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Super Rugby | Cape Town
15:00 (GMT) | 22-07-2017
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The siren sounds and the Stormers looks to attack but the ball goes dead and Jaco Peyper blows the final whistle. That's it the Chiefs are through to the semifinals
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Scrum for the home team in good attacking position. Powerful surge by the away team but the Stormers hangs on to the ball and looks to attack
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The home team applies pressure from the restart and the ball is charged down but the Chiefs manages to clear
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McKenzie fails to add the extras which means the game is still within one score for the Stormers
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Chiefs line-out just inside the home teams 22. Chiefs edging closer to the try line. They go wide and Stevenson goes over for the try
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Both teams making good use of the boot and playing the territorial game. The Stormers looks to attack but a few handling errors stops their momentum and the Chiefs ponces on the ball and looks to counter
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Strong drive by the Stormers and they win a penalty. They opt for touch and Marais lines up a difficult kick. The kick goes astray
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Harris throws in skew and the home team gets a scrum which they dominate and get a penalty. They opt for touch and find it close to the oppositions 22
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Chiefs line-out on their own 22. The ball is won by the Stormers at the line-out and they look to attack wide but the Chiefs gets a penalty for obstruction out wide
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The Chiefs applies pressure on the restart kick but the Stormers manages to clear
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Marais kicks it straight through the middle
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Penalty awarded to the home team in front of goal and they opt for goal
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The Stormers opts for touch and looks to attack after the line-out.
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Chiefs wins penalty but play is stopped and the ref goes upstairs to check for a dangerous tackle and Cane is sent off with a yellow card
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Scrum penalty to the Stormers and they opt for touch. They find touch on the 10m of the Chiefs. Stormers on the attack and ball is lost forward.
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Chiefs wins the scrum and looks to run out of their own half. Momentum is stopped by their own error. Scrum to the Stormers.
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Stormers knocks the ball on after the restart. Chief scrum in their own half.
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McKenzie lines up for the kick.
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Chiefs puts up some phases and gets the penalty. They opt for goal.
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Chiefs applies pressure from the restart and wins a scrum.
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SP Marias fails to add the conversion.
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Stormers apply pressure and finally finds space out wide through Siya Kolisi.
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Marias finds touch 5 metres from the Chiefs try-line. SStormers wins their line-out and opts to drive.
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Knock-on by the Stormers. Chiefs win the scrum and opts to run out of their own half. The Stormers wins a penalty and opts for touch.
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Stormers to gets the second half on the way with a deep kick-off. The Chiefs retain the ball and the Stormers applies pressure and wins a scrum.

Half Time

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After the restart the both teams looks to attack but the ball goes dead, as the first half siren sounds.
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Mckenzie slots an easy goal.
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Chiefs opt for a shot at goal.
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Chiefs secure the line-out. Penalty to the Chief in front of the poles.
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Chief wins the line and puts up some phase close to the Stormers try line. Penalty to Chiefs. Chiefs opt for touch.
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After the restart, the Chief are back on the attack and gets a penalty in Stormers half. Chiefs opt for touch.
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The kick goes straight throw the middle.
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After the restart the Chiefs wins another penalty in kicking range. McKenzie lines it up.
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Perfectly struck kick by Mckenzie, it goes sailing over.
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Scrum penalty won by the Chief and they opt for goal. Mckenzie lines up the kick.
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Chief line-out inside Stormers h.alf and looks to drive. Stormers makes a turnover. Scrum close to the halfway
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SP Marias kicks it over.
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The Stormers gets the ball. penatly to the Stormers. The they opt for goal.
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Chiefs line-out on the Stormers 10 but the ref goes upstairs to check foul play and awards a penalty to the Chiefs for a dangerous tackle. The Chiefs opt for touch and Cruden finds it close to the 22
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Another line-out ball lost by the home team and the Chiefs look to attack but their momentum is stopped by a handling error. Stormers with ball in hand and they loose the ball forward. Scrum down Chiefs ball inside their own half
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Line-out for the Stormers on their own 22, they look to maul and they win another penalty for a collapse by the Chiefs. Touch is found close to the 50m mark
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The Stormers makes a meal out of the line-out ball and the Chiefs look to attack before they kick and the Stormers run it back. Gain metres with every run before the ball is won back by the Chiefs and kicked forward but the touchline wins the chase
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Stormers line-out close to their own 10. They look to maul and win a penalty as the Chiefs collapses the maul. Willemse finds touch close to the away teams 22
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The Stormers with ball in hand deep inside their own half. They clear with a kick and the Chiefs look to run it back before McKenzie decides to kick and Leyds returns with a good touch finder
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Stormers line-out inside their 22. They put it up in the middle. Penalty awarded to the Stormers, the opt for touch and Marias fails to find it. Chief return with a kick.
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Chief retain and Mckenzie hacks it in to touch.
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Stormers with ball in hand, building a few phases. Chief defence is holding strong.
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Knock-on by the Chief. Stormers scrum in their own half.
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Chiefs gets the game on the way with a deep kick-off. Stormers secure the ball and clears into touch.
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The players are doing their final preparations before running onto the field. It's perfect weather in Cape Town for some running rugby as would be expected from the fans. Jaco Peyper (SA) will be officiating this match.
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Players to look out for in the Stormers outfit would have to be Cheslin Kolbe, Damian Willemse and Siya Kolisi while the Chiefs will expect strong performances by Damian McKenzie, Aaron Cruden and Sam Cane if they want to win this match
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The men from Cape Town will look to repeat their performance from earlier this season where they ran the Chiefs off the park and dominated the game in all aspects however the New Zealand based team will look to stay in the run and hopefully add another Super Rugby trophy to their name. However as we've seen from the Lions vs Sharks game that anything is possible in knockout rounds and the Stormers has a history in losing these type of games. This should be a tight contested match.
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Welcome to Cape Town , Newlands, where the Stormers will take on the Chiefs in the Super Rugby Quarter finals.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 6 Siya Kolisi
  • 7 Rynhardt Elstadt
  • 8 Nizaam Carr
  • 9 Dewaldt Duvenage
  • 10 Damian Willemse
  • 11 Dillyn Leyds
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 13 EW Viljoen
  • 14 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 15 Sarel Marais
RESERVES
  • 16 Ramone Samuels
  • 17 Oliver Kebble
  • 18 Wilco Louw
  • 19 Chris van Zyl
  • 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 21 Justin Phillips
  • 22 Seabelo Senatla
  • 23 Juan de Jongh
START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Brodie Retallick
  • 5 Mitchell Brown
  • 6 Liam Messam
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Stephen Donald
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Solomon Alaimalo
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Liam Polwart
  • 17 Aidan Ross
  • 18 Atunaisa Moli
  • 19 Dominic Bird
  • 20 Lachlan Boshier
  • 21 Finlay Christie
  • 22 Tim Nanai-Williams
  • 23 Shaun Stevenson
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Preview: Stormers v Chiefs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:35

SUPER RUGBY QUARTERFINAL: The Stormers have been determined to change to a more expansive game. but they may have to rely on their more traditional strengths.

Defence and physicality is what brought the Stormers success in recent years and will be key elements ay Newlands on Saturday.

The Stormers' shaky defence against New Zealand teams certainly make the host vulnerable - having conceded 30 tries against Kiwi opposition.

However, Stormers coach Robbie Fleck feels their record at home is far better and they will cope with the Chiefs' high-paced game.

The Stormers conceded 24 tries in three matches on tour in New Zealand and just six in two matches at Newlands this year.

The Chiefs have one of the best defensive records in the competition - having conceded just 30 tries in 15 matches. The only team with a more stingy defence is the Lions - 27 tries conceded in 15 matches.

The Stormers believe they have the ability to crack the Chiefs' defensive wall and outscore the visitors.

Chiefs captain Sam Cane said defence is always a focus.

"It is half the game," Cane told a media briefing in Cape Town, adding: "The longer we can hold onto the ball, the less we have to defend."

Stormers captain Siyamthanda Kolisi pointed to the breakdown as the most "important" aspect in Saturday's showdown.

"We have seen them [what the Chiefs can do] when they get quick ball and what type of players they have," Kolisi said.

"They are dangerous when they control the tempo of the game, so the breakdowns are going to be important this weekend."

Kolisi also spoke of the 'change of mindset' this year.

"We can't [afford to] run into people the whole time or kick just because we are under pressure," he said, adding: "We have been taught to play proper rugby.

"When it is open [space] in front of you, no matter where you are on the field, have a go.

"Teams that have won the competition in recent years, that is what they get right.

"That is what we have to also get right on Saturday [the decision-making], to see what is happening in front of us."

Fleck admitted his decision to recall season loose forward Rynhardt Elstadt is because of the physicality he brings to the game.

"He will bring something different to the loose trio and the pack," Fleck said.

"We all know this is going to be a nice physical game. He has a role to play in that, [because] we need to match them physically."

Recent results:
2017: Stormers won 34-26, Cape Town
2016: Chiefs won 60-21, Cape Town (quarterfinal)
2015: Chiefs won 28-19, Cape Town
2014: Chiefs win 36-20, Hamilton
2013: Stormers won 36-34, Cape Town

Prediction: The Stormers earned an eight-point win against the Chiefs when they met in Round Seven this season and will search for back-to-back wins against them for the first time since 2008; however, the Chiefs earned a comprehensive 60-21 win when these teams met in last season's quarter-finals. The Stormers have only one Finals Series win to their name in Super Rugby history despite playing in eight such fixtures. The Chiefs have won five and drawn one of their seven fixtures away from home this season; their only road loss came when they travelled to Cape Town in Round Seven. The Chiefs have conceded only 13 first-half tries so far this season, the fewest of any team in the competition and 20 fewer than the Stormers. Sarel Marais has made 31 offloads so far this campaign, the equal most of any player in the competition and six more than Chiefs' best Damian McKenzie (25). The Stormers showed they can beat the Chiefs back in May and they will need the 'bounce of the ball' to go their way to repeat that feat. We feel the Chiefs are better in certain key positions and will win by seven points.

Determining Winners if teams are tied at full-time:
a) Extra Time - the procedure will be:
i) After a five minute rest period, the extra time is played in two 10 minute periods with a two minute half-time;
ii) Before the extra time begins, the match Referee will do a coin toss with the two captains one minute before the new kick-off. The winner of the coin toss decides if his team wants to kick-off or if his team wants to choose the side of the pitch it wants to play on for the first 10 minute period;
iii) For the second 10 minute period, the teams change sides and the team that did not kick off in the first period does so;
iv) Coaches are not permitted on the field during the rest period or half-time.
v) Teams and match officials must remain on the field during the rest period and at half-time.
vi) Injury time is added to the two 10 minute periods.
b) Sudden Death - if the match is still tied at the end of extra time, the procedure will be:
i) An up to 10 minute sudden death period is played after another five minute rest period;
ii) The first team to score (by a penalty, drop-goal or try) will be the winner;
iii) As for extra time, one minute before sudden death begins, the match Referee will do a coin toss to choose which team kicks-off and on which side of the pitch they will play.
iv) Teams and match officials must remain on the field during the rest period.
v) Injury time is added to this period of play.
c) Kicking Competition  - if the match is still tied at the end of sudden death, the referee will conduct a place kicking competition to determine the winner of the match, according to the following procedures:
i) All Players and Match officials will remain on the Playing Area. The referee will call the captains of the two teams together and will conduct a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss then may either choose which Team kicks first (in which case the loser chooses the end at which all place kicks will be taken) or choose the end at which all place kicks will be taken (in which case the loser chooses which team kicks first).

Each team must nominate five players to take part in the competition. Only players on the playing area at the final whistle of extra time may be nominated. No substituted players, injury-replaced players or players who have been shown a red card may take part at any time. For clarification purposes, any player who has received a yellow card and who remains in the sin bin at the time of the final whistle of extra time may not take part in the place kick competition (including during ‘sudden death'). The order in which the nominated players will kick does not have to be pre-determined. The match officials and the 10 nominated players (five from each team) will assemble on the half-way line. Team management and players not nominated must remain behind the half-way line in the side of the playing area not used. No one other than the match officials, the match manager, two ball persons and the participating players are allowed in the part of the playing area being used for the competition (including around the playing area, behind the posts, etc).The five players from each team will place kick from three different points, all on the 22 metre line, as follows:
* First point: directly in front of the posts
* Second point: on the 15 metre line on the left hand side facing the posts
* Third point: on the 15 metre line on the right hand side facing the posts. The referee will start the competition by calling the first player selected from the team kicking first to the first kicking point. Once the player has taken the place kick, the referee calls a player from the opposing team to take his place kick from the same point. The next two players (one from each team) will place kick from the second point in turn. This will continue until all five players from each team have place kicked (the next players place kicking respectively from the third point, the first point and finally the second point), or until one team is unable to equal the score of the other team within the remaining number of kicks (at which time the referee will declare the winner).If there are an equal number of successful kicks once each team has completed its five place kicks, the competition continues on a 'sudden death' basis, following the same order of kickers used in the first five kicks. The competition will continue two kickers at a time (one from each team), going progressively through the three kicking points as stated above (and repeating the process if necessary) until one player succeeds with a place kick and the player from the other team taking the same place kick misses it. Once this occurs, the team of the player who succeeded with the place kick will be declared the winner. Each of these additional kicks shall be taken by the same five players in rotation. Throughout the place kicking competition:
* Once a player has positioned the ball on the kicking tee, he must take the kick within one minute.  Should he take longer, the referee shall declare the kick unsuccessful.  
* After each kick, the referee records the number of the player and whether or not the attempt was successful. The sideline manager/substitution recorder will record the same details on the official match report.
* Whether or not the kick is successful in each case is the sole decision of the referee, who may at his sole discretion rely on the assistance of his assistant referees. The referee's decision shall be final and binding.
* Once a player has completed their place kick, they shall return to stand with their team behind the half-way line in the side of the playing area not used.

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Seabelo Senatla, 23 Juan de Jongh.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Date: Saturday, July 22
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT; 03.00 NZ time, Sunday, July 23)
Expected weather: Periods of clouds and sun. High of  17°C and a low of 8°C
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Quinton Immelman
TMO: Johan Greeff

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports & sportguru.info

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Chiefs edge Stormers in Cape Town

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:00

MATCH REPORT: The Chiefs edged the Stormers 17-11 in a tense Super Rugby quarterfinal at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

Shaun Stevenson scored a simple try four minutes from time to seal the victory for the Chiefs.

The substitute wing gathered a long, perfectly weighted skip pass from skipper and flyhalf Aaron Cruden to cross the line unopposed at Newlands stadium in Cape Town.

Although fullback Damian McKenzie failed to convert - his lone failure in five shots at goal - the north island outfit survived some late pressure for a deserved if dour victory. 

The reward for the Chiefs is an away semifinal against fellow New Zealanders and record seven-time champions Crusaders in Christchurch next weekend.

The Lions host defending champions the Hurricanes in the other semifinal, which is a repeat of the 2016 Final.

The Crusaders beat the Highlanders 17-0 in a south island derby, Lions edged fellow South Africans the Sharks 23-21 and Hurricanes blew away Brumbies 35-16 in Australia.   

"It was not the prettiest of matches," conceded Cruden, "but we would much rather win an ugly game than lose a pretty one.

"I am proud of the boys for a massive effort - they put their bodies on the line from the first minute to the last.

"We are a team of warriors with a clear game plan that we try to execute whenever and wherever we play.

"The Crusaders in Christchurch is going to be a tough test, but we can beat any Super Rugby team anywhere on our day."

Stormers skipper and flank Siyamthanda Kolisi lamented some basic errors in a rematch of a 2016 quarterfinal won 60-21 by the Chiefs in Cape Town.

"We did not lose to the Chiefs - we lost to ourselves. A few individual errors cost us the match.

"I am proud of the youngsters in the team, who raised their hands and did not stand back against a great Chiefs team."

The first half developed into a penalty-kicking contest between rivals fullbacks McKenzie and Sarel Marais, which the New Zealander won 3-1 for a 9-3 half-time advantage.

Stormers cut the deficit to a single point on 45 minutes when Kolisi dived over in the corner after sustained pressure.

McKenzie slotted his fourth penalty before Chiefs flank Sam Cane was sin-binned on the hour having dangerously tackled wing Dillyn Leyds. 

However, the numerical advantage yielded only three points for the South Africans off a second Marais penalty.

Twice champions Chiefs retained a 12-11 lead for 13 minutes before Stevenson scored one of the softest tries of his career, and one of the most important.

Man of the match: Siyamthanda Kolis had another strong game for the Stormers, while Sarel Marais was solid at the back in the No.15 jersey. Fullback Damian McKenzie scored 12 points with his accurate boot. However, the award goes to Chiefs co-captain Aaron Cruden for his game management throughout the 80 minutes.

The scorers:

For Stormers:
Try: Kolisi
Pens: Marais 2

For Chiefs
Try: Stevenson
Pens: McKenzie 4

Yellow card: Sam Cane (Chiefs, 60 - foul play, dangerous tackle)

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Seabelo Senatla, 23 Juan de Jongh.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Quinton Immelman
TMO: Johan Greeff

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Siya Kolisi (46min)
TRIES
Shaun Stevenson (75min)
 
CONVERSIONS
Sarel Marais (23min) and Sarel Marais (62min)
PENALTIES
Damian McKenzie (28min), Damian McKenzie (31min), Damian McKenzie (38min), and Damian McKenzie (50min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Sam Cane (59min)
 
 
VENUE Cape Town
REFEREE Jaco Peyper (South Africa)