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Super Rugby | Kings Park, Durban
13:05 (GMT) | 08-04-2017
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The ball is tackled into touch after the scrum and the referee sounds his whistle to end the game. FULL TIME
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Scrum reset
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The Sharks clear after the reset kick. Line-out to the Sharks around the half way. The ball knocked forward and the Jags have a scrum at the half way
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Bosch puts on the 3 points
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The Sharks win a penalty in the scrum after a huge shove sending the Jaguares tumbling over themselves. Bosch sets up for a penalty
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Scrum to the Jags around their 22 after the ball is lost forward by Radebe
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The ball being kicked back and forth by both teams
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Penalty to the Jags for illegal binding by the Sharks. The ball is kicked into touch around the half way
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The ball is sent into touch at the 22 of the Jags but the referee calls play back for a scrum to the Jags
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The Sharks building progressively as they edge closer to the 5 with a series of consistent passing
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Penalty to the Sharks. The ball is kicked into touch at the 10 of the visitors
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The Jags move the ball quickly from one end of the field to the other but make little ground forward. They lose it and the ball is cleared. The visitors come again starting from the half way
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The Jaguares trying a different form of attack as they kick across the pitch, The ball is turned over and Bosch looks to kick forward for himself but sends it into touch instead
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The ball lost in the throw and the Jaguares clear
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The referee awards the Sharks another penalty at the 22. The ball is kicked into touch for a throw at the 5 of the visitors
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Another scrum as the Sharks make their way to the 22 of the Jags. They take their scrum and move the ball down field
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Scrum to the Sharks around the mid field after the restart
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The 2 extras are added
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They push on after the defensive line is formed and make it over the line, Kremer throwing his body at the line. His captain picks up the scraps and lies on the try line. The referee calls upon the TMO. TRY awarded to Creevy
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Penalty in the scrum but the Jags take it quickly and make their way to the 5 within seconds
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Line-out at the half way for the visitors. They make their way towards the 22 of the Sharks. The referee calls play back for a scrum at the 10 of the hosts
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The referee blows for a penalty after the Sharks makes it to the 5. The ball is kicked into touch by the Jags and they clear after the line-out
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The Sharks making good ground forward and Esterhuizen carrying forward well, he offloads to Radebe who is brought down by Sanchez in a cynical tackle. The referee awards the Jaguares flyhalf a yellow card
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The referee blows shortly after the line-out. Scrum to the Sharks inside their own half. Scrum reset
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Penalty to the Jags as the Sharks are penalized for illegal binding again. The ball is kicked into touch by Sanchez and the away team initiate an attack from the Sharks' 10
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The Jags clear and the Sharks speed forward again but a poor pass by Daniel du Preez puts the attack to an end. Scrum to the Jags inside their 10
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Scrum reset
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The Sharks with some questionable passing but it works out in the end as Reinach makes his way through the confused Jaguares defence to go over the line for the 5 points. The referee refers to the TMO for a possible knock-on and the try is disallowed. Scrum inside the Jags 22 for the away team
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The Jags have a throw at their 22. They take it and the referee stops play immediately after; scrum to the Sharks
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The ball staying around the mid field, changing possession often and the visitors almost break free but it's knocked forward
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The referee halts play after the clearance for a knock on by the Jags. Scrum around the half way
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The reset kick stolen by Matera. They press forward and pressure the ball into touch at the 5 of the Sharks. The ball is sent back after the throw and cleared by the hosts
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Bosch adds the 2 extras
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They build patiently, using their front line to make the space and Esterhuizen gets the last offload in hand as he falls over the line to score the TRY
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The Sharks with a lightning start moving the ball around with pace as they make it inside the 22 but the ball is run into touch. Line-out for the Jags at their 22. The ball cleared by the visitors and the Sharks have a line-out at the 10 of the visitors. The hosts move forward with a maul. They step inside the 22 and the referee halts play as the Jags collapse the maul. The ball is kicked into touch at the 5 of the visitors
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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HALF TIME
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The Sharks almost make it to the 5 with a break along the wing but the Jags defence regain themselves. The ball cleared short and Bosch picks it up at the 22 and tries to run along the wing for a solo effort. He is tackled into touch as the horn sounds
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The ball kicked forward by Bosch then back by Tuculet. It goes into touch around the Sharks 10. Line-out to the hosts and they make some ground forward in the maul
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The referee halts play shortly after the reset. Scrum to the Sharks around their 22
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The away team giving no quarter as the Sharks fight to make it out of their own half. The ball is kicked forward by the Jags and the chase is on but Radebe makes it back and puts it down for a 22 meter reset
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The referee halts play shortly after the scrum for a penalty to the Sharks. Scrum to the Sharks around the half way
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Scrum ti the Jags around their half after the ball is lost forward
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The referee sounds his whistle as the ball is lost forward. Scrum to the Sharks at the half way
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Both teams struggling to hold onto possession for too long. The ball being played around the mid field
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Line-out to the visitors around the half way. They lose it and the Sharks play with advantage then make it to the half way line
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The Jags make their way forward after the restart and the ball is cleared. A kicking contest ensues
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Bosch sets up for a penalty kick from the 22. He takes the kick and adds 3 points
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The visitors push them back and win a scrum after the ball is fumbled forward. The referee refers to the TMO for an earlier infringement on Radebe. Sharks get a penalty at the 22
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Line-out to the Sharks inside the Jags 10, They move the ball up field, Beast carrying his team inside the Jags' 22
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Bosch finds space along the wing and looks to go all the way but is stopped 5 meters short. The Jags turnover and the Sharks regroup when the referee blows
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Sharks after the scrum. Scrum at the 10 of the Jags
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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Line-out inside the 22 for the Sharks and they move forward swiftly in their maul. The referee blows for a scrum at the 5 of the visitors as the Sharks lose it forward
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The referee halts play after the Sharks make some moves forward; offside
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He takes it from outside the 10, and misses
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The referee stops play as they move up field. Another penalty to the Jags and Sanchez prepares for his forth kick in the first 20 minutes
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His kick comes back off the upright and the Sharks breaks straight through the middle
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The Jags find space with De La Fuente breaking through a gap in the middle of the park. He looks for the offload but doesn't find any support. The referee blows for a penalty. Sanchez lines up yet another kick
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The reset kick is cleared and brought down by Radebe. The Sharks look to build from their 10 but lose it
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Line-out for the visitors at the 5. The referee blows for a penalty to the away team for collapsing the maul after the line-out. Sanchez looks to add another 3 points from a penalty kick, and does
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Line-out for the Sharks at the half way after the reset. The ball fumbled and the Jags make ground quickly with an advantage. It's kicked forward and Reinach rushes back to put it into touch
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He takes his kick and puts 3 points on the board for his team
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Jags for illegal binding by the Sharks front row. Sanchez lines up the ball for a kick from the 10
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Scrum reset
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Reinach drops the ball forward after the scrum and the Jags have a scrum at the 10 of the hosts
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The referee blows for a penalty after the reset. The ball knocked forward by the Jaguares. Scrum to the Sharks around their 10
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Bosch sets up for a kick at a wide angle and curls it way out
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Reinach pull the ball free from a Jags man at his 22 and sprints all the way along the wing to score the TRY. Outstanding run by the scrumhalf
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The Sharks have a line-out inside the 10 of the away team after a handling error by the Jags. The ball is lost after the line-out. Possession changing hands often as neither team can hold onto the ball for long
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Line-out at the 10 of the visitors and the ball carried forward by Matera. The Jags send it back to Sanchez who kicks forward
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Scrum for the Sharks after the throw. The ball is sent back to Bosch and he clears
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The Jags have a penalty after the referee calls for an offside at the ruck. The ball is kicked into touch and they take a line-out outside the 5
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Angus Gardner, the on field official for this fixture, blows and the game is underway. Bosch kicking off
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker room now
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The Jaguares (97 percent) boast the best ruck success of any team in the competition, and lose an average of just 2.4 rucks per game so far this season.
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The Jaguares have won five of their last six matches including the last three in a row. The Sharks have won each of their two previous meetings with the Jaguares, though at neither half-time nor full-time has either team led by more than four points.
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Both teams are sitting on 18 points in SA2 Conference, the Jaguares, however, have played one less game
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Welcome to Kings Park, Durban, where the Sharks look to take on the Jaguares
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Tendai Mtawarira
  • 2 Franco Marais
  • 3 Coenie Oosthuizen
  • 4 Etienne Oosthuizen
  • 5 Stephan Lewies
  • 6 Lubabalo Mtembu
  • 7 Jean-Luc Du Preez
  • 8 Daniel du Preez
  • 9 Cobus Reinach
  • 10 Inny-Christian Radebe
  • 11 Lwazi Mvovo
  • 12 Andre Esterhuizen
  • 13 Lukhanyo Am
  • 14 Kobus van Wyk
  • 15 Curwin Bosch
RESERVES
  • 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle
  • 17 Thomas Du Toit
  • 18 Lourens Adriaanse
  • 19 Ruan Botha
  • 20 Philip van der Walt
  • 21 Michael Claassens
  • 22 Jeremy Ward
  • 23 Rhyno Smith
START LINE UP
  • 1 Lucas Noguera
  • 2 Augustin Creevy
  • 3 Ramiro Herrera
  • 4 Marcos Kremer
  • 5 Matias Alemanno
  • 6 Pablo Matera
  • 7 Tomas Lezana
  • 8 Leonardo Senatore
  • 9 Gonzalo Bertranou
  • 11 Felipe Ezcurra
  • 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente
  • 13 Matias Orlando
  • 14 Ramiro Moyano
  • 15 Joaquin Tuculet
RESERVES
  • 10 Nicolas Sanchez
  • 16 Roberto Tejerizo
  • 17 Santiago Garcia Botta
  • 18 Felipe Arregui
  • 19 Guido Petti
  • 20 Rodrigo Baez
  • 21 Bautista Ezcurra
  • 22 Santiago González Iglesias
  • 23 Santiago Cordero
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SR Preview: Round Seven, Part Two

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 21:48

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Two unbeaten teams go head-to-head on Saturday in what will be the most telling game of the weekend.

The Chiefs and Stormers go head-to-head in a Super Rugby clash that will shake up the battle for top spot.

The Chiefs go into Saturday's game two points behind the Crusaders, who have a bye, meaning they are able to seize control of the New Zealand conference.

The Stormers 13 points clear at the top of the Africa One conference, but just two points behind the Chiefs.

A win could see the Cape Town-based franchise claim first place in the combined standings, the same spot being chased by the Chiefs.

The Brumbies have lost three games, but still lead the Australian conference. They are at home in Canberra to the troubled Reds.

The Reds, already without suspended playmaker Quade Cooper, have dropped Wallabies scrumhalf Nick Frisby as they look to stem a run of five consecutive defeats and deal with off-field disciplinary issues.

The Jaguares are in Durban to play the Sharks - with both sides on 18 points, five behind the Lions in the Africa Two conference.

The Argentinian franchise has a game in hand.

Australia's Western Force and South African franchise Southern Kings, two sides likely to be in the firing line should the competition be trimmed from 18 to 15 teams, meet in Perth on Sunday.

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

Saturday, April 8:

Brumbies v Reds
(GIO Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 19.45; 09.45 GMT)

The Brumbies - looking to secure their stranglehold on the Australian Conference - said they are not reading anything into the Reds poor record, which has the Brisbane side with just one win in the first six weeks.

Scott Fardy will captain the Brumbies in the absence of Sam Carter, bringing Rory Arnold into the starting side.

Former Brumby George Smith will return to Canberra when he runs out for the Reds alongside his in-form back row partners Scott Higginbotham and Adam Korcyzk.

The Reds are still without key playmaker Quade Cooper, who is serving a three-match suspension for a high tackle against the Lions.

But with Stephen Moore and George Smith in the side, the Reds have the kind of experience that make the Brumbies very nervous.

The Canberra players know they'll have to be at the top of the game to cement themselves at the top of the Australian Conference.

Andrew Smith warned the Brumbies players to avoid underestimating the Reds despite their run of five consecutive losses.

"They have class across the park and are a very skilful team," Smith said.

"They try to play an attacking game and are very dangerous.

"The Reds have been in all of their games and they've had their opportunities," Smith added.

Smith admitted it is a really big game for the home team.

Recent results:
2016: Brumbies won 43-24, Canberra
2015: Brumbies won 29-0, Brisbane
2015: Brumbies won 47-3, Canberra
2014: Brumbies won 23-20, Brisbane
2014: Reds won 27-17, Canberra

Prediction: The Brumbies have won each of their last four games against the Reds, the last time they won more was a 12-game streak from 2000 to 2010. Only one of the last five Australian derbies in Super Rugby has seen the same team lead at both half-time and full-time. The Reds have lost their last 11 games away from home; the last time they won on the road was in Round 16, 2015 against the Force. The Brumbies are the most efficient tacklers of any team in the competition, boasting a tackle success rate of 88 percent for the campaign thus far. Samu Kerevi has beaten 28 defenders, including four last round, which is the most of any player this season. The Reds will give the Brumbies a run for their money, but in the end, the class of the home team will win through and they will triumph by eight points.

Teams:

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Tom Banks, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy (captain), 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 James Dargaville.

Reds: 15 Lachlan Maranta, 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 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Izaia Perese.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Sharks v Jaguares
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 15.05; 13.05 GMT; 10.05 Argentina time)

It is a crucial game for the Sharks and the much-improved Jaguares - both determined to make up ground on the Africa Two conference leaders - the Lions, who have a bye this week.

The Sharks and Jaguares are both on 18 points, five behind the Lions - the Argentinian outfit with a game in hand.

The Jaguares are on an impressive run of five win from six matches, including a current winning streak of three wins in a row and they will no doubt be a hard nut to crack due to their physical and competitive approach.
 
 Seasoned Sharks and Springbok scrumhalf Michael Claassens said his team will need to improve their discipline - after it cost them dearly against the Lions last week.

"The Jaguares are a tough side to play against," Claassens said, adding: "They are a competitive team who are made up of international players and they bring massive physicality to their game.

"Discipline is going to be important.  

"We are still positive after last week's match and we will be up for this game."

Claassens said the Sharks have come a long way as a team this season and are definitely on the right track.

"Building a team requires time together and consistency. We have great respect for our coach and we have all bought into the plan and we all know what we are working towards."

For the Jaguares, it is an important three-match tour of South Africa - which will see them face the Bulls and Lions.

That is why beating the Sharks is so important, as they can't afford to lose any ground on a Lions team still smarting from the loss they suffered against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires last month.

Rookie wing Bautista Ezcurra admitted the next few weeks are crucial to their play-off aspirations.

"It's a very important tour for the team, but we can't look past the Sharks," Ezcurra said.

"It is going to be a very tough game. as all South African teams are physical.

"The key will be to win the collisions and ensure our defence is solid."

Previous results:
2016: Sharks won 25-22, Buenos Aires
2016: Sharks won 19-15, Durban

Prediction: The Sharks have won each of their two previous meetings with the Jaguares, though at neither half-time nor full-time has either team led by more than four points. The Jaguares have won five of their last six matches including the last three in a row. The Sharks have won each of their last six games at home, conceding more than 17 points only once in that period. The Jaguares (97 percent) boast the best ruck success of any team in the competition, and lose an average of just 2.4 rucks per game so far this season. Sharks' flank Jean-Luc de Preez has made 73 tackles this campaign, more than any other player and 21 more than Jaguares' best Jeronimo De La Fuente (52). It is difficult to say how much last week's loss have damaged the Sharks confidence. The Jaguares don't always travel that well, which is why we think the Sharks will win by a converted try.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Jacobus 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 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.                
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Philip van der Walt, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Inny-Christian Radebe.

Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Bautista Ezcurra, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Felipe Arregui, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Rodrigo Baez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago Gonzales Iglesias, 23 Santiago Cordero.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Stormers v Chiefs
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT; 03.15, Sunday, April 9 NZ time)

The Stormers have denied that 'revenge' was a word bandied about in camp this week.

However, coach Robbie Fleck felt the encounter represents a chance for his team to measure how much progress they have made since the 21-60 loss to the Chiefs in the quarterfinal last year.

"We can see improvements from last year, but this is the real test," Fleck told the media at the team's Cape Town base this week.

"This is the team that put us to the sword last year. So there is a big motivation for this game," he added.

"We haven't faced a team as good as them this year and this is a great chance for us to see how far we have come."

The Chiefs headed to Cape Town without flank Sam Cane and prop Nepo Laulala due to concussion, while centre Johnny Fa'auli has been suspended for a dangerous tackle.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said they will back their high-paced game to get them over this hurdle.

"We have clarity of how we are going to play," Rennie said, adding: "It's going to be a big step up from our performances over the last couple of weeks.

"We offload the most in the competition and it's your ability to get in behind defenders to keep the ball alive."

He denied that former Blues assistant coach Paul Feeney will be able to share any trade secrets with the Stormers, as the Kiwi has never been part of the Chiefs environment.

"He won't know how we go about things, but there is no doubt the Stormers would have had a good look at us through analysis.

"They have an outstanding pack, the scrum has been dominant, have a strong line-out. We need to be really strong in those areas."

Recent results:
2016: Chiefs won 60-21, Cape Town (quarterfinal)
2015: Chiefs won 28-19, Cape Town
2014: Chiefs won 36-20, Hamilton
2013: Stormers won 36-34, Cape Town
2011: Chiefs won 30-23, Hamilton

Prediction: The Chiefs have won each of their last three games against the Stormers, including a 60-21 thumping in the 2016 play-off; the biggest win in the history of the fixture. The Stormers have won their last five in a row, the last time they went on a longer run was a six-game winning streak at the beginning of the 2012 season. The Chiefs have won seven of their last eight games outside of New Zealand, including each of their last three by an average margin of 32 points. The Stormers gain an average of 641m per game this season, the most of any team in the competition and nearly 200m more per game than the Chiefs (445 metres). James Lowe has scored once in each of his last three games against the Stormers, as well as providing a brace of try assists in his last fixture against them. The Stormers have made progress, but we don't believe enough. The Chiefs should win by at least 10 points.

Teams:

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

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

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Sunday, April 9:

Western Force v Southern Kings
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 14.05; 08.05 SA time; 06.05 GMT)

The weekend ends with two struggling teams - the Western Force at home to the Southern Kings on Sunday.
 
Both teams have won just once this season, while they have lost their last three games - sitting well outside the top 10.

Experienced Kings centre Waylon Murray arrived back in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, after being ruled out of the rest of their Australian tour with a hamstring injury.

Luzuko Vulindlu replaces Murray to partner with Berton Klaasen in the midfield.
 
Makazole Mapimpi is back to full fitness and takes the place of Alshaun Bock at left wing.

Up front, hooker Michael Willemse gets the nod in a rotational switch, while Kurt Haupt is being rested.

Reserve hooker, Martin Bezuidenhout, is set to make his 50th Super Rugby appearance should he make his way onto the field from the bench.

The Force have lost Ryan Louwrens, who ruptured his ACL in his right knee, after landing awkwardly in the first half against the Blues at Eden Park last Saturday. He will be sidelined for nine to 10 months.

However, Ben McCalman, who dislocated his thumb late in the pre-season, is available again.

He will be joined by Francois van Wyk - suffered a calf strain in January. Van Wyk has completed his rehabilitation and has played two games of club rugby. He will be available to play against the Kings.

Kings coach Deon Davids said his charges are expecting a tough challenge from a Western Force side that has shown good progress this season.

"The Western Force are playing very good rugby, despite some defeats," Davids said.

"They will have gained a lot of confidence from their last performance against the Blues in Auckland.

"They also have their captain [McCalman] returning for this game on Sunday.

"I think they will be a very difficult team to beat," said Davids.

"We have focused a lot on ourselves -the areas that we need to improve.

"We are looking forward to this challenge on Sunday."

Previous result:
2013: Kings won 22-10, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: The Kings earned a 22-10 win in the last and only previous meeting with the Force; though that fixture was back in their first ever Super Rugby game in 2013. The Force are looking for consecutive home wins for the first time since they won five in succession in 2014. Though they've not faced an Australian team since 2013, the Kings have lost just one of their four previous meetings with teams from the nation. The Kings have won an average of 9.8 turnovers per game so far this campaign, more than any other side. Matt Hodgson has scored four tries in his last three games against South African opposition, including a brace when the Force hosted the Lions in Round 15, 2014. Both teams have shown good intent, but lacked in execution. It makes predictions tough. We feel the Force will benefit from home ground advantage and will by eight points.

Teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Pek Cowan , 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Richard Hardwick, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Curtis Rona.

Southern Kings: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Mzwanele Zito, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Rick Schroeder, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Masixole Banda/Wandile Mjekevu.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Sharks edge Jaguares in scrappy affair

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:00

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Sharks held on for a hard-earned 18-13 win over the Jaguares in a scrappy encounter in Durban on Saturday.

The Sharks outscored the visitors from Argentina by two tries to one, to stay in the hunt for a place in the play-offs.

It was the Jaguares' second loss of the season, having also lost to the Stormers in Cape Town last month.

Endless handling errors by both teams and many penalties led to a stop-start match that offered minimum entertainment at Kings Park stadium in Durban.

Success was important for the Sharks as they and the Jaguares seem likely to fight for a quarterfinals place in the competition.

South African sides the Stormers and Lions are favoured to win the Africa One and Two conferences, leaving the Sharks and Jaguares to fight for best runners-up slot.

Lions top the Africa Two standings with 23 points, the Sharks now have 22 and Jaguares 19 after Round Seven.

However, on the evidence of this match, neither the Durban nor Buenos Aires outfits will be contenders for a trophy lifted last year by the Hurricanes of New Zealand.

Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach opened the scoring on six minutes, breaking from deep in his half after a turnover and outpacing the defence.  

Argentine flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez slotted two penalties then missed two others before a penalty by fullback Curwin Bosch put the Sharks 8-6 ahead at half-time.

The hosts stretched their advantage to nine points on 44 minutes when centre Andre Esterhuizen barged over off a Reinach pass and Bosch converted.

Sanchez was yellow carded just before the hour for an early tackle on rival flyhalf Inny-Christian Radebe, a late inclusion for Garth April.

But the visitors overcame the numerical handicap and skipper and hooker Agustin Creevy scored a try which wing Bautista Ezcurra converted.

Bosch completed the scoring two minutes from time with a penalty awarded for illegal scrumming by the South Americans.

Man of the match: Nicolas Sanchez again showed how valuable he is to the Argentinean franchise, while Joaquin Tuculet was a rock in the last line of defence. Leonardo Senatore showed his experience in this tight battle. Agustin Creevy also got through a massive workload. Thomas du Toit and Lourens Adriaanse made a massive impact in the scrums when they came on in the second half. Stephan Lewies was great value in the line-outs, with a couple of crucial steals. The Du Preez twins, Daniel and Jean-Luc, were the energy in the team. However, our award goes to Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, who made another empathic statement about his inclusion in the Springbok training squad.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Tries:
 Reinach, Esterhuizen
Con: Bosch
Pens: Bosch 2

For the Jaguares:
Try:
  Creevy
Con: Ezcurra
Pens: Sanchez 2

Yellow card: Nicolas Sanchez (Jaguares, 57 - cynical foul, early tackle)

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Inny-Christain Radebe, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Philip van der Walt, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Rhyno Smith, 23 Jeremy Ward

Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Bautista Ezcurra, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Felipe Arregui, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Rodrigo Baez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago Gonzales Iglesias, 23 Santiago Cordero.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Pictures courtesy of Wayne Seagreen

Cobus Reinach (5min) and Andre Esterhuizen (43min)
TRIES
Augustin Creevy (61min)
Curwin Bosch (44min)
CONVERSIONS
Bautista Ezcurra (62min)
Curwin Bosch (28min) and Curwin Bosch (77min)
PENALTIES
Nicolas Sanchez (12min) and Nicolas Sanchez (14min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Nicolas Sanchez (56min)
 
 
VENUE Kings Park, Durban
REFEREE Angus Gardner (Australia)