Mar 182016
 

Watch Super Rugby Hurricanes vs Western Force Live Streaming 2016 Online Rugby Union , at Palmerston North Stadium, New Zealand, Friday 18 March 2016, Time 06:35 pm (GMT). Welcome to watch Hurricanes vs Western Force super rugby 2016 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Super 15 Rugby Hurricanes vs Western Force Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

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The Hurricanes will be brimming with confidence when they take on the Western Force in Palmerston North on Friday.

Although they were obliterated by the Brumbies in their opening round defeat, the Hurricanes have improved as the season progressed and head into this clash knowing that they have dominated this fixture over the years, winning their last six matches against the men from Perth.

After losing their second match of 2016, to the Highlanders, the ‘Canes beat the Blues last weekend to register their first win of the season.

That victory came at a cost, however, as All Blacks wing Nehe Milner-Skudder suffered a season-ending shoulder injury but head coach Chris Boyd had the luxury of replacing his 2015 Rugby World Cup winner with a 2011 one in veteran All Black Cory Jane.

In their last match against the Blues, the Hurricanes’ senior players paved the way to victory with impressive performances. In the forwards, Victor Vito stepped up to the plate with a solid effort and was rewarded with a try for his efforts while the halfbacks, TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett, pulled the strings with their playmaking skills.

The duo will be keen to build on that effort with another assured display against the Force, especially Perenara who thrived as the team’s captain while first-choice skipper Dane Coles was nursing an injury.

The Force have been competitive in all their previous results but, once again, have little to show for it. Like the Hurricanes, their halfback pairing, Peter Grant and Alby Mathewson, are expected to play an important role if they want to end their winless streak against their opponents but unlike Barrett and Perenara, who have played alongside each other for several seasons, they will line up together for their first competitive match together.

Both these sides have made a slow start to the season and are amongst the also-rans in the attacking statistics. The Hurricanes have only scored five tries from their three matches while the Force have scored one less five-pointer after a similar number of games.

And the Force have made only 18 clean breaks while the Hurricanes – who are usually amongst the frontrunners in this department – have made 16. Both sides are mid table in terms of defenders beaten with Force (57) marginally better than the Hurricanes (52).

The last time these teams met: The Canes were in a rampant mood, outscoring their hosts five tries to one in a one-sided 42-13 victory in their Round Three fixture in Perth. The men from Wellington led 15-6 at half-time after Cory Jane and Mark Abbott scored tries but turned on the style in the second half and Victor Vito, Julian Savea and James Marshall also dotted down before Matt Scott scored a consolation try for the Force.

Players to watch: All Blacks speedster Julian Savea has been one of the best attackers in this tournament in recent seasons but is yet to score a try this year. Savea, who wreaks havoc when he builds up a head of steam, is yet to reach the heights of previous years and will be keen to show that his slow start to 2016 is a thing of the past with a trademark attacking display.

The Force’s captain Matt Hodgson seldom plays a bad game for the men from Perth and will, as usual, be at the forefront of their charge. Hodgson always gives his all for a full 80 minutes and his leadership skills will be crucial if they want to win this one. He is one of the tournament’s best breakdown exponents and his battle with Ardie Savea in that facet of play should play a big part in determining this result.

Team News: Hurricanes boss Chris Boyd has made four changes to his starting line-up after last weekend’s victory over the Blues in Auckland. With Nehe Milner-Skudder out for the season with a shoulder injury, Cory Jane moves up from the bench to wear the number 14 jersey. The other changes are all amongst the forwards. First-choice hooker and captain Dane Coles, who missed the first three matches due to injury, returns to the run-on side to replace Leni Apisa while Vaea Fifita takes over from Brad Shields at blindside flank and Chris Eves comes in for Reggie Goodes at loosehead prop.

Force boss Michael Foley has made six changes to his run-on side that went down to the Brumbies. Prop Tetera Faulkner makes his first appearance of the campaign after recovering from injury and replaces Jermaine Ainsley in the number three jersey. In the other changes to the pack, Nathan Charles and Angus Cottrell come in for Heath Tessman and Brynard Stander at hooker and blindside flank respectively. Meanwhile, in the backline there’s a new halfback combination with Peter Grant and Alby Mathewson taking over from Jono Lance and Ian Prior, while Marcel Brache is preferred to Luke Morahan on the right wing.

Form: After losing their first two matches on the road against the Brumbies and Highlanders, the Hurricanes claimed their first victory when they beat the Blues 24-19 in Auckland last weekend. The Force started their campaign with a home loss to the Melbourne Rebels but bounced back with a hard-fought away victory over the Reds before suffering a 31-14 defeat to the Brumbies in Perth.

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Players list:

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Chris Eves

Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Callum Gibbins,  21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Willis Halaholo, 23 Jason Woodward

Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Solomoni (Junior Rasolea), 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan

Replacements: 16 Chris Heiberg, 17 Heath Tessmann, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Sitiveni (Stevie) Mafi, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Albert Nikoro

Mar 122016
 

Watch Super Rugby Southern Kings vs Chiefs Live Streaming 2016 Online Rugby Union , at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Saturday 12 March 2016, Time 13:30 pm (GMT). Welcome to watch Southern Kings vs Chiefs super rugby 2016 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Super 15 Rugby Southern Kings vs Chiefs Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

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The first match in Super Rugby Round 3 on South African soil is in Port Elizabeth where the Southern Kings host the Chiefs from Hamilton.

The Southern Kings had a bye last week but in Round 1 they were beaten by the Sharks.

The team did not have ideal preparation going into Super Rugby but the bye will have given them more time to familiarize themselves with each other.

The Chiefs on the other hand were beaten at home last week by the Lions on Saturday and had to fly across the Indian Ocean on Sunday.

In their opening fixture the Chiefs beat the Crusaders in Christchurch but then last week they were unable to catch the Lions and will de desperate to make amends.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made several changes to his side for this week and there is a revamped front row with Mitchell Graham, Nathan Harris and Siate Tokolahi lining up.

In the second row, Johan Bardoul replaces the injured Brodie Retallick to partner Michael Allardice. Taleni Seu, Sam Cane and Michael Leitch form the loose forward trio adding plenty of power and agility to the back of the scrum.

In the backs, Brad Weber gets his first start of the 2016 Super Rugby season at halfback. Co-captain Aaron Cruden retains the number 10 jersey, with Charlie Ngatai and Seta Tamanivalu continuing their dominant partnership in the mid-field for the third successive week.

Glen Fisiiahi starts on the right wing, with James Lowe and Damian McKenzie rounding out the backline in jerseys 11 and 15 respectively. The Chiefs have also named a strong bench to add impact in the second half.

The strong reserve bench packs a punch with halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Rhys Marshall, Pauliasi Manu and 2015 gold medal winning New Zealand Under-20 captain Atu Moli on hand as front row replacements.

The Kings have made four changes to the side that played in Round one and Edgar Marutlulle gets a starting berth at hooker, with Jacobie Adriaanse taking up position at tighthead prop, having returned from a concussion sustained during a pre-season warm up against the SWD Eagles.

Two changes in the backs starting line-up see Stefan Watermeyer comes on for JP du Plessis at outside centre, while Louis Fouche replaces Elgar Watts at flyhalf.

The Southern Kings and the Chiefs have only met once before in Super Rugby and that was three years ago in 2013 at the same venue.

That match was won 24-35 by the Chiefs who went on to win the title.

the Southern Kings will have home advantage they were not well supported in their last outing and it has been suggested that local fans are battling to associate with this new team which shows little resemblance to the Currie Cup side or the one that played in 2013.

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Players List:

Southern Kings: 15. Jurgen Visser, 14. Luzuko Vulindlu, 13. Stefan Watermeyer, 12. Shane Gates, 11. Malcolm Jaer, 10. Louis Fouche, 9. Ntando Kebe, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Thembelani Bholi, 6. Chris Cloete, 5. John Charles Astle, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jacobie Adriaanse, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 1. Schalk Ferreira

Replacments : 16. Sithembiso (Sti) Sithole, 17. Martin Bezuidenhout, 18. Tom Botha, 19. Schalk Oelofse, 20. Cyril-John Velleman, 21. Kevin Luiters, 22. Elgar Watts, 23. Jaco van Tonder

Chiefs: 1. Mitchell Graham, 2. Nathan Harris, 3. Siate Tokolahi, 4. Michael Allardice, 5. Johan Bardoul, 6. Taleni Seu , 7. Sam Cane co-captain, 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Brad Weber, 10. Aaron Cruden co-captain, 11. James Lowe , 12. Charlie Ngatai, 13. Seta Tamanivalu 14. Glen Fisiiahi , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Rhys Marshall , 17. Pauliasi Manu , 18. Atu Moli**, 19. James Tucker**, 20. Maama Vaipulu , 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 22. Anton Lienert-Brown , 23. Sam McNicol

Mar 052016
 

Watch Super Rugby Natal Sharks vs Jaguares Live Streaming 2016 Online Rugby Union , at Kings Park Stadium, Durban, South Africa, Saturday 05 March 2016, Time 17:35 pm (GMT). Welcome to watch Natal Sharks vs Jaguares super rugby 2016 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Super 15 Rugby Natal Sharks vs Jaguares Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

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It’s time for unity, time to unite behind our team in black and white, embracing the Cell C Sharks and our fellow South Africans this Saturday for their first home game of the season at Growthpoint KINGS PARK.

Director of Rugby Gary Gold explains that playing at home is significant for the team and their campaign.

“This home game is important for a number of reasons, but particularly because they’re in our group and one of the teams we are tussling with to be able to qualify.

“It’s also important for us to make our home ground our fortress, to establish Growthpoint KINGS PARK as a tough place to come and play and in the process, to impress our own supporters.

“You also want to get some traction going, to get some wins under the belt.”

Looking at the Jaguares, he warns that his team are preparing for this game as if it were a test match, such is the respect they hold for their Argentine opposition.

“There are 10 to 12 guys who went to a World Cup and were part of the team that reached the semi-final, they’re the real deal,” he pointed out. “They play with real intensity and incredible freedom and they can hurt you from an attack point of view.”

There is no doubt that the Jaguares are a dangerous side and one not likely to lie down and play dead when things go against them. Against the Cheetahs last week, they overhauled a 21 point deficit to win the match after suffering two yellow cards and conceding 17 unanswered points when they were down to 13 men for 10 minutes.

The Jaguares are one of two brand new sides to the competition and the addition of a new country to the tournament brings a new level of excitement, something alluded to by captain Beast Mtawarira who expects a massive clash.

“A good start is important and we need to get stuck in right from the beginning. But we need to remain composed and keep our discipline in a match that will be hugely competitive.”

Another area to be keenly contested will be at scrum-time, this set-piece an important area for both sides.

“It’s always a formidable challenge when you go up against the Argies, they have a real scrumming mentality, but we’re focusing on our processes and on ourselves, we want to make sure we do what we need to and make sure we bring it from our side.”

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His coach agrees that ultimately, aside from respecting your opposition, as a team, it’s also what you bring to the table.

“It’s also about what we do with ball in hand; we need to control the game, we need to be masters of our own destiny,” added Gold. “We can’t be constantly concerned with what the opposition is going to do. We are going to have to be clinical in how we execute our plays.”

Mar 052016
 

Watch Super Rugby Cheetahs vs Stormers Live Streaming 2016 Online Rugby Union , at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa, Saturday 05 March 2016, Time 15:05 pm (GMT). Welcome to watch Cheetahs vs Stormers super rugby 2016 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Super 15 Rugby Cheetahs vs Stormers Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

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Super Rugby returns to Bloemfontein for the penultimate match in Round 2 as the Cheetahs host the Stormers in a South African derby.

The Cheetahs opened their Super Rugby campaign with a 33-34 loss to the Jaguares at home last week. They were leading 24-3 at one point but allowed the Jaguares to steal the match out from under them.

The Stormers on the other hand put in an impressive performance against the Bulls and earned a bonus point from the result as they scored three tries while keeping the Bulls tryless.

For this match the Stormers have made one injury enforced change as Leolin Zas will make his starting debut for the Stormers in place of Kobus van Wyk who has an ankle which he sustained in the 33-9 opening round win over the Bulls.

The 20-year-old wing earned his first Stormers cap when he came off the bench in the against the Bulls at Newlands last week.

Cheetahs coach head coach Franco Smith has switched Paul Schoeman and Boom Prinsloo around as Schoeman is in the starting line-up and Prinsloo on the bench.

On the replacements bench Francois Uys will be replacing Reniel Hugo.

The Cheetahs have played the Stormers 15 times in Super Rugby since 2006 and the Cheetahs have won 5 and lost 10 matches. That gives them a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Cape side.

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At home the Cheetahs have played the Stormers 7 times and won four and lost three. This gives them a record of winning 57% of their home matches with an average score of Cheetahs 25 Stormers 22.

The Cheetahs have won their last three Super Rugby matches in Bloemfontein against the Stormers who have not left the city as winners since 2012.

Mar 052016
 

Watch Super Rugby Bulls vs Melbourne Rebels Live Streaming 2016 Online Rugby Union , at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday 05 March 2016, Time 13:00 pm (GMT). Welcome to watch Bulls vs Melbourne Rebels super rugby 2016 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Super 15 Rugby Bulls vs Melbourne Rebels Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

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Bulls coach Nollis Marais says the Rebels are the favourites for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash in Pretoria. Don’t believe him.

The Bulls underdogs? At Loftus? Against the Rebels? Surely not!?

To be fair on the good Mr. Marais, the Rebels did win – just – the last time these teams met, in Melbourne last year. They also got their campaign off to a winning start against the Force last week, outscoring their fellow Aussies three tries to none.

It’s true also that the Bulls are winless in their last six matches, their longest losing streak since 2002.

And things didn’t exactly go to plan for the Bulls at Newlands last week either, but the day the three-time champions are considered underdogs against the Rebels on home soil is surely some way off.

Yes, this is a young Bulls side, and yes, they struggled in the lineouts and scrums in Round 1, but the Rebels shipped over 40 points in both their previous visits to Pretoria. They’ve yet to win a game on South African soil in ten attempts.

The Bulls’ set-piece issues should be seen in context too. The Stormers’ have one of the best tight-fives in the tournament and an impressive set of front row replacements. Marais has shown some faith by naming an unchanged pack and an improvement should be expected. It’ll be key to giving an exciting-looking Bulls backline decent platform.

The loss of Springbok Jesse Kriel to concussion is a blow, but his replacement, Burger Odendaal, has looked very sharp.

The Rebels have had a couple of injury disruptions too but a good win on the road last weekend will have given them some confidence.

The Rebels won 15 turnovers in their opening game, more than any other side in the opening round, which points to a potentially pivotal battle of the loose forwards.

With the Loftus faithful expecting a turnaround from last week’s horror start, all the pressure is on the home side.

The last time these teams met: The Rebels earned a hard-fought 21-20 victory at home in Round 17 last year, ending the Bulls overseas tour on a negative note. Rebels outscored their visitors by three tries to two with Sean McMahon, Jack Debreczeni and Lopeti Timani crossing the whitewash for the home side. Dean Greyling and Lappies Labuschagne scored for the Bulls but Odendaal was denied what would have been the winner by the TMO.

Players to watch: Bulls flank Jannes Kirsten made 18 tackles in the opening round, the second most of any player behind Michael Hooper (21) and the most of any player who didn’t miss a single tackle. He’ll be looked to back that up with another outing in the Bulls’ back row this week.

Rebels full-back Reece Hodge made a dream debut a week ago, scoring 20 points, including two tries. Hodge is back in the 15 shirt for the visit to Pretoria but may relinquish the goalkicking duties to returning number ten Debreczeni.

Team news: Marais has made only one personnel change to his starting team with centre Burger Odendaal replacing Springbok Jesse Kriel, who has been ruled out due to concussion. Dries Swanepoel will make his debut off the bench. If Grant Hattingh passes a late fitness test, he’ll earn his 50th Super Rugby cap.

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The Rebels have been forced into tow changes following injuries to Mike Harris and Colby Fainga’a. Jack Debreczeni takes over at fly-half while Steve Cummins comes into the second row, moving Lopeti Timani to number eight.

Form: The average score between these sides is 37-18. After a 25-19 away victory against the Force in their first match the Rebels will be looking to open a Super Rugby season with back-to-back victories for the first time in their history. The Bulls were outscored three tries to nil in their 33-9 loss to the Stormers last week.

Predictions: The history books point to a clear win for the Bulls. The gap will no doubt be significantly smaller than in the past, and it’s fair to back the Bulls to win by twelve points.