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Waratahs v Stormers Super Rugby Preview

Tiaan Liebenberg on the burst for the Stormers

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Article Published: Thursday 9 May 2013|

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The Waratahs and the Stormers have played each other fifteen times since 1998 and the Waratahs have won just five times.

The teams have drawn once so that means the Stormers have beaten the Waratahs 9 times.

That translates to the Waratahs winning just 33% of their matches against the Stormers across all venues.

When the Waratahs play the Stormers the average score is Waratahs 20 Stormers 22.

This weekend the match will be played in Sydney where the teams have played each other six times.

The Waratahs have won three matches and the Stormers have won three matches. The average score in Sydney when the teams play is Waratahs 22 Stormers 18.

Strangely the last time the Waratahs played the Stormers in Sydney was in 2009 so the Stormers won't be playing in familiar territory.

The Stormers are half way through their overseas tour and they know that one more loss will almost certainly end their chances of reaching the play offs.

They are in fourth place in the SA Super rugby conference and although they have pulled off come occasional surprise victories their game plan is just not as effective as it has been in past seasons. They are not the team they were in 2011.

The Waratahs will start the match full of confidence having hammered the Southern Kings last week. The points difference was the third largest in Super Rugby history and was against a team that needs their bye to come as soon as possible so the result could make them overconfident.

The Waratahs have had to travel more than the Stormers for this match but the Stormers have been touring for longer so the travel could be evened out.

With each match Israel Folau has improved and he has given the Waratahs an X-factor. Elton Jantjies was meant to give the Stormers an X-factor but it hasn't worked out that way.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 1 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. This one could go either way. We were tempted to go for a draw but home advantage could just tip it. The Waratahs could sneak it by 1.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1 Red Button.

Average score: Waratahs 20 Stormers 22

Last five results
19 May 2012 Waratahs v Stormers 13-19 Cape Town
22 May 2010 (Semi) Waratahs v Stormers 6-25 Cape Town
20 Feb 2010 Waratahs v Stormers 6-27 Cape Town
04 Apr 2009 Waratahs v Stormers 12-6 Sydney
10 May 2008 Waratahs v Stormers 13-13 Cape Town

Waratahs overall record against the Stormers
Played 15 ,Wins 5 Losses 9 Draws 1

Match No.80. : Waratahs v Stormers
Date : Saturday 11 May
Venue : Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu (Randwick), 4. Sitaleki Timani , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c), 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Peter Betham , 12. Rob Horne , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Cam Crawford , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements, 16. John Ulugia , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Will Skelton , 19. Mitchell Chapman , 20. Pat McCutcheon , 21. Matt Lucas , 22. Berrick Barnes , 23. Drew Mitchell ,

Stormers

15. Joe Pietersen , 14. Gio Aplon , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 11. Bryan Habana , 10. Gary van Aswegen , 9. Dewaldt Duvenage , 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain) , 7. Rynhardt Elstadt , 6. Siya Kolisi , 5. Andries Bekker , 4. Eben Etzebeth , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Deon Fourie , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves: , 16. Scarra Ntubeni , 17. Pat Cilliers , 18. Don Armand , 19. Nizaam Carr , 20. Louis Schreuder , 21. Elton Jantjies , 22. Gerhard van den Heever

 
 
 
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