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Friday, July 29, 2016

Super Rugby Semifinals

Super Rugby Semifinal Saturday: July 30, 2016
1st Semifinal
               


               
Hurricanes

1 - Loni Uhila
2 - Dane Coles
3 - Ben May
4 - Vaea Fifita
5 - Michael Fatialofa
6 - Brad Shields
7 - Ardie Savea
8 - Victor Vito
9 - TJ Perenara
10 - Beauden Barrett
11 - Jason Woodward
12 - Willis Halaholo
13 - Matt Proctor
14 - Cory Jane
15 - James Marshall

Substitutes
16 - Ricky Riccitelli
17 - Chris Eves
18 - Michael Kainga
19 - Mark Abbott
20 - Callum Gibbins
21 - Jamison Gibson-Park
22 - Vince Aso
23 - Julian Savea
                Coach: Chris Boyd
               
               

Chiefs
1 - Kane Hames
2 - Nathan Harris
3 - Atunaisa Moli
4 - Dominic Bird
5 - Brodie Retallick
6 - Taleni Seu
7 - Sam Cane
8 - Tom Sanders
9 - Tawera Kerr-Barlow
10 - Aaron Cruden
11 - James Lowe
12 - Anton Lienert-Brown
13 - Seta Tamanivalu
14 - Sam McNicol
15 - Damian McKenzie

Substitutes
16 - Hikawera Elliot
17 - Siegfried Fisiihoi
18 - Mitchell Graham
19 - Lachlan Boshier
20 - Michael Leitch
21 - Brad Weber
22 - Toni Pulu
23 - Shaun Stevenson

                Coach: James Joseph











2nd Semi:


Lions
1 - Dylan Smith
2 - Malcolm Marx
3 - Julian Redelinghuys
4 - Andries Ferreira
5 - Franco Mostert
6 - Jaco Kriel
7 - Warwick Tecklenburg
8 - Ruan Ackermann
9 - Francois de Klerk
10 - Elton Jantjies
11 - Courtnall Skosan
12 - Rohan Janse van Rensburg
13 - Lionel Mapoe
14 - Ruan Combrinck
15 - Andries Coetzee

Substitutes
16 - Armand van der Merwe
17 - Corne Fourie
18 - Jacques Van Rooyen
19 - Lourens Erasmus
20 - Stephan de Wit
21 - Dillon Smit
22 - Howard Mnisi
23 - Jaco van der Walt
                Coach: Johann Ackermann

Highlanders
1 - Dan Lienert-Brown
2 - Ash Dixon
3 - Josh Hohneck
4 - Alex Ainley
5 - Thomas Franklin
6 - Elliot Dixon
7 - James Lentjes
8 - Luke Whitelock
9 - Aaron Smith
10 - Lima Sopoaga
11 - Patrick Osborne
12 - Malakai Fekitoa
13 - Matt Faddes
14 - Waisake Naholo
15 - Ben Smith

Substitutes
16 - Greg Pleasants-Tate
17 - Aki Seiulii
18 - Ross Geldenhuys
19 - Joseph Wheeler
20 - Liam Squire
21 - Dan Pryor
22 - Te Aihe Toma
23 - Marty Bank
                Coach: Jeff Joseph






Lions will be decided favorites in the second semifinal on schedule at home in Johannesburg, but only the accomplished fool might discount the defending champions, who defeated Australia #1, Brumbies, last weekend in their knockout at Canberra; large issue for mine host losing the services of captain and 8man, Warren Whitely, to injury… 20 year old Ruan Ackermann will lock down the pack while blindside Jaco Kriel dons the skipper’s cloak; the explosive energy of #9 Faf de Klerk will enable #10 Elton Jantjies’ distribution to the Rohan van Rensburg-Lionel Mapoe transition team in the middle, then it’s one of the most dangerous men in world rugby on the fly, Ruan Combrinck, called “the Punisher” for his lively and volatile style of play; Big Cats will like to use their prowling, meter-devouring, energy-sapping maul from their lineout to wear down the Highlanders on the oxygen-demanding Highveld; figure some long rangers from Jantjies and Garryowens from de Klerk to soften the defense, then skips mixed with inside channel work in the centers to eventuate at attainment of the corner and ultimately, the Promised Land;

All Black Liam Squire moves to the bench for the ‘Landers and he is replaced by Luke Whitelock, who changed his 5 jersey for the 8 shirt; James Lentjes gets the nod at openside and Elliot Dixon remains on the blindside; front row is a constant and numbers 9 through 15 all began last week’s match in the identical spots they’ll find themselves in on Saturday at Ellis Park; Highlanders will look to tighten up their ball control at tackle, for their hosts are hungry for loose, scrappy bits of ball and will pounce and acquire with vicious determination; nice thing about the visitors three-quartersline is that they can and do punch through the gainline from every slot with a mesmerizing array of interchanges;

Lions rely on their forwards more than Highlanders do, but that does not mean one won’t see much from the traveling pack… they’ll be evident by the adroit manner in which they, to a man, slip to space for rear heel-promoting defensive, desperation-caused excitements; meanwhile 9-10, de Klerk-Jantjies will keep the Park rocking and the big, mobile Catpack will be looking to enhance the effects of their guests half-day flight to Jo’burg with stern, steady and steadfast attention on their counterparts for the full eighty-odd; if it’s close, it could go the visitors way, if it’s a blowout, it’ll blow homeboys’ joy.

Prediction: Lions 32, Highlanders 20














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