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13:05 (GMT) | 01-04-2017
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The restart is there and the horn goes as the ball soars in the air. The Stormers boot it out. FULL TIME
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Coleman pulls it far wide
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The Cheetahs in their 8th phase. The ball is turned over and Kolbe finds space in the middle of the pitch, making it to the 22 and then moving the ball to the captain who offloads to Notshe who goes the final few meters to score his hatrick
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Penalty to the Cheetahs after the throw; Stormers maul changing lanes. The ball is kicked into touch and the Cheetahs now at the 22 looking for any consolation
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Penalty to the Stormers in the scrum. The ball is cleared by the hosts and the Stormers have a throw at their 22
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Scrum at the 5 of the Stormers
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Neil Marais takes it and kicks forward then chases. He gets the ball and is in a world of space. He offloads to Henco Venter is the only man back and Kolbe chases back and stops Venter as he enters the 5. The ball is lost forward by the Cheetahs and Kolbe is greeted to a roar of praise
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Line-out for the Cheetahs and the ball is cleared by Neil Marais. Line-out to the Stormers at the 22 of the visitors
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The ball changing hands and the Cheetahs come away with a penalty and kick into touch. The Stormers steal the line-out and the ball is kicked forward by Coleman and it goes into touch at the 5 of the Cheetahs
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The Cheetahs lose the ball forward after a line-out and the Stormers pick it up and play advantage
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Zeilinga kicks into touch around th half way
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The reset kick is sent back and the Cheetahs build from their own 10. The ball is kicked forward by the Cheetahs then kicked forward by the Stormers. The Stormers get a line-out after the ball exchanges hands and then a penalty is awarded to the Cheetahs at their 5
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Kurt Coleman stepping up to take the kick now that Du Preez took to the bench. He gets his first points of this fixture
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The Stormers on the attack now and Viljoen the man looking to find a gap around the middle. They make it to the 22 of the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs drive them back but Etzebeth carried his team forward gain. The ball moved down field to SP Marais, then Viljoen who offloads to the inside and Notshe gets his second TRY
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The restart kick is called back as the Cheetahs had 16 men on the field. The Stormers take the ball down and SP Marais boots it out. Line-out to the Cheetahs. They move the ball up field at the 22 of the hosts but the referee halts play. Scrum to the Stormers
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Du Preez lines up his kick and he adds the 2 points
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They look to enact what the Cheetahs did with their maul but it fails almost instantly. They remain inside the 5 and Carr almost makes it over the line. They form their ruck and Kolisi gets it then pushes himself over to score the TRY
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The kick goes into touch at the 5 and the Stormers have a line-out
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The Cheetahs take their throw and struggle to find space around the center of the field. The counter ruck is good by the Stormers and then they win a penalty for offside
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The Cheetahs reset is deep in the 2 of the hosts. The turnover is there and SP Marais clears
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He fails to add the extra 2 points
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Du Preez gets it at the half way and does a small chip then chases it himself. He goes all the way and runs around to plant it in between the sticks. TRY
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The Stormers make some ground forward but the Cheetahs tackle the ball into touch and the visitors have a throw at the 22 of the hosts. The ball is moved up field and the Cheetahs build from the half way now
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Line-out for the Cheetahs at the 22 of the hosts. Etzebeth reads it and takes the ball for his team
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Mohoje looking to force his way through and makes space for his team mates. They reach the 5 of the hosts and the referee blows. Line-out at the 5 of the Stormers. The boys in blue get the ball and clear into touch at the 22
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The Cheetahs showing good composure to make it to the 5 of the Stormers, now in their 16th phase
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The Stormers in possession after the restart. Both teams kicking forward looking for territory. The Cheetahs with the ball now and Venter looking to cleave his way through the Stormers defence at the 22
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Zeilinga narrows the gap by adding 2 points
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The Cheetahs win a penalty after the restart. Zeilinga kicks into touch and the Cheetahs have a throw at the 5. They make some ground with the maul and Paul Schoeman is the man who gets up with the ball after they cross the line. TRY to the Cheetahs
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Du Preez adds the extras
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The kick is a short one and it's read by the Cheetahs but lost forward. The ball is booted forward to chase but it's put down in the try area by the Cheetahs and they have a 22 meter restart. The ball goes straight into touch and the Stormers have a scrum. They hold the scrum for a while the SP Marais sucks in two defenders and offloads to Daneil Du Plessis who slips through the gap on the inside to score the TRY
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Du Preez takes his kick and the second half is underway

Half Time

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The Stormers turnover and the referee blows to end the half. HALF TIME
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The Cheetahs in possession after the restart. The visitors get a penalty and then kick into touch at the 22 of the hosts. They take it and move down field as they edge closer to the 5
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Du Preez makes the extras from a tricky angle
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The ball is moved up field to the wing with some good pace and Leyds is again the last man to receive the ball, he makes the last few meters and stretches to get his hand over the line and scores the TRY
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The ball stops dead and the referee says play needs to go all the way back for a scrum to the Stormers
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The Cheetahs with some desperate defending as Notshe almost slips through again. The ball is turned over and the Cheetahs get a penalty then clear
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The Stormers find some space and make it to the 5 but lose it and the hosts counter attack then give it away freely at the 22 of the Cheetahs
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The Cheetahs take an uncontested line-out and both teams struggle to maintain possession as the turnovers from both sides see them remain at the half way
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Cheetahs; illegal scrummaging by the hosts
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Kolbe with the interceptions but knocks on and the Cheetahs have a scrum at their 22
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The Stormers move the ball up field and look to work their way into the 22 of the Cheetahs again
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The Stormers have a line-out at the 22 of the visitors
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The ball is cleared and the Cheetahs come again, now at the 10 of the hosts. They press forward but lose the ball at the 22 and Kolbe kicks forward and chases but the Cheetahs defence is there
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The Cheetahs with the ball now. They win a penalty Charles Marais looks to break away on the wing. The ball is kicked into touch. Line-out for the Cheetahs at the 5 of the hosts
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The restart kick is taken by the Stormers and moved forward. They lose the ball at the half way and the Cheetahs kick forward giving away possession.
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Du Preez adds the extras
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The Stormers push inside the 22 of the Cheetahs and SP Marais finds the space he needs. He looks for the offload and finds Notshe who takes a few steps and plants it down. TRY
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His kick is good, taking much less time from a similar distance as Du Preez
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The referee blows for an offside to the Cheetahs and Zeilinga sets up for a kick at goal
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The ball kicked forward by SP Marais and the chase is there but Blommetjies sees it out. Scrum again, this time for the Cheetahs at the half way
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Blommetjies with a poor restart kick and the Stormers get a scrum at the half way
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Du Preez misses the kick
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The referee blows for a penalty to the hosts. They make their way forward after a Cheetahs man fumbles it. The ball is moved up field and Leyds gets the last pass at the 22. He runs all the way to score the TRY
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Vermaak making an early exit as he finds himself injured during an earlier tackle. The game resumes. Scrum reset
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The Cheetahs bearing down with serious intent on the Stormers try line. They make it inside the 5 and play with a scrum advantage. They lose it and the referee blows for a Cheetahs scrum at the 5
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The Cheetahs building from the half way now after the throw and with some slick passing make it to the 10 of the Stormers and Niel Marais kicks into touch at the Stormers 22
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The restart kick a bit deeper this time around and it's carried forward by Marais but cleared by Zeilinga. The hosts come again and Kolbe makes a good run into the 22 offloading to Leyds and they fall at the 5 of the Cheetahs. The away team win a penalty and clear into touch
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He takes his time with the kick and it's well worth it. He starts off the scoring with 3 points
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The referee blows to halt play, Cheetahs man no t releasing the ball. Du Preez sets up for a kick at goal
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The Stormers making slow progress but make it inside the visitor's 10, now in their 8th phase
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The ball cleared by Du Preez and he chases to put the Cheetahs man into touch
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Scrum to the hosts outside their 22
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The Cheetahs in possession after a line-out following the kickoff. They find themselves inside the 10 of the home team
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Rasta Rasivhenge, the official on field for this fixture, sounds his whistle and Blommetjies sends it outside the Stormers 22
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The players readying themselves to exit the locker rooms
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The Cheetahs have won just two of their last 13 games away from home within South Africa, and haven't won an away game against the Stormers since Round Six, 2006.
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The Stormers have won their last three games against the Cheetahs, the longest winning streak of either time in this fixture since the Stormers won seven on the bounce from 2008 to 2012.
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Welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Stormers and Cheetahs at Newlands!
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  • 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 6 Cobus Wiese
  • 7 Siya Kolisi
  • 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 9 Jano Vermaak
  • 10 Robert du Preez
  • 11 Dillyn Leyds
  • 12 Daniel du Plessis
  • 13 EW Viljoen
  • 14 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 15 SP Marais
RESERVES
  • 16 Ramone Samuels
  • 17 Caylib Oosthuizen
  • 18 Oliver Kebble
  • 19 Chris van Zyl
  • 20 Nizaam Carr
  • 21 Dewaldt Duvenage
  • 22 Kurt Coleman
  • 23 Dan Kriel
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  • 1 Charles Marais
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Johannes Coetzee
  • 4 Armandt Koster
  • 5 Francois Uys
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Teboho Mohoje
  • 8 Henco Venter
  • 9 Shaun Venter
  • 10 Fred Zellinga
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 12 Niel Marais
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 Sergeal Petersen
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
RESERVES
  • 16 Elandré Huggett
  • 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 18 Tom Botha
  • 19 Carl Wegner
  • 20 Niell Jordaan
  • 21 Tian Meyer
  • 22 Nico Lee
  • 23 Luther Obi
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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:36

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Expect some big moves on Saturday and Sunday, as the more accomplished teams look to put space between themselves and the chasing pack.

Yes, it is a long way to go and a lot can happen.

However, the Crusaders, Lions, Stormers and Hurricanes all have opportunities to cement their places in the play-off zone - especially on the two South African derbies, where vital conference points are at stake.

The two New Zealand sides face trans-Tasman rivals and are expected to collect easy points.

This may well be the weekend where the leading teams put down big markers.

In Part Two we look at the last four matches of the weekend!

Saturday, April 1:

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

Apart from playing in Brisbane, the Hurricanes hold all the aces.

The New Zealand franchise is coming off a bye this week and travels just two hours across the Tasman Sea.

In stark contrast the Reds have returned from a monstrous two-week tour that - apart from heavy defeats to the Lions and Jaguares - have seen them travel from Brisbane to Johannesburg (11,600-odd kilometres and more than 16 hours flying time), from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo (almost 7,500 kilometres and a nine-hour flight), then - after a three-hour stopover in Sao Paulo - flew to Buenos Aires (1,675 kilometres and three hour flight time). The final leg from Buenos Aires to Brisbane had the players flying 12,355, but spending more than 38 hours in the air.

You do the maths.

With three wins and one loss this season the Hurricanes currently sit in third place on the New Zealand conference ladder behind the Crusaders and Chiefs.
 
The Reds are third in the Australian conference behind the Brumbies and Waratahs with one win - a fortuitous last-minute victory against the Sharks in the opening round - and four losses.

Reds coach Nick Stiles admitted his team faces a "massive" challenge against the defending champions and again one of the tournament's pace-setters.

"We have to look at that as an opportunity," Stiles said.

"We've had some really disappointing losses over the last few weeks, but you can sense within the team that we're close to producing the right result on the field," the coach added.

"Last week's performance simply wasn't good enough, but the players have been honest in their appraisal and committed to learning from it and getting better.

"It's been a tough few weeks, but we couldn't be happier to be back at home this weekend with an opportunity to make our fans proud."

Recent results:
2016: Hurricanes won 29-14, Wellington
2015: Hurricanes won 35-19, Brisbane
2014: Hurricanes won 35-21, Wellington
2013: Reds won 18-12, Brisbane
2011: Hurricanes won 28-26, Wellington

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won 12 of their last 14 games against the Reds, including each of the last three by an average margin of 15 points. Six of the Reds' last nine games at home have been decided by three points or fewer, including each of the last three. The Hurricanes have won five of their last six games in Australia, including each of their last two, with their five wins coming by an average margin of 18 points. The Reds are the only team so far this season to have scored a try after receiving possession from a 22-metre restart. Hurricanes trio Vince Aso (six tries, one assist), Ngani Laumape (five, two), and Ardie Savea (four, three) have each been involved in seven tries this season; only the Lions' Rohan Janse van Rensburg (8) has been involved in more. It is simply a matter of by how much the Hurricanes will win and we feel it will be at least 20 points.

Teams:

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

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

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Amy Perrett (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Stormers v Cheetahs
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 15.05; 13.05 GMT)

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith readily admits his team needs to overcome their 'fear of failure' if they are to reach their potential this season.

Smith this week bemoaned the fact that his charges tend to play 'not to lose', rather than playing to win.

If they overcome their fears - brought on by the uncertainty of their future, given the pending changes and possibility of teams being axed from Super Rugby next year - they will be a real threat to the Stormers.

Smith hope that former South African Under-20 wing Luther Obi will provide the spark that will unlock the Cheetahs' attacking potential.

Obi has been named on the bench for the match, while Sergeal Petersen is fit and will start on the right wing.

Including Raymond Rhule, the Cheetahs boast with three former Baby Bok wings in their match squad.

Smith also named regular flyhalf Niel Marais at inside centre, alongside captain Francois Venter.

The Cheetahs coach us clearly looking to shake up his team.

The Stormers, despite being the only unbeaten team in the South African conference, are cautious ahead of what could be a banana peel for the Cape Town-based franchise.

"We were not happy with our defence in the first half [against the Sunwolves last week] and we were pretty open about it during the week," Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said, when asked about the aspects of his team's game that need the most attention.

"Hopefully, we will see a better defensive performance this weekend," he said of the dangers posed by the Cheetahs.

Stormers captain Siya Kolisi said he expects a "very tough" game and that the Cheetahs will "bring everything".

"They had a good game last week against the Sharks," Kolisi said.

"We know what's coming and it is always going to be a tough game for us playing the Cheetahs home and away."

Recent results:
2016: Stormers won 31-24, Cape Town
2016: Stormers won 20-10, Bloemfontein
2015: Stormers won 42-12, Cape Town
2015: Cheetahs win 25-17, Bloemfontein
2014: Stormers won 33-0, Cape Town
2014: Cheetahs won 35-22, Bloemfontein

Prediction: The Stormers have won their last three games against the Cheetahs, the longest winning streak of either time in this fixture since the Stormers won seven on the bounce from 2008 to 2012. The Stormers have won each of their last four regular season games at home, scoring an average of 38 points per game in that span. The Cheetahs have won just two of their last 13 games away from home within South Africa, and haven't won an away game against the Stormers since Round Six, 2006. The Cheetahs boast a goal kicking success rate of 90 percent this campaign, better than any other team in the tournament and 21 percentage points higher than the Stormers. EW Viljoen has scored a try in each of his last three games for the Stormers. The Cheetahs do have a realistic chance of upsetting the apple cart, but our money is on a Stormers win - by eight points.

Teams:

Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Cobus Wiese, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth , 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Oliver Kebble, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Niel Marais, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche 18 Tom Botha, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Nico Lee, 23 Luther Obi

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Lions v Sharks
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT)

Despite what the coaches say, or their attempts to downplay the importance of the game, this is THE match of the weekend.

With just two points separating the table-topping Lions (19 points from five games), Jaguares (18 from five) and Sharks (17 from five)  in the Africa Two conference, winning at Ellis Park will be crucial in the greater scheme of things.

Sharks coach Robert du Preez has gone for a heavyweight pack in the hope of blunting the Lions' famed attack.

The combined weight of his loose forwards is 329 kilogrammes.

The Sharks are one of just four teams (Highlanders, Stormers, Sunwolves) who are yet to lose a scrum on their own feed this campaign.

In contrast, the Lions will again rely on mobility.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann is adamant his team won't creep into their shells and become conservative, just because there is some additional pressure.

"I said it last year when it came to crunch time and play-offs, we are set in our routines, we follow the same path, the players are comfortable and they can plan around that and tick the same boxes," Ackermann said.

"Obviously there's stuff that you focus on a little bit more what you didn't do well the week before, but we know it's a big game and a big challenge, everybody is aware of what's going on."

The Lions mentor said the Sharks have played good rugby ate times this season.

"If you look at that squad it's a very young and exciting squad.

"There are quality players and they have the old hands in-between and [coach] Robert [du Preez] has done a great job there."

Sharks coach Robert du Preez said they have to make a big step up from last week's performance, despite recording a come-from-behind win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

"There were a few areas we let ourselves down in last week and we needed to work on for this match," Du Preez said.

"I cannot fault the focus and energy that our players once again brought to training this week, which pleases us as a coaching unit.

"We are under no illusions about the enormity of the match on Saturday.

"The Lions are a good team with threats all around the park.

"They play a similar game to the Cheetahs and our accuracy with our attacking and defensive effort is going to be key.

"There is a huge belief amongst our special group of players and we want to go out there on Saturday and make our fans proud."

Recent results:
2016: Lions won 37-10, Johannesburg
2016: Lions won 24-9, Durban
2015: Lions won 23-21, Johannesburg
2015: Sharks won 29-12, Durban
2014: Sharks win 25-12, Johannesburg
2014: Sharks won 37-23, Durban

Prediction: The Lions have won each of their last three games against the Sharks, more than they had won in their previous 13 meetings.The Lions have won each of their last eight games on home turf, winning by an average margin of 26 points per game across than span. The Sharks have won their last two away games, the last time they enjoyed a longer streak was a stretch of three road wins in Round Three, 2016, which equalled the franchise record. The Sharks are one of just four teams (Highlanders, Stormers, Sunwolves) who are yet to lose a scrum on their own feed this campaign. Malcolm Marx has scored seven tries in his last 10 games, including one in each of his last four appearances. This will be a hard-fought battle that will be in the balance to the end. The Lions to sneak it by five points.

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Dillon Smit.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Inny-Christian Radebe, 23 Jeremy Ward.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Sunday, April 2:

Waratahs v Crusaders
(Allianz Stadium, Sydney - Kick-off: 16.05; 18.05 NZ time; 06.05 GMT)

The Waratahs showed great heart last week to come from behind and steal a late winner.

They will have to raise the bar considerably when the Crusaders arrive in Sydney, as the Kiwis have shown some real killer instinct.

Waratahs Coach Daryl Gibson stressed the importance of a full 80-minute performance from the home side.

"The games they [Crusaders] have played, they've been behind in three of those and have come storming to win," Gibson said.

"So we know if we are going to beat them we have got to play for 80 minutes and be right in there for the whole fight."

Waratahs assistant coach Nathan Grey, however, warned against focusing too much on the opposition and forgetting about the Tahs' own game.

"A lot of people get caught up looking too much at the Crusaders," Grey said.

"You certainly have a quick look at where they can hurt you and where they can damage you, but it's really important this week for us to look within and identify where we can do our things better.

"From that, build a really good performance and put the Crusaders side under a lot of pressure.

"They do leak like all teams do under pressure, so you have to be good enough to be able to do that to them for the full 80 minutes to get the result."

Grey also pointed to the need for a full 80-minute performance, as that is what the Crusaders will bring.

"They have a lot of belief in the way they play and they present a number of challenges, but we're confident that we get our preparation right and we deliver on the field that we can get the job done on Sunday," Grey added.

Recent results:
2016: Crusaders won 29-10, Christchurch
2015: Waratahs won 32-22, Sydney
2014: Waratahs won 33-32, Sydney (Final)
2013: Crusaders won 23-22, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 37-33, Sydney

Prediction: The Crusaders have won 12 of their last 14 games against the Waratahs, though the NSW side's two wins in that run have come in the last three meetings between the teams. The spoils are split at four wins apiece between these franchises in their last eight meetings in New South Wales, with the average winning margin across those games coming in at just four points per game. The Crusaders have won on their last four visits to Australia, the last time they enjoyed a longer streak was a franchise-best five straight wins from 1999 to 2000. The Crusaders have made an average of 170 passes per game this season, the most of any team and 23 more than the Waratahs. Silatolu Latu has won 12 turnovers so far this season, the equal most of any player and eight more than Crusaders' best Sam Whitelock (four). It could get ugly for the Waratahs of they are just slightly off their game. We feel the Crusaders will win, by about 18 points.

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Cam Clark, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Mack Mason, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Michael Wells, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Irae Simone, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Digby Ioane, 13 Tim Bateman 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Bryn Hallm 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Manasa Mataele.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Will Houston (Australia), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

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Stormers hammer poor Cheetahs

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:07

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: A hat-trick of tries from Sikhumbuzo Notshe helped the Stormers hammer the Cheetahs 53-10 at Newlands on Saturday.

New Zealand sides Crusaders and Chiefs are the only others among the 18 in the competition to have won all their matches this year.

Skipper and flank Siyamthanda Kolisi also scored a try in the South African derby as the hosts dominated spiritless opponents and led 22-3 at half-time.

It was the widest winning margin in five matches for the Stormers after beating the Bulls and Southern Kings, the Jaguares of Argentina and the Sunwolves of Japan.

Success stretched the Stormers lead over the Cheetahs in the Africa One standings to 13 points with the Bulls third and the Sunwolves last.

Although they have completed just a third of their regular season fixtures, the Cape side are hot favourites to win the group and secure a home quarterfinal.

It was the heaviest of four losses in six matches for the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs this season, surpassing a 27-point defeat by the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. 

"A great performance and a big improvement on our performance against the Sunwolves last weekend," said Kolisi of the eight-try-to-one romp.  

"My favourite moment of the match came near the end when Cheslin Kolbe tackled a much bigger opponent [Henco Venter] to prevent what seemed a certain try.

"The match had long been won, but Cheslin demonstrated the tremendous spirit that runs through our team." 

Cheetahs skipper and centre Francois Venter said: "We need a new mindset and we need to keep the ball.

"It was one of those days. We have a good game plan, but are not executing it."

Wing Dillyn Leyds [two], centre Daniel du Plessis and flyhalf Robert du Preez were the Stormers other try scorers.

Du Preez kicked four conversions and a penalty and his replacement, Kurt Coleman, one conversion.

Loose forward Paul Schoeman scored the lone Cheetahs try and flyhalf Fred Zeilinga slotted the conversion and a penalty.

The Stormers host two-time former champions the Chiefs next weekend while the Cheetahs have a bye.  

Man of the match: Sikhumbuzo Notshe scored three tries and was immense in open play, while Robert du Preez made good decisions on attack. However, the award goes to Sarel Marais who had a big hand in a few tries.

The scorers:

For Stormers:
Tries: Leyds 2, Notshe 3, Du Plessis, Du Preez, Kolisi
Cons: Du Preez 4, Coleman
Pen: Du Preez

For Cheetahs:
Try: Schoeman
Con: Zeilinga
Pen: Zeilinga

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Cobus Wiese, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth , 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Oliver Kebble, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Nico Lee, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Niel Marais, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Clinton Swart, 23 Luther Obi

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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Dillyn Leyds (15min), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (22min), Dillyn Leyds (36min), Daniel du Plessis (42min), Robert du Preez (53min), Siya Kolisi (59min), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (63min), and Sikhumbuzo Notshe (78min)
TRIES
Paul Schoeman (44min)
Robert du Preez (23min), Robert du Preez (38min), Robert du Preez (43min), Robert du Preez (60min), and Kurt Coleman (65min)
CONVERSIONS
Fred Zellinga (45min)
Robert du Preez (7min)
PENALTIES
Fred Zellinga (21min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE DHL Newlands
REFEREE Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)