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Brumbies

Super Rugby | Sydney
08:45 (GMT) | 18-03-2017
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Waratahs with one final attack as referee plays advantage and Ryan lose it and they tap and go and picks and drives, but the Brumbies win the breakdown penalty and Speight kicks for touch and that will be it!!
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Penalty for a high tackle on full time for the Waratahs and they kick for touch about 8ms out!!
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Brumbies defence is solid and the Brumbies had a hand in and it's a knock on by them and the Waratahs have a chance for a consolation score.
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Brumbies fail to find touch and now it's a kicking duel and the waratahs go on the attack!!
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Scrum to the Brumbies in their half they win another penalty!!
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Conversion is good!!
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Brumbies set the maul and Powell gives it to Speight who gets through 2 defenders and goes over for the try!!
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Scrum penalty to the Brumbies!! Hawera finds touch 25ms out from the Waratahs tryline.
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Power brumbies scrum, but referee rules that both front rows went up so it will be a reset scrum.
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Scew throw in at the lineout by the Waratahs and the Brumbies opt for the scrum.
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Scrum is reset and the Brumbies gave a big shove, but the Waratahs get away with it and they are 5ms out from the line, but Fardy steals the ball and it's kicked ahead by Hawera into touch on halfway!!
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Waratahs set the maul and thenGodron knocks on and the Brumbies kick ahead and finds Folau andGordon clears as Ah Wong knocks on the high ball. Scrum to the Waratahs on halfway
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Brumbies lose the ball in contact and the waratahs look to strike back, but Toua got the ball back off a kick and Hawera kicks downfield and Wells look to spark an attack!!
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Robinson look to add the extras and it;s away to the right!
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Waratahs look to strike back and they do through Jake Gordon after some good passing!!
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Hawera adds the extras!!
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Powell kicks ahead for Speight and he gathers and kicks ahead himself, chases and dive on the ball to score!!!
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Hawera looks to convert and it is over!!
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Carter takes and they set the maul and rumble forward and it's a try to Robbie Abel!!
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Penalty to the Brumbies for holding back a player!! Hawera goes to the corner and this is the chance for the Brumbies!!
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Speight mess it up again and its another scrum to the Tahs in their 22 as Kepu is down injured.
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Lineout to the Brumbies on the Waratahs 22 and Fardy wins it and they set the attack!!
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Speight knocks on and the Waratahs will have a defensive scrum.
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Scrum is reset. Powell feeds and Ah Wong goes through the middle and set it up as the Brumbies are 5ms out and have golden opportunity to score!!
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Lineout to the waratahs in their 22 after the kick for Ah Wong went into touch and the Brumbies get the ball at the lineout and then make a mess of it, but referee goes back for the knock on at the lineout.
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They win the scrum and go on the attack, but Fardy win the ball back for his side and a Waratahs hand knock it on and the Brumbies will have a scrum on halfway.
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Great attack by the waratahs but the pass to Folau goes into touch and the Brumbies have a lineout in their half! They set the maul and the Waratahs force the turnover and will have the scrum in the Brumbies half
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Brumbies win the ball against the throw, but conceded the penalty for playing the ball on the ground! Hegarty finds touch on the 22, but the ball is lost and the Brumbies clears it away!!
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Dempsy is off and Powell feeds the scrum and feeds his backs as Hawera kicks ahead for Speight, butt it bounces into touch.
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waratahs were on the attack but then lost it and referee blows his whistle for an injury.
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Packs goes down and reset is called.
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Phipps knock it on and the Brumbies will have an early attacking scrum.
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Hawera starts the second half and Phipps clears and they will have the lineout after a poor kick as Ah Wong took it into touch and they set the maul.

Half Time

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Penalty to the Waratahs at the breakdown and Hegarty finds touch just inside the 10m line of the Brumbies. They set the attack and Folau lose the ball. Brumbies have the scrum as the half time siren sounds and Powell kicks to touch as they head for the dressing room. See you back for the second half!!
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Lineout to the Waratahs in their 22 after Powell kicked it into touch. brumbies get the ball and they are in a good attacking position!!
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Knock on by the Brumbies and waratahs will have the scrum
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Simone makes a good kick into the Brumbies 22 and gives his side some territory. Brumbies win the lineout and Toua clears and it's taken quickly and it's a kicking duel before the Brumbies tackled Kelloway into touch on his 10m line.
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Brumbies set the maul and drives forward to halfway as Powell and the waratahs have possession back and can look to strike back
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Great work by Hawera to go over the ball 5ms out and win a relieving penalty for his side. He finds touch just outside his own 22.
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Knock on by the Brumbies off the restart and the waratahs will have an attacking scrum inside the Brumbies half. Folau makes a good break down the middle to gain meters as they look to strike back!!
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Conversion is good!!
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Brumbies set the maul and they get it through the hands and finds Kuridrani who runs a good line and is over under the posts!!
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They win the lineout and they set the attack and are 5ms out as referee blows his whistle for an offside penalty!! They go for the corner again!
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Powell feeds and the Brumbies have a power scrum and win the penalty!!
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Waratahs have possession after a Brumbies mistake and then they lose the ball and the Brumbies will have an attacking scrum.
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Mann-Rea off injured. Phipps feed the scrum and they win the ball back as Toua runs back and set the attack off a Waratahs kick.
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Arnold win the lineout and they are in the Waratahs 22, but then they make a mess of it and the Waratahs will have a defensive scrum.
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Lineout on the Warathas 10m line for the Brumbies as Fardy is back on field and they lose the lineout again, but Robinson kicks it it on the full and they will have a second crack.
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Mann rae overthrows and the Waratahs have possession back and the Tahs go on the attack!!
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Lineout to the waratahs 5ms from the brumbies tryline after a shocking clearance from Toua. Waratahs set the maul and it goes to ground, but good work by Fakaosilea at the breakdown to win the penalty!!
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Smiler knocks it on at the back of the scrum and Hooper snaps it up and the Waratahs have possession to work with, but the Brumbies get it back and they look to attack as Hegarty looked to be in for all money after a charge down, but referee played advantage to the Brumbies for a scrum
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Free kick to the Brumbies and they opt for another scrum
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Brumbies look to regroup and attack and Toua kicks as Kuridrani manage to get it back off a waratahs hand, but referee calls for the scrum to the Brumbies.
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Robinson lines up for the conversion and it's over!!
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Maul is set by the waratahs and hey rumble forward and then go to ground as they look to set an attack 5ms out and Tom Robertson goes over for the try!!
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Waratahs set the maul once again and Fardy will sit out 10 mins.
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Waratahs set the maul and the Brumbies collapse it illegally as referee plays advantage as the waratahs look to power their way through and Hegarty goes for the cross kick, but it is covered and they go back for the penalty. Hegarty goes for the corner again
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Hegarty finds touch just inside the Brumbies 22. hey set the maul and then breaks away, Kepu picks and drive and they are 5m's out and the Brumbies concede a penalty for not releasing. Hegarty goes for the corner.
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Lineout just inside the Waratahs half to them and they set up an attack and referee blows his whistle for offside against the Brumbies.
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Brumbies try to run it out from their half, but the waratahs defence holds firm.
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Glen Jackson blows his whistle and Hegarty kicks off and Tahs get possession back off the restart, but Skelton knocks on. Scrum to the Brumbies in their half.
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Players to watch for the Waratahs: Reece Robinson have been solid at the back with good runs made and kicks at goal in the absence of Bernard foley. Prediction: The Brumbies have won their last two games against the Waratahs, the last and only time they have won more in succession against the NSW franchise was a three-game stint across the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Waratahs have won 13 of their previous 16 home games against the Brumbies, though were pipped in a 26-20 loss in the last such fixture. The Brumbies have won each of their last four away fixtures within Australia, never before have they enjoyed a longer streak in such games. The Brumbies boast the most accurate line-out of any team in the competition, losing a league-low 0.7 line-outs per game and enjoying a line-out success rate of 96 percent. Israel Folau scored a try in each of the Waratahs' two games against the Brumbies last season and has scored three tries in his last four games against the ACT side overall. The Waratahs have been a massive disappointment this season, while the Brumbies have shown some old-fashioned grunt. That, we feel, will see the Brumbies edge an arm-wrestle - by no more than 10 points.
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Players to watch for the Waratahs: Reece Robinson have been solid at the back with good runs made and kicks at goal in the absence of Bernard foley. For the Brumbies: Wharenui Hawera the kiwi import have played a key role n the Brumbies attack, he may miss a few shots at goal, but his ability to control the game and have an eye for a gap makes him key in this young Brumbies side.
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This match will see the first where the teams will play for the Dan Vickerman who passed away recently and represented both sides and t also marks the 100th cap for prop Sekope Kepu
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The Brumbies will see this as a golden opportunity even if it is away from home with the Waratahs travelling back and low on confidence, they can use those factors to their advantage.
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A critical clash for both sides who haven’t had the best of starts o their seasons, more so for the home team who return winless from their tour of South Africa after losing to the Lions and Sharks by fairly large margins.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Tom Robertson
  • 2 Silatolu Latu
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 4 Dean Mumm
  • 5 Will Skelton
  • 6 Jack Dempsey
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Nick Phipps
  • 9 Bryce Hegarty
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Rob Horne
  • 12 Irae Simone
  • 13 Israel Folau
  • 14 Reece Robinson
  • 15 Andrew Kellaway
RESERVES
  • 16 Hugh Roach
  • 17 Paddy Ryan
  • 18 David Lolohea
  • 19 David McDuling
  • 20 Ned Hanigan
  • 21 Michael Wells
  • 22 Jake Gordon
  • 23 Bryce Hegarty
  • 24 David Horwitz
START LINE UP
  • 1 Ben Alexander
  • 2 Josh Mann-Rea
  • 3 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 5 Sam Carter
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 7 Lolo Fakaosilea
  • 8 Jordan Smiler
  • 9 Joe Powell
  • 10 Wharenui Hawera
  • 11 Nigel Ah Wong
  • 12 Kyle Godwin
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 14 Henry Speight
  • 15 Aidan Toua
  • 20 Ben Hyne
RESERVES
  • 16 Robbie Abel
  • 17 Nic Mayhew
  • 18 Les Makin
  • 19 Blake Enever
  • 21 Dewet Roos
  • 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope
  • 23 Andrew Smith
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SR Preview: Round Four, Part Two

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:56

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: There has been plenty of drama off the field this week. Saturday will ensure the drama is on the field.

The Lions, beaten finalists last year, this week learnt that coach Johan Ackerman is being head-hunted by English Premiership franchise Gloucester.

Ackermann, the consummate professional fronted up to the media and confirmed the offer. He also made it clear he did not want it to be a distraction.

In other off-field developments, it was confirmed that the Waratahs and Brumbies will play for the Dan Vickerman Cup on Saturday - in honour of the ex-Wallaby lock who passed away last month.

Vickerman played for both franchises during his playing career.

We look at the Saturday matches!

Saturday, March 18

Hurricanes v Highlanders
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

The Hurricanes versus Highlanders rivalry has always been a fierce contest.

It reached fever pitch just two years ago, when the two franchises met in the 2016 Super Rugby Final.

Last year the two teams split their matches one apiece, with the Highlanders winning 17-16 in Dunedin and the Hurricanes winning the return match 27-20 in Wellington.

Both teams have had their share of injuries, but the Highlanders' talent resources are a lot more depleted than the home team.

Hurricanes assistant coach Jason Holland is adamant the Highlanders will be up for a scrap.

"They have still managed to put a pretty good fifteen on the field," Holland said.

"They might say the same about us. It is going to be massive whatever happens. We know what sort of challenge it may be,'' Holland said.

"The boys are ready to go again.

"The physicality goes up again and you've got to be aggressive and be bold. It will be no different this weekend.''

The Highlanders played a very tactical game last week and used the kick-and-chase very effectively

''I felt as though our kick-chase and our pressure game was right on the money last week," Highlanders coach Tony Brown said.

"It probably won us the game."

A similarly determined defensive effort will be required against the defending champions.

Recent results:
2016: Hurricanes won 27-20, Wellington
2016: Highlanders 17-16, Dunedin
2015: Highlanders won 21-14, Wellington (Final)
2015: Hurricanes won 56-20, Wellington
2015: Hurricanes won 20-13, Dunedin
2014: Highlanders won 18-16, Wellington
2014: Highlanders won 35-31, Dunedin

Prediction: The last 10 games between these teams have seen each notch five victories, with all but one of those 10 fixtures decided by a margin of no greater than the value of a converted try. The Highlanders have won on five of their last seven visits to Wellington to face the Hurricanes, though were pipped in a 27-20 loss when these teams met in Round 14 last season. The Hurricanes have won their last seven games on home soil, their longest streak in franchise history and the equal longest current streak of any team in the competition (Lions). The Highlanders have won their last three regular season games away from home, the last time they enjoyed a longer such streak was a four-game stretch in 2005. Hurricanes trio Julian Savea (10), Ngani Laumape (10), and Vince Aso (nine) have made more clean breaks than any other players in the competition this season; Waisake Naholo (five) has made the most of any Highlander. The Highlanders have a realistic chance of an upset and it will indeed be close, but we feel the Hurricanes will sneak a thriller - by seven points.

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Ben May, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Wes Goosen.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Joe Wheeler, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Sekonia Pole, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Matt Faddes.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

Waratahs v Brumbies
(Allianz Stadium, Sydney - Kick-off: 19.45; 08.45 GMT)

Saturday's grudge match against the Brumbies will hold special meaning for the Sekope Kepu who will mark his 100th Waratahs cap at the inaugural Dan Vickerman Cup.

When he arrived at the Waratahs his goal was to play one game for the side, not dreaming he would ever make it to 100.

"My ultimate dream was to play rugby as a professional sport, full-time," Kepu said in an interview on the Waratahs website.

"I remember coming over and walking through the corridors here and seeing guys I watched growing up like Lote Tuqiri, Phil Waugh, Dan Vickerman, Tatafu [Polota-Nau] - it was a very overwhelming experience.

"You want to look at it as just another game. I came over with a dream to play one cap for NSW but to get 100 is humbling."

The Waratahs versus Brumbies rivalry is one that excites both the players and fans and Kepu admitted there will be a lot on the line for the game.

"It's a massive game, it's one of those one's you really look forward to going up against guys you know at a national level," Kepu said.

"They [Brumbies] bring massive experience, it's going to be a challenge. We've got to be on top of our game, go out and play our game.

"In the first three games, we haven't played to our full potential. We've got to lead the way as a front row. In a way it's something that I'm really looking to," said Kepu.

Recent results:
2016: Brumbies won 26-20, Sydney
2016: Brumbies won 32-15, Canberra
2015: Waratahs won 13-10, Canberra
2015: Waratahs won 28-13, Sydney
2014: Waratahs won 26-8, Sydney (semifinal)
2014: Waratahs won 39-8, Sydney
2014: Brumbies won 28-23, Canberra

Prediction: The Brumbies have won their last two games against the Waratahs, the last and only time they have won more in succession against the NSW franchise was a three-game stint across the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Waratahs have won 13 of their previous 16 home games against the Brumbies, though were pipped in a 26-20 loss in the last such fixture. The Brumbies have won each of their last four away fixtures within Australia, never before have they enjoyed a longer streak in such games. The Brumbies boast the most accurate line-out of any team in the competition, losing a league-low 0.7 line-outs per game and enjoying a line-out success rate of 96 percent. Israel Folau scored a try in each of the Waratahs' two games against the Brumbies last season and has scored three tries in his last four games against the ACT side overall. The Waratahs have been a massive disappointment this season, while the Brumbies have shown some old-fashioned grunt. That, we feel, will see the Brumbies edge an arm-wrestle - by no more than 10 points.

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley/Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 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 Ned Hanigan, 21 Michael Wells, 22 Jake Gordon, 23 Bryce Hegarty/David Horwitz.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nigel Ah Wong, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Lolo Fakaosilea, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leulua'Iali'I-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Ben Hyne, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Andrew Smith.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), William Houston (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Lions v Reds
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT; 01.15 Sunday, Match 19 AEST)

Lions coach Johan Ackermann was hoping that the offer to move to England to join Gloucester next season would not be a distraction to his team.

He will know on Saturday if his plan was successful.

They are facing a vastly improved Reds team that came within second of beating the Crusaders.

The Gloucester saga was certainly not the only issue high on the agenda at Ellis Park this week.

Ackermann made it clear that two of the main issues on their loss to the Jaguares last week - discipline and missed tackles - were addressed.

Springbok flank Jaco Kriel, sitting beside his coach at a media briefing, issued a stern warning to his teammates.

"I believe that they [the Reds] are in better form than the Waratahs," he said of a team the Lions beat 55-36, in a match where the Lions leaked five tries.

Kriel said the Reds have some "x-factor players" - like flyhalf Quade Cooper.

Reds coach Nick Stiles said his side, with just one win in three outings, will be looking to use the Ellis Park encounter as a springboard for their season.

It will mean they need to break a nine-match losing streak away from home.

"We have discussed it [the nine-match losing streak on the road] and that honesty within the group has set us up nicely," Stile said at the team's base in Johannesburg.

"For us to win over here could be similar to 2010, when the Reds came over here and that win became the springboard for the season and ultimate success [winning Super Rugby] a year later.

"You can see us grow each week and you are seeing growth in the squad."

Recent results:
2015:  Lions won 18-17, Brisbane
2014: Lions won 23-20, Johannesburg
2012: Reds won 34-20, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 30-25, Johannesburg
2010: Reds won 41-26, Johannesburg

Prediction: The average margin between these sides across the history of this fixture is just eight points, though it's been the Lions who have enjoyed victory in each of the last two meetings between these teams. The Lions have won each of their last seven games at home, their longest winning streak ever on home turf, scoring an average of 47 points per game in that stretch. The Reds haven't won away from home since Round 16, 2015 (v Force), losing each of their nine road games since. The Queensland side has restricted their opposition to just 13 minutes and 35 seconds of possession per game this season, the lowest of any team. Elton Jantjies has scored 54 points in his last three games on home turf, including a haul of 15 points against the Waratahs in Round Two this season. The Lions are a difficult team to beat at home - with the Waratahs, Highlanders, Crusaders, Sharks, Jaguares and the Blues - among those who have fallen victim to their high-paced game at Ellis Park. The Reds will give them a scare, but a strong last quarter will see the Lions go clear and win by 15 points.

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 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 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Harold Vorster.

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 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Markus Vanzati, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Chris Kuridrani.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Sharks v Kings
(Kings Park, Durban - kick-off: 19.30; 17.30 GMT)

Complacency could be the Sharks' biggest stumbling block this week.

There is no reason, on paper, why the Kings should be a threat.

Centre Andre Esterhuizen admitted that, given people's expectations that they will win, mental preparation is just as important as on-the-field training.

"The thing with the Kings is that you can never underestimate them," Esterhuizen said.

"If they get their tails in the air, it could be a long night for us, so starting well is important for us.

"We also mustn't allow the game to get loose, we must keep to our structures, earn the right to go wide and we will play from there and hopefully score some tries."

The Southern Kings are eager to rectify the errors that have proven so costly this season.

Kings coach Deon Davids said that his side is aware of the enormity of the task at hand.

"It is always difficult to go to Durban, but we are looking forward to this game," Davids said.

Following last weekend's 10-41 defeat to the Stormers, the coach stressed the importance of building on the positives from the last match while improving on areas that needed to get better.

"There were aspects of our game last week where we did some good things, but there is also stuff that we need to tidy up," Davids said.

"At times we do seem like we are losing against ourselves. We need to be more clinical, it's all about executing better.

"It is important that we up our work ethic and do the work for 80m minutes."

Previous results:
2016: Sharks won 53-0, Durban
2016: Sharks won 43-8, Port Elizabeth
2013: Sharks won 58-13, Durban
2013: Sharks won 21-12, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: The Sharks have won all four previous games between these teams, and have outscored the Kings 154-21 across their last three meetings. The Sharks have won their last two games on home turf against South African squads, the last time they enjoyed a longer winning streak in such games was a four-game stint ending in 2014. The Kings continue to search for their first Super Rugby win against South African opposition and have conceded eight tries and more than 50 points in each of their last three road fixtures against fellow South African teams. The Sharks have slotted 15 penalty goals so far this season, more than any other side, while they've conceded a joint-low three penalty goals. The Kings are the only team in the competition who are yet to miss a kick at goal; Lionel Cronje has kicked 15 goals without missing, no other player has hit more than six without missing at least once. It is unlikely the Kings will break their duck against SA teams. We feel the Sharks will win by 15 points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Bernhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Garth April.

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Johann Tromp.

Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Jaguares v Cheetahs
(Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires - kick-off: 16.40; 21.40 SA time' 19.40 GMT)

The Lions have come a cropper two years in a row - the second time just a week ago.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith felt there were some valuable lessons to be learnt for their compatriots' errors against what is effectively Argentina's national team.

"The Lions wanted to contain the Jaguares in the first half and pick up the pace after the break," Smith said.

"However, the Jaguares opened too much of a gap in the first half-an-hour.

"It is vital to be in their faces from the outset."

Smith also spoke of being "fearless on defence" and "fearless with the ball in hand".

"It will require a very special performance by us," he said, adding: "The Jaguares in Buenos Aires is very tough to beat."

Injuries and the need to freshen up the squad forced Smith to make numerous changes to his matchday squad.

"We need to produce a better performance than we did against the Sunwolves last week.

"The Jaguares is a very accomplished team withy 23 internationals."

Previous result:
2016: Jaguares won 34-33, Bloemfontein

Prediction: The only previous encounter between these teams saw the Argentinian franchise snatch a one-point win against the Cheetahs after trailing by seven at half-time. The Cheetahs have lost their last seven games away from home, last tasting victory on the road in a Round 3 clash with the Sunwolves last season. The Jaguares have won each of their last three games when hosting South African opposition, winning each game by 12+ points. The Jaguares have the best ruck success of any team in the competition, winning 98 percent of rucks and losing just 1.7 rucks per game on average. Tian Meyer has provided four try assists so far this campaign, more than any other player. The Cheetahs may run them close, perhaps closer than the Lions did last week, but at home, the Jaguares will be too good and win by less than 10 points.

Teams:

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

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Ruan van Rensburg, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Henco Venter, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Elandré Huggett, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Paul Schoeman, 21 William Small-Smith/Johannes Prinsloo, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Fred Zeilinga.

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

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Speight double seals Aussie snorefest for Brumbies

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:45

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: Henry Speight produced two great second-half tries to help seal a 28-12 win for the Brumbies over the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

The Brumbies have now won nine consecutive Super Rugby wins over Australian opposition and it was their fifth consecutive Aussie derby victory on the road. And this win makes the men from Canberra the first winners of the Dan Vickerman Cup.

The Waratahs had little to celebrate. Michael Hooper, Nick Phipps and Sekope Kepu all played their 100th matches - Hooper at just 25 years of age. But that was all. The defeat meant that the Waratahs have conceded 120 points in their last three matches.

It was not a game you would want to remember or watch again, mainly because of the poor quality of play and the desperately poor skill levels of both teams. There were more than 50 errors between the two sides in 80 minutes of dour play. The handling, kicking, scrumming, line-outs, mauls were all messes, and every stoppage became a slow, long process.

Excuses were made for the rain that had fallen in Sydney in the week preceding the match. There was no rain during the match.

Obviously people knew this would happen as most seats were empty - and this was a local derby which SANZAAR says is the most desirable of Super Rugby matches.

Of those stoppages there were were sad ones. Josh Mann-Rea was helped off with a damaged knee, Jack Dempsey with what looked like a broken ankle and Kepu with concussion.

Occasionally rugby did break out. Thank heavens for Henry Speight.

The Waratahs started on top. Three penalties in quick succession gave them three five-metre line-outs in succession and they had the added advantage after the second when Scott Fardy was sent off to the sin bin. They mauled from each of the five-metre line-outs and scored after the third when prop Tom Robertson burst over from close quarters. 7-0 after 10 minutes.

There was flash of excitement when Bryce Hegarty charged down a kick and got it again with not a Brumby within cooee but was called back for ungained advantage.

A penalty enabled the Brumbies to have a five-metre line-out. They mauled but the Waratahs pushed them back. Instead they went left where Tevita Kuridrani ran over Phipps to score under the posts. 7-7 after 27 minutes.

Israel Folau put the Waratahs on the attack but they were penalised 10 metres from their line.

The second half started in similar drabness till Jed Holloway was remarkably silly. The Waratahs won a scrum and went blindside. Holloway annoyed Fardy by pulling him back by the jersey. The referee penalised Holloway, the Brumbies kicked out for a five-metre line-out which they mauled. They drove the maul over for line and scored a try, credited to Robbie Abel who was on for Mann-Rea. 14-7 to the Brumbies after 59 minutes, and that was not the end of the scoring.

From the kick-off the Brumbies came back. Joe Powell chipkicked towards the right. Henry Speight raced and got the bouncing ball. He left-footed a kick over the head of Andrew Kellaway and chased, well ahead of opponents. The ball stopped a metre short of the try-line, but Speight dived, collected it and scored. 21-14 after 61 minutes, and that was not the end of the scoring.

The Waratahs did some passing that gave the lie to all the excuses about a slippery ball. They went left with perfect passes, crisp, waist high and in front of the recipient. Jake Gordon gave to Folau, who gave to David McDuling who gave to Kellaway on the touchline. Kellaway gave immediately inside to Gordon who raced over for a delightful try. 21-12 after 63 minutes.

Confidence restored, the handling was better for the rest of the match.

The Waratahs attacked when Rob Horne raced down the left but Fardy won a turnover.

The Brumbies had a line-out on their right and mauled. The ball came free and Powell gave to Speight coming in off his right wing. Speight powered past Irae Simone and other would-be tacklers for a spectacular dive under the posts. 28-12 after 75 minutes.

The Waratahs attacked and were on the Brumbies' line when they were penalised and Speight kicked out to end the match.

Man of the Match: He was the one bright star on a dull night - Henry Speight of the Brumbies.

The scorers:

For the Waratahs:
Tries: 
Robertson, Gordon
Cons: Robinson

For the Brumbies:
Tries:
 Kuridrani, Abel, Speight 2
Cons: Hawera 4

Yellow card: Scott Fardy (Brumbies, 8 - repeated infringements, collapsing the maul illegally)

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 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 Ned Hanigan, 21 Michael Wells, 22 Jake Gordon, 23 David Horwitz.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nigel Ah Wong, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Lolo Fakaosilea, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leulua'Iali'I-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Ben Hyne, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Andrew Smith.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), William Houston (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Tom Robertson (8min) and Jake Gordon (62min)
TRIES
Tevita Kuridrani (26min), Robbie Abel (58min), Henry Speight (60min), and Henry Speight (73min)
Reece Robinson (10min)
CONVERSIONS
Wharenui Hawera (27min), Wharenui Hawera (59min), Wharenui Hawera (61min), and Wharenui Hawera (74min)
 
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Scott Fardy (7min)
 
 
VENUE Sydney
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)