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Super Rugby | Allianz Park
06:05 (GMT) | 02-04-2017
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Thanks for joining us for this super rugby match. Catch us back next week as we build up to the match between the Hurricanes and the Waratahs on the 7th of April from 9;05 am!
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Siren sounds as the Waratahs come up with one more onslaught , but Hanigan knocks it on and that will be it, the Crusaders remain unbeaten!!
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Hall feeds and Mataele kicks ahead and the waratahs get the ball back and look to deny the Crusaders a Bonus point!
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Scrum down to the Crusaders inside their half
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Conversion is good!!
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Crusaders win the lineout ball and makes good meters and Ben Funnel goes over for the Bonus point try!!
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Great kick by the Crusaders into the Waratahs 22. Waratahs win the line out and then the crusaders win the penalty at the breakdown!! Mckenzie kicks for the corner!
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Conversion is missed.
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Hall feeds and they play it wide and then bring it back to set the attacking platform as they go right and Mataele makes good break and get it through the hands as Hall goes over for the try!!
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Lineout to the Waratahs just outside the Crusaders 22 and the throw is not straight and the Crusaders will have a scrum just outside their 22
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Waratahs a few meters short of the Crusaders line and they are throwing everything at the Crusaders , but they defend well for now and the Waratahs lose the ball as Hall clears into touch, but not far out!
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Waratahs on the attack now just inside the Crusaders half and makes some meters and win a penalty for a deliberate knock down by Havili
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Hall feeds and gets it out and then feeds his backs. They Crusaders look to score again, but the Waratahs win the breakdown penalty!
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Hall feeds the scrum and get the free kick. They opt for another scrum.
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Scrum reset is called and referee moves the mark
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Phipps hoist it straight up in the air and the Crusaders go straight onto the attack, but Todd throws the ball into touch and the Waratahs have a lineout and get a free kick and take it quickly and Folau lose the ball and then Bridge does the same. They go back for the firt knock. Scrum Crusaders
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Great dummy by Hunt in his 22 and they attack from deep inside their 22, but then clears inside the Waratahs 22!
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Hunt with the second bite of the cherry and this time he makes no mistake!
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Crusaders set the attack again and look to speed up the pace of this match! They are in the 22 and referee plays advantage for offside as they edge closer, but then lose it forward as referee calls for the penalty and hunt will have a shot at goal!
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Hunt with the penalty kick to extend his side's lead and it is off the posts as Hooper gathers and gives it to Mason to clear which he does not far out
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Crusaders look to strike back as they have possession in the Waratahs half and they win the penalty as Hooper is too late for the steal
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Mason miss the conversion, but the Tahs are back in it!!
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Great work by the big Fijian Taqele Naiyaravoro. as Clark gives a good ball to him and he burst through 4 defenders to go over for the try!!
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Crusaders get it back off the restart, but after a few phases conceded the penalty for holding on! They find touch inside the Crusaders half.
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Robinson adds the extras!!
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Great work off the lineout by the waratahs as they hit back as Mason gives a good ball to Gordon who runs through the middle and goes over for the try!!
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Taylor overthrows at the lineout and the Tahs pounce on it and look to get it out by running and does so as Hooper runs down the touchline and puts the boot on and Bridge covers well and gets it into touch!!
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Lineout on the Waratahs 22 and they set their attack yet again in the 22, but then lose it forward as Gordan clears, but not out and Bridge look to set it up again and the penalty goes against Michael hooper at the breakdown!!
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Crusaders run it from deep inside their half and into the Waratahs 22 and also get a penalty on the Waratahs 10m line as Kepu was offside!
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Hunt adds the extras!
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Crusaders counter rucks and then counter attack's, but the Waratahs get it back and Gordan kicks it back and the Crusaders goes again on a counter run and Tim Bateman goes in again under the posts after a good build up and well timed offload by Ioane!!
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Clark gets the second half under way and the Waratahs have good early possession and makes good meters with ball in hand!!

Half Time

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Waratahs win the ball from the restart and the siren sounds as Gordan kicks it out and the teams head for the change rooms. See you back for the second half!!
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Robinson look to narrow the gap and does the job!
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Lineout just outside the Crusaders 22 to the Waratahs and they set their attack once again and Gordon makes a good break as they are 5ms out from the Crusaders line!! Referee brings them back for a penalty right in front of the posts
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Scrum to the Waratahs inside the Crusaders 22 and they set their attack!!
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Conversion is good by Hunt!!
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Crusaders back on the attack inside the Waratahs half and they get into the 22 and then lose the ball forward as Horwitz kicks it downfield and the Crusaders must start from deep again and Tim Bateman goes over for a great try after a Barett half-break and they just put it through the hands for Bateman to go over!!
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Lineout on the 22 for the Waratahs, but the Crusaders have the ball back and go on the attack, but the Waratahs get a penalty as Robinson takes it quickly inside his own half and they go on the attack!
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Penalty for not releasing to the Waratahs as Mason finds touch just outside the Crusaders 22. They win the lineout and set the attack, but tracks backwards, but manage to keep possession before Gordan kicks to Havili and the Crusaders look to counter!!
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Scrum reset is called as the packs go down. Gordan feeds the scrum and they get the scrum penalty! Mason finds touch just inside the Crusaders half! Waratahs win the ball and go on the attack!
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Crusaders have a lineout on the Tahs 22m line and set the maul and good work by Mumm and Skelton to force the turnover as the ball failed to emerge from the ruck! Scrum to the Waratahs!
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Robinson lines up the conversion and it is over!!
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Good Waratahs scrum as referee calls advantage, but it won't be needed as Hooper goes over for the try!!
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Waratahs win the scrum and then win the penalty for not rolling away by the Crusaders and they opt for the scrum again.
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Lineout inside the Tahs half and the Crusaders set their attacking platform, but the ball is kicked through as Folau chases and puts pressure on Havili and the ball fails to emerge from the ruck and the Waratahs have a 5m attacking scrum!
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Drummond feeds the scrum and gets it out and the ball is kicked through to Clark as the waratahs look to counter. Gordon kicks back and the Crusaders run it back and win a penalty for a high tackle!
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Scrum goes down and the reset is called.
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Lineout to the Tahs inside the Crusaders half after they ran out of space to attack. They win the ball and then knock it on. Scrum to the Crusaders on their on 10m line.
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Hunt adds the extras!!
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Penalty to the Crusaders just inside their half. Hunt finds touch just outside the Tahs 22. Todd win the lineout ball and gives a well-timed pass away to Havili who breaks through the middle and goes over for the score!!
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Hunt lines up the conversion and falls short and wide
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Great relieving kick from Mason onto his 10m line nd the Crusaders send it wide and Havili gives a good ball away to Bridge who goes over for his first Super Rugby Try!!
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Crusaders looked to have a chance to score, but a forward pass caused it to be all in vain. Scrum Waratahs
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Penalty on the Waratahs 10m line to the Crusaders as they were not supporting their body weight at the breakdown. Hunt finds touch in the 22 and the maul is set, bu the ball is lost forward and then the Crusaders get it back and are on the attack!!
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Penalty for a side entry to the Waratahs inside their half. Mason finds touch, but the lineout is lost as the Crusaders look to exploit the error, but they lose it and kicks it and the Crusaders kick it back to halfway
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Crusaders got the ball back and look to run it out their own half, but then they kick it and the Waratahs go on the counter as Kellaway makes a half break as they set it up in the Crusaders half
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Back and forth kicking and now the Waratahs decide to run with the ball
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Marius van der Westhuizen blows his whistle as Mitchell Hunt gets us under way!!
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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.
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Players to watch- For the Waratahs: Reece Robinson have been solid on attack and with his kicks at goal which could prove to be decisive if it is a tight match For the Crusaders-Digby Ioane: A veteran In his own right, the former Reds player still have plenty in the tank and can still rip defences apart and put in the hard hits to get his side in good positions.
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The Waratahs are again without flyhalf Bernard Foley which will make it tougher for the home side, but with Aussie 7’s players Cameron Clarke at the back they pose a great attacking threat
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The Crusaders on the other hand have had a great run and is undefeated so far, however they have been tested and had to come back from fairly large score margins this season to get the win.
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This is one game the Waratahs will have to try and turn their season around, unfortunately their success against the side from Christchurch have not been great, the last victory against them was in the 2014 Super Rugby final.
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Welcome to the early morning Super Rugby Sunday clash between the Waratahs and the Crusaders!!
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Tom Robertson
  • 2 Silatolu Latu
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 4 Dean Mumm
  • 5 Will Skelton
  • 6 Ned Hanigan
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Jed Holloway
  • 9 Jake Gordon
  • 10 Mack Mason
  • 11 Andrew Kellaway
  • 12 David Horwitz
  • 13 Israel Folau
  • 14 Reece Robinson
  • 15 Cameron Clark
RESERVES
  • 16 Damien Fitzpatrick
  • 17 Paddy Ryan
  • 18 David Lolohea
  • 19 David McDuling
  • 20 Michael Wells
  • 21 Nick Phipps
  • 22 Irae Simone
  • 23 Taqele . Naiyaravoro
START LINE UP
  • 1 Joe Moody
  • 2 Codie Taylor
  • 3 Owen Franks
  • 4 Scott Barrett
  • 5 Sam Whitelock
  • 6 Jordan Taufua
  • 7 Matt Todd
  • 8 Whetu Douglas
  • 9 Mitchell Drummond
  • 10 Mitchell Hunt
  • 11 George Bridge
  • 12 Ryan Crotty
  • 13 Tim Bateman
  • 14 Digby Loane
  • 15 David Havili
RESERVES
  • 16 Ben Funnell
  • 17 Wyatt Crockett
  • 18 Michael Alaalatoa
  • 19 Luke Romano
  • 20 Pete Samu
  • 21 Bryn Hall
  • 22 Marty McKenzie
  • 23 Manasa Mataele
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SR Preview: Round Six, Part Two

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

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Crusaders just too good for youthful Tahs

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 05:18

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: Crusaders marched to their sixth successive victory as secured a 41-22 win against a youthful Waratahs side at Allianz Stadium. 

Tries from George Bridge, David Havili,  Bryn Hall,  Ben Funnell and double by Tim Bateman sawed the Crusaders secure a bonus-point win.

The win is their 10th straight win over Australian opposition and they top of the New Zealand conference after six games this season.

Although messy at times, the Crusaders had too much attacking firepower for the Waratahs and made it a black weekend for Australian teams, who lost all their four Super Rugby games against New Zealand opposition.

So far this season New Zealand teams have an 11-0 record over Australian opposition and are 33-3 in their past 36 trans-Tasman encounters.

The Crusaders led 19-10 at half-time but the Waratahs made a game of it early in the second half with tries from Jake Gordon and Taqele Naiyaravoro got them to within four points 26-22 after 52 minutes.

But the Kiwis weathered the storm and pulled clear in the final stages with tries from Bryn Hall and Ben Funnell to claim a try-scoring bonus point.

"We were good at times, but we made a few mistakes in the first half and they came back and kept putting pressure on us and got points off our mistakes," Crusaders skipper Sam Whitelock said.

"They got into our face and at times we spilled the ball, knocked it on and that has been their strength this year.

"We knew we had to pick it up and we had to work hard and the boys did that."

The Crusaders have now won 13 of their last 15 games against the Waratahs.

"We were really strong for 50-60 minutes, I thought with a lineout seven points down we were going to score and get even but the Crusaders were really strong in the last 20 minutes," Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper said.

The Waratahs once again paid the price for an undisciplined defensive display, missing 24 tackles in the first half alone and conceding two soft tries from lineout losses.

Languishing with only eight points from six games in the Australian conference, things don't get any easier for the Waratahs, who travel to Wellington next to take on the defending champions Hurricanes on Friday.

The 2014 champions will be hoping for Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley to overcome his ongoing concussion issues despite 21-year-old Mack Mason making a decent debut against the Crusaders.

The Crusaders have a bye this week.

Man of the match: Tim Bateman's brace and his immense workrate in the middle just put his side on the front foot. However, the award goes to David Havili. The fullback's support play was impeccable and was instrumental in most of the Crusaders' counter attacks.   


The scorers:

For Waratahs:
Tries
: Hooper, Gordon, Naiyaravoro  
Cons: Horwitz 2
Pen: Horwits

For Crusaders:
Tries
: Bridge, Havili, Bateman 2, Hall, Funnell
Cons: Hunt 3, McKenzie
Pen: Hunt

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)

Agence France-Presse

Michael Hooper (23min), Jake Gordon (48min), and Taqele . Naiyaravoro (51min)
TRIES
George Bridge (9min), David Havili (12min), Tim Bateman (33min), Tim Bateman (41min), Bryn Hall (72min), and Ben Funnell (76min)
Reece Robinson (23min) and Reece Robinson (49min)
CONVERSIONS
Mitchell Hunt (13min), Mitchell Hunt (34min), Mitchell Hunt (42min), and Marty McKenzie (77min)
Reece Robinson (39min)
PENALTIES
Mitchell Hunt (58min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Allianz Park ( London , England )
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)