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Super Rugby | Auckland
04:15 (GMT) | 01-04-2017
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The ball is kicked forward by the Force and then cleared by the Blues. FULL TIME
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The Blues still pushing forward now at the 22 of the Force
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The Force still in possession, looking to add more to the scoreline. The Blues turnover and they opt not to end the game
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The Blues on the attack after the reset. They make ground quickly and find themselves over the line for another 5 points but the referee says the final pass was forward and the Force have a scrum at their 5
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Prior adds the extras
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The Blues are caught sleeping and the Force breaks away with Dane Haylett-Petty getting the last pass after running in support from the half way. TRY to the Force
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The away team lose the ball forward and Collins gets it again looking for the same gap he just found but the Force make quick work of patching it up. The referee blows as the ball is tackled into touch Line-out for the Force
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The reset kick is there and the Force have a scrum inside the Blues half after it's lost forward
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West misses the conversion
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The Force make some ground in the maul and reach the inside of the 5. The Force move it down field but Duffie intercepts and looks to break but the Force collect themselves. The Blues move the ball up field and West spots half a gap and makes it a whole by giving it off to Collins who runs from the 22 to the TRY line to get his team a bonus point.
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The visitors now at the 22. They get a penalty and Dane Haylett-Petty kicks into touch at the 5 of the Blues for a line-out
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The Blues with a slow buildup after the throw and they opt to kick forward. The Force have the ball now and make their way forward
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West kicks into touch for a line-out at the half way for the Blues
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The reset kick sees the Force move forward desperate to regain the lead hey had in the first half. They find themselves at the 22 of the Blues and the referee blows for a penalty
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West converts the kick
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The ball is moved down field as the Force look for space to exploit but the Blues show them none. The ball is kicked forward for a line-out at the 22. The Blues move the ball up field quickly and Reiko Ioane starts a break and finishes it as well as Duffie runs alongside him for the offload. TRY to the Blues
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Line-out at the 22 of the hosts for the Force. The Blues steal the ball right from underneath them and the move forward with purpose before the ball is tackled into touch. Line-out for the Force at the half way
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Line-out for the Blues, they get the ball and Pulu clears
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The ball changing possession often as both teams try to compose themselves. Moala almost breaking through but the defence finds him. Dane Haylett-Petty clears on his left foot and it's poor. The Blues come again after the ball is cleared properly and make it to the 5 but the turnover is there and the Force kick ahead for the chase but the ball bounces into touch at the 5 of the Blues
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They get the ball and clear into touch at the half way
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The Blues look to attack after being pressed back to their own half. West gives a questionable pass up field looking to unleash Rieko Ioane. The referee blows for a penalty and the Force have a scrum at their own 22
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Scrum reset
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The Blues take their line-out at the 22 but then lose it. Dane Haylett-Petty gets it along the wing and tries to break through but he is caught and the offload is knocked forward. Scrum to the Blues at the 22 of the Force
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The Force struggling to find a way through and Dane Haylett-Petty kicks forward but it goes straight into touch. Line-out for the Blues at the half way. They make some ground forward and the referee blows for a penalty. West kicks into touch
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The ball moved down by Pulu after the scrum and the Blues almost break away along the wing but the ball is tackled into touch. Line-out for the Force inside the hosts half
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Scrum reset
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The Force come away with an interception and rush forward but not with enough pace as they are halted by the 22 of the Blues. The referee blow for a penalty to the Blues as the ball is lost forward by the away team. Scrum at the 22 of the hosts
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The Force take their own scrum but the Blues turnover and build from the 10 of the visitors
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The hosts build from the half way and Falane intercepts the ball at the 10 from the Force and goes all the way to plant the ball down for 5 points, but the referee says he knocked it forward and the Force get a scrum at their 10
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The ball changing possession often as it's cleared from one end of the field then ran forward to be booted in the opposite direction. Line-out for the Blues
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The Force get themselves a penalty after some back and forth possession of the ball and the Lance kicks but it fails to go into touch. The ball is cleared and the Force come again. The referee blows for a scrum to the Blues
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The whistle sounds and the second half is off

Half Time

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The reset kick is there and the horn sounds. The Blues kick into touch. HALF TIME
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Francis fails to add the extras
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The Force give it away after the reset kick is returned. The Blues find themselves at the 22 of the. The Blues move the ball up field and Moala sells the biggest dummy you'll see for a while. He runs from the half way to the 22 and offloads to Duffie who takes it over the line to score the TRY
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Francis narrows the gap down to 1 point
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Francis almost finds a way through with a cheeky kick forward but the back line of the away team reads it. The referee blows for a penalty and the Blues have a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch and the Blues go straight for the maul, pushing over the line quickly to score the TRY. Credited to Akira Ioane
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The referee blows as the Blues make it to the half way. Francis kicks into touch around the 22 of the Force and they try to move forward in the maul
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They take the throw and the Force loses it at the 10 of the Blues who start their attack, looking for some points before half time
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Penalty to the Force after the scrum and the ball is cleared into touch for a line-out to the visitors
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Scrum for the Blues at the 5. The look to press down field then move it u field but the Force hold strong. The Blues look to be on the verge of scoring but the final pass is forward and the Force have a scrum at their 5
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The Blues make a couple of meters in the maul but it's stopped. The rush forward to the 5 but the referee blows for a penalty to the Blues as Naisarani gets stopped by the referee and is awarded a yellow card
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The referee gives the Blues another penalty after the scrum and Francis sends it into touch around the 22 of the Force
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Line-out for the Blues inside the Force 10 and they lose it shortly after taking the throw but the referee says Blues scrum
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Blues as they lose the ball but played under advantage. Francis kicks into touch
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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The Blues in possession now after the reset and they make some ground forward with Kaino. He offloads but they're driven back to half way and the Blues have to restart their attack. The referee blows for a penalty to the Blues as the ball is lost forward by the away team
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Lance assumes the position and sends it wide
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The Blues give away possession after just regaining it and the Force bursts forward making it inside the 5 of the Blues and they throw bodies at the ball, pushing it over the line. TRY by Arnold
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The Blues win a penalty in the scrum and clear into touch at the half way
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The Blues pushing the Force back outside the 22 and they look like they could turnover but the Force finds a gap and makes it back inside the 22 before the Blues back line converges on the trespasser. The referee blows for a penalty to the Blues as the ball is knocked on by the Force
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The Force making ground forward steadily as they enter the 22 in their 12th phase
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The reset kick is deep and the Force plays the ball out of danger then loses it but the referee calls play back for a penalty to the Force. Lance kicks into touch around the 10 of the hosts. They take their throw and build from the half way
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Lance takes the kick and opens the scoring with 3 points
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Brache gets it after the scrum and tries to power through the Blues defence but he is brought down and the referee blows for a penalty to the Force inside the 22
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The Blues opting not to clear and probe forward, looking for space to slip through but the referee blows for an infringement by a Blues man; scrum to the Force
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Scrum reset
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The away team now inside the 5 but the Blues holding firm so far, the Force lose it forward, scrum at the 5 of the hosts
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The ball is kicked into touch at the 5 and the maul makes good ground forward
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The wide pass up field from Dane Haylett-Petty almost puts his team mate into space but the ball roles into touch. The referee calls play back for a penalty to the Force
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Scrum reset
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The ball is turned over and the Force starts an attack of their own now at the 10 of the Blues. Scrum for the Force at the 10 of the Blues
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The Force play their way out of danger after the kickoff but the Blues take it and make it to the 22 of the Force. The visitors clear again and the Blues come again after getting possession
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Shuhei Kubo, the referee for this match, blows and the game is underway
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The players leaving the locker rooms now
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The Blues average 464 meters made in this fixture, while the Force boasts a 91% scrum success rate
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The Blues won the last 5 encounters between these two sides
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Welcome to Auckland, where the Blues tackle the Force
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Pauliasi Manu
  • 2 James Parsons
  • 3 Charlie Faumuina
  • 4 Gerald Cowley-Tuioti
  • 5 Jimmy Tupou
  • 6 Murphy Taramai
  • 7 Jerome Kaino
  • 8 Augustine Pulu
  • 9 Piers Francis
  • 10 Melani Nanai Vai
  • 11 TJ Falane
  • 12 George Moala
  • 13 Matt Duffie
  • 14 Michael Collins
RESERVES
  • 15 Matt Moulds
  • 16 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 17 Sam Prattley
  • 18 Sione Mafileo
  • 19 Scott Scrafton
  • 20 Akira Ioane
  • 21 Billy Guyton
  • 22 Ihaia West
  • 23 Rieko Ioane
START LINE UP
  • 1 Ben Daley
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 3 Tetera Faulkner
  • 4 Matt Philip
  • 5 Richie Arnold
  • 6 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 9 Ryan Louwrens
  • 10 Jono Lance
  • 11 Alex Newsome
  • 12 Billy Meakes
  • 13 Marcel Brache
  • 14 Chance Peni
  • 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
RESERVES
  • 16 Anaru Rangi
  • 17 Pekahou Cowan
  • 18 Shambeckler Vui
  • 19 Richard Hardwick
  • 20 Kane Koteka
  • 21 Michael Ruru
  • 22 Ian Prior
  • 23 Robbie Coleman
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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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Blues bench edge plucky Force

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 03:49

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Blues' replacements made a massive second half impact to see off the Force 24-15 in an error-riddled, stop-start affair.

 

While Isi Naisarani was off the field, after receiving a yellow card, the Blues scored two tries and piled on 12 points with the Force ultimately losing by nine.

As the Blues banked their third win from six matches, it lifted them off the bottom of the New Zealand conference and extended New Zealand's dominance over Australian sides to 8-0 this season.

Force captain Matt Hodgson said the yellow card proved very costly.

"We lost a player to the bin and they scored two tries and they got some momentum there. There were some lapses in defence and they scored three long range tries," he said.

Blues captain James Parsons readily conceded it was not a great performance by his side.

"We didn't execute well out of our own half. We'll enjoy the win but we've got plenty to work on," Parsons said.

The Force, who yielded 45 points to the Crusaders last week and are battling to show they deserve to remain in a trimmed down competition, controlled the first 20 minutes.

They exploited holes around the Blues' ruck, and with a Jono Lance penalty and a Richie Arnold try, when the big lock drove over from close range, they were 8-0 ahead with the Blues struggling to get their game under way.

But the match turned when No.8 Naisarani was sent to the sin bin for not retreating when the Blues took a tap penalty in the shadow the posts.

While the Force were reduced to 14 men, the Blues scored a try to replacement loose forward Akira Ioane and one to wing Matt Duffie who finished off a 70-metre counter-attack sparked by George Moala.

With Piers Frances converting Ioane's try the Blues turned with a 12-8 lead.

In a ragged second half, the Force restored to their full complement of players, pressured the try-line only to lose the ball and see the Blues reply with long-range tries finished off by Rieko Ioane and Michael Collins.

With time almost up, the Force managed to score a Dane Haylett-Petty try to deny the Blues a bonus point.

Man of the match: Richie Arnold had a strong game for the Force while Billy Meakes showed his experience in running the backline. Marcel Brache had some strong carries and put in good work on defence. Dane Haylett-Petty had a steady game, despite not having plenty of chances. Piers Francis had a steady outing while Ihaia West brought something different when they switched places. George Moala was a threat with each carry while Matt Duffie put in another splendid performance. Our award goes to Akira Ioane, who made a massive impact off the bench to physically impose himself at the breakdowns and handing the Blues the edge in the second half.

Scorers:

For the Blues:
Tries: A Ioane, Duffie, R Ioane, Collins
Cons: Francis, West

For the Force:
Tries: Arnold, D Haylett-Petty
Con: Prior
Pen: Lance

Yellow card: Isi Naisarani (Force, 29 - not retreating 10 metres)

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.

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)

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Akira Ioane (34min), Matt Duffie (37min), Rieko Ioane (63min), and Michael Collins (72min)
TRIES
Richie Arnold (18min) and Dane Haylett-Petty (77min)
Piers Francis (35min) and Ihaia West (65min)
CONVERSIONS
Ian Prior (78min)
 
PENALTIES
Jono Lance (11min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Isireli Naisarani (28min)
 
 
VENUE Auckland
REFEREE Shuhei Kubo (Japan)