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FULL-TIME
37     12

Force

Super Rugby | Kings Park, Durban
13:05 (GMT) | 06-05-2017
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Full-time! Sharks take this one 37-12. Thank you for joining us at Rugby365.com for this match , be sure to join us for the next game as the Bulls take on the Crusaders
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Reinach feeds the scrum, plays Lambie who chips the ball but the Force clean it up and run it back at the Sharks, Burton then puts in a grubber which is dotted down by Rhyno Smith. Penalty Sharks, Lambie kicks for touch to set up a lineout in the Force 22.
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Burton, Naisarani, Stander all have a go before hooker Tessman loses the ball forward. Scrum down Sharks put in.
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Force still bashing at the Sharks try line, Grant has a go again, then Stander once again. Super defense from the home side.
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Force turn the ball over, Haylett Petty has a run along with Peter Grant. Brache chips , chases and regathers the ball. Good play by the fullback . Into the Sharks 22 the Force go
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Force have the scrum on the halfway line, Burton has a go, then Stander... Sharks defense refuses to crack as the turnover is made by Am. Sharks back with ball in hand as they seek the bonus point try
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Lambie converts the try for the Sharks
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Interception! Lukhanyo Am scores for the Sharks!
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Lance breaks the line for the Force, good run by the number ten. Up to the halfway the visitors go .
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Grant fails to convert the try for the Force
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Force bash at the Sharks try line as Coleman has a go, then Stander, long ball is throw by Lance to Brache who scores in the corner .
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Penalty to the Force, Brache kicks for touch. Lineout on the Sharks 22 as Tessman finds his jumper and Burton has a run midfield.
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Force with ball in hand but the attack gets them no go forward ball forcing Lance to clear the ball up field. This match has become a bit sour with the error count piling up.
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Sharks attack through replacement Marais before Ward puts in a grubber that rolls into touch. Lineout to the Force just outside their own 22. Mitch Short then throws a forward pass and the Sharks have the scrum put in.
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Force attack through Peter Grant who does well, he then looks to offload to Brache who loses the ball forward. Scrum to the Sharks inside their own half
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Pat Lambie (back from injury) makes his first run on the Sharks 22. Kick is then put through by Reinach and the ball is regathered by Kobus Van Wyk who then throws a forward pass. Scrum Force
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Force on the attack through Rona & Brache but the Sharks defend well. Second wave of attack sees a chip kick from Brache and the attempted regather from Meakes knocked forward. Scrum down , Sharks put in
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Rhyno Smith clears the ball into touch. Lineout to the Force on the halfway line
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Bosch converts the try
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Meakes makes a run for the Force, a dodgy pass is thrown by Coleman as Nkosi hacks the ball through, somehow Ward shows some great footwork to hack the ball back in field, Bosch regathers the hacked through ball and scores!
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Force on the attack through Rona followed by Lance. Sharks make the turnover as Ruan Botha has a run. He has had a big game in the second row for the Sharks
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Long pass by Rhyno Smith is dropped cold by Daniel Du Preez, really should have been taken. Scrum down Force put-in
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Rona has a run in the Sharks 22 before losing the ball forward, the Beast then regathers the ball for the Sharks as the crowd find their voice
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Force still on the attack inside the Sharks 22. The Force then win the penalty , they opt to kick for touch to set up a lineout inside the Sharks 22.
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Knock forward from Ruan Botha gives the Force possession. Meakes has a run, then Naisarani, Rona then has a run but the Sharks defend well.
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Penalty kick sails through the middle from Bosch
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Penalty at the breakdown for the Sharks, Bosch will have a shot at goal to extend the home sides lead.
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Jean-Luc Du Preez kicks but the ball goes out on the full, the lineout is then overthrown by the Force and the Sharks regain possession. Claasen then clears the ball up field and Verity-Amm drops the ball cold. Scrum down Sharks put in.
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Force on the attack near the halfway through Cowan, Naisarani before Lance puts in a chip kick , cleaned up by Rhyno Smith.
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Penalty for the Force at scrum time. Brache clears the ball for touch to relieve the pressure for the visitors.
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Du Preez makes a run from number 8 for the home side. Ralepele then picks up and crashes over for the try. TMO in action, it is judged that the Sharks hooker lost the ball forward. Scrum Force on their own try line.
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Great start from the Sharks as Nkosi breaks the line, Bosch is then taken down 5 meters short. Force on the ropes . Ref then awards the Sharks a penalty and the option is to pack down for a 5 meter scrum .
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Second half underway as Prior kicks off

Half Time

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Bosch converts the try, and its halftime! See you all in a bit for the second half
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Great play from Am, he kicks, regathers and plays Jean Luc Du Preez who scores under the sticks! Great play
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Bosch converts the try
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Wave after wave of attack sees Jeremy Ward score the try under the sticks for the Sharks
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Sharks still bashing at the Force try line before another penalty is awarded to the Sharks and Curtis Rona gets a yellow card.
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Maul set by the Sharks before it is taken down illegally by Adam Coleman, Sharks opt to kick for touch again from the penalty .
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Penalty to the Sharks at the scrum. Bosch kicks for touch to set up a lineout inside the Force 22.
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Claasen clears the ball up field to Brache who loses the ball forward, scrum down Sharks put in outside the Force 22.
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Kicks back and forth along with both sides struggling to hang onto the ball for a couple phases. A scrappy encounter so far.
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Sharks with ball in hand before Claasens clears the ball up field . Force then play Brache who makes a run, he gets the ball stripped off him
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Five meter lineout to the Sharks, they get blown up by the ref for offside play at the lineout, Force penalty. Lance kicks for touch.
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Am puts in a grubber kick that goes into touch. Force lineout inside their own 22. Lance then clears the ball up field to Smith , he then plays Am who runs it back at the Force.
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Sharks on the attack through Bosch and Oostehuizen. Force defense holds strong
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Prior converts the try
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Prior feeds the scrum, Verity-Amm slices through the Sharks line like a hot knife through butter, runs the whole field and scores a magnificent try for the Force!
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Great run by Kobus Van Wyk for the Sharks , he makes 40 meters, next wave of attack sees debutante Nkosi make a great run steps the last defender in Brache and scores in the corner , TMO in action for a potential knock it in the play before. The judgement is made and there is a knock on made from Bosch , scrum Force all the way back on the halfway line. Tough luck for Nkosi.
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Force attack the line through Lance who is taken down by Van Der Walt with the try-line in sight. Prior then knocks the ball forward. Scrum Sharks.
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Short arm penalty awarded to the Force, the option is to set a scrum so it will be a Force put in 5 meters from the Sharks try line.
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Stander breaks the line for the Force, makes 60 meters and is taken down 5 meters from the Sharks try line, great run by the flanker. Pek Cowan then loses the ball forward. Scrum to the Sharks 5 meters from their own line.
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Prior feeds the scrum plays Lance who plays Newsome who has a run, Am then steals the ball for the Sharks and Botha makes yet another run . Great play from the lock
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Claasen puts in a dodgy kick handing possession back to the Force. Prior clears his lines and Rhyno Smith drops the ball cold. Scrum down, Force put in.
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Ralepele finds his jumper at the lineout, Sharks attack through Botha and Am. Good play from the home side.
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Sharks win the penalty at the scrum, Bosch kicks for touch to set up the lineout deep inside the Force half
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Ball stolen at the lineout from the Sharks, Smith makes another run from fullback, Force make the turnover , Newsome kicks but the ball rolls over the dead ball line. Scrum Sharks between their own 10 meter line .
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Better play from the Force as Naisarani makes a half break, the turnover is then made from Ruan Botha and Smith clears the ball into touch.
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Force attack through Lance, Meaker, Coleman and Newsome but the Sharks defense is solid as a run as the Force struggle to get some go forward ball.
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Bosch clears the ball into touch , it skews off the side of his boot, Force lineout inside the Sharks 22.
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Bosch lands the penalty
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Lance clears the ball into touch near the halfway line. Ralepele finds his jumper in Botha before the maul is taken down illegally , penalty Sharks,Bosch will have a shot at goal
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Rhyno Smith breaks the line for the Sharks and makes 30 meters before Claasen kicks the ball deep into the Force half, Coleman cleans it up before the ball goes touch .
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Bosch lands the penalty as the Sharks take the lead
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Sharks attack through Botha midfield, next wave sees Nkosi have a run off his wing. It all comes to nothing as the Sharks win the penalty and Bosch will have a shot at goal.
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Botha takes the lineout and Am attacks midfield before losing the ball forward. Polotu Nau attacks for the Force before he gets the ball stripped off him.
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Kicks back and forth from both sides before Prior kicks the ball into touch near the halfway. Lineout Sharks
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Sharks continue to attack outside the Force 22 before Claasen puts in a box kick which comes to nothing as Brache clears the ball up field.
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Lance kicks the ball up field, Bosch cleans up the ball and the Sharks are awarded a penalty for Stander not rolling away. The option is to set up the lineout just outside the Force 22. Ralepele finds his jumper and the Sharks attack through Botha and Du Toit.
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First half underway, Bosch kicks off for the Sharks
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Almost time for kick-off , this should be a great game
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Curwin Bosch is the first player to surpass 100 points scored this season thanks largely to a tally of 26 penalty goals, which is 10 more than any other player in the competition. The Force, if they play like they did last week, will push the Sharks all the way.
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The Force travel to South Africa for the first time since Round 15 last season; they've won just one of their last 10 games there. The Western Force have allowed their opponents just 7.8 offloads per game this campaign, fewer than any other team in the competition.
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The Sharks have won eight of the nine meetings between these sides before this round, including each of the last seven. The Sharks are undefeated in their last eight games at home; the last time they went longer at home without a loss was a stretch of nine wins across 2008 and 2009
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The Force's discipline will be especially key coming up against Curwin Bosch who is the first player to surpass 100 points scored this season, thanks largely to a tally of 26 penalty goals - which is 10 more than any other player in the competition.
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The Sharks are looking to build on the momentum created by last week's impressive win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.
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Welcome to this Super Rugby clash between the Sharks and the Western Force coming to you from Kings Park, Durban
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Thomas Du Toit
  • 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle
  • 3 Coenie Oosthuizen
  • 4 Etienne Oosthuizen
  • 5 Ruan Botha
  • 6 Philip van der Walt
  • 7 Jean-Luc Du Preez
  • 8 Daniel du Preez
  • 9 Michael Claassens
  • 10 Curwin Bosch
  • 11 Sibusiso Nkosi
  • 12 Jeremy Ward
  • 13 Lukhanyo Am
  • 14 Kobus van Wyk
  • 15 Rhyno Smith
RESERVES
  • 16 Franco Marais
  • 17 Tendai Mtawarira
  • 18 Lourens Adriaanse
  • 19 Stephan Lewies
  • 20 Lubabalo Mtembu
  • 21 Cobus Reinach
  • 22 Patrick Lambie
  • 23 Johan Deysel
START LINE UP
  • 1 Pekahou Cowan
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 3 Tetera Faulkner
  • 4 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 6 Brynard Stander
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 9 Ian Prior
  • 10 Jono Lance
  • 11 Alex Newsome
  • 12 Billy Meakes
  • 13 Curtis Rona
  • 14 James Verity-Amm
  • 15 Marcel Brache
RESERVES
  • 16 Heath Tessmann
  • 17 Francois Van Wyk
  • 18 Shambeckler Vui
  • 19 Lewis Carmichael
  • 20 Richard Hardwick
  • 21 Mitch Short
  • 22 Luke Burton
  • 23 Peter Grant
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SR Preview: Round 11, Part Two

Thu, 04 May 2017 22:12

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Can anybody stop the Crusaders juggernaut? That is the big question for this week.

The Bulls are up next and if the bookmakers are to be believed they won't come close either.

However, before the Pretoria-based franchise gets a crack at Super Rugby's most successful team, there are a host of other interesting games on Saturday.

The Lions, four points behind the Crusaders in second place, face the hapless Rebels in Melbourne. The Johannesburg outfit can go top of the table, albeit for only a few hours.

The Chiefs, also four points behind the Crusaders but outside the top four because of the ridiculous conference system, will look to keep their challenge on track when they host the Reds in New Plymouth.

The Waratahs host the Blues, a team well-and-truly in the play-off running, in Sydney.

The Sharks, chasing the Africa conference wild card,  host the Western Force in Durban.

Then it is the Bulls versus Crusaders, before the weekend's action come to a conclusion in when the Jaguares and Sunwolves go head-to-head in Buenos Aires.

In Part Two of the preview we look at the Saturday matches!

Saturday, May 6:

Rebels v Lions
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 15.00; 07.00 SA time; 05.00 GMT)

The Lions enjoy afternoon matches, as those normally suit their expansive game.

However, Melbourne is likely to throw up a curveball. There is a high (80 percent) chance of showers, most likely in the late morning and afternoon.

It is not surprising that coach Johan Ackerman has recalled scrumhalf Ross Cronje, to ensure any tactical adjustments can be made without too much fuss.

Ackermann made it clear his team can't afford to underestimate a 'desperate' Rebels team - despite the Melbourne franchise's lowly position on the standings and poor form.

"They will have their backs against the wall after their [3-44] loss [to the Kings] last week," Ackermann said.

"They will be out to prove a point and they have some quality players, including some Wallabies, in their team.

"As I said earlier this year, we have a target on our backs because of our success last year - everybody wants to beat us.

"We have to focus on our game and maintain our standards."

Rebels assistant coach Morgan Turinui pointed out the obvious, that the Lions are not your typical South African side.

"They have a hybrid New Zealand game," Turinui said of the visitors.

"They kick the third least of any team in the competition."

He was hoping for a high octane, high tempo game.

"They will play, which suits us, because we want to play as well.

"If we have the intensity and tempo that we had against teams like the Chiefs, Waratahs and Brumbies, we will be in this fight."

Previous results:
2015: Lions win 20-16, Melbourne
2014: Lions won 34-17, Johannesburg
2012: Lions won 37-32, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Lions have won all three of the previous meetings between these sides, though only one of those wins was by more than five points. It's been more than a year since the Rebels last won a game at home against a team visiting from outside Australia. The Lions have won their last three games away from without once conceding 20+ points in a game; never before in Super Rugby history have they won more games in succession on the road. The Lions have scored 11 tries in the opening quarter of games already this season, the second-most of any team in the competition and eight more than the Rebels who have scored the joint fewest in that period (three). Amanaki Mafi has made 105 carries this campaign, more than any other forward in the competition and one of only two forwards (Pablo Matera, 102) to have made more than 100. The Lions should win this comfortably - by at least 14 points.

Teams:

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

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Anthony Volmink.

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: Ed Martin (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Chiefs v Reds
(Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 AEST; 07.35 GMT)

The Chiefs are sitting pretty in the play-off race, but by their own high standards they have not been near their best in recent weeks.

Last week's 27-20 win over the Sunwolves - when they failed to score a bonus-point try in the dying stages despite being a man up - was as underwhelming as the Chiefs have been in years.

And they face a Reds team still seething after losing to the Waratahs in a game that saw coach Nick Stiles spit the dummy over the lopsided penalty count against his team.

Normally you would not wager much money on the reds against the Chiefs, but unless the Chiefs raise the bar considerable victory for the reds will not be an outrageous thought.

The return of All Black stalwart Brodie Retallick and Japan captain Michael Leitch will give the Chiefs the energy and physicality they lacked last week.

All Black loose forward Sam Cane is another of the Chiefs;' big guns that return to action this week.

Reds coach Nick Stiles admitted that taking on the Chiefs in New Zealand provides its own set of challenges.

"We're looking forward to seeing how the side can respond after a bitterly disappointing result last weekend," Stiles said.

Recent results:
2016: Chiefs won 50-5, Brisbane
2015: Chiefs won 24-3, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 31-23, Hamilton
2012: Reds won 42-27, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 19-11, Hamilton

Prediction: Each of the last three games between these teams has been won by the away team on the day, with the Chiefs taking the spoils in each of the last two games, conceding just eight points in the process. The Reds have won on each of their last three away trips against the Chiefs, last losing such a fixture in Round 11, 2008. The Chiefs have won 24 of their last 28 games on home turf against teams from outside New Zealand; though, three of the four losses in that span have been against Australian teams, and two of those have been against the Reds. The Chiefs have led at half-time in only one of their last five games, though they've managed to kick on and win all but one of those five fixtures. The Reds have held the lead at half-time in each of their last two games; the last time they led at the break in more successive fixtures was a three-game stint from March to April, 2013. The Chiefs should have no trouble claiming a full-house five points. They should win by about 20 points.

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames.         
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Sam McNicol, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Reds: 15 Duncan Paia'aua, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 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 Chris Kuridrani.

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

Waratahs v Blues
(Allianz Stadium, Sydney - Kick-off: 19.45; 21.45 NZ time; 09.45 GMT)

Both teams are chasing a spot in the play-off zone, but the Blues' task is so much more complicated.

The Blues are six points behind the Highlanders (and the last wild card slot) in the ultra-competitive New Zealand conference.

The Waratahs are just one win away from catching up to the Brumbies in the Australian conference.

Blues coach Tana Umaga said the clash against the Waratahs will be a major battle.

"We are very evenly matched in stats this year in most parts of the game so we are expecting a very hard encounter," he Umaga said.

"They are a quality side across the park with mobile forwards; they are excellent at the breakdown and have some world-class running backs.

"We've constantly said that we need to improve week by week and we will definitely need to step up again."

Umaga said he was pleased with the effort from the forwards against the Brumbies last week.

"The front five laid the platform from which the rest of the team were able to prosper. They will need to be at their very best again in all facets of the game."

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said his team has certainly been lifted after a gritty win over the Reds, but admitted they haven't eased off in terms of preparation.

"What impressed me most last weekend was our level of commitment for the full eighty minutes and that's what we're focused on as a team to deliver again this weekend," said Gibson

"The win against the Reds is a step in the right direction, with the Australian conference still open - hopefully we can build the momentum on the back that result.

"Last Saturday we showed the pride our team has in the NSW jersey and we want to do that again for our fans at home," he said.

Recent results:
2016: Blues won 34-28, Auckland
2015: Waratahs won 23-11, Sydney
2014: Blues won 21-13, Auckland
2013: Waratahs won 30-27, Sydney
2011: Blues won 26-13, Auckland (preliminary play-off match)

Prediction: The Blues have won four of their last six games against the Waratahs, though each of the last seven iterations of this fixture have been won by the home team. The Waratahs have lost their last three games at home, the last time they lost more home games in succession saw them round out their 2012 season with four home losses. The Blues have won each of their last three games in Australia, as many as they had won in their 15 visits prior; never before have they won more in succession in the country. The Blues are the most disciplined team in the competition, conceding a league-low 8.2 penalties per game. Israel Folau has now gone for six straight games without scoring a try; never before has he gone more games without finding the whitewash. This mat well be the most closely contested game of the weekend - with the Blues scoring a late winner - by five points.

Teams:

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

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: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Will Houston (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Sharks v Western Force
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 15.05; 21.05 AWST; 13.05 GMT)

The Sharks are looking to build on the momentum created by last week's impressive win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

Coach Robert du Preez said his team will require a 'copy and paste' on the showing in Argentina if their are overcome a tricky Western Force team.

"The passion and courage our players showed last week to grind out an important win against a battle hardened team - littered with Test players - at their fortress was special," Du Preez said, adding that it showed the character of the team.
 
"The Force pushed the Lions right until the final whistle last week and we know that once they get their tails up they can be difficult to stop.

"We want to carry on from where we let off last week, be positive and more clinical with our execution.
 
"We let our fans down a fortnight ago [against the Rebels] at home and we don't want to do that again.

"Hopefully our performance this weekend will make them proud."
 
The Force are looking to get back in the winners' list after two defeats on the trot to finals contenders the Chiefs and Lions.

The men in blue were in both contests for the majority of the match and will be ruing costly mistakes.

The Force's discipline will be especially key coming up against Curwin Bosch who is the first player to surpass 100 points scored this season, thanks largely to a tally of 26 penalty goals - which is 10 more than any other player in the competition.

The Force failed to cross the line last week, with all 15 points coming off the boot of Ian Prior.

"We were very disappointed not to win against the Lions," Force coach Dave Wessels said.

"We need to learn to put 80 minutes together if we want to be consistently competitive."

Recent results:
2015: Sharks won 15-9, Durban
2013: Sharks won 23-13, Perth
2012: Sharks won 53-11, Durban
2011: Sharks won 39-12, Perth
2010: Sharks win 27-22, Durban

Prediction: The Sharks have won eight of the nine meetings between these sides before this round, including each of the last seven. The Sharks are undefeated in their last eight games at home; the last time they went longer at home without a loss was a stretch of nine wins across 2008 and 2009. The Force travel to South Africa for the first time since Round 15 last season; they've won just one of their last 10 games there. The Western Force have allowed their opponents just 7.8 offloads per game this campaign, fewer than any other team in the competition. Curwin Bosch is the first player to surpass 100 points scored this season thanks largely to a tally of 26 penalty goals, which is 10 more than any other player in the competition. The Force, if they play like they did last week, will push the Sharks all the way. We feel the Sharks will win by eight points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Patrick Lambie, 23 Johan Deysel.

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

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Bulls v Crusaders
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT; 03.15, Sunday, May 7, NZ time)

The Bulls 'believe' they can end the Crusaders' unbeaten run.

Or at least that is what coach Nollis Marais has been telling the media.

Marais said the team enters the contest with a lot of self-belief.

"Rugby is not only played on the field, but in the minds of teams as well," the Bulls coach said of his team's encounter with the competition's pace-setters.

"We lacked some belief when results did not reflect our effort earlier in the season, but that is not an issue anymore.

"The last two wins [over the Cheetahs and Jaguares] confirmed that we can indeed compete against anyone," Marais said.

"I have always said that the team is better than the results showed and the last two wins started to show that.

"We have a massive hurdle to overcome on Saturday though, as the Crusaders have been setting a number of benchmarks to other teams this year.

"They remain a classy side and despite not having [All Blacks] Sam Whitelock [suspended] and Kieran Read [injured] available for this match, remains one of the top teams in the competition."

Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss spoke of the "energy" of playing a world class opponent.

He also felt the 'Loftus factor' could come into play.

"We have certainly had some classics here against the Crusaders," Strauss said.

"We do have the ability to bring out the best in each other and these are the type of games you want to be involved in.

"We know what is at stake and everyone is very keen to deliver a performance that we all can be proud of. We enjoyed the bye last weekend, but now it is time to go out there and deliver the goods."

Recent results:
2015: Bulls won 31-19, Pretoria
2013: Crusaders won 41-19, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 28-13, Christchurch (preliminary play-off match)
2012: Bulls won 32-30, Pretoria
2011: Crusaders won 27-0, Timaru

Prediction: The Bulls will be looking for back-to-back regular season wins against the Crusaders for the first time since their first-ever two games against them in 1996 and 1997. The Bulls have won 15 of their last 19 home games against New Zealand opposition, with their wins in that span coming by an average margin of 17 points. The Crusaders have now won nine games in succession; only twice in Super Rugby history has any team won more games in a row in a single campaign (Crusaders - 13 in 2002; Blues - 12 in 1997). The Bulls boast a line-out success rate of 92 percent this season, the best of any team and one of only three above 90 percent. George Bridge has scored eight tries in his last four games, including a hat-trick in each of his last two; should he find a trifecta again in 2017, would become the first player ever to score three hat-tricks in a single campaign. The Bulls' amazing victory run against the Crusaders - which goes back to 2008 - is about to come to an end. It might even get ugly, but we expect the Crusaders to win by 16 points.

Teams:

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Nick de Jager, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements:  16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Rudolph Snyman, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Jan Serfontein.

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

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

Jaguares v Sunwolves
(Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires - Kick-off: 18.40; 15.40 GMT; 06.40, Sunday, May 7 Japan time)

The Jaguares have put behind them their first home loss of the season and are focussed on get back on the winning track against a tricky Sunwolves team.

After last week's heartbreaking loss to Sharks - which was preceded by a winless three-match tour of South Africa - the Argentinians know that any more losses will kill off their faints hopes of staying in the play-off race.

The Sunwolves are coming off a demanding New Zealand tour - with defeats against the Crusaders, Highlanders and Chiefs.

"We have to correct the mistakes we made [against the Sharks]," fullback Joaquin Tuculet said.

"We are looking forward to the challenge and we know it is a very important game against Sunwolves.

"They are a very tidy team, who enjoys and expansive game.

"They also have some very interesting players.

"I believe we have to move the ball around and tire them out. We have players to make it a great game."

Previous result:
2016: Sunwolves won 36-28, Tokyo

Prediction: This will be just the second time that the tournament's youngest teams will face each other after the Japanese outfit nabbed a 36-28 win over their Argentine counterparts in Round Nine last season. The Jaguares have won four of their last five games at home, and only once in Super Rugby history have they lost a home game by more than eight points. The Sunwolves have scored just three points in the opening half of each of their last three games away from home. The Sunwolves have scored 27% of their tries on the back of a scrum win this season, a higher percentage than any other team in the competition. Matias Orlando has scored in each of his last two appearances for the Jaguares after having never scored in his 19 Super Rugby appearances prior. The Jaguares should win easily - by at least 30 points.

Teams:

Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Santiago Gonzales Iglesias, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Juan Martin Hernández, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Baez, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Nicolas Sanchez, 23 Matias Moroni.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Shota Emi, 13 William Tupou, 12 Timothy Lafaele (captain), 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Hino , 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Takuma Asahara , 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Edward Quirk, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka.

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

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Sharks get scrappy win

Sat, 06 May 2017 13:54

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Sharks earned a valuable, but scrappy win when they beat the Western Force 37-12 in Durban on Saturday.

However, the Sharks failed to secure the bonus point.

The game changed with a 14-point blitz by the Sharks in the last three minutes of the first half - after Force centre Curtis Rose was sin-binned for repeated infringements.

Having lost patience with the Australian outfit after constant offside infringements, the referee sent Rona to the sin-bin on 37 minutes at a hot and humid Kings Park stadium.

When the centre left the field Force were surprisingly leading their South African opponents 7-6 in the Round 11 encounter.

Sharks took immediate advantage of the numerical superiority to score two converted tries and turn a one-point deficit into a 20-7 half-time lead.

Centre Jeremy Ward, starting in place of suspended Andre Esterhuizen, evaded several tackles to score the first of four tries by the Sharks.

Loose forward Jean-Luc du Preez, one of two sons of Sharks coach Robert du Preez in the back row, powered over the try-line two minutes later.

Teenage flyhalf Curwin Bosch converted both tries as part of a flawless goal-kicking display which, together with a try, gave him 20 points.

Force, who began the match having won just twice in eight outings, never look like recovering from conceding 14 points within three minutes.

As the second half drew to a close the issues were how many points Sharks would win by, and could they add a bonus point to the four for a victory.

They had a chance to secure the extra point for scoring three tries more than their rivals by winning a line-out after the full-time hooter sounded.

But after taking the ball through a number of phases and steadily pushing toward the Force 22, a Shark knocked the ball on and the final whistle sounded.

Victory lifted the Sharks to 32 points in the Africa 2 standings, 10 points behind the leaders, fellow South Africans and 2016 runners-up the Golden Lions.

The Lions and Africa One leaders the Stormers Africa look set to top the respective tables and secure home quarterfinals.

That leaves one knockout berth up for grabs from the Africa conferences and the Sharks are 12 points ahead of the Argentine Jaguares in the race for the place.

Force lie fourth in the Australian group and hopes of progress to the last-eight phase of the competition vanished some time ago.

Ward, Du Preez, Bosch and centre Lukhanyo Am scored tries for Sharks and Bosch kicked three conversions and three penalties.

Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie, who came off the bench for his first appearance since injuring his back two months ago, kicked a conversion.  

A couple of South Africans, wing James Verity-Amm and fullback Marcel Brache, were the Force try scorers and scrumhalf Ian Prior slotted a conversion.

Man of the match: You can look at both Du Preez brothers, Jean-Luc and Daniel, for their workrate. You can consider Curwin Bosch and Jeremy Ward for their skill. You can even consider fullback Rhyno Smith. However, our award goes to Sharks captain Philip van der Walt, the fire in the belly of a hungry beast and the calmness when things threaten to get out of hand.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Tries: 
Ward, JL du Preez, Bosch, Am
Cons: Bosch 3, Lambie
Pens: Bosch 3

For the Western Force:
Tries: 
Verity-Amm, Brache
Con: Prior

Yellow card: Curtis Rose (Western Force, 37 - repeat infringements, offside)

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Patrick Lambie, 23 Johan Deysel.

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

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

* Pictures by Wayne Seagreen

Jeremy Ward (37min), Jean-Luc Du Preez (39min), Curwin Bosch (55min), and Lukhanyo Am (71min)
TRIES
James Verity-Amm (24min) and Marcel Brache (67min)
Curwin Bosch (38min), Curwin Bosch (40min), Curwin Bosch (56min), and Patrick Lambie (72min)
CONVERSIONS
Ian Prior (25min)
Curwin Bosch (7min), Curwin Bosch (10min), and Curwin Bosch (48min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Curtis Rona (36min)
 
 
VENUE Kings Park, Durban
REFEREE Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)