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Super Rugby | DHL Newlands
15:15 (GMT) | 08-04-2017
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Stormers wins the line-out. Hooter goes and Justin Phillips kicks the ball into touch. FULL TIME
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Stormers kicks it down field. Chiefs counter again and grubbers the ball into touch. Line-out Stormers short of their 22.
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Stormers kicks for clearance but not into touch. Chiefs try to counter. Turnover Stormers.
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Chiefs still putting up phases. Turnover Stormers.
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Great defense from the home team.
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Line-out Chiefs inside Stormers 22. Chiefs trying to break through putting up the phases
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Line-out Chiefs. Chiefs trying to make meters
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Scrum Chiefs on the Stormers 5. Kolbe intercepts and kicks it down field finding touch inside the Chiefs half.
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Chiefs playing inside the Stormers 22 and almost breaking through but is held up
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Penalty Chiefs for not releasing the ball. Chiefs kicks for touch. Line-out inside Stormers half.
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Chiefs wins the ball at the 22 reset.
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Penalty Stormers. Du Preez looks to add the extra but drifts to the left
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Stormers putting up the phases trying to make meters.
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Stormers back on the attack. Du Preez kicks into space
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Turnover Chiefs and kicks for clearance.
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Line-out Stormers on the halfway line after being tackled into touch. Stormers trying to break through. Viljoen kicks into space finding touch. Chiefs takes it quickly. Stormers intercept
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Line-out Chiefs. Great defense from the Stormers. Knock on Scrum Chiefs on their 5
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Stormes wins the contest again and Du Preez kicks into space finding touch inside the Chiefs 22.
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Cruden hits the upright.
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Cruden kicks into touch line-out inside Stormers 22. TRY TIME James Lowe
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Chiefs attacking breaking through the Stormers defense. Penalty Chiefs
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Turnover Stormers. Knock on by Viljoen. Scrum Chiefs inside Stormers 10.
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Chiefs wins the ball with the restart.
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Du Preez adds the extras
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Interception from Kolbe. TRY TIME SP Marais
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Scrum Chiefs inside the Stormers half.
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Chiefs have the ball and turnover Stormers and knocks it on.
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Stormers wins the contest at the restart. Turnover Chiefs and they kick into space. Kolbe counters.
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Penalty Chiefs. Cruden adds the extra 3 points
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Chiefs kicks it deep. Line-out Chiefs inside the Stormers 22.
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Penalty Stormers. SP will try and extend the lead with 3 points and he punts it over
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Cruden kicks it short the Stormers 22 and forces the clearance down field. Scrum Stormers inside the Chiefs 10. Scrum reset

Half Time

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Du Preez adds the extras. HALF TIME
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Last scrum as the hooter goes and it is Stormers scrum on the Chiefs 5. TRY TIME Du Preez
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Stormers wins the line-out and cant make it over.
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Turn over Stormers. Duvenage kicks into space and Leyds could not make it and bounces into touch
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Great cover tackle from Eben and force the tackle into touch. Line-out Stormers inside their own half. Kolbe kicks it high
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Chiefs kicks it short of the 22. Stormers kicks it down field.
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SP will try and add the 3 points for the Stormers and kicks it over .
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Penalty Chiefs and they take it quickly. Stormers have the ball back and counters immediately. Penalty Stormers.
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Stormers crashing through the defensive line. Chiefs wins it back and kicks it down field. Stormers trying to counter
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Penalty Stormers. Du Preez kicks for touch. Line-out inside the Chiefs 10.
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Chiefs rips the ball and kicks for clearance finding touch.
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Stormers win the contest of the kick off.
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Cruden misses
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McKenzie counters and breaks straight through. TRY TIME Pulu
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Line-out Stormers in their own half. Box kick down field
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Scrum Chiiefs on the halfway line. Chiefs trying to break through and passes the ball into touch
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Restart is kicked deep and Louw kicks it back and the Stormers counter.
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McKenzie going for the 3 points and punts it over from the Stormers 10.
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Chiefs kicks it deep and forces the clearance kick. Line-out Chiefs inside Stormers 10.
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Du Preez adds the extras
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TRY TIME Stormers and it is the captain Siya Kolisi who scores for his team
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Stormers trying to break through. Chiefs trying to counter ruck
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Scrum Stormers inside Chiefs half
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Cruden adds the extras
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Stormers kicks the ball away and the Chiefs counter and it is offloads left and right. TRY TIME CHIEFS
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Line-out Stormers on the Chiefs 10.
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Stormers kicking it deep inside the Chiefs 22 and Cruden kicks into touch.
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Penalty Chiefs. Cruden going for the 3 points and puts it over easily.
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Chiefs kicks for touch and wins the line-out inside the Stormers 22. Stormers defending with 14 players.
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Yellow card for Cobus Wiese
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Chiefs wins their ball and grubbers the ball through and the Stormers kicks for clearance. Chiefs on the attack now.
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scrum on the halfway line
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Du Preez adds the extras
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TRY TIME Stormers and it is Notshe who scores.
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Penalty Stormers. Du Preez kicks for touch line-out inside the chiefs half. Stormers trying to break through putting up the phases
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Stormers kicks it high and deep inside the Chiefs 22 and the clearance is forced and Chiefs kicks the ball into touch, line-out inside the Stormers 10.
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Perfect weather this evening in Cape Town with a light breeze.
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Referee for tonight will be Jaco Peyper (South Africa) and will be assisted by referees Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa) TMO Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
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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.
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It is a beautiful day in Cape Town where the Stormers will take on the Chiefs this evening at Newlands. Both of these teams have never lost a game before this season so this game will determine who is top.
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  • 16 Ramone Samuels
  • 17 Oliver Kebble
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  • 19 Jan de Klerk
  • 20 Nizaam Carr
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  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Lachlan Boshier
  • 7 Michael Leitch
  • 8 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
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  • 10 James Lowe
  • 11 Stephen Donald
  • 12 Anton Lienert-Brown.
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  • 15 Brayden Mitchell
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Stormers go top with win over Chiefs

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:51

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Stormers put down a big marker about the championship potential with an impressive 34-26 win over the Chiefs on Saturday.

The Stormers outscored their opponents by four tries to three in a thrilling encounter at Newlands, ending the Chiefs' unbeaten run this season.

It also saw the men from Cape Town move to the top of the global standings - in 26 points, the same as the Crusaders, but with a better points differential.

The Chiefs stayed third in the New Zealand standings, two points behind pool leaders the Crusaders, but on course for a quarterfinal place.

The Stormers also put one of their darkest Super Rugby days behind them.

The Chiefs humiliated the Stormers 60-21 in a quarterfinal at Newlands stadium last season and this was the first meeting of the franchises since.

"We had not forgotten that thrashing," said Stormers skipper and flank Siya Kolisi after receiving the man-of-the-match award.

"Conceding 60 points in a knockout match was a deeply embarrassing experience for all of us and we vowed not to let it happen again.

"Apart from a fantastic effort by all my teammates, the noise of the crowd drove us on.

"Chiefs played their part in a match that must have been wonderful to watch. Some of their rugby was truly beautiful."  

Chiefs skipper and flyhalf Aaron Cruden said: "I am proud of my guys for playing their part in a great game.

"They gave 100 percent effort right down to the wire as we sought to secure at least a bonus point from an epic contest."   

After a thrilling first half in which the lead changed four times, the home side led 24-16 at half-time.

They stayed in front throughout an equally pulsating second half with a 35,000 crowd producing an electric atmosphere.

Chiefs pressed relentlessly in the closing minutes, seeking a score that would have given them a losing bonus point, but Stormers defended magnificently.

The New Zealanders scored two superb tries in the opening half with winger Toni Pulu rounding off a length-of-the-field handling movement for the first.

Pulu also scored the second, dotting down in the corner after a wonderful break by full-back Damian McKenzie from deep in his half took him past numerous Stormers.

Stormers scored an equally brilliant try 12 minutes into the second half to build a 34-21 lead.  

Wing Dillyn Leyds broke clear and when tackled, flung a long back pass that fullback Sarel Marais gathered to race over.

Loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Kolisi, flyhalf Robert du Preez and Marais were Stormers try scorers and Du Preez kicked four conversions and Marais two penalties.

Pulu (two) and fellow winger James Lowe scored tries for Chiefs, Cruden slotted a conversion and two penalties and McKenzie a penalty.

Man of the match: Damian McKenzie provided the attacking spark, Toni Pulu the finishing while Brodie Retallick and Liam Messam added the muscle and niggle. Sarel Marais, Cheslin Kolbe and Dillyn Leyds produced the magic in the Stormers backline. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Siya Kolisi, Eben Etzebeth and Bongi Mbonambi were the work-horses up front. However, our award goes to Stormers flyhalf Robert du Preez, who provided direction to his team with his outstanding reading of the game.

The scorers:

For the Stormers:
Notshe, Kolisi, Du Preez, Marais
Cons: Du Preez 4
Pens: Marais 2

For the Chiefs:
 Pulu 2, Lowe
Con: Cruden
Pens: Cruden 2, McKenzie

Yellow card: Cobus Wiese (Stormers, 7 - foul play, late tackle)




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 Chris van Zyl, 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 Nankivell Nankive, 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)

Sikhumbuzo Notshe (2min), Siya Kolisi (19min), Robert du Preez (40min), and SP Marais (51min)
Toni Pulu (13min), Toni Pulu (28min), and James Lowe (57min)
Robert du Preez (3min), Robert du Preez (20min), Robert du Preez (40min), and Robert du Preez (52min)
Aaron Cruden (14min)
SP Marais (35min) and SP Marais (43min)
Aaron Cruden (9min), Damian McKenzie (23min), and Aaron Cruden (46min)
Cobus Wiese (7min)
VENUE DHL Newlands
REFEREE Jaco Peyper (South Africa)