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    Super Rugby, 18 February, 2018

    Emirates Airlines Park
    Fulltime - Highlanders 41, Blues 34
    Highlanders   Blues
    41 FINAL SCORE 34
    5 TRIES 4
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
    Touch judges: Nick Briant & James Doleman
    TMO: Aaron Paterson

    The Lions will host the Sharks in Round 1 of the new Super Rugby season. Join The Roar for live scores of the match, beginning at 2:15am (AEDT).

    Both teams finished the 2017 season strongly, with appearances in the finals series. The sides met in the quarter-final, where the Lions narrowly eliminated the Sharks 23-21. The Lions then went on to lose to the Crusaders in the grand final 25-17.

    The Lions will be looking to put their grand final loss behind them by beginning the new year on the right track. After losing the past two Super Rugby grand finals, the Lions will be hoping this season is a case of third time lucky.

    The Lions head into the 2018 season in good shape, and expecting good results. Apart from the unfortunate departure of coach Johan Ackermann, the team has largely remained intact.

    It remains to be seen whether or not this team has enough to get over the final hurdle this year, but a win in Sunday’s opener against the Sharks should set the tone for the season.

    The Sharks will be looking to avenge their 2017 quarter-final loss to the Lions by defeating them in their own backyard. Returning to the site of their heartbreaking loss, emotions will certainly be stirring in the Sharks camp.

    The Sharks also head into the 2018 season in good shape after undertaking a strong recruitment drive. After falling short last season, the aggressive recruitment of a number of players suggests the Sharks believe they have the team to improve.

    The Sharks have lost a talented halves pairing in Pat Lambie and Cobus Reinach, although, the recruitment of talented flyhalf Rob du Perez should ease those woes.

    Both teams are entering the fixture with considerable momentum, after winning all preseason fixtures.

    Without much to go on since the 2017 season concluded, the prediction here is that the Lions will win. The team had a much stronger 2017 campaign than the Sharks did and with a largely unchanged roster, they should prevail here. The Lions are also at home, which is a nice advantage to have.

    Lions to win 24-14.

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    • Roar Guru

      Corne Van Vuuren said | 9:25pm | ! Report

      The Bulls are under the tutelage of John Mitchell this year, I expect an improvement from them this season.

      Lions and Sharks showed positive signs, Stormers looked OK

      • 9:28pm
        Fionn said | 9:28pm | ! Report

        They created a couple of wonderful overlaps in the first half through cut out and long passes—often off of set pieces.

        I was very tired due to the time so wasn’t sure if it was due to poor defence by the Jags or good play by the Stormers, but they looked impressive on multiple occasions in the first half. And seemed to be playing with much more attacking intent than they displayed up until 2016.

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          Harry Jones said | 9:38pm | ! Report

          There were a few passages of play by Jags in the 2H that were pure magic.

          I wouldn’t write them off.

          Stormers’ first 45:00 was high octane.

          And the ball-in-play was super high on a hot day (34:00).

          Lions v Sharks only had 28:00 ball in play.

          • 9:40pm
            Fionn said | 9:40pm | ! Report

            They absolutely need to start stopping the clock when waiting for penalty kicks or setting scrums.

            I think the Jags will do what they did last year—start the season very well (they beat the Lions last season at the start). They just need to continue their form through the entire competition.

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            The Neutral View From Sweden said | 9:49pm | ! Report

            As a Stormers fan Harry, did you not wonder how the Jags all the sudden was in a position to win that game? I thought Stormers looked the better side for almost the full game.

            Totally agree with Fionn that the clock needs to stop at penalties, conversions, and scrum-resets. If they did that I actually think it would help in the fight against concussions also, hence a game would demand a lot more fuel in the tank for the players, and they would have to be smart and economic when and where to put in the “bone-rattlers”. it would also force the players to get lighter if they want to go the full 80, which also would help the player welfare. Yes, the lungs would burn at crunch time, but that is still better than brain damage and broken bones.

    • 4:12pm
      DavSA said | 4:12pm | ! Report

      Finally got to watch a re – run of The Stormers vs Jaguares game and thought the Stormers were a dash fortunate. Jaguares looking pretty good this early on . How big is their pack . Also keep an eye on young Stormers flanker Kobus Wiese .I first saw him making his debut in the Currie Cup last year and in fact mentioned him here on the Roar. Very impressive.

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        Harry Jones said | 9:39pm | ! Report

        And he’s honest

      • 4:48am
        Baylion said | 4:48am | ! Report

        The Jaguares is their own worst enemy. Too many penalties conceded and silly ones at that. They could have won this game as the Stormers wasn’t very good. Good plays by Willemse, Senatla look dangerous early on but disappeared and Leyds was a playmaker from the back.

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      The Neutral View From Sweden said | 2:44pm | ! Report

      The Lions have won their last 18 games against Saffa opposition. That is a pretty impressive stat I say.

      Great game to watch and the Sharks gotta wonder what the heck they must do to beat this Lions team, being so close so many times the last 2-3 years.

      But what a sad sight it is to see so many empty seats both at Newlands and Ellis Park.

      • 4:45am
        Baylion said | 4:45am | ! Report

        Newlands 18,000 (very poor)
        EP 27,500 (poor for a derby game between the Lions and Sharks)

    • 2:13pm
      Highlander said | 2:13pm | ! Report

      Finally caught the replay

      Great way to start the season, excellent match

      Shorkies inside backs moved the ball way faster than the current SA pair from the Lions.

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      Charging Rhino said | 12:27pm | ! Report

      Bummer man. Once again these two teams are evenly matched against each other with the Lions just coming out to clinch the win.

      C’mon my Sharks. Please learn from round 1 and clinch the close ones!

      Everyone knows the Sharks can mix it with and beat the best in the comp each year. Just chasing consistency to not drop off and lose to the teams below them on the table who they should beat!
      May this year be different!!

      • Roar Guru

        RobC said | 1:13pm | ! Report

        Sharkes played really well:
        – Fix the scrum and they will win.
        – Having said that, SR will be v competitive this year

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          The Neutral View From Sweden said | 2:53pm | ! Report

          – Having said that, SR will be v competitive this year

          We shall see about that The Lions can mix it with the Kiwi teams both home and away, we know that. The Sharks and the Stormers can probably mix it at home against Kiwi teams, but until they prove they can do it in NZ…
          About the rest? A big question mark I say. What could “save” them is that the Highlanders, Chiefs, and Blues have a negative balance in the transfer market and lack some depth. Injuries and AB’s camps could make them vulnerable.

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            Charging Rhino said | 3:52pm | ! Report

            Swede I’m guessing you didn’t watch the Sharks vs NZ teams when they last played in 2016!?
            Regular season won 2 (incl in NZ win over the then current champs Highlanders, and eventual 2016 champs Hurricanes who they gave a hiding to in Durban ), lost 3 and those 3 games went down to the final minute and the loses were only a single point or two. Slipped up and lost to the Blues for the first time in over 10 years in 2016 in Auckland which is very unShark like. It was 10 or 11 wins in a row at that stage.

            NZ teams & Sharks/Lions had a good ride last year by not having to play each other.

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              The Neutral View From Sweden said | 4:14pm | ! Report

              I guess you have a fair point Rhino, Sharks should be accounted for. And don’t get me wrong, it would be very good for SR if the Sharks could mix it both home and away against Kiwi teams, another year with almost total Kiwi domination could be the final nail in SR coffin.

              • 4:21pm
                Fionn said | 4:21pm | ! Report

                Sharks looked exceedingly average on their tour against the Aussies last year. Quite a feat when you consider how poor the Australian sides were.

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                Charging Rhino said | 4:34pm | ! Report

                That was right at the start of the comp they lost to the Reds in Brissy who actually looked the goods at that stage, (I was there, shocking 2nd half by Sharks) but beat the Brumbies in Canberra.
                Then beat the Tahs, Force and drew to the Rebels (that’s what I was talking about their consistency against teams they should beat!!!) won 3, lost 1, drew 1.

                But the Tahs, Brumbies and Reds usually have good match ups against the Sharks. Different styles

              • 4:24pm
                Taylorman said | 4:24pm | ! Report

                I think they’ll account themselves well, possibly better than usual as this years NZ S15 sides have lost crucial players overseas, Cruden and Sapoaga critical to their sides success. With the Sharks and Lions back vs the NZ sides it’s a tougher ask than in 17.

                SA have the talent, they just struggle to get a good test side out of their sides.

              • Roar Guru

                Charging Rhino said | 4:48pm | ! Report

                I hope so. Sharks almost always make the playoffs/ finals.

                So hopefully this year they account themselves better and finally win the whole thing!! They’ve made the big show final 5 times but never won it.

                One can hope 🙂

              • 4:39pm
                Fionn said | 4:39pm | ! Report

                I’m not sure if the Reds ever looked good aside from the first half against the Crusaders.

                I was at the Brumbies-Sharks match, and the Sharks won after the siren with an (admittedly beautiful) try. However, they looked very average for most of that match against an average Brumbies side.

                I’m not saying the ‘Shorks’ can’t beat the Kiwi sides, but I will believe it when I see it.

              • 5:22pm
                Fionn said | 5:22pm | ! Report

                I hope so too, I hope we have a competition in which 2-3 teams from every nation are capable of beating each other and challenging for the title.

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                The Neutral View From Sweden said | 5:43pm | ! Report

                I hope so too, I hope we have a competition in which 2-3 teams from every nation are capable of beating each other and challenging for the title.

                That would be ideal Fionnl. Throw in Jaguares and Sunwolves in that mix and we could have a playoff with real international flavor. Might be a nightmare for the broadcasters, but it would be sweet for us tragics.

                One thing that is overlooked, but probably no big worry short term, is if the Sunwolves should reach the playoffs one day and get home advantage, the game would be played in middle of the Japanese summer, ask the Blues how funny that is 😉

              • 7:12pm
                Fionn said | 7:12pm | ! Report

                The Jags should be better. They have the roster, but the travel requirements are just so great, and their discipline (even ignoring the one man issue of Lavanini) is atrocious. Dysfunctional culture, or just the stresses of travel?

                I don’t mind the heat. I am quite happy to play tennis in 35-41/42 (any more than 42 is a bit much), but understand that it varies person to person. It would definitely benefit the Queenslanders and the Japanese at the expense of some of the Kiwis especially.

              • Roar Guru

                The Neutral View From Sweden said | 7:51pm | ! Report

                The Jags are a mystery. They looked so soft in that first half, and the Stormers was playing them off the park. That they somehow got into the game in the second half was very surprising, I have no idea how they did it really.

                I thought they had okayish discipline yesterday, but Peyper came down a little harder on them than his countrymen. Mind-boggling that they have a Kiwi ref in the Lions-Sharks match, but a Saffa ref in Stormers-Jags match. Sanzaar are clearly not listening to the fans wish about neutral refs

              • 8:07pm
                Taylorman said | 8:07pm | ! Report

                Yeah the jags were terrible to start with, both tries weak tackles, the defenders didn’t even try at all. They look loose and are perhaps going to wing it this season. They hav3nt really bought into this tournament at all from what I’ve seen.

              • Roar Guru

                The Neutral View From Sweden said | 8:25pm | ! Report

                That is a fair point T-man, the Jags does not seem to buy into SR (and Los Pumas don’t buy into TRC either). Especially NZ and OZ have made serious concessions to allow them to join the party, traveling around the globe for one match of rugby is pretty brutal. It could be worth it if Jags and Pumas was a real challenge, but it seems like the Argies only focus on the World Cup, and use four years of Sanzaar rugby as some kind of training camp.

                Sunwolves might be a poorer team, but at least the buy into it and play their hearts out. I feel a lot more sympathy for them than the Jags.

              • 9:26pm
                Fionn said | 9:26pm | ! Report

                Yeah, I’m a bit frustrated by the Jags and Pumas at present.

                Maybe it is rose tinted glasses, but I much preferred 3 match series in South Africa to simple home and away matches.

                As for the Jags, I just hate what it does to the time zones and watching on TV, and I don’t think a quasi national side should be playing in a club competition. Argentina should have two teams, not one. Not the Jags’ fault but the Sunwolves benefit from being in the same time zone as Aus and NZ essentially.

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                The Neutral View From Sweden said | 10:00pm | ! Report

                So far the Sunwolves have gotten zero advantages from being in the same timezone:ish as OZ and NZ. It will be interesting to see how they fare this season when they will travel less and have very few timezone-shifts.

                But more importantly, Sunwolves have more quality and depth this season than before. Really looking forward to the game against the Brumbies this coming weekend. They might suffer from their shorter pre-season and lots of new faces, but I hope Brumbies are prepared for the weather in Tokyo (it is winter over there).

                Ask a good rugby expert on YouTube to put together a possible matchday 23 against the Brumbies, this is what he came up with:

                1. Inagaki
                2. Horie
                3. Ai Valu
                4. Hattingh
                5. Wykes
                6. Quirk
                7. Labuschagne
                8. Leitch
                9. Nagare
                10. Tamura
                11. Fukuoka
                12. Lafaele
                13. Tupou
                14. Saumaki
                15. Matsushima.

                Bench: Bregvadze, Smith, Millar, Himeno, Britz, Tanaka, Parker and Robinson. Switch the front row just after halftime, and hopefully with both Eddie and Lappies playing they get a few more tackles made.

          • Roar Guru

            RobC said | 4:17pm | ! Report

            Yes Swede. We shall see.

    • 7:05am
      DavSA said | 7:05am | ! Report

      Wow a great game . I called it for the Sharks pre game but was wrong . .How good was the Lions scrum ? Very powerful. But….Again Marx not finding his jumpers . This is a big worry ..and not just for the JHB Boys.The Bokke too.

      • 8:18am
        Taylorman said | 8:18am | ! Report

        Yes but still I thought there was some great rugby and struggle to see how the Boks don’t put out better sides. With the Bulls yet to play the three teams that did have got some very strong players amongst them.

        Perhaps snag another Sevens player or two and there’s gotta be an England’s beating team out there.

        I think we can give them the high Velt test so the jus5 need one of the others. NH sides are generally notorious travellers so Razzie needs to pick a side that’s will rattle them and that Lions scrum is a good start. Add Etzebeth, Kilosi etc and you have a strong pack. Marx needs to practise his throwing big time though. Strange he’s that bad at throwing a ball.

        • 8:29am
          Fionn said | 8:29am | ! Report

          Taylorman, the reason they don’t put out better sides was because of coaching.

          Now that Rassie is gone I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rapid improvement from South Africa. They’ll still be a little weak in the backline, but their forwards will be unparalleled in my opinion, and wouldn’t be surprised to see a South Africa win against England in June, and then for 2-0 to South Africa over the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship.

          • Roar Guru

            Corne Van Vuuren said | 8:45am | ! Report

            Rassie is gone? ?

            You mean Coetzee ?

          • 9:01am
            Taylorman said | 9:01am | ! Report

            Yes I inferred that by mentioning Rassie but we don’t know that is the case until it’s proven. They say the same thing at the Blues and I’m not convinced. I think the culture is shot. So many SA (and Blues) players head off up north before the teams can get any momentum.

      • 8:27am
        Fionn said | 8:27am | ! Report

        Dav, apparently Rassie has been speaking with Bismarck.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Bismarck is again starting hooker in June unless Marx can improve his throwing.

        Bismarck isn’t nearly as good at ball-running or linking as Marx, but is nearly at the breakdown, hits just as hard and is better in the set piece I think.

        • 2:04pm
          DavSA said | 2:04pm | ! Report

          Yup Fionn . Having spent so much recent past campaigning in Europe himself , I very much doubt if Rassie will take the same antagonistic approach to overseas based players as little Coetzee did. Would not be surprised if he is not talking to others too. JP Pietersen for example is playing great rugby in France.and would be a good stop gap for our current woes on the wing.

          • 2:35pm
            Fionn said | 2:35pm | ! Report

            Dav, between Mapimpi, Combrinck and Pietersen you’re pretty healthy with wing stocks. Two starting and either one on the bench as cover or else in the wider squad should an injury occur.

    • Roar Guru

      RobC said | 4:08am | ! Report

      Dyantyi MOTM. I would have given it to Kwagga.

      Probably they are the two with the best all round performance:
      – MM great scrum, around the park. Horrible LO
      – Beltin great allround game. Dropped 8 critical points
      – AC was awesome, except dropped a pill which led to a 7 pointer

      Others did well enough, but quiet

      • Roar Guru

        Harry Jones said | 4:15am | ! Report

        Andre O and L Am were good
        Mapoe sliced and diced, though
        The wings were wild and wasteful
        Rob v Elton was a draw

        • Roar Guru

          RobC said | 4:21am | ! Report

          Next week:
          – Lions will maul the divers
          – Sharks will not win. 100%. I guarantee it
          – Tahs vs STO????? Maybe Tahs. Maybe STO. Have zero idea. Probably Tahs.

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