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Stormers v Lions Super Rugby Preview

Marnitz Boshoff scored 29 out of 34 points for the Lions against the Stormers in February

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Article Published: Thursday 17 April 2014|

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Out of the last 14 Super Rugby matches between the Stormers and the Lions the Stormers have won 13 matches.

These two teams have already met once this year in Johannesburg and the Lions won the match 34-10.

It took the Lions 10 years to win that match as they lost every match between 2002 and 2012 to the Stormers.

Overall the Stormers have played the Lions 18 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Stormers have won 13 matches and lost five matches.

That gives the Stormers a record of winning 72% of their matches against the Lions. The average score when the Stormers play the Lions is Stormers across all venues is 25 Lions 20.

This weekend the match will be played at Newlands in Cape Town where the teams have met 8 times since 1999 and in those 8 clashes the Stormers have won 6 and lost twice.

That gives the Stormers a record of winning 75% of their home matches against the Lions. The average score in Cape Town when the Lions face the Crusaders is : Stormers 28 Lions 18

In terms of form the Lions have been one of the big improvers this year while the Stormers have been arguably the biggest disappointment so far. The 2011 and 2012 South African Conference winners are in last place and they have struggled in almost every department.

When it comes to try scoring neither of these teams have been at the top of their game. The Lions have only scored 11 tries in their eight games to date, which is one more than the Stormers' 10 in seven matches.

Looking back at the history between these two sides, there are never too many tries in it. The last and only time one of these teams bagged a try-scoring bonus-point against each other, was in 2009 when the Stormers won comfortably by 56-18, crossing for eight tries in the process.

Although the Lions won the last encounter between these sides by 34-10, back in February, both teams managed only one try each.

The Lions have played eight matches so far this season and they have won four and lost four. They have played three matches away from home and won one - against the Cheetahs.

The Stormers have played 7 matches so far and won 1 - against the Hurricanes and they won by a point at 19-18. While the Stormers have had a poor start six of their eight matches so far have been away from home as they have only played twice at home. At Newlands in 2014 they have played one and lost one.

In terms of selection the Lions have made some surprising changes. In the forwards, Robbie Coetzee will start at hooker, in place of Willie Wepener. Jaco Kriel returns to the starting line-up at flank.

Meanwhile, in the backline, Ross Cronje will start at scrumhalf, Anthony Volmink makes his first Super Rugby start of the year at left wing and Chrysander Botha will start at fullback.

The Stormers also surprised with the selection of Peter Grant at fullback as one of five changes. They have their captain Jean de Villiers back which is a boost. Demetri Catrakilis returns to form a new-look halfback combination with Nic Groom

Louis Schreuder and fullback Jaco Taute dropping down to the bench. The forward pack is largely unchanged.

One interesting point that could be a factor in this match is that Stuart Berry will be in charge of the match. The Lions picked up two controversial victories against the Reds and the Blues under Berry and against the Crusaders he was Referees Assistant and came in to tell Marius van der Westhuizen to check with the TMO over the grounding after he had awarded the try. The try was then over ruled.

The Lions appear to have benefited greatly from Berry being associated with their matches. At the very least they have the benefit that they will be familiar with his ways.

The Bookies have given the Lions an 8 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Bookies have predicted a comfortable win for the Stormers. We think it will be a lot closer. The Stormers should edge this by two.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Demand Sky Sports section on Sunday.

Average score: Stormers 25 Lions 20

Last five results
22 Feb 2014 Stormers v Lions 10-34 Johannesburg
30 Jun 2012 Stormers v Lions 27-17 Cape Town
24 Mar 2012 Stormers v Lions 24-19 Johannesburg
16 Apr 2011 Stormers v Lions 33-19 Johannesburg
26 Feb 2011 Stormers v Lions 19-16 Cape Town

Stormers overall record against the Lions
Played 18 , Wins 13, Losses 5, Draws 0

Match No. 60: Stormers v Lions
Date :Saturday 19 April
Venue : Newlands
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2: Quinton Immelman
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Stormers

15. Peter Grant , 14. Damian de Allende , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-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. Pat Cilliers , 18. Brok Harris , 19. Jurie van Vuuren , 20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Devon Williams (Super Rugby debut for the Stormers) , 23. Jaco Taute

Lions

15. Chrysander Botha ,14. Courtnall Skosan ,13. Lionel Mapoe,12. Stefan Watermeyer,11. Anthony Volmink ,10. Marnitz Boshoff,9. Ross Cronje ,8. Warren Whiteley (c),7. Derick Minnie ,6. Jaco Kriel,5. Franco Mostert ,4. Martin Muller,3. Julian Redelinghuys,2. Robbie Coetzee,1. Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements :16. Malcolm Marx,17. Corne Fourie ,18. Ruan Dreyer,19. MB Lusaseni ,20. Willie Britz,21. Faf de Klerk,22. Elton Jantjies,23. JW Jonker

 
 
 
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