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From a South African point of view Super Rugby fans will have to wait until the final match of Round 8 for the clash of the week when the Lions host the Stormers.

This top of the South African Group clash will go some way to deciding the eventual winner of the group and although a win for the Lions might not put them on top it will put make them favourites to win the group as they have their travel behind them.

In the Lions six matches they have already toured New Zealand and have beaten the Sharks away and are in second place in the group. They have won four matches and lost two and lead the Africa 2 Conference.

The Stormers lead the Africa 1 Conference and have also played six matches but they have won five. They do have their away tour ahead of them though.

The Lions have played the Stormers 21 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and they have won 5 matches and drawn one which gives them a record of winning 24% of their matches between the teams.

The Lions went from 2002 to 2012 without beating the Stormers and since then the Lions have won one, drawn one and lost two.

In Johannesburg the Lions have hosted the Stormers 11 times and won 3. That gives the Lions a record of winning 27% of their home matches. The average score when the Lions host the Stormers is Lions 19 Stormers 24.

Last year the Lions lost to the Stormers but then drew in Cape Town.

As the Lions beat the Sharks last week they have named an unchanged team for this week. There is an injury concern though as Jaco Kriel faces a late fitness test.

The Stormers beat the Sunwolves last week and they have made four changes to their side for this week. Two of the Stormers changes are rotational, as loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg changes places with Oli Kebble who drops to the replacements bench, whilst in the loose trio Nizaam Carr comes back into the starting line-up at openside flank and Siya Kolisi is named amongst the replacements this week.

Scrumhalf Nic Groom returns from a minor knee injury which kept him out of action against the Sunwolves, and hooker Bongi Mbonambi gets another chance to start as Scarra Ntubeni has been ruled out with a hamstring niggle.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 3 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Lions will have home advantage for this match which could be the deciding factor. They are also a little more settled than the Stormers due to rotations last week. The Lions should win this by 4.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 5 on the red button.

Average score: Lions 19 Stormers 24

Last five results
06 Jun 2015 Lions v Stormers 19-19 Cape Town
28 Feb 2015 Lions v Stormers 19-22 Johannesburg
19 Apr 2014 Lions v Stormers 3-18 Cape Town
22 Feb 2014 Lions v Stormers 34-10 Johannesburg
30 Jun 2012 Lions v Stormers 17-27 Cape Town

Lions overall record against the Stormers
Played 21 , Wins 5 , Losses 15, Draws 1

Match No.62:Lions v Stormers
Date : Saturday 16 April 2016
Venue : Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 19:15 local
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 2:Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO :Willie Vos

Teams

Lions

1 Dylan Smith , 2 Malcolm Marx , 3 Julian Redelinghuys , 4 Andries Ferreira , 5 Franco Mostert , 6 Jaco Kriel , 7 Warwick Tecklenburg , 8 Warren Whiteley (c) , 9 Ross Cronje , 10 Elton Jantjies , 11 Courtnall Skosan , 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg , 13 Lionel Mapoe , 14 Ruan Combrinck , 15 Jaco van der Walt

Replacments : 16 Armand van der Merwe , 17 Corne Fourie , 18 Ruan Dreyer , 19 Ruan Ackermann , 20 Cyle Brink , 21 Faf de Klerk , 22 Howard Mnisi , 23 Andries Coetzee

Stormers

15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Damian de Allende, 23 Huw Jones.

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