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09:40 (GMT) | 28-05-2016
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And it looks good!!! and its over. Christian Lealiifano with eight successful kicks, the final score 66-0 to the home side!!!
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Brumbies goes for the lineout and is on the attack. They go wide and Aidan Toua pass to Nigel Ah Wong who goes down in the corner for his second try of the match!!!!
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A minute to go and the Brumbies is on the attack, and penalty awarded to the Brumbies. TMO is again involve to spot a potential foul play by Joe Powell. TMO ruled there is nothing in it, but a word from the ref is necessary.
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Brumbies is on the attack, but the turnover is good and Sunwolves has a chance to register points. But a knock on by Sunwolves brings a stop the plans. A scrum inside the Brumbies' 22.
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Brumbies is on the attack, with quick hands from Aidan Toua to sends Lausii Taliauli over for a try!!!!! A real team try starting from the lineout. Christian Lealiifano fails to add the extras.
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Lineout stolen by the Brumbies. They go to the middle as the they attack the defense. Brumbies awarded a penalty on the 10 meter, and they opt o kick to touch. Its a lineout near the Sunwolves' 5 meter.
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10 minutes to go as the Brumbies seek a try. Since coming on from the bench Pisi has have a great impact on the game.
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Brumbies is on the attack but Sunwolves knocks its on when they try to win the ball at the breakdown.
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Sunwolves' on the attack but Pisi lost in forward, and Brumbies kick down field. Viljoen collects and gives s chip kick. There is a scramble for the ball but Akihito Yamada collects the loose ball and score his team's first try.
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Sunwolves' scrum on their 10 meter line. Quick hands by Sunwolves in their efforts to create some momentum.
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The floodgates have just opened and Brumbies are eager to use the Sunwolves to their advantage. Scrum on 50 meter line Sunwolves on the attack. Yuki Yatomi's pass intercept by James Dargaville. Brumbies on the attack but its lost forward.
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The co-captain adds the extras!!!!
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Minutes later with a clinical pass James Dargaville runs from his half to score a try for his team!!!
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the flags goes up and Christian Lealiifano adds the extras.
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Fresh from the bench Jordan Jackson-Hope adds his name to the score board. Tevita Kuridrani with a offload sends the young man over.
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Brumbies' scrum on the 10 meter. Christian Lealiifano gets the ball, a skip pass to Aidan Toua who has only one defender to beat. He does it with ease and place the ball for his try!!!!
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Aidan Toua collects the kick and return is for a lineout. Sunwolves run the ball, but a forward pass brings a hold to their plans of breaking into the Brumbies' half.
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From the scrum Christian Lealiifano kicks it to touch. A great steal at the lineout from the Brumbies... lost forward and Sunwolves wins a scrum. Some massive confusion on the field with the Sunwolves' replacements, however ref manage to get grip of it all and the scrum continues.
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Carpenter trying to show some magic in the middle of the field but is takled. More than 10 phases and the ref plays the advantage. Carpenter just knocks it forward and that brings an end to the Sunwolves' attack.
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Sunwolves' attacking scrum. They attack and is so neat the tryline. They fail to make meters and ref comes back for the penalty just infront of the posts. Sunwolves scrum and they go wide.
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Sunwolves with an attacking lineout inside Brumbies'22. The maul is formed, Sunwolves is awarded a penalty. Pocock punished for foul play.
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Christian Lealiifano adds the extras, easy!!!! 35-0 to the Brumbies.
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Aidan Toua with a pass to Christian Lealiifano who makes a perfect run, with Aidan Toua on his side. A knock on by Sunwolves and Ref plays advantage. Moore collects the loose ball and goes down for an easy try under the post.
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Yu Tamura kicks in deep into the Brumbies' half. Brumbies secured the ball, advantage is being played.

Half Time

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To add to Sunwolves' misery they already trailing and need to start the second half with 14-man.
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Sunwolves win another penalty inside the Brumbies 22 and opt to kick to touch. From the lineout the maul is form and they are making meters. The pack goes over the line, but the ball is held up and its a 5 meter attacking scrum to the Sunwolves..... TMO check is there is any foul play by Hitoshi Ono and determinde there is. Hitoshi Ono is shown a yellow card for a backwards headbutt!!
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Lineout for the Sunwolves, they are struggling to break through the defense. Phase after phase the Sunwolves are making meters as they approach the 5 meter.
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Ref having a chat with the Brumbies' skipper before the scrum on the Brumsbies 10 meter. Another reset! This time a penalty against Brumbies for collapsing the scrum. Sunwolves opt to go for touch.
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Christian Lealiifano adds the extras for his team!!! he now has 4 successful kicks!
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Scrum to the Brumbies. Michael Dowset with a pass to Christian Lealiifano who gives a pass to Nigel Ah Wong and he breaks the defense and score his try!
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Ball is booted down field and Sunwolves chips it out to prevent the potential try.
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Despite being 3 tries down, Sunwolves are still running hard and building some phases, but not really making any meters. Suddenly Akihito Yamada with a great break and gives a long pass to Derek Carpenter who is tackled.
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And the Flags goes up as Christian Lealiifano adds the extras.
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Lineout and Brumbies attack. Michael Dowsett break some great meters and dodge some tackles, he has Pocock on side, but opt to run it and Goes Over For his try.
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Sunwolves playing with the ball in hand. Building some momentum... Fardy with a steal pass to Moore, who gives a chip kick that is secured by Sunwolves. They on the attack again and Sunwolves kick it down field for a lineout.
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Christian Lealiifano with his second successful kick gives his team a 14-0 lead!!!
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From the lineout the maul is good. Sunwolves have no defense for the Brumbies forward pack and the Captain Moore puts it down behind the try line!!!!
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Sunwolves are offside. Coleman gives a shocking pass and the Ref comes back for the penalty. Brumbies opt to kick to touch.
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Brumbies is again in seek of their second try. Nigel Ah Wong with save hands secured the ball in the air, as they continue breaking through the defense.
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Christian Lealiifano adds the extras!!!!
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Robbie Coleman with a kick to and its secured by the Brumbies, there is not defense for the Sunwolves. Aidan Toua with a long pass to Fardy who slides over to score the first try.
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Lineout inside the Brumbies' 22. Fardy secured the ball and the Brumbies start the attack.
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Scrum with a Sunwolves put in. Quick hands by the Sunwolves' backline but a up and under gives possession to Brumbies.
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Moore with a nice break, he pass to Scott Fardy who knocks the ball forward.
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Brumbies' lineout!! Mauled is form and Brumbies goes wide, ball is overturn and Sunwolves clears it but just as far as Robbie Coleman who gives a perfect kick for another lineout.
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Aidan Toua with a nice kick to touch for a lineout. Sunwolves secured the ball and opt to kick it back.
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Securing the ball and putting in some nice passes is really challenging for the home side. And its a scrum for Sunwolves in the moist weather conditions.
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Christian Lealiifano gets the game underway in a smoked filled stadium. An early Brumbies' lineout inside the Sunwolves' half.
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Teams doing they last preparations before they head to the field. Sunwolves first out, and fireworks as the home-side make they way out. Brumbies want to reclaim the top spot!!!
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South African referee Jaco van Heerden will take control of the match. Will be assist by Jaco Peyper form South Africa and Rohan Hoffmann from Australia. Ian Smith form Australia will be our TMO.
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Giving the Waratahs' results against Chiefs, Brumbies will want to secure a bonus-point win over the Sunwolves.
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The men from Japan will be heading into this match with a new set of confidence giving their form in recent weeks - a win over the Jaguares and a draw with the Stormers in their last four matches.
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Welcome to the live coverage of the Super Rugby match between Brumbies and Sunwolves at GIO Stadium.
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Thu, 26 May 2016 21:47

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Saturday and Sunday matches in Part Two of Super Rugby's Round 14.

Saturday will give us two massive domestic derbies, both who can will have a significant influence on the standings heading into the June break.

The day starts with New Zealand's BIG north-south derby.

The Crusaders, who slipped from the top of the championship when they missed a bonus point against the Waratahs last week, head to Auckland to play the worst performing New Zealand team, the Blues.

The Lions, who are the only side guaranteed to be top of their group when action resumes in July, is without star playmaker Elton Jantjies.

However, Bulls coach Nollis Marais warned his side not to get over-confident.

"That team doesn't rely on just one person, they are a good team all over," Marais told a media briefing in Pretoria - the venue of the tans-Jukskei derby.

The Bulls need to retain their unbeaten home record this year to stay on top of their conference, where they are ahead on points differential against the Stormers - who have a seemingly easier task when they host the Cheetahs in Cape Town.

"We made a decision at the beginning of the season, if we play at Loftus then we need to be up for it. There are no excuses," Marais said.

Should the Lions lose they will remain top of Africa Two conference, as the second-placed Sharks have a bye and the next best team are Argentina's Jaguares - who are a further 22 points adrift.

The Brumbies, ready to pounce in the Australia group if the Waratahs slip up, play the lowly Sunwolves from Japan, in an Australian derby the Melbourne Rebels host the Western Force on Sunday.

Saturday, May 28:

It has, traditionally, been New Zealand's biggest domestic derby - the north-south encounter.

They are also two of the most successful teams in the history of Super Rugby - the Crusaders with seven titles and the Blues with three, including the first two in the professional era.

However, times have changed and the Blues have not finished inside the top 10 for four years.

The Crusaders, despite having not won a title since 2008, have at least reached the play-offs six times in the last sevens year - with last year's seventh place the result of the maddening conference system that saw then relegated below a team with less points than they collected.

While the Crusaders' fortunes and form continued a sharp upwards curve this year, the Blues have continue to struggle and gives the appearance of a team in decline.

Last week's scratchy win over the Western Force - coming in the wake of a 5-43 (seven-try) loss to the Lions - gave Blues coach Tana Umaga hope that his team has at least one ingredient with which to counter the mighty Crusaders.

"It was not pretty, but probably the most pleasing thing for us was we got our grit and determination back and put a bit of pride back into a jersey that we cherish," Umaga said of the outing in Perth.

"We didn't have that the previous week against the Lions," Umaga added.

However, they are most likely going to need more than just determination against the Crusaders team that have shown similar characteristics in bucket loads this season.

Recent results:
2016: Crusaders won 28-13, Christchurch
2015: Crusaders won 34-11, Auckland
2015: Crusaders won 29-15, Christchurch
2014: Crusaders won 21-13, Christchurch
2014: Blues won 35-24, Auckland
2013: Crusaders won 23-3, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders have won their last four encounters with the Blues, the longest winning streak by either team in the history of this fixture. The Blues have won only one of their last 14 games against New Zealand opposition, that win coming in Round One this season against the Highlanders by only two points. The Crusaders have won six of their last seven games away from home, although their one defeat in that run came in their last away match. The Blues have enjoyed 17 minutes and 50 seconds of possession per game this season, the most of any team, while they also have a ruck success rate of 96 percent, the best in the competition. Of the 31 hookers to have made at least 30 line-out throws, Codie Taylor (92 percent) has the second best success rate overall (Adriaan Strauss - 94 percent). The Blues will play with pride and might remain competitive for the first hour, but the Crusaders have too much class and should ease clear in the final quarter to win by 15 points.


Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala/Male Sa'u, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Billy Guyton, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Kara Pryor, 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 Jack Ram, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Male Sa'u/Michael Little, 23 Lolagi Visinia.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Tim Boys, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 David Havili, 23 Marty McKenzie.

Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant referees: Paul Williams, Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Glenn Newman

The Sunwolves have shown some promising form in recent weeks - a win over the Jaguares and a draw with the Stormers in their last four matches.

However, they are unlikely to find the Brumbies in a generous mood, given first place in the Australian conference is at stake.

While the Brumbies are dependent on the result between Waratahs and Chiefs on Friday, they know that a bonus-point win over the Japanese newcomers is non negotiable.

The Brumbies' recent form has been promising, but they know the Sunwolves are a banana skin waiting to be stepped on - just ask the Stormers.

Brumbies prop Scott Sio is expecting a difficult match against the Japanese outfit.

"[The mindset] is good," Sio said in an interview on the Brumbieswebsite.

He added that their two wins - over the Bulls and Rebels - the last two matches before last week's bye was the momentum they needed.

"As you've seen in the last few weeks the Sunwolves aren't an easy beat," Sio said.

"They suffered that big loss against the Cheetahs, but have bounced back really well and are playing some really enterprising rugby so for us we know that it's going to take nothing less than an 80-minute effort this week.

"They're a traditional Japanese side, they're very fit, hard on the ball and technically sound at set pieces."

Previous results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Brumbies have won only one of their last four games against teams from outside of Australia, though they'll be looking for consecutive victories against non-Australian teams for the first time since May 2015 after a 23-6 win against the Bulls in Round 11. The Sunwolves have won once and drawn once in their last four Super Rugby fixtures, though they remain winless in three games against Australian opposition. In none of the Brumbies' last 17 games has either team won after trailing at half-time, though the Brumbies won against the Waratahs in Round Two this season after being level at the break. Akihito Yamada has made 20 clean breaks so far this season, only the injured Joseph Tomane (23) has made more than the Japan winger, who is also the joint top scorer in the competition with eight tries. David Pocock has won 21 turnovers so far this season, the most of any player and eight more than Sunwolves' pair Andrew Durutalo and Ed Quirk who have each won 13. You expect the Brumbies to dominate from beginning to end and the margin should be at least 25 points.


Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Nigel Ah Wong, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Michael Dowsett, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Sunwolves: 15 Yasutaka Asahara, 14 Mifiposeti Paea, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Fa'atiga Lemalu, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Taiyo Ando, 21 Daisuke Inoue, 22 Tusi Pisi , 23 Riaan Viljoen.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

The Stormers have been on a stead decline in the past month and it all started with a 30-32 loss to the Waratahs in Week 10.

Four weeks ago they still head the Africa conference and now they are not even in the top eight.

After a loss in their last home fixture, against the Waratahs, the Capetonians must now avoid the ignominy of back-to-back home losses for the first time since their last two games of the 2011 season.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has been on the defensive since that loss to the Tahs and said that his team is fully focused on returning to winning ways.

"The last few weeks have been quite frustrating for us," Fleck told a media briefing in Cape Town.

"We are focused on delivering a convincing performance for our faithful supporters at Newlands.

"We have worked very hard this week and the players are determined to show what we are capable of when we get it right," he said.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has been punting the 'young team' and 'building' phrases all season.

Their three victories have come against the Sunwolves (twice) and Southern Kings.

While they showed promise in some matches, generally they have been unable to sustain pressure long enough to be a real threat to the stronger teams.

No doubt they will lift themselves for this derby, as they always do against the Stormers, but they will have to eradicate the naivety that has cost them so dearly all season.

Recent results:
2016: Stormers won 20-10, Bloemfontein
2015: Stormers won 42-12, Cape Town
2015: Cheetahs won 25-17, Bloemfontein
2014: Stormers won 33-0, Cape Town
2014: Cheetahs won 35-22, Bloemfontein
2013: Stormers won 28-3, Cape Town

Prediction: The Stormers have won 11 of their last 14 games against the Cheetahs, including each the last two in a row by a combined 40-point margin. After a loss in their last home fixture the Stormers will be aiming to avoid back-to-back home losses for the first time since their last two games of the 2011 season.  The Cheetahs will be looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since their opening two fixtures of the 2015 season after beating the Kings in their last fixture. The Cheetahs have won an average of 14.1 line-outs per game so far this campaign, the most of any team, though they rank 10th for line-out success (87.6 percent). The Stormers are the best team in the competition this season when it comes to winning opposition line-outs, stealing 2.6 per game on average this season; Eben Etzebeth (9) and Pieter-Steph du Toit (8) have stolen more than any other individuals this season. The Cheetahs have a realistic chance of an upset, but we feel the Stormers will do enough for a narrow win - by less than 10 points.


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

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

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Nick Briant (New Zealand)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

The Bulls have dismissed the notion that Elton Jantjies' absence will in any way diminish the threat being posed by their trans-Jukskei neighbours.

With the Springbok flyhalf, Jantjies, sidelined with a fractured finger, the Lions have called up another Bok - one-time capped Marnitz Boshoff to lead their attack against the Bulls.

And the men from Pretoria feel that the visitors are still the best attacking side in South Africa.

"Marnitz Boshoff is an excellent player," Bulls coach Nollis Marais said, when asked about the absence about South Africa's form flyhalf.

"Their team doesn't rely on just one person, it is a good all round side - with quality all over."

Marais said they are determined to evolve the way they play and to see how far they are down that road of evolution, they must to test themselves against the Currie Cup champions and the team that is currently the No.1 side in South Africa.

"We want to play a more expansive brand, but you first have to dominate the set pieces," the Bulls mentor said.

"In some games this season we conceded too many turnovers, which gave the opposition momentum.

"We always said we are going to be an advantage line team and perhaps we tried to play too expansive too soon, instead of first fixing the small things - dominating the set pieces and be physical."

Marais said there are a lot of things they needed to work on.

"There were certain guys who struggled with aspects of their game, to adapt to the pace and intensity of Super Rugby," he said of his young team.

"There is a big step up between Currie Cup and Super Rugby levels and we need to have a look every week where we can improve."

He admitted that at the beginning of the year the scrums were a problem.

"We were one of the teams that gave away the most scrum penalties," Marais said, adding: "We worked hard on that and [scrum coach] Gary [Botha] deserves a lot of credit for that.

"The big positive is how well we performed against the Stormers in the set pieces.

"It is good to go into this game knowing our set pieces are solid."

Recent results:
2015: Bulls won 35-33, Pretoria
2015: Lions won 22-18, Johannesburg
2014: Lions won 32-21, Johannesburg
2014: Bulls won 25-17, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 37-20, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 32-18, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Bulls have won 11 and drawn one of their 14 previous encounters with the Lions, though the Johannesburg team have won two of the last three iterations of this fixture. The Lions have won four and drawn one of their last six games away from home and are undefeated in their last three away games in South Africa. The Bulls snapped a two-game losing streak in Round 13, though they have still scored only 31 points in their last three Super Rugby games. The Bulls have conceded only two tries in the opening quarter of games this season, the joint fewest in Super Rugby (level with the Stormers and Chiefs). The Lions have scored 64 more points than they've conceded in the 20 minutes leading up to half-time, the most of any team in the competition. It is going a cracker - the Lions' attack against the Bulls' defence. The Lions will sneak this one, a late scoring giving them a win of five to seven points.


Bulls: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 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 Bandise Maku, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Deon Stegmann, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Dries Swanepoel.

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

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Christie du Preez

Sunday, May 29:

The Rebels and Force are both coming off losing streaks they would like to end - the Rebels having lost their last three matches and the Force three of their last four.

The Rebels currently sit in third spot in the Australian conference on 23 points - seven points outside the play-off positions.

This game, the last before the month-long international break, provides the Victorians with an ideal opportunity to steady the ship.

Coach Tony McGahan believes the challenges have provided his young side with a valuable learning curve.

"We understand where we're at [in Super Rugby', we've still got some rough edges around what we're doing and we need to make sure we knock them off as quickly as possible," McGahan said.

"We're learning every harsh lesson possible, but we've got a really good group of players, good people on staff and an organisation going terrific off the field so we just need to continue to work away.

"It's not easy but that's the way it is. We need to show resilience in what we're doing and get back onto winning this week."

Victory against a Force team with just two wins from 11 starts - against the Reds and Sunwolves - will see the Rebels go into the break with six wins from 12 outings.

It will certainly keep their faint hope of a top eight finish alive.

Defeat will be the end of any play-off aspirations.

Despite a string of injuries - which have sidelined established players like Luke Jones, Tamati Ellison, Cam Crawford and Pat Leafa  - McGahan is adamant that his team has the talent to stay in the race.

"Our expectation is that we get on with it," the coach said, adding: "Super Rugby is never a nice straight road, there are obstacles along the way, the good sides deal with them and the others handle them as an excuse."

The Force will no doubt be throwing everything they have at the Rebels.

The Force are coming off a heart breaking defeat to the Blues last week - where the Western Australians dominated the game, but were unable to finish the job.

Recent results:
2016: Rebels won 25-19, Perth
2015: Force won 13-11, Melbourne
2015: Rebels won 21-17, Perth
2014: Rebels won 22-16, Melbourne
2014: Force won 32-7, Perth
2013: Rebels won 30-23, Perth
2013: Rebels won 30-23, Melbourne

Prediction: The Rebels have won seven of their last nine games against the Force, though only once in this fixture's history (11 games) has a game been decided by more than seven points. The Rebels have lost their last three games; they have not lost more in a row since ending the 2014 season with five consecutive losses. The Force have won three of their last six games away from home and will be looking for back-to-back road wins for the first time since Round 2 this season. Sean McMahon has beaten 40 defenders so far this campaign, the most of any forward and the third most overall. The Western Force (93.2 percent) remain the most accurate goal kickers in the competition, no other side has managed higher than 82 percent. The Rebels are at home and probably also have too much class. It would not be a surprise if they win by 15 points.


Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Tom English, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Colby Fainga'a, 7 Jordy Reid, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Toby Smith, 2 James Hanson, 1 Cruze Ah Nau
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Tom Moloney, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Adam Thomson, 21 Scott Fuglistaller, 22 Ben Meehan, 23 Jonah Placid.

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

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Brumbies route Sunwolves to go back top

Sat, 28 May 2016 11:41

REPORT: The Brumbies produced a clinical demolition of a hapless Sunwolves team, got a 66-5 win, to reclaim top spot in the Australian Super Rugby conference.

The two-time winners now go into the four-week international Test season recess equal on points with the Waratahs, but ahead on the ladder with eight wins to their rivals' seven.

The games was over as a contest long before the half-hour mark, with the home team taking a 28-0 lead into the break against a Sunwolves team that clearly lacked any desire to put up anything other than token resistance.

They added six more tries after the break to the four they scored in the first half, with the Sunwolves only marginally better in the second half than they were before the break.

That can be put down to the arrival of star imports Tusi Pisi (Samoa) and Rian Viljoen (South Africa), who had played off the bench, after starting in all their earlier matches.

Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore and wing Nigel Ah Wong each scored two tries as coach Stephen Larkham emptied the Brumbies replacements bench to rest his key players in the second half.

It was the most points the Brumbies have scored since 2004, when they thrashed South Africa's Lions 68-28.

The Sunwolves were outmatched by the Australian contenders and leave Australia having impressed in their 25-35 defeat to the Reds in Brisbane last weekend.

The Brumbies used the opportunity to employ some of their rehearsed training ground moves to conjure some tries against the porous Sunwolves defence.

Flyhalf Christian Lealiifano had plenty of goal-kicking practice and finished with eight conversions from 10 attempts.

"The guys who came on finished well so it's a nice result for us going into the international break," Brumbies skipper Moore said.

"The replacements have done a good job all year and there's a couple of new guys who have had their first taste in the last few weeks.

"So that's really important that those guys are experiencing Super Rugby and they're the future of the team going forward."

The Brumbies now have the edge over the Waratahs with matches against the Reds, Blues and Western Force - all teams below them on the standings - while the Waratahs face a tough match against New Zealand's Hurricanes.

The Sunwolves prevented a wipe-out when their star wing Akihito Yamada scored his ninth try of the season with 14 minutes left after sloppy ball retention by the Brumbies.

The Sunwolves, who have one win and a draw from their 12 games, face the Waratahs next in Tokyo after the international Test break on July 2, while the Brumbies host the Reds.

Man of the match: The Sunwolves, like they have done often this season when away from home, mentally did not arrive for the game. You can pick the entire Brumbies team - it was so one-sided and that is what we are doing, because they maintained their structure for most part, even when the temptation was there to get trigger happy.

The scorers:

For the Brumbies:
Fardy, Moore 2, Dowsett, Ah Wong 2, Toua, Jackson-Hope, Dargaville, Taliauli
Cons: Lealiifano 8

For the Sunwolves:

Yellow card: Hitoshi Ono (Sunwolves, 40 - foul play, headbutting)


Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Nigel Ah Wong, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Michael Dowsett, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Sunwolves: 15 Yasutaka Asahara, 14 Mifiposeti Paea, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Fa'atiga Lemalu, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Taiyo Ando, 21 Daisuke Inoue, 22 Tusi Pisi , 23 Riaan Viljoen.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Scott Fardy (10min), Stephen Moore (17min), Michael Dowsett (22min), Nigel Ah Wong (30min), Stephen Moore (42min), Aidan Toua (53min), Jordan Jackson-Hope (56min), James Dargaville (60min), Lausii Taliaul (74min), and Nigel Ah Wong (80min)
Akihito Yamada (66min)
Christian Lealiifano (11min), Christian Lealiifano (18min), Christian Lealiifano (23min), Christian Lealiifano (31min), Christian Lealiifano (43min), Christian Lealiifano (57min), Christian Lealiifano (61min), and Christian Lealiifano (81min)
Hitoshi Ono (38min)
VENUE Canberra
REFEREE Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)