile stretcher is out and the neck brace is on. The Kings had also won a penalty for a Jaguares infringement and - from 40m on the angle - slots the kick for a 3-0 lead.
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Nicolas Sánchez can't find touch and the Kings have an early attack - Jurgen Visser goes down after collecting a knee from a teammate ... friendly fire !
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Louis Fouche gets the game underway, after a brief delay - the referee's communications systems having given problems!
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Teams taking to the field.
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Teams going through their final pre-match routines
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There are a few clouds floating around, but little to no chance of rain. It is a fresh 11 degrees C
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Welcome to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, where the Southern Kings host the Jaguares in the third and Final of our Friday matches in Super Rugby's Round 14
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  • 1 Schalk Ferreira
  • 2 Edgard Marutlulle
  • 3 Jacobie Adriaanse
  • 4 Steven Sykes
  • 5 John-Charles Astle
  • 6 Stefan Willemse
  • 7 Thembelani Bholi
  • 8 Aidon Davis
  • 9 Ntando Kebe
  • 10 Louis Fouché
  • 11 Wandile Mjekevu
  • 12 Shane Gates
  • 13 Stefan Watermeyer
  • 14 Lukhanyo Am
  • 15 Jurgen Visser
  • 16 Martin Bezuidenhout
  • 17 Justin Ackerman
  • 18 Tom Botha
  • 19 Schalk Oelofse
  • 20 Jacques Engelbrecht
  • 21 Kevin Luiters
  • 22 Dewald Human
  • 23 JP du Plessis
  • 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
  • 2 Augustin Creevy
  • 3 Ramiro Herrera
  • 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval
  • 5 Tomas Lavaninni
  • 6 Lezana Tomas
  • 7 Juan Manual Leguizamon
  • 8 Facundo Isa
  • 9 Martin Landajo
  • 10 Nicolas Sánchez
  • 11 Emiliano Boffelli
  • 12 Juan Martin Hernandez
  • 13 Segundo Tucelet
  • 14 Matias Orlando
  • 15 Joaquin Tuculet
  • 16 Julian Montoya
  • 17 Facundo Gigena
  • 18 Nahuel Chaparro
  • 19 Matias Alemanno
  • 20 Javier Desio
  • 21 Felipe Ezcurra
  • 22 Santiago González Iglesias
  • 23 Ramiro Moyano
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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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Fri, 27 May 2016 19:07

REPORT: The Southern Kings scored 19 points in the final 10 minutes to stage a dramatic comeback and beat a 12-man Jaguares 29-22 in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

It's hard to believe that this was Super Rugby, that this is the competition has degenerated to after 20 years.  In 1996 the stadiums were full, the rugby exciting, the good things that the great players did were the centre of conversation.

That it should come to this. The beautiful stadium that can hold 46 000 people had a light peppering of spectators in some places - 3 577 of them, and you knew that the other 42 423 had been wiser, had made the better choice.

We had players on the field, professional players, playing first class rugby, who, on both sides, could not catch and pass, and if you cannot catch and pass you cannot play rugby at any level.

There were two teams who had a flagrant disregard for the Laws of the Game. In all there were 26 penalties in the match. At one stage the Kings were down 14-7 on the penalty count but gathered a few later in the match when the Jaguars unravelled.

The official score was 29-22 but the actual score was probably 15-12, for the Jaguares went on a suicidal trip that earned them two red cards and a yellow card. The third one was the yellow card for Tomás Lezana when he collapsed a maul moments after the referee had warned the Jaguares against collapsing the maul. When Lezana went off there were ten minutes to play and the Argentinians were leading 22-10. In those last 10 minutes the Kings scored 19 points and took home a full house of match points.

In the first half, Wandile Mjekevu tripped a  Jaguar but it was not considered worth a yellow card, just (sic) a penalty.

There is not much more to say, except to record the happenings of the match, which started after a delay while the referee's communication gear was installed. Eventually it worked.

Strangely for Port Elizabeth, there was no wind and it was warm enough to be jacket-less. It all suggested the possibility of a great game for these two sides who have no ambitions except to play the game enjoyably.

In the first action inside the first minute a bit of friendly fire sent Jürgen Visser off on a mobile stretcher, for Stefan Willemse's left knee had struck his head-neck area. Visser's replacement was Dewald Human who played for South African Schools in 2013 when he was s till at Outeniqua High.

A little bit later the Jaguares went offside and Louis Fouché goaled. 3-0 after 2 minutes. It could have been 6-0 when the Jaguares were penalised at the first of the match's messy scrums but the straightforward kick went astray.

The Jaguares gave the impression of wanting to play. Martín Landajo tapped the first penalty inside his half which set Facundo Isa racing down the left touchline and over two Kings till tackled. Landajo tapped the second penalty as well. But at the fourth penalty - against Schalk Ferreira at a scrum - Nicolás Sánchez made it 3-all after 16 minutes.

Two penalties helped Jaguares to set up two five-metre line-outs. But the Kings were resolute on defence. From the second one on their right, Sánchez kicked a high diagonal to the far left where Emiliano Boffelli rose up above short Human, caught the ball and scored - or thought he had.

Meanwhile the referee's attention was drawn to possible foul play at the ruck thing that produced the ball that Sánchez kicked. There it could be seen clearly that lock Tomás Lavanini had driven in low from the side and with his shoulder into the neck and head of Schalk Oelofse. The 'try' was cancelled and Lavanini was shown a red card. Earlier this year he was suspended for charging in knee first into William Small-Smith who had just scored a try.

Human broke from a line-out and Aidon Davies carried it on but, yet again, bad handling killed the promising move.

The Kings went left where Human grubbered into the Jaguares' in-goal. Mjekevu was first to the ball but knocked it on.

Instead it was the Jaguares who scored when Sánchez goaled a penalty against Stefan Watermeyer for a deliberate knock-on. 6-3 to the Jaguares after 34 minutes.

The Jaguares added to their problems when tighthead prop Ramiro Herrera was shown a red card for replicating what Lavanini had done. This time it was the head and neck of Stephen Sykes that received the shoulder blow.

Two penalties in quick succession gave the Kings a five-metre line-out. Edgar Marutlulle was stopped right at the line but the Jaguares won a turnover and Sánchez cleared.

Half-time came with a score a lowly 6-3. It was not an absorbing half.

Early in the second half the Kings were penalised at a tackle and Sánchez boosted the score to 9-3 after 42 minutes. Then when Shane Gates was offside at a knock-on Sánchez made it 9-3  after 46 minutes and 15-3 after 51 minutes. It could have been more had Sánchez and Juan Martín Hernández not missed dropped goal attempts from in front of the posts.

Two penalties gave the Kings attacking line-outs. They peeled round the front for the second one but ended in touch for a Jaguares throw. The Argentinians won the line-out and Landajo kicked to clear. But immediately he kicked, Ferreira charged it down and had no difficulty falling on the kind ball for a try. From far out Fouché converted. 15-10 to the Jaguares after 59 minutes.

The 13-man Jaguares then attacked charging up the field with pick-'n-drive in 21 one-pass phases till strong Isa burst over  for a try. 22-10 with 17 minutes to play.

With 10 minutes to play JP du Plessis replaced Watermeyer in the centre and the Kings' running improved but it seems their main boost came when Lezana was yellowcarded.

The resultant penalty was five-metres from the Jaguares' line and, unsurprisingly, the Kings put down a scrum, shoved the Jaguares quickly back and were rewarded with a penalty try when the scrum fell down. 22-17 with 9 minutes to play.

Inside their 22, the Kings went left, then right, then left again - their handling suddenly improved - and when Human skated over for a try in the left corner there were three more Kings on his outside, which made sense as the Jaguares were without three players. 22-22 and then Fouché kicked the conversion. 24-22 to the Kings with 6 minutes to play.

A penalty kick against Felipe Ezcurra at a tackle gave the Kings a line-out. They mauled to the line and there Mjekevu was on hand to score. 29-22.

The Jaguares had nothing left.

Man of the Match: The gut feeling says nobody was, not in this match. But if you were to choose a King you would choose their excellent scrumhalf Ntando Kebe, a 28-year-old from Fort Beaufort who is now in his fourth provincial setup. If you considered one of the Jaguares you would choose strong, forceful Facundo Isa. Our choice is Ntando Kebe who did not put a foot wrong but gave excellent, quick service and kicked recoverable kicks...


For Southern Kings:
Tries: Ferreira, Penalty try, Human, Mjekevu
Cons: Fouché 3
Pen: Fouché

For Jaguares:
Try: Isa
Con: Sanchez
Pens: Sanchez 5

Yellow card: Tomás Lezana (Jaguares, professional foul - collapsing the maul, 70)

Red cards: Tomás Lavanini (Jaguares, dangerous play - shoulder charge to the head, 25), Ramiro Herrera (Jaguares, dangerous play - shoulder charge to the head, 38)


Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Louis Fouché, 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

Schalk Ferreira (59min), Dewald Human (74min), and Wandile Mjekevu (77min)
Facundo Isa (62min)
Louis Fouché (60min), Louis Fouché (73min), and Louis Fouché (75min)
Nicolas Sánchez (63min)
Louis Fouché (2min)
Nicolas Sánchez (17min), Nicolas Sánchez (35min), Nicolas Sánchez (42min), Nicolas Sánchez (47min), and Nicolas Sánchez (52min)
Lezana Tomas (70min)
Tomas Lavaninni (25min) and Ramiro Herrera (38min)
VENUE Ascoli Piceno
REFEREE Nick Briant (New Zealand)