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Brumbies

Super Rugby | Dunedin
07:35 (GMT) | 14-04-2018
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Sopoaga converts and that will be it!!
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Ball is lost and the Highlanders cunder and Fletcher Smith steps a couple of defenders and he gets the reward and scores a TRY to end the game!!
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Ball is kicked ahead and the Highlanders attack and the ball is turned over as they give everything in referee's time!!
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Powell feeds and is under pressure from Dixon and the siren sounds as the Brumbies will look to have a crack at it from deep!!
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Hammington feeds and they get the ball wide to Li but he is well watched but they bring it back on the attack but the ball is lost and the Brumbies will have a scrum inside their own half
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Brumbies attack off the lineout and then pressure on banks though Thompson sees him knock the ball on
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Hammington breaks away on the short side and Pocock wins a timely penalty when it looked as if the Highlanders went to go score!!
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The ball is knocked on off the restart and it is a Highlanders scrum inside the Brumbies half.
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Hawera converts!
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Great pressure from the away team to show some fight and after 14 phases on attack Joe Powell gets the reward and the scores TRY!!!
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Brumbies look to salvage some pride as they attack in the Highlanders 22 as Peni makes a good break and they are 5 out from the line!!
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Beauty conversion from Sopoaga!!
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Highlanders look to put the game to bed and they do it as Thompson kicks ahead and Faddes gets and offloads with Hammington and they get the ball wide to Frizzel who scores the TRY!!!
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Sopoaga converts!!
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Sloppy lineout but the Brumbies keep possession and Hawera kicks to Ben Smith who takes it beautifully but the offload goes to a Brumbies player and the Brumbies are on the attack but Hammington steals the ball and they get it to Ben Smith and the Veteran scores the Bonus Point TRY!!!
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Highlanders attacking just inside the Brumbies half and they get it wide to Li and they lose the ball and the Brumbies look to counter and win a penalty for offside!
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Highlanders win the scrum and Ben Smith kicks ahead as the ball bounces into the 22 of the Brumbies
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Brumbies attacking again but seems to run out of ideas and Carter knocks the ball on right on halfway
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Smith converts!
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Highlanders win the scrum as Walden sets a Phase before Smith clears from the base and they Brumbies look to attack again and they are on the 10m line of the Highlanders and Banks get them into the 22 and the ball is intercepted by Naholo and he runs it in and scores the TRY under the posts!!!
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Smith's clearance off the side off his boot so the Brumbies have an attacking lineout in the Highlanders 22 as they get the wide pass to Naisarani but he knocks it on
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Maul by the Brumbies and now Lucas takes as Lealiifano gives to Kuridrani but they make the error as the ball is lost and the Highlanders have a 5m defensive scrum.
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Brumbies attack again off the lineout and they look to run it more with their backs and they get a penalty for no clear release!
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Brumbies attack off the lineout and Hawera kicks ahead and Li clears to just outside his 22.
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Yellow for Sopoaga for a dangerous tackle
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Throw is over the 15m line and Pocock claims the ball and Banks kicks ahead on attack and the Brumbies get the ball back and they reset their attack before Banks kicks to Sopoaga who clears into touch and the Brumbies play quickly and a penalty against Sopoaga will be reviewed for foul play
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Sopoaga clears to into the Brumbies 22 off the restart and the Brumbies attack wide and Lucas are under pressure but the Brumbies keep the possession and they work it into the Highlanders 22 but the ball is turned over and kicked ahead but Dagerville saves the day and Hawera clears to his 10m line.
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Sopoaga lines up the long range kick at goal and its over!!
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Brumbies lose the lineout as Hunt takes the ball and they atttack from inside their 22 and an inside ball to Walden sees him breakout and gives the pass to Aaron Smith and the Highlanders win a penaty just inside the Brumbies half as Pocock came in from the side.
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Smith feeds and the pass to Naholo is into touch. Sloppy play from both sides. Brumbies win the lineout and set the maul and are under advantage as they look to attack wide but a forward pass brings them back to the penalty.
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Scrum reset
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Second half underway through Sopoaga and Enever takes it and loose and sloppy play from the Brumbies inside their own half but they keep posession and then they clear to Ben Smith and Pocock steals it again and Lucas makes a mess of it scrum Highlanders.

Half Time

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Brumbies win the lineout and set the maul as the siren sounds and they set one more phase as Lucas takes it and kicks it into touch and that will be halftime. Stay tuned for the second half!
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Lucas feeds and they win the penalty again despite a better Highlanders scrum and Hawera finds touch outside his 22
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Sopoanga puts it in the corner and they set the maul as Hunt carries and the ball is knocked on in the attack and the Brumbies have a 5m defensive scrum under the sticks
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The ball goes into touch off a Highlanders play on the chase and the Brumbies lose the lineout as Coltman takes and they attack in the Brumbies 22 as they take it through the hands as they are under advantage for kicking the ball in the ruck and the ball is intercepted and they come back for the penalty
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Hawera converts!!
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Brumbies opt for the 5m attacking scrum again and Naisarani keeps it simple as he picks it up off the back and goes over for the TRY!!
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Brumbies opt for the 5m attacking scrum on the right on the posts and Lucas feeds and they get another penalty advantage at the scrum and they go wide as the ball is intercepted but they come back for the penalty!
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NO TRY!! Accidental offside but they come back for the penalty at the scrum
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Brumbies win the lineout outside the Highlanders 22 and set the attack and they almost went to score as Dagerville's pass didn't go to hand and is knocked on by a Highlanders player so the Brumbies can attack off the scrum 8ms from the line and they are under advantage as they attack and Pocock goes over and they will check upstairs!!
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Highlanders hot on the attack and the Brumbies halt their momentum with a steal at the breakdown!
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Sopoanga converts !
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Brumbies wih a solid scrumand Hawera fiinds touch just inside his own half, the Highlanders win the lineout and they get the ball to Ben Smith as he runs across field and then steps back inside to score underneath the posts!!!
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Penalty to the Brumbies against Leinert-Brown and Hawera finds touch just inside their own 10m line and Franklin steals the lineout as Thompson draws a defender and get the ball wide through the hands to Naholo who just couldn't hang on and the ball goes into touch!
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Smith feeds an Frizelle takes the pass and set the ruck as they set an attacking move s Hunt is running on the wing before playing it back into the Brumbies 22 and then the pass is too hard for Leinert-Brown and the ball is lost and the Brumbies look to attack and Walden intercepts and goes over but they come back for the kock on advantage. Scrum Brumbies
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Brumbies lineout throw is not straight and the Highlanders have a scrum just inside the Brumbies half
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Highlanders on the attack again and a good break from Dan Leinert brown as Frizell makes a good break on the wide channels and they continue to attack but it is that man David Pocock who gets over the ball and win the penalty at the breakdown!!
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Brumbies get a penalty for sealing off and Hawera lines up the kick and close the gap to 2 points
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Highlanders maul and then kick ahead and the Brumbies field it again through Dagerville and they play it wide but they are tackled into touch as the Brumbies steal the lineout ball and they kick through Hawera and Smith gets it it lose it and the Brumbies attack and then kick and Naholo kiks it downfield again!
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Smith feeds and picks it up as he gets it to Sopoaga who grubbers and Banks picks it up and the Brumbies have posession again and look to run it out of their own half and they fail to do so as Dagerville is tackled into touch just inside his own half.
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Brumbies attacking but the ball is lost and the Highlanders get the scrum on halfway!
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Sopoaga fails to convert!
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Highlanders hot on the attack and they are 5ms from the Brumbies line who defends bravely but couldn't stop Sopoaga after 10 phases of pressure who ges over for the TRY!!!
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Scrum reset was called and now Smith feeds the scrum and they play it wide as Smith kicks for Naholo but the Brumbies have it and Lucas clears only up to near their 10m line
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Brumbies look to run it from their own half and they work it into the Highlanders half right up to the 10m line but the pass to Kuridrani doesn't go to hand and the Highlanders have a scrum on their own 10m line.
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Early clearance of Sopoanga just inside the Brumbies half and the Brumbies win the lineout and then Li fields the box kick as Walden look to drive them back and Banks returns and now the Highlanders look to run!
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Mike Fraser of New Zealand bos his whistle and it's Wharenui Hawera who gets us underway!!
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Prediction: The Highlanders have won their last three games on the bounce against the Brumbies, never before have they won more in succession against the team from the Australian capital. The Brumbies have won on three of their last five excursions away from home to face the Highlanders, though their most recent such victory came in Round Nine, 2013. The Highlanders have won their last nine games on the bounce at home, the last and only time they won more was a 13-game glut from 2000 to 2002. The Highlanders have won 12 of their last 13 games against Australian opposition, including each of their last seven. The Brumbies have won only one of their last five games away from home, with that win coming against the Sunwolves by just seven points. The Brumbies have lost their last 11 games against teams from New Zealand, their longest ever drought in such fixtures. The Highlanders have gained fewer than 300 metres in each of their last two games after having been so heavily restricted only once in their 14 games prior. The Brumbies have a goal-kicking accuracy of just 61 percent this campaign, lower than any other team in the competition. Waisake Naholo has made 13 offloads this season, the joint-most of any player in the competition. Wharenui Hawera has slotted eight penalty goals so far this campaign, the most of any player who is yet to miss an attempt; however, he's been successful with just two of eight conversion attempts. There may be some good reasons to take a punt on the Brumbies, but our money is on the Highlanders to win by 12 points.
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Players to watch: For the Highlanders- Waisake Naholo is a cult hero in the “zoo” where fans sing his name and he gets geared up and runs past and over defenders when given space to work with and is an absolute beast with ball in hand and will also look to put his hand up for All Black selection where the wing position is spoilt for choice in NZ For the Brumbies: David Pocock is back and could be the difference if he is on his game, the flanker’s ability to steal the ball at the breakdown and slow it down could starve the Highlanders of possession and frustrate them as they are a team who like to play at pace
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The Highlanders come off a bye weekend and will be physically refreshed, but we have seen in the past that a bye week can halt momentum and match sharpness so it will be interesting to see how they start this match today
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One could say that there is some pressure on New Zealand sides to keep their run of wins against Aussie opposition(47 games) dating back to July 2016
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The home side will be wary of a Brumbies side that come off a convincing win over the Reds last week
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Welcome to the Super Rugby game between the Highlanders and the Brumbies from Dunedin, New Zealand!!
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Daniel Leinert-Brown
  • 2 Liam Coltman
  • 3 Siate Tokolahi
  • 4 Jackson Hemopo
  • 5 Tom Franklin
  • 6 Shannon Frizell
  • 7 Dillon Hunt
  • 8 Luke Whitelock
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Lima Sopoaga
  • 11 Tevita Li
  • 12 Teihorangi Walden
  • 13 Rob Thompson
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 15 Ben Smith
RESERVES
  • 16 Ash Dixon
  • 17 Aki Seiulu
  • 18 Kalolo Tulioma
  • 19 Alex Ainley
  • 20 Elliot Dixon
  • 21 Kayne Hammington
  • 22 Fletcher Smith
  • 23 Matt Faddes
START LINE UP
  • 1 Scott Sio
  • 2 Folau Fainga'a
  • 3 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 5 Blake Enever
  • 6 Tom Cusack
  • 7 David Pocock
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 9 Matt Lucas
  • 10 Wharenui Hawera
  • 11 Chance Peni
  • 12 Christian Lealiifano
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 14 James Dargaville
  • 15 Tom Banks
RESERVES
  • 16 Robbie Abel
  • 17 Nic Mayhew
  • 18 Leslie Leulua'lali'l-Makin
  • 19 Sam Carter
  • 20 Michael Oakman-Hunt
  • 21 Joe Powell
  • 22 Kyle Godwin
  • 23 Andrew Smith
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PREVIEW: Super Rugby, Round Nine - Part Two

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:10

SOCIAL MEDIA MELTDOWN: It should be about the on-field action. Unfortunately, it is an off-field storm that dominated the headlines.

The Waratahs are doing everything they can not to let the sideshow of Israel Folau's anti-gay comments on social media sidetrack them from Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Reds.

"Our focus now is on ensuring we get to this Reds game," Waratahs assistant coach Chris Malone said.

"It's a great opportunity for us after beating three Australian conference rivals in the last few weeks.

"It's a really big game for us and really exciting at the Sydney Cricket Ground."

The other matches we look at in this section of our preview will see the Highlanders host the Brumbies and the Sharks at home to the Bulls.

We take a look at the last three games of the weekend!

Saturday, April 14:

Highlanders v Brumbies
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 AEST; 07.35 GMT)

The Brumbies travel across the Tasman Sea fresh off reviving their season with a defining win over the Reds last week.

Indications that the Brumbies are finding their form is the manner in which they powered back from being 0-15 down to win 45-21.

That momentum combined with the Brumbies' good record at Forsyth Barr Stadium has their fans believing that they could finally end the Kiwi dominance over Aussie teams.

Australia has now gone 47 matches, dating back to July 2016, without a win against a New Zealand team in Super Rugby.

The last time the Canberra-based team played the Highlanders outside of Australia they came away with a 30-19 win in 2013.

Current Brumbies players Sam Carter, Christian Lealiifano, Scott Sio and the injured Henry Speight was involved in that famous result five years ago.

Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger said his charges are refreshed from last week's bye - having lost their last two matches before the break.

"Fair to say we have a good perspective of where we are at the moment as a team and over the last few weeks, we have taken some good learnings from our matches," Mauger said.

"The guys have come back fresh from the break and have trained well.

"Our training focus this week has been on using those recent learnings to solve a few issues that will allow us to perform come the weekend," Mauger added.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar admitted Australian Super Rugby teams need to "earn" the respect from their New Zealand counterparts.

McKellar says New Zealand teams don't respect their Australian rivals and the Brumbies are desperate to turn that around.

"This Saturday is about us going to New Zealand and earning respect as a club and a team," McKellar said.

"We look at our results in recent times in New Zealand and there haven't been too many times where it's been one-sided, it's just the critical moments in the game where we haven't won."

Recent results:
2017: Highlanders won 18-13, Canberra
2016: Highlanders won 15-9, Canberra (preliminary play-off match)
2016: Highlanders won 23-10, Invercargill
2015: Brumbies won 31-18, Canberra
2013: Brumbies won 30-19, Dunedin

Prediction: The Highlanders have won their last three games on the bounce against the Brumbies, never before have they won more in succession against the team from the Australian capital. The Brumbies have won on three of their last five excursions away from home to face the Highlanders, though their most recent such victory came in Round Nine, 2013. The Highlanders have won their last nine games on the bounce at home, the last and only time they won more was a 13-game glut from 2000 to 2002. The Highlanders have won 12 of their last 13 games against Australian opposition, including each of their last seven. The Brumbies have won only one of their last five games away from home, with that win coming against the Sunwolves by just seven points. The Brumbies have lost their last 11 games against teams from New Zealand, their longest ever drought in such fixtures. The Highlanders have gained fewer than 300 metres in each of their last two games after having been so heavily restricted only once in their 14 games prior. The Brumbies have a goal-kicking accuracy of just 61 percent this campaign, lower than any other team in the competition. Waisake Naholo has made 13 offloads this season, the joint-most of any player in the competition. Wharenui Hawera has slotted eight penalty goals so far this campaign, the most of any player who is yet to miss an attempt; however, he's been successful with just two of eight conversion attempts. There may be some good reasons to take a punt on the Brumbies, but our money is on the Highlanders to win by 12 points.

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Tei Walden, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes.

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 James Dargaville, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Matt Lucas, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Tom Cusack, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga'a, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Sam Carter, 20 Michael Oakman-Hunt, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Kyle Godwin, 23 Andrew Smith

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), James Doleman (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Waratahs v Reds
(Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney - Kick-off: 19.45; 09.45 GMT)

Hopefully, everybody will be able to forget the Israel Folau saga for a few hours on Saturday.

After all, the match will be an historic occasion, with the two sides meeting at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the first time since 1983.

Both sides will wear traditional strips for the match, with Queensland once again donning a maroon jersey, as it did in its home clash against the Waratahs last year.
 
"New South Wales has been one of our main rivals throughout Queensland's history and it is always a great occasion, made even more special by the fact we're playing at the Sydney Cricket Ground," Reds coach Brad Thorn said.
 
"The guys love that we're playing in the maroon jersey again.

It would be good to see more of it in the future."
 
Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson also did his best to steer attention away from the Folau saga and towards the significance of the encounter.

"It's going to be new for everyone once you get over the fact that it's a different ground, at the end of the day, it's still going to be a rectangle," Gibson said.

"We are looking forward to what will be a very physical encounter.

"It [the SCG] is still a ground in Sydney and one that's close to our home ground.

"I think historically, it's a fantastic venue."

Recent results:
2017: Waratahs won 29-26, Brisbane
2016: Waratahs won 15-13, Brisbane
2016: Waratahs won 30-10, Sydney
2015: Waratahs won 31-5, Sydney
2015: Waratahs won 23-5, Brisbane

Prediction: The Waratahs have won their last seven games in a row against the Reds, this after having lost their previous five on the bounce against the Queensland side. The Waratahs have won their last three games on the trot overall, the last time they won more was a four-game streak in April-May 2016. The Reds have won only two of their last 13 Australian derbies when playing away from home, conceding 45 points in each of their last two such fixtures. The Reds have a tackle success rate of 86 percent this campaign, the best of any team in the competition. Michael Hooper has crossed for a try in two of his last three games against the Reds, and has scored a try in three of his last six games overall. The Reds' lack of composure and inexperience have cost them on more than one occasion this season and that is why our money is on the Waratahs to win by 10 points or more.

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Cameron Clark.

Reds: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Izaia Perese, 10 Jono Lance, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Caleb Timu, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper (captain).     
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Jean-Pierre Smith, 18 Sef Fa'agase, 19 Adam Korczyk, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Jordan Petaia.

Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen & James Leckie
TMO: George Ayoub

Sharks v Bulls
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT)

The Du Preez factor is very real in this match.

Not only is there the twins, Jean-Luc du Preez starting and Daniel du Preez on the bench, but the key is Robert at flyhalf.

And, as we all know, they are coached by their father, Robert senior.

The Bulls, who lie fourth with only nine points from a possible 30, have lost their previous three away matches this year.

The visitors from Pretoria have already enjoyed their two mandatory byes and with a game in hand over the second-placed Sharks (in the South African Conference) and two over the conference-leading Lions, will travel to Durban full of purpose in their own quest to move up the table.

The Sharks coach pointed to the team's dramatic turnaround on their Australasian tour as a pointer to their threats.

After losing both matches in Australia, they bounced back to beat the Blues and came within seconds of also beating the Hurricanes.

"Over the past two weeks, we really started to click as unit on-field and we want to carry that momentum going into our next two matches, before the break," Du Preez, senior, said.

"This is going to be a typical local derby match and it's important that we stick to our plans and execute them accurately on the day."

"It's always a special feeling to play in front of our home fans and we are happy to be back home."
 
Bulls coach John Mitchell said his team has it all to play for.

"One thing we can bank on is that this will require a huge effort from our side if we want to beat the Sharks at home," Mitchell said.

"They will not make it easy for us or allow us to rule the game.

"This will be hard work and we need to be prepared for that."
 
Bulls captain, Burger Odendaal, said they could not afford to lose momentum again during the next couple of weeks.

"We started well, then lost our way and with us bouncing back nicely against the Stormers, it is time to kick on," Odendaal said.

"The week's rest has done all of us well, so we are keen to go and record a win in Durban. We have the players and the game plan to be very competitive against a strong Sharks team."

Recent results:
2017: Bulls won 30-17, Durban
2016: Sharks and Bulls drew 16-all, Pretoria
2015: Bulls won 17-10, Durban
2015: Bulls won 43-35, Pretoria
2014: Bulls won 23-19, Pretoria
2014: Sharks won 31-16, Durban

Prediction: The Bulls are undefeated in their last five games against the Sharks, their longest ever run without a loss against them. The Sharks have lost their last two home games against South African opposition, the last time they lost more was a three-game drought from 2004 to 2006. The Bulls have won only one of their last 10 games away from home; however, that sole win came against the Sharks in Round 15 last season. The Sharks have stolen 1.4 line-outs per game this season, more than any other team in the competition. Handre Pollard has made 86 kicks in general play this season, the second-most of any player in the competition behind Elton Jantjies (119). The Bulls clearly have no problem with winning in Durban, but we feel the Sharks have enough momentum to sneak a late winner - by five points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Kobus van Wyk.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Johnny Kötze, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 André Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Duncan Matthews.

Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Marius Jonker

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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VIDEO: Highlanders blitz willing Brumbies

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:05

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Highlanders scored 21 points in a 10-minute blitz to set up a convincing win over the Brumbies.

The Highlanders stretched their unbeaten home run to 10 matches with their 43-17 win over their Australian rivals in Dunedin on Saturday.

The Highlanders held a slender 15-10 lead after a very tight first hour. Yen minutes later the home team was leading 36-10.

From then on the Brumbies were playing for pride only.

The Highlanders - picked up a bonus point with their six tries to two victory - bounced back from two consecutive losses to reignite their play-off hopes.

The game swung midway through the second half when the Highlanders, leading 15-10 but down to 14 men with Lima Sopoaga in the sin bin, scored three tries in 10 minutes.

Waisake Naholo ignited the spree with an intercept as the Brumbies swarmed towards the line, and he sprinted the length of the field to score.

It eased the pressure on the Highlanders, who followed up with tries to Ben Smith and Shannon Frizzel to open up that 36-10 lead.

Joe Powell scored for the Brumbies and Fletcher Smith for the Highlanders in the helter-skelter closing minutes.

"We lost our way a bit in that second half," Brumbies skipper Christian Lealiifano said.

"Obviously that intercept hurt us,: he added.

Highlanders captain Ben Smith admitted they were aided by the intercept.

"When the game gets a bit unstructured that's what we like," Smith said.

Man of the match: You seldom have to look much further than David Pocock. Rory Arnold was another massive contributor to the Brumbies' cause. The work of the entire Highlanders - against a very impressive Brumbies set of forwards - has to be applauded. However, it is the creativity and ability of the Highlanders duo to read the game of Ben and Aaron Smith that caused the most damage - with fullback Ben Smith winning our award.

The scorers:

For the Highlanders:
Tries:
Sopoaga, B Smith 2, Naholo, Frizell, F Smith
Cons: Sopoaga 5
Pen: Sopoaga

For the Brumbies:
Tries:
Naisarani, Powell
Cons: Hawera 2
Pen: Hawera

Yellow card: Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders, 51 - foul play, spear tackle)

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Tei Walden, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes.

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 James Dargaville, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Matt Lucas, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Tom Cusack, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga'a, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Sam Carter, 20 Michael Oakman-Hunt, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Kyle Godwin, 23 Andrew Smith

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: James Doleman (New Zealand),, James Munroe  (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Lima Sopoaga (7min), Ben Smith (24min), Waisake Naholo (59min), Ben Smith (67min), Shannon Frizell (69min), and Fletcher Smith (82min)
TRIES
Isireli Naisarani (33min) and Joe Powell (73min)
Lima Sopoaga (25min), Ben Smith (60min), Lima Sopoaga (68min), Lima Sopoaga (70min), and Lima Sopoaga (83min)
CONVERSIONS
Wharenui Hawera (34min) and Wharenui Hawera (74min)
Lima Sopoaga (47min)
PENALTIES
Wharenui Hawera (15min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Lima Sopoaga (51min)
 
 
VENUE Dunedin
REFEREE TBC