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Peter Grant has been sorely missed by the Stormers this season

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Article Published: Thursday 23 May 2013|

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The Stormers and the Reds have played each other 15 times in Super Rugby and the Cape Town franchise have won nine times.

Out of the last five matches between the teams the Stormers have won five and they have an overall record of winning 60% of their matches against the Reds.

Across all venues the average score when the Stormers play the Reds is Stormers 25 Reds 23.

This weekend the match will be played in Cape Town so the Stormers will have home advantage for the first time in around a month as they have just returned from their tour which finished with a loss to the Rebels.

In Cape Town the Stormers have played the Reds seven times and won five times. That gives them a record of winning 71% of their matches against the Reds.

However the last time the Reds visited Cape Town they left as the winners and the Stormers are not as strong this year as they were in 2011.

The average score in Cape Town when the Stormers play the Reds is Stormers 24 Reds 23.

Both teams will go into this week's match on the back of a loss as the Stormers lost to the Rebels and the Reds lost to the Cheetahs.

The Stormers are however on a three match losing streak and they have only won 36% of their matches this year.

The Reds on the other hand have won 62% of their matches overall and 50% of their matches away from home.

After the Stormers loss to the Rebels many feel that the Stormers are playing for pride now as they need to win every match - preferably with a bonus point - to qualify for the play offs.

It is therefore hardly ideal that the Stormers have lost centre Juan de Jongh (fractured finger), flank-cum-hooker Deon Fourie (ribs), hooker Scarra Ntubeni, lock Andries Bekker (back) and props Frans Malherbe and Pat Cilliers (both ankles) for this week or longer.

All of the above injuries mean that the Stormers will be fielding an under-strength team and Jean de Villiers will be playing out of position.

At the time of writing the Reds had not named their team yet but we know that Digby Ioane will miss the match which is a blow but they do have good depth on the wings.

While the Stormers season is almost certainly over as far as the play offs are concerned the Reds are right up there. There are currently in fourth place and a loss for the Brumbies coupled with a Reds victory in Cape Town will see them go to the top of the Australian Conference.

In short the Reds have more to play for and should be the hungrier team. The Stormers will also be the more depleted team. The crowd could also turn against the Stormers after the shocker of a season they have had.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 2 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We think the Reds will look to silence the Newlands faithful early on and we are going against the Bookies. The Reds should sneak this one by 3.

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

Average score: Stormers 25 Reds 23

Last five results
20 Apr 2012 Stormers v Reds 23-13 Brisbane
09 Apr 2011 Stormers v Reds 6-19 Cape Town
23 Apr 2010 Stormers v Reds 13-16 Brisbane
20 Feb 2009 Stormers v Reds 27-24 Cape Town
08 Mar 2008 Stormers v Reds 34-16 Brisbane

Stormers overall record against the Reds
Played 15 ,Wins 9,Losses 6, Draws 0

Match No.: 94. Stormers v Reds
Date : Saturday 25 May
Venue : Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Jason Jaftha
Assistant Ref 2:Marc van Zyl
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Stormers

15. Joe Pietersen , 14. Gio Aplon , 13. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Bryan Habana , 10. Elton Jantjies , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Nizaam Carr , 7. Don Armand , 6. Siya Kolisi , 5. Eben Etzebeth , 4. Gerbrandt Grobler , 3. Brok Harris , 2. Tiaan Liebenberg , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves: , 16. Martin Bezuidenhout , 17. Chris Heiberg , 18. Marius Coetzer , 19. Rohan Kitshoff , 20. Dewaldt Duvenage , 21. Gary van Aswegen , 22. Gerhard van den Heever

Reds

1. Greg Holmes,2. Saia Faingaa,3. James Slipper,4. Rob Simmons ,5. James Horwill (c),6. Jake Schatz,7. Liam Gill,8. Radike Samo,9. Will Genia (vc),10. Quade Cooper,11. Luke Morahan,12. Anthony Faingaa,13. Chris Feauai-Sautia,14. Rod Davies,15. Jono Lance

Replacements :16. James Hanson, 17. Ben Daley, 18. Ed O'Donoghue, 19. Eddie Quirk, 20. Beau Robinson, 21. Ben Lucas, 22. Ben Tapuai

 
 
 
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