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Super Rugby | Cape Town
17:30 (GMT) | 25-02-2017
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Schoeman adds the extras
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Short ball for Pierre Schoeman. The Bulls not giving up despite the horn. The referee blows for an offside against the Stormers. They take it quickly and Van Zyltip toes pass the snoring Stormers defence to score the last consolation TRY
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The Bulls lose the ball but win a penalty inside the 10. Tian Schoeman kicks into touch just before the 5 of the hosts
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Liebenberg takes the ball down for his team in the throw. The Bulls trying hard to chisel down the Stormers defence.
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The ball kicked forward by Tian Schoeman but Kolbe ensures it does't go into touch. Du Preez' pass is fumbled and the Bulls have a line-out. The Stormers turn over after the ball is moved up field and the Bulls counter ruck then win a penalty. Schoeman kicks into touch this time around at the 22
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Stormers take a scrum with the man up. The ball is given to Kolbe who tries to dummy his way passed the defence of the away team. The referee blows for a penalty to the Bulls; holding on in the ruck
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Mbonami with a poor throw from the line-out. The Bulls have the ball and it's sent back to Tian Schoeman who clears. Marais boots it forward again. The referee blows for a penalty to the Stormers inside the 22 of the. Yellow card to Gqoboka
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Stormers win a penalty from the scrum. Marais is called forward to kick into touch for the Stormers. Line-out at the 5
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Scrum reset
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The Stormers win the ball after the advantage dies and the home team make it to the 22 of the Bulls before the referee blows. Scrum just outside the Bulls 22 for the visitors
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Kolbe getting the last ball down field at the 10 of the Bulls. The away team play with an advantage as the ball is lost forward by the hosts
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Mbonami trying bombard the Bulls defence with his strength but they hold firm. The ball is turned over and Gelant makes a good few meters up field working his team out of danger. The referee stops plays for a scrum to the hosts
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The Stormers win possession after the throw and they rush forward. The referee blows for penalty to the hosts and the ball is kicked into touch around the 5 of the Bulls
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Line-out for the Bulls after the reset kick
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Du Plessis with a lot of work to do from an awkward angle. He fails to add the 2 points
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De Allende being wheeled off the field after the restart kick. The Stormers inside the 22. They struggle to make ground forward. The ball is moved down field to Kolbe who can't find a gap. They move it up field again to Leyds who tumbles over the line to score the TRY along the touch line
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Pollard misses another conversion
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The restart kick is sent to De Allende who passes 4 with some tricky steps combined with pace. The Bulls win possession and they make it to the 22 of the Stormers. Gelant with his first contribution after just appearing on the field, he offloads along the wing to Liebenberg who scores the TRY
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He adds 3 extra points, making it 5 from 7 today
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The referee calls fro a late tackle against Du Plessis by a Bulls man. Du Plessis lines up a kick from the 10 meter
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Kolisi strong in the counter ruck. Marais kicks forward. The Stormers make a good 50 meters of territory from the counter ruck. Pollard's restart becomes a penalty for the Bulls and he kicks into touch at the 22 of the hosts
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Line-out at the 22 of the home team and the Bulls move the ball up field
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Etzebeth securing the home team line-out. The ball moved down field with pace but Du Plessis hands the ball off hurriedly to Kolbe who fumbles the poor offload into touch. Line-out at the 22 of the Bulls. Ulengo trying to force his way through the front line. Miscommunication by the home side sees the Bulls make leaps forward with a kick forward. Du Plessis treks back and clears into touch
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The Bulls concede a penalty at inside their own half after the reset kick. Vermaak slips it in and Carr loses the ball after looking for his man. Du Plessis gets it and kicks forward straight to Kriel. Line-out to the Stormers
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Pollard adds the 2 extras
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The reset kicks sees the Bulls move forward quickly, Pollard sending it to Swanepoel. The referee blows for a penalty and the players begin to disagree on the field. The penalty taken quickly and the Bulls form their attacking line. They work their way into the Stormers defence and cross the line, TRY to Schoeman
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Du Plessis with another tough angle and he pulls it wide
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Pollard with the 22 meter restart. The abll kicked forward by Du Plessis and it's plucked out of the air by Snyman. The Bulls initiate their attack from their half but Kolisi with the counter ruck. The ball is moved up field and Leyds trying to slip through wit ha dummy. Kolisi handed the ball on the edge of the touch line and glides through the last man to touch the ball over the try line. The referee refers to the TMO to find out if Kolisi was in touch. The referee awards the TRY
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He sets up and stares solemnly at the ball then the posts before moving to take his kick. He fails to secure the 3 points as he drags it wide
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The line-out is taken and the referee blows for a penalty to the Stormers. Du Plessis steps up immediately looking to add 3 points
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Line-out for the Bulls at the 22 of the hosts. Schoeman carrying forward for his team and Paige takes it quickly from the ruck. The turnover is there and Kolbe kicks it out into touch inside the 10 of the Bulls
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The Stormers with a short kick forward. Mbonami loses the ball forward as play progresses. Scrum to the Bulls at the half way. The Bulls win the scrum and they kick into touch
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Pollard misses his conversion from a tough angle
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Swanepoel carrying forward for his team and Pollard with a good kick and chase. They move the ball up field swiftly catching the Stormers sleeping on the defence, Ulengo sending it to Liebenberg who scores the TRY
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Pollard gets the second half going with a kick deep into the 10 of the Stormers

Half Time

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Du Plessis converts and the Stormers have a good lead at the half time whistle
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The ball plucked out by Vermaak and sent to De Allende. They sit inside the 5 and the ruck sends the ball back to De Allende who offloads to Carr who skips over the line to score the Stormers' third TRY
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Stormers win a penalty after the Bulls scrum collapses. Kolisi calls for another scrum
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Du Plessis kicks into touch at the 22 of the Bulls. They take the throw but the ball is turned over. The pass backwards is poor and Swanepoel can't get his hands on it who loses it forward. Scrum at the 5 of the away team
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Paige takes it out from the back and gives it to Pollard who finds Kriel. he takes a few steps forward and is tackled by the Stormers defence. The ball lost forward and the Stormers have a scrum at their 10 further up the field. De Jager again requesting some medical attention, and he appears to be calling his debut game for the Bulls. The Stormers win another scrum against the Bulls
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The referee stops play again for a small injury. Scrum at the 10 of the home team for the Bulls
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Etzebeth takes it down and sends it back. The ball is sent down field to Viljoen and he kicks it forward but it bounces unfavourably. The Bulls now with the ball and they rush into the home team half, carried forward by Odendaal
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Du Plessis ready to take the penalty but De Jager receiving treatment on the field. Du Plessis kicks into touch and they have a throw at their 22. The Bulls win the hosts throw and the referee blows shortly after as it goes into touch again
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The reset kick is booted into touch. Stormers with the ball after the throw. They lose the ball and De Jager carrying forward for his team as they make it into the 22 in their 7th phase. The referee blows for penalty; obstruction against the Bulls
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Du Plessis sends it straight down the middle of the posts
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The Stormers with a long throw to Du Toit. Kolisi carrying forward creeping towards the 5. The Bulls contesting the ruck but it materializes in the hands of Kolbe on the touch line and he sneaks over to score the TRY
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Paige slips it in and sends back to Pollard who clears into touch at the 22
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Scrum reset
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The reset kick is fumbled by the Bulls; miscommunication with who would take it down. The Stormers have it but lose it. Snyman gives it right back and the ball is booted forward by Kolbe. He races to the 5 with Swanepoel who holds the ball up for his team to support. The referee blows for a scrum at the 5 of the away team for the away team
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Pollard sends it wide
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Paige gets the ball and receives a crunching tackle from the Stormers defence. Medical staff being summoned to the field for Nyakane. Penalty to the Bulls and Pollard lines it up
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The reset kick falls to the home team who opt to play the ball out of their own half now exiting their 22. The ball is tackled into touch by Liebenberg and the Bulls win a scrum
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Du Plessis secures the 3 points
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The Stormers force the Bulls back in the scrum, and win a penalty. Du Plessis sets it up for a penalty kick, looking to add 3 to his sides score
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The Stormers have a throw in a good position after the reset kick. Line-out at the 22 of the Bulls for the home team. Etzebeth working hard to ensure possession. The referee halts play fro a scrum to the home team, much to the crowds delight
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Du Plessis secures the extras
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De Allende boots the ball forward away from his sides 22. The Bulls get an interception and make it back to the 22 but Marais is there to halt the counter attack. They counter ruck and the referee blows for penalty in favour of the hosts. De Allende takes it quickly and they catch the Bulls off guard, running as together towards the try line, Marais the last man to have the ball scores the TRY
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Accidental offside against the Bulls, scrum to the Stormers is the ruling from the referee
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The Bulls holding the Stormers at their 22. Schoeman with a good carry out of the danger zone for the Bulls. Penalty to the away team and the ball is cleared into touch. The referee blows after the line-out at the half way for another penalty the Bulls. The ball kicked into touch again by Pollard. Line-out at the 22 of the hosts
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Scrum outside the 22 of the Bulls and the Stormers push them back but the Bulls come away with the ball. De Jager holding well in the ruck and the ball is passed back and cleared by Ulengo
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Kolbe tackled into touch and the line-out is taken quickly by the Stormers. They edge into the 22 of the Bulls but the ball is lost forward by Marais by a tackle from De Jager
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Scrum reset
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The ball is sent down field to Viljoen and he tries to squeeze between a Bulls man and the touch line but he is tackled into touch. The referee calls play back for a scrum to the Stormers at the half way
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Marais gets the ball as its kicked forward and the the Bulls converge on the Fullback. The Bulls start their attack from their half after the ball is cleared. The Bulls building nicely as they trek over the half way line
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Mbonami giving away a penalty as the referee calls play back; the hooker stepping on a Bulls man. The ball is kicked into touch. Line-out fro the Bulls
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The ball is kicked forward and the Bulls feeling the early pressure of the home team. They manage to get possession and clear into touch at their 22
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The opening kick returned and caught by Marais and then carried forward by Du Plessis. They make it to the 10 of the Bulls but the referee halts play for a penalty to the Bulls. Line-out to the away team at the 22 of the Stormers
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Jaco van Heerden blows and Du Plessis sends the ball deep into the 22
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The players exiting the tunnel now
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The Bulls took the most recent win, but haven't won a game against the Stormers at Newlands since 2011
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Of the last 6 fixtures between these two sides, the Stormers have taken 4 wins while the Bulls bagged two
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  • 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 21 Dewaldt Duvenage
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  • 11 Travis Ismaiel
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Dries Swanepoel
  • 14 Jamba Ulengo
  • 15 Jesse Kriel
  • 16 Edgar Marutlulle
  • 17 Jacobie Adriaanse
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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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Stormers power past Bulls

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:04

REPORT: The Stormers got their Super Rugby campaign off to a perfect start when they beat their old foes the Bulls 37-24 at Newlands on Saturday.

2017 Super Rugby in South Africa rose brightly from its deathbed at Newlands on Saturday night. Gone were the grim performances of its teams in front of meagre crowds on the first Saturday of the competition. There were far and away more filled seats at Newlands than empty ones, as 34 152 looked at match full of energy, skill and tries - nine glorious tries by two teams determined to play to the best of their ability, and they did it for 80 minutes.

It was an occasion to get enthusiastic about. Roll on next week.

It looked a blue evening - the light blue of the Stormers against the dark blue of the Bulls, but the blues were dispelled as both sides ran and played at speed. The Stormers tapped and darted off on the first two occasions that the Bulls were penalised.

Any idea that this may have been a soft match would be far from the mark. The post-tackle play was strong and vigorous, and the Stormers were filled with power and cohesion in the scrums so that in the first half the rickety Bulls pack was penalised three times at the scrums.

Travis Ismaiel stopped a Stormers attack with a strong run but when he was penalised at the tackle near the Stormers 22, Eben Etzebeth tapped and gave to Jano Vermaak who raced with great determination over 20 metres downfield before giving to SP Marais, who went on a weaving run to score as two Bulls tackled him. 7-0 after 15 minutes.

From the kick-off the Stormers attacked again. Siya Kolisi kicked ahead, Cheslin Kolbe charged down the clearing kick and the Bulls were back near their line. The Stormers' shoved them backwards in a scrum and they were penalised. Jean-Luc du Plessis goaled. 10-0 after 19 minutes.

When Handré Pollard dropped the ball, Kolbe flykicked it downfield. Ismaiel saved, but Kolbe caught him on the line. Ismaiel was strong and brave, and the Bulls survived but back came the Stormers with pick-'n-go till they went on the cluttered right and EW Viljoen pushed a short grubber through which Kolbe collected and scored. 17-0 after 29 minutes.

Lood de Jager, playing his first game for the Bulls, had to be attended to three times, and on the third occasion went off for a concussion test and did not return to the field.

Under pressure the Bulls tried passing near their line but it all went awry with panic and the Stormers had two five-metre scrums. They bashed. Pieter-Steph du Toit was close and JC Janse van Rensburg was closer. Then they went left where Damien de Allende timed his pass perfectly for a try by Nizaam Carr. 24-0, and it was half-time.

It was all change in the second half. Not that windor sun had anything to do with it, but now it was the Bulls who ran and at times it was the Stormers' turn to look confused.

Pollard kicked off to start the half, the Bulls won the ball back at the kick-off and, while the referee played a penalty advantage, Jamba Ulengo sent Hanro Liebenberg over in the right corner. 24-5 after 41 minutes.

The Stormers seemed to be losing their shape and were even penalised at a scrum. The Bulls grubbered but Kolbe was there to send them scuttling back. The Stormers attacked and suddenly Du Plessis went on the blindside and gave to Kolisi who burst down the left touchline with a dummy and scored in the left corner. 29-5 after 50 minutes.

Any suggestion that the half was about to replicate the first half was soon dispelled. The Bulls won a turnover at the kick-off, turned a penalty into a five-metre line-out and attacked. Ulengo was close and then Pierre Schoeman plunged over for a try near the posts. 29-12 after 54 minutes.

Piet van Zyl, on for Rudy Paige, was penalised for a late tackle on Du Plessis who goaled the penalty. 32-12 after 60 minutes.

From the kick-off De Allende broke past four defenders but was tackled from behind by prop Lizo Gqoboka and when Viljoen knocked on a difficult little pass, Dries Swanepoel set the Bills on the attack. They bashed and Liebenberg broke clear for his second try. 32-17. after 62 minutes.

The Stormers attacked down the left and suddenly Dillyn Leyds, back from a long injury lay-off, streaked over for a try in the left corner. 37-17 after 65 minutes.

After Gqoboka was sin-binned for an infringement at tackle with five minutes to play, the Bulls attacked with the benefit of three successive penalties. The third was in front of the posts. Van Zyl tapped and darted over for a try as the final siren sounded. Tiaan Schoeman  converted and the final whistle went.

Man of the Match: There were candidates from both sides, like Hanro Liebenberg and Burger Odendaal of the Bulls and Cheslin Kolbe, SP Marais, Jan-Luc du Plessis Pieter-Steph du Toit and our choice, Siya Kolisi, the brave captain who tackled, carried and scored and led his side to play a victory for constructive rugby..

The scorers:

For Stormers:
Tries: Marais, Kolbe, Carr, Kolisi, Leyds
Cons: Du Plessis 3
Pens: Du Plessis 2

For Bulls: 
Tries: Liebenberg 2, P Schoeman, Van Zyl
Cons: Pollard, T Schoeman

Yellow card: Lizo Gqoboka (Bulls, 74 - cynical play, off his feet/slowing the ball down)


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)

Sarel Marais (15min), Cheslin Kolbe (27min), Nizaam Carr (39min), Siya Kolisi (49min), and Dillyn Leyds (65min)
Hanro Liebenberg (42min), Pierre Schoeman (51min), Hanro Liebenberg (61min), and Piet van Zyl (80min)
Jean-Luc du Plessis (16min), Jean-Luc du Plessis (28min), and Jean-Luc du Plessis (40min)
Handre Pollard (52min) and Tian Schoeman (81min)
Jean-Luc du Plessis (20min) and Jean-Luc du Plessis (60min)
Lizo Gqoboka (74min)
VENUE Cape Town
REFEREE Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)