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Super Rugby | Suncorp Stadium
09:45 (GMT) | 29-04-2017
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Thanks for joining us for this Super Rugby match. Stay tuned as we are Building up to the match between the Force and the Lions!!
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Ball is loose and Skelton dives on it and secures possession and Hooper kicks it out and finishes a wonderful game!!!
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Siren sounds as the Reds continue to attack!!
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Reds hard on the attack inside the Tahs half!!
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Foley lines it up and it is good!!!!
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Penalty to the Tahs in a kickable position for a high tackle and the Tahs can steal it here!!
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Great kick for territory by Foley as he pins the Reds inside their half. It is kicked high as Clarke takes and the Tahs attack!! Foley chips over the top and the Tahs lose it inside the 22 scrum Reds!!
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Foley lines up the kick to draw level and does the job!!
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Penalty to the Tahs off the scrum!! Drama at Suncorp stadium!
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Scrum is reset
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Knock on by Smith off the scrum so the Tahs have an attacking scrum!!
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Penalty for offside against the Reds inside the Tahs half. Foley finds touch on the Reds 22. They set the attack and the Inside ball is knocked forward and the Reds survive again!! Cooper Kicks in the hands of Clarke and Horne pass to Folau on the wing, but the pass is forward!!
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Reds win the scrum and Cooper goes high and the Tahs lose the ball as the Reds pounce and look to attack again!!
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Reds rush defence pressuring the Tahs and they lose the ball forward. Scrum to the Reds in their half.
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This time Moore plays the ball on the ground after a great breakout by Hooper and Folau followed up and got tackled! Tahs on the attack in the Reds 22!!
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Hunt plays the ball on the ground and the Tahs have the penalty. Foley lines up for the kick to reduce the gap to 3 and it is good!!
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Cooper tackled into touch on his 10m line and the Tahs have a good attacking lineout!
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Reds win the scrum and then Cooper kicks the ball out on the full!!
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Smith turns the ball over again and it is kicked back as the Tahs look to attack from deep, but then Phipps knock it on at the base of the ruck inside the Reds half!!
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Penalty against the Reds again at the lineout this time and Foley get some more meters in 7ms out from the Reds line, but the throw is sloppy, but they get possession back and set the attack!!
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Penalty to the Tahs as Kerevi used the grass cutting tackle and Foley finds touch inside the Reds half.
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Scrum penalty to the Tahs and Foley finds touch inside the Reds half, but the Reds win the ball back and Copper goes high and the Tahs go on the counter attack!!
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Tahs got the ball back off the restart, but it is turned over and they kick it down field as Foley kicks long and Hunt runs it back to them as Kerevi gives it to Nabuli, but the pass is forward!!
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Cooper lines up the conversion and it is good!!
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Reds set the maul and they go forward and they got the try through Stephen Moore!!
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Penalty to the Reds inside the Tahs 22!! Cooper goes for the corner
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Penalty to the Tahs at the breakdown!! Foley lines up to get his side in front for the first time in this match and it is good!!
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Ths lineout inside the Reds half on the 10m line as they set their attack, but the Reds win the turnover by Smith again!!
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Reds win the scrum and Kerevi lose a crash ball and the Tahs will now have a scrum inside their own half.
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Waratahs on the attack in the Reds half as Hunt kicks through a loose ball and almost gathers, but the Reds get the scrum inside the Tahs half as the Tahs knocked on!
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Foley starts the second half and the Reds make a good break, but then fails to link up and then kick it out on the full!!

Half Time

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Foley finds touch on the Reds 10m line. They set the maul and Phipps fails to use the ball and that will be half time!! See you back for the second half!!
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Izaia Perese sees yellow as he played the man in the air!!
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Penalty to the Tahs as referee checks for foul play!
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Foley converts as the siren sounds, but there will be a restart!
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Great break by Paia'aua off the scrum who gives it to Kerevi, but he is isolated and Hooper tackles and win the Breakdown penalty for the Tahs. They win the lineout over the 15 and inside ball from Foley to Hooper sees him break through the middle as he runs to score next to the posts!!!
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Knock on by Foley and the Reds can breathe as they have a defensive scrum inside their 22
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Penalty to the Tahs for a high tackle by Smith. Foley find touch outside the Reds 22. They win the lineout and set their attack!!
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Ping pong kicking from both sides as Foley finds touch 8ms inside the Reds half.
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Penalty to the Waratahs off the restart as Kerevi played Folau in the air and Foley lines up for the kick and it is good!!
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Cooper converts!!
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Scrum is reset. Phipps feeds and gives to Foley and then to Naiyaravoro, as they go wide and Copper intercepts and Runs in field as Clarke chase him down, he grubber kicks to the wing and the ball sits up for Perese who goes over for the try!!
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Great meters made by the Tahs off the lineout as they are inside the Reds 22 and attacking hard, but the Reds defence holds firm, but a knock on by a Reds hands the ball went into touch gives the Tahs a good attacking scrum!!
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Reds set the maul and then go to ground as the Tahs counter ruck and win the penalty as the Reds play the ball on the ground!! Foley finds touch inside the Reds half
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Waratahs lineout inside the Reds half as they win it back, but they let it bounce and Smith pounces on it and then a penalty to the Reds for a high tackle by Naiyaravoro on Smith just inside the Tahs half! Cooper finds touch inside the Tahs 22
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Cooper lines up the conversion kick and it is away
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Reds back on the attack inside the Tahs half as they make good meters on attack as Hunt makes a good break and finds Tui who goes over for the TRY!!
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Foley with the conversion attempt and it is good!!
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TRY!! Nic Phipps gets rewarded a great team try!!
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Referee checking for a try or no try
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Great counter attack by the Waratahs after a Reds knock on as the ball went through multiple hands and Phipps goes over, but is held up as a scuffle breaks loose!!
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Cooper lines up his penalty attempt and it is away to the left
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Smith turn the ball over inside the Waratahs half and they make good meters, but the Tahs get the ball back and Foley kicks back to Kerevi who takes contact and Tui makes a god run and the ball goes wide as Cooper knocks on, but referee brings them back for an offside penalty!!
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Scrum to the Waratahs on their own 22 as Foley exits and Cooper gathers and kicks it back to Foley who kicks it back into touch inside the Reds half (10m line)
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Conversion is good!!
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Tuddle feeds and Higginbotham breaks a tackle and offload to Hunt who is straight through under the posts!!
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Scrum is reset. The Waratahs get a free kick as the Reds engaged early and took it quickly and then Horne knocks on as he got the ball gifting the Reds a good attacking scrum!!
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Reds knock it on off the lineout and the Waratahs have a defensive scrum inside their 22.
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Reds on the attack inside the Tahs half, but fail to make any meters as the Tahs defence holds firm, but they earn a penalty for not rolling away by Tom Robinson on halfway
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Good turnover by Smith, but Talakai lost it and then the Tahs knock on and it is a Reds scrum on their 10m line
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Penalty to the Waratahs for offside and Foley lines up the kick from right in front and it is away!!
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Early penalty to the Waratahs for a side entry at the ruck. They set the lineout inside the Reds half a Clarke gets through a hole and is stopped short and they are a few meters out from scoring, but Perese intercepts and kicks deep as Folau gathers and they start from scratch!
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Referee Paul Williams blows his whistle as Quade Cooper gets us under way!!
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Prediction: The Waratahs have won their last six games against the Reds, conceding an average of just seven points per game in that span. Eight of the last 11 Australian derbies in Super Rugby have been won by the home team, including each of the last two. The Reds come into this fixture looking for consecutive wins for the first time since Round 17, 2014. Both the Reds and Waratahs have kicked just one second-half penalty goal each this season, the equal fewest of any team in the competition alongside the Hurricanes. Scott Higginbotham has snatched five line-out steals so far this season, the equal most of any player and more than any other Australian-based player. Who is the best of a very bad bunch? We think the Reds will get up for this one and edge the Waratahs by five points.
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Players to watch: For the Reds- Captain Samu Kerevi has been a sensation for the Reds despite their form this season. Expect him to lead through his hard, fast and direct play and ability to make something out of nothing For the Waratahs - Taqele Naiyaravoro have broken tackles, ran over players and intimidated the opposition with his hard and robust runs and creating space for guys around him by drawing in defenders.
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This match one could say is more about pride, unless the Brumbies lose more games there is not really a chance for either chance to power into the top 8, but they can try and build towards next season and try out new combinations as well
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The Waratahs come off a shocking and somewhat embarrassing home loss to the Southern Kings and will do everything to right their wrongs of last week, needless to say it will not be an easy task away from home
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One win for each team this season so far , and only a draw can keep that stat in tact. The Reds will be hoping to use their home ground advantage to seal a second win of the season.
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Welcome to Suncorp stadium in Brisbane as we build up to the match between the Aussie Rivals the Reds vs Waratahs!!
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Sef Faagase
  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 3 Sam Talakai
  • 4 Rob Simmons
  • 5 Lukhan Tui
  • 6 Hendrik Tui
  • 7 George Smith
  • 8 Scott Higginbotham
  • 9 James Tuttle
  • 10 Quade Cooper
  • 11 Eto Nabuli
  • 12 Duncan Paia'Aua
  • 13 Samu Kerevi
  • 14 Izala Perese
  • 15 Karmichael Hunt
RESERVES
  • 16 Alex Mafi
  • 17 Kirwan Sanday
  • 18 Taniela Tupou
  • 19 Izack Rodda
  • 20 Leroy Houston
  • 21 Nick Frisby
  • 22 Hamish Stewart
  • 23 Campbell Magnay
START LINE UP
  • 1 Tom Robertson
  • 2 Hugh Roach
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 4 David McDuling
  • 5 Dean Mumm
  • 6 Ned Hanigan
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Michael Wells
  • 9 Nick Phipps
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Cameron Clark
  • 12 David Horwitz
  • 13 Rob Horne
  • 14 Taqele . Naiyaravoro
  • 15 Israel Folau
RESERVES
  • 16 Damien Fitzpatrick
  • 17 Paddy Ryan
  • 18 Angus Taavao-Matau
  • 19 Will Skelton
  • 20 Jed Holloway
  • 21 Matt Lucas
  • 22 Irae Simone
  • 23 Bryce Hegarty
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SR Preview: Round 10, Part One

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:57

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: As we head into the second half of the season, there is substantially less room for errors (read defeats).

Our weekend starts with two teams who are sitting pretty in the play-off zone, but can't afford too many slip-ups - as it would allow some determined chasers back into the hunt.

The vastly improved Highlanders, on a four-match winning streak, host a Stormers team looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats.

That is followed by the Chiefs, well settled in the play-off zone, against the basement-dwelling Sunwolves.

Then follows an all-Australian derby between the Reds and Waratahs - both well outside the top 10 and whose play-off hope lies in the fact that the equally dismal Brumbies have lost three of their last four matches.

In Part One of the preview we look at the first three matches of the weekend!

Friday, April 28:

Highlanders v Stormers
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 09.35 SA time; 07.35 GMT)

The Stormers are the 'desperate' team in this encounter.

They are still a good 12 points clear of their nearest rival in the Africa One conference, the Bulls, but should they lose this week and next week against the Hurricanes, it will open the back door for a Bulls team that are at home for the rest of the season.

Highlanders coach Tony Brown is aware of the threat the Stormers brings - based on their form before the last two weeks, when they lost to the Lions and Crusaders.

"They are an exciting side who like to play an expansive game," Brown said of the Stormers - a side that he played eight games in, in 2008.

"They will be looking forward to familiar dry conditions and I am sure they will be well up for the game."

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck spoke of a 'tough week', coming off the (24-57) loss to the Crusaders and then only having six days in the build-up.

Fleck said they kept it 'simple', because changing things too much tactically will not help the players.

He was also aware of the Highlanders' impressive form in recent weeks - victories over the Brumbies, Rebels, Blues and Sunwolves.

"They had a bit of an unlucky start to their campaign," Fleck said, adding: "The last few weeks they have really started to turn in on.

"Tactically they are very smart. They kick a lot behind you, put pressure on you and play in your half."

As is always the case, the big talking point for teams playing the Highlanders is their backline, with All Blacks Ben and Aaron Smith they key players.

"On turnover possession they can kill you," the Stormers coach said, adding: "That is what let us down against the Crusaders, we turned over too much ball.

"We can't afford that against the Highlanders, as their back three will skin us alive."

He also spoke of the line speed of the Crusaders on defence and said they have to be much better all round of they want any chance to win.

Recent results:
2015: Highlanders won 39-21, Dunedin
2014: Stormers won 29-28, Cape Town
2012: Stormers won 21-6, Dunedin
2011: Stormers won 18-6, Cape Town
2010: Stormers 33-0, Cape Town

Prediction: The Highlanders won their last encounter with the Stormers 39-21 in Round Seven, 2015, snapping a six-game losing streak against the Cape Town side. The Stormers have never scored more than 24 points in a game against the Highlanders when playing in New Zealand, and average just 19pts per game across that eight-game span. The Highlanders were defeated by one point in their last home game against a team from South Africa, they've not lost consecutive such games since Round Seven, 2012, when they lost to the Stormers. The Highlanders have won their last four games, the last time they won more in succession was a stretch of five wins from March to April last season. The Stormers have lost their last six games in New Zealand, their longest losing streak there, including a 33-point defeat to the Crusaders in the last round which was their second-heaviest loss in New Zealand in the competition's history. The Stormers have demanded their opposition make 125 tackles per game this season, forcing a bigger defensive effort of their opponents than any other team in the competition. The Stormers have scored eight tries when beginning possession with a kick return, the second most of any team in the competition (Crusaders - nine). The Highlanders have been successful with 89 percent of their goal kicks this season, the best accuracy of any team in the competition and 15 percentage points more accurate than the Stormers (74 percent). In fact, Marty Banks boasts a goal kicking accuracy of 96 percent, having missed just one of his 25 attempts; the best accuracy of any player in the competition to have attempted at least 10 kicks. Sarel Marais has been involved in nine tries this season (three tries, six try assists), the fourth most of any player and the most of any player not playing for the Hurricanes. The Stormers can win, but don't put your house on it. The smart money is on a Highlanders win - we think by six points.

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Jackson Hemopo, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Jan de Klerk, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Shaun Treeby (Stormers debut), 23 Bjorn Basson.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Saturday, April 29:

Chiefs v Sunwolves
(Waikato Stadium, Hamilton - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT; 16.35 Japan time)

It is telling of the Sunwolves' status - or the perceived lack of threat they pose - that the Chiefs made a raft of changes for this game.

All told, there are just three players - Damian McKenzie, Aaron Cruden and Dominic Bird - who will wear their same numbers on their jersey as last week.

Frontline players like Michael Leitch, Brodie Retallick, Siegfried Fisi'ihoi and Atu Moli are being rested altogether.

Chiefs coach Dace Rennie certainly raised some eyebrows when he did not even name a scrumhalf among the replacements.

Jonathan Taumateine will start and captain Aaron Cruden will cover the No.9 position.

The Sunwolves are not just last in the Africa One conference, with one win from eight, they also lost 3-50 the Crusaders and 15-40 to the Highlanders in their last two outings.

However, assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge dismissed the notion that they are disrespecting the visitors from Japan.

"You base your season and your planning around when you're going to rest people and not rest people, based on who you're playing, and who you think you can cope with," Strawbridge told the Waikato Times.

"I don't think it matters who [what team] it is.

"We played the Western Force last week and according to the media they weren't supposed to have been too much of a hurdle. We struggled to put them away."

Sunwolves lock Shinya Makabe said playing the New Zealand teams are vastly different from facing up to South African sides.

"We were surprised by the speed of the New Zealand teams," he said about the adjustments they had to make in the first two matches.

"We will keep improving and hopefully we would be able to do the things we intend to in the Chiefs game."

Previous results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: This will be the first game between these teams, though it will be the third and final game of the Sunwolves' first ever tour to New Zealand. The Chiefs have won their last five games on home soil, the last time they went on a longer home winning streak was a run of nine from 2013 to 2014. In fact, the Chiefs have won 20 of their last 23 games at home against teams from outside New Zealand, those wins coming by an average margin of 15 points. The Sunwolves are yet to win away from home, with their 11 losses so far coming by an average margin of 30 points. In fact, the Japanese side have conceded 90 points already in their tour of New Zealand so far from just two games. The Chiefs have stolen 17 line-outs this campaign, the equal most of any team in the competition (level with the Kings). The Sunwolves have lost just 2.9 rucks per game this season, the fewest of any team, and boast a league-high 96 percent ruck success rate. The Chiefs have conceded just one try from possessions beginning in their opposition's half this season, the fewest of any team in the competition and 11 fewer than the Sunwolves. Damian McKenzie is one of just three players to have made over 100 carries this season; in fact, his 121 carries are 20 more than any other player in the competition. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi has provided 17 offloads for the Sunwolves this campaign, the equal most of any player in the competition alongside the Stormers' Sarel Marais. No matter what the Chiefs say, they see this as an easy game and we feel the same - it is just a matter of the margin. The Chiefs to win by at least 30 points.
 
Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Sam McNicol, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Jonathan Taumateine, 8 Sam Cane, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Taleni Seu, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Alex Nankivell, 22 Shaun Stevenson, 23 James Lowe.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Teruya Goto, 13 William Tupou, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Rahboni Vosayaco, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.

Referee: Will Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Reds v Waratahs
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 19.45; 09.45 GMT)

These two teams are playing for scraps of honour and the faint hope that the Brumbies will keep losing - leaving the back door open to them for a play-off place.

The quality and form of the Australian teams have been well-documented, so when they face each other it is life or death - a chance for some redemption.

It is often also a dour slugfest.

Reds coach Nick Stiles feel that there is plenty to play for, despite the constant criticism of the poor standards in the Australian conference.

"No one needs reminding of the importance of this match for both sides," Stiles said.

"This is the only Queensland versus New South Wales fixture in the 2017 calendar and it has a lot of implications for the Australian conference.

"I know the team, the organisation and our fans are really looking forward to it.

"It's also great to be able to bring a few players back from injury this week.

"Everyone wants a chance to pull the colours on against New South Wales.

"Those guys have worked really hard to ensure they're fit to play and are really excited to take the field on Saturday."

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said the New South Wales versus Queensland rivalry is one that means a lot to the side and the team will be wanting to represent the state proudly when they pull on the sky blue jersey on Saturday.

"For us this weekend it's all about pride in our jersey," Gibson said.

"This is our biggest local derby and we want to represent our State proudly."

In order to win, both sides certainly needs to raise the bar substantially - something Gibson readily acknowledged.

"A big focus for us this weekend is improving our line-outs," the Waratahs coach said, adding: "We have David McDuling and Dean Mumm starting as locks to ensure we have superior line-outs."

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper said he knows what to expect of the encounter on Saturday.

"We are in anticipation for a tough game and a physical, hard battle", said Hooper.

"[We're also] anticipating a really good battle in [the] back row.

"We've got some really young, hungry guys here in Wellsy [Michael Wells] and Ned [Hanigan] that take it up to an older back row."

Recent results:
2016: Waratahs won 15-13, Brisbane
2016: Waratahs won 30-10, Sydney
2015: Waratahs won 31-5, Sydney
2015: Waratahs won 23-5, Brisbane
2014: Waratahs won 34-3, Brisbane

Prediction: The Waratahs have won their last six games against the Reds, conceding an average of just seven points per game in that span. Eight of the last 11 Australian derbies in Super Rugby have been won by the home team, including each of the last two. The Reds come into this fixture looking for consecutive wins for the first time since Round 17, 2014. Both the Reds and Waratahs have kicked just one second-half penalty goal each this season, the equal fewest of any team in the competition alongside the Hurricanes. Scott Higginbotham has snatched five line-out steals so far this season, the equal most of any player and more than any other Australian-based player. Who is the best of a very bad bunch? We think the Reds will get up for this one and edge the Waratahs by five points.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa'agase.       
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Dean Mumm, 4 David McDuling, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Irae Simone, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jordan Way (Australia), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Waratahs edge Brisbane arm-wrestle

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:00

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley kicked five penalties to seal a hard-earned 29-26 win for the Waratahs over the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

It was not a game of great skills, with both sides guilty of making too many errors.

However, Foley's 19 points - two conversions to go with his five penalties.

It was the Waratahs' seventh consecutive derby win over the Reds, who have now lost 10 derbies against Australian opponents and seven of their last eight games this season.

The Reds tried desperately to grab a draw with a closing passage of 27 phases, before Will Skelton dived on a loose ball and the ball was kicked out after the full-time siren to see out the win.

It was a turnaround for the Waratahs, who crashed to an ignominious 26-24 loss to South African strugglers Southern Kings in Sydney last week.

"It was a massive contest, the crowd was into the game and it was great for rugby to still have such great rivalry in sport," Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper said.

"I am really proud of the guys for putting in that effort off a couple of tough weeks."

The win was crucial for the Waratahs as they aim to overhaul Australian conference leaders the Brumbies while the Reds slumped to 2-7.

Queensland's poor discipline cost them dearly in conceding 16 penalties to give the Waratahs their chance.

"It's disappointing. We wanted to come out and do the Queensland fans proud, but we made too many silly mistakes and our ill-discipline piggy-backed them," Reds skipper Samu Kerevi said.

Back-to-back tries from Lukhan Tui and Izaia Perese put Queensland 12 points ahead in the 32nd minute.

But Wallaby flanker Hooper scored a try just before half-time for the Waratahs to trail 19-17 at the interval.

Perese was yellow-carded from the kick-off to the second half for taking out an airborne Dean Mumm.

Foley landed a penalty while he was off the field but the Reds struck back just as Perese returned through Stephen Moore, who scored off the back of a rolling maul for his first try since returning to the Reds.

Foley closed it out for the Waratahs with his three penalty goals.

Man of the match: In an error-riddled match of low skills levels, the outstanding players were among the forwards - where high workrate was the key. The best in this battle was the Reds' Wallaby legend George Smith and his Waratahs counterpart Michael Hooper. However, the one back that had a match-winning influence was Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley - who kicked five penalties and two conversions to seal the win for his team.

The scorers:

For the Reds:
Tries:
 Hunt, Tui, Perese, Moore
Cons: Cooper 3

For the Waratahs:
Tries:
 Phipps, Hooper
Cons: Foley 2
Pens: Foley 5

Yellow card: Izaia Perese (Reds, 40 - foul play, shoulder-charged a player in the air)

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa'agase.       
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Dean Mumm, 4 David McDuling, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Irae Simone, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jordan Way (Australia), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Karmichael Hunt (11min), Lukhan Tui (22min), Izala Perese (30min), and Stephen Moore (49min)
TRIES
Nick Phipps (19min) and Michael Hooper (38min)
Quade Cooper (12min), Quade Cooper (31min), and Quade Cooper (50min)
CONVERSIONS
Bernard Foley (20min) and Bernard Foley (40min)
 
PENALTIES
Bernard Foley (33min), Bernard Foley (46min), Bernard Foley (62min), Bernard Foley (72min), and Bernard Foley (77min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Izala Perese (40min)
 
 
VENUE Suncorp Stadium ( Queensland , Australia )
REFEREE Paul Williams (New Zealand)