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Super Rugby | Melbourne
08:45 (GMT) | 23-02-2017
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The horn sounds and the Blues get a penalty after the throw. The Blues kick out and end the game with a bonus point. FULL TIME
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The Blues looking to add some final points to their score with a boot forward but it goes into touch. Line-out for the hosts. The ball sent back to Hodge and he clears into touch
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Scrum reset
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The Rebels get a line-out after the reset but lose out to a handling error. The referee decides it's lost forward and calls fro a scrum to the Blues around the half way.
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Francis steps up to take this kick and adds the 3 points
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The Blues well on their way to a bonus point despite the yellow card. Luatua gets it and breaks through the Rebels' almost flimsy defence. He makes a run and is halted before the 5 but at the cost of a penalty.
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Scrum to the Rebels around the half way. Scrum reset
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The Rebels again trying to play their way out of danger. The referee blows for a foul against Ranger. Yellow Card
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The Blues lose the ball forward. Scrum to the Rebels at their own 10
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The Rebels squander a throw at the 5 of The Blues. The Rebels trying desperately to counter ruck but the Blues hold firm and clear. The referee blows. Scrum to the Blues
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The referee halts play for a short while as a Rebels' man makes his walk off the field with an injury. Play continues with the Rebels moving forward into the Blues half but the ball is lost and cleared. The referee stops play again for a penalty to the Rebels
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The reset kick is sent back. The Rebels making attempts at rushing forward but the Blues ensuring each man has his man
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West adds the extras
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Reid gets it on his 22 and tries to play it out of danger but loses out and Akira Ioane sends it to his brother to score the TRY and secure his hatrick
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The Rebels make it inside the 22 of the Blues. Penalty to the hosts but Mehaan takes it quickly and scurries to the 5 meter. He is driven back but the Rebels maintain possession. They lose it in their 7th phase and the ball is cleared
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The reset kick gets the game back on track and the Rebels now up against it. Penalty to the hosts. They boot the ball into touch around the 10 of the Blues
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West prepares to take his kick from a tricky angle. The balls from the edge of the outside in to add the 2 points
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West with a boot forward across the pitch and Nanai Vai racing towards it alongside Maahan as the ball bounces inside the try area. The referee refers to the TMO and decides to award the TRY
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The referee blows for a penalty to the hosts but they play on. Both teams playing aggressively inside the 10 of the Blues, the ball changing possession periodically
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The Rebels make some ground up field reaching the 22 of the away team but fall short with a poor pass into touch. Line-out for the Blues.
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The Blues with a desperate clearance and the ball picked up by Maddocks who receives a crunching tackle. They progress forward but the ball is turned over and cleared
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Scrum reset
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The restart kick by the Rebels driving them forward. They work hard to make it of the 5 of the Blues but the referee halts their momentum. Scrum at the 5 of the Blues
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West adds the extras
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Line out at the 22 of the Blues and the ball is cleared. English clears and the ball lands at the half way. Rieko Ioane picks it up from there and sells two dummies before going all the way to score the TRY
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Pulu, the try-scorer sends it up field and the Blues knock-on but the Rebels play on, then lose it after the advantage is called off
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The ball kicked forward but lands up in possession of the home team, surprisingly, at their 10 again. Penalty to the hosts and Hodge kicks into touch around the 22 of the Blues. They take the throw and the referee blows. Scrum to the Blues
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Both teams tussling for possession after the reset kick. The ball up field at the 10 of the Rebels and it roles into touch. Line-out for the away team and they lose their throw. The hosts start to build from their 10 meter
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West secures the 2 extras points
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The Blues win a line-out shortly after the restart kick. The ball snatched up by Pulu inside the Rebels' 10 and he sprints all the way to the TRY line.
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Hodge takes the penalty kick and gets the 3 points for his team
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The second half is underway. The Rebels looking to make an impact right off the bat. An overcooked pass is sent into touch and the Blues have a throw at their 22. The ball is cleared and the Rebels build from the half way but play is stopped by the referee for a penalty to the hosts.

Half Time

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The reset kick lands around the 22 and its sent back. The Rebels trying to make a play before the whistle but to no avail.
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West secures the 2 extra points
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The restart kick from West is short. The Blues knock the ball on shortly after it lands. Scrum to the Rebels at their own 10. Maddocks looking to squeeze through the blue bodies but is brought down quickly enough. They reform and moving the ball down field but the ball i intercepted by Ioane who makes the most of the space and goes all the way from the Rebels' 22 to score the TRY
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Penalty to the Rebels after the restart kick. Reece Hodge the newly elected kicker for this game. He ensures the 3 points for his team
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West steps up for a penalty kick from inside the 10. He makes the 3 points
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The Blues struggling to make it passed the half way but West takes care of that by booting it forward. The ball goes over the try line. The restart kick by the Rebels is not long and West decides for another kick forward. The referee blows for a penalty shortly after
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Meehan directs the ball up field and the ball is booted out into touch. Blues with a quick throw and now they come again.
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The reset kick sent back. The referee blows for a penalty to the Rebels. Scrum to the hosts. Scrum reset
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West eyeing the sticks. He adds the extras
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The Rebels make it to the half way but the turnover is there by the Blues. They move it down field with immense pace and the Rebels find themselves wondering how Matt Duffie placed it comfortably over the try line. TRY
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The Rebels trying to build from their own 22 but the Blues pressure forces a boot out. The referee blows for a penalty to the Rebels. Garden-Bachop misses another kick showing an abysmal record for this particular game
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The reset kick is deep but it's returned right back to the Blues
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Garden-Bachop misses the conversion. 1 for 3 this game
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The Rebels win a penalty in a relatively good position; just outside the 22 of the Blues around the center of the field. They opt for the kick. Jackson Garden-Bachop misses the kick, it bounces off the upright. They manage to find possession in the confusion and Garden-Bachop makes up for his mistake by securing the 5 points. TRY
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The reset kick is there and the but returned whence it came. The Rebels looking to build from the 10, now edging towards the 22 of The Blues.
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West stares longingly at the sticks before taking his shot, but fails to add the 2 extra points
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The Blues being held in their scrum. Persistent on breaking through on the line down field. They throw bodies at the ball and it's forced over the line. TRY credited Manu
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The Blues break forward after the kick. The Rebels struggling to get back and form a proper defensive line. They make it over the line but the referee refers to the TMO for a try/no try decision. No try. Scrum at the 5 of the Rebels
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The referee stops play; the ball lost forward by Mafi. Scrum at the 10 of the Blues. Pulu slips in in and directs their attack down field with a boot forward
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The ball kicked into touch and then lost by the Blues. Blues with another throw at the Rebels' 10. The hosts now in possession looking to break out of their own half but the Blues holding a high line
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The ball moved up field shortly after the scrum. Line-out for the Rebels. They take the ball down field to the 10 of the Blues but rethink their attack moving back up field. The referee blows for a penalty to the Blues halting their attack
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The reset kick sees both teams try to regain a firm grasp on the game. The referee blows for a penalty to the Blues, scrum at the halfway
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The conversion is good
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The Rebels have a swift response and rip through the Blues defence categorically, finding the try line in a matter of seconds. Stirzaker credited with the TRY
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West opts to go for the kick from inside the 10. West opens the scoring for this fixture
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Line-out to the hosts inside their own 22. They play the ball back calmly and clear, giving the Blues another opportunity to build, this time from the Rebels' 10. Penalty to the Blues down field on the Rebels' 10
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A relatively short kick to start off the game landing short of the 22. The Blues trying to make ground from their own 10 but the Rebels holding firm
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Angus Gardner, blows and the game is underway
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The players and crowd stand for a moment of silence in remembrance of Dan Vickerman
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Players readying themselves as they prepare to leave the tunnel
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This is the first time since 2014 the Rebels will open their Super Rugby campaign at home. The previous two years the Rebels have started the year on road to the Crusaders and Western Force respectively.
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  • 3 Laurie Weeks
  • 4 Steven Cummins
  • 5 Lopeti Timani
  • 6 Jordy Reid
  • 7 Colby Faingaa
  • 8 Amanaki Mafi
  • 9 Nic Stirzaker
  • 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop
  • 11 Jonah Placid
  • 12 Reece Hodge
  • 13 Tom English
  • 14 Jack Maddocks
  • 15 Jack Debreczeni
  • 16 Jordan Uelese
  • 17 Tom Moloney
  • 18 Tyrel Lomax
  • 19 Culum Retallick
  • 20 Jake Schatz
  • 21 Ben Meehan
  • 22 Sione Tuipolotu
  • 23 Ben Volavola
  • 1 Pauliasi Manu
  • 2 Matt Moulds
  • 3 Sione Mafileo
  • 4 Jimmy Tupou
  • 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
  • 6 Steven Luatua
  • 7 Blake Gibson
  • 8 Akira Ioane
  • 9 Augustine Pulu
  • 10 Ihaia West
  • 11 Melani Nanai Vai
  • 12 Piers Francis
  • 13 Rieko Ioane
  • 14 Matt Duffie
  • 15 Michael Collins
  • 16 Epalahame Faiva
  • 17 Sam Prattley
  • 18 Charlie Faumuina
  • 19 Scott Scrafton
  • 20 Murphy Taramai
  • 21 Sam Nock
  • 22 George Moala
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SR PREVIEW: Round One, Part One

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:09

LET THE GAMES BEGIN: It is with great excitement that we await the opening salvos of the 2017 Super Rugby season - which, for the first time, includes a Thursday game.

While the Rebels and Blues will get the action underway with that historic first Thursday match, it is followed by two very intriguing Friday matches - the all-New Zealand derby between the Highlanders and Chiefs, as well as the Reds hosting the Sharks in Brisbane.

It is these three match we pay attention to in Part One of our preview!

Thursday, February 23

Melbourne Rebels v Blues
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.45; 21.45 NZ time; 08.45 GMT)

The Melbourne Rebels host the Blues in a game that will give us an early glimpse into their prospects for 2017 - two teams who have promised so much last year, only to drop out the race.

The Blues campaign could hit an early speed bump, with several leading players missing the opening round.

Co-captains Jerome Kaino and James Parson, along with fellow All Black, lock Patrick Tuipulotu, and as expected Sonny Bill Williams, will all miss the Blues' first match.

It is part of the agreement with the New Zealand Rugby Union to 'manage' key All Blacks.

Charlie Faumuina, carrying a leg complaint, George Moala and Rene Ranger have been named to come off a powerful bench - all making graduated returns from injury.

Blues coach Tana Umaga said they are "very happy" with where they are at.

"The group are committed to starting well," he told

"They know there is a lot of competition and a lot of people coming back that have got some reputations so they want to stay where they are.

"We learnt last year the Rebels didn't do so well in the preseason but won three out of their first four games so we're under no illusions how tough it is going to be for us over there."

The Rebels will kick off their seventh Super Rugby season at home for the first time since their 21-point victory over the Cheetahs in 2014.

The previous two years the Rebels have started the year on road to the Crusaders and Western Force respectively.

The Rebels have historically enjoyed their first game of the year - winning their last four season openers against Force (2013), Cheetahs (2014), Crusaders (2015) and Force (2016).

Home field advantage made all the difference in previous encounters between the Blues and Rebels, but will that trend continue in the first Super Rugby clash of 2017?

If history is any guide we can expect a high-scoring affair.

The Blues and Rebels first met on Good Friday in 2011, with the Auckland-based side winning a little more easily on the scoreboard than on the field, as it took a late burst to first secure the bonus point and then pad out the margin to 40-23 in front of a home crowd.

In 2012, the Rebels triumphed 34-23 in Melbourne, but we got our revenge in a try-fest at Eden Park the following year, winning 36-32 and scoring six tries to five.

More recently, the 2015 match against the Rebels was one to forget as the Blues went down 42-22 away from home, and the 36-30 victory last year was one to remember, especially as it was James Parsons' first match as captain.

Both teams scored roughly the same amount of points last season (Blues 374 v Rebels 365) but the Australian side conceded over 100 points more during the course of the season. That's 18 more tries over 15 games, plus conversions.

So expect the Rebels to focus their efforts on containment, as our boys look to light up AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Recent results:
2016: Blues won 36-30, Auckland
2015: Rebels won 42-22, Melbourne
2013: Blues won 36-32, Auckland
2012: Rebels won 34-23, Melbourne
2011: Blues won 40-23, North Harbour

Prediction: The bookmakers may fancy the Blues, but the home factor and depleted Blues line-up make us think the Rebels have more than just an even shot. We suggest the Rebels will win by five points or less.


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Tom English, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Moloney, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Jonah Placid.

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Jimmy Tupou, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Matt Moulds, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Sam Nock, 22 George Moala, 23 Rene Ranger

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Will Houston (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Friday, February 24

Highlanders v Chiefs
(Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

The Highlanders start the season with a brand new coaching panel, in contrast to the Chiefs that will be in their last season under Dave Rennie.

Highlanders assistant coach Scott McLeod made it clear the likes of new head coach Tony Brown and forwards coach Mark Hammett will play a key role.

Brown has taken over from Jamie Joseph, now the Japan coach.

"The coaching styles are different," McLeod told the Otago Daily Times.

"That is not a good or a bad thing.

"We just have to find ways to be effective with that.

"Maybe more of us have to step up to do the things that maybe Jamie [Joseph] would have done in the past. And that is a good thing as well.''

The new forwards coach, Hammett, was showing his worth.

"There is a lot of big picture thinking from him and also a lot of details to our forwards.''

The Chiefs mentor, Rennie, does not believe that the changes in the Highlanders coaching panel will make the home team any more vulnerable.

"New Zealand games are so tough and you have good runs against certain sides. Other sides may have the wood on you," Rennie told the Waikato Times.

"Every game we've got into [against the Highlanders], we've been in the arm wrestle and they've been tight affairs.

"We certainly won't be reflecting on history because it really counts for nothing. We certainly won't be going down there without throwing everything at it."

McLeod said pre-season had been different from others for the Highlanders, but he is confident the side is fit and ready to go for Friday's opener.

"It was a different challenge for us in December," the Highlanders' assistant coach said.

"We had 17 guys out and 17 new guys in - with four boys from school, which was really different for us. We have had not had that in the past. We got through that well; the boys put in a great effort,'' he said.

"Lately it has been about integrating our All Blacks back in. It was a large number again and getting them up to play.

"They are getting there. They are available [to play]. For some of them, we just don't think we can play them all at once. So we just have to work out how to manage that and integrate that.''

Recent results:
2016: Highlanders won 25-15, Dunedin
2016: Highlanders won 26-13, Hamilton
2015: Highlanders won 24-14, Dunedin (first round play-offs)
2015: Highlanders won 36-9, Dunedin
2015: Highlanders won 20-17, Hamilton

Prediction: The smart money is on the home team and we also think that is a safe bet - the Highlanders to win by about seven points and the Chiefs to get a losing bonus point.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Adrian Smith, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Samisoni Tuake'iaho, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Reds v Sharks
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 19.00; 11.00 SA time; 09.00 GMT)

The Sharks can expect 'all-out war' from the Reds when the two sides meet up in their opening 2017 Super Rugby match in a blistering hot Brisbane on Friday.

The Reds have talked themselves up, in the wake of some astute off-season signings - which include Wallaby legend George Smith and veteran Wallaby captain Stephen Moore.

Despite being 36, it is expected Smith's experience - 111 Test caps and almost 150 Super Rugby appearances - will bring that steely resolve that lacked so often in the Reds of recent vintage.

The Reds are determined to improve on last year's 15th place, but so are the Sharks keen on going better than being losing quarterfinalists in 2016.

Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt was under no illusion that the visitors were expecting a "total onslaught" from the Reds.

"They have a transformed squad, headed by a born-and-bred Brisbane man in hooker Stephen Moore [the current Wallabies captain], who has returned home from the Brumbies," Everitt said.

"Then they also have [veteran loose forwards] George Smith and Scott Higginbotham back in Brisbane.

"However, as a backline coach the player I have identified as being a major threat is centre Samu Kerevi."

The giant Fijian (at 108kg and 1.86m) will have an equally physical Andre Esterhuizen (1.94m and 112kg) to contend with in what will be a brutal midfield battle.

Another appetising contest will be between Pat Lambie and Quade Cooper, the respective flyhalves.

Everitt said that captain Patrick Lambie has been walking around with a smile on his face all tour.

"He has mentioned that he has not made a Sharks Super Rugby tour since 2013 because of injury," Everitt said, adding: "He is just so pleased to be here and the players are feeding off his enthusiasm. He is a really popular captain.

"We know how clever Cooper can be, and he has a new scrumhalf partner in Nick Frisby [succeeding Will Genia], who has a beautiful pass, so we have to get up quickly on defence [to shut down Cooper and Kerevi]."

Recent results:
2015: Sharks won 21-14, Brisbane
2014: Sharks won 35-20, Durban
2013: Reds won 32-17, Brisbane
2012: Sharks won 30-17, Brisbane (first round play-offs)
2012: Sharks won 27-22, Durban

Prediction: Home ground advantage and a massive off-season recruitment drive mean there is justification in making the Reds six-point favourites. However, we believe it will be much closer and a late Pat Lambie penalties will win it for the Sharks.


Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Markus Vanzati, 18 Sef Fa'agase, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Izaia Perese.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Clement Poitrenaud.

Compiled by Jan de Koning

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:15

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Blues started the 2017 season with a try-scoring (56-18) win over an error-prone Rebels in Melbourne in the competition's first Thursday mach.

Outscoring the Rebels by seven tries to two - which included a sublime Rieko Ioane hat-trick - the Blues did so with a number of their best players yet to join the fray.

Blues flyhalf Ihaia West kicked six conversions and two penalties to pass 300 career points for the Aucklanders.

It was an impressive performance that sounded a loud warning to other teams.

The game marked the Blues' first victory in three trips to Melbourne and it was their biggest winning score in Australia.

It was an eye-catching performance from 19-year-old Ioane, who made his Test debut for the All Blacks against Italy in Rome last November and heralded the arrival of a new promising star in Super Rugby this season.

Ioane, who graduated to Super Rugby from New Zealand's Sevens team, scored an intercept try, another beating three tackles and a third backing up his brother Akira to take the final pass.

The Blues have often been their own worst enemy in the past with their inconsistency, but under the coaching of All Black great Tana Umaga, they were more clinical in their execution, outscoring the Rebels 31-3 in the second half.

"It's something we've been working very hard on during the pre-season to get those consistent performances and I thought we got that tonight," skipper Jimmy Tupou said.

The Blues, who led 25-15 at half-time, were helped along in the second half by the disjointed Rebels, who missed 20 tackles.

Nothing went right for the Rebels in their first home match of the new season before a sparse crowd on a Thursday night scheduling experiment in Melbourne.

They started brightly but lost skipper Nic Stirzaker after he failed a concussion test from a head knock, not long after scoring the Rebels' first try in the seventh minute.

Stirzaker joined a growing list of sidelined stars including National Rugby League recruit, wig Marika Koroibete, and Wallabies Sean McMahon, Sefa Naivalu, James Hanson and Toby Smith.

The Rebels also lost experienced centre Mitch Inman, forcing a late backline reshuffle.

The Blues will test their early season promise against the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton next week, while the Rebels are away to the defending champion Hurricanes in Wellington.

Man of the match: You can take your pick from a very impressive Blues team, but our award is for Blues centre Rieko Ioane was a one-man wrecking ball on defence and the creative force on attack - which earned him a hat-trick of tries.

The scorers:

For the Rebels:
 Stirzaker, Garden-Bachop
Con: Garden-Bachop
Pens: Hodge 2

For the Blues:
Manu, Duffie, R Ioane 3, Pulu, Nanai
Cons: West 6
Pens: West 2, Francis

Yellow card: Rene Ranger (Blues, 72 - repeat offences at the breakdown, in from the side)


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Jonah Placid, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Moloney, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 .

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Jimmy Tupou, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Matt Moulds, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Sam Nock, 22 George Moala, 23 Rene Ranger

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Will Houston (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

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Nic Stirzaker (6min) and Jackson Garden-Bachop (20min)
Pauliasi Manu (16min), Matt Duffie (25min), Rieko Ioane (37min), Augustine Pulu (43min), Rieko Ioane (50min), Melani Nanai Vai (58min), and Rieko Ioane (63min)
Jackson Garden-Bachop (7min)
Ihaia West (27min), Ihaia West (38min), Ihaia West (44min), Ihaia West (51min), Ihaia West (59min), and Ihaia West (64min)
Reece Hodge (35min) and Reece Hodge (42min)
Ihaia West (5min) and Ihaia West (33min)
Rene Ranger (72min)
VENUE Melbourne
REFEREE Angus Gardner (Australia)