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Stormers v Chiefs Super Rugby Quarter Final Preview

Bryce Heem on the run for the Chiefs against the Stormers

The fourth and final Super Rugby quarter final is in Cape Town South Africa where the Stormers host the Chiefs.

The Stormers finished the regular season in third place overall as they topped Africa 1 Super Rugby Conference with 51 points.

The Chiefs finished the regular season third in the New Zealand Conference and in sixth place overall with 51 points as well. Like the Lions did in Africa 2 the Stormers had some weaker opposition in their conference while the Chiefs were in the toughest conference.

The Stormers also went through the season without playing any of the New Zealand teams. These teams therefore did not play each this season and last met in March last year. That match was won by the Chiefs.

The Stormers have played the Chiefs 17 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and they have won 9 matches and lost 8. This gives the Stormers a record of winning 53% of their matches against the Chiefs.

This weekend the match will be played in Cape Town where the teams have met 8 times. The Stormers have won five of those matches and lost three which gives them a record of winning 63% of their home matches against the Chiefs.

The average score when the Stormers play the Chiefs in Cape Town is : Stormers 24 Chiefs 24.

For this match the Stormers have named flyhalf Robert du Preez in their starting line up. Du Preez’s selection is almost a gamble as he started twice early in the season but was injured and has not featured for the Stormers since round 2. He comes into the side as Jean-Luc du Plessis was injured against the Southern Kings last week so his selection is also out of necessity.

Elsewhere Stormers coach has made one other change to the backline as Nic Groom returns after being rested against the Southern Kings, with Louis Schreuder and Brandon Thomson providing backline cover on the replacements bench.

In the front row Bongi Mbonambi starts at hooker with Scarra Ntubeni moving to the replacements bench where he will be joined by props Oli Kebble and co-captain Frans Malherbe who are both returning from injury.

Locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit both return after sitting out last week, whilst the only change to the loose trio sees Siya Kolisi return to the starting XV, with Rynhardt Elstadt and a fit-again Nizaam Carr amongst the replacements.

At the time of writing the Chiefs had not named their team to play this week but no big surprises are expected.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Stormers have not met a NZ team this season and as a result have not been tested as much as side like the Chiefs. Despite their home advantage and a panel of South African officials we think the Stormers will battle to contain the Chiefs speed and intensity. The Chiefs should win this by 5.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: Stormers 26 Chiefs 26

Last five results
14 Mar 2015 Stormers v Chiefs 19-28 Cape Town
14 Mar 2014 Stormers v Chiefs 20-36 Hamilton
09 Mar 2013 Stormers v Chiefs 36-34 Cape Town
14 May 2011 Stormers v Chiefs 23-30 Hamilton
16 Apr 2010 Stormers v Chiefs 49-15 Hamilton

Stormers overall record against the Chiefs
Played 17 , Wins 9 , Losses 8, Draws 0

Match No.139:Stormers v Chiefs
Date : Saturday 23 July 2016
Venue :  Newlands, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 19:00 local
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2: AJ Jacobs
TMO : Johan Greeff

Teams

Stormers

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (co-captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Ezebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Alistair Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Nizaam Carr, 22 Louis Schreuder, 23 Brandon Thomson.

Chiefs

1. Kane Hames, 2. Nathan Harris, 3. Atu Moli, 4. Dominic Bird , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Taleni Seu (, 7. Sam Cane (cc) , 8. Tom Sanders, 9. Brad Weber , 10. Aaron Cruden (cc) , 11. James Lowe , 12. Stephen Donald , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Sam McNicol , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Hika Elliot , 17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi , 18. Mitchell Graham , 19. Tevita Koloamatangi , 20. Lachlan Boshier, 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 22. Toni Pulu , 23. Shaun Stevenson