Lions v Stormers Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Lions and the Stormers the Cape Town based Stormers have won five and the Lions one.

Three of the last Super Rugby matches between the teams were played in Johannesburg so home advantage was not a factor.

Overall the Lions have played the Stormers 19 times since 1998 and the Lions have won just 5 matches and lost 14. There have no draws.

That gives the Lions a record of winning just 26 % of their matches against the Stormers. The average score when the Lions play the Stormers is : Lions 20 Stormers 25

This weekend the match will be played in Johannesburg where the teams have met 10 times. In those 10 matches the Lions have finished as winners in three matches and the Stormers won 7 matches.

The average score when the Lions play the Stormers in Johannesburg is : Lions 22 Stormers 23.

In terms of selection the Lions have made vast changes to the side and notably dropped Marnitz Boshoff and given a start to Elton Jantjies.

In the forwards, Schalk van der Merwe, Robbie Coetzee and Julian Redelinghuys all start while Jaco Kriel returns from his minor groin injury at flank.

Meanwhile, in the backline, Faf de Klerk has been named at scrumhalf partnering Jantjies. Sampie Mastriet will play his first Super Rugby game for the Lions as he runs out at left wing.

Harold Vorster will also celebrate his first Super Rugby start at centre while Jaco van der Walt will provide cover at flyhalf on the bench.

The Stormers have made minimal changes and Bongi Mbonambi and Nizaam Carr come into the starting line up. Mbonami comes in for Ntubeni and Carr comes in for the injured Rynhardt Elstadt in the No.6 jersey.

The Lions have yet to win a match this year having lost to the Hurricanes and the Sharks. In contrast the Stormers lead the Super Rugby standings and are one of three teams who have played two matches and are still unbeaten.

The Bookies have given the Lions a 5 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Lions have made big changes but the Stormers look more settled. 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 1/HD.

Average score: Lions 20 Stormers 25

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

Stormers overall record against the Lions
Played 19 , Wins 5 , Losses 14 , Draws 0

Match No.21:Lions v Stormers
Date : Saturday 28 February 2015
Venue : Emirates Airlines (Ellis) Park, Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 19:10 local, 04:10* AEDT, 06:10* NZDT
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 2:Stephan Geldenhuys
TMO :Marius Jonker



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

Replacements : 16. Armand van der Merwe , 17. Corne Fourie , 18. Ruan Dreyer , 19. Robert Kruger , 20. Derick Minnie , 21. Ross Cronje , 22. Jaco van der Walt , 23. Howard Mnisi


15. Cheslin Kolbe , 14. Johnny Kotze , 13. Juan de Jongh (vice-captain) , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Dillyn Leyds , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain) , 7. Michael Rhodes , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Ruan Botha , 4. Jurie van Vuuren , 3. Vincent Koch , 2. Bongi Mbonambi (Super Rugby starting debut for the Stormers) , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: , 16. Scarra Ntubeni , 17. Oli Kebble , 18. Frans Malherbe , 19. Manuel Carizza , 20. Siya Kolisi , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Kurt Coleman , 23. Huw Jones

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