Stormers v Lions Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Cape Town based Stormers and the Johannesburg based Lions the Johannesburg side has won one match.

Overall the Stormers have played the Lions 20 times since 1998 (in some of these the Lions played as the Cats) and the Stormers have won 15 matches and lost 5.

That gives the Stormers a record of winning 75% of their matches against the Lions with an average score of Stormers 25 Lions 20.

This weekend the Stormers will have home advantage as the match will be played in Cape Town where the teams have met 9 times.

In those 9 matches the Stormers have won seven matches and the Lions have won two. The Lions won the first two matches and the Stormers have won the last seven matches.

The Lions have not won in Cape Town since 2001 when they reached the Super 12 Semi-finals.

That record of seven home wins gives the Stormers a record of winning 78% of their matches against the Lions at home.

The average score when the Stormers play the Lions in Johannesburg is Stormers 27 Lions 17.

The Stormers are second in the overall table as they are the top South African team. On points alone without the conference system the Stormers would be fourth.

The Stormers have played 14 matches and they have won 10. The Stormers have played 7 matches at home and they have won 6.

Since the start of the 2013 season the Stormers have lost just four matches out of 24 home matches in Cape Town. They rarely lose at home.

The Lions are in seventh place – just outside the play off places – having played 15 matches. In 15 matches the Lions have won 9 and lost six.

Away from home the Lions have played seven matches and they have won four.

In terms of selection the Stormers have brought back Schalk Burger who returns from a week’s rest. His return sees Nizaam Carr pushed down to the bench.

Joining Burger back in the starting line-up are hooker Bongi Mbonambi (in for the injured Scarra Ntubeni) and tighthead prop Frans Malherbe, who swaps with Vincent Koch.

Koch drops down to the bench where he is joined by two members of the Western Province Vodacom Cup team, hooker Michael Willemse and utility back Jaco Taute – adding to a strong group of replacements, which also includes Oli Kebble, Jean Kleyn, Carr, Louis Shcreuder and Kurt Coleman.

The Lions have made two injury enforced changes and Alwyn Hollenbach will start at inside centre after Lionel Mapoe was unable to pass a late fitness test following a knock to his knee last week.

As a result of Mapoe’s injury Harold Vorster will shift to outside centre for the match. On the bench, Howard Mnisi will come in for Stokkies Hanekom, who also sustained a minor knee injury in last weekend’s game.

The Stormers can win the South African Super Rugby conference if they beat the Lions this weekend. This weekend is the Lions final match of the regular season as they have a bye next week. If the players believe they can seal a play off place this weekend by beating the Stormers they will throw everything into it as they have next week off. If they don’t they will be playing for pride which is a lot less powerful.

The Bookies have given the Lions an 8 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Lions have had an incredible season but the Stormers so rarely lose at home and the Lions rarely win at Newlands. The Stormers should win this by 6.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Stormers 25 Lions 20

Last six results
28 Feb 2015 Stormers v Lions 22-19 Johannesburg
19 Apr 2014 Stormers v Lions 18-3 Cape Town
22 Feb 2014 Stormers v Lions 10-34 Johannesburg
30 Jun 2012 Stormers v Lions 27-17 Cape Town
24 Mar 2012 Stormers v Lions 24-19 Johannesburg
16 Apr 2011 Stormers v Lions 33-19 Johannesburg

Stormers overall record against the Lions
Played 20 , Wins 15, Losses , Draws 0

Match No.113:Stormers v Lions
Date : Saturday 6 June 2015
Venue : Newlands, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 17:05 local, 01:05* AEST, 03:05* NZST
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2:Quinton Immelman
TMO :Marius Jonker

Teams

Stormers

15. Cheslin Kolbe , 14. Dillyn Leyds , 13. Juan de Jongh (vice-captain) , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Seabelo Senatla , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain) , 7. Siya Kolisi , 6. Schalk Burger , 5. Manuel Carizza , 4. Eben Etzebeth , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Bongi Mbonambi , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Michael Willemse , 17. Oli Kebble , 18. Vincent Koch , 19. Jean Kleyn , 20. Nizaam Carr , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Kurt Coleman , 23. Jaco Taute

Lions

15. Andries Coetzee , 14. Ruan Combrinck , 13. Harold Vorster , 12. Alwyn Hollenbach , 11. Courtnall Skosan , 10. Elton Jantjies , 9. Faf de Klerk , 8. Warren Whiteley (c) , 7. Warwick Tecklenburg , 6. Jaco Kriel , 5. Franco Mostert , 4. Martin Muller , 3. Julian Redelinghuys , 2. Armand van der Merwe , 1. Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements : 16. Malcolm Marx , 17. Corne Fourie , 18. Ruan Dreyer , 19. Robert Kruger , 20. Kwagga Smith , 21. Dillon Smit , 22. Marnitz Boshoff , 23. Howard Mnisi

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