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Super Rugby | Kings Park, Durban
17:30 (GMT) | 18-03-2017
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Thank you and stay tuned for the last Super Rugby game of the weekend
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The home side looks hold onto the ball as the siren goes off. April kicks into touch and the Sharks win
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The Sharks clears and Cronje looks to run it back. He chip kicks and possession is lost.
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Cronje goes for the long distance goal kick which could decide the result but he misses
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The Sharks loses their lin -out ball and the Ref awards a penalty for offside play to the Kings.
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The Kings gets a line-out close to the half way line and looks to attack but the ball is turned over and the Sharks now attacking. Ball is won back by the Kings and Banda finds good touch over the half way line
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The Kings kicks the ball through and some good cover work from Esterhuzen sets Bosch up for the counter attack.
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Scrum for the Sharks just inside their own half. They win a scrum and Bosch kicks for touch. He finds touch just outside the Kings' 22
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After the kick off Esterhuizen clears with the boot and finds touch just outside their own 10. Kings look to maul but the ball is turned over by the home side
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Bosch strikes it perfectly. Its got the legs and sails through the middle
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Scrum. Kings put in just over the half way line. The Sharks wins a scrum penalty. Bosch looks to go for the long range kick at goal
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The men in black manages to put on a few phases before the ball is knocked forward.
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The Sharks looking a bit more comfortable on the attack. The Kings loses the ball forward and the home team gets a scrum on their own 10
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Bosch fails to add the extras
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The ref shows Cloete a yellow card for a dangerous tackle
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The Sharks finally finding a bit of rhythm in their attack. Earning the right to play wide and Van Wyk goes over for a try
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Line-out steal by the Sharks. Esterhuizen looks to clear from their own 22 but he sees a gap and runs at it. Sharks clears. Line out Kings ball close to the half way line
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Kings win their own line-out ball just inside their own 10. The ref awards a penalty for a high tackle and Cronje kicks for touch
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Injury break. The Kings is awarded a penalty for offside play at the scrum. They opt for touch.
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The Sharks keeping ball in hand. Building a few phases. The ball is frustratingly lost forward again by the men in black. Scrum Kings ball on their own 22
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Schrueder feeds the scrum. The Kings look to attack the blindside but Banda kicks one into touch
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The Sharks looks to attack but again their momentum is stopped by handling errors. Scrum awarded to the away side on their own 10.
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Strong scrum by the Kings but Cronje over cooks a kick and it goes straight into touch. Sharks line-out close to the 10 of the Kings
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Esterhuizen clears and Bock runs it back. The ball goes dead close to the half way line. Scrum. Kings ball
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A good touch finder by Cronje. Line-out Sharks ball on their own 22
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Van Wyk runs the ball up in the midfield but he loses it in contact. Scrum. Kings ball on their own 10
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Schrueder feeds the scrum and the Kings looks to run from their own half before it is kicked into touch by Banda. Still inside the Kings half close to half way
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Line-out inside the Kings' 22 as the Sharks looks to attack but a handling error stops their momentum. Scrum deep inside their own half for the Kings
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After the reset the Sharks wins a scrum on the away sides 10. Penalty at the scrum for being offside. They opt for touch
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Cronje strikes it perfectly as it sails over
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The Kings is awarded a penalty at the line-out. They opt for goal
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After the reset the Kings wins the ball back and looks to attack but a knock forward stops the attack. Scrum Sharks ball close to their own 22. Reinach clears into touch after the scrum
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Bosch line it up and goes through the middle. Over
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Cronje slices it and it goes into touch. Sharks line-out. They look to run through the midfield but the ball is lost forward. Scrum penalty for the Sharks in a kickable position just outside the Kings' 22
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The Kings takes their time to get back on the field. Cronje gets the 2nd half on the way. He kicks deep as the Kings apply pressure. The Sharks secures the ball and looks to clear. Both teams taking the aerial approach.

Half Time

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The Kings is awarded a penalty and Cronje steps up to take it. He strikes it but he misses his first kick at goal for the season
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A bit of ping pong kicking from both sides. The Sharks kicks it out on their own 10 and the Kings look to attack
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The men from PE looks to attack in the midfield but the ball is lost forward and the Sharks clear.
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The Kings win a scrum penalty and opts for touch. Cronje finds it close to the home sides 22.
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The Sharks look to attack the midfield from the line-out but the ball is lost forward and a scrum is awarded to the away side on their own 10
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After the reset the Sharks wins a penalty and opts for touch. Bosch fails to find touch and the Kings clears it into touch just over the half way line
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Cronje lines it up and kicks it through the middle.
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Bosch chip kicks and regains. A mistake wide by the Sharks sees Mapimpi race clear for the try line
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Schrueder looks to feed but its a scrum reset. The KIngs look to run with Banda in the middle
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The reset kick is deep and Vermeulen runs it back hard. The ball is lost by the Sharks. Scrum close to the half way line for the Kings
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Bosch looks to add the extras but he misses that one
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A strong maul by the Sharks forwards sees Adriaanse go over for a try on his 50th game
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The gives Geldenhuys a yellow card for slowing down the ball. The Sharks opts for touch
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The Sharks win their line-out ball and puts on a few phases. Edging closer to the try line
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The Kings looks to run from the scrum. But the Sharks wins a penalty after a kick by Banda. They opt for touch and Bosch finds it on the Kings 22
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After the reset both teams look to run close to the half way line. The ball is lost forward by the Sharks. Scrum. Kings ball on the half way line
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Cronje continues his goal kicking record and slots that one
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Janse van Rensburg tries to clear but the ball is charged down and Lerm falls on it. Try!!!
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Schrueder feeds and the Kings win a scrum penalty. They opt for touch and Cronje finds it close to the Sharks 22. The Kings loses their line-out ball
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Mtembu looks to attack the blindside but the ball is knocked on by the Sharks. Scrum down. Kings ball on their own 10
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The ball goes dead and the Sharks is awarded a scrum just outside the Kings 10
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The Sharks gets a scrum in their own half and a strong run by Esterhuizen in the midfield creates space for Bosch on the outside who looks dangerous
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The home team loses the ball in the line-out and the Kings look to attack. Cronje kicks and finds touch on the 10 of the Sharks.
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Sharks line-out half way as they look to attack wide. They kick and the Kings runs the ball back before it is kicked into touch. Line out Sharks ball on the halfway line
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The Kings looks to clear from the line-out but fails find touch. Bosch starts the counter attack from the back.
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The ball is lost by the Sharks and Cronje kicks it through. The Sharks Captain doing good work to cover a pressure kick.
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Scrum on the 5 for the Sharks as they look to attack. Van Wyk takes it up in the middle before they go wide
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The Sharks win their line-out ball and looks to maul. They drive over the line but the ref calls held up
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The Sharks opts for touch and looks to run it through the middle. The Sharks wins another penalty inside the 22. Bosch goes for touch
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After the reset the Sharks looks to run just inside the Kings half. The away team wins the ball back and kick. Penalty awarded to the Sharks. Player in front of the kicker
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Bosch lines up a relatively easy kick and it sails through. Sharks draw first blood
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The Sharks kicks high and Cronje knocks the ball forward. Scrum. Sharks ball. They look to run inside the Kings 22. The referee awards a penalty for offside play.
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Referee Egon Seconds blows his whistle to get the game on the way. Bosch kicks deep and the Kings secures the ball. Cronje kicks but touch is not found. Bosch looks to kick but the ball is charged down and the Sharks are under pressure.
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The players are doing their final preparations before running onto the field. Both teams look ready for some exciting running rugby.
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It's a cool evening in Durban and both teams will look to run the ball the ball in this match. The Sharks will however have to "earn the right to play wide" and the Kings will feed off each others energy as the game proceeds. The mental strength of the Sharks players will be tested because if they should lose focus The Kings will look to capitalize on that. Players to look out for in the Sharks team would have to be the exciting youngster Bosch and at pivot Janse van Rensburg. In the Kings team Lionel Cronje who has yet to miss a kick this year and Chris Cloete will be the go to guys
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The Sharks will look to continue their superb form in this years edition of Super Rugby and The Kings are still looking for their first win. There's a few new faces in the Sharks starting 15 with debutant Janse Van Rensberg being the biggest change for the men from Durban. Currie Cup veteran Alshaun Bock will also make his debut for the away side
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Welcome to Kings Park, Durban, where The Sharks will be facing off against the Kings in this Super Rugby fixture
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  • 1 Thomas Du Toit
  • 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle
  • 3 Lourens Adriaanse
  • 4 Stephan Lewies
  • 5 Ruan Botha
  • 6 Jacques Vermeulen
  • 7 Jean-Luc Du Preez
  • 8 Lubabalo Mtembu
  • 9 Cobus Reinach
  • 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg
  • 11 Odwa Ndungane
  • 12 Andre Esterhuizen
  • 13 Lukhanyo Am
  • 14 Kobus van Wyk
  • 15 Curwin Bosch
  • 16 Stephan Coetzee
  • 17 Juan Schoeman
  • 18 John-Hubert Meyer
  • 19 Etienne Oosthuizen
  • 20 Daniel du Preez
  • 21 Michael Claassens
  • 22 Jeremy Ward
  • 23 Garth April
  • 1 Schalk Ferreira
  • 2 Michael Willemse
  • 3 Ross Geldenhuys
  • 4 Irne Herbst
  • 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys
  • 6 Chris Cloete
  • 7 Anidisa Ntsila
  • 8 Ruaan Lerm
  • 9 Louis Schrueder
  • 10 Lionel Cronje
  • 11 Alshaun Bock
  • 12 Waylon Murray
  • 13 Berton Klaasen
  • 14 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 15 Masixole Banda
  • 16 Kurt Haupt
  • 17 Schalk van der Merwe
  • 18 Justin Forwood
  • 19 Tyler Paul
  • 20 Stefan Willemse
  • 21 Johan Steyn
  • 22 Pieter-Steyn De Wet
  • 23 Johann Tromp
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SR Preview: Round Four, Part Two

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:56

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: There has been plenty of drama off the field this week. Saturday will ensure the drama is on the field.

The Lions, beaten finalists last year, this week learnt that coach Johan Ackerman is being head-hunted by English Premiership franchise Gloucester.

Ackermann, the consummate professional fronted up to the media and confirmed the offer. He also made it clear he did not want it to be a distraction.

In other off-field developments, it was confirmed that the Waratahs and Brumbies will play for the Dan Vickerman Cup on Saturday - in honour of the ex-Wallaby lock who passed away last month.

Vickerman played for both franchises during his playing career.

We look at the Saturday matches!

Saturday, March 18

Hurricanes v Highlanders
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

The Hurricanes versus Highlanders rivalry has always been a fierce contest.

It reached fever pitch just two years ago, when the two franchises met in the 2016 Super Rugby Final.

Last year the two teams split their matches one apiece, with the Highlanders winning 17-16 in Dunedin and the Hurricanes winning the return match 27-20 in Wellington.

Both teams have had their share of injuries, but the Highlanders' talent resources are a lot more depleted than the home team.

Hurricanes assistant coach Jason Holland is adamant the Highlanders will be up for a scrap.

"They have still managed to put a pretty good fifteen on the field," Holland said.

"They might say the same about us. It is going to be massive whatever happens. We know what sort of challenge it may be,'' Holland said.

"The boys are ready to go again.

"The physicality goes up again and you've got to be aggressive and be bold. It will be no different this weekend.''

The Highlanders played a very tactical game last week and used the kick-and-chase very effectively

''I felt as though our kick-chase and our pressure game was right on the money last week," Highlanders coach Tony Brown said.

"It probably won us the game."

A similarly determined defensive effort will be required against the defending champions.

Recent results:
2016: Hurricanes won 27-20, Wellington
2016: Highlanders 17-16, Dunedin
2015: Highlanders won 21-14, Wellington (Final)
2015: Hurricanes won 56-20, Wellington
2015: Hurricanes won 20-13, Dunedin
2014: Highlanders won 18-16, Wellington
2014: Highlanders won 35-31, Dunedin

Prediction: The last 10 games between these teams have seen each notch five victories, with all but one of those 10 fixtures decided by a margin of no greater than the value of a converted try. The Highlanders have won on five of their last seven visits to Wellington to face the Hurricanes, though were pipped in a 27-20 loss when these teams met in Round 14 last season. The Hurricanes have won their last seven games on home soil, their longest streak in franchise history and the equal longest current streak of any team in the competition (Lions). The Highlanders have won their last three regular season games away from home, the last time they enjoyed a longer such streak was a four-game stretch in 2005. Hurricanes trio Julian Savea (10), Ngani Laumape (10), and Vince Aso (nine) have made more clean breaks than any other players in the competition this season; Waisake Naholo (five) has made the most of any Highlander. The Highlanders have a realistic chance of an upset and it will indeed be close, but we feel the Hurricanes will sneak a thriller - by seven points.


Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Ben May, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Wes Goosen.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Joe Wheeler, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Sekonia Pole, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Matt Faddes.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

Waratahs v Brumbies
(Allianz Stadium, Sydney - Kick-off: 19.45; 08.45 GMT)

Saturday's grudge match against the Brumbies will hold special meaning for the Sekope Kepu who will mark his 100th Waratahs cap at the inaugural Dan Vickerman Cup.

When he arrived at the Waratahs his goal was to play one game for the side, not dreaming he would ever make it to 100.

"My ultimate dream was to play rugby as a professional sport, full-time," Kepu said in an interview on the Waratahs website.

"I remember coming over and walking through the corridors here and seeing guys I watched growing up like Lote Tuqiri, Phil Waugh, Dan Vickerman, Tatafu [Polota-Nau] - it was a very overwhelming experience.

"You want to look at it as just another game. I came over with a dream to play one cap for NSW but to get 100 is humbling."

The Waratahs versus Brumbies rivalry is one that excites both the players and fans and Kepu admitted there will be a lot on the line for the game.

"It's a massive game, it's one of those one's you really look forward to going up against guys you know at a national level," Kepu said.

"They [Brumbies] bring massive experience, it's going to be a challenge. We've got to be on top of our game, go out and play our game.

"In the first three games, we haven't played to our full potential. We've got to lead the way as a front row. In a way it's something that I'm really looking to," said Kepu.

Recent results:
2016: Brumbies won 26-20, Sydney
2016: Brumbies won 32-15, Canberra
2015: Waratahs won 13-10, Canberra
2015: Waratahs won 28-13, Sydney
2014: Waratahs won 26-8, Sydney (semifinal)
2014: Waratahs won 39-8, Sydney
2014: Brumbies won 28-23, Canberra

Prediction: The Brumbies have won their last two games against the Waratahs, the last and only time they have won more in succession against the NSW franchise was a three-game stint across the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Waratahs have won 13 of their previous 16 home games against the Brumbies, though were pipped in a 26-20 loss in the last such fixture. The Brumbies have won each of their last four away fixtures within Australia, never before have they enjoyed a longer streak in such games. The Brumbies boast the most accurate line-out of any team in the competition, losing a league-low 0.7 line-outs per game and enjoying a line-out success rate of 96 percent. Israel Folau scored a try in each of the Waratahs' two games against the Brumbies last season and has scored three tries in his last four games against the ACT side overall. The Waratahs have been a massive disappointment this season, while the Brumbies have shown some old-fashioned grunt. That, we feel, will see the Brumbies edge an arm-wrestle - by no more than 10 points.


Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley/Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Michael Wells, 22 Jake Gordon, 23 Bryce Hegarty/David Horwitz.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nigel Ah Wong, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Lolo Fakaosilea, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leulua'Iali'I-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Ben Hyne, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Andrew Smith.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), William Houston (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Lions v Reds
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT; 01.15 Sunday, Match 19 AEST)

Lions coach Johan Ackermann was hoping that the offer to move to England to join Gloucester next season would not be a distraction to his team.

He will know on Saturday if his plan was successful.

They are facing a vastly improved Reds team that came within second of beating the Crusaders.

The Gloucester saga was certainly not the only issue high on the agenda at Ellis Park this week.

Ackermann made it clear that two of the main issues on their loss to the Jaguares last week - discipline and missed tackles - were addressed.

Springbok flank Jaco Kriel, sitting beside his coach at a media briefing, issued a stern warning to his teammates.

"I believe that they [the Reds] are in better form than the Waratahs," he said of a team the Lions beat 55-36, in a match where the Lions leaked five tries.

Kriel said the Reds have some "x-factor players" - like flyhalf Quade Cooper.

Reds coach Nick Stiles said his side, with just one win in three outings, will be looking to use the Ellis Park encounter as a springboard for their season.

It will mean they need to break a nine-match losing streak away from home.

"We have discussed it [the nine-match losing streak on the road] and that honesty within the group has set us up nicely," Stile said at the team's base in Johannesburg.

"For us to win over here could be similar to 2010, when the Reds came over here and that win became the springboard for the season and ultimate success [winning Super Rugby] a year later.

"You can see us grow each week and you are seeing growth in the squad."

Recent results:
2015:  Lions won 18-17, Brisbane
2014: Lions won 23-20, Johannesburg
2012: Reds won 34-20, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 30-25, Johannesburg
2010: Reds won 41-26, Johannesburg

Prediction: The average margin between these sides across the history of this fixture is just eight points, though it's been the Lions who have enjoyed victory in each of the last two meetings between these teams. The Lions have won each of their last seven games at home, their longest winning streak ever on home turf, scoring an average of 47 points per game in that stretch. The Reds haven't won away from home since Round 16, 2015 (v Force), losing each of their nine road games since. The Queensland side has restricted their opposition to just 13 minutes and 35 seconds of possession per game this season, the lowest of any team. Elton Jantjies has scored 54 points in his last three games on home turf, including a haul of 15 points against the Waratahs in Round Two this season. The Lions are a difficult team to beat at home - with the Waratahs, Highlanders, Crusaders, Sharks, Jaguares and the Blues - among those who have fallen victim to their high-paced game at Ellis Park. The Reds will give them a scare, but a strong last quarter will see the Lions go clear and win by 15 points.


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.  
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Harold Vorster.

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Markus Vanzati, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Chris Kuridrani.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Sharks v Kings
(Kings Park, Durban - kick-off: 19.30; 17.30 GMT)

Complacency could be the Sharks' biggest stumbling block this week.

There is no reason, on paper, why the Kings should be a threat.

Centre Andre Esterhuizen admitted that, given people's expectations that they will win, mental preparation is just as important as on-the-field training.

"The thing with the Kings is that you can never underestimate them," Esterhuizen said.

"If they get their tails in the air, it could be a long night for us, so starting well is important for us.

"We also mustn't allow the game to get loose, we must keep to our structures, earn the right to go wide and we will play from there and hopefully score some tries."

The Southern Kings are eager to rectify the errors that have proven so costly this season.

Kings coach Deon Davids said that his side is aware of the enormity of the task at hand.

"It is always difficult to go to Durban, but we are looking forward to this game," Davids said.

Following last weekend's 10-41 defeat to the Stormers, the coach stressed the importance of building on the positives from the last match while improving on areas that needed to get better.

"There were aspects of our game last week where we did some good things, but there is also stuff that we need to tidy up," Davids said.

"At times we do seem like we are losing against ourselves. We need to be more clinical, it's all about executing better.

"It is important that we up our work ethic and do the work for 80m minutes."

Previous results:
2016: Sharks won 53-0, Durban
2016: Sharks won 43-8, Port Elizabeth
2013: Sharks won 58-13, Durban
2013: Sharks won 21-12, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: The Sharks have won all four previous games between these teams, and have outscored the Kings 154-21 across their last three meetings. The Sharks have won their last two games on home turf against South African squads, the last time they enjoyed a longer winning streak in such games was a four-game stint ending in 2014. The Kings continue to search for their first Super Rugby win against South African opposition and have conceded eight tries and more than 50 points in each of their last three road fixtures against fellow South African teams. The Sharks have slotted 15 penalty goals so far this season, more than any other side, while they've conceded a joint-low three penalty goals. The Kings are the only team in the competition who are yet to miss a kick at goal; Lionel Cronje has kicked 15 goals without missing, no other player has hit more than six without missing at least once. It is unlikely the Kings will break their duck against SA teams. We feel the Sharks will win by 15 points.


Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Bernhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Garth April.

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Johann Tromp.

Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Jaguares v Cheetahs
(Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires - kick-off: 16.40; 21.40 SA time' 19.40 GMT)

The Lions have come a cropper two years in a row - the second time just a week ago.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith felt there were some valuable lessons to be learnt for their compatriots' errors against what is effectively Argentina's national team.

"The Lions wanted to contain the Jaguares in the first half and pick up the pace after the break," Smith said.

"However, the Jaguares opened too much of a gap in the first half-an-hour.

"It is vital to be in their faces from the outset."

Smith also spoke of being "fearless on defence" and "fearless with the ball in hand".

"It will require a very special performance by us," he said, adding: "The Jaguares in Buenos Aires is very tough to beat."

Injuries and the need to freshen up the squad forced Smith to make numerous changes to his matchday squad.

"We need to produce a better performance than we did against the Sunwolves last week.

"The Jaguares is a very accomplished team withy 23 internationals."

Previous result:
2016: Jaguares won 34-33, Bloemfontein

Prediction: The only previous encounter between these teams saw the Argentinian franchise snatch a one-point win against the Cheetahs after trailing by seven at half-time. The Cheetahs have lost their last seven games away from home, last tasting victory on the road in a Round 3 clash with the Sunwolves last season. The Jaguares have won each of their last three games when hosting South African opposition, winning each game by 12+ points. The Jaguares have the best ruck success of any team in the competition, winning 98 percent of rucks and losing just 1.7 rucks per game on average. Tian Meyer has provided four try assists so far this campaign, more than any other player. The Cheetahs may run them close, perhaps closer than the Lions did last week, but at home, the Jaguares will be too good and win by less than 10 points.


Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Juan Martín Hernández, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Felipe Arregui, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Ignacio Larrague, 21 Javier Ortega Desio, 22 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Bautista Ezcurra.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Ruan van Rensburg, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Henco Venter, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Elandré Huggett, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Paul Schoeman, 21 William Small-Smith/Johannes Prinsloo, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Fred Zeilinga.

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Pablo Deluca (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Sharks steal it away from Kings

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:10

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Sharks required a late Curwin Bosch penalty to steal a 19-17 win against the Southern Kings in Durban on Saturday.

The teams scored two tries each in this Super Rugby Round Four match.

However, Bosch kicked three penalties, while Lionel Cronje managed just two conversions and a penalty.

The only Shark who left the field in Durban feeling satisfied was prop Lourens Adriaanse after scoring his first try in 50 Super Rugby appearances for the team.

Sharks coach Robert du Preez rested a number of first choices for a fixture he believed would yield a bonus-point victory.

Tradition backed his judgment as the Kings had failed to win in 20 previous matches against South African opponents.

His decision almost backfired, however, after Kings skipper and prop Schalk Ferreira said his side felt "insulted" by Sharks resting many regulars.

Trailing to an early Bosch penalty, Kings went ahead when loose forward Ruaan Lerm scored a try which flyhalf Lionel Cronje converted.

Another try, from wing Makazole Mapimpi, earned the Port Elizabeth-based Kings a 14-8 half-time advantage.

Bosch and Cronje exchanged penalties to leave six points between the sides with 14 minutes left in the Indian Ocean city.

Then, in a rare cohesive attack, Sharks came within a metre of the Kings line before spreading the ball wide for winger Kobus van Wyk to score in the corner.

Bosch missed the conversion, leaving the visitors clinging to a one-point lead, but a man short after skipper and flanker Chris Cloete was sin-binned.

With 71 minutes gone, Bosch got another chance to win the match, from a 55-metre penalty, and came up trumps.

Cronje, who kicked two conversions and a penalty, had a late chance to regain the lead for the Kings but his long-range penalty attempt finished well off target.

Both teams will be involved in South African derbies next weekend with the Kings hosting the Golden Lions and the Sharks away to the Central Cheetahs.

Man of the match: In a very poor match, few players really put their hands up. Our award goes to Sharks fullback Curwin Bosch, who kicked the winning penalty from 50 metres out.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Adriaanse, Van Wyk
Pens: Bosch 3

For the Southern Kings:
Lerm, Mapimpi
Cons: Cronje 2
Pen: Cronje

Yellow card: Ross Geldenhuys (Southern Kings, 25 - cynical foul, slowing ball down illegally), Chris Cloete (Southern Kings, 66 - foul play, no arms tackle)


Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Bernhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Garth April.

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Johann Tromp.

Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Lourens Adriaanse (26min) and Kobus van Wyk (65min)
Ruaan Lerm (19min) and Makazole Mapimpi (32min)
Lionel Cronje (20min) and Lionel Cronje (33min)
Curwin Bosch (3min), Curwin Bosch (43min), and Curwin Bosch (70min)
Lionel Cronje (46min)
Ross Geldenhuys (25min) and Chris Cloete (65min)
VENUE Kings Park, Durban
REFEREE Egon Seconds (South Africa)