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Pieter Steph du Toit signs for Stormers

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Western Province Rugby can confirm that Springbok lock Pieter-Steph du Toit will be furthering his career with the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province from November 1, 2015.

Having recently announced the signings of props JC Janse van Rensburg and JP Smith, as well as capturing the signature of Springbok winger Cornal Hendricks, the confirmation of Du Toit’s signing is a huge boost for both the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province.

WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal commented: “We are excited that Pieter-Steph has decided to return (home) to the Cape, where he was born and raised, and so too is Cornal Hendricks – a tall, fast wing who is a proven performer at international level.

“JC (Janse van Rensburg) is an experienced loosehead prop with plenty top-level captaincy experience, so we believe all our signings will bolster us in key areas.”

Du Toit, who recently turned 23, was a member of the triumphant SA Under-20 team of 2012, before making his Test debut for the Springboks in Cardiff in November 2013.

To date he has played four Tests, the most recent being against Argentina in Buenos Aires earlier this month when he featured as a replacement flank – adding versatility to his many attributes, which include physicality, mobility and fantastic line-out and aerial skills.

“We want Western Province Rugby to continue to attract the biggest names in South Africa and someone like Pieter-Steph du Toit certainly fits the bill.

“We have our eye on a few more players, along with some re-signings that we will announce very soon, whilst we will also be concluding our search for a new Super Rugby coach shortly,” concluded Smal.

PIETER-STEPH DU TOIT FACTFILE:
Full name: Pieter Stephanus du Toit
Height: 2,00m
Weight: 116kg
Birth date: August 20, 1992
Birth place: Cape Town
Test debut: v Wales – November 9, 2013
Test caps: Four

 

Schalk or Kriel?

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Look at the stats and the answer is clear.

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So I hear many folks saying that “on form” Schalk Burger certainly deserves a call up to the Bok squad… but why look at “on form”… I mean.. what determines who is “on form” and who not.

So in order to determine who is “on form” let us look at the stats and see if Schalk Burger even features and how he compares with other runners like Warren Whiteley, Warwick Tecklenburg and Boom Prinsloo… new guys who have few or no caps.

Now I know that it is easy to look at overall stats and say that Warren Whiteley is the top tackler with over 200, but he’s also played the season in every game. How about we do some long division (That is wiskunde) and look at stats for average in matches.

If we use the main things expected of the modern day open side flank (being that he needs to be a ball hunter). But one thing our Brendon stole from Heyneke Meyer is the requirement that loose forward players need to be all rounders. Well let’s look at those major stats for loosies. Meters gained, meters run, tackles per match, turnovers won and the opensider’s old nemesis, penalties conceded at breakdowns.

Meters made per match

1. Kriel – 52,7 meters gained per match

2. Duane Vermeulen – 38,39 meters

3. Schalk Burger – 27,06 meters

Players beaten per match

1. Kriel – 3,70*

2. Vermeulen – 1,23

3. Burger – 0,96

Clean breaks per match

1. Kriel – 0,84

2. Burger – 0,37

3. Duane – 0,28

Turnovers won in the series as a whole

1. Liam Gill – 26

2. David Pocock – 23

3. Jaco Kriel – 22**

In the last two seasons Kriel has made 412 tackles missing the sum total of just eleven… for tackles missed percntage of just on 0,25%…

It remains to be seen whether Heyneke Meyer will rely on his Class of Bulls 2007 and jake White veterans… but if one looks at these statistics, selecting Schalk Burger over Jaco Kriel into the Bok side has to be a sentimental rather than rational selection.

 

* Kriel beat 44 players in the series. This is sixth on the overall log of players beaten. Given he missed a number of matches and was initially a second choice players. This places him ahead of Ben Smith the All Black full back.

** Out of the top ten ball stealers Kriel rates as the lowest for penalties conceded at breakdowns which will be vital in RWC.

# article adapted from an English one on http://www.rugbyworld.com by Russ Petty and using Opta Stats statistics system

Gary Gold has also been told to “find a coach” for the Sharks

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The C-Cells’ DOR has apparently been instructed by John Smit to find an SR coach.

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Ludeke’s goooonnnnneeee

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Under pressure after receiving a double championship team and taking them to an eleventh place finish, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has resigned.

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Jake White: Suur druiwe?

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Pleks van almal te blameer, moet Jake White dalk hand in eie boesem steek vir die Shark se nederlaag teen die Stormers.

Article by Boertjie

Maandag was die dag vir verskonings nadat die Sharks en die Bulls die haas onmoontlike vermag het deur teen die Stormers en die Lions te verloor. Die Sharks s’n het ‘n nogal ‘n sterk klankie van suur druiwe en swak beplanning.

Die Stormers het op Kingspark opgedraf sonder ses eerstekeuse spelers – wat die hele voorry insluit – en met ‘n derdekeuse kaptein. Hulle het ook twee baie onervare slotte gehad onder die drie wat aangewend is en was ook sonder Schalk Burger, Kobus van Wyk en Jean de Villiers.

Jake White blameer die nederlaag nietemin op die feit dat sy span agt wedstryde na mekaar moes speel en toe nog tien spelers in die Springbokkamp gehad het.

“Dis nie net die agt weke of die kamp nie, dis ook die bank wat ons moes aanwend en die spelers se moegheid,” het White gesê.

Maar nou kan ‘n mens ook vra: Waar was die beplanning vir so ‘n gebeure, wat tog al aan die begin van die seisoen op die kaarte was?

Die Sharks se Springbok-voorry het vanjaar elke enkele wedstryd saam begin, behalwe die een toe Bismarck du Plessis beseer was. Willem Alberts en François Steyn het ook elke wedstryd gespeel.

Die weervraag aan White is dus: Hoekom het jy die spelers nie beter geroteer nie ná die droomseisoen waarin die Sharks se eerste klomp wedstryde, behalwe die een teen die Bulls (wat hulle verloor het) op hul tuisveld gespeel het?

Terselfdertyd kan hy dalk ook sy wedstrydplan onder die loep neem. Die nederlaag teen die Brumbies en die groot gesukkel om die Blues te klop, het reeds in hierdie rigting gewys. Net vir die rekord: Van al die Superspanne het die Sharks (24) die minste drieë gedruk. Die getal vir die ander voorste spanne is Hurricanes (46), Brumbies (41) en Waratahs (40).

Ook die Bulls het net 24 gedruk, teenoor die Cheetahs se 32 en die Stormers se 28.

Die Sharks moet waarskynlik nou die Cheetahs en die Stormers in wegwedstryde klop as hulle nog bo-aan die puntelys wil eindig.

Die besluit om Victor Matfield te rus, was die groot fout wat die Bulls teen die Lions gemaak het, het Nick Mallett gesê.

“Dit was ‘n baie dapper vertoning van die Lions en die Bulls was die meesters van hul eie ondergang. Hulle het leierloos en sonder motivering gelyk, nie na ‘n span wat desperaat probeer om die uitspeelrondes te haal nie.”

Die Bulls is nou in die 9de plek met 33 punte en vier punte agter die Hurricanes, wat sesde is.

Hul oorblywende wedstryde is op Nuweland teen ‘n Stormersspan wat heelparty beseerde spelers sal terughê en die Rebels op Loftus (11 Julie.)

Cheetahs 20, Lions 21

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It is Super Rugby time, and the Cheetahs welcome the Lions back to the toughest competition in the world!

SARU wants 17 teams in Super Rugby

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South African Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregan Hoskins wants to see a 17-team Super Rugby competition in future with fewer local derbies and an Argentine team in the mix.

Blues halves out for Cheetahs clash

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Good news for Cheetahs as two key Blues men out.

The REAL log is back

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After a break for test matches our resident genius has set out the REAL log…

Chiefs take bonus-point win over Canes

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The Chiefs jumped to the top of the Super Rugby table with a bonus-point 34-22 win over the Hurricanes in Hamilton on Friday.

Date
June 28, 2013 – 7:58PM
Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes loses the lineout ball to Craig Clarke of the Chiefs.

The four-tries-to-three win means the defending champions leapfrog the Brumbies to top the overall table by 61 points to 59 with a game in hand, as the Australian teams take a two-week break for the British and Irish Lions tour.

Julian Savea of the Hurricanes makes a break.Julian Savea of the Hurricanes makes a break. Photo: Getty Images

The Chiefs had an indifferent first half, but the Hurricanes also mixed good with bad in equal measure.

They scored two well-taken tries through TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett and looked dangerous with the ball in hand, making plenty of breaks and kicking intelligently.

But they also conceded too many turnovers, with the Chiefs more effective at the breakdown.

Perenara’s try gave the Hurricanes the lead after 15 minutes, the nuggety halfback burrowing over after Jeremy Thrush did some good work in recycling Barrett’s raking cross-field kick.

It didn’t take the Chiefs long to reply, No.8 Matt Vant Leven latching on to a poor Hurricanes defensive lineout throw four minutes later to swoop through for the try.

Inside centre Bundee Aki extended the Chiefs’ lead at 26 minutes in a nicely worked move from the set piece, showing good pace in running onto Aaron Cruden’s perfectly weighted kick through.

But Barrett narrowed the gap on 30 minutes, making the initial break then showing good strength out wide to touch down after a quick Hurricanes recycle, leaving the Chiefs to take a 17-15 lead into halftime.

The Chiefs scrum started to gain ascendancy as the second half wore on, but had only a Cruden penalty to show for it until the 63rd minute.

With his line under pressure, Barrett couldn’t find touch with his clearing kick from a 10m scrum and Lelia Masaga made him pay with with a scything run which set up halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow for the try.

Replacement prop Ben Tameifuna powered over for the bonus-point try with five minutes remaining, although the Hurricanes replied almost immediately through Alapati Leiua as the Chiefs’ usually organised defence slipped up.

CHIEFS 34 (Bundee Aki, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Ben Tameifuna, Matt Vant Leven tries Aaron Cruden 4 cons 2 pens) bt HURRICANES 22 (Beauden Barrett, Alapati Leiua, TJ Perenara tries Barrett 2 cons pen) at Waikato Stadium. Referee: Garratt Williamson.

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Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-match-report/chiefs-take-bonuspoint-win-over-canes-20130628-2p2u9.html#ixzz2XVxOTj1n

Full strength Cheetahs to test Stormers

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Well aside from Johan Goosen of course

Stormers for Cheetahs see Fourie back

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Deon Fourie returns to skipper as JDV is gone

SEASON 2013 PLAYER STATS

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All the leading player statistics after round 12 of this years S15…
Most Points
1. Gareth Anscombe (Chiefs) 163
2. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 148
3. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 140
4. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 119
5. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 106
5. James O’Connor (Rebels) 106
7. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 105
8. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 104
9. Quade Cooper (Reds) 103
10. Demetri Catrakilis (Kings) 93
11. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 70
12. Chris Noakes (Blues) 64
13. Sias Ebersohn (Force) 58
13. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 58
15. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 55
16. Burton Francis (Cheetahs) 50
17. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 43
18. Henry Speight (Brumbies) 35
19. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 34
20. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 31
Most Tries
1. Henry Speight (Brumbies) 7
2. Israel Folau (Waratahs) 6
2. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 6
4. Alfie Mafi (Force) 5
4. Frank Halai (Blues) 5
4. Gareth Anscombe (Chiefs) 5
4. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 5
4. Raymond Rhule (Cheetahs) 5
9. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 4
9. Cam Crawford (Waratahs) 4
9. Charles Piutau (Blues) 4
9. Gio Aplon (Stormers) 4
9. Hugh Pyle (Rebels) 4
9. Joseph Tomane (Brumbies) 4
9. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 4
9. Kade Poki (Highlanders) 4
9. Scott Higginbotham (Rebels) 4
9. Sergeal Petersen (Kings) 4
9. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) 4
9. Willie le Roux (Cheetahs) 4
Most Conversions
1. Gareth Anscombe (Chiefs) 30
2. James O’Connor (Rebels) 19
3. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 18
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 17
4. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 17
6. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 16
7. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 15
7. Quade Cooper (Reds) 15
9. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 13
10. Chris Noakes (Blues) 10
10. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 10
12. Demetri Catrakilis (Kings) 9
13. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 8
14. Burton Francis (Cheetahs) 7
14. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 7
16. Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders) 6
17. George Whitehead (Kings) 5
17. Meyer Bosman (Sharks) 5
17. Sias Ebersohn (Force) 5
20. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 4
Most Penalty Goals
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 33
2. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 32
2. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 32
4. Gareth Anscombe (Chiefs) 26
4. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 26
6. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 25
7. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 24
7. Demetri Catrakilis (Kings) 24
9. James O’Connor (Rebels) 21
9. Quade Cooper (Reds) 21
11. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 15
12. Sias Ebersohn (Force) 14
13. Chris Noakes (Blues) 13
14. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 12
15. Burton Francis (Cheetahs) 11
15. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 11
17. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 9
18. Jayden Hayward (Force) 7
19. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 6
20. Piri Weepu (Blues) 5
Most Drop Goals
1. Sias Ebersohn (Force) 2
2. Burton Francis (Cheetahs) 1
2. Demetri Catrakilis (Kings) 1
2. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 1
2. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 1
2. Tusi Pisi (Hurricanes) 1
Most Tackles Made
1. Wimpie van der Walt (Kings) 172
2. Pieter Labuschagne (Cheetahs) 169
3. Ed Quirk (Reds) 155
4. Sam Cane (Chiefs) 146
5. Michael Hooper (Waratahs) 139
6. Liam Gill (Reds) 136
7. Phillip van der Walt (Cheetahs) 134
8. Matt Todd (Crusaders) 128
9. George Smith (Brumbies) 125
10. John Hardie (Highlanders) 124
11. Cornell du Preez (Kings) 123
11. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 123
11. Robert Ebersohn (Cheetahs) 123
14. Andries Strauss (Kings) 119
14. Luke Braid (Blues) 119
16. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 116
16. Jake Schatz (Reds) 116
18. Schalk Ferreira (Kings) 115
19. Kyle Godwin (Force) 114
19. Lodewyk de Jager (Cheetahs) 114
Most Runs
1. Digby Ioane (Reds) 99
1. Israel Folau (Waratahs) 99
3. Charles Piutau (Blues) 92
4. Luke Braid (Blues) 89
4. Peter Saili (Blues) 89
6. Tom Marshall (Crusaders) 86
7. George Whitelock (Crusaders) 84
8. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 82
8. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 82
10. Deon Fourie (Stormers) 79
10. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 79
10. Pierre Spies (Bulls) 79
13. John Hardie (Highlanders) 78
13. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 78
15. Brad Shields (Hurricanes) 77
16. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 76
17. Jacques Engelbrecht (Kings) 75
17. Steven Luatua (Blues) 75
19. Stephen Moore (Brumbies) 73
19. TJ Ioane (Highlanders) 73
Most Run Metres
1. Israel Folau (Waratahs) 1121
2. Digby Ioane (Reds) 960
3. Charles Piutau (Blues) 929
4. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 812
5. Tom Marshall (Crusaders) 784
6. Alapati Leiua (Hurricanes) 766
7. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 731
8. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 719
9. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 663
10. James O’Connor (Rebels) 660
11. Frank Halai (Blues) 629
12. Alfie Mafi (Force) 611
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs) 599
14. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 594
15. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 590
16. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 586
17. Ben Tapuai (Reds) 581
18. Rene Ranger (Blues) 564
19. Joseph Tomane (Brumbies) 562
20. Raymond Rhule (Cheetahs) 547
Most Kicks
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 120
2. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 91
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 83
4. Demetri Catrakilis (Kings) 78
5. Quade Cooper (Reds) 74
6. Burton Francis (Cheetahs) 73
6. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 73
8. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 67
9. James O’Connor (Rebels) 60
10. Nic White (Brumbies) 57
11. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 56
12. George Whitehead (Kings) 54
13. Willie le Roux (Cheetahs) 53
14. Sias Ebersohn (Force) 51
15. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 50
15. Will Genia (Reds) 50
17. Matt Toomua (Brumbies) 49
18. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 47
18. Piri Weepu (Blues) 47
20. Chris Noakes (Blues) 42
Most Kick Metres
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 4960
2. Demetri Catrakilis (Kings) 3122
3. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 2918
4. Burton Francis (Cheetahs) 2874
5. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 2862
6. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 2733
7. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 2640
8. Quade Cooper (Reds) 2549
9. James O’Connor (Rebels) 2384
10. Sias Ebersohn (Force) 2089
11. George Whitehead (Kings) 1929
12. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 1885
13. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 1880
14. Nic White (Brumbies) 1857
15. Matt Toomua (Brumbies) 1829
16. Will Genia (Reds) 1770
17. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 1686
18. Willie le Roux (Cheetahs) 1622
19. Elton Jantjies (Stormers) 1460
20. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 1443
Most Pick And Drives
1. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 23
2. Kyle Cooper (Sharks) 21
3. Corey Flynn (Crusaders) 20
3. Deon Fourie (Stormers) 20
3. Hugh McMeniman (Force) 20
6. Liam Gill (Reds) 18
7. Rob Simmons (Reds) 15
8. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 14
8. Luke Braid (Blues) 14
8. Luke Jones (Rebels) 14
8. Saia Faingaa (Reds) 14
12. Heath Tessmann (Force) 13
12. Laurie Weeks (Rebels) 13
12. Ma’afu Fia (Highlanders) 13
12. Pierre Spies (Bulls) 13
12. Pieter-Steph du Toit (Sharks) 13
17. Greg Holmes (Reds) 12
17. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 12
17. Pekahou Cowan (Force) 12
17. Steven Kitshoff (Stormers) 12
Most Try Assists
1. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 9
2. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 7
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 5
3. James O’Connor (Rebels) 5
5. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 4
6. Francis Saili (Blues) 3
6. Gareth Anscombe (Chiefs) 3
6. Israel Folau (Waratahs) 3
6. Matt Toomua (Brumbies) 3
6. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 3
6. Nic White (Brumbies) 3
6. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 3
6. Quade Cooper (Reds) 3
6. Rene Ranger (Blues) 3
6. Will Genia (Reds) 3
6. Winston Stanley (Force) 3
17. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs) 2
17. Alapati Leiua (Hurricanes) 2
17. Chris Noakes (Blues) 2
17. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 2
Most Linebreaks
1. Gareth Anscombe (Chiefs) 10
2. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 9
2. Peter Betham (Waratahs) 9
4. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 8
4. Charles Piutau (Blues) 8
4. Henry Speight (Brumbies) 8
4. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 8
4. Kade Poki (Highlanders) 8
9. Alfie Mafi (Force) 7
9. Israel Folau (Waratahs) 7
9. Lelia Masaga (Chiefs) 7
9. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 7
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs) 6
13. Ben Tapuai (Reds) 6
13. Drew Mitchell (Waratahs) 6
13. Frank Halai (Blues) 6
13. Ged Robinson (Rebels) 6
13. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 6
13. Michael Hooper (Waratahs) 6
13. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 6
Most Linebreak Assists
1. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 12
2. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 10
3. Israel Folau (Waratahs) 7
4. James O’Connor (Rebels) 5
5. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 4
5. Elton Jantjies (Stormers) 4
5. Francis Saili (Blues) 4
5. Ma’a Nonu (Highlanders) 4
5. Matt Toomua (Brumbies) 4
5. Nic White (Brumbies) 4
5. Rene Ranger (Blues) 4
5. Will Genia (Reds) 4
13. Aaron Smith (Highlanders) 3
13. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 3
13. Gareth Anscombe (Chiefs) 3
13. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 3
13. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 3
13. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 3
13. Tom Marshall (Crusaders) 3
13. Winston Stanley (Force) 3
Most Offloads
1. Quade Cooper (Reds) 26
2. Israel Folau (Waratahs) 21
3. Luke Braid (Blues) 17
4. Francois Steyn (Sharks) 16
4. Rene Ranger (Blues) 16
4. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 16
7. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 15
8. James O’Connor (Rebels) 14
9. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 12
9. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 12
9. Ryan Crotty (Crusaders) 12
12. George Smith (Brumbies) 11
12. Kyle Godwin (Force) 11
12. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 11
15. Asaeli Tikoirotuma (Chiefs) 10
15. Charles Piutau (Blues) 10
15. Digby Ioane (Reds) 10
15. Meyer Bosman (Sharks) 10
15. Nic White (Brumbies) 10
15. Sam Cane (Chiefs) 10
Most Pilfers
1. Sam Cane (Chiefs) 8
2. George Smith (Brumbies) 7
2. Rene Ranger (Blues) 7
4. Liam Gill (Reds) 6
5. Jacques Botes (Sharks) 4
6. Anthony Faingaa (Reds) 3
6. Chris Alcock (Force) 3
6. Jean Deysel (Sharks) 3
6. Josh Bekhuis (Highlanders) 3
6. Meyer Bosman (Sharks) 3
6. Michael Fitzgerald (Chiefs) 3
6. Michael Hooper (Waratahs) 3
6. Nick Phipps (Rebels) 3
6. Pieter Labuschagne (Cheetahs) 3
6. Saia Faingaa (Reds) 3
6. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) 3
6. Scott Higginbotham (Rebels) 3
6. Tatafu Polota-Nau (Waratahs) 3
6. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs) 3
6. Wimpie van der Walt (Kings) 3
Most Lineouts Won
1. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 60
2. Juandre Kruger (Bulls) 49
3. Andries Bekker (Stormers) 45
4. David Dennis (Waratahs) 43
5. De Kock Steenkamp (Stormers) 40
6. Scott Higginbotham (Rebels) 38
7. Franco van der Merwe (Sharks) 37
8. Flip van der Merwe (Bulls) 34
9. Toby Lynn (Force) 33
10. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) 32
11. Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes) 31
12. Rob Simmons (Reds) 30
13. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 28
13. Hugh McMeniman (Force) 28
15. Lodewyk de Jager (Cheetahs) 27
15. Steven Sykes (Kings) 27
17. Hugh Pyle (Rebels) 26
17. Pieter Labuschagne (Cheetahs) 26
17. Pieter-Steph du Toit (Sharks) 26
20. Josh Bekhuis (Highlanders) 24
Most Penalties Conceded
1. Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders) 23
2. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 19
3. Greg Holmes (Reds) 17
4. Ben Alexander (Brumbies) 16
5. Steven Kitshoff (Stormers) 15
6. Ben Franks (Hurricanes) 14
7. Ali Williams (Blues) 13
7. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 13
9. Sam Carter (Brumbies) 12
9. Scott Higginbotham (Rebels) 12
11. Karl Lowe (Hurricanes) 11
11. Michael Hooper (Waratahs) 11
11. Schalk Ferreira (Kings) 11
11. Scott Fuglistaller (Rebels) 11
11. Steven Sykes (Kings) 11
16. Angus Ta’avao (Blues) 10
16. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 10
16. Laurie Weeks (Rebels) 10
16. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 10
16. Pieter Labuschagne (Cheetahs) 10
Most Turnovers
1. Stephen Moore (Brumbies) 31
2. Deon Fourie (Stormers) 26
3. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 24
3. Quade Cooper (Reds) 24
5. Nathan Charles (Force) 21
5. Raymond Rhule (Cheetahs) 21
7. Charles Piutau (Blues) 20
7. Digby Ioane (Reds) 20
9. Hikawera Elliot (Chiefs) 19
9. James Parsons (Blues) 19
9. Motu Matu’u (Hurricanes) 19
12. Bandise Maku (Kings) 18
12. Ged Robinson (Rebels) 18
12. Israel Folau (Waratahs) 18
15. Corey Flynn (Crusaders) 17
15. Heath Tessmann (Force) 17
15. Luke Jones (Rebels) 17
15. Rene Ranger (Blues) 17
15. Scott Higginbotham (Rebels) 17
15. Shaun Venter (Kings) 17
Most Missed Tackles
1. Michael Hooper (Waratahs) 28
2. Chris Noakes (Blues) 27
3. Robert Ebersohn (Cheetahs) 23
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 22
4. Sergeal Petersen (Kings) 22
6. Brad Shields (Hurricanes) 20
6. Mitch Inman (Rebels) 20
6. Pierre Spies (Bulls) 20
9. Jacques Engelbrecht (Kings) 19
9. Raymond Rhule (Cheetahs) 19
9. Ronnie Cooke (Kings) 19
12. Asaeli Tikoirotuma (Chiefs) 18
12. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 18
12. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 18
12. Phillip van der Walt (Cheetahs) 18
16. Demetri Catrakilis (Kings) 17
16. Francis Saili (Blues) 17
16. JJ Engelbrecht (Bulls) 17
16. Schalk Ferreira (Kings) 17
16. Willie le Roux (Cheetahs) 17

Stormers’ R10 million risk

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The return on a R10m investment by the Western Province Rugby Union could become a massive talking point if the Stormers lose to the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday.

‘Bulls’ worst in 5 years’ – Ludeke

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Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made it blatantly clear that he rated his side’s performance as one of the worst in his tenure as mentor of the side.

Kings on a road to nowhere

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Even with a surprising win the Kings will suffer for the way in which SARU handled the whole episode surrounding their entry into Super Rugby

Oz mob introduces ref cam

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New Zealand referee Chris Pollock’s decision making will be under closer scrutiny than usual during the Australian Super Rugby derby between the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs in Brisbane on Saturday.

Dowwe Superreeks skop af

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Die Mol ys as hy dink daar lê nog ’n hele 22 weke van dié tjommel-kompetisie voor.

Rathbone to start for Brumbies in season opener

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He’s fought a deep, dark battle with depression and now Clyde Rathbone has fought his way back into the ACT Brumbies starting line-up, making his fairytale return to Super Rugby complete.

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February 11, 2013 – 4:04PM
Clyde Rathbone is tackled by Gareth Clouston of the ACT XV, during the Super Rugby trial match on February 8.Clyde Rathbone is tackled by Gareth Clouston of the ACT XV, during the Super Rugby trial match on February 8. Photo: Getty Images

The former Wallabies flyer will run out on the wing for the  Brumbies against the Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night and coach Jake White hopes it sparks a return to the club’s glory days.

It will also bring up Rathbone’s 50th cap for the Australian province.

Before and after pictures of Clyde Rathbone, as he worked his way from depression back to peak fitness.Before and after pictures of Clyde Rathbone, as he worked his way from depression back to peak fitness.

A chronic knee injury forced him to retire in 2009, but a call from White last year prompted an improbable return to the team he won a championship with in 2004.

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White knew Rathbone from when the pair teamed up as captain and coach of South Africa to win the 2002 under-21 World Cup.

Rathbone battled depression and weight issues in his time away from the game.

Clyde Rathbone celebrates victory with the Cook Cup during a match between the Wallabies and England in 2004.Clyde Rathbone celebrates victory with the Cook Cup during a match between the Wallabies and England in 2004. Photo: Getty Images

But he’s impressed in two trial games, scoring three tries.

He has gradually built up his game time and was confident he can play the full 80 minutes.

The 31-year-old was both nervous and excited about playing, but ‘‘more excited’’.

‘‘It’s a pretty big occasion, just in the context of the last couple of years,’’ he said.

‘‘This game has been on the radar for a while and has been a focus of mine to get back for this.

‘‘And in the context of our season it’s pretty important.

‘‘Personally it’s going to be a big occasion, but I think for us as a group leading into the rest of the year this is a massive game.’’

Rathbone has been flooded with messages of support since announcing his comeback and was grateful for the support.

He said his mental-health issues meant he rated the success of his comeback in terms of his enjoyment of the game – the usual measures of games played and tries scored were no longer relevant.

But the South African product still wanted to play every game.

‘‘Saturday’s important for a lot of reasons, but at the end of the day it’s just a game of rugby and that’s allowed me to train better and prepare better and not worry about games, and be excited and stimulated by them and not frantic or anxious about them,’’ Rathbone said.

‘‘Because whatever happens on Saturday, good or bad, I’m still going to make sure I enjoy Sunday, that’s what’s important.’’

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Rathbone, who’s had to overcome hamstring and ankle problems during the pre-season, but he’s forced his way into White’s thinking regardless.

The Brumbies camp has repeatedly said the 26-time Wallaby has come back fitter, faster and stronger than in his glory days.

And White was hoping Rathbone’s return for his landmark game, along with a mouth-watering clash against the Reds, will prompt a big crowd at Canberra Stadium.

‘‘I think [Rathbone’s] done enough to select himself … one thing I’m looking for is an old player coming back hopefully to old ways in Canberra where there’s 20,000 supporters,’’ White said.

‘‘In a lot of ways we’re really getting the hype up and hoping that we can challenge the supporters in Canberra and see if we can get back to those old days.’’

White said Rathbone was a ‘‘winner’’ and brought that mentality with him.

It was one of the reason’s he made the call to Rathbone last February to tempt him out of retirement.

‘‘The fairytale story that he’s had to endure of retiring and depression, and it wasn’t done on a sentimental issue at all, it’s done on talent,’’ he said.

‘‘I think that he’s a winner … he won a junior world cup as the captain of the junior side I coached, and I think again that he is a winner.

‘‘And I’m hoping that sort of influence, both off the field and on the field, is going to be something that’s needed this year in terms of taking our team to be winners.’’

Rathbone has locked in one spot against the Reds, leaving Joe Tomane and Henry Speight to fight it out for the other.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/rathbone-to-start-for-brumbies-in-season-opener-20130211-2e82z.html#ixzz2KZikdsIq

John Smit could play for Stormers

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UPDATE: Allister Coetzee has dismissed reports indicating that former Springbok captain John Smit could turn out for the Cape franchise in this year’s Super Rugby competition.

Kings to appeal Saru move

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Southern Kings president Cheeky Watson says they will appeal the one-year Super Rugby agreement handed to them by the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

And the winner is……

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As with the games over the weekend, the Rat Race for the pair of Oakley sunglasses turned out to be a closely fought affair.

Season 2012 Player Stats (Round 14)

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All the statistical leaders: most points, tries, runs and more.

Source

Most Points
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 184
2. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 165
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 158
4. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 145
5. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 128
6. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 123
7. Michael Harris (Reds) 111
8. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 109
9. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 102
10. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 97
11. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 94
12. David Harvey (Force) 87
13. James O’Connor (Rebels) 82
14. Peter Grant (Stormers) 80
15. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 74
16. Chris Noakes (Highlanders) 69
17. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 55
18. Mike Delany (Highlanders) 54
19. James Stannard (Force) 51
20. Frederic Michalak (Sharks) 49
Most Tries
1. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 10
2. Bjorn Basson (Bulls) 8
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 8
4. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) 7
4. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) 7
6. Dom Shipperley (Reds) 6
6. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 6
6. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 6
6. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 6
10. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 5
10. Cooper Vuna (Rebels) 5
10. Gio Aplon (Stormers) 5
10. Henry Speight (Brumbies) 5
10. Lelia Masaga (Chiefs) 5
15. Bryan Habana (Stormers) 4
15. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 4
15. Joseph Tomane (Brumbies) 4
15. Tom Kingston (Waratahs) 4
15. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 4
15. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 4
Most Conversions
1. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 29
2. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 28
2. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 28
4. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 18
5. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 17
5. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 17
7. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 16
8. Michael Harris (Reds) 15
9. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 14
10. Chris Noakes (Highlanders) 13
10. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 13
10. Kurtley Beale (Rebels) 13
13. Frederic Michalak (Sharks) 12
14. David Harvey (Force) 11
15. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 10
16. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 9
17. Peter Grant (Stormers) 8
18. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 6
18. James O’Connor (Rebels) 6
18. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 6
Most Penalty Goals
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 38
2. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 33
3. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 31
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 30
4. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 30
6. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 29
7. Michael Harris (Reds) 26
8. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 25
8. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 25
10. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 21
11. David Harvey (Force) 20
11. James O’Connor (Rebels) 20
13. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 19
14. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 18
14. Peter Grant (Stormers) 18
16. Mike Delany (Highlanders) 16
17. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 12
18. Chris Noakes (Highlanders) 11
18. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 11
18. Sias Ebersohn (Cheetahs) 11
Most Drop Goals
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 3
2. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 1
2. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 1
2. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 1
2. Gary van Aswegen (Stormers) 1
2. Jacques Coetzee (Lions) 1
2. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 1
2. Michael Harris (Reds) 1
Most Tackles Made
1. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 194
2. David Pocock (Force) 186
3. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 178
3. Matt Todd (Crusaders) 178
5. Philip van der Walt (Cheetahs) 162
6. Liam Gill (Reds) 160
7. Michael Hooper (Brumbies) 158
8. Siyamthanda Kolisi (Stormers) 155
9. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 154
10. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 149
11. Gareth Delve (Rebels) 144
12. Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes) 142
12. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 142
14. James Horwill (Reds) 141
15. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 140
16. Luke Jones (Rebels) 139
17. Anton Bresler (Sharks) 137
17. George Whitelock (Crusaders) 137
19. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes) 136
20. Derick Minnie (Lions) 134
Most Runs
1. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 164
2. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 139
3. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 130
4. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 128
5. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 124
6. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 123
7. David Pocock (Force) 117
8. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 113
9. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 112
10. Wycliff Palu (Waratahs) 107
11. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 103
12. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 102
13. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 100
14. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 98
14. Stephen Moore (Brumbies) 98
16. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs) 97
17. Josh Strauss (Lions) 96
17. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 96
19. Jaco Taute (Lions) 95
20. Pierre Spies (Bulls) 93
Most Run Metres
1. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 1265
2. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 999
3. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 995
4. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 920
5. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 895
6. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 797
7. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 781
8. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 768
9. Alfie Mafi (Force) 764
10. Jaco Taute (Lions) 758
11. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 752
12. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs) 733
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs) 716
14. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) 712
14. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 712
16. Nick Cummins (Force) 681
17. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 673
18. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 668
18. Tom Kingston (Waratahs) 668
20. Kurtley Beale (Rebels) 662
Most Kicks
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 119
2. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 107
3. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs) 106
4. Will Genia (Reds) 105
5. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 85
6. Nic White (Brumbies) 75
7. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 74
7. Peter Grant (Stormers) 74
9. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 73
10. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 70
11. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 69
12. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 67
12. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers) 67
14. David Harvey (Force) 65
15. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 58
16. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 57
17. Charl Mcleod (Sharks) 54
17. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 54
19. Kurtley Beale (Rebels) 53
20. Brett Sheehan (Force) 52
Most Kick Metres
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 4986
2. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 4274
3. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs) 3803
4. Will Genia (Reds) 3352
5. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 3142
6. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 2813
7. Peter Grant (Stormers) 2764
8. Nic White (Brumbies) 2603
9. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 2585
10. David Harvey (Force) 2561
11. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 2475
12. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 2385
13. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 2242
14. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 2026
14. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 2026
16. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers) 1916
17. Kurtley Beale (Rebels) 1787
18. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 1722
19. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 1709
20. Andries Coetzee (Lions) 1702
Most Pick And Drives
1. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 45
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 36
3. David Pocock (Force) 35
4. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 32
4. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 32
6. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 29
7. Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs) 28
8. James Horwill (Reds) 26
8. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 26
8. Wycliff Palu (Waratahs) 26
11. WP Nel (Cheetahs) 22
12. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 21
12. Benn Robinson (Waratahs) 21
12. Rodney Blake (Rebels) 21
12. Scott Fardy (Brumbies) 21
16. Derick Minnie (Lions) 20
16. Liam Gill (Reds) 20
18. Tanerau Latimer (Chiefs) 19
19. Hikawera Elliot (Chiefs) 18
19. Stephen Moore (Brumbies) 18
Most Try Assists
1. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 8
1. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 8
3. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 7
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 6
5. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs) 5
5. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 5
5. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 5
5. Kurtley Beale (Rebels) 5
5. Tim Bateman (Hurricanes) 5
5. Will Genia (Reds) 5
11. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 4
11. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 4
11. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 4
11. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 4
11. Nic White (Brumbies) 4
11. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 4
17. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 3
17. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 3
17. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 3
17. Tim Whitehead (Sharks) 3
Most Linebreaks
1. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 15
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 12
3. Luke Morahan (Reds) 10
4. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 9
4. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 9
4. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 9
7. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 8
7. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 8
7. Lelia Masaga (Chiefs) 8
7. Napolioni Nalaga (Force) 8
7. Piet Van Zyl (Cheetahs) 8
7. Rene Ranger (Blues) 8
7. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 8
7. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 8
15. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 7
15. Akona Ndungane (Bulls) 7
15. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 7
15. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 7
15. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 7
15. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 7
Most Linebreak Assists
1. Will Genia (Reds) 10
2. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 9
3. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 8
4. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs) 5
4. Brett Sheehan (Force) 5
4. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 5
4. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 5
4. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 5
4. Nic White (Brumbies) 5
10. Alfie Mafi (Force) 4
10. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 4
10. Andrew Horrell (Chiefs) 4
10. Ashley Johnson (Cheetahs) 4
10. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 4
10. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 4
10. Kurtley Beale (Rebels) 4
10. Ma’a Nonu (Blues) 4
10. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 4
10. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 4
10. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 4
Most Offloads
1. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 26
2. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 20
3. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 18
4. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 17
5. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 16
6. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 15
7. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 14
7. Ashley Johnson (Cheetahs) 14
7. Mark Gerrard (Rebels) 14
7. Wycliff Palu (Waratahs) 14
11. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 13
11. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 13
11. Ma’a Nonu (Blues) 13
11. Rene Ranger (Blues) 13
11. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 13
11. Winston Stanley (Force) 13
17. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 12
17. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) 12
17. Rod Davies (Reds) 12
17. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs) 12
Most Pilfers
1. Liam Gill (Reds) 15
2. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 10
2. Michael Hooper (Brumbies) 10
4. David Pocock (Force) 9
5. Luke Braid (Blues) 7
6. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 6
7. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 5
7. Chris Alcock (Waratahs) 5
7. Cobus Grobbelaar (Lions) 5
10. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 4
10. Derick Minnie (Lions) 4
10. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes) 4
10. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 4
10. James Haskell (Highlanders) 4
10. Karl Lowe (Hurricanes) 4
10. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 4
10. Rene Ranger (Blues) 4
18. Beau Robinson (Reds) 3
18. Jacques Botes (Sharks) 3
18. Jason Rutledge (Highlanders) 3
Most Lineouts Won
1. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 76
2. Andries Bekker (Stormers) 62
3. Franco van der Merwe (Lions) 60
4. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 54
5. Hugh Pyle (Rebels) 51
6. Juandre Kruger (Bulls) 49
7. Scott Higginbotham (Reds) 45
8. Izak van der Westhuizen (Cheetahs) 44
9. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 39
10. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 37
11. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 35
12. Ali Williams (Blues) 34
12. Craig Clarke (Chiefs) 34
14. David Dennis (Waratahs) 33
14. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) 33
14. Steven Sykes (Sharks) 33
17. Anton Bresler (Sharks) 30
17. Eben Etzebeth (Stormers) 30
17. Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes) 30
20. Toby Lynn (Force) 29
Most Penalties Conceded
1. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 24
2. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 21
2. Derick Minnie (Lions) 21
4. Dean Mumm (Waratahs) 20
5. Dean Greyling (Bulls) 19
6. Salesi Ma’afu (Force) 18
6. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 18
6. Werner Kruger (Bulls) 18
9. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 16
9. David Pocock (Force) 16
9. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 16
9. James Horwill (Reds) 16
13. Ben May (Hurricanes) 15
13. Ben Tameifuna (Chiefs) 15
13. Tiaan Liebenberg (Stormers) 15
16. Benn Robinson (Waratahs) 14
16. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 14
16. Steven Sykes (Sharks) 14
16. Tanerau Latimer (Chiefs) 14
20. Sekope Kepu (Waratahs) 13
Most Turnovers
1. Tiaan Liebenberg (Stormers) 32
2. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 29
2. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 29
2. Tom McCartney (Blues) 29
5. Corey Flynn (Crusaders) 28
6. Stephen Moore (Brumbies) 27
6. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 27
8. Dean Mumm (Waratahs) 25
8. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 25
8. Will Genia (Reds) 25
11. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 24
11. Callie Visagie (Lions) 24
11. Jaco Taute (Lions) 24
14. Ali Williams (Blues) 22
14. Dane Coles (Hurricanes) 22
14. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 22
14. Hadleigh Parkes (Blues) 22
18. Luke Jones (Rebels) 21
19. Kieran Read (Crusaders) 20
19. Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs) 20
Most Missed Tackles
1. Nick Phipps (Rebels) 36
2. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 33
3. Charl Mcleod (Sharks) 29
3. Josh Strauss (Lions) 29
5. Brett Sheehan (Force) 28
5. Peter Grant (Stormers) 28
5. Rob Horne (Waratahs) 28
8. Franco van der Merwe (Lions) 27
8. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 27
8. Willem Alberts (Sharks) 27
8. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 27
12. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 25
12. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 25
12. Philip van der Walt (Cheetahs) 25
15. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 24
15. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes) 24
15. JP Pietersen (Sharks) 24
15. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 24
15. Nick Cummins (Force) 24
15. Robert Ebersohn (Cheetahs) 24

This is Africa: It’s a Bull rush en route to the stadium

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It will take only a few moments for our Brumbies tour rookies to realise we’re the enemy when we board our bus to Loftus Versfeld on Sunday morning.

Pat McCabe

April 20, 2012

The drive from our hotel in Pretoria to the stadium is one of the most daunting experiences for any rugby player.

I have vivid memories of my first trip to Pretoria to take on the Bulls.

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I couldn’t hear anyone yelling abuse directly at me, but you can feel the hostility from the moment you arrive in Bulls territory.

It was just my second Super Rugby game and my first international match with the Brumbies.

I heard about the hostile reception, but nothing could prepare me for the real thing.

As you drive to the stadium, fans line the street cooking barbecues before the match.

And when they see the Brumbies bus roll past, they have no hesitation showing their passion for the Bulls and their distain for anyone who dares to dream of victory.

Some guys prefer to ignore it, but I like to embrace the rugby-mad culture.

To beat the Bulls we need to match their aggression and prove we can beat teams outside of Australia. This will be our biggest test as a team.

After our strong start to the season, our two-game trip to South Africa will give a true indication of where we sit in our revitalised group.

Travelling to Jake White’s home is an experience every rugby player should go through.

It’s a completely different world here.

The road rules are almost non existent, rugby is a way of life and almost every job is done at half pace.

Our tour got off to a rocky start when we arrived on Monday afternoon.

After a delayed flight out of Sydney, we spent more than an hour in the customs line waiting to have our passports processed.

But as Jake says, this is Africa. Jake’s enthusiasm for being back in South Africa is rubbing off on the group and we’re hoping his inside knowledge will help up us shock the Bulls.

I love life on tour with the team.

It’s a chance to get away from all distractions and focus solely on rugby and performing as a group.

The worst part is having to listen to Ben Alexander whine about missing his girlfriend and him telling us about how much time he spends on Skype checking in.

My roommate for the first three trips of the year has been Peter Kimlin. In my time Benny A has to be the worst roommate because he is asleep every time you see him and Matt Giteau is the best.

I was relieved when I saw I was with Kimmo again because it gave me a chance to get away from my flatmate Scott Fardy.

Fards scored two tries in our win over the Melbourne Rebels last weekend and the two nights at home before we flew to South Africa were torture.

He couldn’t stop talking about how many defenders he shrugged off and how he was going to be our top try-scorer this year.

– Pat McCabe is an ACT Brumbies and Wallabies centre

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/this-is-africa-its-a-bull-rush-en-route-to-the-stadium-20120419-1x9t5.html#ixzz1seEccycx

Round 8 Player Stats.

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Phil Kearns would be ecstatic that the current leading try-scorer in the competition is none other than powerful fatty Sona Taumalolo…
SEASON 2012 PLAYER STATS (ROUND 8 )
Most Points
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 127
2. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 102
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 98
4. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 95
5. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 89
6. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 85
7. James O’Connor (Rebels) 80
8. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 68
9. David Harvey (Force) 65
10. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 60
11. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 59
12. Michael Harris (Reds) 53
13. James Stannard (Force) 51
14. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 45
15. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 42
15. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 42
17. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 37
18. Butch James (Lions) 34
19. Chris Noakes (Highlanders) 33
20. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 32
Most Tries
1. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 6
2. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 5
2. Bjorn Basson (Bulls) 5
4. Dom Shipperley (Reds) 4
4. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 4
4. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) 4
4. Tom Kingston (Waratahs) 4
4. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 4
9. Aaron Smith (Highlanders) 3
9. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 3
9. Cory Jane (Hurricanes) 3
9. Joseph Tomane (Brumbies) 3
9. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 3
9. Lelia Masaga (Chiefs) 3
9. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) 3
9. Robert Ebersohn (Cheetahs) 3
9. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 3
9. Scott Higginbotham (Reds) 3
9. Tom Carter (Waratahs) 3
9. Wynand Olivier (Bulls) 3
Most Conversions
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 18
2. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 16
3. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 15
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 14
5. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 13
6. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 11
7. David Harvey (Force) 9
8. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 8
9. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 6
9. Chris Noakes (Highlanders) 6
9. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 6
9. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 6
13. James O’Connor (Rebels) 5
13. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 5
15. Butch James (Lions) 4
15. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 4
15. Frederic Michalak (Sharks) 4
15. Michael Harris (Reds) 4
19. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 3
19. James Stannard (Force) 3
Most Penalty Goals
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 28
2. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 24
3. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 21
3. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 21
3. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 21
6. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 20
6. James O’Connor (Rebels) 20
8. Michael Harris (Reds) 15
8. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 15
10. David Harvey (Force) 14
10. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 14
12. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 12
12. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 12
14. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 11
15. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 10
15. James Stannard (Force) 10
17. Butch James (Lions) 7
17. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 7
17. Lachie Munro (Blues) 7
17. Peter Grant (Stormers) 7
Most Drop Goals
1. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 1
1. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 1
1. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 1
1. Gary van Aswegen (Stormers) 1
1. Jacques Coetzee (Lions) 1
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 1
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 1
Most Tackles Made
1. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 122
2. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 120
3. David Pocock (Force) 118
4. Matt Todd (Crusaders) 112
5. Luke Jones (Rebels) 109
6. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 108
7. Siyamthanda Kolisi (Stormers) 104
8. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 98
9. Philip van der Walt (Cheetahs) 96
10. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 93
11. Gareth Delve (Rebels) 91
12. Duane Vermeulen (Stormers) 89
13. Dale Chadwick (Sharks) 88
13. Sam Carter (Brumbies) 88
15. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes) 87
16. Jack Lam (Hurricanes) 86
16. Michael Hooper (Brumbies) 86
18. Ben Alexander (Brumbies) 85
18. James Horwill (Reds) 85
20. George Whitelock (Crusaders) 84
Most Runs
1. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 101
2. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 89
3. David Pocock (Force) 83
4. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 82
5. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 79
6. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 68
6. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 68
6. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 68
9. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 67
10. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 66
11. Jaco Taute (Lions) 64
11. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 64
13. Josh Strauss (Lions) 61
14. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 59
15. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 58
16. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 56
16. Derick Minnie (Lions) 56
16. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs) 56
19. Alfie Mafi (Force) 54
19. Nick Cummins (Force) 54
Most Run Metres
1. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 609
2. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 581
3. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 574
4. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 566
5. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 519
6. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 518
7. Nick Cummins (Force) 510
8. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 501
9. Jaco Taute (Lions) 494
10. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs) 492
11. James O’Connor (Rebels) 477
12. Tom Kingston (Waratahs) 474
13. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 463
14. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 452
15. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 449
16. Alfie Mafi (Force) 431
17. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 423
18. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 419
19. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 418
19. Luke Morahan (Reds) 418
Most Kicks
1. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 76
2. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 70
3. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 68
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 46
5. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 45
6. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 41
7. James Stannard (Force) 39
7. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 39
9. Will Genia (Reds) 38
10. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 37
10. David Harvey (Force) 37
10. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers) 37
13. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs) 34
14. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 32
15. Brett Sheehan (Force) 31
15. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 31
15. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 31
18. Danny Cipriani (Rebels) 29
18. James O’Connor (Rebels) 29
20. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 27
Most Kick Metres
1. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 2974
2. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 2911
3. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 2639
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 1702
5. James Stannard (Force) 1485
6. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 1457
7. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 1427
8. David Harvey (Force) 1383
9. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 1357
10. Will Genia (Reds) 1203
11. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 1178
12. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 1159
13. James O’Connor (Rebels) 1149
14. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs) 1138
15. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 1115
16. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 1113
17. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs) 1104
18. Danny Cipriani (Rebels) 1090
19. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers) 1089
20. Peter Grant (Stormers) 923
Most Pick And Drives
1. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 36
2. David Pocock (Force) 23
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 23
4. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 22
5. Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs) 19
6. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 18
7. Derick Minnie (Lions) 17
7. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 17
9. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 16
10. Benn Robinson (Waratahs) 14
11. Chris Lowrey (Blues) 13
12. Chris King (Highlanders) 11
12. James Hanson (Reds) 11
12. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 11
12. Patric Cilliers (Lions) 11
12. WP Nel (Cheetahs) 11
17. Dale Chadwick (Sharks) 10
17. James Horwill (Reds) 10
17. Jamie Mackintosh (Highlanders) 10
17. Rodney Blake (Rebels) 10
Most Try Assists
1. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 6
2. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 5
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 4
4. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 3
4. Ben Tapuai (Reds) 3
4. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 3
4. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 3
4. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 3
4. JJ Engelbrecht (Bulls) 3
4. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 3
4. Nic White (Brumbies) 3
4. Tim Whitehead (Sharks) 3
4. Will Genia (Reds) 3
14. Akona Ndungane (Bulls) 2
14. Brett Sheehan (Force) 2
14. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 2
14. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers) 2
14. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 2
14. Rod Davies (Reds) 2
14. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 2
Most Linebreaks
1. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 7
1. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 7
1. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 7
4. Piet Van Zyl (Cheetahs) 6
5. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 5
5. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 5
5. Nick Cummins (Force) 5
5. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 5
5. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 5
5. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 5
5. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 5
12. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 4
12. Ben Tapuai (Reds) 4
12. Dom Shipperley (Reds) 4
12. James O’Connor (Rebels) 4
12. Luke Morahan (Reds) 4
12. Rene Ranger (Blues) 4
12. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 4
12. Shaun Treeby (Highlanders) 4
12. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs) 4
Most Linebreak Assists
1. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 7
2. Will Genia (Reds) 6
3. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 4
3. Brett Sheehan (Force) 4
5. Ashley Johnson (Cheetahs) 3
5. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 3
5. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 3
5. Daniel Carter (Crusaders) 3
5. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 3
5. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 3
5. Rene Ranger (Blues) 3
5. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 3
5. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 3
14. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 2
14. Jaco Taute (Lions) 2
14. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) 2
14. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 2
14. Sarel Pretorius (Waratahs) 2
14. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 2
14. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) 2
Most Offloads
1. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 14
2. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 13
3. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 12
3. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs) 12
5. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 11
5. Rene Ranger (Blues) 11
7. Ben Tapuai (Reds) 10
7. Mark Gerrard (Rebels) 10
7. Rod Davies (Reds) 10
7. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 10
11. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 9
11. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 9
11. JP Pietersen (Sharks) 9
11. Shaun Treeby (Highlanders) 9
15. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 8
15. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 8
15. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 8
15. Philip van der Walt (Cheetahs) 8
15. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 8
15. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 8
Most Pilfers
1. David Pocock (Force) 7
2. Liam Gill (Reds) 6
3. Michael Hooper (Brumbies) 5
4. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 4
4. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 4
4. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 4
4. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 4
8. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 3
8. Ben May (Hurricanes) 3
8. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 3
8. Chris Alcock (Waratahs) 3
8. James Haskell (Highlanders) 3
8. Luke Braid (Blues) 3
8. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 3
15. Derick Minnie (Lions) 2
15. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes) 2
15. Frik Kirsten (Bulls) 2
15. Jason Rutledge (Highlanders) 2
15. Karl Lowe (Hurricanes) 2
15. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) 2
Most Lineouts Won
1. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 47
2. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 37
3. Hugh Pyle (Rebels) 34
3. Juandre Kruger (Bulls) 34
5. Andries Bekker (Stormers) 31
6. Franco van der Merwe (Lions) 28
7. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 25
7. Scott Higginbotham (Reds) 25
9. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 24
9. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 24
11. Izak van der Westhuizen (Cheetahs) 23
12. Ali Williams (Blues) 21
13. Craig Clarke (Chiefs) 20
13. Kieran Read (Crusaders) 20
13. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) 20
13. Steven Sykes (Sharks) 20
17. David Dennis (Waratahs) 18
17. James Horwill (Reds) 18
17. Toby Lynn (Force) 18
20. Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes) 16
Most Penalties Conceded
1. Derick Minnie (Lions) 14
1. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 14
3. Werner Kruger (Bulls) 13
4. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 11
4. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 11
4. Dean Mumm (Waratahs) 11
4. Salesi Ma’afu (Force) 11
4. WP Nel (Cheetahs) 11
9. Ben Tameifuna (Chiefs) 10
9. Dean Greyling (Bulls) 10
9. James Horwill (Reds) 10
9. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 10
9. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 10
14. Ben May (Hurricanes) 9
14. David Pocock (Force) 9
14. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 9
14. Steven Sykes (Sharks) 9
14. Tiaan Liebenberg (Stormers) 9
14. Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders) 9
20. James Slipper (Reds) 8
Most Turnovers
1. Corey Flynn (Crusaders) 20
2. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 18
2. Callie Visagie (Lions) 18
2. Dean Mumm (Waratahs) 18
5. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 17
6. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 16
6. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 16
8. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 15
8. Jaco Taute (Lions) 15
8. Stephen Moore (Brumbies) 15
8. Will Genia (Reds) 15
12. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 14
12. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 14
12. James Hanson (Reds) 14
12. Keven Mealamu (Blues) 14
12. Kieran Read (Crusaders) 14
12. Peter Kimlin (Brumbies) 14
12. Tiaan Liebenberg (Stormers) 14
19. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 13
19. Tom McCartney (Blues) 13
Most Missed Tackles
1. Rob Horne (Waratahs) 24
2. Willem Alberts (Sharks) 23
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 22
4. Peter Grant (Stormers) 21
5. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 20
6. James O’Connor (Rebels) 19
6. Nick Phipps (Rebels) 19
8. Brett Sheehan (Force) 18
8. Charl Mcleod (Sharks) 18
8. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 18
8. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 18
8. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 18
13. Chris Lowrey (Blues) 16
14. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 15
14. Andries Strauss (Cheetahs) 15
14. Benson Stanley (Blues) 15
14. Jack Lam (Hurricanes) 15
14. JP Pietersen (Sharks) 15
14. Nick Cummins (Force) 15
14. Wynand Olivier (Bulls) 15

Crusaders 31, Stormers 24

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This match is our Super Rugby match of the week and we strongly suggest that if possible you watch it as it will televised across the world. It should be a huge match.

Sean Maitland on the run for the Crusaders

This match pits the current Super Rugby leading team the Stormers against the seven time champions the Crusaders who will be at home.

The Crusaders have taken the surprising move of naming first-five Dan Carter at 12 instead of his usual 10.

The Stormers have also revealed that Peter Grant will take over the kicking duties from Joe Pietersen which suggests that they are expecting a tight clash that could come down to Grant’s more reliable kicking.

The Crusaders and Stormers have played each other 16 times and the Stormers have only won four times so the Crusaders have won 75% of their matches against the Stormers.

On average when these two teams meet the Crusaders score 30 points and the Stormers score 20 points. When they play in New Zealand the average score line stretches to 32-17 in favour of the the Crusaders.

In New Zealand the teams have played each other 7 times and the Crusaders have won all 7 so while the Stormers are unbeaten this season they have never won in New Zealand against the Crusaders.

In five of the seven Crusaders victories against the Stormers the margin has been 13 points or more. The last time the Stormers visited Christchurch was in 2009 and that was the closest result at 11-7.

Out of the last 12 matches between the teams the Crusaders have won 10 and the Stormers two.

Last weekend the Stormers outplayed the Highlanders for a convincing victory in Dunedin and recent stats show that they like to kick the ball a lot. That game plan will play into the hands of the Crusaders as they like to attack from anywhere.

The Crusaders – according to SANZAR referees who make the rules – were unlucky to lose to the Bulls as the obstruction call in the 77th minute was incorrect and the try should have been awarded. As they lost the match 32-30 they were unlucky to lose as they could have won 32-35. The match will however have prepared them for the physical nature of this weekend’s match.

While the Crusaders have a strong history against the Stormers and their game plan clearly works well against the men from Cape Town the big question is how will the Crusaders handle the travel back from South Africa.

If there is one team that is used to travel though that is the Crusaders as they spent the whole year on the road last year. However the second week on tour often has a bigger effect on teams and the Stormers are in that second week.

We think the travel will only have a small impact on the Crusaders and they should survive. Crusaders to win by 5.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports HD1. The match will also be on Directv in the USA.

Average score: Crusaders 30 Stormers 20

Last five results
02 Jul 2011 (Semi) Crusaders v Stormers 29-10 Cape Town
07 May 2011 Crusaders v Stormers 20-14 Cape Town
30 Apr 2010 Crusaders v Stormers 14-42 Cape Town
28 Mar 2009 Crusaders v Stormers 11-7 Christchurch
29 Feb 2008 Crusaders v Stormers 22-0 Cape Town

Crusaders overall record against the Stormers
Played 16, Wins 12 , Losses 4 , Draws 0

Match No .51: Crusaders v Stormers
Date Saturday 14 April
Venue : Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Vinny Munro
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Fraser
TMO:Kane McBride

Teams
Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Corey Flynn 3. Ben Franks 4. Tom Donnelly 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. George Whitelock 7. Matt Todd 8. Kieran Read 9. Andy Ellis 10. Tom Taylor 11. Zac Guildford 12. Dan Carter 13. Robbie Fruean 14. Sean Maitland 15. Israel Dagg

Reserves 16. Quentin MacDonald 17. Owen Franks 18. Luke Romano 19. Luke Whitelock 20. Willi Heinz 21. Ryan Crotty 22. Tom Marshall
Stormers

15. Joe Pietersen ,14. Gerhard van den Heever ,13. Juan de Jongh,12. Jean De Villiers (C) ,11. Bryan Habana ,10. Peter Grant,9. Dewaldt Duvenage,8. Duane Vermeulen,7. Rynhardt Elstadt,6. Siya Kolisi,5. Andries Bekker (VC),4. Eben Etzebeth ,3. Brok Harris ,2. Tiaan Liebenberg,1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves: 16. Deon Fourie,17. Frans Malherbe,18. De Kock Steenkamp,19. Nizaam Carr ,20. Louis Schreuder,21. Burton Francis,22. Gio Aplon/ JP du Plessis

Brumbies 37, Rebels 6

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Despite a front-row crisis of sorts at the Rebels and a few positional changes for both sides and Jake White rotating some of his first choice players this game is shaping up to be a cracker.

Super Rugby, Saturday, 14 April 2012 – Round 8 – Canberra Stadium
Kick-off 19.40PM (AEST), 11.40 (RSA), 21.40 (NZ)

FORM:

Brumbies:
Week 3: Win, 24-23 v Cheetahs, Canberra
Week 4: Loss, 29-22 v Chiefs, Hamilton
Week 5: Win, 33-26 v Sharks, Canberra
Week 6: Loss, 29-26 v Sharks, Canberra
Week 7: Loss, 20-13 v Reds, Brisbane

Rebels:
Week 3: Loss, 11-6 v Reds, Brisbane
Week 4: Loss, 33-26 v Cheetahs, Melbourne
Week 5: Win, 30-29 v Force, Melbourne
Week 6: Loss, 43-12 v Highlanders, Invercargill
Week 7: Win, 34-23 v Blues, Melbourne

TEAMS:

Brumbies 1. Ruadhri Murphy, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Dan Palmer, 4. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Ben Mowen, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Fotu Auelua, 9. Nic White, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Joe Tomane, 12. Pat McCabe, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Jesse Mogg.

Reserves: 16. Anthony Hegarty, 17. Ben Alexander, 18. Peter Kimlin, 19. Ita Vaea, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Robbie Coleman, 22. Andrew Smith.

Rebels 1. Nic Henderson, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Rodney Blake, 4. Al Campbell, 5. Hugh Pyle, 6. Luke Jones, 7. Jarrod Saffy, 8. Gareth Delve (c), 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Danny Cipriani, 11. Mark Gerrard, 12. James O’Connor, 13. Mitch Inman, 14. Lachlan Mitchell, 15. Kurtley Beale.

Reserves: 16. Luke Holmes, 17. Eddie Aholelei, 18. Michael Lipman, 19. Tim Davidson, 20. Richard Kingi, 21. Julian Huxley, 22. Lloyd Johansson.

REFEREE: Craig Joubert

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Brumbies:
Jake White is finally happy with the conditioning and fitness of his monster recruit eighth man Fotu Auelua. The skilled 190cm 120kg behemoth has already been touted as having all the attributes of Toutai Kefu by Eddie Jones and Brumbie’s fans are looking forward to his debut. Dynamite open-sider Michael Hooper returns to menace the break-down and 196cm 105kg 20 year Tevita Kuridrani makes his first start at outside centre. White’s bench reads as his first choice players as he rotates his players before the trip to RSA.

Rebels:
Injuries to props Laurie Weeks and Paul Alo-Emile sees Rodney Blake remain at tight-head a position he clearly doesn’t enjoy and 20 yr old development player Eddie Aholelei move to the bench. It’s going to be interesting to see whether tackling machine Jarrod Saffy can thwart Hooper from his new position at 7 and how young fire-brand lock Luke Jones fares at 6. Obviously O’Connor and Beale remain the players to watch in the backs.

These two teams have met twice with each winning their respective home games.

Formidable Stormers show unity

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Ferocious forward deeds created the “big black blanket” phrase used to describe the All Black pack.

Player stats Round 6

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The season heads towards the mid-point and the leader-boards starting to make some interesting reading.

Source

SEASON 2012 PLAYER STATS (ROUND 6)
Most Points
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 98
2. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 86
3. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 73
3. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 73
5. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 71
6. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 65
7. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 59
8. James O’Connor (Rebels) 53
8. Michael Harris (Reds) 53
10. James Stannard (Force) 51
11. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 45
11. David Harvey (Force) 45
13. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 42
14. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 37
14. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 37
16. Butch James (Lions) 34
17. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 33
18. Chris Noakes (Highlanders) 27
19. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 26
20. Bjorn Basson (Bulls) 25
Most Tries
1. Bjorn Basson (Bulls) 5
2. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 4
2. Dom Shipperley (Reds) 4
2. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 4
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 4
2. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) 4
7. Aaron Smith (Highlanders) 3
7. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 3
7. Cory Jane (Hurricanes) 3
7. James Stannard (Force) 3
7. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) 3
7. Robert Fruean (Crusaders) 3
7. Tom Carter (Waratahs) 3
7. Tom Kingston (Waratahs) 3
7. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 3
7. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 3
17. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 2
17. Jaco Taute (Lions) 2
17. Phil Burleigh (Highlanders) 2
17. Wynand Olivier (Bulls) 2
Most Conversions
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 14
2. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 12
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 11
4. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 10
4. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 10
6. David Harvey (Force) 8
7. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 7
8. Chris Noakes (Highlanders) 6
8. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 6
10. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 5
11. Brendan McKibbin (Waratahs) 4
11. Butch James (Lions) 4
11. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 4
11. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 4
11. Michael Harris (Reds) 4
11. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 4
17. Danny Cipriani (Rebels) 3
17. Frederic Michalak (Sharks) 3
17. James O’Connor (Rebels) 3
17. James Stannard (Force) 3
Most Penalty Goals
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 22
2. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 21
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 18
4. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 17
4. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 17
6. Michael Harris (Reds) 15
7. James O’Connor (Rebels) 14
7. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 14
9. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 13
10. Tyler Bleyendaal (Crusaders) 12
11. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 11
11. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 11
13. James Stannard (Force) 10
14. David Harvey (Force) 8
15. Butch James (Lions) 7
15. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 7
15. Lachie Munro (Blues) 7
18. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 6
19. Gareth Anscombe (Blues) 5
19. Michael Hobbs (Blues) 5
Most Drop Goals
1. Colin Slade (Highlanders) 1
1. Gary van Aswegen (Stormers) 1
1. Jacques Coetzee (Lions) 1
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 1
1. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 1
Most Tackles Made
1. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 102
2. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 93
3. David Pocock (Force) 86
4. Tom Chamberlain (Rebels) 81
5. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 79
5. Luke Jones (Rebels) 79
7. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 75
8. Gareth Delve (Rebels) 74
8. Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes) 74
8. Matt Todd (Crusaders) 74
11. Ben Alexander (Brumbies) 72
12. James Horwill (Reds) 71
12. Philip van der Walt (Cheetahs) 71
14. Jack Lam (Hurricanes) 70
15. Dale Chadwick (Sharks) 69
15. Michael Hooper (Brumbies) 69
17. George Whitelock (Crusaders) 67
17. Sam Carter (Brumbies) 67
17. Siyamthanda Kolisi (Stormers) 67
20. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes) 66
Most Runs
1. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 86
2. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 67
3. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 65
4. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 64
5. David Pocock (Force) 63
6. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 60
7. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 59
8. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 56
9. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 54
10. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 52
11. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 50
12. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs) 47
12. Jamie Mackintosh (Highlanders) 47
14. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 46
14. Jaco Taute (Lions) 46
16. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 45
17. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 44
17. Victor Vito (Hurricanes) 44
19. Josh Strauss (Lions) 43
19. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 43
Most Run Metres
1. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 529
2. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 489
3. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 482
4. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 462
5. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 433
6. Tom Kingston (Waratahs) 399
7. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 386
8. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 385
9. Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs) 379
10. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 372
11. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs) 370
12. Luke Morahan (Reds) 361
12. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 361
14. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) 351
14. Nick Cummins (Force) 351
16. Jaco Taute (Lions) 342
16. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 342
18. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 338
19. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 336
20. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 327
Most Kicks
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 62
2. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 44
3. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 43
4. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 42
5. James Stannard (Force) 39
6. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 35
7. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 33
8. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers) 32
9. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 30
10. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 29
11. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs) 25
11. Brett Sheehan (Force) 25
13. James O’Connor (Rebels) 24
13. Will Genia (Reds) 24
15. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 23
15. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs) 23
17. David Harvey (Force) 22
18. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 21
18. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 21
18. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 21
Most Kick Metres
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 2300
2. Morne Steyn (Bulls) 1801
3. Joe Pietersen (Stormers) 1691
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 1616
5. James Stannard (Force) 1485
6. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 1095
7. Patrick Lambie (Sharks) 1020
8. Andrew Ellis (Crusaders) 1004
9. James O’Connor (Rebels) 1001
10. Dewaldt Duvenhage (Stormers) 981
11. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 972
12. Berrick Barnes (Waratahs) 863
13. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 849
14. David Harvey (Force) 825
15. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 815
16. Lachie Munro (Blues) 757
17. Ben Seymour (Force) 753
18. Will Genia (Reds) 752
19. Danny Cipriani (Rebels) 721
20. Jesse Mogg (Brumbies) 718
Most Pick And Drives
1. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 32
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 17
3. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 16
4. Liam Messam (Chiefs) 15
4. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 15
6. David Pocock (Force) 13
7. Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs) 12
8. Benn Robinson (Waratahs) 11
8. Chris King (Highlanders) 11
8. Derick Minnie (Lions) 11
8. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 11
12. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 10
12. Chris Lowrey (Blues) 10
12. Tom McCartney (Blues) 10
15. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 9
15. James Slipper (Reds) 9
15. Jamie Mackintosh (Highlanders) 9
15. WP Nel (Cheetahs) 9
19. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 8
19. Josh Bekhuis (Highlanders) 8
Most Try Assists
1. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 4
1. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 4
3. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 3
3. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 3
3. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 3
3. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) 3
3. Tim Whitehead (Sharks) 3
3. Will Genia (Reds) 3
9. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 2
9. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs) 2
9. Brett Sheehan (Force) 2
9. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 2
9. JJ Engelbrecht (Bulls) 2
9. Nic White (Brumbies) 2
9. Odwa Ndungane (Sharks) 2
9. Sarel Pretorius (Waratahs) 2
9. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 2
18. Ben Tapuai (Reds) 1
18. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 1
18. Ryno Benjamin (Cheetahs) 1
Most Linebreaks
1. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 6
2. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 5
2. Sona Taumalolo (Chiefs) 5
4. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 4
4. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 4
4. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 4
4. Dom Shipperley (Reds) 4
4. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) 4
4. James Stannard (Force) 4
4. Luke Morahan (Reds) 4
4. Nick Cummins (Force) 4
4. Piet Van Zyl (Cheetahs) 4
4. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 4
4. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 4
4. Tom Carter (Waratahs) 4
4. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 4
4. Wynand Olivier (Bulls) 4
4. Zac Guildford (Crusaders) 4
19. John Hardie (Highlanders) 3
19. Phil Burleigh (Highlanders) 3
Most Linebreak Assists
1. Will Genia (Reds) 6
2. Brett Sheehan (Force) 4
3. Ashley Johnson (Cheetahs) 3
3. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 3
3. Elton Jantjies (Lions) 3
3. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 3
3. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 3
8. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) 2
8. Akona Ndungane (Bulls) 2
8. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 2
8. Chris Noakes (Highlanders) 2
8. Danny Cipriani (Rebels) 2
8. Jaco Taute (Lions) 2
8. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 2
8. Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders) 2
8. Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks) 2
8. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 2
8. Sarel Pretorius (Waratahs) 2
8. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 2
8. Tom Taylor (Crusaders) 2
Most Offloads
1. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 13
2. Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs) 12
3. Andre Taylor (Hurricanes) 9
3. Ben Tapuai (Reds) 9
3. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 9
6. JP Pietersen (Sharks) 8
6. Shaun Treeby (Highlanders) 8
8. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 7
8. Digby Ioane (Reds) 7
8. Hosea Gear (Highlanders) 7
8. Mark Gerrard (Rebels) 7
8. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 7
8. Riaan Viljoen (Sharks) 7
8. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 7
8. Rod Davies (Reds) 7
8. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs) 7
8. Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) 7
18. Ben Smith (Highlanders) 6
18. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 6
18. Jaco Taute (Lions) 6
Most Pilfers
1. David Pocock (Force) 7
2. Liam Gill (Reds) 5
3. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 3
3. Ben May (Hurricanes) 3
3. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 3
3. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs) 3
3. Michael Hooper (Brumbies) 3
3. Nasi Manu (Highlanders) 3
9. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 2
9. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 2
9. Chris Alcock (Waratahs) 2
9. Daniel Braid (Blues) 2
9. Deon van Rensburg (Lions) 2
9. Derick Minnie (Lions) 2
9. Faifili Levave (Hurricanes) 2
9. JP Pietersen (Sharks) 2
9. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 2
9. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 2
9. Rodney Blake (Rebels) 2
9. Scott Higginbotham (Reds) 2
Most Lineouts Won
1. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 36
2. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 33
3. Andries Bekker (Stormers) 26
3. Juandre Kruger (Bulls) 26
5. Hugh Pyle (Rebels) 22
6. Scott Higginbotham (Reds) 21
7. Ben Mowen (Brumbies) 18
7. Franco van der Merwe (Lions) 18
7. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 18
10. Izak van der Westhuizen (Cheetahs) 17
10. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) 17
12. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) 16
12. James Horwill (Reds) 16
12. Victor Vito (Hurricanes) 16
15. Josh Bekhuis (Highlanders) 15
15. Kieran Read (Crusaders) 15
17. Ali Williams (Blues) 14
17. Anthony Boric (Blues) 14
17. Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes) 14
20. David Dennis (Waratahs) 13
Most Penalties Conceded
1. Derick Minnie (Lions) 12
2. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 11
2. WP Nel (Cheetahs) 11
4. Dean Greyling (Bulls) 10
4. Nathan Sharpe (Force) 10
6. Dean Mumm (Waratahs) 9
6. James Horwill (Reds) 9
6. Matthew Hodgson (Force) 9
9. Ben May (Hurricanes) 8
9. Benn Robinson (Waratahs) 8
9. David Pocock (Force) 8
12. Ben Daley (Reds) 7
12. Ben Tameifuna (Chiefs) 7
12. Coenrad Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) 7
12. Daniel Braid (Blues) 7
12. James Slipper (Reds) 7
12. Jason Eaton (Hurricanes) 7
12. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes) 7
12. Sekope Kepu (Waratahs) 7
12. Werner Kruger (Bulls) 7
Most Turnovers
1. Corey Flynn (Crusaders) 16
2. Adam Thomson (Highlanders) 15
2. Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs) 15
2. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 15
2. Callie Visagie (Lions) 15
6. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 14
6. Will Genia (Reds) 14
8. Dean Mumm (Waratahs) 13
8. Kieran Read (Crusaders) 13
10. James Hanson (Reds) 12
10. Johan Goosen (Cheetahs) 12
10. Keven Mealamu (Blues) 12
10. Zane Kirchner (Bulls) 12
14. Andrew Hore (Highlanders) 11
14. Francois Hougaard (Bulls) 11
14. Tamati Ellison (Highlanders) 11
17. Ali Williams (Blues) 10
17. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) 10
17. Robbie Robinson (Chiefs) 10
17. Stephen Moore (Brumbies) 10
Most Missed Tackles
1. Rob Horne (Waratahs) 20
2. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 18
3. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 17
4. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 15
4. Willem Alberts (Sharks) 15
4. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 15
7. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 14
7. James Stannard (Force) 14
7. Mark Gerrard (Rebels) 14
7. Nick Phipps (Rebels) 14
11. Andries Strauss (Cheetahs) 13
11. Benson Stanley (Blues) 13
11. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 13
11. Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) 13
11. Luke Morahan (Reds) 13
11. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) 13
17. Dale Chadwick (Sharks) 12
17. Kieran Read (Crusaders) 12
17. Laurie Weeks (Rebels) 12
17. Peter Grant (Stormers) 12

Stormers no happy chappies

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Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers says his unbeaten side will have to turn it up a notch if they are to compete with the Bulls next week.

Elton Jantjes out for a month blow for Lions

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The Lions have been struck another pulverizing blow ahead of their bye week as Monday’s medical revealed Jantjes will be out for a month.

Two key injury withdrawals shake Lions

4

The Lions have been hit by two key injury withdrawals ahead of the Sharks clash with Elton Jantjes and Patric Cilliers out of the game.

Lions stick to the tried and tested combinations for Cheetahs opener

7

The Lions have stuck to the combinations that won CC2011 for their opener against the Cheetahs.

Ten ways to improve rugby

7

The national obsession starts up again this week. Here’s a few improvement ideas for rugby.

IT’s BACK!!! And here’s the prizes!

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Yes the Super 15 kicks off in less than 14 days and Ruggaworld again brings you the RAT RACE.

Will SA force a Super21 by 2018?

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However well intentioned – the aim being to get black players into rugby – the Kings are a pet project of the SARU. Expecting the other SANZAR partners to change so soon into a five-year broadcast deal to cater for it is bull headed.

Will S15 crowds keep dwindling?

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Dwindling crowd attendances are never a good omen in any sport or competition. The bad news is that it’s what we are facing in Super Rugby, particularly in Australia and New Zealand.

Brumbies easily account for Force in trial

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Brumbies coach Jake White has enjoyed a dream start with his new Super Rugby side after they cruised to a 25-0 trial victory over the Western Force at Rugby Park in Darwin on Saturday night.

February 5, 2012

Brumbies 25 Force 0

In what was the first trial match of the year for both teams, the wet and windy conditions contributed to an error-riddled performance.

The Brumbies were first on the scoreboard when lock Ben Hand breached the Force’s defence to touch down late in the first quarter.

The Brumbies’ second try came after the Canberra-based side strung together seven phases before inside centre Christian Lealiifano crossed, while five-eighth Zack Holmes booted three first-half penalties to extend the lead.

The Western Australian side showed more composure in the third quarter, however the Brumbies defence held firm despite being restricted to 14 men when flanker Peter Kimlin was sent to the sin bin for a late shoulder charge.

Workhorse Brumbies prop Jerry Yanuyanutawa was prominent for the Brumbies before taking a heavy knock and coming off the field after 30 minutes, while Nic White slotted two second-half penalties to complete the emphatic win.

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Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-match-report/brumbies-easily-account-for-force-in-trial-20120205-1qza1.html#ixzz1lZPvnOny

Bryce Lawrence won’t ref Super 15 in SA

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Arch enemy Bryce Lawrence has been snubbed by SANZAR refs for games in SA

Lion squad for Stormers game on Friday

3

The Lions have named their team for the DHL pre-season warm up.

Cheetahs want to add grit, defence

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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske is determined to add some grit and determination to his team’s fast-paced attacking game in order to take them from entertaining also-rans to a serious force in Super Rugby this year.

New Zealand follow revolutionary Rebels business model.

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The NZRU will place advertisements this weekend in newspapers asking for expressions of interest to buy the licences for four of the New Zealand Super Rugby franchises.

Revolution in Super Rugby

DAVID LONG

Crusaders

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UP FOR GRABS: The Crusaders’ licence is available for purchase.

Other than the Highlanders, who the NZRU are exploring alternative options for, the New Zealand franchises are available to be licensed.

The owner of the franchise will manage and operate, as well as choose which players are on the team’s books, although their salaries are still paid by the NZRU.

The decision to progress with invitations to submit expressions of interest follows an independent review of Super Rugby and the franchises in New Zealand and a period of consultation with Provincial Unions and Franchises.

NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew said considering a licensee arrangement for the franchises made sense as it would provide the additional capital required to ensure the success of the franchises on and off the field.

“This is an early phase to get a real view of the level of interest in an opportunity to be associated with New Zealand’s brand of rugby and what is considered to be the world’s best rugby competition,” Tew said.

“The overwhelming feedback during consultation clearly pointed to the need to reinvigorate the franchise model.

“This unique opportunity to manage and operate a Super Rugby team is an exciting development for New Zealand rugby.

“We are hoping this invitation will generate interest from a broad range of both rugby and non-rugby individuals, organisations and consortiums.”

The successful licensee will have the right to manage, operate, select and promote the team/brand and the matches played by that team.

Under the licensee proposal, the NZRU will continue to own the brands and be responsible for contracting players and coaches.

“For now we have agreed to allow the Highlanders to stand aside from the process as they are already some way down the track with exploring other alternatives which are commercially sensitive,” Tew said.

Interested parties have until March 9, 2012 to confirm their interest in being granted a licence to manage and operate a Super Rugby team.

Any decision to grant a licence is expected to be made by the NZRU Board midway through 2012 and will be made in the best interests of rugby in New Zealand.

Any changes proposed would not be in place before the 2013 season. The 2012 Super Rugby competition is unaffected.

If suitable licensee candidates are identified, they will be shortlisted and the NZRU may then issue a request for proposal inviting the submission of detailed proposals.

Once these proposals have been evaluated, the NZRU may enter discussions with one or more preferred respondents.

– Stuff

Mossie lost for Stormers

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Springbok centre Jaque Fourie is set to stay in Japan after a two-year offer of R22 million and probably won’t be available for the Stormers in next year’s Super Rugby tournament.

Merging Kings/Cheetahs no solution

9

Arranged marriages in SA rugby don’t work … there has to be a better way of fitting the Kings into the S15 than by merging them with the Cheetahs.

Leeu-toer in 2013 skep kopseer

4

Die Super-rugbyreeks van 2013 kan in ’n logistieke nagmerrie ontaard en gaan ‘n invloed hê op die Super 15.

WP planning for new S15 season

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Stormers turn to 18-year old, welcomes Adi Jacobs and have an eye on Boland’s
Bolla Conradie and Elgar Watts.

SANZAR: We need the money

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SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters said the length of the S15 and playing the TN are vital for economic success.

‘McCaw is a serial infringer’

9

Bob Dwyer has a go at the serial infringers and the poor standard and bias of referees.

Alarm bell for S15 as Sharks sink

5

Two predictable, low-key and badly supported “quarter finals” does not bode well for the new, prolonged Super 15 competition.

Super 15 Team of the Tournament

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South Africa has only four players in the Aussie blog RugbyHeaven’s top XXII from this year’s Super Rugby tournament.