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Jean de Villiers makes a break for the Stormers against the Reds in Cape Town

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Article Published: Thursday 27 March 2014|

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Out of the last five matches between the Reds and the Stormers the Stormers have won three and the Reds have won two.

The last two matches between the Reds and Stormers have been won by the Stormers including the 2012 clash in Brisbane which was when the Stormers last visited the city.

Overall the Reds have played the Stormers 16 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Reds have won 6 times and lost 10 times. There have been no draws.

That gives the Reds a record of winning 37.5% of their matches at all venues against the Stormers.

The average score when the Reds play the Stormers is : Reds 23 Stormers 24.

This week the match will be played in Brisbane which is home for the Reds. The teams have played each other 8 times in Brisbane and they have both won four matches.

The gives the Reds a record of winning 50% of their matches at home against the Stormers.

The average score when the Reds play the Stormers in Brisbane is : Reds 24 Stormers 25.

In terms of form the Stormers have played five matches so far this season and they have won one match at home. They have had one of the toughest tours yet as they have played three former champions on the road and the Reds will be their fourth.

The Stormers have therefore lost their last three matches and arguably peaked on tour against the Crusaders as they have not come close to winning in their two most recent matches.

In selection terms they have named a strong back line for this week with Juan de Jongh back to partner Jean de Villiers. Injuries have forced some selections and in all the Stormers have made seven changes to the team that lost to the Brumbies last week.

After this match the Stormers will head home to Cape Town as it is the end of their tour and they will be looking forward to getting back home so they can prepare for the Waratahs next week.

So much has been written about the Reds loss last week to the Lions under Stuart Berry. A week earlier they felt they had been given a tough time in Durban by Lourens van der Merwe who has since been removed from the referees panel.

Without going into the details all over again and analyzing why the Reds lost, they believe that they were treated unfairly in South Africa and will be angry about it. The best way for them to release that anger they will have been told is to take it out on the Stormers.

In terms of selections for the Reds coach Richard Graham has rotated three players from the bench and notably Beau Robinson makes his first start while James Hanson and Dom Shipperley come back into the starting line up.

Graham left no room for sentimentality as Saia Fainga'a is in line for his 100th Super Rugby cap but was dropped to the bench. This indicates that players were selected in the starting line up on merit and that the Reds are serious about winning.

The Reds made a strong start last week against the Lions but failed to add to their first half points tally. They will have to watch that especially since they have had to travel back from South Africa.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 3 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Stormers should be an improved side this week but their game this season is a way off where it should be. The Reds should win by 5.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD.

Average score: Reds 23 Stormers 24

Last five results
25 May 2013 Reds v Stormers 15-20 Cape Town
20 Apr 2012 Reds v Stormers 13-23 Brisbane
09 Apr 2011 Reds v Stormers 19-6 Cape Town
23 Apr 2010 Reds v Stormers 16-13 Brisbane
20 Feb 2009 Reds v Stormers 24-27 Cape Town

Reds overall record against the Stormers
Played 16 ,Wins 6 ,Losses 10,Draws 0

Match No. 40: Reds v Stormers
Date :Saturday 29 March
Venue : Suncorp Stadium
Kick Off local: 18:40
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 2: Rohan Hoffmann
TMO: Steve Leszczynski

Teams

Reds

1. James Slipper , 2. James Hanson , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James Horwill (C) , 6. Eddie Quirk , 7. Beau Robinson , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Will Genia (VC) , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Dom Shipperley , 12. Mike Harris , 13. Ben Tapuai , 14. Rod Davies , 15. Lachie Turner

Replacements : 16. Saia Fainga'a , 17. Albert Anae , 18. Jono Owen , 19. Ed O'Donoghue (50th Queensland cap) , 20. Curtis Browning , 21. Nick Frisby , 22. Anthony Fainga'a , 23. Ben Lucas

Stormers

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Damian de Allende, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain), 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Michael Rhodes, 4. Jurie van Vuuren, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Brok Harris, 19. Tazz Fuzani, 20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Demetri Catrakilis, 23. Jaco Taute

 
 
 
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