Stormers v Rebels Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last three Super Rugby matches between the Cape Town based Stormers and the Melbourne based Rebels the Stormers have won two and the Rebels three.

These two teams have not met since 2013 as they missed each other in the draw last year. The last time they played the Rebels beat the Stormers 30-21 in Melbourne and was the Rebels first victory over a South African team.

The Stormers have only played the Rebels three times and they have won two matches and lost one which gives them a record of winning 66% of their matches.

The average score regardless of venue when these teams meet is Stormers 29 Rebels 18.

This weekend the match will be played in Cape Town and the teams have only met once before in the city and that match was won 26-21 by the Stormers so they are unbeaten in their home city by the Rebels.

The Stormers have dropped down to 7th place in the standings over the last week as they had the bye. The week before they were on top of the South African Conference. The Stormers have played 12 matches so far this season and they have won 8 and lost four matches.

At home in Newlands the Stormers have played 5 matches and won four.

The Rebels are in 10th place having played 12 matches and won 6. The Rebels have played 6 matches away from home this season and they have won three.

The Stormers have named Sevens star Seabelo Senatla on the wing for this match in place of Johnny Kotze who sits out this week. In other changes to the sides Louis Schreuder comes in for Nic Groom at scrumhalf and Scarra Ntubeni will start at hooker ahead of Bongi Mbonambi.

The Rebels have named former Waratahs and Brumbies back Cam Crawford in their starting line up for this week. Tom English returns to the starting lineup on the left wing and Dom Shipperley is at outside centre.

In the forwards Cruze Ah-Nau makes his first start for the season at loosehead prop having come off the bench in every match and flanker Scott Fuglistaller returns to the starting lineup.

Japanese International prop Keita Inagaki is named on a Super Rugby bench for the first time and could become the third Japanese international to represent the Rebels.

The Bookies have given the Rebels an 11 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Rebels have been tough opponents for every team this year until last week when the Reds ran away with the victory. The Stormers had a bye last week and saw their place at the top of the South African Conference slip away. As they play last they will know what they have to do to get the top spot back. The Stormers should win this by 8.

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

Average score: Stormers 29 Rebels 18

Last three results
17 May 2013 Stormers v Rebels 21-30 Melbourne
14 Jul 2012 Stormers v Rebels 26-21 Cape Town
03 Jun 2011 Stormers v Rebels 40-3 Melbourne

Stormers overall record against the Rebels
Played 3 , Wins 2, Losses 1 , Draws 0

Match No.97:Stormers v Rebels
Date : Saturday 23 May 2015
Venue : Newlands, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 19:10 local, 03:10* AEST, 05:10* NZST
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 2:Rodney Boneparte
TMO :Deon van Blommestein

Teams

Stormers

15. Cheslin Kolbe , 14. Seabelo Senatla , 13. Juan de Jongh (VC) , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Dillyn Leyds , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Duane Vermeulen (C) , 7. Siya Kolisi , 6. Schalk Burger , 5. Manuel Carizza , 4. Eben Etzebeth , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Scarra Ntubeni , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi , 17. Ali Vermaak , 18. Vincent Koch , 19. Jean Kleyn , 20. Nizaam Carr , 21. Nic Groom , 22. Kurt Coleman , 23. Huw Jones

Rebels

1. Cruze Ah-Nau ,2. Pat Leafa ,3. Paul Alo-Emile ,4. Luke Jones,5. Lopeti Timani ,6. Sean McMahon ,7. Scott Fuglistaller ,8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Nic Stirzaker,10. Jack Debreczeni ,11. Tom English ,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Dom Shipperley ,14. Cam Crawford ,15. Mike Harris

Replacements:16. Tom Sexton ,17. Keita Inagaki ,18. Laurie Weeks ,19. Cadeyrn Neville,20. Jordy Reid,21. Colby Fainga’a ,22. Luke Burgess,23. Bryce Hegarty.

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