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Super Rugby | Auckland
07:35 (GMT) | 08-07-2016
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Final score here at Eden Park is 40-15. And thank you so much for joining us. Please join us for the next game, Reds v Chiefs.
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The game is almost finished and the Brumbies still on the attack but lost the ball on turn over. The Blues managed to live with the expectations from home crowd, beating the Brumbies 40-15.
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Blues still retains the possession, we at the last minute of the game in the second stanza. Brumbies are having scrum - trying to attack but the time is not in their side.
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The Brumbies has the ball, lost it with knock on. Ref awarded scrum to the Blues. The is out in Blues, attacking fast to the visitors but lost the ball.
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The cross kick from the Blues was long, now it will be Brumbies line-out in their 22 side.
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Blues stretch their lead. In their half trying to defend.
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Brumbies are trying so hard to defend in the half. Blues are back strong and fast. They keeping the possession and the ball. Blues attack and gets the try through Matt Duffie.
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In the Brumbies' 22, Blues still attacking. Lose the ball and now it's scrum to the Brumbies. The ball is out on visitors side. They attacking but lost the ball to the Blues.
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The Brumbies were penalized for not releasing the ball. Blues gets penalty, they gets line-out. They still retaining the possession.
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The ref came back from TMO, and cancel the Blues try.
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Blues retains the ball in their 22. Kicking it through to the Brumbies. Brumbies made few attacks and it's lost forward and scrum to the home side.
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In Blues half, visitors won the line-out and they on the attack. Brumbies's pass went out. And it's the line-out.
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From the line-out, Blues retains the ball in Brumbies' 22. Brumbies gets penalty.
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Out from the scrum, Brumbies has the ball - attacking on Blues side but lost in in hands in a ruck. Penalty to the home side. And the score still 35-15 to the Blues
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Line-out for Brumbries, attacking on the Blues side. They trying hard to gain the possession. Ref awarded scrum to Brumbies - Blues tried to steal the Brumbies ball.
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Brumbies gets scrum in their field, Blues try to collapse it and gets penalized. Penalty given to Brumbies.
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Blues gets scrum in visitors side, attacking - retaining the ball inside the Brumbies' 22. Blues have chance to score, still attacking Brumbies. Knock on by Blues puts hold on the attack.
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Blues on the attack, it it seems like home side has the ball possession. Scott Fardy gets medical attention.
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Blues won the line-out, retaining the ball on the visitors 5 meters. Brumbies has 5 meter scrum on their own side.
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Blues are on 5 meter attack on the Brumbies field, they nearly scored but Blues tackled out to touch. Then the ref comes back for the penalty
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The home side have line-out, they attacking the Brumbies between their 22 side. In Blues seventh phase, Brumbies tried to steal the ball and they penalized.
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The Blues has the ball, and they won a penalty.
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The home side adds the two points to the score. Piers Francis slotted in.
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The Blues gets the first try of the second half of the game through Jerome Kaino.
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Brumbies retains the ball possession, they lost easily ball to the home side. The Brumbies were offside, the ref gave penalty to the Blues. They get the line-out inside the visitors field.
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Welcome to second half of the game, and Brumbies gets the game underway. The Blues has the ball and attacking the Brumbies.

Half Time

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Line-out on the Blues' 22. And Brumbies win a penalty for a knock-on. The Brumbies opt to kick at goal with a fairly easy distance for Christian Lealiifano who slots over the 3-points before the halftime whistle. Blues take an 28-15 lead at the break.
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Just two minutes to go of the first stanza. Brumbies scrum have really start getting form as they win another penalty and opt to kick to touch.
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and the try scorer Matt Toomua slots it wide and fails to add the extras, the score remain 28-12 to the Blues.
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Brumbies with a maul from the line-out. They are meters away from the Blues try-line. Tomás Cubelli with a low pass to Matt Toomua who shots himself over the try-line!!!
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Line-out near the Blues' 22, as the rain starting to come down. Brumbies wins another penalty and they opt to kick to touch.
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Some players getting some medical attention before the scrum continues. Brumbies rewarded with a free-kick and they opt for another scrum between their 22 and 10 meter line. Brumbies scrum really working and gets penalty, Prattley penalize this time.
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Brumbies on the attack, but the Blues defense manage a turnover. It is a Blues' scrum on the Brumbies' 10 meter. It is getting a little hasty and its a knock on by the Blues.
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Scrum is reset, Blues retain the ball. West kicks it downfield but doesn't make the touch line. Aidan Toua returns the kick and some areal ping-pong result in an line-out to the Brumbies inside their own half.
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Ref playing advantage, and Kaino penalize for joining the ruck incorrectly. Brumbies again opt to kick to touch. Brumbies retain the ball, and Blues prevent the maul. Both teams with knock-on and its a scrum near the Blues' 5 meter line.
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Brumbies opt to kick to touch and they have a line-out on the Blues' 22. Brumbies retain the ball and sets up a maul.
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A scrum on the Blues' 10 meter line. For the Brumbies can really breath an try to create some scoring opportunity. Brumbies retain the ball from the scrum. Blues offside and Brumbie gets a penalty.
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Francis adds the extras!!! 28-7 to the Blues.
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Blues gets the ball and they pass in to the middle, but the ball returns and Matt Duffie with a break on the side goes down for the a try.
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Brumbies with a line-out on their own 10 meter. A kick is hoist up in the air but no one is really chasing.
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Francis adds the extra to the 14-man if the Blues, 21-7 to the Blues.
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Blues with a nice break, there are loads of support and West pops the ball to Francism who makes a few meters, but a pass to Sam Prattley sends the tall guy over for the Blues third try.
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The Blues with a nice step and some passes among the forwards results in an scrum inside the Brumbies 22. The Blues looking really dangerous.
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Jerome Kaino gets his marching orders for collapsing the maul!!!
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Christian Lealiifano slots over an easy kick to narrow the score to 7-14.
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Brumbies with an attacking opportunity. The maul from the lineout is gaining ground, and Referee awards a penalty try.
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Piers Francis adds the team extras and he converts an easy kick.
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The Blues with aother line-out and just like before James Parsons is left with out any defenders and he goes down for a try!!!
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Francis adds the extras and the Blues lead 7-0!!!!
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Blues retain the ball from the line-out. A ruck is form on the Brumbies' 10 meter. Blues with a nice kick to touch gets a lineout on the Brumbies' 22. West with a wide ball to the wing it return to him, West gives a nice cross kick and sends Jerome Kaino goes down for the first try of the match.
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West gets the game underway. An early scrum inside the Brumbies 22. Blues is on the attack and shifts it wide, West with a nice grubber but Aidan Toua boots is just as far as the Brumbies 22. Brumbies under pressure in the early stages of this match.
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Last preparations before the sides heads to the field. Come we hope the weather remain clear for some nice running rugby.
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The referee for the game is Ben O'Keeffe from New Zealand. While the assistant referees are Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand) , with Shane McDermott (New Zealand) taking the role of TMO.
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The Brumbies wasted no time in rushing their Argentinean international, Tomas Cubelli, back into the starting XV in this vital must-win for the Australian side.
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Despite losing 27-37 against the Hurricanes at the weekend, the Blues really displayed some flare on attack and resilience in defence. Therefore, Blues coach Tana Umaga has named an unchanged starting line-up for this penultimate encounter.
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The Brumbies have struggled against New Zealand teams in the last two seasons. However, the Brumbies are determined to ignore the historical data and solidify control of the Australian Conference with a win over the Blues.
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The Blues won the last meeting between the two sides. The Auckland side have won six of their last eight at home against the Brumbies and will hope that the this statistic will count in their favour.
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Welcome to Eden Park in Auckland, where we are waiting for the start of an intriguing weekend of Super Rugby. The first match of the penultimate round of league action sees the Blues host the Brumbies!
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  • 1 Sam Prattley
  • 2 James Parsons
  • 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi
  • 4 Patrick Tuipulotu
  • 5 Josh Bekhuis
  • 6 Jerome Kaino
  • 7 Kara Pryor
  • 8 Steven Luatua
  • 9 Bryn Hall
  • 10 Ihaia West
  • 11 Tevita Li
  • 12 Piers Francis
  • 13 Male Sau
  • 14 Matt Duffie
  • 15 Melani Nanai Vai
  • 16 Quentin MacDonald
  • 17 Nic Mayhew
  • 18 Sione Mafileo
  • 19 Gerard Tuioti-Mariner
  • 20 Blake Gibson
  • 21 Billy Guyton
  • 22 Matt Vaega
  • 23 Lolagi Visinia
  • 1 Scott Sio
  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 3 Ben Alexander
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 5 Sam Carter
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 7 Jarrad Butler
  • 8 Michael Wells
  • 9 Tomas Cubelli
  • 10 Christian Lealiifano
  • 11 James Dargaville
  • 12 Matt Toomua
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 14 Nigel Ah Wong
  • 15 Aidan Toua
  • 16 Josh Mann-Rae
  • 17 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 18 Ruan Smith
  • 19 Blake Enever
  • 20 Thomas Staniforth
  • 21 Joe Powell
  • 22 Andrew Smith
  • 23 Lausii Taliaul
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S18 Preview: ROUND 16, PART ONE

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:55

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round 16.

There is not a single game where the result will not have an impact on the standings and influence the play-off positions.

The Blues may not have a snowball's hope of reaching the play-offs, but they can certainly put a huge dent in the Brumbies' prospects and leave the front door wide open for the Waratahs to claim pole position in the Australian conference.

The Reds are in the same position. Out of the running for some time, but in a position to have a major impact on the most hotly contested conference in the competition - the Chiefs (first in the New Zealand conference), Crusaders, Hurricanes and Highlanders, who are all separated by three points on the standings.

The table-topping Lions have the most to lose in the Friday matches when they host the hapless (or some would claim the hopeless) Southern Kings. The Lions would hope to take a full-house of five points from the match and go into the final round of league matches in a commanding position.

Their biggest threat, it seems is overconfidence - underestimating a Kings team sans seasoned campaigners like Steven Sykes and Schalk Ferreira, not to mention injured players like Cyril-John Velleman and Martin Ferreira.

Friday, June 7

Conditions are going to play a crucial role - as pre-match predictions suggest it will be wet and windy - with the Brumbies readily admitting that they may be forced to put boot to ball a bit more than usual.

The  Brumbies, who are looking to turn a four-game winning streak into a five-game victory run, have struggled against New Zealand teams in the last two seasons.

They are currently on a three-game losing streak against New Zealand teams - the Brumbies' only positive result in their last six games against their cousins from across the Tasman Sea a 52-10 demolition of the Hurricanes in the opening round of the 2016 campaign.

The ACT team have conceded 111 points in their last three encounters with teams from across the ditch. Of those points, 53 were conceded in the opening half of fixtures to which they replied with only 23 points of their own.

However, the Brumbies are determined to ignore the historical data and solidify control of the Australian Conference with a win over the Blues.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham admitted conditions will "dictate how they play" on Friday.

"We are expecting a bit of rain and Eden Park can get a bit windy as well," Larkham told a media gathering in Canberra.

He said they expect the Blues to kick a bit more, but also bring their usual physical game.

"They do like their forward play, mauls and scrums, and we have to step up and make sure we are nice and physical in those contests."

He added that they spoke a lot this week about their defence.

Midfield playmaker Matt Toomua also spoke of the testing conditions and how the Brumbies will cope with it.

"We have to ensure we are nice and structured, and not run around like a bunch of scallywags," Toomua said.

"Our defence and discipline will need to be good and we also need to play down their end of the field."

Recent results:
2015: Blues won 16-14, Auckland
2014: Brumbies won 26-9, Canberra
2013: Brumbies won 20-13, Auckland
2012: Blues won 30-16, Canberra
2010: Blues won 39-34, Auckland
2009: Brumbies won 37-15, Canberra

Prediction: The Blues won the last meeting between the two sides. However, they lost four of their previous six against the Brumbies before that. The Auckland side have won six of their last eight at home against the Brumbies; the last four meetings in that run have seen the defeated side pick up a losing bonus point. The last three meetings between the Blues and the Brumbies have seen just 33 points scored per game on average; the three games prior to that had yielded an average of 57 points in total. The Blues' last six home games have all been won by margins of eight points or fewer with the Auckland side winning four of those fixtures. The Brumbies have won four away games this season, including three of their last four; a fifth away victory would be their most in the regular season since 2012. However the Canberra side have lost on each of their last four regular season trips to New Zealand, this after winning four in a row on their trips across the Tasman before that. The Blues have won 12 of their last 14 when hosting Australian sides, including each of the last five in a row; the last time they went on a longer winning streak at home to teams from Australia was between 2002 and 2007 when they won 11 on the bounce. The Blues enjoy exactly 18 minutes of possession per game this season, the most of any team in the competition and almost half a minute more than the second highest team in the competition, the Brumbies. Christian Lealiifano has kicked 77 percent of his attempts at goal, the most of any player who has made more than 50 attempts so far this season. David Pocock (23) and Scott Fardy (19) lead the tournament in turnovers won, having won significantly more than Blues best Blake Gibson (nine). It won't be pretty and will be close, but the Brumbies should squeeze out a win - by eight points or less.


Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Male Sa'u/Matt Vaega, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis/Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt Vaega/Michael Little, 23 Lolagi Visinia.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Nigel Ah Wong, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Tom Staniforth, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

The Chiefs are well aware that, as one of the competition favourites, they have a target on their collective backs.

And they are up against a Reds team that already caused one boilover of the season - when they edged the defending champions Highlanders 28-27 in April.

The Chiefs, who have opted to rest All Black star Brodie Retallick because of his heavy workload, will hope the return of Liam Messam will provide the inspiration.

Messam, who has missed out on Olympic selection with the national Sevens team, will look to unleash his frustrations on opponents in Super Rugby.

Reds interim head coach Matt O'Connor admitted they are up against a team "thinking about silverware".

"We are playing against the best team in the competition at home and for us it is a 'final'," O'Connor said.

"We will have to be at our very best to stay in the hunt."

The Reds expect the Chiefs challenge them in "every facet of the game".

"It is a daunting challenge because of the pace they play at and how solid their game is across the board," the coach said.

"Every facet of our game will have to be very accurate."

The Reds, stuck in 15th position after a poor season that has yielded just three wins from 13 starts, are still working hard to salvage something from the disastrous campaign that saw coach Richard Graham axed just two rounds into the competition.

"The desire in the environment to work hard is the most pleasing thing," said O'Connor - one of two interim coaches.

"That is how you get better, by working on your game," he said, adding: "The guys understand we've had deficiencies and have tried to be better.

"We understand that moving forward we don't deliver the same errors.

"From that aspect it has been pretty pleasing."

Recent results:
2015: Chiefs won 24-3, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 31-23, Hamilton
2012: Reds won 42-27, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 19-11, Hamilton
2010: Reds won 23-18, Hamilton
2009: Chiefs won 50-26, Brisbane

Prediction: The Reds lost the last meeting between these sides, in Round 17 last season. However, they won each of the four fixtures between the two before that. The Chiefs have won three of the last four meetings between the sides in Queensland, this after winning just once in five attempts away to the Reds in Super Rugby before that. The Reds have won their last three at home, but have not won four consecutive home matches in a single season since their last four regular season home games in 2012. The Chiefs have scored 23 more tries than they've conceded this year, the largest positive disparity of any team in the competition and 40 higher than the Reds disparity (-17). The Reds back rower Hendrik Tui has stolen five line-outs so far this season, the fifth most of any player and more than any other Australian-based player. Expect the Chiefs to pull clear in the final quarter and win by about 15 points.


Reds: 15 Jack Tuttle, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Duncan Paia'aua, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Matt Mafi, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Anthony Fainga'a, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Sam Cane (co-captain), 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Taleni Seu, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Sam McNicol.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

The biggest threat to the Lions is complacency not the Southern Kings.

Yes, the Kings will be willing and will throw everything (including the kitchen sink) at the Lions.

However, the chasm in the difference of the class of the two sides will mean that only if the Lions don't pitch mentally will the Kings win.

"The biggest threat is if the players believe the public talk [about the Kings being a weak team]," captain Jaco Kriel said, when asked about the favourites tag now attached to the table-topping Lions.

"The people are entitled to their opinions, but as a group we will not alter our preparation from any other week or team.

"It does not matter who we are facing, our preparation will be unchanged."

"We are always looking to improve ourselves, and we will continue doing that because we are not changing that routine.

"We will continue to work hard and prepare as we do every week - we certainly won't underestimate the Kings."

Kriel admitted that if the Lions are not mentally ready for the game, they will be in trouble.

"The big challenge for us is to be mentally up for this game and pitch up on the day."

Coach Johan Ackermann, who named his best available team, said it is important to get the win and retain their position at the top of the competition's totem pole.

"It is going to be tough for the Springboks, as we are asking for another game from them," Ackermann said.

"We believe mentally they are ready for that challenge.

"However, if I rest a player this week, it means I have to play him next week [against the Jaguares] and then it includes travelling  [to Buenos Aires].

"I would rather have that option [of resting key players] next week. Some of the games this weekend will give us an indication [what to do next week].

"We must first get a victory this week and after that we can look at Saturday's games and make a call on Sunday."

Previous result:
2016: Lions won 45-10, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: This will be just the second official meeting between these sides in Super Rugby (the 2013 promotion-relegation series excluded); the Lions defeated the Kings 45-10 in their first meeting, in April this year. The Kings are searching for their second away win in Super Rugby; they've lost each of their last 10 with those defeats coming by an average margin of 30 points. The Lions have won their last four Super Rugby games, a fifth straight win would equal the franchise record winning streak in the competition. The Lions have starved their opposition of possession so far this season, allowing their opponents only 13 minutes and 13 seconds with the ball in hand each game, the fewest of any team. Kings lock John-Charles Astle has won 60 line-outs so far this season, including three last week, the fourth most of any player after 15 rounds in 2016. The Kings might keep it close for the first half, but by the end the Lions should have a winning margin of 30 points or more.


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 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 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Southern Kings: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 James Hall, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Schalk Oelofse, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle (captain), 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Ntando Kebe, 22 Dewald Human, 23 Jeremy Ward.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper(South Africa), Ben Crouse(South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Blues blow bumbling Brumbies away

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:36

MATCH REPORT: The Blues produced their best performance of the season, recording a comprehensive 40-15 win over a bumbling Brumbies team in Auckland on Friday.

The result has put a massive dent in the Brumbies' play-off aspirations - leaving the door open for the Waratahs to claim top spot in the Aussie conference and will see the Brumbies drop out of the top eight (qualifying positions).

The Brumbies entered the match level with the Waratahs on 39 points at the top of the Australian conference and desperate to claw ahead of their rivals.

They now need the Waratahs to stumble in one of their final two regular-season matches to have any hope of winning the conference and gaining an automatic home finals berth.

The Blues scored three tries to one in a blistering opening quarter and that despite being a man down for half of that period.

The Brumbies could not come back from that and looked rattled in the face of the Blues' skilful, high-paced game.

They looked toothless in attack, relying heavily on line-out drives, and captain Stephen Moore said he was disappointed with the way they started a crucial match.

"We gave them too many points early, we fell off too many tackles, allowed them to offload - [it is] just not good enough," he said.

The Blues, already out of finals contention, played like a side with nothing to lose, throwing the ball around with abandon.

Jerome Kaino was a massive presence but captain Jamie Parsons said the club's young talent was also emerging as the three-time champions rebuild following some lean years.

"We set a goal at the start of the season to restore a bit of pride in the Blues club," he said.

"We haven't done it completely yet but it's definitely a step closer."

The result means the Blues have won 13 of their last 15 matches against Australian Super Rugby sides at Eden Park.

They can play spoiler for the Australian conference again next week, when they host the Waratahs at the same venue.

The Brumbies conceded a try within four minutes when Ihaia West's kick found Kaino unmarked out wide.

Parsons scored the Blues' second three minutes later after a well-worked line-out move, leaving the stunned Brumbies down 14-0 after Piers Francis added the extras.

The Australians hit back when referee Ben O'Keeffe awarded them a penalty after Kaino collapsed a maul that had travelled 20 metres, earning himself a yellow card.

The Blues continued to attack despite his absence, throwing the ball around with abandon to earn a third try through the unlikely form of prop Sam Prattley.

Duffie added their fourth after Steven Luatua's strong run set him up, virtually sealing the win with only 20 minutes on the clock.

A Matt Toomua try and Christian Leali'ifano penalty narrowed the gap to 28-15 at half time.

But Kaino reasserted the Blues' dominance just after the break, crossing from a line-out drive and Duffie added the Aucklanders' sixth in the dying minutes.

Man of the match: You can look at the Blues' hot-stepping outside backs - Melani Nanai, Matt Duffie and Tevita Li, or the powerful midfielders - Male Sa'u and Piers Francis. You can even throw flyhalf Ihaia West into the hat. However, the real damage was done up front - where the likes of Steven Luatua, James Parsons  and our man of the match Jerome Kaino (despite his yellow card) were the most physically damaging.

The scorers:

For the Blues:
Kaino 2, Parsons, Prattley, Duffie 2
Cons: Francis 5

For the Brumbies:
Penalty try, Toomua
Cons: Lealiifano
Pens: Lealiifano

Yellow card: Jerome Kaino (Blues, 11 - cynical foul, collapsing the maul near the tryline)


Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Male Sa'u, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt Vaega, 23 Lolagi Visinia.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Nigel Ah Wong, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Tom Staniforth, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

Jerome Kaino (4min), James Parsons (6min), Sam Prattley (16min), Matt Duffie (20min), Jerome Kaino (43min), and Matt Duffie (73min)
Matt Toomua (36min)
Piers Francis (5min), Piers Francis (7min), Piers Francis (17min), Piers Francis (21min), and Piers Francis (44min)
Christian Lealiifano (11min)
Christian Lealiifano (40min)
Jerome Kaino (12min)
VENUE Auckland
REFEREE Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)