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Super Rugby | Newlands
13:05 (GMT) | 05-05-2018
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Line-out stolen and the Bulls run it into touch. FULL TIME
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The Bulls keep coming as the hooter sounds. Penalty to the hosts and the ball is put into touch at the 22 by du Plessis
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Line-out to the hosts and the Stormers kick into touch in the mid field
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The Bulls find space through the middle and run to the 22 but the cover is there. They send it out wide and Kotze look to sneak passed the defenders but Leyds is there on the cover and tackles him into touch
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Penalty to the Bulls at their 10 and Libbok takes it quickly
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Penalty to the hosts in the scrum and the ball is kicked into touch in the mid field
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The Bulls make some ground forward after the Stormers scrum and the ball is lost forward in contact again. Scrum to the visitors this time
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Scrum reset
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The Bulls lose it forward and the hosts have a scrum inside their 10
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The referee says penalty to the away team and Pollard kicks it but not into touch. Leyds runs it back to the half way and the Bulls turnover. The visitors now in possession at the away team 10
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The Stormers push forward but lose it forward as well in the ruck
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The Stormers make their way forward slowly but have a line-out at the away team 10
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The ball is kicked into touch in the mid field and the hosts look to build from the half way
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Scrum to the hosts and they take a powerful scrum winning the penalty
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The Stormers holding out in their defence and force a knock-on
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The Bulls again working the ball along the 5 now
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Line-out at the 5 and the and the Bulls opt for a maul
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Scrum to the to the visitors. They win a penalty in the scrum and kick into touch
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Willemse adds the extras
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De Allende gets it out wide and runs to the 5 before a series of offloads sends Samuels over the line. TRY
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The home team probing at the 22 now
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The Stormers clear and start to work their way forward from the half way
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Line-out outside the 22 taken and the Bulls maneuver inside the danger zone now looking for a gap
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The Bulls win the Stormers scrum showing some good form. The ball is kicked into touch
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Scrum reset
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The ball knocked forward after Rhule and Pollard contest for it in the air. Scrum to the hosts at the half way
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Du Toit steals the ball in the throw and the home team run it to the half way
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Penalty to the Bulls and they kick into touch inside the 22 of the hosts
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Marais lines it up for a kick at goal and puts it between the sticks
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The hosts win a penalty on the half way line as the Bulls press forward
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Willemse adds the extras
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The restart kick is taken and the Stormers move it out wide quickly to Marais who threads himself through a gap along the edge of the pitch and goes all the way to score the TRY
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Pollard secures the extras
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Jenkins gets it after Warner hands him the ball. He jogs into space and scores a TRY
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The Bulls moving it along the 5 now
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Line-out to the visitors at the 5 of the Stormers now
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The Bulls defend their lines and make their way forward now. They win a penalty in the mid field and kick into touch
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Line-out to the hosts inside the 10 of the Bulls now
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The Bulls kick forward and almost make it to the try line but De Allende is there on the cover and clears into touch at the half way. The Stormers defending at their 22 now
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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The ball is booted out into touch. HALF TIME
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The Bulls turnover after the throw and have it at their 22 now
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The ball is sent back to Pollard after the scrum and it's cleared into touch
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Duvenage kicks it forward and Notshe is there after a fortunate bounce. He makes it over the line but not before knocking on
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Strauss concedes a penalty and Willemse kicks it into touch inside the 10
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The Stormers holding the Bulls inside their 10 well. It forces Pollard to go for the box kick and the hosts have it inside their 22 now
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The Bulls looking to move through along one wing but find no space. They send it down to the other hoping for a different result
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Pollard lines it up for a kick at goal. He puts his foot through it and adds 3, despite the strong winds
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The referee refers to the TMO and says yellow card to Samuels for a late tackle on Pollard
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Line-out to the hosts at their 22. The ball then booted forward into the 10 of the Bulls. The away team takes the ball and runs it forward with pace now
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Kriel has a go at the blue wall but he too is stopped. The visitors give away a penalty and the ball is kicked into touch
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Snyman gets it and they look for the maul. It's moved to the center of the sticks and Pollard attempts to sneak through
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Another penalty at the 5 and the ball is kicked into touch for a Bulls throw
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The visitors win another penalty and Pollard promptly puts it into touch inside the 22
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Line-out to the Bulls at the half way. They look for a maul but Du Toit turns it over and the hosts building now
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Scrum reset
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The ball lost forward by Du Toit as he looks to do what De Jager did on the opposite side of the field
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Line-out to the hosts at the 5 now after a penalty in the scrum
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the hosts at the 22 now
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The ball dropped into touch by Rossouw at his 22. The referee says it was knocked forward first
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Pollard secures the extras
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Van Staden picks up a loose ball after the throw and runs it back inside the 22. They work it on the edge of the 22 and Pollard with an outstanding pass inside and De Jager is the man that runs into space and slides over the line. TRY
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The Stormers win the ball and Marais clears into touch at the 22
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It's kicked into touch at the 22 and the Bulls on the attack know as De Jager carries forward
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The ball being contested by both teams in the mid field as they attempt to get some continuity going. The hosts give away a penalty
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Willemse sends his kick wide
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Throw at the half way to the hosts now. Penalty to the hosts at the 10. The Bulls discipline letting them down in the first 15 minutes
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Line-out to the Stormers at their 22 after a good kick forward by Gelant. Line-out taken and an immediate penalty after they sack Du Toit
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Willemse with a kick from another tough angle. He takes it and sends it wide
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The Stormers look to run around instead of go for a maul but they run into traffic. They grind forward at the 5 and Louw is the man that bulldozes his way over the line to score a second TRY for his team
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Penalty in the scrum and Willemse kicks it into touch at the 5
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The hosts take their throw and the ball is lost forward in contact. Scrum to the home team inside the Bulls' 10
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The Stormers clear the ball after the restart. Line-out taken and the visitors look to build but Kotze is ruled offside. Penalty to the hosts
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Willemse makes it a full 7 points
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The Stormers take a powerful scrum and shove the Bulls back. They send it back to Willemse and he rushes over the line to score the first TRY
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Scrum reset
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The referee calls for a scrum to the Bulls at their 5
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The Stormers off to a rabid start as the press aggressively inside the 22. They win a penalty and Leyds takes a quick tap. The ball is sent to Van Zyl after the ruck and he makes it over the line. The referee reviews the play and says no try
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The referee gives the signal and the game is underway
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The players getting ready to leave the locker rooms now
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Siya Kolisi has made an average gain of six metres per carry this season, the most of any forward to have made at least 50 carries (58 carries for 350 metres)
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The Bulls have won their last two South African derbies away from home; the last time they won more was a three-game streak in 2013. The Bulls have won the most line-outs per game (15) of any team this season, with the highest success rate (92 percent)
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Each of the Stormers' last 10 games has been won by the home team on the day; the Stormers have won four games in that time
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The Bulls will be looking to defeat the Stormers twice in a single campaign for the first time after picking up a 33-23 win when they met in Round Seven this season
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Welcome to Newlands, where the Stormers will host the Bulls in this thrilling SA derby
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
  • 2 Ramone Samuels
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 4 Chris van Zyl
  • 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 6 Siya Kolisi
  • 7 Kobus van Dyk
  • 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 9 Dewaldt Duvenage
  • 10 Damian Willemse
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 12 Damian de Allende
  • 13 Johannes Engelbrecht
  • 14 Dillyn Leyds
  • 15 Sarel Marais
RESERVES
  • 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg
  • 18 Frans Malherbe
  • 19 Cobus Wiese
  • 20 Nizaam Carr
  • 21 Paul De Wet
  • 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis
  • 23 Seabelo Senatla
START LINE UP
  • 1 Lizo Gqoboka
  • 2 Adriaan Strauss
  • 3 Conraad van Vuuren
  • 4 Rudolf Snyman
  • 5 Lodewyk de Jager
  • 6 Marco Van Staden
  • 7 Jason Jenkins
  • 8 Thembelani Bholi
  • 9 Andre Warner
  • 10 Handre Pollard
  • 11 Divan Rossouw
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Johnny Kotze
  • 15 Warrick Gelant
RESERVES
  • 16 Jaco Visagie
  • 17 Nqobisiwe Mxoli
  • 18 Frans van Wyk
  • 19 Nick de Jager
  • 20 Roelof Smit
  • 21 Ivan van Zyl
  • 22 Manie Libbok
  • 23 Travis Ismaiel
Mc article super rugby round 12   part two 800

PREVIEW: Super Rugby, Round 12 - Part Two

Thu, 03 May 2018 23:10

TRANS-TASMAN STREAK: The Waratahs could have done without the stag-party antics of Wallaby Nick Phipps before they try to end the drought of Australian sides against New Zealand opposition in Sydney on Saturday.

Phipps was stripped of the Waratahs' captaincy and fined AU$4,000 after drunkenly urinating on a bar while dressed as a cow during his pre-wedding celebration last week, when the franchise had a bye.

Presuming the Melbourne Rebels don't cause an almighty upset on Friday against the Super Rugby-leading Crusaders, the Tahs are eyeing a great chance of ending what will be, by then, a 37-match trans-Tasman losing streak against the struggling Blues.

No word yet on how Phipps and teammates might celebrate if they win.

We take a look at the Saturday matches!

Saturday, May 5:

Hurricanes v Lions
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington- Kick-off: 19.35; 09.35 SA time; 07.35 GMT)

The Hurricanes will bank on their 'big game' ability in a repeat of the 2016 Final and a semifinal last year.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said the fact the Lions beat the Hurricanes in the semifinal of last year's championship had not been too much of a factor in the build-up.

Boyd had enjoyed the fact the Hurricanes had been able to enjoy a 'long week' of preparation.

They have had nine Friday games so to have a normal week and to play on a Saturday was very good.

"They [the Lions] have been a little up and down with their form, but I thought they were terrific against the Stormers, it was a great game of footy and I really enjoyed watching it," Boyd said.

"They were good against the Crusaders, but got pipped in a pretty low scoring game and they were obviously very good to keep the Waratahs to zero a couple of weeks ago - so they are more than capable," he added.

Lions coach Swys de Bruin, well known to Boyd from the time they spent together at the Sharks, said they are not going out to avenge their loss to the Hurricanes in the 2016 Final.

"The Hurricanes are a tough team to beat on their home ground," De Bruin said.

"However, we have to focus on ourselves. If we focus too much on then we won't get the desired result."

The Lions coach said "every game is important" now, as South Africa's premier team - who has six wins from 10 starts - heads towards the business end of the season.

"We would like to get some more points out of the tour and we will go flat-out in the next two games.

"We have to work on a lot of aspects of our game that were not good in the first half [in the loss to the Reds last week].

"We have focussed on our intensity and to protect the ball carrier.

"We also have to better in terms of decision-making, as we did not take our opportunities against the Reds -."

Recent results:
2017: Lions won 44-29, Johannesburg (semifinal)
2016: Hurricanes won 20-3, Wellington (Final)
2016: Hurricanes won 50-17, Johannesburg
2015: Hurricanes won 22-8, Johannesburg
2012: Hurricanes won 30-28, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won their last seven regular season games on the bounce against the Lions, scoring 30-plus points in all but one of those victories. The Hurricanes haven't lost a home game against South African opposition since Round 11, 2013 (v Stormers); they've picked up 10 wins on the trot since that defeat. The Lions have lost two of their last three games away from home, and will be looking to avoid back-to-back away defeats in a single regular season for the first time since 2014. The Lions have beaten 29 defenders per game this season, more than any other franchise in the competition. Jordie Barrett made a round-high five offloads in Round 11, taking his season tally to 18; only Jean-Luc de Preez (21) has made more this campaign. The Lions can win, but the smart money is on the Hurricanes to win by 10 points.

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Nehe Milner-Skudder.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nicholas Groom, 8 Albertus Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Richard Kelly
TMO: Shane McDermott

Waratahs v Blues
(Brookvale Oval, Sydney - 19.40; 21.40 NZ time; 09.40 GMT)

Although the Waratahs are favourites against the Blues, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson says the lack of depth in Australian teams could be exposed in the next few weeks.

"The depth of the squad is always tested and that's the most critical thing in Super Rugby," Robertson said.

"The next two to three weeks, there are some games where we'll see if there's still a gulf or if it's been bridged by the Australians.

"I know they're hungry and we need Aussie rugby to be really strong."

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has made three changes and has once again paired Will Miller with captain Michael Hooper in the back row.

Kurtley Beale will be joined by Lalakai Foketi in the centres, while winger Cam Clark is set to make his first start of the season.

The Tahs welcome back Israel Folau, who's recovered from a hamstring injury.

Paddy Ryan is set to celebrate his 100th Super Rugby cap for the Waratahs.

The Waratahs have averaged 41 points in their three home wins this season, but will play their first regular season match at Brookvale Oval

Gibson said his charges are determined to set the record straight after the horror show that saw them being held scoreless - a 0-29 loss to the Lions a fortnight ago - before the break.

"We're still working out how that happened [against the Lions], still learning lessons from it and we're still seething from it," the Tahs coach said.

"We want to make sure we respond well to that and we'll get that opportunity this weekend."

Recent results:
2017: Blues won 40-33, Sydney
2016: Blues won 34-28, Auckland
2015: Waratahs won 23-11, Sydney
2014: Blues won 21-13, Auckland
2013: Waratahs won 30-27, Sydney

Prediction: The Blues have won five of their last seven games against the Waratahs including their last two; the last time they won more on the bounce against the New South Wales team was a three-game streak from 2002 to 2004. The Waratahs didn't manage a single point in their last game, only once in Super Rugby history has any Australian team gone on to win their next game after failing to score a point (Rebels in Round Two, 2011). The Blues are undefeated in their last five games in Australia, including wins in each of their last four visits. The Waratahs boast a goal-kicking success rate of 88 percent this campaign, the best of any team in the competition. Bernard Foley has scored 98 points this campaign, the most of any player yet to cross for a try and the second most overall behind Robert du Preez (114). The Blues will end their losing streak with an eight-point win over the Waratahs and extend that trans-Tasman streak.

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Cameron Clark, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 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 Curtis Rona, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Blues: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Tumua Manu, 13 Orbyn Leger, 12 Rieko Ioane, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Augustine Pulu (captain), 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 James Parsons, 1 Ross Wright.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Mike Tamoaieta, 19 Ben Nee-Nee/Lyndon Dunshea, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Dan Kirkpatrick, 23 Terrence Hepetema.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner, Will Houston
TMO: George Ayoub

Stormers v Bulls
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 15.00; 13.00 GMT)

With just two points separating the teams in positions two (Bulls, 20), three (Stormers, 18) and four (Sharks, 18) in the South African conference, this is a vital encounter.

However, Bulls coach John Mitchell is more concerned with the style of play, rather than the play-off race.

Mitchell is supporting his players, following media criticism that the Pretoria outfit should be kicking close-range penalties at goal and not to touch.

The three-time Super Rugby champions have consistently preferred to bang the ball into touch this season in the hope of scoring pushover tries rather than going for three points.

"I am aware of the criticism, but these decisions rest with the players and I back them," said former All Blacks coach Mitchell.

The much-anticipated North-South derby will test the Bulls, Mitchell said.

"There are more than log points to play for," the New Zealander said.

"We are always striving to improve on our previous effort and to grow as a team. That will again be the case.

"This will be as tough as SA derbies go, no doubt, which will be a good test for our discipline and game management."
 
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is looking forward to what should be another classic at Newlands.

"It is always a special occasion when these two teams meet at Newlands and I am sure this match will be no exception," Fleck said.

"We are focused on building on the positive aspects of our win against the Rebels last week and ensuring that we are clinical in our execution on Saturday," he added.

Recent results:
2018: Bulls won 33-23, Pretoria
2017: Stormers won 41-33, Pretoria
2017: Stormers won 37-24, Cape Town
2016: Bulls won 17-13, Pretoria
2016: Stormers won 33-9, Cape Town

Prediction: The Bulls will be looking to defeat the Stormers twice in a single campaign for the first time after picking up a 33-23 win when they met in Round Seven this season. Each of the Stormers' last 10 games has been won by the home team on the day; the Stormers have won four games in that time. The Bulls have won their last two South African derbies away from home; the last time they won more was a three-game streak in 2013. The Bulls have won the most line-outs per game (15) of any team this season, with the highest success rate (92 percent). Siya Kolisi has made an average gain of six metres per carry this season, the most of any forward to have made at least 50 carries (58 carries for 350 metres). The Stormers seems to keep their best for the Bulls and Newlands and will win a thriller by five points.

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johannes Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Seabelo Senatla.

Bulls - provisional: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw/Travis Ismaiel, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Thembelani Bholi/Marco van Staden, 7 Jason Jenkins/Thembelani Bholi, 6 Marco van Staden/Roelof Smit, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frans van Wyk/Nqobisiwe Mxoli, 18 Conrad van Vuuren, 19 Hendre Stassen/Roelof Smit, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Manie Libbok, 22-23 Divan Rossouw/Travis Ismaiel.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds, Fhatuwani Rasivhenge
TMO: Willie Vos

Sharks v Highlanders
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 17.05; 15.05 GMT; 03.05 NZ time Sunday, May 13)

The Highlanders will look to complete a clean sweep of their South African tour, before heading home to face their third successive opponent from the Republic.

They beat the Bulls by a point last week and will be confident they can score their fourth successive win.

It will set them up nicely for the trip home, where they will meet the Lions in Dunedin.

However, Highlanders defence coach Glenn Delaney said the Sharks will not be pushovers.

"They are very direct, but they [do] tend to offload a huge amount of ball, so we have to be aware of that," Delaney said.

"That also creates opportunities for turnovers for us. That sort of ball is what we are after.

"We look at our back three and their game control, they are lethal off turnover ball."

The side won the game at Loftus Versfeld despite only having 30 percent of the ball and not having a lot of territory.

It has been a recurring theme of the side this year with many of its games played with little ball or field position.

"Sometimes the game flows a certain way and that is how it is," he said, adding: "They would have the ball and kick it down to us and eventually we would have to kick it out as the exit was not easy.

"They had a good line-out so we would just start again and you would get stuck a while doing that," Delaney said.

"We just need a little bit more ball.

"We are really happy with what we are doing on attack.

"We are looking dangerous and scoring some nice tries.

"We just want a little bit more of it."

Recent results:
2016: Sharks won 15-14, Dunedin
2015: Highlanders won 48-15, Dunedin
2014: Sharks won 31-27, Durban
2014: Highlanders won 34-18, Durban
2013: Highlanders won 25-22, Dunedin

Prediction: The Sharks have won four of their last five games at home against the Highlanders; though, this will be the first time they've hosted the Dunedin franchise since 2014. Two of the Sharks' last three games have been won by the team trailing at half-time, with the Sharks bouncing back from a half-time deficit to win in their most recent Super Rugby game. The Highlanders have won their last five regular season games on the bounce in South Africa, though their last three have come by margins of seven points or fewer. The Sharks have made 15+ offloads in three of their last four home games; they had just so just twice in their 10 games prior. Aaron Smith has been directly involved in 10 tries this campaign (three tries, seven assists), the equal most of any player in the competition alongside Crusaders' Manasa Mataele (seven tries, three assists). The Highlanders look to have too much class in the backline for an erratic Sharks team and should win by 12 points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.

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

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Christie du Preez

Compiled by Jan de Koning, additional reporting by AFP
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Stormers still unbeaten at home

Sat, 05 May 2018 12:35

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Stormers maintained their unbeaten record at home, when they bullied the Bulls into submission on Saturday.

The men from Cape Town outscored their rivals from Pretoria by four tries to two in a dominant 29-17 win.

Their bullying tactics worked to perfection, even if it did cost them a man in the sin bin for 10 minutes.

The Stormers took the game to the visitors from the outset, surging into Bulls territory from the word go.

The first scrum saw the Stormers forwards shove the Bulls off the ball before it was spun out to flyhalf Damian Willemse who showed good pace to outstrip the cover defence for the opening try.

Willemse's conversion from out wide made it 7-0, to the delight of the Newlands faithful, but the Stormers were not done there.

They kept hammering away at the Bulls' defence and it was prop Wilco Louw who eventually found a way through to score in the corner and put his side 12-0 up.

The visitors had to find a way back into the game and it would come through lock Lodewyk de Jager who broke through in the 22 to score.

A yellow card for Stormers hooker Ramone Samuels for a late tackle gave the Bulls another scoring opportunity, with flyhalf Handre Pollard kicking the resultant penalty.

That saw the Stormers go into half-time with a slender 12-10 lead after a hard-hitting opening 40 minutes, with it all to play for in the second half.

The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the match with a try from flank Jason Jenkins early in the second half, but they did not have it for long as the Stormers responded immediately.

The ball was worked out to Damian de Allende who dummied his way through a gap before offloading to SP Marais who scored the third try.

Marais was on the scoresheet again shortly afterwards through a long-range penalty, which took the Stormers lead out to 22-17 with 25 minutes left to play.

The Stormers kept the pressure on and it paid off as the ball was sent wide in a flowing movement, which resulted in Samuels dotting down in the corner.

The touchline conversion from Willemse gave the Stormers a handy 29-17 advantage heading into the final stages of the match, with the Newlands faithful finding their voice as their team closed out another win.

Man of the match: Bulls locks Lodewyk de Jager and Jason Jenkins were the Bulls' most productive players. Damian de Allende continued the upwards curve in his form. Our award goes to Stormers lock Pieter-Steph du Toit - setting the tone with his high workrate and physical performance.

The scorers:

For the Stormers:
Tries:
 Willemse, Louw, Marais, Samuels
Cons: Willemse 3
Pen: Marais

For Bulls:
Tries:
 De Jager, Jenkins
Cons: Pollard 2
Pen: Pollard

Yellow card: Ramone Samuels (Stormers, 32 - foul play, late tackle)

 

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johannes Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Seabelo Senatla.

Bulls - provisional: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw/Travis Ismaiel, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Thembelani Bholi/Marco van Staden, 7 Jason Jenkins/Thembelani Bholi, 6 Marco van Staden/Roelof Smit, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frans van Wyk/Nqobisiwe Mxoli, 18 Conrad van Vuuren, 19 Hendre Stassen/Roelof Smit, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Manie Libbok, 22-23 Divan Rossouw/Travis Ismaiel.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds, Fhatuwani Rasivhenge
TMO: Willie Vos

Damian Willemse (5min), Wilco Louw (10min), Sarel Marais (49min), and Ramone Samuels (62min)
TRIES
Lodewyk de Jager (19min) and Jason Jenkins (47min)
Damian Willemse (6min), Sarel Marais (50min), and Damian Willemse (63min)
CONVERSIONS
Handre Pollard (20min) and Handre Pollard (48min)
Sarel Marais (52min)
PENALTIES
Handre Pollard (33min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Ramone Samuels (32min)
 
 
VENUE Newlands
REFEREE Glen Jackson