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Stormers v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

Israel Folau scored the match winning try the last time the Waratahs played the Stormers

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Article Published: Thursday 3 April 2014|

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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Stormers and the Waratahs the Cape Town based Stormers have won three and the Waratahs two.

Overall the Stormers have played the Waratahs 16 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Stormers have won 9 times, lost six times and the teams have drawn once.

That gives the Stormers a record of winning 56% of their matches at all venues against the Waratahs. The average score when the Stormers play the Waratahs is Stormers 21 Waratahs 20.

This weekend the match will be played at Newlands in Cape Town which is home for the Stormers. The Stormers have hosted the Waratahs 8 times at Newlands and they have won 5 times, lost twice and drawn once.

This gives the Stormers a record of winning 63% of their home matches against the Waratahs. The average score in Cape Town when the Stormers play the Waratahs is: Stormers 23 Waratahs 17

The Stormers have played six Super Rugby matches so far this season and they have won just one match. That match was in Round 3 when they beat the Hurricanes 19-18. Since then the Stormers have lost four matches but they have been getting closer.

Last week the Stormers mounted a late surge in Brisbane and put the Reds under pressure in the closing stages of the match. While they didn't win the match they did come close. Since then the Stormers (Western Province) have a new Director of Rugby and there is a feeling that things will change for the better.

In terms of selections the Stormers will be without their regular captain Jean de Villiers as he is injured and in his place is Damian de Allende who has been one of their in form backs. In all the Stormers have made four changes with Duane Vermeulen taking over the captaincy.

Jaco Taute starts at fullback for Gio Aplon and Kobus van Wyk will take De Allende's place in the No.14 jersey, with Jaco Taute starting at fullback in place of the injured Gio Aplon and Michael van der Spuy moving onto the bench, having last featured against the Lions in February.

Up front Ruan Botha (ankle) takes the place of Jurie van Vuuren at No.4 lock in the only change to the pack this week, with Tazz Fuzani (on the bench) the only uncapped member of the Stormers 23.

The Waratahs were riding high before they left Australia but in the space of a week a lot has gone wrong. They were beaten by the Sharks last week and for the second week in a row Israel Folau is injured and Rob Horne has been suspended for a week.

Kurtley Beale has been shifted to fullback and Alofa Alofa returns to the team on the right wing, partnering Peter Betham on the left.

With Wycliff Palu ruled out with an ankle injury suffered in the loss to the Sharks in Durban, Cheika has been forced to reshuffle his back row so Captain Dave Dennis has been moved to No. 8 and Jacques Potgieter is at six.

With Potgieter out of the tight five, Will Skelton gets his chance and will start at lock alongside Kane Douglas. In the front row of Benn Robinson at loosehead, Sekope Kepu at tighthead and Tatafu Polota Nau at hooker.

Due to the number of injuries in the Waratahs squad they have yet to decide on their replacements and will announce them closer to the match.

Losing Jean de Villiers was a big blow for the Stormers but not having Israel Folau and Wycliff Palu is a big double blow for the Sydney side. It's unfair to credit Folau with all of the Waratahs success this season but when he has not played they have lacked an edge.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 2 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We think the Stormers have been improving and this tour has already taken it's toll on the Waratahs. The Stormers should edge this by 1.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports Website and "On Demand" on Sunday in the Rugby Union box in the Sky Sports Catch up section.

Average score: Stormers 21 Waratahs 20

Last five results
11 May 2013 Stormers v Waratahs 15-21 Sydney
19 May 2012 Stormers v Waratahs 19-13 Cape Town
22 May 2010 (Semi-final) Stormers v Waratahs 25-6 Cape Town
20 Feb 2010 Stormers v Waratahs 27-6 Cape Town
04 Apr 2009 Stormers v Waratahs 6-12 Sydney

Stormers overall record against the Waratahs
Played 16,Wins 9,Losses 6 ,Draws 1

Match No. 49: Stormers v Waratahs
Date :Saturday 5 April
Venue : Newlands
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Quinton Immelman
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Stormers

15. Jaco Taute , 14. Kobus van Wyk , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau , 10. Peter Grant (vice-captain) , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain) , 7. Siya Kolisi , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Michael Rhodes , 4. Ruan Botha , 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. Michael van der Spuy

Waratahs

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Jono Lance, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (c), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgeiter, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson

Replacements : To follow (Friday)

 
 
 
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