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Preview Vodacom Super Rugby Week 13

Week 12 was all but boring and we saw some great games and not so much. The standout match must be the Kings v Sharks match on Saturday when the the Southern Kings got their first ever win over an South African team in Super Rugby.

They not just beat the Sharks but also outscored them with 4 tries to two. The Sharks have serious problems blowing hot and hot cold all year long so far but what would have been worrying was the fact that the much smaller pack of forwards from the Kings bullied the Sharks and dominated the set pieces.

The Lions ended their three week tour in Australia with yet another win and is back at home this week against the struggling Bulls. Struggling is maybe putting it lightly as we saw another poor performance from the Bulls against the Highlanders. When last did we saw a Bulls side that cannot play Bulls rugby at Loftus in the rain.

Interesting week lies ahead for us as we move into week 13, lucky for some and not so lucky for others maybe….

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This is what we have coming up this weekend in Week 13…..

Friday 19 May 2017

09:36 Chiefs v Crusaders Follow the match live here

19:00 Stormers v Blues Follow the match live here

Saturday 20 May 2017

09:35 Hurricanes v Cheetahs Follow the match live here

11:45 Force v Highlanders Follow the match live here

13:55 Sunwolves v Sharks Follow the match live here

17:00 Lions v Bulls Follow the match live here

19:00 Kings v Brumbies Follow the match live here

Sunday 21 May 2017

08:05 Waratahs v Rebels Follow the match live here

 

The Crusaders and the Chiefs have moved the battlefield to Fiji for this weekend’s important New Zealand derby and it will be one that we are all look forward to.

The Crusaders have been unstoppable this year so far and even the much talented Hurricanes team could not break the winning streak the Crusaders are on right now last week. The Chiefs, off course asked totally new questions and will be a different bunch the Crusaders will have to contend with if they want to stay unbeaten.

They do have their captain back for this match as Whitelock return after his suspension and replace injured Barrett. Whitelock is a huge return for the team not just for his captaincy but also his great form he has been in this year.

Fijian-born uncle and nephew, Seta Tamanivalu and Manasa Mataele, storming down the wing will no doubt be something that the local fans will be looking forward to, with Mataele set to come off the bench in the second-half. In other changes Drummond and Hall are rotated for the match as well.

The Chiefs will welcome back Cruden which makes this a brilliant lineup to face the Crusaders. Although Rennie have made five changes from the team that defeated the Reds in Round 11, this is one of the best possible teams he could have picked against the Crusaders.

Nathan Harris making his first start of the year at hooker. 25-year-old Harris, who re-signed this week with the Chiefs until 2019, made a welcome return to Super Rugby two weeks ago following a long injury layoff.

There are four changes to the backs with co-captain Aaron Cruden returning to start at fly-half. Anton Lienert-Brown, who also re-signed with the Chiefs this week, moves to inside centre from 13. Sam McNicol is promoted from the bench to start in jersey 13 and Tim Nanai-Williams has fully recovered from a shoulder injury sustained against the Hurricanes in Round 3 to start on the right wing.

This will be yet another big New Zealand clash and one we hope will live up to expectations.

Previous Matches…..

 

Prediction: I will stay on the Saders train at the moment as I think they are just too good for any other team at the moment, Saders by 9

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Sam McNicol, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (cc), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames

Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Shaun Stevenson

Crusaders: 1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Sam Whitelock (C), 6. Pete Samu, 7. Matt Todd (VC), 8. Jordan Taufua, 9. Bryn Hall, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. George Bridge, 12. Ryan Crotty (VC),13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Seta Tamanivalu
15. David Havili

Replacements: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Quinten Strange, 20. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. Manasa Mataele

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The Stormers return to action this week at home against the Blues at Newlands after a bye week.

The last couple of weeks have been difficult for Stormers fans as they have now lost four matches in a row starting with the home lost to the Lions a month ago. It was not pretty for the Stormers with their tour to New Zealand as they lost all three matches and got over 150 points against them in the three matches on tour.

This was in contrast to the great start the Stormers had to this years Super Rugby tournament winning all their games up to then. Robbie Fleck had to content with a few injury problems and could not once pick the same backline for two matches in a row. This can maybe be the reason for their poor defensive record but surely not an excuse as Super Rugby is not just about the fifteen on the field but the whole squad.

Defence have been the Stormers biggest problem letting teams scoring too many tries against them. The Blues is a difficult team to plan against as they are much like the French of old, you never know which Blues side will pitch up on the day.

The Blues are the last of the New Zealand teams the Stormers will face in the group stages and need to come back with a win after their disastrous tour.

Coach Fleck had to change up his backline yet again with Leyds starting in the number ten jersey. Some will see this as a huge gamble but Leyds are one of the quality players in South African rugby these days and did play in this position at school. It is not ideal but one never know if you are discovering a star in cases like this.

The Stormers also welcome back Etzebeth and Du Toit upfront which will give their pack a huge boost against the Blues. This week also see the return of Springbok prop Frans Malherbe to the starting lineup with Oli Kebble also getting a start.

At the back, Senatla will be starting on the wing after an injury layoff with experience De Allende on the bench.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that having a number of senior players back in the fold since returning from injury has been a big boost this week.

It is great to have all of these players back in the mix and the players are determined to lift our game following the bye week. We have prepared well for this game and want to make the most of the opportunity to play in front of our fans at DHL Newlands again,” he said.

The Blues will welcome back All Black star Sonny Bill Williams this week at Newlands. Williams missed lats weeks match due to concussion and were cleared by the medical team to play this week against the Stormers.

Fellow All Black Ofa Tu’ungafasi gets his second start of the season after his man-of-the-match performance coming on for the injured Pauliasi Manu in the win over the Cheetahs at Eden Park last weekend.

The only other change from the starting line-up that beat the Cheetahs sees Gerard Cowley-Tuioti return to partner fellow in-form lock Scott Scrafton with All Black Patrick Tuipulotu to add real thrust off the bench.

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Prediction: I a m a bit down the middle here as the Stormers are playing at home but their form is not good at the moment, for that reason Blues by 9 points

Teams:

DHL Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Dillyn Leyds, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.

Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Damian de Allende.

Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Ofa Tu’ungafasi

Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Michael Collins

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The Cheetahs are seemingly following the footsteps of the Stormers on their New Zealand tour and will have to face the Hurricanes this weekend which could result in another huge loss.

With the fun and run attitude that the Cheetahs have stick to this year we can expect a high scoring game but defensively one has to think that the Cheetahs will yet again get a hammering against last years Champions.

Quality is all around when it comes to the Hurricanes team and the lost last weekend will not sit nicely with them so we can expect a huge performance from the Hurricanes as they chase for a play-off spot. It is very difficult for New Zealand franchises as their are only three spots available for them if they have enough log points.

Winning against other than New Zealand teams is a must for those who want that play-off spot and the Hurricanes will be very difficult to beat at home with a struggling Cheetahs side trying to cause an upset.

The Cheetahs have had some moments this year and came close in winning matches against New Zealand teams but they always fade away in the second half and their defence was never good enough to handle the onslaught the New Zealand teams have in the second forty of matches.

The Cheetahs are scoring tries but given twice as many away and that seems to be the trend they live by this year.

For the Hurricanes we see Beauden Barrett starting at fullback this weekend with Black coming in at the number ten jumper in a reshuffled Hurricanes side.

The coach has made four changes to his team that started against the Crusaders last week which also see lock Sam Lousi set to make his starting debut in the second row.

Black will make his second start of the season in the No.10 jersey, Wes Goosen replaces Cory Jane on the right wing, and Ben May returns at loose head prop for Chris Eves.

Jordie  Barrett will have a well-earned spell on the bench in his first season of Super Rugby. Jordie Barrett has appeared in every match in 2017 and started the past seven.

With a tough tour to South Africa and Perth coming up, Boyd said it was important to manage some of his player’s workloads. “We have some guys who have shouldered a particularly big load through the first ten matches, and other guys who, through injury have not had a lot of time.”

The Cheetahs are a particularly dangerous team that can score tries from anywhere and also have a big forward pack up front. We know they will bring a lot to the match.”

In fact, the Cheetahs have averaged 31 points in their past three matches against the Crusaders, Highlanders and Blues.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has made several changes to the team that went down 50-32 against the Blues in Auckland last week.

In the front row, Ox Nche replaces Charles Marais at loosehead prop, Elandre Huggett comes in at hooker for Torsten van Jaarsveld and Johan Coetzee replaces Tom Botha at tighthead.

In the second row, Carl Wegner will wear the No 5 jersey, with Armandt Koster at No 4 as Francois Uys drops down to the bench.

In the loose trio, Uzair Cassiem replaces Niell Jordaan at flank.

In the backline, Shaun Venter starts at scrumhalf in place of Tian Meyer, while Clinton Swart starts at inside centre in place of William Small-Smith.

Ruan van Rensburg will be providing backline cover on the bench.

Previous Matches 

Predictions: Cannot see the Cheetahs upset here…Hurricanes to win by +20 points

Teams: 

Hurricanes: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Otere Black, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Mike Kainga, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Jordie Barrett, 23 Ben Lam

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 Ox Nche

Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Ruan van Rensburg

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This should be a very interesting match-up come Saturday when the Force host the Highlanders as both teams come to Perth from touring the Republic and the Force making a stopover in Argentina last weekend.

The Force have been the lonely star for me in a struggling Aussie conference  this year although their log position does not show it. They have played some exciting rugby and they were the one Aussie team that have not stop trying to improve every week.

On the other side we have the Highlanders who is coming of two close wins from the Republic and have not really shown us the class that made them champions a few years ago. They are still in the running for a play-off spot but they have been a up and down side this year with indifferent performances.

Playing at Perth will assist the Force and the much unexpected win last week against the Jaguares in Argentina will help allot for the Aussie side. They have lost some close matches this year and could have easily have been on the other side of a few results.

They have been a very hard nut to crack in Perth this year and we can expect he great match between the two sides.

The Highlanders have played some strange game plans this year but most of the times had the means to get a win. They will take this game very serious as one to get more points on the road.

The Force expect a blue sea of supporters as they return home. Tatafu Polota-Nau returns as the starting hooker after missing the Jaguares match last week while Jermaine Ainsley will start at tighthead prop after recovering from an elbow injury he suffered against the Crusaders in Round 5.

Brynard Stander is the only change in the back row, as the ferocious ball runner is set to start at openside flank.

Veteran Peter Grant will start at flyhalf after an impressive performance in Buenos Aires last week while Jono Lance will miss the game with an injured hand.

Inside centre Bill Meakes will captain the side for the first time and becomes the 12th player to do so, as he lines up next to centre partner Curtis Rona.

In the back three, Luke Morahan returns from a fractured cheekbone and will start at fullback.

Previous Matches 

Prediction: I am going for an upset here and Force to win by 10 points

Teams:

Force: 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Semisi Masirewa, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes (c), 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Brynard Stander, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Richie Arnold, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Pek Cowan
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Lewis Carmichael, 21 Isireli Naisarani, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 James Verity-Amm

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

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It was not a good week for Sharks fans or the players as they had to except the lost against the Kings from last week with many fans pretty upset in the way the Sharks have played not just last week but this season so far.

Games they supposed to win big they do not win or scrap through and there was even a draw. Stories coming out pf the Sharks camp also suggest the players mindset is not right almost as if the change room have been lost by management.

Well the only way this can be fixed is to get back on the horse and start winning and this week the Sharks have to do it against the Sunwolves in Singapore.

Are they beatable? Yes they are but they are no longer just a pushover as they have shown this year throughout the season and one feels it is just that they can not last the full 80 minutes that is preventing them from a few more upsets.

They will not be an easy team to face in Singapore and the Sharks will have to bring their A-game if they do not want to be involved in another upset this year.

Robert du Preez had made a few changes to the team with some of them being for injuries. The first name missing from this Sharks team is Springbok Pat Lambie who are again on the sideline after yet another bump to the head.

That means that April will start the game at flyhalf with Reinach partnering up with him. Upfront the coach have picked Thomas du Toit for Beast Mtawarira, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Franco Marais swap jerseys and Lourens Adriaanse replaces Coenie Oosthuizen, who has been rested in line with the Springbok rest protocol.

Stephan Lewies comes in for Etienne Oosthuizen in the second row in the final change to the pack, with the loose forward trio of captain Philip van der Walt and the Du Preez twins, Jean-Luc and Daniel, remaining intact for this match.

With an unfortunate injury toll hitting the backline, there are a number of changes made for this week.

Fullback Rhyno Smith (pectoral muscle tear), centre Jeremy Ward (broken nose) and Pat Lambie (concussion symptoms) have all been replaced.

Johan Deysel takes over at inside centre for Ward and Lwazi Mvovo has be moved from wing to fullback to accommodate the loss of Smith.

This opens the door for S’busiso Nkosi to start his second match for the Sharks after making his debut two weeks ago against the Western Force at Kings Park.

This match also marks the starting debut for centre Johan Deysel who has represented the Sharks off the bench previously, but now gains selection into the starting XV.

Prediction: The Sharks should take this game but the way they have been playing anything can happen, still have it for Sharks with 20 points.

Teams:

Sunwolves

15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Shota Emi, 13 Ryohei Yamanaka, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa (captain), 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Noahiro Kotaki, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki

Substitutes: 16 Takeshi Hino, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Hitoshi Ono, 20 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 21 Keisuka Uchidam 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Yasutaka Sasakura

Sharks

15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Johan Deysel, 11 S’busiso Nkosi, 10 Garth April, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit

Substitutes: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Rowan Gouws, 22 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 23 S’bura Sithole

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The big one from a South African perspective will be our Saturday afternoon match between the Lions and the Bulls. Be sure that it does not matter how good or bad any of these two teams are it is always a great spectacle one way or the other.

The Bulls have been struggling all season long and they were just not able to pick them up this season yet. Just as you think they are turning the wheel they come back the next weekend and put a poor performance together.

One of the biggest problems identified for the Bulls this season is their forward pack who has not lived up to the expectations. The question then need to be asked if they are just poor or are they poorly coached?

If one look at the names like De Jager, Strauss, Trevor, Jenkins, Liebenberg, Kirsten and Gqoboka you tend to lean to the fact that this team is just poorly coached. Hard words to say with a coach like Nollis but there can be no excuses for the poor performances anymore this yer.

Coming up against the best South African side is not going to be easy to turn things around and more so when they have to travel to Johannesburg on Saturday.

Nollis have made some changes to the team with Maxwane who will get a change on the wing. Jan Serfontein and Francois Brummer will start with Kriel going to fullback. The only change upfront is Lood De Jager coming in for RG Snyman

The Lions have named their strongest side for the clash with the only changes coming to the front row as Van Rooyen, Marx and Dreyer comes in to start the match. On the bench Faf de Klerk will warn the seat as Ross Cronje will start the match.

This will be a massive clash between these two side and one can expect a great spectacle

Previous Matches 

Prediction: The battle will be great but at the end the Lions will run away with this, Lions by 20 plus points

Teams:

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen

Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Anthony Volmink

Bulls

15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Jade Stighling, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sibahle Maxwane, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (captain), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Coenraad van Vuuren, 19 Abongile Nonkontwana, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Tony Jantjies, 23 Warrick Gelant

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Definitely one of the teams that have gained a huge number of supporters not just because of  three great wins for the Kings in the last couple of weeks but more the way they have played and there attitude towards it.

Even with the ax hanging over their heads for next years Super Rugby this team from Davids have shown more heart than almost all the South African teams this year.

They almost remind one of the Lions a few years back when nobody gave them any change but they stick to their plan and develop as a team and as players.

Allot has been said this week about coach Davids and his management team but at the end the players must get the biggest credit as they still have to take that to the field which they did.

This week will be another big asked for the Kings as they come up against the log leaders from Australia, the Brumbies. The Brumbies have quality written all over their side but have been under performing this year and are struggling to get those wins.

Coming to PE will not be easy for them and they will face a team on a high and a crowd that have been growing with each game. The crowd last week let me think back to the old EP games at the Boet Erasmus stadium and it was never an easy hunting ground for visiting teams.

Coach Davids was forced to make changes to his team with Cloete and Banda not available for this game. Wilhelm van der Sluys also withdrew with a groin injury.

This made way for Stefan Willemse, who has been on the bench for the Southern Kings’ last two matches who will wear the No 6 jersey as a replacement for Cloete, while Namibian international Chrysander Botha will start at fullback in Banda’s place.

Lubabalo Mtyanda will don the No 5 jersey as a replacement for Van der Sluys.

Mzwanele Zito will slot in on the bench as lock cover, while Thembelani Bholi makes a return to the team as loose-forward cover.

I think we had a good week, but unfortunately we lost a bit of continuity with some of our players out with injury. However, I am happy for the guys that will now get an opportunity, and they are quite eager to get this chance. It is up to them to show that they can step up,” Davids said.

Cloete’s performances speak for themselves – he is a quality player. It will be difficult to get the exact same performance from any other player, but different players bring different attributes. In this case, Stefan Willemse, combining with Andy (Andisa Ntsila) will bring something different.”

Van der Sluys has been a key man for us in the lineout. We have used Tyler Paul there before and also Giant (Lubabalo Mtyanda) is an experienced guy. I don’t think there will be too many distractions, I think they can pull it off.

Previous Matches

Predictions: One would like to think with the heart and not the brain here, so on paper the Brumbies should win this one but the Kings have been so great this year…mmhh still going with Kings by 6 points

Teams:

Kings: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Alshaun Bock, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Stefan Willemse, 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Mzwanele Zito, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Stokkies Hanekom

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Aidan Toua, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (c), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-rea, 1 Ben Alexander
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Muirhead, 23 Andrew Smith

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