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08:45 (GMT) | 17-03-2017
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McKenzie misses the target. FULL TIME
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The Chiefs get it and Lienart-Brown sends it up field to Stevenson. The Rebels hardly put up chase and the Chiefs man goes over the line to get his team the bonus point
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The Rebels desperate to get their hands on the ball. They do but with a minute to go the game appears to have the Chiefs stamp on it
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McKenzie misses from less than 15 meters out
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The Chiefs take a good maul then move it own field. The ball lands in the hands of Cane who is string enough on his feet to drive forward and reach the try line. TRY
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The ball being booted forward after the reset. Both team trying to gain some territory. The ball kicked forward along the ground by Cruden and it is about to go into touch but the bounce shifts it up against a Rebels man and the Chiefs have a line-out around the 5 meter
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He makes the 3 points and the Chiefs lead by 3
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Chiefs after the scrum. Mckenzie lines up a kick from inside the 10
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The Chiefs on the attack after the reset. McKenzie gives a final pass to the wide man Alaimalo but he loses it into touch, but not before knocking it forward. Scrum to the Rebels at their 10
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Garden-Bachop secures the 3 points and the game is level at 70 minutes
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The Rebels with roughly 10 minutes to pull a win from this fixture They get a penalty kick in a decent spot
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McKenzie adds the 2 extras points
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The Chiefs showing good strength as they push forward in the maul. Retallick picks it up and bombards the Rebels' defence with his weight and plants himself onto the try line to score the TRY
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Line-out at the 5 meter for the Chiefs
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Sanders showing his strength as he carries forward with three bodies hanging onto him. They Chiefs crawl their way forward to the 5 meter line but they lose it and the ball is cleared
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Chiefs with a penalty and Cruden kicks into touch inside the Rebels half
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The Rebels play the ball down field into space and Naivalu gets it and tries to kick forward but it goes into touch for a line-out to the Chiefs
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The Chiefs get a line-out after making their ball forward and it being tackled into touch. They struggle to make ground in the maul. Penalty to the Rebels
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The Chiefs disrupt and get a turnover at the Chiefs 5 after they lose the ball in that area. The visitors look to clear but the ball is charged down. Scrum at the 5 of the Chiefs
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The referee blows for a penalty; dangerous tackle by Alaimano. He refers to the TMO and presents wing with a yellow card. The referee says scrum to the Rebels after the card
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The Rebels attacking confidently now with Mafi as they enter the 22 of the Chiefs
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The Chiefs with a line-out after the reset. They make some ground forward in the maul
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Garden-Bachop with his third kick of the day and he puts his team ahead by 4
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The Rebels with some good attacking play with Jack Debreczeni. He breaks down field and sends a good offload but the Chiefs hold firm. They give away a penalty, however, and the Rebels get a penalty inside the 10 of the Chiefs
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The Chiefs with a strong counter ruck to get the ball. They lose it shortly after and the Rebels look to organise and attack but the referee blows
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The referee blows for a penalty after the reset kick. Rebels take their kick and Hodge puts it in touch around the Chiefs 10
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McKenzie steps up for the kick and misses it. Not getting the try or the penalty
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Cruden with the reset kick. The ball is sent back and McKenzie gets it and makes his way forward. His team follows closely behind him and they out-maneuver the Rebels with a quick line-out. McKenzie sees the opportunity and floats past the Rebels defence to score the try. The referee refers to the TMO and they decide the try does not stand. Penalty to the Chiefs inside the 22
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Garden-Bachop with a tough angle. He sends it off to the right
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The ball is played up field and the man in space is Marika Koroibete who sprints the last 10 meters and stretches to go over the line and score the TRY
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Mafi gets it and rushes forward jump starting the Rebels' second half. The home team seems to have refurbished their attack at the half time break. They make it to the 5 but they lose it and the ball is cleared into touch. They take the line-out at the 22 and Hodge gets it along the wing. They move it back up field still probing
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The second half is underway!

Half Time

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The whistle blows as the Rebels set up for a scrum in their own half. They kick forward and the ball goes into touch. HALF TIME
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The Rebels get a line-out from their own 5 after the ball is kicked forward by the Chiefs. The ball is cleared and the Chiefs start their attack again from the Rebels' 10
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The Chiefs making ground progressively but the ball is offloaded into touch and the Rebels have a throw inside their own half. The Chiefs keeping the Rebels in their own half with a high line
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The Chiefs take their scrum and the ball is cleared. The referee calls play back and Cruden has to take a kick from where the scrum was. He kicks into touch at the half way
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Nic Stirzaker tries a fancy pass but it goes forward and the Chiefs have a get-out-of-jail-free-card handed to them. Scrum at the Chiefs 22
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Line-out to the Rebels at the 22 of the visitors
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The Rebels try to squeeze through on the wing but the Chiefs form a strong line but give away a penalty. Hodge kicks into touch
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Rebels after the ball is lost forward at their 22
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The Chiefs win a penalty after a line-out down field. Cruden takes the kick into touch for a line-out at the Rebels' 5
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Jackson Garden-Bachop steps up for the penalty this time around and he adds the 3 points
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The referee blows for penalty and Messam finds himself the one being penalized with 10 minutes in the bin
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The Rebels building from the Chiefs 10 now and they edge closer to the visitors' 22
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The Rebels win the ball after the Chiefs make it to the home team 10
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The Chiefs fight for it in their own half and turnover. Stevenson gets the ball from a kick forward and rushes over the line to score a magnificent try, but the referee refers to the TMO and it's decided that his foot was in touch. Line-out to the Rebels inside their own half
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Mckenzie looks to better his counterpart and does. He adds the 2 points
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The Chiefs break forward quickly with Alaimalo who makes it to the 5 and offloads. Bird is there for the cleanup and scoops up a loose ball to score the TRY
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The Chiefs get themselves a penalty at their own 10 and McKenzie kicks into touch at the Rebels 10
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Hodge sets up for another kick, this being the furthest from the three. It's way wide
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The Rebels working patiently from their own 10 making it to the Chiefs 10 before the referee blows fora n offside against the Chiefs
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Hodge again misses the target with his kick moving to the right of the sticks
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The Rebels get a penalty just outside the 22 and Hodge walks forward for his second attempt at goal
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Line-out around the mid field for the visitors and the Rebels get a penalty. Both teams finding it hard to keep the game flowing, giving away a fair amount of penalties
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The Rebels make inside the 22 of the Chiefs with Jack Debreczeni but it's turned over and the ball is tackled into touch after the Chiefs break for the half way.
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The Rebels get a penalty and the ball is kicked into touch at the mid field. The build from the half way now
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The Chiefs on the attack and McKenzie with some fancy passing to confuse the Rebels. They make it to the 5 but the Rebels turnover
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Chiefs get a penalty and McKenzie sets up. He misses as well. Both kickers working together to keep the score at 0
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The Chiefs take their own scrum and make it to the 5 of the hosts. They're driven back to the 22 and both teams rather scrappy with their passes
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Line-out for the Chiefs Retallick carrying forward. The referee blows for a scrum as the ball is lost forward.
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The Rebels work their way down to Hodge who tries to break through on the line but is tackled into touch
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He makes it look casual but it swerves off to the left
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The Rebels get the ball from a line-out and they win a penalty shortly after. Reece Hodge steps forward with the first chance at some points this evening
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The Chiefs in possession now after the Rebels tried a hopeful kick forward.
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Scrum inside the Rebels' half after the kickoff. Scrum reset; the Chiefs front line collapsing
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McKenzie gets the signal from Federico Anselmi and sends us on our way for this thrilling encounter
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The players exiting the lockers now
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The Chiefs have won the last 4 encounters against the Rebels; the Rebels taking their last home victory by a single point
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  • 2 James Hanson
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  • 7 Colby Faingaa
  • 8 Amanaki Mafi
  • 9 Nic Stirzaker
  • 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop
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  • 13 Tom English
  • 14 Sefanaia Naivalu
  • 15 Jack Debreczeni
  • 16 Pat Leafa
  • 17 Cruze Ah-Nau
  • 18 Tyrel Lomax
  • 19 Murray Douglas
  • 20 Jake Schatz
  • 21 Ben Meehan
  • 22 Sione Tuipolotu
  • 23 Ben Volavola
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  • 2 Sabastian Siataga
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Dominic Bird
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  • 6 Tom Sanders
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Liam Messam
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  • 15 Shaun Stevenson
  • 16 Hika Elliot
  • 17 Siegfried Fisiihoi
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  • 19 Mitchell Brown
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  • 21 Finlay Christie
  • 22 Aaron Cruden
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SR Preview: Round Four, Part One

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:23

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: With speculation rife about the future of Super Rugby and the possible culling of teams, some franchises may be playing for survival.

The SANZAAR Executive Committee met in London last Friday to assess the 'economic and sporting environment' under which its tournaments (Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship) are operating.

SANZAAR remained tightlipped about the proposals, but that has not stopped the rumour mill from running wild.

Depending in which grapevine you follow (or believe), Super Rugby will be reduced to 16 or 15 teams. Australian and South African teams are at the top of the culling list, while Japan's Sunwolves and Argentina's Jaguares have also been mentioned.

Only the dominant New Zealand teams are safe, or so the rumour mongers are telling us.

However, SANZAAR would have us believe that nothing has been finalised.

"Following two days of robust discussion there are a number of tournament considerations that now require further discussion and consultation," a statement from the organisers - South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina Rugby - said this week.

"This includes final consultation within the national unions and discussion with key stakeholders that would allow the adoption of future changes proposed by the strategic plan," SANZAAR Chief Executive Officer Andy Marinos said.

"SANZAAR will make a formal statement on the future of the organisation, Super Rugby and the tournament format in the coming days once these further meetings have been concluded," added Marinos.

Either way, it has added spice to an already intriguing tournament and some teams will have a lot to play for this weekend - starting with the Sunwolves - who play the Bulls in Pretoria on Friday.

We look at the Friday matches!

Friday, March 17

Crusaders v Blues
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

What a game to start the weekend. It is a massive occasion and the expectations are high for both teams.

The Crusaders are one of just three teams that are still unbeaten, but the Blues have lost twice in the opening weeks.

Blues coach Tana Umaga said it is important for the team to make progress this week after last week's disappointing performance against the Highlanders.

"We are looking for a much more competitive effort at set piece, and with more accuracy in core skills," Umaga said.

"You cannot be competitive in this competition with the error rate that we committed last week."

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson admitted the Blues will be on fire in Christchurch.

"We have to respect them, as these derby matches are at Test match level," the Crusaders coach said.

"You can see the attrition and injury rates that have come out of them," he said of the brutal nature of the New Zealand derbies.

He admitted the Blues are desperate to get their campaign back on track.

"We have had a couple of tough matches, so we want to take those lessons on board and move forward," the Crusaders coach said.

Recent results:
2016: Crusaders won 26-21, Auckland
2016: Crusaders won 28-13, Christchurch
2015: Crusaders won 34-11, Auckland
2015: Crusaders won 29-15, Christchurch
2014: Crusaders won 21-13, Christchurch
2013: Blues won 35-24, Auckland

Prediction: The Crusaders have won their last five games against the Blues, the longest winning streak of either side in the history of the fixture. The Crusaders have won seven of their last eight games on home turf, scoring an average of 5.4 tries per game in that span. A three-point win against the Highlanders in their last game against New Zealand opposition leaves the Crusaders hunting for back-to-back wins against fellow Kiwi teams for the first time since a win against the Blues in Round 17, 2015. The Blues have won only one of their last 21 games away from home against New Zealand opposition; a 34-20 win against the Canes in Round Two, 2013 their only positive result in that span. The Crusaders lead the competition in average offloads (18.7) and passes (192.3) per game so far this season. The Blues will indeed be desperate and will run the Crusaders close, but we feel the home team will edge another thriller - by five points.


Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Jed Brown, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Sean Wainui.

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Akira Ioane, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Ihaia West, 23 TJ Faiane.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Mabey (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Rebels v Chiefs
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.45; 21.45 NZDT; 08.45 GMT)

While the Rebels are considered underdogs and the wake of a horror start to the season, the Chiefs said complacency will not be an issue.

The Rebels are coming off a bye round, after two disappointing outings against the Blues and Hurricanes to start their 2017 Super Rugby campaign.

"They have had two weeks to prepare for us," Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said.

"They will look to bring a lot more heat."

Rennie pointed out that in the first 20 minutes of each of their games they were right in it.

"We are certainly not going to take them lightly," he said, adding: "However, our focus is on our standards and being better than we were last week.

Rebels coach Tony McGahan remains upbeat and is looking to improve on previous performances when they take on the Chiefs.

"Our performances haven't been good enough in the first two weeks and whatever excuses we could hang onto would be nice but we know that ultimately we're judged on what we do on the field and that starts again on Friday," McGahan said.

"We understand that we had a really tough start to the season, certainly the scorelines don't reflect the work that we've put in so we need to make sure that we address that."

With 13 games still to play, the Rebels are focused on getting their season back on track with a solid performance on Friday.

"We need a performance this weekend that we can hang our hat on and something to build off because we understand the competition and where the Australian sides are," McGahan said.

"It's a long season and we understand that our performances have been anything but poor so we need to make sure that we're getting better with our performance this week."

Recent results:
2016: Chiefs won 36-15, Hamilton
2015: Rebels won 16-15, Melbourne
2014: Chiefs won 22-16, Hamilton
2013: Chiefs won 39-33, Melbourne
2011: Chiefs won 38-10, Hamilton

Prediction: The Chiefs have won four of the five previous meetings between these franchises, though their one defeat to the Rebels came away from home. The Rebels have conceded 212 points in their last three games against New Zealand opposition and they last snatched a win against them in Round 13, 2015 (v Blues) losing seven such games since. The Chiefs have won on three of their last four trips to Australia, including a 50-5 win against the Reds on their last visit in Round 16, 2016. The Chiefs have stolen 2.7 line-outs per game this season, the equal most of any team and 1.7 per game more than the Rebels. Reece Hodge is one of just four players to have kicked a goal from his own side of the halfway line this season, and his 52.5m attempt is currently the longest successful goal kicker of any player this season. You would have to be a diehard supporter to wager money on the Rebels. The Chiefs should win by 15 to 20 points.


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Ben Volavola.

Chiefs: 15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Sabastian Siataga, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 23 Johnny Faauli.

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Bulls v Sunwolves
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 19.00; 17.00 GMT; 02.00 Saturday, March 18 JST)

Neither team has won a match this season, but the Sunwolves may just have more motivation - given their name is on at least one unofficial list of teams to be culled.

They made a statement last week, about being legitimate competitors, and would like to ram that home with a first-ever win on South African soil.

Bulls coach Nollis Marais admitted that you underestimate the Sunwolves at your own peril.

"If you give them turnover ball they will punish you," Marais said.

"They are a side that keeps the ball well.

"They also bring something special every game. They do something new every game and they are an unpredictable side.

"Yes, they do have some structure. It is not just running from everywhere. They do play in certain areas of the field.

"That is why you have to be very accurate against them and not give them possession."

Sunwolves captain Edward Quirk admitted there is very little they can do about the pending boardroom decision - which could see them being axed.

However, they are determined to prove a point by upstaging the three-time former champion Bulls.

"We performed a lot better than we did the previous two weeks," he said about his team's 31-38 loss to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last week.

"It may be a short week for us, but we are really excited about the challenge.

"Our confidence is high after the Cheetahs game, but obviously need to keep improving.

"We will have to improve significantly, because we are playing against a very, very big bulls team.

"We are super excited for the challenge and really enjoying the tour."

Previous results:
2016: Bulls won 50-3, Pretoria
2016: Bulls won 30-27, Singapore

Prediction: The Bulls have won each of the two encounters between these teams so far in contrasting fashion, grinding to a 30-27 win in Round Five last season before cruising to a commanding 50-3 victory in Round 16. In fact, this is the Bulls' first home fixture since that 50-3 win against the Japanese side, and they have won 10 of their last 13 games at home overall. The Sunwolves have scored 29 (Round 17, 2016) and 31 (Round Three, 2017) points in their last two away fixtures respectively, setting a new franchise record for most points scored on the road in each game. The Bulls have forced their opposition to make 133.5 tackles per game so far this season, the most of any team. Kenki Fukuoka has scored three tries in his last two games for the Sunwolves, including a brace in his side's last away fixture. The Sunwolves will test the Bulls, especially in the first half. However, we feel the powerful Bulls pack will overpower the Japanese team's forwards eventually and the Bulls should race clear to win by 20 points.


Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handré Pollard (captain), 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Rudolph Snyman, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jesse Kriel.

Sunwolves: 15 Shota Emi, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 12 Timothy Lafaele, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shumei Matsuhashi, 6 Ed Quirk (captain), 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Liaki Moli, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka.

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser, Stuart Berry
TMO: Willie Vos

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports


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Chiefs late show sinks Rebels

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:04

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: Three tries in the last 15 minutes helped the Chiefs beat the Melbourne Rebels 27-14 in Melbourne on Friday.

The win sees the Chiefs regain top spot from the Crusaders on the overall Super Rugby standings.

It also sees the Hamilton-based side remain unbeaten in this year's competition.

The Rebels made life tough for the Chiefs throughout the game and the home side had a surprise lead for most of the second half, before the visitors shifted into a higher gear in the last 15 minutes.

Dominic Bird, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane and Shaun Stevenson scored the Chiefs' four tries, while Marika Koroibete scored the Rebels' solitary try.

The winless Rebels were coming off a 6-71 loss to the Hurricanes in their last outing and were expected to pose little threat against the high-flying Chiefs.

The Rebels actually led at one stage in the second half after going into the break 3-7 down, but the high-calibre Chiefs replacements proved the difference and gave the visitors a bonus point win to keep them ahead of fellow New Zealand outfit the Crusaders.

Chiefs captain Aaron Cruden said Melbourne had pressured them into mistakes.

"We were pretty average to be fair but I think that was due to the intensity that the Rebels brought," he said.

"I thought they were outstanding, particularly at the start and it took us a while to adjust.

"We got the bonus point but we were pretty lucky."

The Rebels started the match with plenty of aggression and were evenly matched in the opening stages.

After both teams missed early penalty shots at goal, the Chiefs opened the scoring midway through the first half with lock Dominic Bird, who collected the loose ball close to the line and dived over.

Damian McKenzie added the extras to give the visitors a 7-0 lead, which soon became 7-3 following a Jackson Garden-Bachop penalty.

The Rebels took an unlikely 8-7 lead five minutes after the restart when high profile Rugby League convert Marika Koroibete scored in the corner from a superb flat pass from Garden-Bachop.

A second Garden-Bachop penalty saw Melbourne go four points clear but after the Chiefs held on against some relentless Rebels attack, they struck back when lock Brodie Retallick crashed over at the back of a rolling maul.

McKenzie's conversion made it 14-11 to the Chiefs with 12 minutes remaining.

Two minutes later Chiefs replacement Jonathan Faauli was penalised for a no-arms tackle and Garden-Bachop levelled proceedings at 14-14, but a McKenzie penalty put the visitors back in front only five minutes from full-time, before late tries to Sam Cane and Shaun Stevenson saw the visitors home.

Man of the match: A number of Rebels players put their hand up with some spirited performances. However, the award goes to Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick for his overall performance around the park and for scoring a crucial try.

The scorers:

For Melbourne Rebels:
Try: Koroibete
Pens: Garden-Bachop 3

For Chiefs:
Tries: Bird, Retallick, Cane, Stevenson
Cons: McKenzie 2
Pen: McKenzie

Yellow cards: Liam Messam (Chiefs, 27 - cynical play, playing the ball on the ground); Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs, 57 - dangerous play, tip tackle)


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Ben Volavola.

Chiefs: 15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Sabastian Siataga, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 23 Johnny Faauli.

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Marika Koroibete (43min)
Dominic Bird (22min), Brodie Retallick (66min), Sam Cane (76min), and Shaun Stevenson (79min)
Damian McKenzie (23min) and Damian McKenzie (67min)
Jackson Garden-Bachop (28min), Jackson Garden-Bachop (53min), and Jackson Garden-Bachop (70min)
Damian McKenzie (73min)
Liam Messam (27min)
VENUE Melbourne
REFEREE Federico Anselmi (Argentina)