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Super Rugby | Buenos Aires
19:40 (GMT) | 11-03-2017
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That will be the final action of the match, the score 36-24 to the Jaguares!
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Jaco van der Walt slots over the extras!
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From the five metre line-out Orie collects the ball and they shift the ball to the back for captain Whitely to dive over for the try!
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Hosts retain the ball but it's stolen by the Lions and they set up an attack. Finally they have a penalty and goes to kick to touch...
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Lions seeking a try but their eagerness result in a knock on by Faf De Klerk on the Jaguares' 22. Juan Martín Hernández slots it to touch for the line-out
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Lions' attack really loose as they put in some wayward passes, but they still have possession and starting to gain momentum inside the hosts' five-metre. Eventually after some hard work and relentless phases Malcolm Marx work the ball over for the try.
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From the line-out Lions collect the ball and set up an attack, they are inside the Jaguares' 5 but ref hands Tomás Lezana a yellow card for side entre
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Again the Lions overthrow at the Line-out and Jaguares have the ball but not for long as Lions put in some huge tackles to make them loose territory. Juan Martín Hernández force to clear on his own 5 metre.
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Scrum is reset and penalty against Lucas Noguera Paz give Lions a time to clear.
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This time Lions collects the ball shifts it inside, Volmink puts in an up and under but fails to collects it and Santiago Cordero returns it before Coetzee slots it to touch for a line-out on the Jaguares' 22
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Ball is overthrown and neatly collected by Jaguares inside their own 22. Again the hosts set up a wave of attack but Joaquín Tuculet gets tackle to touch and its a line-out on the Lions' 22.
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Pablo Matera fails to release the tackler and Lions have a penalty on the Jaguares' 10 metre. Whitely opt to kick to touch and have line-out on the 22.
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The hosts again seeking that try as they easily break over the advantage line. Smith rips the ball on the Lions' 5 metre and shifts it wide for an possible attack.
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Nicolás Sánchez adds the extras!
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Jaguares on the attack as Lions' defence falls apart. Desperate tackling by the Lions on tehir 5 metre fails to keep the Jagauras out as Gonzalo Bertranou feeds the line and after some great passes Nicolás Sánchez is over for the try!
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Jaguares making use of that wide side to attack the hapless Lions. And again Lions are given a yellow card for a high-tackle this time Robbie Coetzee the offender.
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Sanchez fails to add the extras!
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Five metre scrum inside the Lions' half. The Jagueras retain the ball and use the forwards to get them over the advantage line, the ball is shifted wide and Jerónimo de la Fuente goes around the defence and strolls over his try!
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Jagaures reatin the ball in the line-out and sets up an attack and after 10 phases Lions overturn the ball on their 5 metre. Cronje clears the ball but just as far as Ramiro Moyano on the 22 and again Jaguares set up an counter attack.
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Orie collects the ball inside Lions' 22, and they shift it wide to Reynolds who kicks it out but just as far as the 10.
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Lions opt to kick to touch and Reynolds gets them a line-out on the 5 metre. Lions have a rolling maul going and Jacques van Rooyen goes over for the try!
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From the restart Lions retain the ball and shifts it wide. Some great interplay between Volmink and Van der Walt on the touch, the Lions still have the ball and shifts it to the middle again. Again an ugly tackle by Sanchez and the ref rules there is no arms use but its not enough for a yellow card.
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Again Lions' give away an easy penalty on the 10 and this time Sanchez makes no mistake to extend the lead, 24-7
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Sanchez steps up but this time he hits the uprights and Lions collect the rebound. Reynolds slots it downfield but just as far as his own 10 metre.
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Lions struggle to get out of their own half, and shifts it wide. Cronje with a box-kick hands possession to the Jaguares, the hosts makes sure they keep possession and win a penalty on the Lions' 10 metre.
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Shaun Reynolds gets the second half underway!

Half Time

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Lions have a penalty just inside the Jaguares half, but Reynolds' kick just sways wide from the posts as the sides head to the lockers.
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Sanchez flirting with the touchline, puts it on the boot and goes around Cronje, but he fouls Anthony Volmink in the air and after TMO evidence, no yellow card is given.
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Jaguares set up an attack on the halfway mark and decide to kick and up and under but just as Skosan who runs out of room and kicks it to touch for a line-out at their 22
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Scrum inside the Jagueres' 22 and again the Lions is penalised at the scrum. Sanchez kicks it to touch and they have a line-out on their own 10 metre.
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Lions' win a penalty on the Jaguares' 10 metre and Whitely opt for the touch. Lions win the five metre line-out and have a rolling maul but Reynolds fail to hold onto the ball and loses it forward.
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After some hard work by the Lions to get over the advantage line, Cronje's pass is knock-on on the Jaguares' 10 metre line
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Just inside the Lions' 22, Sanchez extends the lead!!!
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Line-out to Jaguares on the Lions' 10 metre. They retain the ball and shifts it to the middle. Building some phases and Lions' concede a penalty afte Smith is penalise on their 22.
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Cronje feeds the scrum and this time Lions' is penalise for an early shove. It's quickly taken by Sanchez who kicks it downfield and Skosan has to chase.
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Good take by Orie in the 22 and Lions have possession and swings it to the middle, but game is halted due to another penalty.
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Scrum on the Lions' 10 metre... scrum is reset and penalty to the Lions after an early shove. Reynolds boots the ball downfield for a line-out on the 22.
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The Lions steal the ball, but its knock-on by Cronje on the Lions' 10 metre.
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Jaguares opt for the posts and from 40 metres out Sanchez slots it over, 18-7
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Cronje with a box-kick on his own 10 metre. Warren Whitely with a chase but its neatly collected by Ramiro Moyano. Lions penalise at the break down.
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Lions struggles and again loses possession, Jaguares set up an attack they really looking dangerous as the hosts keep on finding the spaces in the Lions' 22.
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After his second high tackle of the match Andries Ferreira is send to the bin
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Lions again penalise inside the Jaguares' half. Sanchez slots it downfield just as far as Skosan. He pass it wide but it's again kick down field in the hands of Jaguares
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Sanchez adds the extras!! 15-7
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A quick kick by Jaguares get them inside the Lions' 22. The ball is shifted wide and they work on some phases inside the Lions' 22, Sanchez with an offload to Ramiro Moyano who slides over for his try!
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From the restart Lions knock the ball and its a scrum just outside teh LIons' 10... Scrum is reset and finaly the ref awards the Jaguares with a penalty.
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Shaun Reynolds slots over the easy kick!
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Again the Lions opt to kick to touch and retain the ball. The ball is shifted wide on the five metre and coming from deep Warren Whiteley goes over for the try!!!
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From the line-out Lions collect the ball and Cronje opt to go to the openside. Again teh hosts is penalise at the breakdown
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Lions have a line-out on their 10 metre line, but its stolen by Jaguares. The ref penalise Jaguares for not releasing the ball and Shaun Reynolds slots the kick downfield for a line-out
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Lions are penalise on the halfway mark and Nicolás Sánchez steps up and slots over the penalty
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Jaguares on the attack on the halfway mark, and they work their way to the Lion's 5-metre again. A great break by Tomás Lezana near the touch and a loose ball is collected by Joaquín Tuculet who burst over for the try-line. After the TMO's decision, the try is awarded!
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Jaguares retain the ball in the line-out but its a knock-on inside Lion's 5 metre.
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After a high tackle, advantage being played for the hosts and the ref comes back to the penalty spot. Nicolás Sánchez slots it to touch and they have a line-out on the 22.
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Nicolás Sánchez gets the game underway!
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Teams doing their final preparations as they head out to the field. Nice sunny conditions in Argentina for a nice match.
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The Referee for the match is Nick Briant (New Zealand), while the assistant referees are Paul Williams (New Zealand) and Damian Schneider (Argentina). The TMO is Santiago Borsani (Argentina)
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Giving that this is the Jaguares' first home game of the season. They will be charged up to win at home and they must be favoured giving their experience in the side.
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Lions coach Johan Ackermann named a very experimental side for the match which includes a debut for Marvin Orie. Shaun Reynolds will also make his first start in Super Rugby, while Johannes Jonker makes his run-on debut.
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This will be the third meeting between these sides, both fixtures last season were won by the home side on the day.
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Welcome to the final Super Rugby game of the weekend where Jaguares entertain the Lions in Buenos Aires.
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Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:51

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: It may be the early rounds, but already there are a few matches that will give us some pointers as to where the season is heading.

Yes, all teams still have plenty of time to make up ground.

However, injuries - there are already plenty of those - and back-to-back defeats means some teams are getting nervous.

The Highlanders, who get Saturday's action underway when they face the Blues in Auckland, is one of five teams yet to win a match.

This is followed by the Reds, fortunate to win in Week One and very poor last week, are up against the Crusaders - the latter one of five teams who are still unbeaten

The Southern Kings had a good win last week, against the hapless Sunwolves, but they will face a stern test against the Stormers.

The Cheetahs, after last week's impressive win over the Bulls, host the Sunwolves; the Sharks (another team who had an encouraging result last week) host the Waratahs and the weekend's drama come to a conclusion when the Jaguares host the Lions in Buenos Aires.

We look at all the Saturday matches!

Saturday, March 11:

Blues v Highlanders
(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

Two years ago the Highlanders were Super champions, but this year they have been hard hit by injuries, are winless after two games and will be hard pressed to get on the board against the Blues.

Much was also expected of the Blues at the start of the season, but some old habits crept in during the opening weeks.

They had hoped that Ihaia West would finally live up to the promise he showed a few years ago.

He has been erratic at best and not the playmaker they had hope.

However, the biggest disease was their lack of discipline last week.

Coach Tana Umaga did not pull any punches this week and made it clear his forwards must step up.

"They [the Chiefs] put pressure on us in the forward pack and we can't get our game going if we can't get set-piece, so that's been a big work-on for us," Umaga told the NZ Herald said.

"We have to get into our structures that we want to play but depending on the weather, that could be different to what the tactics are."

Injuries have played some cruel tricks on the Highlanders - All Black fullback Ben Smith still suffering the effects of concussion from an opening loss to the Chiefs. Loose forward Liam Squire was a casualty in last week's loss to the Crusaders.

That is why Highlanders coach Tony Brown is looking to players like Aaron Smith, Lima Sopoaga and Malakai Fekitoa to provide the stability that is lacking.

"I think everyone can see that they're not quite on the money at the moment," Brown said of his senior players.

"In the Chiefs game, the execution was really poor and then, against the Crusaders, we were awesome for 50 minutes and then fell off the pace a bit and made a few uncharacteristic errors.

"I think, naturally, they will be able to go longer now, because they've got two games under their belts.

"The problem we've had with our All Blacks is asking them to win us games of rugby, when they've only played 40 minutes in the pre-season.

"That's just game-time, for me, and this week, they'll be better for those two runs and we've still got enough quality to do well in this competition."

Recent results:
2016: Blues won 33-31, Auckland
2015: Highlanders won 44-7, Auckland
2015: Highlanders won 30-24, Dunedin
2014: Blues won 30-12, Auckland
2014: Highlanders won 29-21, Dunedin

Prediction: The Blues won their last game against the Highlanders and will be aiming to win consecutive games against the Dunedin side for the first time since a run of six wins in a row between 2007 and 2011. The Blues have lost 16 of their last 17 against New Zealand sides including the last six in a row. This will be the Blues' first home game this season, they ended 2016 with a run of five wins in their last six games at home; four of those victories came by eight points or fewer, though. The Highlanders have won their last two regular season games away from home but have not won more consecutive away games since a run of four victories in 2005. Ben Smith has scored seven tries in his last seven games against the Blues, including three in his last two and a brace when these teams met in Round One last season. The Highlanders will come good, eventually. However, this game is in Auckland and the adverse weather sweeping across the North Island means it will be an arm-wrestle the Blues will win by five points.


Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 George Moala, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Murphy Taramai, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Jimmy Tupou, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Akira Ioane/Kara Pryor, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Melani Nanai.

Highlanders: 15 Richard Buckman, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Elliot Dixon (captain), 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Sekonia Pole, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Jackson Hemopo, 21 Dillon Hunt, 22 Kayne Hammington, 22  Marty Banks.

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

Reds v Crusaders
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 18.45; 21.45 NZDT; 08.45 GMT)

Most pundits expect the Crusaders to be too strong for the Reds in Brisbane.

The test for the Reds, up against an All Blacks-laden pack, is how they bounce back from their surprise loss to the Western Force last week.

"Every player should be highly motivated to compete for every minute of this game," Reds coach Nick Stiles said.

"It's what you have to do against the Crusaders, because if you are not as relentless as they are, you are going to pay."

Stiles admitted some harsh word were spoken this week.

"None of us was happy with last week's performance," he said of the loss to the Western Force.

"We addressed it and moved on and are looking forward to the opportunity to test ourselves against a difficult opponent this weekend.

"We knew there would be setbacks along the way as this group continued its development.

"The setback isn't as important as how we respond to it. That's the challenge presented to the team this weekend."

The Crusaders - despite being in a confident frame of mind after coming back from 21 points down to beat the Highlanders last week - are mindful that they leaked some easy tries from the set-pieces.

"We had a couple of miscommunications and we have worked on it," said Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.

"Our back three will be a lot tighter now," he added.

Recent results:
2016: Crusaders won 38-5, Christchurch
2015: Crusaders won 58-17, Christchurch
2014: Crusaders won 57-29, Brisbane
2013: Crusaders won 38-9, Christchurch (first round of play-offs)
2012: Crusaders won 15-11, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders have won the last five meetings between these sides with the most recent four wins in that run all coming by 28+ points. Before that run the Reds had won three on the bounce between the sides; their last victory over the Crusaders came in the 2011 Super Rugby Final. The Reds have lost three of their last five at home against New Zealand sides more than they had lost in their previous 13 such games. The Crusaders have made an average of 159 carries per game this season, 26 carries more than any other team in the competition and 49.5 more than the Reds. Quade Cooper has made five offloads so far this season, the equal third most of any player and more than any other scrumhalf in the competition. There is nothing to suggest the Reds should win this one - unless the Crusaders arrive in a complacent mood. The Crusaders should win by at least 15 points.


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

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.  
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 George Bridge.

Referee: William Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (Australia), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Southern Kings v Stormers
(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth - Kick-off: 15.05; 13.05 GMT)

The Stormers are looking to continue their impressive early season form, as they go hunting a third consecutive win.

The Capetonians travel to Port Elizabeth for their clash against the Southern Kings with a new captain - Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth, the first time he will lead the Stormers.

Etzebeth will lead the side at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the absence of regular captain Siya Kolisi, who is being rested for this match, while wing Bjorn Basson will also make his debut for the Cape side on the wing.
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is focused on building on the two victories that they have earned this season.

"This will be our first away game of the campaign after two good wins at Newlands and we would like to see further improvements in our game this weekend," Fleck said.

"We always get great support as a team in Port Elizabeth, so we are looking forward to the challenge on Saturday," he added.

Kings coach Deon Davids said they are not concerned about being branded underdogs in this all-South African derby.

"I have not concentrated on their team," Davids said, adding: It is all about and see where we can improve.

"We understand the Stormers are a quality side with a number of Springboks - it is going to be a huge challenge.

"However, it would be a mistake to focus just on the Stormers and forget about what we must bring to the game."

The Kings coach said it is important to retain the momentum they gained from last week's win over the Sunwolves.

"Winning is a culture, but losing can also become a culture."

Kings captains Schalk Ferreira said they are aware of the threats posed by the Stormers.

"They like to counter attack and run the ball," Ferreira said. adding: "Technically they are quite good."

Previous results:
2016: Stormers won 52-24, Cape Town
2013: Stormers won 24-12, Port Elizabeth
2013: Stormers won 19-11, Cape Town

Prediction: The Stormers have won all three meetings between these sides including a 28 point victory in their last meeting. In fact, the Kings have never beaten a fellow South African team, losing all 15 such meetings and failing to pick up even a losing bonus point. The Stormers have won their last two away games but haven't won three road games on the bounce since the beginning of 2015. The Stormers have scored six tries after four or more phases of play so far this campaign, more than any other team in the competition. Chris Cloete has won five turnovers so far this season, only one player has won more; Cloete is also yet to concede a turnover. The Stormers should win by at least 20 points - anything less will be a disappointment.


Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Rick Schroeder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Irne Herbst, 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Chris Heiberg, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Berton Klaasen.

Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris Van Zyl, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Damian Willemse.

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Cheetahs v Sunwolves
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT;  Sunday, March 12 Japan time)

The Cheetahs will be fancied to put a big score past the hapless Sunwolves, who have travelled to Bloemfontein on the back of two defeats.

The match will also see the return of former Cheetahs loose forward Willie Britz to the Free State capital.

After more than 100 first-class games for the Cheetahs and Lions in various competitions, he is now on a two-year contract with the Sunwolves.
Cheetahs coach Franco Smith, who spent a substantial amount of time on Springbok duty in the last fortnight, said all the South African teams have bought into the new 'ball-in-hand' expansive philosophy sweeping the country.

It means the Sunwolves will be forced to make bucketloads of tackles on Saturday.

If they again struggle to maintain their enthusiasm and intensity, they will be on the wrong side of a 50-point-plus result.

Smith said the Sunwolves' biggest threat is their "unpredictability".

"They take quick line-outs, deliver cross-field kick for their wings and have an x-factor which teams don't always recognise>'

Sunwolves coach Filo Tiatia said the team has "worked extremely hard" on making adjustments after the heavy defeats in the opening rounds.

"Representing the Sunwolves and Japan means a lot to these guys and they will do us all very proud," Tiatia said.

"South Africa is a wonderful place to tour and a wonderful place to play rugby.

"The Cheetahs must be respected and a team that play an aspiring brand of rugby.

"We will take the field on Saturday in true Sunwolves attacking spirit."

Previous results:
2016: Cheetahs won 92-17, Bloemfontein
2016: Cheetahs won 32-31, Singapore

Prediction: This will be the third meeting between these sides after the Cheetahs won both encounters last season in contrasting styles; the Bloemfontein outfit recorded a -one point win away to the Sunwolves in Round 3 before winning by 75 points in Round Eight, the third-biggest margin of victory in Super Rugby history. The Sunwolves are still searching for their first away victory in Super Rugby; they lost all seven away games last year, conceding 52 points per game on average.  The Cheetahs have won their last two games when hosting a team from outside South Africa, they haven't won three such games in a row since 2012 to 2013 when they beat the Force, the Waratahs and the Rebels. The Sunwolves have scored four tries in the final quarter of their games this campaign, the equal most of any team in the competition. Fred Zeilinga (34) has scored more points than any other player in the competition so far, and has missed just two of 15 goal attempts. The Cheetahs will win by 50 points or more.


Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Zee Mkhabela, 13 Ryno Benjamin, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Neill Jordaan, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain) , 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Danie Mienie, 17 Elandre Huggett, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Ali Mgijima, 23 Ruan van Rensburg.

Sunwolves: 15 Shota Emi, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 William Tupou, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Edward Quirk, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Shokei Kin, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Sharks v Waratahs
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 19.30; 17.30 GMT;  04.30 AEDT Sunday, March 12)

The Sharks will be looking to build on last week's impressive come from behind win when Pat Lambie's team face the Waratahs in their first home game of the season - following two away games in Australia, which produced five important league points.
Sharks coach Robert du Preez named the same 23-man squad that beat the Brumbies in Canberra last weekend.

The Waratahs, with Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley still sidelined with concussion symptoms, are will be looking to bounce back after last week's loss to the Lions.

The Waratahs have not lost consecutive games in South Africa since 2013.

The Sharks coach, Du Preez, spoke of the "character" shown by the players against the Brumbies.

"That win has definitely motivated us, however it is important that we build on that momentum this week," he said.
"We arrived back home this past Sunday and despite the jet lag, there have been no excuses from the guys.

"As a coaching unit, we cannot fault their commitment and work ethic, which has been amazing."
He said the Waratahs will be a "difficult prospect", despite some patchy form this season.

"We are looking forward to playing at home and the support and backing of our fans will give us added motivation."

Former Sharks player David McDuling said he was pleased to return home to Sydney to play with Tahs this season and is looking forward to running out against his former teammates in Durban.

"They [the Sharks] will be confident after winning that game last week against the Brumbies on tour," the lock said.

"I always look forward to playing, especially with my ties to Durban and the Sharks it does make it a little bit special.

"Everyone enjoys playing against people they know, which is the same in the Australian derbies - you want to get one up over your mates.

"For me, it is another great opportunity to pull on a Waratahs jersey, play at a great stadium against a great team," he added.

Recent results:
2015: Waratahs won 33-18, Sydney
2014: Sharks won 32-10, Durban
2012: Waratahs won 34-30, Sydney
2011: Sharks won 26-21, Durban
2010: Waratahs won 25-21, Sydney

Prediction: The last five meetings between these sides have been won by the home side on the day with the 2009 Waratahs being the last team to win away in this fixture. The Sharks have won their last four home games; not since a run of eight wins on the bounce in Durban from 2013 to 2014 have they won more consecutive matches at home. Despite a 19 point loss to the Lions in the last round, the Waratahs have still won four of their last seven games in South Africa and have not suffered consecutive defeats there since 2012-2013. The Sharks have slotted nine penalty goals so far this season, more than any other team in the competition, while the Waratahs (2) have conceded the equal fewest. Andrew Kellaway has recorded an average gain of 15.5m per carry this campaign (170m from 11 carries), the most of any player to have made more than two carries. It will be a real arm-wrestle, but the Sharks should win by a converted try.


Sharks: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 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 Stephan Lewies, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Curwin Bosch.

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 David McDuling, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 Senio Toleafoa, 20 Maclean Jones, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Cameron Clark

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Jaguares v Lions
(Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires - Kick-off: 16.40; 21.40 SA time; 19.40 GMT)

Buenos Aires hosts the final game of the weekend when the Jaguares entertain the high-flying Lions, who are hunting their third successive win of the season.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann named a very experimental side, saying it is important to back the entire squad.

Former Junior Springbok and Bulls lock Marvin Orie will make his debut for the visitors, replacing Springbok Franco Mostert (one of a handful of senior players being rested).
Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd believes the complicated Super Rugby draw - which sees the Lions avoid all the New Zealand sides during the conference phase - should see the South Africans top the regular season and be set to host the Final.

It was the banana-skin game for them last year when they were also under-strength and lost to the Jaguares in the final pool match, costing them first place in the standings and resulting in them having to travel to New Zealand for the Final/.

"It will be a huge challenge," Ackermann said of the trip to Buenos Aires, via Sao Palo in Brazil.

"It is the Jaguares' first home game of the season. They are a very passionate team and will be charged up to win at home.

"In all fairness, it is Argentina's national team," Ackermann said of the Jaguares, adding: "You don't get a much bigger challenge than this."

He said the Lions also have a target on their backs, having played in the Final last year.

"They would like to prove a point.

"We are also in the same pool and chasing the same qualifying spot for the play-offs."

Despite resting some Springboks and starting other senior players off the bench, he described the Lions as a "well-balanced team".

"Some of the guys who worked hard in the off-season are getting a chance," Ackermann said.

"It also gives us a chance to freshen up a few of the other players.

"We are also very excited about our bench, which is very strong and hopefully they can make a big difference.

"We always said we must trust our squad."

Previous results:
2016: Jaguares won 34-22, Buenos Aires
2016: Lions won 52-24, Johannesburg

Prediction: This will be the third meeting between these sides, both fixtures last season were won by the home side on the day. The Jaguares won their last home game - against the Lions - but have not won back-to-back home games in Super Rugby so far. The Lions have lost their last three away trips outside of South Africa, including last year's Final; this comes after a run of four wins in a row in such fixtures, their best ever run outside of the country. The Lions have won 34 line-outs (including steals) across the opening fortnight, more than any other team in the competition. The Jaguares have conceded 26 turnovers in their opening two games, no team has conceded fewer (level with the Brumbies). The Jaguares must e favoured, given the experimental nature of the Lions, but if the Lions get their high-paced running game going and hold onto the ball they could sneak it - by less than 10 points.


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

Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Andries Coetzee, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Damian Schneider (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Jaguares tame toothless Lions

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:38

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Jaguares punished the Lions for some poor defending as they cruised to a 36-24 victory in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The Buenos Aires-based outfit disappointed in their debut season, winning only four of 15 matches last year and never seriously challenging for a quarterfinal place.

But it could be a different story this season after their second victory in three matches, having won convincingly and lost narrowly on a tour of South Africa. Lacking unavailable flyhalf Elton Jantjies and centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, the Lions were a pale shadow of the team that finished runners-up last season.

Captain and No.8 Warren Whiteley conceded that his team were no match for the Jaguares at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in the Argentine capital.

"Congratulations to the Jaguares, they were much better than us. They dominated us physically in a very tough match and now we must recover quickly for a home game against the Reds next weekend.

"We gave several youngsters a chance because some first choices were unavailable and the experience of playing in Argentina will do them good," Whiteley said.

It was the Lions' first loss after defeating compatriots the Cheetahs away and the Waratahs of Australia at home.

The scoreline flattered the visitors as Jaguares flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez missed four of 10 shots at goal and the Lions scored two late tries after flank Tomas Lezana was yellow-carded. Lions lock Andries Ferreira was sin-binned during the first half and a similar punishment was given to hooker Robbie Coetzee during the second half.

Sanchez was fortunate not to be yellow-carded by New Zealand referee Nick Briant on two occasions in a bruising battle.

Jaguares led 21-7 at the break and Sanchez sealed success for the South Americans with a try that stretched the lead to 24 points by the hour mark. Fullback Joaquin Tuculet, wing Ramiro Moyano, centre Jeronimo de la Fuente and Sanchez scored tries and the flyhalf kicked two conversions and four penalties.

Whiteley (2), prop Jacques van Rooyen and hooker Malcolm Marx crossed the try-line for the Lions and Shaun Reynolds and Jaco van der Walt kicked conversions.

Man of the match: Malcolm Marx, Jaco Kriel and Francois de Klerk made a massive difference to the Lions' attacking efforts when they came on in the second half, while the starting XV found the going tough. Joaquín Tuculet, Ramiro Moyano and Santiago Cordero gave their side plenty of running options while Nicolás Sánchez had a fairly good game, despite some dodgy tackling. Tomás Lezana put in a massive effort before being sent off in the closing stages. However, Pablo Matera was the real work-horse and set the standard for the rest of his team to follow.


For Jaguares:
Tries: Tuculet, Moyano, de la Fuente, Sanchez
Cons: Sanchez 2
Pens: Sanchez 4

For Lions:
Tries: Whiteley 2, van Rooyen, Marx
Cons: Reynolds

Yellow cards: Andries Ferreira (Lions, dangerous play - high tackle, 21); Robbie Coetzee (Lions, dangerous play - high tackle, 55); Tomás Lezana (Jaguares, cynical play - collapsing the maul, 72)


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

Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Andries Coetzee, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Damian Schneider (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

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Joaquin Tuculet (4min), Ramiro Moyano (16min), Jeronimo De La Fuente (53min), and Nicolas Sánchez (58min)
Warren Whiteley (12min), Jacques van Rooyen (47min), and Malcolm Marx (74min)
Nicolas Sánchez (7min), Nicolas Sánchez (17min), and Nicolas Sánchez (60min)
Shaun Reynolds (13min)
Nicolas Sánchez (25min), Nicolas Sánchez (33min), and Nicolas Sánchez (44min)
Tomas Lezana (73min)
Andries Ferreira (20min) and Robbie Coetzee (56min)
VENUE Buenos Aires
REFEREE Nick Briant