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Super Rugby | Kings Park
15:15 (GMT) | 14-04-2018
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Manie Libbok sends it wide. FULL TIME
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The Bulls rush straight back after the restart and. They send it out wide to Kotze who is loitering at the edge of the pitch and strides over the line. TRY
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Libbok puts his name on the scoreboard with his first Super Rugby points
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Gelant finds himself with the ball in hand as it bounces straight towards him. He kicks forward and chases to secure his hatrick. TRY
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The Sharks playing it around their 22 and they look to clear but the Bulls grab it instead
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The Sharks give away possession and Gelant clear into touch
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Line-out to the hosts outside the 22 of the Bulls now
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The Sharks take the scrum with a powerful shove and Dan Du Preez loses it forward at the 5 as he gets it. Scrum to the Bulls
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Scrum to the Bulls at their 10 now
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The ball sent to the opposite wing and Rob Du Preez looking for an ankle tap wide but Kriel is there on the cover again
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The Bulls controlling the pace of the game well. Neither team attacking prominently but the tactic favouring the Bulls. Scrum to the Sharks at the 10 of the away team now
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Warner looks to clear from his team for the Bulls but it's charged down. The Bulls win it anyway and carry to the 10 of the hosts
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Bulls inside their 10 now
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The ball casually passed forward and the Sharks look highly displeased with the call, but not protesting
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Sharks have it at the half way now and JL Du Preez fighting to make a few meters for his team lest they kick away possession again
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The Bulls fumbling the ball among themselves but making it work. The referee sounds his whistle and the Bulls look around to see a scrum to the visitors, much to their delight
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Scrum to the Bulls at the half way now
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Line-out to the Sharks inside the 10 of the away team. Throw taken and another kicking contest ensues
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Another session of football being played by the back lines and Bosch decides to run it forward before offloading to Am. Gelant is there on the cover
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Line-out to the hosts after the ball is played into touch at their 22
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Penalty to the Bulls at their 10 and they kick into touch at the 22 of the hosts
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The Sharks trying to work their way out of their 10 with Van Der Merwe. They have no such luck and Schrueder kicks forward
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Continued booting of the ball by both sets if backs
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The ball being kicked back and forth now and the Bulls have a throw at their 22 now
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Line-out to the visitors at the home team 22. The Sharks steal it and clear
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The Sharks manage to defend the ball but still very much in a precarious position as the Bulls carry it back
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They win a penalty in the scrum and Pollard kicks into touch at the 22
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The referee halts play for a penalty as Lewies tosses van Zyl into the match official. He reviews the play for dangerous play (to van Zyl, not himself). The call is a scrum to the Bulls
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Du Toit gets himself sent to the bin for his efforts in the maul
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The ball is put into touch at the 5 of the hosts. Line-out taken and the Bulls go for the maul. They make it over the line and the referee says penalty TRY
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They work their way forward and make it over the line wit Gelant, but the referee calls play back for a penalty to the Bulls at the 22
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The Bulls take it forward and and win a throw at the 22 of the Sharks
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Sharks at the half way shortly after the restart. They move the ball along the mid field and lose it forward. Scrum to the Bulls at the half way now
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The referee gets the second half underway

Half Time

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The ball kicked into touch. Sharks throw at their 10. They win a penalty and kick but not into touch. It's put into touch by the Bulls for HALF TIME
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Rob Du Preez secures the extras
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They give it to Esterhuizen and he makes good for the mistake earlier, powering through a few tacklers with the help of his team to fall over the line and pull one back. TRY
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They take their throw and move it along the 5
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The Bulls give away a penalty in their turnover attempts this time around and Du Preez kicks into touch at the 5, desperately looking for a try before the half time whistle
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The Bulls are resilient in the defence and rob Esterhuizen of the ball. It's cleared and the Sharks have a throw at the Bulls 22
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Sharks have a penalty at the 5 and opt for a tap and go
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Jean-Luc Du Preez trying to carry forward for his team after the throw but the Bulls are having none of it. The Sharks probe at the 5 of the visitors
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Line-out to the Sharks at the 5 of the Bulls
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The Sharks send it up and Nkosi kicks it forward for himself, running from his 10. The Bulls trek back and Jesse Kriel matches his pace and is there on the cover
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Another line-out at the 5 for the Bulls and they opt for a maul again. The Bulls at the 5 now
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Line-out to the Bulls at the 5 of the hosts. They take their throw and light a fire underneath the Sharks with the speed at which they attack after the line-out
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Line-out to the Bulls at their 22 as Am is tackled into touch
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Pollard puts it between the sticks
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Line-out at the 5 for the Bulls and they opt for the maul. The Bulls gore the Sharks out of the way and push over the line for a TRY to Strauss
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The Bulls win a turnover after a throw at the Sharks 22. Nyakane the man holding the ball in place this time
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Sharks with a throw at the away team 10. The hosts opting to keep the ball in the center of the pitch. Bosch gets it and steps nicely to pass his man but then gives it away
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Rob Du Preez sends it wide from the 22
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They win another penalty and this time look towards the sticks
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The Bulls kick into touch and they have a throw inside their 10. Sharks have it after a skew throw
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The Bulls win a penalty at the turnover on their 5. Van Staden showing good strength to secure it for his team
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The Sharks win a penalty in the throw; De Jager playing the man in the air. The ball is kicked into touch again
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Du Preez kicks forward looking for a runner. The referee calls play back for a penalty and Du Preez kicks to the corner
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Sharks have a line-out at the 10 of the visitors now
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Scrum to the Sharks at their 10
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The ball lost forward in a Bulls attack
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The Sharks lose out in the line-out and the Bulls formulate their attack once more. The home team turnover and clear, relieving some of the pressure
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They win a penalty and take it quickly, rushing to the 5. The ball is tackled into touch and the hosts have a throw at their 22
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The Bulls showing not signs of taking their foot off the acceleration as they press into the 22 of the hosts again
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Pollard secures the 2 extras
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The Bulls have it at their 22 and work their way out nicely. Now at the opposite 22. Gelant gets it and sends a grubber through the middle for himself and puts it down for his second TRY
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Pollard secures the extras
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The Bulls carry forward with the props and it's sent back to Pollard who lobs one over the top for Gelant who dashes through the space and catches it in the try area; falling down for a wonderful TRY
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Scrum to the Bulls inside the home team 22
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De Jager charging the ball down and forcing the ball to be dropped forward by the hosts
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He takes his kick and puts the hosts in front by 3
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The Bulls gift a penalty to the Sharks shortly after kickoff and and Rob Du Preez sets up for a kick at goal
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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The players getting ready to leave the locker rooms now
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Handre Pollard has made 86 kicks in general play this season, the second-most of any player in the competition behind Elton Jantjies (119).
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The Sharks have stolen 1.4 line-outs per game this season, more than any other team in the competition
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The Bulls have won only one of their last 10 games away from home; however, that sole win came against the Sharks in Round 15 last season
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The Bulls are undefeated in their last five games against the Sharks, their longest ever run without a loss against them. The Sharks have lost their last two home games against South African opposition, the last time they lost more was a three-game drought from 2004 to 2006
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Welcome to Kings Park for the this thrilling SA derby between the Sharks and the Bulls
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Juan Schoeman
  • 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle
  • 3 Thomas Du Toit
  • 4 Ruan Botha
  • 5 Stephan Lewies
  • 6 Philip van der Walt
  • 7 Jean-Luc Du Preez
  • 8 Lubabalo Mtembu
  • 9 Louis Schrueder
  • 10 Robert du Preez
  • 11 Lwazi Mvovo
  • 12 Andre Esterhuizen
  • 13 Lukhanyo Am
  • 14 Sibusiso Nkosi
  • 15 Curwin Bosch
RESERVES
  • 16 Armand van der Merwe
  • 17 Mzamo Majola
  • 18 John-Hubert Meyer
  • 19 Tyler Paul
  • 20 Daniel du Preez
  • 21 Cameron Wright
  • 22 Marius Louw
  • 23 Jacobus Van Wyk
START LINE UP
  • 1 Pierre Schoeman
  • 2 Adriaan Strauss
  • 3 Trevor Nyakane
  • 4 Rudolf Snyman
  • 5 Lodewyk de Jager
  • 6 Marco van Staden
  • 7 Thembelani Bholi
  • 8 Hanro Liebenberg
  • 9 Ivan van Zyl
  • 10 Handre Pollard
  • 11 Divan Rossouw
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Johnny Kotze
  • 15 Warrick Gelant
RESERVES
  • 16 Jaco Visagie
  • 17 Lizo Gqoboka
  • 18 Frans van Wyk
  • 19 Jason Jenkins
  • 20 Roelof Smit
  • 21 Andre Warner
  • 22 Manie Libbok
  • 23 Duncan Matthews
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PREVIEW: Super Rugby, Round Nine - Part Two

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 14:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teams:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teams:

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

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

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

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

The Du Preez factor is very real in this match.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teams:

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

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

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

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Bulls pummel Sharks in Durban

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:45

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Bulls moved to second in the South African Conference after they pummeled the Sharks 40-10 in Durban on Saturday.

John Mitchell's side dominated the game from start to finish and outscored their opponents by six tries to one for a bonus-point as well.

Bulls fullback Warrick Gelant was the star of the show scoring three of his team's six tries.

The Bulls never looked troubled by the Sharks throughout the game and that should be a worry for the Durban side after they seemed to be turning things around towards the latter part of their recent tour.

The Sharks took an early lead with a Robert du Preez penalty in the third minute. However, that lead did not last long with Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard orchestrating the game's first try in the sixth minute.

In the Bulls first attack inside the Sharks' 22, Pollard sent a neat chip kick over the home side's defence with Gelant collecting and scoring the five-pointer. Pollard added the extra two points with the conversion for a 7-3 scoreline.

Two minutes later the Bulls were at it again with an attack that started deep inside their own half. The ball eventually found its way to Gelant who put in a  grubber kick behind the Sharks defence before winning the race in the Sharks' in-goal area and scoring his and his side's second try. Pollard once again added the conversion.

Robert du Preez had an opportunity to reduce the deficit with a penalty in the 21st minute, but he fluffed his kick horribly from about 35 metres out.

The Bulls then rubbed more salt in the Sharks' wounds when Adriaan Strauss scored his team's third try from a driving maul which started a few metres from the Sharks tryline. Pollard added the extras and after 26 minutes the Bulls were in a commanding position leading 21-3.

The Sharks finally crossed the whitewash in the 39th minute when centre Andre Esterhuizen powered his way over after sustained Sharks pressure. Robert du Preez converted and at half-time it was 21-10 in favour of the Bulls. 

The Bulls were the first to strike in the second half when another dominant driving mall near the Sharks' tryline resulted in a seven-point penalty try after a Sharks infringement. It also resulted in Thomas du Toit being sent to the sin bin.

With the heavy rain coming down, the scoring opportunities were limited for the rest of the half with both sides intent on winning the territorial battle with kicks out of hand. 

However, during the closing stages of the game, the Bulls scored another two tries with Gelant completing his hat-trick with a another kick and chase try before Johnny Kötze got the final score.

Man of the match: Lock Lodewyk de Jager was immense in the physical stuff especially on defence. Flyhalf Handre Pollard provided a masterclass at No.10, while flank Marco van Staden put up his hand once again with a strong all-round performance. However, the award goes to Bulls fullback Warrick Gelant for an outstanding performance, which included scoring three of his team's six tries. 

The scorers:

For Sharks:
Try: Esterhuizen
Con: R du Preez
Pen: R du Preez

For Bulls:
Tries: Gelant 3, Strauss, Penalty Try, Kotze
Cons: Pollard 3, Libbok 

Yellow Card: Thomas du Toit (Sharks, 48 - repeated infringements at the maul)

Teams:

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

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

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

Photo: Wayne Seagreen

Andre Esterhuizen (38min)
TRIES
Warrick Gelant (5min), Warrick Gelant (7min), Adriaan Strauss (24min), Warrick Gelant (77min), and Johnny Kotze (79min)
Robert du Preez (39min)
CONVERSIONS
Handre Pollard (6min), Handre Pollard (9min), Handre Pollard (26min), and Manie Libbok (78min)
Robert du Preez (2min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
46min
 
DROP GOALS
Thomas Du Toit (47min)
 
 
VENUE Kings Park
REFEREE TBC