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Super Rugby | Perth
06:05 (GMT) | 09-04-2017
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FULL TIME
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The Force holding the Kings back at their 10. The horn sounds and the ball is booted into touch.
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The reset kick is there and both teams fighting for possession as the game draws to a close
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The Kings have a penalty after the reset. They take the kick from 40 meters out and add 3 points
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The conversion is good
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Line-out taken and the maul formed. They show conviction and with a strong shove they make it over the line. TRY to the Force and the hosts looking like running away with it. Try credited to McCalman
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The reset kick is there and the Force make quick work of getting to the Kings' 22. They win a penalty and and the ball is kicked into touch around the 5
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The Force win a penalty TRY with a strong scrum
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Scrum to the Force at the 5 again
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The Force make it over the line but the man with the ball, McCalman, is held up and the referee refers to the TMO. No try
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Scrum reset
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The ball kicked across the field but it goes straight into touch. The referee calls play back for a penalty at the 5 and the Force opt for a 5 meter scrum
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The Force with a line-out after the reset. They take their throw from around the 22 and the Force look for more now as they get to the 5 of the visitors
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Lance adds the extras
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The Force strike back with menace moving quickly to collect the restart kick and Newsome is the man who makes it over the line after a quick response by the hosts
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Cronje adds the extras
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Jaer gets the ball after the reset kick and he finds a gap in the middle and shows his pace as he outruns the back line to score another TRY
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Cronje adds the extras
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The Force under pressure as bodies keep clashing along the try line. The Kings move the ball down field to the center. Cronje gets it from the ruck and does a cheeky bit of skill flipping the ball around his waist then sending it to Jaer who scores the TRY
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The Kings get inside the 22 of the Force and find space as they make it inside the 5 now
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Line-out for the Force and Meakes running forward with such intent he knocks his own man out of the way. The referee halts play shortly after for a scrum to the Kings
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The Force turnover after the scrum. The ball is cleared then sent back by Mapimpi and it goes into touch
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They take their own scrum and start their attack from the 10 of the hosts. The referee halts play and calls for a scrum reset
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Scrum to the Kings after the reset
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He gets his team a 1 point lead
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The Force get a penalty inside the 22 and Lance sets up for a kick to put his team in front
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Line-out for the Force around the 10 after the clearance. The hosts building from the 22 now
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The Force make it to the 22 of the visitors but lose it. The ball is cleared
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The Force with a penalty after the reset. The ball is kicked into touch at the 10 of the Kings
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Cronje misses his conversion kick
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The Force with a line-out after the reset. The line-out goes over everyone and the Kings pick it up then a cheeky kick forward by Cronje to Mapimpi who has little to do as he scoops it up inside the 5 and scores another TRY
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Lance adds the extras
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They edge their way to the 5 of the Kings. The hosts build up to 22 phases. They finally make it to the sticks and the referee calls for a try after the Force through bodies at the ball. TRY to Dane Haylett Petty
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The Force looking to retaliate swiftly now as they make their way to the Kings' half
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Cronje adds the extras
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The Kings take the reset kick down with ease and start an attack catching the Force of guard again, the ball being played wide to Jaer who makes his way down the channel to score another TRY
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Conversion missed by Cronje
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Cronje intercepts a poor pass and slips through the middle running to the 22 and sending it to Penxe who takes it the rest of the distance to score the TRY knocking the wind out of the Force early in the second half
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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Lance with the last kick of the half. He misses the conversion. HALF TIME
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The Force move the ball towards the wing and find the space through Alex Newsome. He gets into the try area along the touch line and scores the TRY
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The referee halts play after the ball is kicked forward. Schrueder reaches it first but doesn't release and the Force have a scrum at the 22 of the visitors
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Vulindlu gets it along the wing and tries to chip it over but it goes into touch. Line-out for the Force at their 10
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The Kings win a penalty and clear into touch around the mid field
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They retake the line and fight their way to the 5 but the referee calls pay back for a scrum to the Kings inside their 22
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The ball eventually finds touch and the Force have a throw around the 22. The referee blows to halt play after the Force tries to take it quickly
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The ball is eventually kicked forward. Both teams kicking back and forth now
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The hosts win a penalty after a foul in the scrum. The ball not going into touch and the Kings look to play it from their 10
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The Kings showing good form as they move the ball around the pitch with vigour. The ball lost forward and the Force have a scrum inside their 22
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The Kings' scrum reset
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The reset kick falls in the hands of the hosts after it's brought down but the ball is tackled into touch. The Kings move the ball swiftly, making it to the 22 of the hosts. The referee blows for a scrum as the ball is lost forward
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Cronje adds the extras
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They make some ground with the maul and go over the line after a slow push. Justin Forwood the man with the ball. TRY
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The Kings win a penalty inside the 22 and kick into touch for a 5 meter throw
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The Kings turnover and Vulindlu tries to step through the middle but he is brought down. The ball is moved around but passed into touch
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The ball is cleared from the 5 after the scrum. Line-out around the 10 of the hosts for the Kings
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The referee halts play after the ball is lost forward by van der Merwe at the 5. Scrum to the Force
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The Kings inside the 22, their passing sticking but almost short some of the time. They edge towards the 5
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The Kings take the line-out quickly and get a penalty around the half way. The ball is kicked into touch and the visitors have a throw at the 22
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Scrum to the Force and they get a penalty after the scrum. The ball is cleared
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Kings after the Force scrum collapses. The away team have a throw around the 22. They move the ball around with purpose but it's knocked forward at the last by Jaer
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Scrum reset
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Line-out taken around the half way. The referee blows and the Kings have a scrum
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The Kings kick the ball into touch and take their line-out around the half way. The ball is tackled into touch by the Force and they now have a line-out
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The Force building patiently from the 22 now in their 15th phase. The Kings turnover along the wing and win a penalty
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Scrum to the Force around their 10. They take it and make it to the opposite 10
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The ball goes into touch after the reset kick by the Kings. Line-out around the mid field for the visitors. The ball is moved along the wing but it's fumbled forward
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Lance adds 2 extras
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The hosts break quickly with Lance after Ross Haylett-Petty carried forward. Lance goes over the line to score the TRY
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The Kings around the half way after the reset. They lose it and the Force build from the same area
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Lance takes his kick from in front of the sticks and opens the scroing
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The Force look to push their way around the edge of the touch line into the try area. They change it and move it up field. Phillip makes it over the line but the referee calls play back after he loses it. Penalty to the Force
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The Force makes it to the half way after the reset, the Kings hold them off but the hosts win a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch around the 5
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Cronje steps up for his kick and misses from a relatively easy location
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The Kings get a penalty and take it quickly. They run it to the 22 and win another penalty. Now the opportunity to win some early points with the kick
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Scrum reset
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The Force with a scrum after the ball is lost forward by the Kings on a break away by Jaer
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The whistle sounds and the game is underway
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker rooms now
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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.
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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.
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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
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Welcome to Perth, where the Force tackle the Kings
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Ben Daley
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 3 Tetera Faulkner
  • 4 Matt Philip
  • 5 Richie Arnold
  • 6 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 9 Michael Ruru
  • 10 Jono Lance
  • 11 Alex Newsome
  • 12 Billy Meakes
  • 13 Marcel Brache
  • 14 Chance Peni
  • 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
RESERVES
  • 16 Heath Tessmann
  • 17 Pekahou Cowan
  • 18 Shambeckler Vui
  • 19 Richard Hardwick
  • 20 Ben McCalman
  • 21 Ian Prior
  • 22 Luke Burton
  • 23 Curtis Rona
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  • 1 Schalk van der Merwe
  • 2 Michael Willemse
  • 3 Ross Geldenhuys
  • 4 Irne Herbst
  • 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys
  • 6 Chris Cloete
  • 7 Anidisa Ntsila
  • 8 Ruaan Lerm
  • 9 Louis Schrueder
  • 10 Lionel Cronje
  • 11 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 12 Luzuko Vulindlu
  • 13 Berton Klaasen
  • 14 Yaw Penxe
  • 15 Malcolm Jaer
RESERVES
  • 16 Martin Bezuidenhout
  • 17 Chris Heiberg
  • 18 Justin Forwood
  • 19 Mzwanele Zito
  • 20 Tyler Paul
  • 21 Ricky Schroeder
  • 22 Pieter-Steyn De Wet
  • 23 Masixole Banda
  • 24 Wandile Mjekevu
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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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Force pip Kings in try-fest

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 04:50

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Western Force were able to edge out the Kings 46-41 in a 12-try encounter that saw the momentum of the match change hands on numerous occasions.

With the two sides expected to learn immediately after the match that they would be dropped from the competition by SANZAAR, they put on a freewheeling display of attacking rugby to run in 12 tries.

Nine of those came in an extraordinary second half where defence went out the window.

If both teams had the weight of the Super Rugby world on their shoulders, they didn't show it and the Kings looked set for victory when they ran in two tries in three minutes for a 35-28 lead after 64 minutes.

However, the Force then piled on three tries of their own in 10 minutes, the third a penalty try, to snatch the win on an emotional day. Up 15-7 at the break, the Force conceded two tries, to Yaw Penxe and Malcom Jaer, in the first three minutes after the resumption.

They steadied to lead 25-24, but lost their way when Kings captain Lionel Cronje bamboozled them with a sleight of hand in the 62nd minute and set up an easy try for Penxe with a chip kick.

Two minutes later Penxe picked off a pass and skipped over a lunging tackle to burst away to notch his first ever Super Rugby hat-trick of tries to give his charging side a 38-25 advantage.

However, just 60 seconds later, the Force's Alex Newsome charged down a Kings kick and ran onto the rebound for a try. A controversial penalty try for a scrum below the posts handed the Force back the lead.

Ben McCalman then pushed over in the 75th minute to break the Kings as their lead was extended to eight points but Pieter-Steyn de Wet added a Kings penalty to reduce the deficit to five points with three minutes remaining in the match.

The Kings were unable to gain further points as they succumbed to another defeat.

Man of the match: Dane Haylett-Petty had an excellent game with ball in hand while his brother Ross, put in a hard shift. Alex Newsome showed just how deadly he can be as a finisher. Chris Cloete made a menace of himself at the breakdown while Yaw Penxe and Malcolm Jaer showed how dangerous they can be if they get their hands on the ball. Our award goes to Kings flyhalf Lionel Cronje, who caused the Force all sorts of headaches in defence and got his backline firing.

Scorers:

For the Western Force:
Tries: Lance, Newsome 2, D Haylett-Petty, Penalty try, McCalman
Cons: Lance 2, Prior 2, Penalty con
Pens: Lance 2

For the Kings:
Tries: Forwood, Penxe, Jaer 3, Mapimpi
Cons: Cronje 4
Pen: de Wet

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)

Agence France-Presse

Jono Lance (9min), Alex Newsome (39min), Dane Haylett-Petty (46min), Alex Newsome (65min), and Ben McCalman (74min)
TRIES
Justin Forwood (27min), Yaw Penxe (41min), Malcolm Jaer (43min), Makazole Mapimpi (49min), Malcolm Jaer (61min), and Malcolm Jaer (63min)
Jono Lance (10min), Jono Lance (48min), Jono Lance (66min), and Ian Prior (75min)
CONVERSIONS
Lionel Cronje (28min), Lionel Cronje (44min), Lionel Cronje (62min), and Lionel Cronje (64min)
Jono Lance (7min) and Jono Lance (55min)
PENALTIES
Pieter-Steyn De Wet (76min)
72min
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Perth
REFEREE Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)