Feb 242017

Watch Super Rugby Stormers vs Bulls Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union , DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday 25 February 2017, Time 04:30 pm (AEDT). Welcome to watch Stormers vs Bulls super rugby 2017 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 Stormers vs Bulls Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Stormers will be looking to carry their successful pre-season form into Super Rugby when they play the Bulls at Newlands.%u200B

The Stormers had a heartbreaking season in 2016 after winning Africa 1 Conference by a convincing nine points before they met the Chiefs in the quarter-final, where they were completely outplayed 60-21 at home.

The men from Cape Town know they face much stronger opposition this season, as they play the New Zealand Conference and will need to prove that they can compete at a level of higher intensity.

The Bulls played some positive, running rugby last season but could not get the wins they so desperately needed to make it into the higher echelons of the competition. They missed the quarter-finals by two points, which signed off their season as a dud.

That cannot have been easy to take for a proud institution and the Bulls would have been hurt by not being in the top three South African franchises, and will expect to come back with a vengeance.

The Bulls do have some key players returning from injury this season, with Handré Pollard back and so is the undersung hero of Jan Serfontein who was also out for most of Super Rugby 2016.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck told SuperSport that he is under no illusion as to how important this game is.

“This is a massive game for us. Both us and the Bulls are in a tough group, and both of us have to tour New Zealand later on, so it is imperative that we get a result so we can build confidence. It is not about playing at home or away, everyone wants to get their season off to a winning start regardless of where they are playing,” Fleck said.

“We’ve had a good pre-season. The preparation has been great. Now it is time for us to get stuck in.”

Bulls coach, Nollis Marais, was keen to get the season underway, despite the massive challenge they face in Round One.

“You need to beat the best teams in the competition if you want to win it and to be honest, there will be no easy games. The Stormers will pose a massive challenge, no doubt, but that will be a good benchmark for us at the start of our campaign. We have realistic expectations this year and with a good start, we believe we can still be involved come the final weekends.”

Players List:

Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi (c), 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vc), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Rob du Preez

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Handre Pollard(c), 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Nick de Jager, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman

Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Lizo Gqoboka, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Warrick Gelant

Feb 242017

Watch Super Rugby Kings vs Jaguares Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union , Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Saturday 25 February 2017, Time 02:15 pm (AEDT). Welcome to watch Kings vs Jaguares super rugby 2017 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 Kings vs Jaguares Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Kings will hope they can once again contain a fierce Jaguares side when they host the South Americans in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The Kings were the perennial whipping-boys of 2016 and seemed mainly in the competition just to make up the numbers but, in all fairness, did the have odds stacked against them from the outset.

Off-field financial dramas plagued them, while not being given nearly enough time to prepare for Super Rugby and assemble a team as their inclusion was announced so late all hampering their chances. It also didn’t help that the Kings had to play the New Zealand sides in their first year of Super Rugby which was never going to be conducive to a smooth debut.

This year, however, they have some stability in their side that should set them up for a better and more fruitful 2017.

Some names have stuck with the franchise such as Schalk Ferreira, Waylon Murray and CJ Velleman which will definitely benefit their prospects while the signing and promoting of local talent should help get the Eastern Cape crowd re-invested in the Southern Kings.

And a game against an old foe, who they won against last year, is the perfect way to get their season started if they can emulate their home game against the Jaguares rather than their 73-27 hammering away in Buenos Aires.

The Jaguares will be foaming at the mouth for an opportunity to get one over the Kings after last season’s loss. They under performed in general in 2016 and considering the bountiful talent they have in their squad they should fare a lot better this season.

Jaguares coach Raul Pérez believes he picked the best side to face the Kings this weekend, despite a number of leading names missing through injury such as Nicolás Sánchez and the franchise having released the highly-talented Facundo Isa earlier this week.

“We think that these 23 players are the most suitable for the rival that we are going to have on Saturday and of course the players deserve to be there,” said Pérez.

“Our goal is to go through each game and improve our performance. We hope to be able to solidify what we did in practice on game day with every fixture.

“We have good expectations and we know that we will have to fix some small details, after the first game, but I think we had a very good pre-season.”

Kings head coach Deon Davids stressed the importance of beginning the Kings’ campaign on a winning start.

“For us, it is important to go out there full of confidence in ourselves and what we can bring. We understand that we are playing against a quality side,” Davids said.

“We will have to focus a lot on ourselves, in terms of what we want to bring and how we will do it. We are looking forward to expressing ourselves and seeing our experienced players as well as the young ones getting out there and making use of the opportunity of playing Super Rugby.”

Players List:

Kings: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruan Lerm, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Mzwanele Zito, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (c)

Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Chris Heiberg, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Masixole ‘Coyi’ Banda, 23 Luzuko Vulindlu

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Orlando, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Pablo Matera, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Felipe Arregui, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz

Replacments: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Cristian Bartoloni, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Rodrigo Báez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano

Feb 242017

Watch Super Rugby Cheetahs vs Lions Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union , Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa, Saturday 25 February 2017, Time 00:05 pm (AEDT). Welcome to watch Cheetahs vs Lions super rugby 2017 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 Cheetahs vs Lions Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

There should be plenty of thrilling action when the Cheetahs and Lions face off in their South African derby in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

As last year’s runners-up and South Africa’s top team, there will be plenty of pressure on the Lions this year and although the Cheetahs were also rans in 2016’s Super Rugby, they will be brimming with confidence after winning the Currie Cup.

Under the guidance of head coach Franco Smith, the Cheetahs swept all before them in South Africa’s domestic competition and they will be determined to make the step up to Super Rugby level.

That is of course easier said than done but Smith is quietly confident that his charges will do well.

“I am satisfied with where we are after the pre-season,” he said.

“Everyone trained really hard and we are as well prepared as we can be. The majority of the players have played Super Rugby and know what the intensity will be like.”

The Lions were like a breathe of fresh air on the South African landscape in 2016 and although there’s presure on them to win Super Rugby this year, head coach Johan Ackermann is focusing on their opener against the Cheetahs.

“You have to stay in the moment and not many teams are able to go through Super Rugby‚ especially with this format‚” Ackermann.

“There have been examples of teams who started badly yet went on to win the tournament.

“The Hurricanes were the example last year that shows you can turn it around if you win plenty of matches on the trot.

“Some teams know how to get momentum and keep it. We were fortunate that we had a good finish.

“We’re not going to target games. We’ll just look at matches on a weekly basis and we’ll do what has been serving us well in the past three years.”

Players List:

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), 1 Charles Marais

Replacements: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Ox Nche, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Ryno Benjamin

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Howard Mnisi, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen

Replacements: 16 Akker vd Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Jaco van der Walt

Feb 242017

Watch Super Rugby Waratahs vs Force Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union , Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Saturday 25 February 2017, Time 19:45 pm (AEDT). Welcome to watch Waratahs vs Force super rugby 2017 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 Waratahs vs Force Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Waratahs will be keen to hit the ground running when they face the Western Force in their Super Rugby opener in Sydney on Saturday.

The home side head into this year’s tournament as one of the favourites to qualify from the Australian Conference and know that an impressive showing in this fixture is imperative if they want to build momentum during the rest of the tournament.

Although the Force finished at the bottom of the Australian Conference, and despite suffering a big loss when these sides met in Perth last year, they will fancy their chances against the 2014 champions as they beat them in three of their last four matches.

Despite claiming a one-sided win in the corresponding fixtures between these sides last year, Waratahs boss Daryl Gibson expects the Force to offer his charges a tough challenge.

“The Force have recruited cleverly, I think they have an excellent spine of experience and have picked up some good players around them,” he said.

“I’m expecting the Force to be very competitive this season – a change of coach and change of direction to the style of game they play.

“We expect a really tough scrum battle against the Force. So I’ve picked the best scrumming front row I believe we’ve got as I really combat that area and make sure we’re strong.”

New Force head coach Dave Wessels knows a huge challenge awaits in 2017 – after they finished at the bottom of the Australian Conference in 2016.

Wessels is looking forward to this clash and is quietly confident his charges will give a good account of themselves.

“It’s always exciting to actually be able to start the season after a long pre-season, the team have worked very hard,” he said.

“What we’ve tried to do is reward the players who we feel have shown the most intensity in their work up until now, so as always there were a few players unlucky to miss out, but we’re very proud of the guys that will represent us this weekend.”

Wessels went on to say that while there are a few Super Rugby debuts in the team, these players have all played at a high level and are ready for the challenge.

“It’s fantastic for those players, but particularly because those guys are quite experienced rugby players,” he added.

“It might be their first game for the Western Force but they’ve played on the big stage before and are ready to play.”

Players List:

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann (c), 1 Pek Cowan

Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Isireli Naisarani, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Alex Newsome

Feb 242017

Watch Super Rugby Crusaders vs Brumbies Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union , at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday 25 February 2017, Time 17:35 pm (AEDT). Welcome to watch Crusaders vs Brumbies super rugby 2017 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 Crusaders vs Brumbies Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

Two of Super Rugby’s most successful sides go into battle against one another on Saturday when the Crusaders host the Brumbies.

These teams share nine Super Rugby titles between them – although seven are held by the Crusaders – and there is plenty of buzz already around the prospects of the Crusaders this season as they go in search of an eighth trophy.

Despite reaching two finals in 2011 and 2014 it is now eight years since the Crusaders last lifted the trophy, and now Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and the rest of the greats are long gone.

The optimism about their prospects in 2017 however is well deserved. Scott Robertson is the new man in charge as he takes over from Todd Blackadder, now in charge of Bath in England, and a combination of promising signs from last year and some interesting new additions are starting to get people excited.

Of course there is a cavernous hole out on the wing following the departure of Nemani Nadolo, who was consistently brilliant for the Crusaders during his time in Christchurch, but the Crusaders have turned to youth and the signing of Seta Tamanivalu from the Chiefs and emergence of George Bridge and Jack Goodhue are both major positives.

Truthfully there are class acts throughout this Crusaders group, from Israel Dagg and Ryan Crotty to the ever-improving Scott Barrett and Jordan Taufua in the pack. Richie Mo’unga comfortably won the fly-half battle with Ben Volavola last year and is now expected to kick on.

Are the Brumbies the team to burst the Crusaders’ pre-season bubble? Canberra’s finest feel in a state of transition after making the final in 2013 and not having missed the play-offs in the last four seasons.

After the high standard set by Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano in recent years new fly-half Wharenui Hawera is under pressure, as is his half-back partner Joe Powell following Tomás Cubelli’s long-term injury.

That lack of experience feels like a bear trap for the Brumbies before the season has even started but there are a number of top talents still in the heart of the Brumbies’ pack, namely Scott Fardy and Sam Carter along with new Wallabies Allan Alaalatoa and Rory Arnold.

If the Brumbies are to win tough fixtures such as Saturday’s however, then they need the best out of Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight on a consistent basis.

What doesn’t bode well is that the Brumbies have lost each of their last six games in New Zealand, last winning there in Round 4, 2014 against the Hurricanes.

The last time these teams met: There was always going to be one winner when these two teams met last season, with the Crusaders running six tries past the Brumbies in a 40-14 victory in Canberra. Nemani Nadolo, Jone Macilai, Israel Dagg, Codie Taylor (2) and Marty McKenzie all scored for the Kiwi franchise as the Crusaders took a commanding 26-7 lead into the half-time break and never looked back.

Players List:

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody

Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Ereatari Enari, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 David Havili

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew

Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leulua’Iali’I-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Dewet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Isaac Thompson