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Stormers v Lions Super Rugby Preview

Duane Vermeulen enjoys a run through the Lions as Butch James looks on

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Article Published: Thursday 28 June 2012






The Lions have lost their last 12 consecutive matches against the Stormers as they have not beaten the men from Cape Town since 2001.

The beauty about Super rugby is that the Lions had the same record against the Sharks and in the last round before the break the Lions broke that losing streak and beat the Sharks proving that you can never expect to win.

Overall the Stormers and the Lions have played each other 16 times and the Stormers have won 12 and lost four times. There have been no draws.

Strangely the Lions won their first four matches against the Stormers so they went unbeaten between 1998 and 2001. At that time the Lions still had a number of 1995 Rugby World Cup winners and then they had their best years under New Zealand coach Laurie Mains.

The average score when the Stormers play the Lions is Stormers 26 Lions 20. In Cape Town the average score is Stormers 28 Lions 19 which indicates that the Lions do not like traveling to Cape Town.

In Cape Town the Stormers have hosted the Lions 7 times since 1998 and they have won all but two of the clashes. The closest the Lions have come to winning in Cape Town was in February last year when they lost 19-16.

The Stormers will go into the match off the back of a victory over the Bulls before the bye but in order to keep the players fresh and also due to injury the starting line up is not as strong as it could be.

The Lions on the other had will go into the match with a big question mark over their heads as they still don't know if they will be playing Super Rugby next season and their coach John Mitchell has been suspended. It's hardly ideal.

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers summed up the situation aptly earlier this week when he said, "the Lions have a lot to play for, but we are playing for something bigger," said De Villiers.

"As long as the hunger and desire is there to win the tournament, we'll do well. We are playing for something special and that will make Saturday a great challenge."

The Bookies have given the Lions a 15 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. It's unlikely that the Lions will be able to turn their poor record around this weekend as the coaching situation has hardly been ideal. The Stormers should win by 9.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Stormers 26 Lions 20

Last five results
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
13 Feb 2010 Stormers v Lions 26-13 Johannesburg
14 Mar 2009 Stormers v Lions 56-18 Cape Town

Stormers overall record against the Lions
Played 16 , Wins 12 ,Losses 4 , Draws 0

Match No.105.:Stormers v Lions
Date Saturday 30 June
Venue : Cape Town
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 2:Jason Jaftha
TMO : Gerrie Coetzee

Teams

Stormers

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Siya Kolisi, 7 Don Armand, 6 Tyrone Holmes, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Deon Carstens

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Quinn Roux, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Bryan Habana

Lions

Andries Coetzee, Deon Van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Butch James, Anthonie Volminck, Elton Jantjies, Tian Meyer, Joshua Strauss (c), Grant Hattingh, Derick Minnie, Franco Van der Merwe, Hendrik Roodt, Jacobie Adriaanse, Callie Visagie, JC Janse van Rensburg,

Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, CJ van der Linde / Ruaan Dreyer, Ruan Botha, Jaco Kriel, Michael Bodesio, Waylon Murray, Ruan Combrinck

 
 
 
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