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Super Rugby | Port Elizabeth
15:15 (GMT) | 25-02-2017
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Full Time. Stay with us as we go straight to the Newlands for when the Stormers take on the Bulls
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Cronje maintains his 100% record with the 2 points
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They work their way on the touch line at the 5 of the Jags and Vulindlu finds the space and dives over the line to score the TRY
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The referee gets called by the TMO for a deliberate trip by Moroni on Jaer. Scrum for the Kings at the 5
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Banda with the ball for Kings after the line-out. The ball is moved up field to Jaer and he tries to kick forward with a chase but is not nearly hard enough. The referee halts play for a penalty to the hosts
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A try here will mean a bonus point for the away team. They have their maul dismantled but try to slip through with a new maul. The referee calls them out on it and the Kings have a penalty. The ball is cleared and the Kings have throw at the 10 of the Jags
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The Jags take their line and bombard the Kings defence with bodies in a driving maul. The referee stops play for a penalty to the away team and Iglesias kicks into touch at the 5 of the hosts
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The referee with an advantage to the Jags for a knock on. The ball is cleared and the Kings come again, trying to find a losing bonus point perhaps. They give away a penalty and Iglesias boots it into touch
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The Kings more resilient now, trying to make the most of the one-man deficit the Jags have. They move the ball down field to their try-scorer but his foot hits the touch line just before he can hit the try. Orlando being treated for a head wound. The Kings in possession again inside the 22 of the away team now
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Line-out at the 5 of the Jags for the Kings after the referee called play back. they try for the maul but the Jags hold firm. The Jags clear but the referee calls play back and awards yellow card to Ezcurra fro cynical play
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Zito trying to power through the Jags defence. The Kings break through with Cloete but his foot hits the touch line just before he places the ball in the try area
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The Kings get a penalty and Cronje kicks into touch around the Jags' 10. They overcook the throw and the Jags clear.
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The Jags look to have their energy renewed after conceding. They build from the 10 of the Kings but the ball is turned over
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Cronje adds the extras from the 5
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The referee awards the hosts a penalty after the ruck is disintegrated by the Jags. Line-out at the 10 of the Kings for the hosts. Jaer trying to wriggle through but fails. The ball is moved down field to Mapimpi who floats passed defenders like a gazelle and plants it down between the sticks
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Kings; early shove by the Jags. The ball is kicked into touch and the Kings rush forward accelerating into the mid field. The referee stops play for a possible neck role by Cronje. The referee decides it to be unavoidable an awards a penalty only. Iglesias kicks into touch at the 22 of the Kings
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The Jags get the ball but the referee blows for an infringement by the visitors. Scrum at the 5 of the hosts
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Line-out for the Kings at the 2 of the Jags. They send the ball back and the turnover is there by the Jags. The away team find some space down field and move up field, cutting away the Kings' defence. The ball is tackled into touch at the 22 of the Kings. Line-out for the hosts
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The reset kick is returned. The Kings try to create an attack from the 10 of the Jags after a scrum
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Iglesias on a spree now, securing a further two points
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The Kings looking to hold onto the ball more now. They are driven back into their half and Ntsila fumbles it costing his team a great deal as the Jags pick it up and hand it to Tuculet who sprints across an opne field to score another TRY
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2 more points for the Jags off the boot of Iglesias
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Willemse gets the ball after the reset kick is returned. He slips at his 22 and is forced to form a ruck. The ball cleared and the Kings in possession at the 22 of the Jags. They move the ball with some unconventional passes. They lose out at the 5 and the Jags counter with some swift passes ending up in the arms of Senatore who gallops from his own 10 to score the TRY
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Iglesias ensures another 3 points. 9 points from the spot since he came on
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Scrum after the restart for the Jags. The referee blows in their favour and the visitors have another penalty. Creevy happy to chip away at the scoreboard, opting for his flyhalf to take the penalty kick
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Iglesias takes his first kick of the second half and adds another 3 to his teams score
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Jags after a dangerous tackle by the Kings frontliner
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The Kings in possession now looking for a way out of their own half but finding none. Cronje clears but the ball is sent back. Both teams resorting to booting the ball for territory
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The Jags trying to build from their half but struggling to get outside of their 10. The Jags wing Orlando stepping and twisting towards the inside passed 4 players opening up some space for his team. Creevy looking to power through. The ball is kicked up field but the turnover is there and Jaer gets possession looking to make a run. He runs roughly 20 meters into the Jags half before he is brought down. Play goes down field and the Kings lose the ball forward. Scrum at the 22 of the Jags
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The second half is underway off the boot of Cronje

Half Time

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Iglesias takes the kick in place of the substituted Bonilla. He adds another 3 points to his team's scoresheet. HALF TIME
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The try scorer finds a gap and slips through the Kings with a smart offload to Matera at the 5. The Kings form their line and hold the Jags. They push them back but the referee awards a penalty to the away team at the 22 of the hosts
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Scrum at the 10 Kings for the home team. A tighthead in the scrum and the Jags come away with the ball. Petti looking to carry forward but he is brought down at the legs
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The hosts get ball and Cronje with a solid clearance. Line-out at the 22 of the hosts and they try to force themselves over the half way line. The referee halts play as the Jags flyhalf is down
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The Jags in possession at the half way. Bonilla kicks forward into touch around the 5 of the Kings
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The reset kick is returned as has become standard in this fixture. The Jags have a line-out at their 10 and opt to kick forward after it is taken. Cronje returns the favour
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Bonilla looking to maintain his 100% record for this season. He does
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The Jags get a penalty in their favour; illegal scrummaging
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Scrum for the Kings at their 22 and the jags shove the home team back but they manage to salvage the ball. They clear and the Jags have a throw at the half way. Alemanno bulldozing his way through the Kings' defence. He offloads upwards and the Jags send it wide to Tuculet who runs into the 22. The referee blows for a scrum as the ball is played down field
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Line-out for the Kings. They lose the ball at the away team 10. The Jags look to be building a good attack now. The referee stops play as the ball is lost forward by Moroni
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The Kings formulate their attack from their 10 but opt to kick forward. The ball returned by the Jags and Cronje decides to go for a drop goal but the ball falls short
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The Jags lose possession as they move the ball down field. Schrueder takes it from the ruck and boots it out.. Line-out for the Kings as the Jags kick the ball back, but into touch
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Line-out after the reset kick and it boot forward by the Jags. Cronje gets it and kicks it back. Senatore again crashing forward causing three players to bring him down
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Bonilla looks focused as he eyes the posts. He boots the ball from outside the 10 and gets the 3 points
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The reset kick send the Jags forward but it's returned by the Kings. The hosts chase the return kick but the referee blows after it lands for a knee shove by Geldenhuys. Yellow card to the tighthead prop
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Cronje takes his kick from inside the 22 and puts his team back in front
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Willemse picks it up after the line-out and carries a few meters forward before the referee blows for a penalty to the hosts
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The Kings trailing again after the try. They find themselves on the attack at the 22 of the Jags. Jaer on the edge of the field looking for a team mate to offload to at the 5 but nobody is home
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Bonilla adds the extras
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Bertranou tries to clear but it's blocked. The ball bounces into touch and the jags start their attack. They rush forward changing the direction of their attack, confusing the Kings defence. The final pass lands in the hands of Bertranou who plants in in between the sticks
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The scrum breaks down for a third time and the referee awards the Kings a penalty. They take it quick and make some ground before the referee blows for a penalty again. Scrum at the 22 of the Jags this time
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Scrum reset
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Line-out around the 22 of the home team and they look to build from their 22 the Jaguares tighthead prop working hard counter ruck. The referee blows for a word with the Kings captain. Scrum to the Kings inside their 10
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The ball turned over but the Kings fumble it backwards and the Jaguares chase. The hosts regain the ball and clear into touch
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The away team pushing forward with Senatore. The recycle the ball from the ruck and edge further into the 10 of the Kings
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The flags go up and the Kings extend their lead
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The Jaguares looking a bit wobbly at the back. The referee awards an offside in favour of the hosts and Cronje steps up for his third penalty in the first 10 minutes
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The teams tussle for the ball around the mid field. The referee halts play with a penalty to the Kings from outside the 10. Cronje thumps it and it sores through the middle of the sticks
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The hosts make quick work moving forward after restart . They make it to the 5 meter of the visitors. The referee blows for a penalty to the home team and Lionel Cronje levels the game with a penalty
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Diaz Bonilla lines up his first kick of the game and opens the scoring 2 minutes in
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The wind speed in PE moving at 44 kmh, is bound to affect both sides kicking. The referee blows for a penalty to the Jaguares early in the game. Penalty from inside the 10
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The referee, Jaco Peyper, blows and the game is underway off the boot of the Jagaures flyhalf
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The players exiting the tunnel
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The two previous fixtures between these two teams have had the wins split in half; both sides taking 1
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Welcome to Port Elizabeth. Home of the Kings who will be tackling the Jagaures in this fixture
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  • 1 Schalk Ferreira
  • 2 Michael Willemse
  • 3 Ross Geldenhuys
  • 4 Irne Herbst
  • 5 Mzwanele Zito
  • 6 Anidisa Ntsila
  • 7 Stefan Willemse
  • 8 Ruaan Lerm
  • 9 Louis Schrueder
  • 10 Lionel Cronje
  • 11 Malcolm Jaer
  • 12 Waylon Murray
  • 13 Berton Klaasen
  • 14 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 15 Chrysander Botha
  • 16 Martin Bezuidenhout
  • 17 Schalk van der Merwe
  • 18 Chris Heiberg
  • 19 Tyler Paul
  • 20 Chris Cloete
  • 21 Rudi van Rooyen
  • 22 Masixole Banda
  • 23 Luzuko Vulindlu
  • 1 Lucas Noguera Paz
  • 2 Augustin Creevy
  • 3 Felipe Arregui
  • 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval
  • 5 Matias Alemanno
  • 6 Tomas Lezana
  • 7 Pablo Matera
  • 8 Leonardo Senatore
  • 9 Gonzalo Bertranou
  • 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla
  • 11 Santiago Cordero
  • 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente
  • 13 Matias Moroni
  • 14 Matias Orlando
  • 15 Joaquin Tuculet
  • 16 Julian Montoya
  • 17 Santiago Garcia Botta
  • 18 Cristian Bartoloni
  • 19 Marcos Kremer
  • 20 Rodrigo Baez
  • 21 Felipe Ezcurra
  • 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias
  • 23 Ramiro Moyano
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SR PREVIEW: Round One, Part Two

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:49

SUPER SATURDAY: Wall-to-wall rugby, custom fit. Throw in the fact that it is Round One and you know a few household chores are abound to be left undone.

In this part of our preview, we have some of the most intriguing contests the competition has.

From the opening match, when the Sunwolves take on the defending champion Hurricanes, through to the big north-south South African derby between the Stormers and Bulls.

Sandwiched in between are other tasty snacks such as Crusaders versus Brumbies and Cheetahs against the Lions.

We look at all the Saturday matches!

Saturday, February 25

Sunwolves v Hurricanes
(Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo - Kick-off: 13.15; 17.15 NZDT; 04.15 GMT)

Sunwolves coach Filo Tiatia said the Japanese side have no reason to feel pressure this season, after a chastening first year in Super Rugby.

The Tokyo-based franchise won just one of their 15 games under New Zealander Mark Hammett in 2016, while former Japan coach Eddie Jones called them "embarrassing" after a 92-17 mauling by the Cheetahs.

But Tiatia told AFP the Sunwolves had learnt from that baptism of fire as he prepares for this weekend's season-opener at home to the defending champions, the Hurricanes.

"We're under no illusions," he said.

"A lot of people are saying we're going to get pumped [thrashed] every game," added the 45-year-old, who took over from his countryman Hammett after holding an assistant's role in the team's inaugural season.

"But I don't think we need to feel pressure. The fact of the matter is that we came 18th out of 18 teams last year but there were a lot of lessons.

"Our major focus is to keep learning and keep improving. It's only our second time at the dance."

Tiatia also called for patience as the Sunwolves look to improve on 2016.

"I played five years with the Hurricanes and it took them 21 years to win a championship," said the former back row forward, who twice represented the All Blacks in 2000.

"When a baby's born, you've got to start crawling, then obviously you hope to walk," he added.

"The Sunwolves are still in the infancy stage."

Previous results:
These two teams have never met before

Prediction: It is not a case of who will win, but by how much the Hurricanes will win. We feel the margin will be 30 points or more.


Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hikaru Tamura, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Edward Quirk, 6 Malgene Ilaua, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Hino, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Kotaro Yatabe, 20 Shokei Kin, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Shota Emi.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Otere Black, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ben May, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Reed Prinsep, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Vince Aso.

Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Akihisa Aso (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

Crusaders v Brumbies
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 AEDT; 06.35 GMT)

At a glance, it would appear the Crusaders have two major advantages - home ground and experience.

The Brumbies, who have lost more than 500 Super Rugby caps of experience in the off-season, will throw seven rookies into a Christchurch cauldron for the first game of the season and an attempt to break a 17-year drought against the Crusaders.

However, Brumbies captain Sam Carter believes there is still enough "experience" in the side to cope with the onslaught from the seven-time champion Crusaders.

"We'll look to our experienced guys and leaders in the team to step up," Carter told The Canberra Times.

"I think we've got five or six Wallabies in our starting pack so they need to step up and show the way for the team.

"There's are a lot of blokes who got experience last year and came through really well.

"We're feeling confident in what we do and what we've got out on the park."

The Crusaders are notoriously slow starters and that may be something the Brumbies will look at.

However, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson believes he may have found a way to manage the integration of the All Blacks, one of the key issues in those early season defeats.

Robertson the key lies in how to play the All Blacks, getting them good game time and getting them fit.

"Last year we [the Crusaders] had seven All Blacks on the long-term injury list," Robertson told, adding: "This year we have none."

Recent results:
2016: Crusaders won 40-14, Canberra
2015: Crusaders won 37-24, Canberra
2014: Crusaders won 40-20, Christchurch
2013: Crusaders won 30-23, Canberra
2011: Crusaders won 52-10, Nelson

Prediction: First round matches are not easy to call, since there is no form to speak of. Bookmakers suggest the Crusaders' winning margin will be at least 16 points. We feel it will be much smaller, perhaps inside 10 points.


Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody.  
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Ereatari Enari, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 David Havili.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leulua'Iali'I-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Dewet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Isaac Thompson.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

Waratahs v Western Force
(Allianz Stadium, Sydney - Kick-off: 19.45; 16.45 AWST; 08.45 GMT)

The Waratahs will feel a little uneasy, given that they will head into the opening round without Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley - ruled out with a head knock sustained in the pre-season game against the Highlanders last week.

However, there are other reasons why coach Daryl Gibson feels the Western Force - under new coach Dave Wessels - are a genuine threat.

"The Force has recruited cleverly," Gibson said.

"I think they have an excellent spine of experience and have picked up some good players around them.

"I'm expecting the Force to be very competitive this season - a change of coach and change of direction to the style of game they play.

"We expect a really tough scrum battle against the Force."

The ledger between the Force and Waratahs sits firmly in favour of the Waratahs, with the New South Welshmen boasting 10 wins to the Force's five -  with one draw way back in 2007.

Although, history won't be on the Force's mind with the men from the West boasting a host of new recruits who won't be phased by the past.

Dave Wessels' men will also take plenty off confidence across to Sydney, where the Force have a good record - most recently a 25-13 win in 2015.

The Force had a convincing win against the Melbourne Rebels at Bond University on the Gold Coast, scoring four tries for a comfortable 27-5 pre-season victory.

Defence and physicality will be key, as every single side in the competition is fighting fit in Round One.

"It's Round One of Super Rugby so everyone is pretty fresh, it's definitely going to be pretty brutal and a war of attrition," Force coach Dave Wessels said.

Recent results:
2016: Waratahs won 49-13, Perth
2015: Force won 18-11, Perth
2015: Force won 25-13, Sydney
2014: Force won 28-16, Perth
2014: Waratahs won 43-21, Sydney

Prediction: Despite the loss of Bernard Foley the Waratahs will still be favourites, but the margin will be in the single digits.


Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann (captain), 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Isireli Naisarani, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Alex Newsome.

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

Cheetahs v Lions
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 15.05; 13.05 GMT)

If it is excitement and tries you are after, then you simply can't afford to miss the battle of Bloem - the Currie Cup champions against the beaten Super Rugby finalists.

Lions captain Warren Whiteley admitted that there will be expectations of his team to improve on last year's second place.

However, he feels they have built up some great experience in recent years and with 10 guys who have played for the Springboks are mature enough to cope with those expectations.

The real challenge for the Lions will be the Cheetahs, not the off-field sideshows.

"They are a great team and we have seen how they have grown under Franco [Smith] the last few years," Whiteley told rugby365.

"We experienced the coaching of Franco at the Springboks [on the year-end tour in November] and we saw why they have improved so much."

Whiteley had no doubt spectators will get value for money in what promises to be a very exciting game.

"Both teams enjoy the expansive game," Whiteley said, adding: "Everybody knows that a game between the Cheetahs and Lions are full of excitement and played at a high tempo.

"The set pieces will be vital, because we saw how the Cheetahs improved their scrums and their line-out mauls."

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith said he is "satisfied" with where they are after the pre-season.

"Everyone trained really hard and we are as prepared as possible.

"The majority of the players has played Super Rugby and know what the intensity will be like."   

Recent results:
2016: Lions won 39-22, Johannesburg
2015: Lions won 40-17, Bloemfontein
2015: Lions won 34-29, Johannesburg
2014: Lions won 60-25, Johannesburg
2014: Lions won 21-20, Bloemfontein

Prediction: Starp yourself in, it could be a wild ride. It will be close, with the Lions scoring a late winner - eight points or less.


Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Ryno Benjamin.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Howard Mnisi, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Jaco van der Walt.

Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Southern Kings v Jaguares
(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium - Kick-off: 17.15; 12.15 Argentina time; 15.15 GMT)

Two of the most disappointing teams from 2016 gets a chance to show they have learnt the lessons handed out to them last year.

The Kings were never expected to do much, given the contentious circumstances that resulted in the team only being finalised in the final weeks leading up to the start of the 2016 season.

This year they have had a proper pre-season.

The quality of their playing personnel and depth remain under suspicion.

The Jaguares, despite their star-studded squad, lacks discipline and struggled to cope with the arduous travel schedule.

Both teams are looking forward to a new start.

Veteran prop Schalk Ferreira, who will lead the Kings for the first time, is expecting a fierce scrum battle against the Jaguares.

"On a global spectrum Argentina has always had a strong scrum, even of late they are very good," Ferreira said.

"The Jaguares team has the same structures.

"They will probably be the strongest scrummaging side in the competition. We have worked extra hard on it with coach Deon Davids and Springbok forwards coach Matt Proudfoot as well. We have put in the work on the scrums."

Jaguares coach Raul Perez indicated that he was expecting an improvement from his side's this season.

"Our focus is on taking thing match by match, and right now we are focusing on the Kings," Perez told a media briefing in Port Elizabeth.

"We will want to improve on the errors from last year.

"The biggest objective for the year for us is to play better throughout the tournament," Perez added.

Previous results:
2016: Kings won 29-22, Port Elizabeth
2016: Jaguares won 73-27, Buenos Aires

Prediction: Discipline, or the lack of it, was a massive issue for the Jaguares last year. If they can fix that, they should win - by 15 to 20 points.


Southern Kings: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Mzwanele Zito, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Chris Heiberg, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Masixole Banda, 23 Luzuko Vulindlu.

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Orlando, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Pablo Matera, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Felipe Arregui, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Cristian Bartoloni, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Rodrigo Báez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Stormers v Bulls
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 19.30; 17.30 GMT)

Both teams have spoken, repeatedly, of their desire to evolve their games.

The buzz words are 'entertaining' and 'expansive'.

That may suggest a try-fest, a rarity in the big north-south derby.

However, Bulls coach Nollis Marais was adamant that the set pieces remain crucial.

"There is no doubt the team with the best set pieces and the side making the least number of mistakes will win this game," Maras told rugby365.

"Last year we were down just 6-9 with 20 minutes to go and lost 9-33," he said of the 2016 encounter at Newlands.

"That was because we lost the set piece battle - the scrums, line-outs and mauls."

He said the Bulls must "counter" the Stormers in those aspects if they want to have a realistic chance of victory.

"Five or six of the best locks in South Africa will be on display at the Newlands at the weekend and that will be a massive battle," he added.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said the height of Bulls' back three could be the key.

"They are obviously a strong combination, they are big boys and they are good in the air," Fleck told a media briefing at Newlands.

"However, it is the same threat that came our way in the Currie Cup and we seemed to handle it.

"They have a good combination, but the same goes for us."

The Stormers mentor said the fact that the Stormers and Bulls are playing New Zealand teams this year, make it vital that they get the season off to a good start.

"The Bulls and ourselves are in a very tough group," he said, adding: "You want to get off to a winning start for the confidence of the squad.

"We both got to tour New Zealand.

"There are some tough obstacles in our way. Both teams have enjoyed a good pre-season and both teams are confident going into this game.

"Finally, we are here and the waiting is over. It's now time to get stuck in and see where we are and how far we have come."

Recent results:
2016: Bulls won 17-13, Pretoria
2016: Stormers won 33-9, Cape Town
2015: Stormers won 15-13, Cape Town
2015: Stormers won 29-17, Pretoria
2014: Stormers won 16-0, Cape Town
2014: Bulls won 28-12, Pretoria

Prediction: The Bulls have not won in Cape Town since 2011 and there are good reasons for that. They do have a very good chance, but we feel the Stormers will sneak it - by five points.


Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Robert du Preez.

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Handré Pollard (captain), 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Nick de Jager, 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Lizo Gqoboka, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Warrick Gelant.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

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Jaguares too strong for Kings

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:46

REPORT: A superb try by Jaguares scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou highlighted a 39-26 Super Rugby triumph for the Argentines over Southern Kings in South Africa Saturday.

Half the visiting team handled the ball in a move started inside their '22' at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Bertranou, deputising for injured Argentina star Martin Landajo, rounded off a string of slick passes by dotting down on 16 minutes.
Injuries ruled out two other Argentina backline stars, centre Juan Martin Hernandez and flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez.

Outstanding young No.8 Facundo Isa was missing, too, having signed for French club Toulon.

Fullback Joaquin Tuculet, one of many internationals in the Argentine line-up, produced an outstanding performance.

"It was important to start the season with a victory and this result makes up for our loss here last year," he said.

"I believe we will be more patient in our second season of Super Rugby and now look forward to facing the Stormers in Cape Town next weekend." 

The Kings began promisingly and the accuracy of flyhalf Lionel Cronje from penalty kicks had the hosts 12-10 ahead midway through the opening half. 

But the Jaguares responded with three penalties to lead by seven points at half-time.

After two more penalties in the second half stretched the lead to 25-12, another counter-attack try by the visitors ended the match as a contest.

A turnover ball inside the 22 enabled Tuculet to break free and he sent No.8 Leonardo Senatore on a long run to the line.

Jaguares' third try came from Tuculet and flyhalf Joaquin Diaz Bonilla kicked a conversion and three penalties before being injured.

The goal-kicking of replacement playmaker Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias was also flawless as he slotted two conversions and three penalties.

Wings Makazole Mapimpi and Luzuko Vulindlu scored a try each for the Kings and Cronje kicked two conversions and four penalties.

Man of the match: Joaquín Tuculet deserves a special mention for his creativity on attack, but the award goes to Jaguares No.8 Leonardo Senatore for his all-round performance.

The scorers:

For Southern Kings:
Tries: Mapimpi, Vulindlu
Cons: Cronje 2
Pens: Cronje 4

For Jaguares:
Tries: Bertranou, Senatore. Tuculet
Cons: Bonilla, González Iglesias 2
Pens: Bonilla 3, González Iglesias 3

Yellow cards: Ross Geldenhuys (Southern Kings, 22 - dangerous play); Felipe Ezcurra (Jaguares, 73 - cynical play); Matías Moroni (Jaguares,  79 - dangerous play)


Southern Kings: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Mzwanele Zito, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Chris Heiberg, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Masixole Banda, 23 Luzuko Vulindlu.

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Orlando, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Pablo Matera, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Felipe Arregui, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Cristian Bartoloni, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Rodrigo Báez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)


Makazole Mapimpi (65min) and Luzuko Vulindlu (80min)
Gonzalo Bertranou (15min), Leonardo Senatore (53min), and Joaquin Tuculet (56min)
Lionel Cronje (67min) and Lionel Cronje (81min)
Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (16min), Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (54min), and Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (58min)
Lionel Cronje (4min), Lionel Cronje (6min), Lionel Cronje (8min), and Lionel Cronje (21min)
Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (2min), Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (23min), Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (32min), Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (40min), Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (47min), and Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (50min)
Ross Geldenhuys (22min)
Felipe Ezcurra (73min) and Matias Moroni (79min)
VENUE Port Elizabeth
REFEREE Jaco Peyper (South Africa)