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Super Rugby | Bloemfontein
13:05 (GMT) | 15-04-2017
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The horn sounds after the throw and the referee blows. FULL LTIME
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The ball is kicked into touch and the visitors have a half way throw
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Penalty to the Chiefs; Cheetahs man not releasing the ball in the ruck
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Cruden eyes the posts as he measures the distance for the kick. He takes it but the ball fades away from the sticks
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The Cheetahs get the ball at their 22 after a kick forward but are driven back to their 5. They lose it and Hika Elliot is the man who takes advantage of the mistake, going over the line to score the TRY
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Scrum to the Chiefs around the half way
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The Cheetahs trying to play the ball out of their own 10 after the reset
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Cruden makes quick work of the conversion adding the 2 points
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The Chiefs with the restart. They kick froward from the half way and Stevenson picks up the scraps after Venter loses his footing. TRY to the Chiefs
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Zeilinga sets up for his first kick after coming on. He takes the kick and misses
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Line-out to the hosts inside the 22 of the Chiefs. They make some ground in the maul and Petersen almost slips through along the wing. Penalty to the hosts around the 22 of the Chiefs
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The Cheetahs win a penalty around the half way. Scrum to the hosts
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Rhule breaks away in the mid field but no support is there and he loses it
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The ball doesn't find touch off Blommetjies' boot. The Chiefs kick back and Cheetahs have a half way line throw
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The Cheetahs win a penalty at their 10 after the scrum
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Scrum to the Cheetahs at their 10
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Scrum reset
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The Cheetahs find a gap with Paul Schoeman but the ball is lost forward by Francois Venter. Scrum to the Chiefs around their 10
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The hosts struggling to make it past the 10 of the Chiefs
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Line-out to the Cheetahs at the 10 of the Chiefs and they look to make some ground in the maul. The ball kicked forward and Petersen tries to chase but the Chiefs defence clears
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Cruden readying himself for 5 conversion kick. He takes it puts his team in front for the first time
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The Chiefs showing good form to pass the ball around elusively. Lowe gets it along the wing and has only a few steps to take before making it over the line to score the TRY
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The ball is cleared and the Chiefs make their way forward again, now at the 22 of the hosts
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Line-out to the hosts at their 5 after the reset
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Cruden takes his kick but misses
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They take their throw around the mid field and the McKenzie makes some space for his team drawing the Cheetahs close to him making space for his team mates and Kerr-Barlow is the man that gets the final offload then runs from the 22 to score the TRY
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The ball tackled into touch and the Chiefs have a line-out after the reset.
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The kick is good. 3 points
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Penalty to the Chiefs around the 10 of the hosts. Cruden sets up for a kick from 32 meters
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The Chiefs around the 10 of the hosts after the reset
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He takes his kick and it's over
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The Cheetahs struggling to make their way forward into the 22 of the away team. The referee blows and the hosts have a penalty. Marais sets up for a penalty kick
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The Cheetahs take a line-out at the 5 and try to make some ground forward but lose it forward. Scrum to the away team at their 5
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The ball kicked forward along the ground but the Chiefs defence is there. The referee goes back for an infringement by Kane Hames and awards him a yellow card
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The Cheetahs win a penalty and kick into touch at the 5 of the visitors
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The Cheetahs on the attack now early in the second half, at the 10 of the visitors
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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Cruden secures the extras. HALF TIME
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Line-out at the 5 of the Cheetahs. The ball is sent over the top and in an outstanding move the visitors make it over the line after and offload by Cane to Pulu. TRY
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Penalty to the Chiefs after the scrum. The ball is kicked into touch by Cruden
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Scrum at the half way for the Cheetahs
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Line-out to the Chiefs at the half way after a seemingly strong break by the Cheetahs
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The Cheetahs turnover and but lose it again. The ball is cleared and the hosts start their attack from their 10
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The ball is lost and the Chiefs build from their own half. Line-out for the Chiefs at their 10
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The hosts take their scrum at the half way. The ball is moved down field and the Cheetahs have a throw at the Chiefs 10
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Scrum to the Chiefs after the ball is lost forward in the line-out.
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Cruden takes his kick from the widest possible angle and secures the 2 points
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Toni Pulu makes it over the line placing it on the edge of the try line with a spectacular dive to secure the 5 points. TRY
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Another line-out for the Chiefs at the 5 of the hosts
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Line-out for the Chiefs at the 5 of the hosts. They take it and try to squeeze through the gap along the touch line but the ball is tackled into touch
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Penalty to the Cheetahs as the ball is played forward by the visitors. Penalty in the scrum and the Chiefs take it quick looking to catch the Cheetahs off gaurd
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The Chiefs turnover and Lowe kicks into touch at the 5 from his own half. Good kick
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The Cheetahs have a penalty after the reset kick. The ball is sent into touch and the hosts have a line-out at their 10
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Marais makes it 4 for 4
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The Cheetahs turn over after the penalty and Blommetjies passes two and offloads to the captain who takes a few steps and plants it between the sticks for a third Cheetahs TRY
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The Chiefs have a penalty after the reset and have to play it from their 22
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Marais adds the extra 2 points
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They take the line-out and push forward with immense strength in the maul to go over the line and score another TRY. Credited to Van Jaarsveld
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The ball kicked forward by the hosts and bounces off McKenzie into touch. They have a line-out inside the 22
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Scrum reset
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The visitors make it to the 10 of the home team but give away a penalty. Scrum at the 10 of the hosts
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The reset kick is taken down by the Cheifs and they look to respond now
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Niel Marais secures the extras
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The Cheetahs trying to get over the line with the maul. They sent the ball down field and Rhule is the man that finds the gap and makes it over the line. Cheetahs score the first TRY of the match
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The ball sent into touch again at the 5 of the Chiefs
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The hosts make some ground to the 5 and lose it but the referee blows to stop play
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Penalty to the Cheetahs. They kick into touch inside the 22 of the Chiefs
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Penalty to the Cheetahs; Cheifs collapsing the maul. Another 5 meter throw. They look to build from inside the 22 but the ball is cleared and the Cheifs make it to the half way
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They win another penalty and kick into touch around the 5
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The restart kick is sent to the 22 and the Cheetahs kick forward cheekily and break to the 22 of the Chiefs
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Marais sets up for a penalty from inside the 22. He takes his kick and opens the scoring for this fixture.
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The Chiefs drive the hosts back to the 22. The referee blows for a penalty to the Cheetahs as they lose the ball under advantage
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The Cheetahs get a penalty after the kickoff. Marais sends it into touch and they have a throw at the 5
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The referee blows and the game is underway
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker rooms now
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The Cheetahs (91 percent) are the only team this season to boast a goal kicking success rate above 90 percent. Damian McKenzie (578 metres) is one of just two players to have gained more than 500 metres this campaign, and he's just 14m behind league-leader Sarel Marais (592 metres).
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Eleven of the Chiefs' last 14 games in South Africa have been decided by a single figure margin; the Chiefs will be looking to avoid back-to-back defeats in the country for the first time since May 2008
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Chiefs have won 3 of the last 5 encounters between these two sides
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Welcome to Bloemfontein, where the Cheetahs will host the Chiefs
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Johannes Coetzee
  • 4 Armandt Koster
  • 5 Carl Wegner
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Teboho Mohoje
  • 8 Henco Venter
  • 9 Shaun Venter
  • 10 Niel Marais
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 12 Nico Lee
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 Sergeal Petersen
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
RESERVES
  • 16 Elandré Huggett
  • 17 Charles Marais
  • 18 Tom Botha
  • 19 Francois Uys
  • 20 Niell Jordaan
  • 21 Junior Pokomela
  • 22 Tian Meyer
  • 23 Fred Zellinga
START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Brayden Mitchell
  • 3 Atunaisa Moli
  • 4 Taleni Seu
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Mitchell Brown
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 13 Sam McNicol
  • 14 Toni Pulu
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Hika Elliot
  • 17 Siegfried Fisiihoi
  • 18 Sosefo Kautai
  • 19 Dominic Bird
  • 20 Liam Messam
  • 21 Finlay Christie
  • 22 Alex Nankivell
  • 23 Shaun Stevenson
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SR Preview: Round Eight, Part Two

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:23

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: It is not a derby day in the true sense, but Saturday do have two very intriguing domestic encounters.

Without a doubt, the match of the weekend is the African Conference showdown between the in-form Stormers and the equally impressive Lions.

However, before we get to that delectable course on the menu, we have an all-Australian derby between the Rebels and the Brumbies - the country's most desperate team (the Rebels, in danger of losing their place in Super Rugby) against the conference's most consistent franchise.

That is followed by another game that includes a team under threat of being axed from the Super Rugby, the Cheetahs hosting a Chiefs team desperate to bounce back from a disappointing loss last week.

Then it is the Newlands encounter, the Stormers against the Lions, before the desperate Bulls (with one win from six starts) host the impressive Jaguares (also keen to bounce back from a loss last week) to bring the weekend to an end.

In Part Two of the preview, we look at the last four matches of the weekend!

Saturday, April 15:

Rebels v Brumbies
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.45; 09.45 GMT)

The dark cloud of being axed from the competition will continue to hover over the winless Rebels, and probably stifle them even more.

Rebels assistant coach Morgan Turinui this week told his side to stay focused on the task, despite the growing distraction.

As the speculation intensifies following the Australian Rugby Union's statement that the Rebels are on the culling shortlist, Turinui has reminded the players to "control the controllables" ahead of Saturday'

However, the most powerful statement came from within the player ranks.

After the hardest start to the Super Rugby season - with four New Zealand opponents in the first five games - the Rebels are preparing for the second Australian derby of the season.

Rebels utility back Reece Hodge believes the side has shown, in patches this season, what they are capable of achieving.

However, nothing less than an 80-minute performance will suffice against the conference-leading Brumbies.

"We're all hungry and working hard to put that performance together and hopefully this weekend is the weekend," Hodge said.

"We played great for the first half [against the Waratahs last month] and then we stopped playing. So, if we can play for 80 minutes like we played the first half I think we'll be in great shape.

"That's what we're all striving for here and what we've been working so hard for this week so we're all really excited to put that out there on the weekend."

The Brumbies sit seven points clear at the top of the Australian Conference with three wins from six outings, including a 43-10 victory over the Reds in Canberra last weekend.

Hodge said the Brumbies have set the standard in Australia so far during the 2017 Super Rugby season.

"The Brumbies have set the benchmark with their execution in the set pieces, they're always a physical team and last week they showed against the Reds that they've got some exciting backs to play off of," he said.

"They're going to present a really strong challenge in every facet of the game."

Recent results:
2016: Brumbies won 30-22, Melbourne
2015: Rebels won 13-8, Canberra
2015: Brumbies 20-15, Melbourne
2014: Brumbies won 37-10, Canberra
2014: Rebels won 32-24

Prediction: The Brumbies have won eight of their last 10 games against the Rebels, including an eight-point win when they last met in Round 12 last season. The Rebels have conceded 111 points combined in the second stanzas of their last four games on home turf, losing on each occasion. The Brumbies have won each of their last five road games within Australia, their longest ever winning streak in such fixtures. The Brumbies have conceded just 5.7 clean breaks per game this campaign, fewer than any other team. Rudolph Snyman won a round-high seven line-outs (including steals) in Round Seven, bringing his season tally to 23 line-outs wins. More misery awaits the Rebels. The Brumbies should take this by 15.

Teams:

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Lopeti Timani, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Tom Moloney, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Ben Volavola.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew Smith, 11 Tom Banks, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Tom Staniforth, 21 Tom Cusack, 22 De Wet Roos, 23 Jordan Jackson-Hope.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Cheetahs v Chiefs
(Free State Stadium, Pretoria - Kick-off: 15.05; 13.05 GMT; 01.05 NZ Time Sunday. April 16)

Another game where the Super Rugby axe is hovering over one of the teams.

However, the Chiefs - in the second match of a three-game tour -  have concerns of their own after last weekend's defeat against the Stormers.

Although the loss at Newlands was their first of the season - and they still sit third in the New Zealand conference, equal on points with the Hurricanes, two back from the unbeaten Crusaders - they can't afford another loss in what is becoming a tight race for play-off spots.

The Cheetahs are coming off a bye, but with just two wins from six starts they a whopping 17 points adrift of the unbeaten Stormers in the Africa One conference.

According to coach Franco Smith, their biggest problem is to shake the fear of failure which is choking them up - especially now that it has been confirmed they are one of the teams on the shortlist to be axed next year.

Smith said the past six weeks had been tough, with players increasingly jittery as rumours continued to fly about the Cheetahs being axed from the competition.

"We worked hard on getting the players' confidence back, to get them to believe again," he said.

"We just want the players not to be scared to lose, but play to win.

"Our focus this week has been to get our game right - our attack, defence and set pieces.

"We know what quality team the Chiefs is.

"I feel that against the Jaguares we gave them too much respect, playing with the wrong mindset.

"That is why having the right mindset against the Chiefs is so important, especially such a quality team."

Recent results:
2015: Chiefs won 37-27, Hamilton
2014: Cheetahs and Chiefs drew 43-all, Bloemfontein
2013: Chiefs won 45-3, Hamilton
2012: Chiefs won 39-33, Bloemfontein
2010: Cheetahs and Chiefs drew 25-all, Hamilton

Prediction: The Cheetahs are winless in nine games against the Chiefs since they won their first ever encounter in Round Nine, 1997. However, the South African squad have taken competition points from all but one of their previous five home games against the Chiefs. Eleven of the Chiefs' last 14 games in South Africa have been decided by a single figure margin; the Chiefs will be looking to avoid back-to-back defeats in the country for the first time since May 2008. The Cheetahs (91 percent) are the only team this season to boast a goal kicking success rate above 90 percent. Damian McKenzie (578 metres) is one of just two players to have gained more than 500 metres this campaign, and he's just 14m behind league-leader Sarel Marais (592 metres). The Cheetahs are in for a world of pain - a hiding of note from a quality Chiefs team that will win by 20 points or more.

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Junior Pokomela, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Sam McNicol, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Taleni Seu, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Stormers v Lions
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT)

Both teams lashed out feverishly with bucketloads of praises at the opposition - the underdog tag seemingly just as coveted as the points for winning.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said it will be a "cracker of a game, but felt his team will have to replicate the tempo and intensity that secured them a famous win over the Chiefs last week.

"The message to the team was that last week can't be a one-off," Fleck said, adding: "We have to put back-to-back performances together."

He described the upcoming game as a big South African derby against "arguably the best team in the country".

The Stormers mentor felt the Lions had no right to claim the underdog tag, but admitted playing at home "evens it out" for the Cape Town-based franchise.

"He described it as a game between "two good teams on form".

"It will be important that we play with the same ferocity and tempo that we played last week [in the win over the Chiefs]," Fleck said.

"The Lions are a quality outfit. They scored the most tries in the competition last year and are the best attacking outfit - with lots of line-breaks and [31] tries [in six games this year].

"They are going to ask lots of questions of us defensively.

"If we want to beat the Lions we have to play at the same tempo we did last week, if not more."

Fleck pointed out that the Lions were able to do that week in, week out against Kiwi opposition last year and that was the reason for their success.

"One thing about Ackers [head coach Johan Ackerman] and [backline coach] Swys [de Bruin], they know what buttons to push to get their squad up and running.

"Swys is a wily old fox and knows exactly how to plan his attack against us."

Recent results:
2016: Lions won 29-22, Johannesburg
2015: Stormers and Lions drew 19-all, Cape Town
2015: Stormers won 22-19, Johannesburg
2014: Stormers won 18-3, Cape Town
2014: Lions won 34-10, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Lions are undefeated in their last two games against the Stormers after having won just one of the previous 12 encounters between these teams. The Lions have won five of their last six games, including each of their last three in a row, scoring an average of 38 points per game in that six-game stretch. The Stormers have won 25 of their last 30 home games against South African opposition, with their last three losses in such fixtures coming against the Sharks. The Stormers have scored seven tries on the back of a kick return so far this season; no other team has scored more via this method. Franco Mostert and Pieter-Steph du Toit have each stolen five line-outs so far this season, two more than any other players in the competition. There is no doubt the Stormers are South Africa's form team and Fleck is correct, it will be a cracker - which his team will edge, by six points.

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Daniel du Plessis, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Johan du Toit, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 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 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Bulls v Jaguares
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 19.30; 17.30 GMT; 14.30 Argentina Time)
 
Introspection was the key word in Pretoria this week.

The Bulls are hovering well outside the top 10 in the standings and are almost certainly out of the play-off race - with just one win in six starts.

However, last week's loss to the Sunwolves is the one that hurts most.

Bulls coach Nollis Marais was not hiding away from their poor performances, having earlier in the week admitted he is under pressure and his job may be on the line.

"We are not where we wanted to be at this stage of the competition and that is disappointing," Marais said.

"Yes, we had a tough schedule in the opening weeks of the competition, but good teams are supposed to overcome those.

"I still believe we have the make-up, talent and mindset to become a serious contender in the tournament this year, but reality bit hard.

"We under-performed, but there is massive determination to turn our season around."

Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss well aware of the threats the Jaguares will pose.

"They are almost a Test team and they play Test match style rugby," Strauss said.

"They minimise mistakes, take the points and put a huge emphasis on first phase. That makes them a difficult team to breakdown.

"We can do that, but will need patience on attack and discipline on defence," Strauss added.

"The team is absolutely delighted to be back home, not only in their personal capacity, but also back at Loftus, where our other family lives.

"We need to show we are a championship team and I think us coming back to our fans and support base, could just be the spark."

Previous result:
2016: Jaguares won 29-11, Buenos Aires

Prediction: The only previous meeting between these teams saw the Argentine squad run out a 29-11 victory in Round 15 last season. The Bulls have won their last seven games at home to teams visiting from outside South Africa, winning by an average margin of 19 points in that period. The Jaguares have won five of their last seven games against South African opposition, and have taken a losing bonus point from both defeats in that run. The Argentine squad are the only team in the competition yet to concede a try when their opponent has begun possession with a scrum. Ramiro Moyano has scored five tries in his last four games for the Jaguares, though each of those tries was scored on home turf. Another South African team likely to be hugely disappointed again. The Jaguares should win an arm-wrestle - by nine points.

Teams:

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nick de Jager, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Warrick Gelant.

Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Santiago Gonzales Iglesias, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Baez, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Nicolas Sanchez, 23 Ramiro Moyano.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Egon Seconds (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Clinical Chiefs beat Cheetahs

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:35

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: A clinical second-half performance by the Chiefs ensured them a 41-27 win against a resilient Cheetahs side in Bloemfontein.

The hosts kicked the game off in magnificent form, which left the visitors in stunned. The Cheetahs scored three tries - courtesy of Raymond Rhule, Torsten Van Jaarsveld, Francois Venter - to take a 24-0 after 22 minutes of play.

Chiefs gradually worked themselves in the match and responded with a six-try scoring spree to claim a bonus-point Round eight victory at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Even a second-half yellow card for prop Kane Hames did not upset the visitors, who outscored the hosts by eight points to three while he was in the bin.

Winning enabled two-time Super Rugby champions Chiefs to climb one place to second in the New Zealand conference, two points behind Crusaders.

Cheetahs remained second in the Africa One conference, 17 points adrift of Stormers, who host Lions in a South African derby later on Saturday.

"The Cheetahs played some fantastic rugby in the early stages," said SuperSport analyst and former South Africa coach Nick Mallett.

"But a telling statistic is that in the final 58 minutes, the Chiefs scored 41 points and the Cheetahs just three.

"Chiefs became better and better as the game progressed and the offensive kicking of fly-half Aaron Cruden into the corners was superb."

Defeat completed a miserable week for the Cheetahs, who learnt that they are likely to be axed from the competition next season when it is reduced from 18 teams to 15.

Two of the sides to be ditched will come from the six South African franchises with the Cheetahs and the Port Elizabeth-based Southern Kings expected to get the chop.

The other casualties of the cull will be Australian --either the Melbourne Rebels or the Perth-based Western Force.

Flyhalf Niel Marais kicked a penalty and converted tries by wing Rhule, hooker Van Jaarsveld and centre Francois Venter in an early Cheetahs purple patch.  

But the big lead was trimmed to 24-14 by half-time as wing Toni Pulu scored two tries which Cruden converted.

Marais slotted another penalty on 50 minutes to stretch the lead, but those were the final points scored by the South Africans as the Chiefs took total control.

Cruden kicked a penalty and two conversions and scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow, wingers James Lowe and substitute Shaun Stevenson, and replacement hooker Hika Elliot sored tries.    

Man of the Match: Like always we expected Toni Pulu, James Lowe and Damian McKenzi to run much of the proceedings and indeed they did. Despite the dire second-half performance of the Cheetahs, our award for man of the match goes to wing Raymond Rhule, who worked hard out wide and kept McKenzi really busy in defence.

The scorers:

For Cheetahs:
Tries
: Rhule, Van Jaarsveld, Venter
Cons: Marais 3
Pens:  Marais 2

For Chiefs:
Tries:
Pulu 2, Kerr-Barlow, Stevenson, Lowe, Elliot
Cons: Cruden 4
Pen: Cruden

Yellow Card: Kane Hames (Chiefs, 44 - collapsing the maul)

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Junior Pokomela, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Sam McNicol, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Taleni Seu, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Agence France-Presse

Raymond Rhule (10min), Torsten Van Jaarsveld (16min), Francois Venter (20min), and Francois Venter (72min)
TRIES
Toni Pulu (28min), Toni Pulu (39min), Tawera Kerr-Barlow (53min), James Lowe (59min), and Hika Elliot (76min)
Niel Marais (11min), Niel Marais (17min), and Niel Marais (21min)
CONVERSIONS
Aaron Cruden (29min), Aaron Cruden (40min), Aaron Cruden (60min), and Aaron Cruden (73min)
Niel Marais (3min) and Niel Marais (48min)
PENALTIES
Aaron Cruden (51min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Kane Hames (44min)
 
 
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)