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SR: Vodacom Bulls 26,Toyota Cheetahs 21



In the only derby match of the weekend there will be a touch of revenge on the cards.

When the two teams met back in Round Two, in February, the Cheetahs recorded their first-ever Super Rugby win over the Bulls since the Cheetahs went solo in 2006. Despite being unable to replicate last season success, the Cheetahs showed last week against the Stormers just how devastating they can be when they do get it right.

While the Cheetahs against showed they have the ability to score tries, Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie felt they first need to win the battle up front before thinking of any expansive play.

Recent results:
2014: Cheetahs won 15-9, Bloemfontein
2013: Bulls won 30-25, Bloemfontein
2013: Bulls won 26-20, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 40-24, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 51-19, Bloemfontein
2011: Bulls won 32-21, Pretoria
2011: Bulls won 25-23, Bloemfontein


Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Morné Mellett, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Wimpie van der Walt, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 Johannes Engelbrecht.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Johannes Prinsloo, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Rynhardt Landman, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Johan Goosen, 23 Cornal Hendricks.

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

SR: DHL Stormers 29, Highlanders 28


Desperate is a word that epitomises the Stormers in more ways that one.

Not only are they desperate for a win that could possibly lift them off the bottom of the standings, but they have been desperately poor all season in terms of the quality of their game. In fact so poor are the Stormers at present – their lengthy injury list aside – that most pundits suggest it is a given the Highlanders will end a seven-year drought against the men from Cape Town.

And it shouldn’t be a surprise if the Highlanders rout the Stormers, given that the New Zealand franchise have won their last three matches (against the Rebels, Bulls and Sharks), while they have lost just once since mid-March.

Stormers coach Alister Coetzee, who is fast running out of reasons for his team’s dramatic slump in form, admitted they are in a dire situation.

Recent results:
2012: Stormers won 21-6, Dunedin
2011: Stormers won 18-6, Cape Town
2010: Stormers won 33-0, Cape Town
2009: Stormers won 18-11, Dunedin
2008: Stormers won 26-16, Cape Town
2007: Highlanders won 35-24, Dunedin


Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Kobus van Wyk.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Trent Renata, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 John Hardie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Chris King, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Jarrad Hoeata, 20 Shane Christie, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Jason Emery, 23 Phil Burleigh.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

SR: Waratahs 39, Hurricanes 30



It is extremely congested at the top of the Super Rugby standings, where just seven points separate the teams in the top half of the table.

The Hurricanes, New Zealand’s leading side, and the Waratahs (third on the Aussie conference) are caught up in this mad rush for points ahead of the looming June break. After a slow start to the season – a winless tour of South Africa – a string of wins has seen the Hurricanes surge to the top of the New Zealand conference.
“They’re certainly playing some really good football,” the Waratahs’ Wallaby centre Adam Ashley-Cooper told the Sydney Morning Herald. “They’ve changed their style of attack and how they go about things and it seems to be working for them,” Ashley-Cooper added.
“For us, it’s a really big game.

“We’re at home, we need to win. Obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted last week  [a 13-21 loss to the Blues] and I feel this game could define our season.” Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett  also spoke about the significance of the occasion and how important momentum is going to be in the next four weeks.

“I’m not sure if that’s a pressure.” Hammett told The Dominion Post, when asked about leading the New Zealand conference. “If it is, then that’s a good one.

“If you want to make the play-offs, you’ve got to live with that. “A week in this competition can change things immensely.”
Recent results:
2013: Hurricanes won 41-29, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 33-12, Sydney
2010: Waratahs won 32-16, Sydney
2009: Waratahs won 26-22, Wellington
2008: Waratahs won 20-3, Sydney
2007: Waratahs won 38-14, Wellington


Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (captain), 5 Jacques Potgieter, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements – from: Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Sekope Kepu, Will Skelton, Pat McCutcheon, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Jono Lance, Cam Crawford, Alofa Alofa.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Reggie Goodes, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Tim Bateman, 23 Matt Proctor.

Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia) , Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

SR: Chiefs 38, Lions 8



Neither team has any form to speak of, with the Chiefs managed just one win in the last six weeks and the Lions nothing in the victory column in the same period.

However, Chiefs coach Dave Rennie put it succinctly when said they remain in control of their own destiny. “This is a defining match for us,” Rennie said.

“We have boxed ourselves into a corner with recent results and now we need to come out fighting.”

Lions coach Johan Ackermann, who has been careful not to overstate his team’s early-season success or create too much expectation of his inexperienced outfit, admitted they could be on the wrong end of a big backlash.

“Our luck hasn’t changed much,” Ackermann said, adding: “We hit the Bulls after three losses, so they were quite desperate. Then we went down to the Stormers and they were under the cosh and media pressure. The same with the Crusaders going to South Africa – they were under the pump. “We have just seen the media reports that the Chiefs are under pressure after losing a few games in a row now, and they have made it quite clear that they want to put things right in Hamilton.

“It does not come tougher than playing the defending champions at home, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Recent results:
2012: Chiefs won 34-21, Pukekohe
2011: Chiefs won 34-30, Johannesburg
2010: Chiefs won 72-65, Johannesburg
2009: Chiefs won 36-29, Hamilton
2008: Lions won 33-27, Johannesburg
2007: Chiefs won 34-7, Hamilton


Chiefs: 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Dwayne Sweeney, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 James Lowe, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Mike Fitzgerald, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Bundee Aki, 23 Andrew Horrell.

Lions: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 20 Willie Britz, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Jacobus Jonker.
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Crusaders blow Brumbies away



The Crusaders extended their winning streak to four matches when they hammered the Brumbies 40-20 in Christchurch on Saturday.

The victory was also the fourth in a row for the Crusaders over the Brumbies and provisionally moves them to the top of the New Zealand Super Rugby conference.

The Crusaders lost three of their first five matches including two at home but have now recovered and are unbeaten since the end of March when they lost to the Hurricanes at home in Christchurch.

Although the try count was only three-two in favour of the seven-time champions, the win in Christchurch – against the Australian conference leaders – allowed the Crusaders to move back into the top six.

After a scrappy start, the first half-hour producing only penalties, the Crusaders burst into life with a late first-half try and two more after the break as they dismantled the visitors in clinical fashion.

The Crusaders lost three players to injury inside the opening quarter – with Matt Todd, Kieron Fonotia and replacement Tom Taylor all being replaced.

However, this did not seem to disrupt the home team.

Coming off a bye the Crusaders looked more energetic in the opening quarter, while the Brumbies also played into their hands by engaging the home side in a kicking game – which the Crusaders clearly won.

After the break the Brumbies changed tactics somewhat, keeping the ball more in hand.

It brought initial reward, but their own high error count and lack of discipline was their undoing – as they kept handing momentum back to the Crusaders.

The visitors made a strong start to the second half, keeping the ball through the phases and getting enough passes to stick – Stephan Moore at the end of a well-worked try, which included the hooker stepping Israel Dagg on his way to the tryline. White’s conversion made it 13-22.

Sade responded with a sixth penalty, before Fijian wing Nemani Nadolo benefitted from a charged down kick – lock Sam Whitelock’s face getting in the way of an attempted clearance – for the flyer to collect the favourable bounce and sprint over.

Slade was wide with the conversion and a long-range penalty soon afterwards, but added his seventh penalty to make it 33-13 going into the final quarter.

The backdoor was opened ever so slightly with just over 10 minutes remaining, when Crusaders replacement Luke Romano was yellow carded for repeated infringements at the breakdown – a collection of team offences, rather than an individual transgression.

However, the Brumbies’ inability to get themselves back into the game as illustrated when they set up a line-out and then a maul, only to cough up the ball. That was followed by another turnover soon after, after a build-up of phases that brought them to within 10 metres of the Crusaders line.

The Crusaders rubbed salt into those festering Brumbies wounds when they scored a third try after winning a turnover and Luke Whitelock pounced on a ball that was hacked ahead. Willie Heinz added the conversion to make it 40-13.

There was enough time for Pat McCabe to grab a consolation try for the Brumbies, Matt Toomua adding the extras to make the final score 40-20 in favour of the home team

Final Score Crusaders 40 (22) Brumbies 20 (6)


Tries – J. McNicholl, N, Nadolo, L.Whitelock
Pen – C.Slade 7
Con – C.Slade, W.Heinz
Cards – L.Romano (68th min yellow)

Tries – S.Moore. P.McCabe
Pen – N.White 2
Con – C.Lealiffano 2

SR: Crusaders 40, Brumbies 20



There is no doubt the significance of this match for both teams.

The second-placed Brumbies head the Australian conference with 30 points and will want to consolidate that lead over the Western Force (27 points), while they have a chance to go top of the global standings if the Sharks in Melbourne come unstuck on Friday. In contrast the eighth-placed Crusaders are hovering in fourth place in the New Zealand conference, but only four points adrift the leading Hurricanes and two points away from a top six spot.

The Brumbies are well aware that, despite their slow start, the Crusaders remain a formidable force.

“Playing the Crusaders away is a big challenge for everyone,” Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said ahead of their trip across the Tasman for Saturday’s early game.

Recent results:
2013: Crusaders won 30-23, Canberra
2011: Crusaders won 52-10, Nelson
2010: Crusaders won 40-22, Christchurch
2009: Brumbies won 18-16, Canberra
2008: Crusaders won 34-3, Christchurch
2007: Brumbies won 15-6, Canberra


Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty (captain), 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Nafi Tuitavake, 17 Tom Taylor, 18 Willi Heinz, 19 Jordan Taufua, 20 Luke Romano, 21 Tim Perry, 22 Nepo Laulala, 23 Corey Flynn.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander,  Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Ruaidhri Murphy, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Pat McCabe.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Ben O’Keefe (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)