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Chiefs name team to play Hurricanes

March 31st, 2005

Chiefs coach Ian Foster has named his team to take on the Hurricanes this Friday at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Seven changes have been made to the starting side that took on the Reds in their last game.

Sitiveni Sivivatu comes in at fullback after recovering from shoulder surgery, taking the spot of Adrian Cashmore who, with his wife, is expecting their first child.

Bay of Plenty lock Bernie Upton gets his first Super 12 start, pushing Sean Hohneck to the bench. Sailosi Tagicakibau is back on the wing after playing in the World Cup Sevens.

Keith Lowen comes back to the midfield at second five-eighths for Derek Maisey, who is out due to a knee injury. Byron Kelleher returns to his typical role as the starting halfback.

While veteran prop Michael Collins comes in at loose-head and Deacon Manu switches to tight head to accommodate him.

While blindside flanker, Marty Holah, will play his 50th game for the Chiefs.

Chiefs: Sitiveni Sivivatu, Sosene Anesi, Mark Ranby, Keith Lowen, Sailosi Tagicakibau, David Hill, Byron Kelleher, Steven Bates, Marty Holah, Sione Lauaki, Bernie Upton, Jono Gibbes (c), Deacon Manu, Aleki Lutui, Michael Collins.

Replacements: Scott Linklater, Simms Davison, Sean Hohneck, Wayne Ormond, Kevin Senio, Stephen Donald, Grant McQuoid.


Hurricanes name team to play Chiefs

March 31st, 2005

The Hurricanes have named their team to take on the Chiefs this Friday night at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Three changes have been made to the Hurricanes starting team from the team that took the field against the Stormers. Piri Weepu is back having recovered from a twisted ankle. Lome Fa’atau replaces Hosea Gear on the right wing and Shannon Paku replaces Riki Flutey at fullback.

Rodney So’oialo has been bracketed with Thomas Waldrom. So’oialo suffered an ankle injury against the Bulls a fortnight ago. So will take the field if he is able to prove his fitness.

Hurricanes: Shannon Paku, Lome Fa’atau, Conrad Smith, Tana Umaga (Captain), Ma’a Nonu, Jimmy Gopperth, Piri Weepu, Rodney So’oialo/Thomas Waldrom, Ben Herring, Jerry Collins, Luke Andrews, Ross Kennedy, Neemia Tialata, Andrew Hore, Joe McDonnell

Replacements: Joe Ward, Tim Fairbrother, Kristian Ormsby, Chris Masoe, Isaac Boss, Tane Tu’ipulotu, Hosea Gear


Stephen Larkham back in Brumbies squad

March 31st, 2005

Brumbies fly-half Steven Larkham has joined rejoined the touring team as they head to New Zealand for matches against the Blues and Highlanders.

Larkham missed the Brumbies two games in South Africa while he recovered from surgery to remove a cancerous growth.

Larkham will train with the team, but it still unclear if he will play against the Blues this weekend. Coach Laurie Fisher said “Stephen will train today and tomorrow but at this stage we’re not expecting him to be available until the second week of our tour, for the Highlanders match.”

Brumbies squad: Stirling Mortlock (captain), Mark Gerrard, Clyde Rathbone, Gene Fairbanks, Lenny Beckett, Matt Giteau, Matt Henjak, George Gregan, Joel Wilson, Sam Norton-Knight, Stephen Larkham, Scott Fava, George Smith, Owen Finegan, Mark Chisholm, Radike Samo, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Bill Young, Guy Shepherdson, Nic Henderson, Jeremy Paul, Tamaiti Horua, David Palavi.


Reds name team to play Highlanders

March 29th, 2005

The Reds captain, Elton Flatley, has again been ruled out from playing in the team that will take on the Highlanders at Ballymore on Friday. Flatley is still recovering from a knock to the head he suffered the playing against the Crusaders on March 12.

The starting team remains the same as the one that defeated the Chiefs. With only two changes made in the replacements. John Roe returns to the bench after missing two games with a neck injury. Prop forward Rodney Blake receives his first call up to the Reds.
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Sharks score upset win over Brumbies

March 27th, 2005

The Sharks have recorded their first win of the season when they defeated the Brumbies 36-24 in a match in Durban on Saturday.

The Sharks recorded their first win under new coach Dick Muir. The previous coach Kevin Putt had been dumped mid-week following the team’s poor start to the season.

A son of former Springbok full-back Gysie Pienaar, Ruan Pienaar starred for the Sharks scoring two tries and kicking four conversions and a penalty.

Sharks - Tries: Ruan Pienaar (2), Jaco Gouws, Adi Jacobs, Warren Britz; Conversions: Pienaar (4). Penalty: Pienaar

Brumbies - Tries: Matt Giteau, Jeremy Paul, Radike Samo; Conversions: Giteau (3). Penalty: Giteau.


Peter Hewat grabs hat trick as ‘tahs beat Bulls

March 26th, 2005

Waratahs defeated the Bulls 42-12 at Aussie Stadium on Saturday.

Waratahs full back, Peter Hewat, starred for scoring a hat trick of tries and 34 points in total.

Hewat opened the scoring when he slotted a penalty in the ninth minute. He followed up a few minutes later when he crossed for the first try of the match.

The Bulls scored when left winger Akona Ndungane skilfully broke through the Waratahs defence for his side’s first try of the match.
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Highlanders defeat Cats

March 26th, 2005

The Highlanders have defeated the Cats 16-12 during their Super 12 match in Johannesburg on Friday.

The game was marred by mistakes and poor handling. Despite having over 60% of both possession and territory, the Cats were only able to score through the boot of Andre Pretorius.

The Highlanders scored a try through Craig Newby in the first half of the game.

The Cats had several attacking opportunities but were unable to penetrate the impressive defence of the Highlanders.

Andre Pretorius was only able to slot 4 of his 6 attempts at goal.

Captain of the Cats, Wikus van Heerden, after the match said “What a huge disappointment for our loyal supporters. We played with so much pride, but failed to take our chances and committed far too many handling errors.”

The win marks the third consecutive win by the Highlanders against South African sides, having previously recorded victories against the Sharks and Bulls.

Highlanders - Try: Craig Newby; Conversion: Ben Blair; Penalties: Blair (3)

Cats - Penalties: Andre Pretorius (4)


Bulls name team to play Waratahs

March 26th, 2005

The Bulls have named their team to take on the Waratahs at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.

The only change to their starting lineup is the inclusion of Kennedy Tsimba for the injured Derick Hougaard.

The Bulls will be looking to continue their wins ways following their win over the Hurricanes last Saturday. While the Waratahs will be looking to keep their unbeaten status intact.

Bulls - Johan Roets, Riaan van der Bergh, Bryan Habana, Ettienne Botha, Akona Ndungane, Kennedy Tsimba, Fourie du Preez, Anton Leonard (captain), Jacques Cronjé, Warren Brosnihan, Victor Matfield, Danie Rossouw, Richard Bands, Gary Botha, Kees Lensing.

Replacements - Danie Coetzee, Wessel Roux, Bakkies Botha, Pedrie Wannenburg, Heini Adams, Morné Steyn, Wynand Olivier


Hurricanes snatch win against Stormers

March 25th, 2005

In the opening match of week 5 of the Super 12, the Hurricanes snatched a narrow victory from the Stormers.

The game was played in wet conditions which both teams had difficultly adapting to. With neither team was able to score a try, the game was decided by kicks.

The Stormers lead for much of the game through penalties to Chris Rossouw.

The Hurricanes won through a last minute drop goal by Jimmy Gopperth.

Hurricanes - Penalties: Jimmy Gopperth (3). Drop goal: Gopperth.

Stormers - Penalties: Chris Rossouw (3).


Dick Muir stamps his mark on Sharks

March 25th, 2005

New Sharks coach, Dick Muir, has been quick to stamp his mark on the Sharks team making changes to the team to face the Brumbies.

Winger Odwa Ndungane has been dropped and Adrian Jacobs has been moved from outside centre to the wing. Rudi Keil, has been moved from inside centre to outside centre. While Trevor Halstead comes into the team at No 12.

Sharks: Brent Russell, Adrian Jacobs, Rudi Keil, Trevor Halstead, Henno Mentz, Butch James, Ruan Pienaar, Braam Immelman, AJ Venter, Solly Tyibilika, Charl van Rensburg, Johann Muller, Danie Saayman, John Smit, Eduard Coetzee

Replacements: Deon Carstens, Skipper Badenhorst, Jaco Gouws, Warren Britz, Sandile Nxumalo, Gcobani Bobo, Herkie Kruger