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Super Rugby | Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
17:30 (GMT) | 29-04-2017
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de Wet adds the extras and that's the end of the game
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Kings line-out on the 22. They look to naul before going wide. Banda finds space wide and goes over for the try
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Kings line-out on the half way line. They look to attack the midfield and win a penalty. They tap quick but the ball is lost forward soon after.Rebels scrum inside their own half
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AFter the restart both teams look to attack and a bit of ping pong kicking taking place
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de Wet adds the extras
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They attack the blindside and finds space wide. Mapimpi goes over for the try
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Scrum for the Kings on the halfway line
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Both teams attacking after the restart and finding space
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dE Wet adds the extras
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The Rebels with possession and they win a penalty and opt for touch. They get touch close to the 22 but the ball is turned over and the Kings finds some space wide and sees de Wet go over for the try
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After the restart kick the Kings look to attack again
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de Wet fails to add the extras..
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Line-out for the Rebels and they make a meal of it. Tyler Paul goes over for the Try
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Line out on the halfway line for the Kings as they kick it high
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The Rebels playing phase after phase. The ball is lost forward. Scrum for the Kings. They look to attack the midfield before kicking
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The Rebels look to attack wide. They win a penalty and opt for touch.
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The Rebels kicks and Banda runs it back but the ball is list forward in contact. Scrum for the Rebels
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The Kings number 8 finds some space and they get close to the try line but the ball is lost forward. Scrum on the 5 for the Rebels
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After the restart both teams look to attack and finding gaps in the the defensive lines. Scrum for the Kings on their own 22
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Cronje adds the extras
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The Kings win the line-out ball and looks to attack. The ball is turned over and the Kings finds space and Bezuidenhout goes over for the try
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The Rebels gets the second half on the way with a relatively deep kick-off. The Kings secure the ball and look to clear. The ball goes into touch close to the ten.

Half Time

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The ref awards a penalty and the Rebels goes for touch and looks to attack. The siren sounds but the Rebel are still on the attack. . That's the end of the firat half
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A few kicks exchanged by both teams before the ref blows and goes up to check foul play
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Scrum for the Rebels on thwir own half.THe ball is kicked by the Kings into touch from the scrum
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After the restart kick both teams look to attack
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Cronje lines it up and slots it
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The Kings secures their line-out ball and looks to attack the midfield. They win a penalty and opt for goal.
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Line-out for the Kings on their own 22 as they kick for clearance. Rebels attacking before the Kings wins a penalty and opt for touch
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After the restart the Kings wins the ball back and looks to attack. The Rebels wins a penalty and opt for touch
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After the line-out the Rebels wins another penalty and opt for goal. Hodge lines it up and slots it
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The Rebels look to attack the midfield before kicking it high up on the air. The Rebels wins a penalty and opt for touch
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Both teams attacking and gaining metres before the Rebels gets a penalty at the breakdown and they opt for touch. Finding it just over the halfway line
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After the restart both teams look to attack. The Rebels win a penalty and opt for touch but fails to find it. Scrum for the Kings back on the half way
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Lionel Cronje fails to add the extras
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The Kings looking to attack. Finding space wide and Mjekevu goes over the try.
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Both teams look to kick. LIne-out on the 10 for the Rebels
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A bit of ping pong kicking from both teams before the Rebels kicks it into touch.
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Scrum reset. The Rebels look to attack the blindside but the ref blows for a forward pass. Kings scrum
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The Rebel playing phase after phase before the ball is turned over and then lost forward by the home team.Scrum Rebels feed Close to the Kings 10.
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The Rebels wins the ball back and looks to attack the midfiel before kicking into touch. Line out for the Kings on their own 22 and the lose the ball.
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Scrum inside their own half for the Kings
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After the restart the kings kick and the Rebels look to attack. Building a few phases before the ball is lost forward
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Lionel Cronje lines it up and he slots it
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Penalty for the Kings and they opt for touch. Finding it 20m away. They look to drive and finds some momentum. They win another penalty and this time they opt for goal
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Referee Marius van der Westhuizen blows his whistle and Cronje gets the game on the way with a deepish kick-off. The Rebels clear into touch. Line-out on the halfway line for the kings who kook to attack wide
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It's a beautiful evening in PE the players are doing their final preparations before taking to the field. Stay tuned for some good running rugby
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This will be a good contested games between the two teams who might suffer from Super Rugby's new regulations by cutting teams. The player's have everything to play for and would want to show that their good enough for this competition in the hope that miraculously they get another chance to stay in the competition. Players to look out for in this fixture would be Mampimpi and Chris Cloete for the Kings while the Rebels will look at Reece Hodge at fullback to put in a strong performance. Lionel Cronje has also showed that he belongs at this level.
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This will be the first time the Rebels play the Kings in Port Elizabeth and the Kings coming off an impressive win over the Waratahs in their last tour match will prove impossible to beat at home. The Rebels who have also showed at times that they can cause a few upsets will come out all guns blazing against the men from PE.
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Welcome to Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, where the Kings will take on the Rebels in this Super Rugby fixture
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SR Preview: Round 10, Part Two

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:33

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Can the minnows upset the pace setters? We have two games where this question will be answered.

The Western Force, well outside the Top 10 and the Super Rugby axe still hovering above their collective heads, host the second-placed Lions. Complacency is a dangerous animal and one the Lions would dearly want to avoid as they start their three-match Australian tour.

The Cheetahs, another team with the Super Rugby axe a constant companion, host the table-topping and unbeaten Crusaders. Avoiding complacency is also the catchphrase for this match.

The Southern Kings, fresh from their Australian tour that ended with a victory, host a Rebels team badly out of form and in dire need of some inspiration.

The Jaguares, who lost all three matches on their South African tour, will hope to exact some revenge when they host the Sharks - one of the three teams that beat them.

Then we end the weekend's action with a trans-Tasman derby on Sunday - the Brumbies at home to the Blues.

In Part Two of the preview, we look at the last five matches of the weekend!

Saturday, April 29:

Western Force v Lions
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 19.55; 13.55 SA Time; 11.55 GMT)

The Force is looking to continue their six-game winning streak against the Lions.

There is extra spice to the encounter as South African-born James Verity-Amm - who played Varsity Shield for the University of the Western Cape and Western Province age group teams - is set to make his Super Rugby debut on the right wing.

The Highvelders' only victory over the Force came in their second meeting, back in 2007, while their clash in 2006 ended in a draw.

The men from Johannesburg won their last two matches in Australia and a victory in Perth will give them their best-ever winning streak on Aussie soil.

Force coach Dave Wessels, having also made his coaching mark with the University of Cape Town before his move to Perth, said the Lions are a different animal from past years and another exciting challenge for his side.

"The Lions are obviously a very well balanced side with the ability to mix up their attack," Wessels said.

"They've been together a long time as a team and we'll need to be at our best if we hope to break them down."

Lions coach Johan Ackermann said they will 'respect' the Western Force, despite being name outright favourites by pundits, but they have their goals.

Even though people expects his team to win, it is not just a case of just turning up.

"It is like when Usain Bolt runs a race," Ackermann said, adding: "Everybody expects him to win, but he must still run to the best of his ability, or he will get beaten.

"We need to perform to get the result."

Ackermann said it is "unrealistic" to expect his team to win all three matches on tour.

"To travel and beat teams in their own back yard will take a massive effort," the Lions coach said.

He felt the Lions are also a very different side from 2016, with at least eight players that played in the Final against the Hurricanes last year are not available for the tour.

"It is a different year and a different team, so we can't get ahead of ourselves."

Recent results:
2014: Force won 29-19, Perth
2012: Force won 17-11, Perth
2011: Force won 27-15, Johannesburg
2010: Force won 33-12, Johannesburg
2009: Force won 55-14, Perth

Prediction: The Force have won each of the last six games between these teams, with the Lions' only victory coming in the second meeting between these franchises in Round 4, 2007. The Lions have won on their last two excursions to Australia; a third straight win would be their best ever streak in the country. The Force earned a five-point victory against the Kings in their last fixture against South African opposition, their first such victory since a 29-19 win against the Lions in Round 15, 2014. The Lions have won 15.1 line-outs per game so far this season, more than any other team in the competition. The Force could be without Dane Haylett-Petty who has scored two tries in his last three games for the Western Force, and gained over 100 metres twice in that period. Of course the Force have a chance. But the Lions have too much class and should win by 15 points.


Western Force: 15 Marcel Brache, 14 James Verity-Amm, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Luke Burton, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Ross Haylett-Petty, 4 Lewis Carmichael, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Onehunga Havilli, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Jono Lance, 23 Peter Grant.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Anthony Volmink.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Amy Perrett (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Cheetahs v Crusaders
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT; 03.15 NZ Time Sunday, April 30)

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has desperately been trying to get his players to break the shackles brought on by the threat of being axed from Super Rugby.

The Cheetahs will have a tough time achieving that against the unbeaten Crusaders.

This may well be the Crusaders last visit to Bloemfontein for a rugby match.

Despite the favourable odds, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is doing his best to avoid complacency and has sent his big guns into battle.

And he has encouraged his team to play with the same freedom that saw them demolish the Stormers last week.

"We try not to inhibit the guys, and if it is on, to back themselves," Robertson said in reference to some of the spectacular offloads on display in Christchurch last week.

"Probably in the second half we threw a couple that weren't quite earned and we pushed it, but in general they have licence [to throw passes in contact]."

The Cheetahs are having a season to forget.

They have lost six of their eight games.

However, there were glimpses of their potential when the Chiefs beat them 41-27 a fortnight ago - a game in which the Cheetahs held a 24-0 lead in the first half, before the fear of failure choked them up and the got overrun by their New Zealand opposition.

"It has been mentioned," Crusaders flank Matt Todd said in reference to that fast start against the Chiefs.

"They really flew out of the blocks. So we know we have to start well.

"If you give them too much ball in a good position, they will make you pay."

Recent results:
2015: Crusaders won 57-14, Christchurch
2014: Crusaders won 52-31, Bloemfontein
2012: Crusaders won 28-21, Christchurch
2011: Cheetahs won 33-20, Bloemfontein
2010: Crusaders won 45-6, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders have won eight of their past 10 games between these teams, including the last three, and have scored in excess of 50 points in their last two games against the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs have scored just three second-half tries in their last four games on home soil, taking just two wins from four half-time leads in that period. The Crusaders have won their last three regular season games in South Africa, never before have they won more in succession. The Crusaders enjoy 17 minutes 59 seconds with the ball in hand this season, more than any other team in the competition and 109 seconds per game more than the Cheetahs. Fred Zeilinga has scored 72 points this campaign, the third most of any player and the most of any player who is yet to cross for a try. The Cheetahs can upset the Crusaders, but the smart money is on the Crusaders to win by about 20 points.


Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Niell Jordaan/William Small-Smith, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Clinton Swart.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.   
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele.

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Southern Kings v Rebels
(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth - Kick-off: 19.30; 17.30 GMT; 03.30, Sunday, April 30 AEST)

The Rebels will play in Port Elizabeth for the first time in the franchise's history.

The Kings claimed a three-point win in the only previous meeting between the sides, in Melbourne in Round Nine, 2013.

The Rebels have claimed six points in the last two weeks - after their first win of the season against the Brumbies in Melbourne before a penalty after full-time against the Sharks in Durban last week secured the franchise's first draw.

The Kings will play their fourth consecutive Australian team, following their three-week tour of Australia - where they averaged 33.6 points per game against the Force, Reds and Waratahs.

The Kings come off a win over the Waratahs in their final tour match.

Coach Deon Davids said his side was expecting a tough encounter against a Rebels side that has shown some good form in the past fortnight.

"We have been speaking about the Rebels and they are a side we have plenty of respect for," the Kings coach said.

"They played well against the Sharks and the Brumbies. We are expecting a very tough and hard match."
Davids sung the praises of his charges for the manner in which they have played with the ball in hand over the past few weeks.

"We believe that we owe our home crowd a good performance, and that is our biggest drive this weekend - to come out and play some very good rugby," said Davids.

"We enjoy playing with the ball in hand, and I am obviously excited at seeing these guys with the ball in hand. I think the way Louis Schreuder and Lionel Cronje are directing the play at this point in time is very good, and creates opportunities.

"I think with just a bit more better communication and more time with ball in hand, I believe we can strike at any occasion with the pace that we have on the outside.

"It's exciting to see the guys starting to gel and getting a better feel for each other after the past three weeks. Hopefully the ball will stick a bit longer in our hands this weekend."

Previous result:
2013: Kings won 30-27, Melbourne

Prediction: The Kings earned a 30-27 victory in their only previous meeting with the Rebels after the teams were locked at 17-all at the half-time interval. The Kings have conceded 13 tries in their only previous two home games against Australian opposition. The Rebels have earned a win and a draw in their last two Super Rugby fixtures; never before have they gone three games in the competition without loss. The Kings have won 10.6 turnovers per game this season, the only team to average more than 10. Reece Hodge has scored three tries and 50 of the Rebels' 65 points in his last four games for the franchise. It does not happen often, but the Kings go into this game as favourites and we feel they will win by six points.


Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Justin Forwood.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Mzwanele Zito, 20 Stefaan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Nicolaas Hanekom, 23 Pieter-Steyn de Wet.

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jake Schatz, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Siliva Siliva, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Dominic Day, 20 Will Miller, 21 Hugh Sinclair, 22 Mick Snowden, 23 Jackson Garden-Bachop.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)

Jaguares v Sharks
(Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires - Kick-off: 16.40; 21.40 SA Time; 19.40 GMT)

It is a crucial game for both teams - as they chase the one wildcard slot available in the Africa conference.

With just four points separating them, this game could be decisive.

The men from Durban are yet to lose in this fixture, after winning all three previous games between the two sides.

However, the Jaguares have won their last four games on home turf, three of which were against South African opponents.

Sharks coach Robert du Preez has made a number of changes, despite the importance of the match.

"The idea has always been to give the other guys a chance," he said, adding: "I spoke to the guys who didn't start [in the draw with the Rebels last week] and told them they would be getting an opportunity this week.

"It's right to start them and there is very little to choose between the guys on the bench and those who are starting.

"We need to give them a start, it's good for their morale and for their well-being as part of the squad."

Du Preez admitted his team is facing tough odds.

"They [the Jaguares] haven't lost at home this year," the coach said.

"It's going to be a very physical encounter.

"We know that and we know how tough they are at home.

"But having said that, we're going with a very positive mindset.

"We beat them there last year and we want to go there to get the win.

"It's going to require a massive performance from every single Sharks player - from Mo.1 to No.23."
Previous results:
2017: Sharks won 18-13, Durban
2016: Sharks won 25-22, Buenos Aires
2016: Sharks won 19-15, Durban

Prediction: The Sharks have won the three previous meetings between these teams, though each game has been decided by between three and five points. The Jaguares have won their last four games on home turf, three of which were against teams from South Africa; in fact, their last home loss to a South African squad was against the Sharks in Round 12, 2016. A five-point win against the Brumbies in Round Two this season means that the Sharks are aiming for consecutive wins outside of South Africa for the first time since Round 15, 2014. The Sharks have conceded just two tries in the opening quarter of games this campaign, fewer than any other team in the competition. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias has kicked nine goals so far this season, the most of any player who is yet to miss a single attempt at the sticks. The Jaguares are fancied to win, by nine points.


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

Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 23 Johan Deysel.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Damian Schneider (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

Sunday, April 30:

Brumbies v Blues
(GIO Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 16.05; 18.05 NZ time; 06.05 GMT)

The Brumbies will be aiming to get their season back on track as they return home, following two tough loses at the hands of the Rebels and Hurricanes.

Rory Arnold insists they need to be "persistent" as look to break that losing streak against the Blues.

It will mean the Brumbies will become the first Australian team to beat a New Zealand team this season.

Arnold admits that it's always a tough ask to beat a New Zealand team, but is adamant that his team has what it takes to get back in the winning circle this Sunday.

"They've just got good skills, they are dangerous when they go to counter attack and have a pretty good set pieces as well," he said in an interview on the Brumbies website.

"We just need to be persistent. We are capable of putting points on we just got to stay confident and back our skills."

The Blues and the Brumbies both have 17 competition points after winning just three of their opening eight games.

Yet the Brumbies sit at the top of the Australian conference whilst the Blues find themselves at the bottom of the New Zealand table - indicative of the cast chasm between the quality of the two trans-Tasman conferences.

With a lot riding on this game, the Brumbies' lock has identified this weekend's clash as one of the biggest games of the season for his franchise.

"It's a massive game for us. We need to bounce back and this weekend is going to be one of our biggest games."

Recent results:
2016: Blues won 40-15, Auckland
2015: Blues won 16-14, Auckland
2014: Brumbies won 26-9, Canberra
2013: Brumbies won 20-13, Auckland
2012: Blues won 30-16, Canberra

Prediction: The Brumbies have won four of their last six home games against the Blues, including a 26-9 win against them when they last met in the ACT in Round Eight, 2014. The side from the Australian capital have lost their last four home games against New Zealand opposition, though; the last and only time they lost more such fixtures was a five-game drought from 1998 to 2000. The Blues have won just four of their last 34 games away from home, though three of those four wins came in Australia. The Brumbies are the most effective tackling team in the competition this season, boasting a tackle success rate of 87 percent. Rieko Ioane scored a hat-trick, gained 144 metres, and laid on a try assist in his last visit to Australia. You know the Blues have a great chance of stretching the New Zealand teams' winning streak over their Australian rivals, but there' this nagging feeling that the Brumbies will sneak a late winner - by three points.


Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew Smith, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lolo Fakaosilea, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Aidan Toua.

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Leighton Price, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Melani Nanai.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ed Martin (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Kings put the Rebels to the sword

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:00

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Southern Kings returned home and claimed their first back-to-back victory in the competition when they ran riot and bagged a 44-3 bonus-point victory over the Rebels in Port Elizabeth.

While the Rebels offered token resistance, especially in the second half after trailing 3-11 at half-time, it was an impressive show from the Kings.

Victory for the Kings came a week after the traditional whipping boys among the six South African Super Rugby sides shocked the Waratahs in Sydney.

The Kings scored five tries during the second half at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

"Our minds were focused on the pitch," said Kings captain and flyhalf Lionel Cronje, referring to their likely end-of-season axing from the competition.

South Africa must shed two of their franchises as Super Rugby reduces from 18 sides to 15 next season and the Kings and Central Cheetahs are expected to be the victims.

Australia has to chop either the Rebels or the Western Force.

"This was a phenomenal effort by the guys. We are playing for each other and it shows on the scoreboard," Cronje added.

Rebels captain and flank Colby Fainga'a admitted that his team would have to face some "hard truths" when they review the match.

"We were not good enough," he admitted as a mini-revival that brought a win over the Brumbies and a draw with the Sharks ended.

"It was an extremely disappointing performance from us, particularly in the second half when we caved in. The guys must confront some hard truths when we watch a review of the game on video. Hopefully, we can move on and be ready for the Golden Lions at home next weekend."

Cronje set up fellow wing Wandile Mjekevu for the only try of the opening half and Cronje kicked two penalties. When fullback Reece Hodge slotted a penalty on 29 minutes to cut the deficit to five points, he could not have imagined that would be the only Rebels score.

Hooker Martin Bezuidenhout, flank Tyler Paul, replacement flyhalf Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Mapimpi and fullback Masixole Banda scored second-half tries for the Kings. 

Cronje converted one before being replaced by De Wet, who slotted three conversions.

Man of the match: Amanaki Mafi did all he could with some strong carries while Mitch Inman broke the advantage line. Captain Colby Fainga'a was their most industrious player as he put it all on the line. Andisa Ntsila put in the hard yards and was a thorn in the Rebels' side. Masixole Banda maintained a cool head when placed under pressure while Lionel Cronje's tactical kicking kept his side playing in the right areas of the field. Makazole Mapimpi was involved in almost each of his side's tries and remains a massive threat to any defence, thus wrapping up our award.


For the Southern Kings:
Tries: Mjekevu, Bezuidenhout, Paul, de Wet, Mapimpi, Mbanda
Cons: Cronje, de Wet 3
Pens: Cronje 2

For the Melbourne Rebels:
Pen: Hodge


Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Justin Forwood.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Mzwanele Zito, 20 Stefaan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Nicolaas Hanekom, 23 Pieter-Steyn de Wet.

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Mick Snowden, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a (captain), 6 Jake Schatz, 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Siliva Siliva, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Dominic Day, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Jack Debreczeni, 22 Will Miller, 23 Jackson Garden-Bachop.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)

Agence France-Presse

Wandile Mjekevu (18min), Martin Bezuidenhout (42min), Tyler Paul (57min), Pieter-Steyn De Wet (63min), Makazole Mapimpi (70min), and Masixole Banda (79min)
Lionel Cronje (43min), Pieter-Steyn De Wet (64min), Pieter-Steyn De Wet (71min), and Pieter-Steyn De Wet (80min)
Lionel Cronje (4min) and Lionel Cronje (34min)
Reece Hodge (27min)
VENUE Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)