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Stormers v Rebels Super Rugby Preview

Lachlan Mitchell is swamped in a tackle by Bryan Habana last year

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Article Published: Thursday 12 July 2012|

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The Stormers and Rebels have only met once before in Super Rugby and that match was played last year in Melbourne and the Stormers won 43-0.

The Stormers can set an interesting record this weekend if they manage to beat the Rebels without getting a try-scoring bonus point.

They will then become the first team ever to reach the playoffs without once scoring four tries in a regular season match.

Only seven teams have completed a season without scoring any bonus points. In 1996, Western Province finished 11th with three wins, in 1999 the Blues got four wins and came ninth, in 2000 the Sharks won one and finished last, in 2006 the Highlanders came ninth with six wins, in 2007 the Lions managed five wins but still finished 12th, while the Reds came last with only two wins, and in 2008 the Lions won twice and came last.

In 1999, the Reds managed their first and only try-scoring bonus point for the season in their final league match, against the Sharks. They topped the log but lost in the semi-finals against eventual champions, the Crusaders.

The Stormers have already set a South African record for the most wins in a single season when they beat the Cheetahs last week (13). The Reds, with 15, hold the overall record for the most wins in a season (2011).

The Rebels have never played in Cape Town before and they are still looking for their first victory over South African opposition, but it looks unlikely this weekend.

Allister Coetzee, coach of the Stormers, said his team will chase the four-try bonus point, something that's always been part of their game plan: "The game plan was always to go and score as many tries as possible and I would like to see an improvement this week when it comes to our finishing.

"On attack, we created even more scoring opportunities, but in the end some bad decision-making that let us down. Creating try-scoring opportunities is one thing, but finishing them is another. We know that is something we have to get right going into the play-offs where you might only get one opportunity to score and you have to take it."

The Stormers have taken the surprising move of naming hooker Deon Fourie at No. 8 for this match as they are short of loose forwards. There is even talk of Schalk Burger returning to the team in the play offs at No.8.

Whatever happens in the future Jebb Sinclair will play off the bench in his last match for the Stormers as he cannot play in the play offs as he was not registered before April the 1st.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 20 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Stormers are still struggling with injuries but they should still be strong enough to beat the Rebels. The Stormers should win by 14.

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

Average score: Stormers 40 Rebels 3

Last result
Fri, 03 Jun 2011 Stormers v Rebels 40-3 Melbourne

Stormers record against the Rebels
Played 1 , Wins 1 Losses 0 , Draws 0

Match No.118.Stormers v Rebels
Date : Saturday 14 July
Venue : Cape Town
Kick Off local: 15:00
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 1:Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 2:Christie du Preez
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Stormers

15. Joe Pietersen , 14. Gio Aplon , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers , 11. Bryan Habana , 10. Peter Grant , 9. Dewaldt Duvenage , 8. Deon Fourie , 7. Rynhardt Elstadt , 6. Siya Kolisi , 5. Andries Bekker , 4. De Kock Steenkamp , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Tiaan Liebenberg , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements : 16. Brok Harris , 17. Deon Carstens , 18. Quinn Roux , 19. Jebb Sinclair , 20. Louis Schreuder , 21. Burton Francis , 22. Gerhard van den Heever

Rebels

1. Rodney Blake, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Jono Owen, 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 5. Hugh Pyle, 6. Tim Davidson, 7. Hugh Perrett, 8. Gareth Delve (vc), 9. Nick Phipps, 10. James Hilgendorf, 11. Cooper Vuna/Lachlan Mitchell, 12. Stirling Mortlock (c), 13. Mitch Inman, 14. Mark Gerrard, 15. Julian Huxley

Replacements : 16. Luke Holmes, 17. Paul Alo-Emile, 18. Al Campbell, 19. Ryan Hodson, 20. Nic Stirzaker, 21. Cooper Vuna/Lachlan Mitchell, 22. Richard Kingi

 
 
 
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