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Super Rugby | Dunedin
06:35 (GMT) | 09-03-2018
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The hooter sounds and the ball is kicked into touch. FULL TIME
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The reset kick is taken and the Highlanders just wait out the clock
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Sopoaga takes the kick and adds the extras
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The ball kicked into touch by the by Sopoaga. The throw is taken and the Highlanders make quick work of the ball in open play. They pass it around quickly and give it to Aaron Smith who goes over the line to score the bonus point TRY
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Scrum to the hosts at their 5 now and the ball is cleared
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The Stormers make it over the line but the referee says forward pass by Rhule at the last
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The Stormers at the 22 now and they're struggling to make ground forward
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Stormers back in their own half and they win a penalty. The ball kicked forward into touch inside the 10 of the hosts
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Scrum to the hosts at their 10
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The Stormers have it at the half way but the ball is lost in contact as Aaron Smith doing his part in the defence
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The ball is fumbled in the throw and the Highlanders clear and relieve whatever pressure the Stormers may have thought of applying
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Penalty to the visitors and Willemse kicks into touch at the 5 of the hosts
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The Highlanders have it at their 10 and the game slowed down drastically now
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The referee halts play for a penalty shortly after the scrum. Penalty to the hosts. The ball is kicked into touch at the midfield. Stormers have it and run it to the home team half but give away possession shortly after
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The ball lost forward again by the hosts and the away team have a scrum at the Highlanders 10
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Willemse kicks into touch around the halfway and the visitors have a throw
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Scrum to the Stormers inside their 22
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The ball lost by the Stormers and Aaron Smith breaks a 2 pairs of ankles with a swift turn and change of pace. He sends it to Nahalo but the pass is forward
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Scrum reset
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The ball moved out quickly and Faddes who sends it wide to Naholo but he fumbles it out into touch. The referee says the ball was lost forward first. Scrum to the Stormers at their 10
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Scrum to the hosts
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Highlanders win a penalty outside their 5
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The Stormers in their 13th phase inside the 22
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Line-out to the visitors inside the Highlanders 10 and they work their way forward to the 22
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Willemse kicks into touch and they take their throw at the 22. The visitors inside the 22 and they gift possession back to the hosts
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Stormers win a penalty in the scrum and kick into touch at the half way. Stormers win another penalty after the maul following the throw collapses
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Scrum reset
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The Stormers have a scrum inside their 22
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The ball is cleared by Willemse and but the Highlanders come again
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The visitors showing less vigour in their demeanor as they find themselves defending at their 5 again
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The Stormers manage to clear into touch at the half way but the hosts have another throw and look to build again now
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The Highlanders have a throw at the 22 of the visitors after a penalty
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Sopoaga adds the extras
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The hosts keep it in the corner at the 5 and Whitelock gets it and powers through to score a TRY
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The Highlanders have it at the half way and they break forward along the wing with pace, now at the 5
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The ball being tumbled about the 22 and 10 of the Stormers by both teams before it's booted forward. Both teams kicking back and forth now
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Scrum reset
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Scrum at the 5 for the Stormers
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Both teams looking to grab a hold of the half early on. The ball kicked forward by Nabura and Hemopo picks it up but fumbles it forward as he makes it over the line
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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The ball is kicked into touch. HALF TIME
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The Highlanders break after the throw and make it to the try line but Ben Smith crawls over the line and the referee says no try
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The Stormers win a penalty at their 22 and the visitors kick into touch at the half way
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Highlanders have it inside their half. They maneuver it around making steady progress
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Marais kicks the ball into touch and the away team have a throw at the 10
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Highlanders win a penalty and the ball is tapped and run forward before Aaron Smith sends it forward. The Stormers on the defence and Kolisi showing good strength on the defence as they win a turnover
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Stormers inside the 10 after the reset but the ball is offloaded to an opposition man by Carr and the ball is kicked forward for Naholo to chase but it goes into touch. Line-out to the away team at the half way
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Sopoaga adds the extras
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The Stormers slip up in their passing and Naholo again waiting for the perfect moment as he slips into space and runs it the middle of the sticks after an offlaod by Aaron Smith. TRY
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Maraise looks to the posts again to lengthen the score gap. He takes the kick and adds 3
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Stormers win a penalty outside the 22 of the hosts after much tussling in the defence by the Highlanders. The referee refers to the TMO for a tackle by Tokolahi. The referee says just penalty
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Stormers still inside the 10 of the hosts now in their 10th phase
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Line-out to the Stormers a the half way and the and they look to build from the center of the pitch
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Marais kicks into touch inside the 22. Line-out for the Stormers. The Highlanders take the Stormers throw and clear
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Stormers get the ball after it's knocked back by Nahalo and the visitors inside the 10. The Stormers win another penalty
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The Stormers win a penalty at the 10 and Marais steps up to take a shot at goal. He takes his kick and sends it wide
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Line-out to the away team at the half way
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Line-out to the hosts at their 10. The Stormers have it at their 10 and they pass it quickly but make little ground. The ball is kicked back and forth now
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The Stormers on the defence again now at their 22. The ball is booted forward and Rhule breaks into space but he is caught and the turnover is there
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Sopoaga secures the extras
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Nahalo gets it along the wing and steps 3 players in quick succession and offloads to Aaron Smith who runs it to the center sticks for a TRY
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Scrum taken around the mid field and the Highlanders kick forward and the ball is sent back
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The Highlanders escape with a scrum after a ball is knocked forward by an inch
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Marais adds the extras
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The Highlanders slip up in the attack and Willemse picks up the scraps from inside his 10 and turns on the gas as he speeds his way to the TRY line to bag 5 points
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Line-out outside the 22 of the away team and the Highlanders look to expand with Nahalo
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The Highlanders take a counter ruck but the referee says they didn't play the ball and the hosts win a penalty. Sopoaga kicks into touch
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The ball is cleared by Duvenage and the Highlanders have it at their 10
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The reset kick is not very deep and the Stormers control it well
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Marais sends the kick wide
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Stormers at the 5 with an advantage. Rhule gets it and the Stormers execute some magical passes as it's offloaded to Van Zyl who falls over the line to score the TRY
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The Stormers showing some fluent passing and movements as they enter the 22. The Highlanders showing equally good defence thus far
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Highlanders take their scrum and clear
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Stormers manage to make it to the 5 of the home team after a kick forward. Du Toit retracted early before the game may have felt he would have had some impact in the attack as the Stormers give away a scrum at the home team 5
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The Highlanders on the attack now at the away team 10 but the ball is cleared
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Sopoaga sends his kick wide
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The Highlanders with good continuity as Squire gets the offload outside the 5 and he bombards the final man to make it over the line and score a TRY
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The home team in a good position now as they enter the 22
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Penalty to the hosts at their 22 and the ball is kicked into touch. They take the throw and move it up field
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game us underway
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The players entering the field of play now
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Damian de Allende beat eight defenders last round, more than any other player and his most in a single game since beating 12 Brumbies' defenders at the end of 2015
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The Highlanders have recorded a 100 percent scrum success rate in eight of their last nine home games, winning 63 of their 64 scrums in those nine games
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The Stormers have now lost their last nine games in a row in New Zealand, losing by an average margin of 17 points in that time
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The Highlanders have won their last two games against the Stormers, snapping a six-game losing streak against them prior. The Highlanders have won their last seven games on home turf, scoring 40+ points in all but one of those fixtures
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Welcome to Dunedin, where the Highlanders will host the Stormers
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Daniel Leinert-Brown
  • 2 Liam Coltman
  • 3 Siate Tokolahi
  • 4 Jackson Hemopo
  • 5 Tom Franklin
  • 6 Liam Squire
  • 7 Dillon Hunt
  • 8 Luke Whitelock
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Lima Sopoaga
  • 11 Tevita Nabura
  • 12 Teihorangi Walden
  • 13 Rob Thompson
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 15 Ben Smith
RESERVES
  • 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate
  • 17 Aki Seiulu
  • 18 Tyrel Lomax
  • 19 Shannon Frizell
  • 20 Marino Mikaele Tu'u
  • 22 Josh Renton
  • 23 Fletcher Smith
  • 24 Matt Faddes
START LINE UP
  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
  • 2 Ramone Samuels
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 4 Jan de Klerk
  • 5 Chris van Zyl
  • 6 Siya Kolisi
  • 7 Kobus van Dyk
  • 8 Nizaam Carr
  • 9 Dewaldt Duvenage
  • 10 Damian Willemse
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 13 EW Viljoen
  • 14 Dillyn Leyds
  • 15 Sarel Marais
RESERVES
  • 16 Dean Muir
  • 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg
  • 18 Carlu Sadie
  • 19 Salmaan Moerat
  • 21 George Whitehead
  • 22 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 23 Justin Phillips
  • 24 Johannes Engelbrecht
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Preview: Super Rugby, Round Four - Part One

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:44

NEW ZEALAND HOODOO: The Stormers must break a five-year drought on New Zealand soil if they are to put their campaign back on track.

After a scratchy win in the opening round, the Cape Town-based franchise lost to the Waratahs and Crusaders on tour.

They get Week Four underway when they travel to Dunedin to face another tricky New Zealand opponent, the Highlanders.

The Stormers have suffered nine consecutive defeats in New Zealand - going back to Apr 2013 for their last win in tour in Aotearoa.

The second of our Friday matches is an all-Australian affair - the revitalised Rebels, and current Australian conference leaders, against the Rebels.

We look at the Friday matches!

Friday, March 9:

Highlanders v Stormers
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 08.35 SA time; 06.35 GMT)

The Stormers have suffered a host of crippling injuries and injuries will again play a crucial role when they run out in the Glasshouse in Dunedin.

There are the well-documented cases - like Springbok Eben Etzebeth and John Schickerling.

However, the loss of Cobus Wiese could be this week's most telling story.

Wiese, who is nursing a shoulder injury, put down a big marker against the Crusaders last week - making 15 tackles from 16 attempts, had 14 carries for 59 metres gained, made two clean breaks, three turnovers won and a try assist.

It is that kind of workrate the Stormers will require against the Highlanders.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said that Wiese has shown in no uncertain terms that he is a star of the future.

"For a 20-year-old to deliver a performance like that in New Zealand is outstanding," Fleck said, adding: "He was absolutely everywhere and really stuck his hand up.

"It was a top performance from such a young kid physically and emotionally, just his work-rate around the park."

Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger was not ready to dismiss the Stormers, despite their poor start to the season.

"In patches, they have been dangerous," Mauger said.

"They rely on momentum through their forwards, so we expect a physical encounter.

"We are well aware of the threats and have prepared to meet those challenges."

Fleck said the Highlanders are a little more about "special plays".

"[They use] clever tricks and attacking kicks," the Stormers mentor said.

"They are dangerous from turnover possession and are about speeding the game up and playing at tempo.

"There are different challenges, but we have done some good work and put some good plans in place so we are looking forward to the challenge there."

Recent results:
2017: Highlanders won 57-14. Dunedin
2015: Highlanders won 39-21, Dunedin
2014: Stormers won 29-28, Cape Town
2012: Stormers won 21-6, Dunedin
2011: Stormers won 18-6, Cape Town

Prediction: The Highlanders have won their last two games against the Stormers, snapping a six-game losing streak against them prior. The Highlanders have won their last seven games on home turf, scoring 40+ points in all but one of those fixtures. The Stormers have now lost their last nine games in a row in New Zealand, losing by an average margin of 17 points in that time. The Highlanders have recorded a 100 percent scrum success rate in eight of their last nine home games, winning 63 of their 64 scrums in those nine games. Damian de Allende beat eight defenders last round, more than any other player and his most in a single game since beating 12 Brumbies' defenders at the end of 2015. The Stormers do have the ability to cause an upset, but the smart money is on the Highlanders to win - by about 15 points.

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Tevita Nabura, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Tyrel Lomaz, 19 Shannon Frizell, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Dean Muir, 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit/George Whitehead, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Justin Phillips, 23 Johannes Engelbrecht.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Rebels v Brumbies
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.45 local; 08.45 GMT)

Just a month ago you would not have said so, but the Melbourne Rebels are going into Friday's blockbuster against the Brumbies as the favourites.

Despite their extraordinary recruitment drive in the off-season, the Rebels continued to get low ratings.

The Brumbies and Waratahs were rated Australia's best prospects.

Fresh from their 20-point win over the Sunwolves in Tokyo last weekend, the Rebels have gone into an attacking mindset.

"I think the big key for us is to throw some punches of our own," coach Dave Wessels said.

"We've got some firepower in our team and we need to come out with the mindset that we want to attack games.

"It's a subtle difference between playing to win and playing not to lose.

"We want to be a team that plays to win so we're probably talking more about ourselves than about the opposition.

"We're just focused on developing our own game."

Rebels wing Jack Maddocks led the charge with the franchise's maiden hat-trick, but it was a team effort that impressed Wessels the most.

"I felt our game took another step forward in Japan, mostly in terms of our attack," Wessels said.

"We developed a little bit more rhythm than we had in the previous week.

"That's the thing that we want to keep going at because we've got some dangerous players and big ball carriers."

Recent results:
2017: Brumbies won 32-3, Canberra
2017: Rebels won 19-17, Melbourne
2016: Brumbies won 30-22, Melbourne
2015: Rebels won 13-8, Canberra
2015: Brumbies won 20-15, Melbourne

Prediction: The Brumbies have won nine of the previous 13 encounters between these teams in Super Rugby history, though the Rebels picked up a two-point win in their last meeting in Melbourne. The Rebels will be looking for a third consecutive win for the first time in their Super Rugby history. The Brumbies have won one of their last four Australian derbies; they had previously won 10 such fixtures in succession. The Brumbies won 13 turnovers in their last start against the Rebels; only twice in the last six seasons have they won more in a single game (14 v Waratahs in Round Four, 2017 & 14 v Cheetahs in Round Five, 2016). Jack Maddocks has been directly involved in five tries this campaign (three tries, two assists), more than any other player in the competition. It should be a real arm-wrestle, but the Rebels should take it by eight points.

Teams:

Rebels: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English (captain), 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Will Genia, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Angus Cottrell, 6 Lopeti Timani, 5 Ross Haylett-Petty, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Tetera Faulkner
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Colby Fainga'a, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Billy Meakes, 23 Marika Koroibete

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Lolo Fakaosilea, 6 Lachlan McCaffrey, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga'a, 17 Faalelei Sione, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Andy Muirhead

Referee: William Houston (Australia)
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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VIDEO: Highlanders smash injury-riddled Stormers

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 05:28

SUPER RUGBY REPORT WITH HIGHLIGHTS: The Highlanders overcame some early match jitters to record a bonus-point victory over the Stormers.

Outscoring the visitors by five tries to two, the Highlanders held the Stormers scoreless for 50 minutes - including the entire second half - to record a 33-15 win.

The result also extended the Stormers' losing streak on New Zealand soil to 10 matches.

The Highlanders, in their enthusiasm to speed up the game, gifted the Stormers a couple of early scoring chances.

However, once the home team settled down, there was always only going to be one winner - despite some genuine endeavour by the visitors.

The alarming and fast-growing injury list did not help the Stormers' cause either.

The Stormers now have only one win from four, despite dominating territory, leaving captain Siya Kolisi frustrated at his side's error rate on attack.

"It's the same story every time," Kolisi said in his post-match reaction, adding: "We didn't hold onto the ball, we didn't come away with points when we got to the 22 and they did.

"We can't keep making the same mistakes every week."

Highlanders captain Ben Smith was pleased his players handled the physical challenge meted out by the Stormers, who face the Blues at home next week.

"They're big men, we had to match that and we did," he said.

"We didn't help ourselves at times [with handling errors] but that's an easy fix."

The Stormers conceded early despite coach Robbie Fleck's remarks before the match about the need to avoid last week's horror start against the Crusaders, when they let in four tries in the first 20 minutes.

All Black flank Liam Squire crossed for a five-pointer to finish a movement that began deep within the Highlanders' own half.

But this time the Stormers rallied to strike back with two tries and take the lead.

The first from Chris van Zyl came after they doggedly worked the ball through 15 phases.

Teenage flyhalf Damian Willemse then swooped on a loose pass and sprinted three-quarters the length of the field as his opposite number Lima Sopoaga chased in vain.

Aaron Smith evened the score at 12-12 after powerhouse wing Waisake Naholo fended off three defenders racing down the touchline to set him up.

Naholo then scored one of his own after winning an aerial duel, offloading and re-gathering to dot down between the posts.

The Highlanders were 19-15 up at half-time and only desperate Stormers defence prevented them scoring either side of the break.

The pressure eventually told when Luke Whitelock bulldozed his way over the line after a break from centre Rob Thompson.

The Highlanders looked to hit on the counter as the Stormers attacked in the final quarter but squandered two gilt-edged opportunities through handling errors.

Aaron Smith then put the result beyond doubt with two minutes to go.

Man of the match: The Stormers showed some guts, with Damian Willemse the most entertaining of the bunch.  Rookie Salmaan Moerat had a memorable debut. You can always bank on Ben and Aaron Smith for some great plays. Aaron Smith certainly came close to getting our vote. Luke Whitelock and Liam Squire were also good value. However, the most crucial plays were made by Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo and that is why he wins our award.

The scorers:

For the Highlanders:
Tries:
 Squire, A Smith 2, Naholo, Whitelock
Cons: Sopoaga 4

For the Stormers:
Tries:
 Van Zyl, Willemse
Con: Marais
Pen: Marais

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Tevita Nabura, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Tyrel Lomaz, 19 Shannon Frizell, 20 Marino Mikaele Tu'u, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Dean Muir, 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 George Whitehead, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Justin Phillips, 23 Johannes Engelbrecht.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

 

Liam Squire (3min), Aaron Smith (19min), Waisake Naholo (32min), Luke Whitelock (47min), and Aaron Smith (77min)
TRIES
Chris van Zyl (9min) and Damian Willemse (15min)
Lima Sopoaga (20min), Lima Sopoaga (33min), Lima Sopoaga (48min), and Lima Sopoaga (78min)
CONVERSIONS
Sarel Marais (16min)
 
PENALTIES
Sarel Marais (31min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Dunedin
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)