Jul 212017
 

Watch Super Rugby Lions vs Sharks Live Streaming Free 2017 Online Rugby Union Super Rugby 2nd Qualifiers, at Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, 22 July 2017, Time 22:30 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Lions vs Sharks 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 Lions vs Sharks Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Lions and Sharks meet for the second time in as many weeks in what should be a thrilling Super Rugby quarter-final at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The Lions had more to play for last weekend with top spot up for grabs whereas the Sharks could not improve on their eighth position.

This weekend the Sharks will have it all to play for but without the added pressure of being favourites, a tag that falls on the shoulders of the Lions.

And Sharks winger Kobus Van Wyk, who scored the Sharks’ only try of the game last weekend, is relishing being labelled as the underdog.

“You never know what can happen with the underdog,” Van Wyk said.

Although they are the biblical David in this clash with Goliath, there is a measure of self-belief in the team.

“After the defeat, we obviously didn’t feel great, but we returned to training on Monday and the boys are ready, our heads are in the right place,”added Van Wyk.

“After losing to them twice, hopefully it will be a case of third time lucky.

“They’re a very good outfit, but if we can put pressure on their playmakers and if our forwards pitch up and win the contests, we are going to be in business.”

Beating the Lions won’t be easy, but there is a plan and it’s about maintaining ball possession when they have it, and then closing out the opportunities.

“Keeping the ball – that’s what we need to do to win,” he points out. “Our strike rate from scrums and lineouts wasn’t that great on Saturday, so we need to make sure for the first few phases that we need to hang on to the ball.

“It would be awesome to beat them up there, the boys are really keen. We’re ready to fire.”

Meanwhile, the Lions will feel that this is their best opportunity to go one better than last season and win the competition for the first time in their history, having lost to the Hurricanes in the 2016 final.

Coach Johan Ackermann has done a great job over the years of getting the side to this point where they are genuine challengers and the team would love to give him a fitting send-off as he departs at the end of the season take over the reins at Gloucester.

The Lions lost just one of their 15 games, with that defeat coming against the Jaguares. But significantly they have yet to face New Zealand opposition.

The Sharks have struggled for consistency at times, managing nine wins in their 15 games. Since a four-match winning streak from Rounds 2-6, they have been unable to put together a sustained run of wins.

Prediction: The Lions will have too much firepower, especially at home. Lions by 15.

Players List:
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Replacements: 16 Akker vd Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S’busiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (c), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.

Replacements: 16 Franco Marais/Stephan Coetzee, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Garth April, 23 Jeremy Ward.

May 262017
 

Free Super Rugby Rebels vs Crusaders Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union, at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday, 27 May 2017, Time 19:45 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Rebels vs Crusaders 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 Rebels vs Crusaders Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Rebels have cobbled together just eight log points this season from one win (home to the Brumbies), one draw (away to the Sharks) and a couple of losing bonus points (home to the Tahs and the Reds. They have already met the other four New Zealand sides and they were beaten of sight by the Highlanders in Dunedin and the Canes in Wellington whilst the Blues won 56-18 at this stadium back in Round 1. The closest they have come to a NZ side came in Round 4 when the Chiefs were here, a game the Rebels lost 27-14.

The Crusaders are threatening to go through the whole of the regular season with a 100% record. After this they have two tough tests at home to the Highlanders and away to the Hurricanes but they keep clearing every hurdle put in their way, most recently local derby matches at home to the Canes (20-12) and last week’s 31-24 win over the Chiefs in Suva. The Saders have beaten four other Australian sides this season including bonus point wins at home to the Force (45-17) and away to the Waratahs (41-22) but early in the campaign they had to work harder to see off the Brumbies in Christchurch (17-13) and the Reds in Brisbane (22-20).

It was a procession for the Crusaders in their 2016 game as they ran in 13 tries to win 85-26. Sam Whitelock, Ryan Crotty (2), Scott Barrett, Alex Hodgman, Nemani Nadolo, Johnny McNicholl (3), Codie Taylor (2), Pete Samu and Matt Todd all crossed the whitewash with Richie Mo’unga kicking 14 points and Nadolo six via conversions. In reply, Nic Stirzaker, Reece Hodge, Culum Retallick and Sefanaia Naivalu were the Rebels’ try-scorers on a forgetful evening in Christchurch as they were chasing shadows for much of the game.

Still just the one victory for the Rebels this season as they have now lost nine and drawn one of their fixtures. Their latest loss came at the hands of the Waratahs last week when they suffered a 50-23 away defeat. They leak on average six tries per game, scoring one.

In stark contrast the Crusaders made it 12 wins from 12 last Friday against an often tricky opponent in the Chiefs. That 31-24 result put them 11 points clear of the Hurricanes and Chiefs but both have a game in hand. They have scored 65 tries in 2017, which is five per game.

No doubts about this call, the unstoppable visitors should run out easy winners at AAMI Park on Saturday. Crusaders by 35.

Players list:
Rebels: 15 Ben Volavola, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (c), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.

Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Fereti Sa’aga, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Mitch Inman, 23 Jonah Placid.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Pete Samu, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Quinten Strange, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Oli Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.

May 252017
 

Free Super Rugby Blues vs Chiefs Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union, at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, 26 May 2017, Time 17:35 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Blues vs Chiefs 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 Blues vs Chiefs Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Blues make a swift return from South Africa where they lost to the Stormers (30-22) last week. The Blues finished that game with 14 men and they left Newlands empty handed and their overall record now comprises of six wins and six defeats. Last week’s defeat means the Blues remain bottom of the New Zealand Conference with the gap to the fourth placed Highlanders now standing at 10 points. Five earlier losses this season all came in New Zealand derby matches and going further back the Blues have won just one of their last 21 against NZ opposition.

The Chiefs were in Fiji last weekend where they lost to the Crusaders (34-21) and they are now 11 points off the summit with just the one game in hand. The Chiefs had won all three of their NZ derby matches prior to last week and that includes the first meeting with the Blues in Hamilton back in Round 2. They also beat the Canes (26-18) in Hamilton in Round 3 and they won away to the Highlanders (24-15) in Round 1.

The Chiefs ran out 41-26 winners in Hamilton earlier this season. First-half tries from Liam Messam, Damian McKenzie and Hika Elliot saw them go into the break 22-9 ahead before Lachlan Boshier and James Lowe crossed early after the break, with Anton Lienert-Brown also getting on the board. The Blues, despite having Steven Luatua red carded towards the end of the first-half, got second-half scores from Patrick Tuipulotu, Charlie Faumuina and Rene Ranger but it was too little too late as the Chiefs got the maximum.

As mentioned above the Blues only really clicked into gear against the Chiefs in Round Two when lock Patrick Tuipulotu and prop Charlie Faumuina came off the bench. They start this time around and will be key to their hopes on Friday, with the former also hoping to press his claims to return to the All Blacks matchday squad. The Blues need both to have a big impact if they are to prevail.

For the Chiefs we were impressed with fly-half Aaron Cruden last week in Fiji. While his goal-kicking was poor – no doubt he would have worked hard on that during the week – his form in every other aspect was excellent. He set up Tim Nanai-Williams with his break and pass before his kick led to James Lowe crossing. Cruden also claimed a try, but no doubt he will rue those missed kicks at goal at full-time.

The Blues had a three-game winning streak ended last week at the Stormers as they went down 30-22. Before that they seemed to have turned a corner with victories over the Brumbies, Waratahs and Cheetahs so that was a setback to their slim hopes of making the play-offs.

The Chiefs also lost last week, going down 31-24 to the Crusaders in a thrilling game in Suva. They had won their previous four games but know that loss to their New Zealand rivals has left them with a tough job in usurping them at the summit. They are 11 points behind them but do have a game in hand. They have averaged four tries per game in 2017 and concede just two while the Blues score four and leak three.

In big games the Chiefs tend to stand up. They looked solid last week in defeat and we fancy them to bounce back. Chiefs by 5.

Players List:
Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (c), 1 Ofa Tu’ungafasi.

Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 TJ Faiane.

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

Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Solomon Alaimalo, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

May 192017
 

Watch Super Rugby Hurricanes vs Cheetahs Live Streaming Free 2017 Online Rugby Union, at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, 20 May 2017, Time 17:35 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Hurricanes vs Cheetahs 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 Hurricanes vs Cheetahs Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

Ten games into the defence of their title the Canes have a record of eight wins and two defeats. They are safely in the play off berths but the gap to the overall leaders the Crusaders currently stands at 12 points and the Chiefs are four points better off. The Canes were beaten 20-12 away to the Crusaders last week, a second local derby loss after they went down to the Chiefs 28-18 in Hamilton in Round 3. Five home games have delivered four bonus point wins which includes a 41-22 victory over the Stormers in Round 11.

The Cheetahs tour started in Auckland last week when they lost 50-32 to the Blues. They just about stayed in the handicap that had been set around 20.5 points in a game of 12 tries, four of which were scored by the Free Staters. Prior to coming on tour the Cheetahs lost at home to three other New Zealand sides, the Chiefs (41-27) in Round 8, the Crusaders (48-21) in Round 10 and the Highlanders (45-41) in Round 11. They coughed up match winning leads in the games against the Chiefs and the Highlanders in Bloem but their away form this season has generally been poor and the Cheetahs arrive on the back of eight straight losses.

The Hurricanes claimed a 60-27 victory over the Cheetahs in Wellington in 2014. The home side were in a rampant mood and outscored their visitors by nine tries to three. Beauden Barrett led the way with two tries for the Hurricanes and their other five-pointers were scored by Dane Coles, Chris Smylie, Tom Marshall, Jeremy Thrush, Matt Proctor, Conrad Smith and Alapati Leiua. For the Cheetahs, Willie le Roux, Philip van der Walt and Francois Uys crossed the whitewash.

Last weekend’s loss to the Crusaders was only the Hurricanes’ second defeat of the season. Their only other loss was against the Chiefs in Round 3 with their eight victories registered against the Sunwolves, Rebels, Highlanders, Reds, Waratahs, Blues, Brumbies and Stormers.

By contrast, the Cheetahs are on a terrible eight-match losing streak. The men from Bloemfontein’s two victories came against the Bulls and Sunwolves in rounds 2 and 3 after they lost their opener to the Lions. Their other defeats were against the Jaguares, Sharks, Stormers, Chiefs, Bulls, Crusaders, Highlanders and Blues.

The Hurricanes will have little trouble in taking the spoils in this encounter and don’t be surprised if it’s by a big winning margin. Hurricanes to win by 25 points.

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

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

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

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

May 112017
 

Free Super Rugby Brumbies vs Lions Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union, at GIO Stadium, Canberra, Bruce, Australia, Friday, 12 May 2017, Time 19:45 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Brumbies 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 Brumbies vs Lions Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Brumbies will be determined to return to the victory trail when they take on a confident Lions side in Canberra on Friday.

Although Stephen Larkham’s side are sitting at the top of the Australian Conference table, they are the best of what has been a poor group of teams from that country as they have only won three out of nine matches so far this season.

The two-time champions enter this fixture on the back of three straight defeats, the last time they lost more in a row was a four-game stint in 2011 of which the fourth game was a 29-20 loss to the Lions.

By contrast, the Lions are on a high and despite being the away team for this encounter, the men from Johannesburg will fancy their chances of beating their hosts.

Last year’s tournament runners-up head into this clash in superb form after beating the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels in their two previous matches on their Australian tour.

Despite their poor form in 2017, the Brumbies have won three of their last four games against the Lions, though the last three iterations of this fixture have all been won by the away side on the day.

The Brumbies delivered a clinical performance when these met in a Round 14 clash in Johannesburg in 2015 and eventually claimed a deserved 30-20 victory. The men from Canberra outscored their hosts by four tries to two with Tevita Kuridrani, Ita Vaea, Christian Leali’ifano and Joe Tomane all crossing the whitewash for the visitors. Jaco Kriel and Andries Coetzee scored the Lions’ tries.

The Brumbies sit at the top of the Australian Conference table but have won just three matches so far this season. Those victories were registered against the Western Force, Waratahs and Reds so they will have extra motivation as they are yet to beat a side from outside Australia.

After beating the Cheetahs and Waratahs, the Lions suffered a defeat to the Jaguares in Round 3 but they have turned things around and are currently on a seven match winning streak after beating the Reds, Kings, Sharks, Stormers, Jaguares, Western Force and Rebels.

Although the Brumbies will put up a brave challenge on their home turf, the Lions will take the spoils, albeit narrowly. Lions to win by six points.

Players List:
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 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (c), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander.

Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Ben Hyne, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Tom Banks.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnal Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corné Fourie.

Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Robert Kruger/Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Anthony Volmink.