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Super Rugby | Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
15:15 (GMT) | 13-05-2017
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Thanks for joining us for this historic clash!! Join us later at 23:00 as we build up to the match between the Jaguares and the Force!!
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Early shove by the Sharks gives the Kings a free kick as a scuffle breaks loose.Cronje kicks it into touch as the Kings record their first win over South African opposition and 3 in a row. Well done to the men from PE!!!!
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Scrum is reset again
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Sharks knock it on off the restart and the Kings have a scrum! The scrum collapses and referee says it must be formed again as it happened before the hooter sounded!!
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Cronje lines up to make the points difference 3 and does so!!!
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Kings set the maul and they drive ahead, but is just short as they fight forward under advantage as they take it wide and Pieter-Steyn de Wet puts the Kings back in the lead!!!
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Loose pass by the Sharks goes into touch in their own 22 and the Kings have a chance to sneak the win!! They set the maul, but it goes to ground as Botha illegally stole the ball and they get the penalty. Cronje finds touch 5ms out!!
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April lines up the kick to extend the Sharks lead to 5 and it is good!!
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Sharks win the lineout and set the maul. They drive forward and the Kings look to contain them, but concede a penalty for a side entry!!
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Sharks kick for touch and the attack again deep in the Kings half, but they lose the ball and they clear as far as their 22m line
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Kings look to attack from their half and fail to makes meters, but Am goes over the ball and win a welcome penalty for the Sharks!!
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Penalty to the Sharks and the Kings are driven back a further 10m's for talking back. April lines up t get the Sharks back in the lead and makes no mistake!!
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Kings back to a full compliment for their scrum. Steyn de Wet kicks and finds touch outside his 22. Sharks win the lineout and are back on the attack, but the Kings defenders are in their faces!!
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Kings snap the ball up as the Sharks knock on and luckily for Cronje who slips to make his clearance kick and the ball comes loose in front of his line referee brings them back for the knock on!!
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Kings win the lineout as Cronje clears, but not into touch and the Sharks go back on the attack in the kings 22!!
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Pieter Steyn de Wet's kick is charged down as the ball rolls into touch and the Kings have a 5m lineout from their own line
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Kings straight back onto the attack as Cronje makes a good break and gets it to Bock and then van der Westhuizen almost lose it but it goes back and April is pPenalized for slowing the ball down somewhat cynical as Cronje looks to get the Kings back into the lead and he does so!!!
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Apil lines the conversion kick up and its good as the Sharks takes the lead!!
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Sloppy kings scrum as the ball goes loose and Reinach kicks ahead and Mapimpi have it and the Sharks get it back and go on the attack inside the Kings 22 and they put it wide through the hands and the veteran Mvovo goes in for the TRY!!
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Scrum reset is called.
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Great hands by the Kings who look like they are having fun throwing the ball around as a Sharks hand touched it and they have a scrum in the Sharks half!!
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April lines up the kick to reduce the Kings lead and does so!!
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Penalty to the Sharks for not rolling away as Geldenhuys is sent to the bin for a repeated infringment
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April's touch finder is not far as he fails to get it into the Kings 22. The Sharks set up an attack off the lineout but the Kings defence holds firm for now!!
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Penalty to the Sharks just inside their half for a side entry!
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Penalty to the kings inside their half for a no clear release by Chilliboy, Cronje finds touch just outside the Sharks 22. They win the lineout and set the maul , but Lewies stole it for the Sharks who looks to counter!!
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Mvovo tries to keep the ball in play that Banda kicks, but does more damage as he stepped in touch and gifted a lineout to the Kings! Paul wins the ball at the lineout as they Kings look to strike again, Cronje's kick is charged down and gathered back, but he is tackled into touch
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Schreuder feeds and the Kings get the shove on again as referee signals advantage and Schreuder gets away with it befoe they bring them back for the scrum penalty!! Cronje finds touch just outside his 22.
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Sharks lineout 5ms out and Botha takes as they set the drive and the maul goes down legally and the Kings win the turnover for a collapsed maul!!
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Botha almost claims the restart, but lose it forward. kings scrum as Schreuder feeds and the Kings get the shove on as they break away and set up their attack from their own half, Cronje kick head and Am makes a great break and pass back inside, but the ball is loose and referee blows against the Kings for offside!
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Cronje steps up to add the extras and does so!!!
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Second half is underway through the boot of Garth April , ball is fielded by Paul as Schreuder makes a great break and times his pass perfectly to Bock who goes over for the TRY!!!!

Half Time

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Kings play the time out as Schreuder gives to Cronje who boots it into touch as the siren sounds. See you back for the second half!!
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Cronje adds the extras to his try!!
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To add insult to injury Smith will sit out 10 mins for a high tackle!
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Great work from Bock who spotted some space and threw the dummy and gives it to Cronje who goes over for the TRY!! Referee too heck for a High tackle on Cronje by Smith as well!!
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April with a long range kick from 55ms out and it is over off the posts!!
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Banda charges April's kick as the kings have possession, but then Etienne Oosthuizen win the penalty at the breakdown for the Sharks
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Box kick from Schreuder just a bit too far direct into touch and theSharks have a lineout just inside their half. Botha takes and they set up an attack!
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Lambie is off for a concussion test. Lineout to the Sharks on halfway as April kicks and finds Banda who decides to go on a run!!
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Cronje kicks for touch as he is fired up!! They have a lineout 5ms out from the Sharks line!! Van der Sluys wins the lineout as the Kings almost get through, through Classens, but lose it forward!! Lambie kicks back and Mapimpi is back on the counter!! Schreuder gets a good ball away to Cronje who slots a Drop Goal!!
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Referee ruled that a Sharks player knocked it on so it is a Kings scrum in Sharks territory as Schreuer feeds and the Kings get a dominant scrum on and win the penalty!!!
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Lambie going down with a head knock and this could be very bad for the man coming back from injury, but he gets up and looks okay to carry on
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Sharks attack from the scrum and get into the Kings half, they make good meters by mixing it up with forwards and backs, Ward kicks ahead, but Banda have it covered and kicks back to Lambie who kicks it back and the Kings counter by Bock who chips it ahead, but lose it in the gathering
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Kings back on the attack just inside the Sharks half. They struggle to make any meters, but keeps ball in hand and then Vulindlu lose it forward
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Lambie kicks the conversion and it is right down the middle!!
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Sharks win the lineout, but goes to ground, du Preez with a sneaky pick up and dart over the ruck goes over for the TRY!!
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Sharks continue to attack, but the Sharks are going nowhere and referee brings them back for the penalty. Lambie kicks to the corner 5ms out from the Kings line
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Sharks on the attack inside the Kings half, but they fail to get over the advantage line initially, but Lambie spots a gap and get them into the Kings 22 as referee plays advantage to the Sharks for offside.
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Mvovo wins back a high ball as Classens and he Kicks again as Botha gets it back just 5 short, as Lambie kicks across for van Wyk, but it is too far and into touch!!
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Lambie lines up his second attempt at goal and he doubles the Sharks' points!!
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Sharks on the attack inside the Kings half and gets ver the advantage line, the ball spills loose at the ruck just 5ms out from the Kings line, but referee rules off feet against the Kings
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Banda spots a good gap and is tackled just in time as the Kings look to go wide and then they lose the ball. Scrum Sharks
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Penalty to the Sharks at the breakdown for not rolling away. Lambie points to the posts and lines up for his shot at goal and it is good!
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Sharks on a counter off a kick as Am makes a good few meters as they find themselves inside the Kings 22 to strike back!!
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Good Kings scrum as they look to attack from deep, but the Sharks are defending well to contain them as Banda kicks and Smith kicks back as the ball rolls into touch inside the Kings 22
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Paul knocks on off the restart. Sharks scrum as Classens feeds and the Sharks play it to Mvovo on the inside and set up an attack in the Kings 22, knocked on by the Sharks and Mapimpi almost get away with it but also lose it
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Conversion is missed
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Lineout on halfway to the Sharks and Botha takes as the Sharks launch an attack! They make good meters into the Kings half and continue to put pressure on the home side, but a Big hit on the beats at as the ball goes loose and they hack it forwards, Smith runs into touch and the Kings take it quickly as Crone kicks across and finds Bock who goes over for the TRY!!!
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Cronje points at the posts and will line up for a shot at goal just inside the Sharks half and it is over!!
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Great start from the kings putting the Sharks under early pressure with ball in hand!! Referee blows a penalty on halfway to the Kings for offside!!
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Federico Anselmi blow his whistle as Lionel Cronje gets us under way!!
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Prediction: The Sharks have won all five previous meetings between these teams, winning by an average margin of 29 points per game. The Kings have won their last two games, a franchise best, and will now look to go three games without loss for the first time in their Super Rugby history. The Sharks have won only one of their last four away games within South Africa, conceding 30 points or more three times in that period. The Sharks look to the sticks more than any other side this season, kicking a league-high 3.8 penalty goals per game for the campaign thus far. Makazole Mapimpi gains an average of 10.9 metres per carry this season, the most of any player to have made more than 10 carries this season. The Sharks will arrive in Port Elizabeth as favourites, but this Kings team has a big win in them. This is out 'wild card' for the weekend - the Kings win by five points.
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Players to watch: For the Kings- Makazole Mapimpi have been in red hot form for the PE based side by making breaks, setting up tries and scoring some himself and will look to continue to do so For the Sharks: Jacobus van Wyk have been in red hot form since moving up the coast to the Sharks from the Stormers and is playing the best rugby of his life, solid under the high ball, a great kick chaser and deadly finisher makes him a man to look out for today
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The last time these teams met was in Durban where the Kings almost pulled a massive upset by losing 19-17 to the Sharks as Cronje missed his only kick of the night from touch to potentially win the match for the Kings, and they will take some heart from that match to get the result today.
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The Sharks have also been impressive the past couple of week, and with the Return of Patrick Lambie they would hope he guides them well in this clash.
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The Kings have been impressive in recent weeks, most notably in their shock 44-3 win over the Melbourne Rebels which saw them make many rugby friends
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Welcome to the live coverage between the Kings and The Sharks live from Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium!!
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  • 2 Martin Bezuidenhout
  • 3 Ross Geldenhuys
  • 4 Irne Herbst
  • 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys
  • 6 Chris Cloete
  • 7 Tyler Paul
  • 8 Anidisa Ntsila
  • 9 Louis Schrueder
  • 10 Lionel Cronje
  • 11 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 12 Luzuko Vulindlu
  • 13 Berton Klaasen
  • 14 Alshaun Bock
  • 15 Masixole Banda
  • 16 Kurt Haupt
  • 17 Chris Helberg
  • 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen
  • 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda
  • 20 Stefaan Willemse
  • 21 Johan Steyn
  • 22 Pieter-Steyn De Wet
  • 23 Nicolaas Hanekom
  • 1 Tendai Mtawarira
  • 2 Franco Marais
  • 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 Patrick Lambie
  • 11 Lwazi Mvovo
  • 12 Jeremy Ward
  • 13 Lukhanyo Am
  • 14 Kobus van Wyk
  • 15 Rhyno Smith
  • 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle
  • 17 Thomas Du Toit
  • 18 Lourens Adriaanse
  • 19 Stephan Lewies
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  • 21 Cobus Reinach
  • 22 Garth April
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SR Preview: Round 12, Part Two

Thu, 11 May 2017 22:29

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: It will be a day of intriguing matches, but none will be more significant than the all-New Zealand derby in Christchurch.

The table-topping and unbeaten Crusaders host the defending champion Hurricanes, who themselves have lost just once.

If the Hurricanes upstage their compatriots, it will open the door for the chasing pack to creep up on and perhaps even overtake the tournament's pace-setters.

There is some reprieve after that when the all-Australia derby between the Rebels and Reds take place.

But it is followed by the encounter between the Bulls and Highlanders, with the hosts reeling from a record hiding at the hands of the Crusaders last week.

The much-improved Southern Kings then host the Sharks in a game that could have a big impact on the play-off positions as the June break approaches.

The weekend concludes with an encounter between the Jaguares, desperate to get back into the play-off race, and a Western Force team that looks like it is ready to claim a big scalp.

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

Saturday, May 13:

Crusaders v Hurricanes
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)

If you wanted to know how big this game is, then look at the ticket sales. They have build in additional, temporary, seating.

The sub-plot to this intriguing show is that Crusaders coach Scott Robertson was an assistant to Hurricanes mentor Chris Boyd at the New Zealand under-20.

The two men will know exactly how the other thinks about the game.

"I understand their [the Hurricanes'] philosophy about the game and how they want to play," Robertson told

"I think the skillset of their players has shown how they want to play.

"They just play what is in front of them, and take opportunities that are given. So it has got to be on."

The Hurricanes, who have made a habit out of scoring with sublime crossfield kicks this season, are going to stick to their all-action approach.

"We've had some discussions and the coaching group will have some discussions before the game, but the players will make the decision on the field," Boys told

He admitted the game will go down to the wire and the team winning the big moments will take the spoils.

"It's unrealistic to expect a team to play for 80 minutes right through, so there will be times when the Crusaders will be on top and there'll be times when we're on top and I think it'll come down to some critical moments."

Recent results:
2016: Hurricanes won 35-10, Christchurch
2015: Crusaders won 35-18, Christchurch
2015: Hurricanes won 29-23, Wellington
2014: Hurricanes won 16-9, Wellington
2014: Hurricanes won 29-26, Christchurch

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won six of their last eight games against the Crusaders, though only one of those victories came by a margin of greater than seven points. New Zealand derbies have seen an average aggregate points total of 49.6 points per game this season, the highest since 2012 (50.3 points per game). The Crusaders have won 11 of their last 12 games at home by an average margin of 27 points per game; however, their only loss in that span came against the Hurricanes in Round 17 last season. The Crusaders have won three of their last five games, including each of their last two, against New Zealand opposition despite having never lead at half-time in that period.The Canes have scored 24 tries in four away games this season, including 13 against Sunwolves in Round One. The Crusaders have conceded just 340 metres per game this campaign, fewer than any other team in the competition. The Crusaders have scored 10 tries when beginning possession with a kick return this season, more than any other team in the competition. The Hurricanes (17) and Crusaders (10) are two of just three teams (Lions, 12) to have scored 10+ tries in the opening quarter of games so far this season. David Kaetau Havili's 745 metres gained is the second most of any player in the competition and 141 more than any Hurricanes player. Ngani Laumape (22) is one of just two players (Courtnall Skosan, 25) to have made more than 20 clean breaks so far this season, Laumape is the top try scorer so far (11). To say it is a tough game to call is stating the obvious. We are going rogue and suggest the Hurricanes will sneak a late winner - by five points.


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

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Ben May, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Toa Halafihi, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Wes Goosen.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Rebels v Reds
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.35; 09.45 GMT)

Neither team is in contention for a play-off spot, unless the Brumbies have a massive meltdown and there are a series of extraordinary results.

However, there is still plenty at stake - especially for the Rebels, with their future in the competition on the line.

Rebels and Wales international lock Dominic Day said Australian derbies have their attraction.

He will play in his third derby and Day has seen first hand how much these games mean to his teammates.

"There's a lot on the line when you play against the Aussie teams and now, in the conference so it's huge for us," Day said in an interview on the Rebels website.

"You do sense it in training when you go out and the boys are really up for it.

"But for me, I don't want to let those guys down."

Day's first cameo in an Australian derby lasted just 30 seconds when he came off the bench against the NSW Waratahs but was substituted after a head knock.

His brief Australian derby debut didn't go unnoticed among his friends and teammates.

"[I got banter] from all over the world, my mates in England and the guys here.

"You just got to take it on the chin, I was expecting it to be honest."

His second derby appearance was a little more enjoyable with a 52-minute performance in the Rebels maiden victory of the season against the Brumbies in Round Eight.

Day acknowledged the demands of the competition every week - especially for crucial points against the franchise's Australian rivals.

"It doesn't get any easier every week is a tough game," Day said.

"There's a lot on the line when you play against the Aussie teams and anyone in your conference."

Recent results:
2016: Rebels won 31-28, Brisbane
2016: Rebels won 25-23, Melbourne
2015: Reds won 46-29, Brisbane
2015: Rebels won 23-15, Melbourne
2014: Reds won 36-20, Melbourne
2014: Rebels won 30-27, Brisbane

Prediction: The Rebels have won four of their last six games against the Reds, including each of their last two, after having never defeated them in their first six clashes from 2011 to 2013. Each of the Rebels' last eight games at home against Australian opposition have been decided by a margin of eight points or fewer, with four wins going to the Rebels in that span. The Reds have lost their last 10 games against Australian opposition, including three losses this season despite not trailing at half-time once in those three (one lead, level twice). The Reds have won 7.7 scrums per game this season, more than any other team in the competition and nearly three more per game than the Rebels (4.9). Sefanaia Naivalu has scored six tries in his last seven games against Australian opposition, including a brace against the Reds in Round 14, 2015. The Rebels have the ability to drag better teams down to their levels and make life decidedly unpleasant for them. With the reds both teams are already stuck in a mire of mediocrity and there the Rebels are at their best. They should win by about 12 points.


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 Sean McMahon, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Will Miller, 23 Jack Maddocks.

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Campbell Magnay, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 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 Adam Korczyk, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Izaia Perese.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Bulls v Highlanders
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 15.05; 13.05 GMT; 01.05 NZ time, Sunday, May 14)

The Bulls are desperate to avoid back-to-back losses at home for the first time since 2015 and coach Nollis Marais revealed that he asked for 'advice' from former Springbok and Bulls Super Rugby-winning coach Heyneke Meyer in an attempt to arrest the slide.

"I phoned Heyneke [last] Sunday [after the record loss to the Crusaders]," Marais said.

"He [Meyer] has always been my mentor and he gave me an opportunity in coaching.

"We had a discussion about the same situation he was in before 2007 - on how they changed from battling [a winless season in 2002] to a winning side.

"We've had a number of discussions this week and gave me a lot of advice."

Marais said he had no qualms about speaking to somebody that has been through the mill.

"He helped me with a lot of decisions I have to make and gave me some guidance," Marais added.

The Highlanders, who have won six straight games, are looking for their seventh win in succession in a season - a mark yet to be achieved by the southern franchise.

However, Highlanders defence coach Scott McLeod warned his team about the threat posed by the embattled Bulls.

In their past three games, the Highlanders have played a team which the week before had been belted by the Crusaders.

''In terms of what we are coming up against this week, they are a different beast to the Cheetahs," McLeod told the Otago Daily Times.

"We are still trying to find our game and still trying to perfect that. We're still trying to find the right balances.''

Even though the Bulls lost to the Crusaders by more than 50 points, they remain a threat - as they look to evolve from a predictable to a more expansive game.

''They are doing a lot more offloading and attacking a lot more - kicking a little less,'' McLeod added.

Recent results:
2014: Highlanders won 27-20, Dunedin
2013: Bulls won 35-18, Pretoria
2012: Highlanders won 16-11, Dunedin
2011: Highlanders won 35-28, Pretoria
2010: Bulls won 50-35, Pretoria

Prediction: The Highlanders have won four of their last six games against the Bulls, though the last time they beat them by more than seven points was in Round Seven, 2009. The Bulls will be looking to avoid back-to-back losses at home for the first time since the opening fortnight of the 2015 campaign. The Highlanders' last four games in South Africa have seen an average aggregate score of 73 points. The Bulls boast a line-out success rate of 92 percent, the best of any team in the competition and four percentage points higher than the Highlanders. Waisake Naholo beat a round-high 12 defenders in Round 11, the last time any player made more was Digby Ioane's 13 defenders beaten in Round 12, 2013. There is a temptation to back the Bulls, as they will be charged up and desperate to bounce back. But their lack of experience and the class of the Highlanders suggest the New Zealand outfit will win by 15 points.


Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (captain), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Coenraad van Vuuren, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Nick de Jager, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tony Jantjies, 23 Jan Serfontein.

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

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Southern Kings v Sharks
(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT)

The Southern Kings have made a massive statement on the playing field in the last month.

On Saturday they hope their success - back-to-back victories for the first time - will reap rewards in the stands.

There was a massive campaign to fill the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, but coach Deon Davids said it is more important that they continue to deliver on the pitch.

"I think our guys are quite focused on what we want to achieve and do - we spoke about it," Davids told a media briefing.

"There is quite some excitement in terms of getting better support and getting the fans here at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

"We are glad that we could pull off a win in our last two games. We just want to build on that feeling and energy we received from all the support.

"Yes, we are aware of the campaign [to lure more spectators], but we are very focused on what we have to do and we will zone in on that focus until Saturday."
Sharks coach Robert du Preez admitted the trip to Port Elizabeth presents his team with a proverbial banana skin.
"The Kings have been talking this match up and are a tough prospect at home," Du Preez said.

"They look to capitalise on unstructured play and feed off errors.

"We need to be more clinical with our approach on Saturday and there is no room for complacency."

He spoke of the need for "patience on attack and "cutting down the error rate".

"Our players are up for this match and we've had a good training week.

We are going down to PE, focussed on the task at hand and that is to win."
Recent results:
2017: Sharks won 19-17, Durban
2016: Sharks won 53-0, Durban
2016: Sharks won 43-8, Port Elizabeth
2013: Sharks won 58-13, Durban
2013: Sharks won 21-12, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: The Sharks have won all five previous meetings between these teams, winning by an average margin of 29 points per game. The Kings have won their last two games, a franchise best, and will now look to go three games without loss for the first time in their Super Rugby history. The Sharks have won only one of their last four away games within South Africa, conceding 30 points or more three times in that period. The Sharks look to the sticks more than any other side this season, kicking a league-high 3.8 penalty goals per game for the campaign thus far. Makazole Mapimpi gains an average of 10.9 metres per carry this season, the most of any player to have made more than 10 carries this season. The Sharks will arrive in Port Elizabeth as favourites, but this Kings team has a big win in them. This is out 'wild card' for the weekend - the Kings win by five points.


Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 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 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Kurt Haupt/Tango Balekile, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Nicolaas Hanekom.

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

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)

Jaguares v Western Force
(Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires - Kick-off: 18.40; 21.40 GMT; 05.40 AWST, Sunday, May 14)

The Jaguares are hanging on, by their fingernails, in the play-off race - as they look to grab the Africa conference wildcard spot.

However, their winless tour to South Africa and the loss to the Sharks in Buenos Aires a fortnight ago has left them eight points shy of the men from Durban.

It means they can't afford to slip up against the Western Force - who are desperate for very different reasons.

The Force need to knock over a few teams to show they deserve a place in Super Rugby, but the wins over the Reds and Kings won't do the trick.

The Jaguares have lost just once at home this season.

Force captain Heath Tessmann said the Argentinean franchise is an exciting team to watch and pose threats all over the park - providing a massive challenge for the men from Australia's West Coast.
"We're really excited to be playing the Jaguares in Argentina, but we know that we need to improve on last weekend's performance.
"The Jaguares play a dangerous style of play and we will need to play a full 80 minutes to take the four points."

Veteran loose forward Juan Manuel Leguizamón, one of seven changes to the team from last week's win over the Sunwolves, warned about underestimating the Australian outfit.

"It will be very intense and we must be focused on executing our own game," said Leguizamon, who will make his first start of the season after a lengthy injury lay-off.

"They are like all Australian teams, very unpredictable," he said, adding: "They have good skills and many variations on attack.

"We have to be good on defence and press hard, to create doubt and gain confidence in our own game. "

Previous results:
These teams have never met before!

Prediction: This will be the first meeting between these teams, though the Argentinian squad boast a 100 percent win rate against Australian teams after a 22-8 win against the Reds in Round 5 this season. The Jaguares have won seven of their last 10 games at home, losing only to the Highlanders and Sharks (x2). The Force have won just one of their last 14 games outside Australia, with that win coming against the Sunwolves in Round 11 last season. The Force are the least disciplined team in the competition, conceding a league-high 11.9 penalties per game this season. The Argentinian side have averaged more carries per game than anyone else so far in this campaign (132). Have a punt on the Jaguares. They should win by about 20 points.


Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Bautista Ezcurra, 10 Juan Martin Hernández, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Benjamin Macome, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Felipe Arregui, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Manuel Montero.

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

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Juan Sylvestre (Argentina), Jose Covasi (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports &

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Stunning Kings upset Sharks

Sat, 13 May 2017 08:26

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Southern Kings produced some brilliant running rugby to beat the Sharks 35-32 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The home side outscored their opponents by four tries to two with Alshaun Bock, who was a late inclusion in the team, bagging a brace in an outstanding performance.

If you watched the Reds and the Rebels play or the Bulls against Highlanders at Loftus Versfeld with a light peppering of spectators and then had watched the Kings play the Sharks with more than 20 000 enthusiastic spectators, you really would wonder why there are people who consider stopping the Kings from playing Super Rugby.

The rugby they played and the support that they had were outstanding. And they all - players, coaches and spectators - seemed in such a joyful mood. At the end they deserved the victory to rejoice in. This is a day that Port Elizabeth rugby will remember. This is a day.

It took the Kings less than a minute to get the lead and at the end less than a minute to hang into it in the dramatic last 12 minutes when the Sharks took the lead and then increased it only for a brilliant try to dash victory from their lips with 33 seconds to play.

The Kings had to overcome hurdles. They had a history of defeats and they were being generally touted for the chop from Super Rugby and then in the match they had to overcome a yellow card at a crucial time in the second half and a penalty count of 13-5 against them. But they did not know how to stop trying with every tiny piece of energy that they had.

The Kings kicked off, Ruan Botha of the Sharks was penalised and Lionel Cronje goaled. 3-0 in under 2 minutes. Back came the Kings. The chasers of a long kick forced fullback Rhyno Smith out. The Kings won the line-out on their left and Cronje kicked a ling diagonal to the right. The ball bounced perfectly for Alshaun Bock, a 34-year-old rugby nomad from the Boland who was originally chosen to play in the curtainraiser before late elevation to Super Rugby, Bock easily scored the try. 8-0 after 5 minutes.

From the kick-off Tyler Paul of the Kings dropped the easy catch and Ross Geldenhuys was penalised. Pat Lambie goaled. 8-3 after 6 minutes. He goaled again after the Sharks attacked in fast phases. This time Andisa Ntsila was the player penalised. 8-6 after 17 minutes.

Twice in the match Cronje tried short kicks that spelt trouble for his side. The Sharks countered off the first one and Lambie's diagonal kick just eluded Botha on the right wing.

A penalty gave the Sharks a five-metre line-out. They mauled and, when it fell down near the line, Daniel du Preez picked up, dived and stretched and scored. Lambie converted from far out. 13-8 after 24 minutes.

Just after this Lambie collided with his fullback and was treated.

At this stage of the game the Kings were doing little but defend and they did so with heart and soul. But they were not entirely defensive and looked for opportunities to attack. They destroyed a Sharks scrum and used the penalty that followed to set up a line-out. Cronje could well have scored the try but he did not hold onto a difficult pass. But the Kings stayed attacking, and Cronje stayed back and dropped a goal. 13-11 to the Sharks after 32 minutes.

The referee suggested to Lambie that he leave the field for a head injury assessment. He did and did not come back to the match, his place taken by Garth April.

April goaled a long penalty kick that struck upright and crossbar before going over. 16-11 after 37 minutes.

The Kings used the little time well. They got into Sharks territory, Bock sold a dummy and opened up the defence with a rapid run. He gave to Cronje who made tracks for the posts, felled as Smith tackled him. Smith's tackle was judged to be high and forceful and he was sent to the sin bin.

At half time the Kings led 18-16.

Lambie did not return to the match in the second half, causing concern in the light of his recent injuries.

The Sharks kicked off to start the second half and from a tackle/ruck just inside the Kings' 22, scrumhalf Louis Schreuder sidestepped and broke. Challenged at the half-way line he passed to Bock on his right and just in from touch the wing raced downfield, beating a weak attempted tackle by April to score. Cronje converted from far out and the Kings led 25-16.

The Kings had had the edge in the scrums but Geldenhuys was sent to the sin bin for a tackle infringement after the referee had warned the Kings that this would happen, and then the Sharks changed their whole front row.

When Geldenhuys was sent off, April goaled. 25-19 after 54 minutes.

Cronje kicked a grubber which Lukhanyo Am gathered. He traced in counterattack, beating several opponents. Jean-Luc du Preez carried it on but he was brought down just short of the line. The Kings were penalised at the scrum and the Sharks opted for a five-metre line-out and maul but Kings managed to win a turnover.

The Kings had  some wonderful interpassing but in their own territory and after the Sharks destroyed their seven-man scrum, the Sharks went wide left and then wide right where Lwazi Mvovo, looking much heavier than a while back, now a prop-esque wing, cut inside and scored. April converted. and the Sharks led 26-25 after 59 minutes.

Even though mercurial Masixole Banda went off with what seemed a thigh injury, the Kings attacked, April was penalised and Cronje made it 28-26 to the Kings with 18 minutes to play.

Geldenhuys was released from his penance but the Sharks were hot into attack. A Jaco Reinach charge-down forced the Kings to extricate themselves from a line-out five metres from their line, which they managed.

Two penalties by April gave the Sharks back the lead with 12 minutes to go and then increased it to 32-28 with five minutes to go.

Then heaven smiled on Port Elizabeth and its Kings. A penalty, just thjeir third of the half, gave them a five-metre line-out on their right. They mauled and bashed. Muscular Chris Cloete was close, then Dayan van der Westhuizen. They bashed but bashing did not work and they went wide left. Under pressure Cronje got a great pass away to Berton Klaasen. The centre threw a long pass to Pieter-Steyn de Wet who scored the try that gave the Kings the lead, by a point. Cronje's excellent conversion increased that to two points.  There were still 33 seconds tom play.

When the Sharks knocked on, there was a scrum as the clock struck 80 and the siren went.

The scrum collapsed and was reset.
The scrum collapsed again and was reset again - amid unbearable tension.
The referee awarded a free kick from the Sharks which drew an angry response from Thomas du Toit. Cronje kicked the ball out.

It was an historic victory. For the first time the Kings had beaten a South African team. For the first time they had won three matches in succession - the Waratahs, the Rebels and the Sharks. In these three matches they have scored 105 points.

All Hail the Kings!

Man of the Match: The candidates are Kings - relentless Chris Cloete, general Lionel Cronje with his wonderful boot, lively, unpredictable Masixole Banda and our choice Alshaun Bock, the late inclusion who scored two tries and made a third - three quarters of the Kings' tries in the match.

The scorers:

For Southern Kings:
Tries: Bock 2, Cronje, De Wet
Cons: Cronje 3
Pens: Cronje 2
DG: Cronje

For Sharks:
Tries: JL du Preez, Mvovo
Cons: Lambie, April
Pens: Lambie 2, April 4

Yellow cards: Rhyno Smith (Sharks, 39 - dangerous play, high tackle), Ross Geldenhuys (Southern Kings, 53 - repeated infringements, not rolling away)


Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Alshaun Bock, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 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 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Nicolaas Hanekom.

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

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)



Alshaun Bock (4min), Lionel Cronje (38min), Alshaun Bock (41min), and Pieter-Steyn De Wet (77min)
Jean-Luc Du Preez (22min) and Lwazi Mvovo (58min)
Lionel Cronje (39min), Lionel Cronje (41min), and Lionel Cronje (79min)
Patrick Lambie (24min) and Garth April (59min)
Lionel Cronje (2min) and Lionel Cronje (62min)
Patrick Lambie (12min), Patrick Lambie (17min), Garth April (37min), Garth April (54min), Garth April (68min), and Garth April (74min)
Lionel Cronje (31min)
Ross Geldenhuys (53min)
Rhyno Smith (39min)
VENUE Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
REFEREE Federico Anselmi (Argentina)