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Super Rugby | Dunedin
06:35 (GMT) | 31-03-2017
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Fletcher Smith adds the extras. FULL TIME
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The horn sounds as the reset kick flies into the 22 of the Rebels. They try to play the ball out of danger but the Highlanders are determined to have the last say and they do as Pleasants makes it over the line to score the TRY
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He adds the extras himself
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The ruck is a meter from the try line and the ball is sent up field to Hodge who almost loses it but holds on and sprints over the line to score the TRY
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The Rebels take the scrum and the ball is sent to Koroibete who looks to slip through any gap given but he finds none. The ball is moved up field and the referee blows for a penalty to the Rebels. They call for another scrum at the 5
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The referee blows after the throw for a penalty to the Rebels. Scrum outside the 5 of the Highlanders
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The reset kick is returned to the Rebels 10 and then pushed some more until the Rebels try to hold from their 22. The visitors turnover and clear after receiving a penalty. They get a line-out around the 22 of the hosts
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Fletcher Smith adds the extras
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The ball is cleared and the pass down is intercepted at the 10 of the Rebels, Fekitoa the opportunist who managed to find the ball runs the distance to score the TRY
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Hodge in possession, looking like he was about to skip through the home team defence but his leg gets tugged on. The Rebels make it to the 22 of the hosts and the ball is tackled into touch for a Highlanders throw
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The Highlanders look to exploit any gaps given but the Rebels show none on this occasion. They turnover and clear. The Highlanders do the same and the Rebels have a line-out at the half way
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The Rebels in possession and the ball played back but fumbled and lost forward, which has been a them for them in this match. Scrum to the Highlanders around their 10
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The visitors lose the ball forward at the 5 of the hosts and the Highlanders have a scrum
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The Rebels get a line-out after the reset kick, then a penalty to follow and the ball is kicked into touch at the 5 of the Highlanders
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Banks maintains his perfect record for the day
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The hosts now inside the 22, the ball sent down to Evans and he shoots past his man into space to score the TRY
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The highlanders have a line-out at the 10 after some pressure around the Rebels 22. They take it and move forward along the opposite wing
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The ball booted around after the reset
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Banks adds the 2 points
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The ball is fumbled backwards by the home team but the referee calls play back for another penalty and Buckman runs forward to take it quickly. He taps and dives over the line but the referee refers to the TMO to make sure the grounding was done properly. TRY to the Highlanders
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Highlanders at the 5 of the Rebels. They move the ball up field with some pace before making it over the try line but the referee stops play for a scrum after a Rebels infringement. Scrum to the Highlanders
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The Rebels try to play their way out of danger after the reset kick but they lose it forward at their 5.
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Debreczeni fails to add the extras
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The Rebels making ground progressively now as the edge towards the 22 of the hosts. The offload to English is there and he bursts forward with electric pace, passing three defenders to slide over the line and get his team on the score sheet. TRY
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English drops the catch forward and the Highlanders play with an advantage. The Rebels manage to win a penalty and Debreczeni kicks into touch around the half way
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Line-out for the Highlanders at their own 10
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The Highlanders make it within 1 meter of the Rebels try line but the visitors get it and clear. Smith kicks forward but the ball is cleared again by the Rebels and Debreczeni rushes forward with Hodge for the chase. They give away a penalty and the Highlanders clear
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Gardon-Bachop knocks the ball into touch and the Highlanders have a throw around the 22 of the Rebels.
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Debreczeni takes it down easily and the Rebels clear their lines
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Reid loses the ball forward in a tackle after the reset and the hosts have a scrum around the half way
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The Rebels with more handling errors early in the second half. They give away a penalty around their 10 and Banks sets up for a kick to add more points to the Highlanders' score early in the half. He takes his kick and secures 3 extra points
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The whistle sounds and the second half is off

Half Time

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The horn sounds as Banks tries to squeeze through the middle. The Rebels turnover and kick into touch. HALF TIME
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They take the scrum and clear but it's a poor one. The ball booted out field again and this time the Highlanders pick it up around the half way and try to build from inside the Rebels 10
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Scrum for the Rebels around their own 5
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Line-out for the Rebels at heir own 5. Jordy Reid picks it up and is on the receiving end of a crunching tackle; loses the ball forward. Scrum to the Highlanders at the 5
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Line-out for the Rebels at their own 10. They kick the ball forward and the Highlanders come again, kicking forward themselves. The ball is kicked back by the Rebels into touch and the Highlanders get a throw at their 10
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The Highlanders move the ball quickly from the scrum and look to surprise the Rebels but their defence holds for now. The ball is held in the ruck and the Rebels get a penalty
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Scrum reset
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Bodies on the try line as the Highlanders look to add one more before the half time whistle. The referee blows for a 5 meter scrum to the hosts
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Line-out taken at the 22 of the away team and they get the ball afterwards too then clear. The ball is ran into touch again by the Rebels team. Line-out from the 22 for the hosts. They edge forward towards the 5, Banks carrying forward
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The Highlanders again n ow in front of the Rebels 5 but the ball is turned over and Debreczeni clears into touch
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The Rebels make some decent ground forward edging towards the 22 of the hosts but lose it forward and the ball is cleared. Jordy Reid gives away a line-out in a good position for the Highlanders
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The away team gets a penalty in the scrum and Hodge kicks into touch at the 10 of the Highlanders
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The hosts get a scrum after the reset as the visitors lose the ball forward at the half way
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He takes his time, eyeing the ball intently and secures the 3 points
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Banks lines up a kick for another 3 points
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Both teams kicking forward now, looking for territory. The Highlanders come away with the ball in hand and Smith kicks forward again but the referee blows for a penalty to the Highlanders; Rebels man offside in the rick
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They take the throw and move quickly towards the 22 of the visitors after a kick forward by Smith. The ball is tackled into touch and the Rebels come away with a line out at their own 22.
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The Rebels try to force their way through the defence of the Highlanders with brute strength but give away a penalty instead. The hosts kick into touch at their own 10
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Line-out at the 22 of the hosts
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The Rebels win themselves a penalty after the reset kick and the ball is kicked into touch
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Banks secures another 2 points
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The Highlanders maneuver themselves into space and Whitelock is the man who finds himself over the line to score the hosts' second TRY
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They find a way through along the wing and burst into the away team 22, now in their 9th phase
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Line-out taken and they look to press some more but are driven back to the half way
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The Highlanders get a penalty after the reset kick and they kick into touch around the 10 of the visitors
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Banks adds the extras
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Scrum to the Rebels at their own 22 and the Highlanders push the away team back with immense strength. They move the ball up field to Buckman who offloads to Fekitoa who changes pace and dives over the line to score a TRY
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Line-out for the Rebels at their own 10
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The ball fumbled by the Rebels and it's snatched up by the Highlanders. They kick forward and the chase is there by Li but he doesn't make it before the back line and the ball is cleared. The Highlanders come again after the boot and find themselves inside the 10 of the visitors
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The clearance is dropped and the Highlanders have another scrum, this time at the half way
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The reset kick is deep and it's dropped forward by the attackers. The hosts have a scrum and they clear
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Marty Banks lines it up and adds the 3 points
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The Highlanders win a penalty in the scrum; Rebels collapsing the scrum
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The Highlanders pushing forward as they make a few meters in their driving maul but the referee halts play for a penalty to the Rebels. Scrum to the Rebels at their 5
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The Rebels try to make ground in the maul after the throw but find no success. They give away a penalty and the Highlanders kick into touch around the 22
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The Highlanders opt to not kick the ball away after the kickoff. They manage to play it to the Rebels' 10 before it's lost and booted forward by the visitors and a kicking contest ensues. Line-out to the away team at the half way
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The referee blows and we're off
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker rooms now
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The Rebels have a 57% success rate for their goal kicking in this fixture, while the Highlanders' stands at 83%
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The Highlanders have won 4 of the last 5 encounters against the Rebels
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Welcome to Dunedin, where the Highlanders host the Rebels
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Aki Seiulu
  • 2 Liam Coltman
  • 3 Siate Tokolahi
  • 4 Joe Wheeler
  • 5 Tom Franklin
  • 6 Gareth Evans
  • 7 Dillon Hunt
  • 8 Luke Whitelock
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Marty Banks
  • 11 Patrick Osborne
  • 12 Richard Buckman
  • 13 Malakai Fekitoa
  • 14 Tevita Li
  • 15 Matt Faddes
RESERVES
  • 16 Greg Pleasents
  • 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown
  • 18 Siosula Halanukonuka
  • 19 Elliot Dixon
  • 20 Tupou Sopoaga
  • 21 Kayne Hammington
  • 22 Fletcher Smith
  • 23 Teihorangi Walden
START LINE UP
  • 1 Fereti Sa'aga
  • 2 James Hanson
  • 3 Laurie Weeks
  • 4 Culum Retallick
  • 5 Steven Cummins
  • 6 Jordy Reid
  • 7 Colby Faingaa
  • 8 Amanaki Mafi
  • 9 Nic Stirzaker
  • 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop
  • 11 Marika Koroibete
  • 12 Reece Hodge
  • 13 Mitch Inman
  • 14 Tom English
  • 15 Jack Debreczeni
RESERVES
  • 16 Siliva Siliva
  • 17 Tom Moloney
  • 18 Tyrel Lomax
  • 19 Dominic Day
  • 20 Lopeti Timani
  • 21 Mick Snowden
  • 22 Sione Tuipolotu
  • 24 Ben Volavola
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SR Preview: Round Six, Part One

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:17

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: The possibility of teams being axed next year continues to hover, ominously, over the competition.

It means any match involving the 'fringe' teams - like the Rebels and Western Force - will have added pressure for those teams.

Already the Cheetahs have admitted the 'fear of failure' is putting a choke hold on their performances.

It is vital for these teams that they start proving their value on the playing field, otherwise the threat of axing will remain.

In Part One we look at the first three matches of the weekend!

Friday, March 31:

Highlanders v Rebels
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 AEDT; 06.35 GMT)

Both teams are under pressure and desperate to get the win.

The Highlanders are currently 11th on the standings - with wins against the Blues and Brumbies, but defeats against the Chiefs, Crusaders and Hurricanes - stuck at the bottom of the New Zealand conference.

''It's far too early to be looking at the points table now,'' Highlanders coach Tony Brown told the Otago Daily Times.

"At the moment all we have to do is try and prepare for the next game as best we can."

Turning to the Rebels, Brown described them as a "quality" team that is playing good rugby - despite the fact that they are winless and stuck at the foot of the table with a solitary losing bonus point.

Rebels coach Tony McGahan used the cliched 'week-to-week' proposition when asked about his team's perilous position.

McGahan is hoping his bench players can provide the impact that will finally turn a competitive first-half performance into a winning 80 minutes.

The Rebels have conceded a combined 27 points in a total of nine minutes to finish their last two games, but McGahan wants to see the reserves provide a spark late for a complete performance.

"We need to start well but we need to finish off the back end of games," he said.

"We've seen more and more the impact of benches and what you need to get done to play out the full 80 minutes.

"It's a really tight competition and you see that results wise with some sides having won a couple games right at the death and we've lost a couple.

"We need to make sure that we're winning the ball and be able to keep it and make sure that we're not putting ourselves under huge pressure defensively which has been the case.

"Once we fix those little errors we're going to be much better at running out the back end of games."

The Highlanders are coming off their second win of the season after they took down the Brumbies 18-13 in Canberra.

Despite the Highlanders sitting in fifth on the New Zealand Conference ladder, the Rebels are well aware of the dangers posed by the 2015 Super Rugby champions.

"They're a terrific side, they won a title a few years ago and have been there or thereabouts the last couple of years," McGahan said.

"They've got some world-class players and they're a side who works exceptionally hard for each other.

"No doubt they're really keen to get a result down here at home because they don't like losing down here and have a very strong record."

Recent results:
2016: Highlanders won 27-3, Melbourne
2014: Highlanders won 33-30, Dunedin
2013: Rebels won 38-37, Melbourne
2012: Highlanders won 43-12, Dunedin
2011: Highlanders won 40-18, Melbourne

Prediction: The Highlanders have won four of the five prior games between these teams, including each of their last two; three of their four wins have come by a margin of greater than 20 points. The Highlanders have won each of their last five games on home turf against Australian opposition, though they've won by an average margin of just eight points. This will be the Rebels 15th excursion for a Super Rugby fixture in New Zealand; the Melbourne side has managed only one win from their previous 14 such games. Only two players have assisted more tries this season than Aaron Smith (four), who has provided more assists than any other New Zealand based player. Reece Hodge is one of only five players, and the only Australian-based player, to have kicked a goal from his own side of the halfway line this season. Let's not beat about the bush, the Rebels are unlikely to win. The Highlanders should win by at least 15 points.

Teams:

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

Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements - from: Siliva Siliva, Tom Moloney, Tyrel Lomax, Dominic Day, Lopeti Timani, Jake Schatz, Esei Haangana, Mick Snowden, Sione Tuipulotu, Ben Volavola.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Angus Mabey
TMO: Aaron Paterson

Saturday, April 1:

Blues v Western Force
(Eden Park, Auckland  - Kick-off: 17.15; 12.15 AWST; 04.15 GMT)

The Western Force, like the Rebels and (apparently also) the Brumbies, are at the centre of a campaign by the Rugby Union Players' Association to keep all five Australian team in Super Rugby.

However, the petition just adds fuel to the fire in the rumour grapevine that plans are afoot to axe one or two Aussie teams.

There is no doubt the Force have a point to prove.

Blues coach Tana Umaga believes all these sideshows will fire up the Perth-based franchise.

Umaga said the Blues expects a tough challenge from the Force, who will be motivated by all the speculation around their future.

Force coach Dave Wessels said his team needs to improve on last week's performance (a 17-45 capitulation against the Crusaders) and taking on the Blues at Eden Park provides the opportunity to do so.

"We know that to turn around the outcome of last week we need to be a lot better in a number of key areas – not least our defence," Wessels said.

"It's great to have the experience of Dane [Haylett-Petty], Billy [Meakes] and Hodgo [Matt Hodgson] back in the side this week.

"The boys have trained really hard this week under difficult circumstances and I couldn't be more proud to be part of this team."

Recent results:
2016: Blues won 17-13, Perth
2015: Blues won 41-24, Auckland
2014: Blues won 40-14, Perth
2012: Blues won 32-9, Auckland
2011: Blues and Force drew 22-all, Perth

Prediction: The Blues are undefeated in their last seven games against the Force; their only loss to the Western Australian side in Super Rugby came in Round Five, 2008. The Blues have won each of their last three home games against the Force, scoring a total of 111 points across that period. The Blues have won each of their last seven games at home against Australian opposition, surpassing 40 points scored on three occasions in that span. The Western Australian side have conceded just 5.5 clean breaks per game this campaign, fewer than any other team in the competition. Jonno Lance has slotted 10 of his 11 kicks at goal this season, the best rate of any player to attempt 10+ shots at goals (91 percent). It is another game where the home team is clear favourites and we believe the Blues will win by about 20 points.

Teams:

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

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Richard Hardwick, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Robbie Coleman.

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), James Doleman (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Chiefs v Bulls
(FMG Stadium, Hamilton - Kick-off: 19.35; 08.35 SA time; 06.35 GMT)

The Chiefs will face the Bulls after a close shave against the Rebels in Melbourne in round four, where they snatched a 27-14 bonus point victory that left players and coaches with plenty to ponder during their bye week.

"We're not happy with the way the Rebels game went and it was a less than satisfactory performance from our team," Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge told the Waikato Times, before adding that subsequent changes were made based on that sloppy showing against the Rebels.

That spells trouble for  Bulls team in a desperate slump - having lost to the Blues (14-38) last week and their only victory having been a scrappy 34-21 triumph over the winless Sunwolves.

The Bulls readily admit they have been way off the pace this season.

"We certainly have a lot to improve," coach Nollis Marais said at the team's training base in Rotorua.

"We cannot be proud of that last 40 minutes we produced against the Blues.

"We are a better team than that and we have an opportunity against a great team to prove that."

Bulls captain, Adriaan Strauss, shared the sentiment.

"We are not doing justice to ourselves, we are not achieving the targets we set and we are disappointing our supporters," Strauss said.

"That said, this team is certainly good enough, but talk is cheap.

"We need to go out and show that on the field. We could not have picked a more fitting place or opponent to do that than against the Chiefs at home, but we have to show that belief and justify the hard work done."

Recent results:
2015: Chiefs won 34-20, Rotorua
2014: Chiefs and Bulls drew 34-all, Pretoria
2012: Chiefs won 28-22, Hamilton
2011: Bulls won 43-27, Pretoria
2010: Bulls won 33-19, Hamilton

Prediction: The Chiefs are undefeated in their last three games against the Bulls, and will be looking to win back-to-back games against them for the first time since Round 10, 2002. The Chiefs have lost just one of their 10 home games against the Bulls, winning each of their last two. The Bulls have scored three tries after beginning possession with a free kick so far this season; no other team has managed more than one try via this method. Liam Messam lines up for his 150th appearance in Super Rugby this weekend; the Chiefs' forward has scored three tries in his last five games at home. Piet van Zyl has scored three tries in his last five games away from home for the Bulls, despite playing an average of just 45 minutes per game in that period. The Bulls ca win, but I would not bet my house on it. The Chiefs should walk away with a comfortable win - 15 points or more.

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Solomon Alaimalo.

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

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Highlanders send Rebels packing

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:44

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Highlanders cruised to a 51-12 bonus point win over Melbourne Rebels in Dunedin on Friday, heaping further pressure on the beleaguered Australian side.

The Highlanders ran in six tries to two, including a brace for Malakai Fekitoa, while pivot Marty Banks potted five conversions and three penalties.

The Rebels never threatened and remain at the bottom of the Australian conference without a win this season, a major concern as Super Rugby administrators look to trim the bloated competition.

Rebels captain Nic Stirzaker said the Highlanders came out strong and forced mistakes from his team.

"We put ourselves under pressure with dropped ball and we couldn't get out of our own half," he said.

"We had to tackle the house down in the first half and it just caught up with us at the end."

The result lifts the Highlanders off the foot of the New Zealand conference, although the Blues can overtake them with a win over the Western Force on Saturday.

It also means Australian Super Rugby teams have lost all eight of their matches against New Zealand opposition this year.

The Highlanders' scrum dominated from the outset, monstering the Rebels pack off the ball for a turnover in the 12th minute that set up a diving try from Fekitoa.

Luke Whitelock crossed for their second five minutes later to make it 17-0 after Tom Franklin brushed off a weak tackle and offloaded to the number eight. 

The Rebels' error-rate climbed as the pressure intensified and they went into the break down 20-0, although it could have been worse as scrambling defence prevented two Highlanders tries on the line. 

Melbourne regrouped after the break, finally holding onto the ball and launching some cohesive attacks. 

They were rewarded in the 52nd minute when Tom English ran onto Mitch Inman's pass and zig-zagged through the Highlanders defence for a try. 

However, the hosts snuffed out any hopes of an unlikely Rebels comeback with two quick tries to Richard Buckman and Gareth Evans, blowing out their lead to 37-5. 

Fekitoa then intercepted a loose pass to score his second five-pointer, with Reece Hodge managing a consolation try for the Rebels with two minutes to go.

Even then the Highlanders had an answer, with hooker Greg Pleasants-Tate lumbering over the tryline from close range to wrap it up.

Man of the Match: There were a number of candidates from the Highlanders, but the award goes to centre Malakai Fekitoa for scoring two brilliant tries and constantly creating space for his outside backs.

The scorers:

For Highlanders:
Tries: Fekitoa 2, Whitelock, Buckman, Evans, Pleasants-Tate
Cons: Banks 4, Smith 2
Pens: Banks 3

For Rebels:
Tries: English, Hodge
Con: Hodge

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Tevita Li, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Joe Wheeler, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Aki Seiuli.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Elliot Dixon, 20 Tupou Sopoaga, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Teihorangi Walden.

Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Tom Moloney, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Dominic Day, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Ben Volavola.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Angus Mabey
TMO: Aaron Paterson

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Malakai Fekitoa (11min), Luke Whitelock (16min), Richard Buckman (57min), Gareth Evans (61min), Malakai Fekitoa (70min), and Greg Pleasents (80min)
TRIES
Tom English (51min) and Reece Hodge (77min)
Marty Banks (12min), Marty Banks (17min), Marty Banks (58min), Marty Banks (63min), Fletcher Smith (71min), and Fletcher Smith (81min)
CONVERSIONS
Reece Hodge (79min)
Marty Banks (5min), Marty Banks (24min), and Marty Banks (42min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Dunedin
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)