Super Rugby: Lions vs Stormers Preview

Super Rugby 2018: Crusaders v Bulls Preview
The Lions will host the Stormers at Emirates Airline Park in a South African Super Rugby contest on Saturday the 7th of April. 

Both teams come off the back of respectable losses, the hosts went down to the Crusaders, while the Stormers went down to the Bulls. 



Date: Saturday, April 7
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17:15 local (15:15 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
Television match official: Willie Vos (South Africa)

To Win ( 80 mins) 
Lions 4/10
Draw 25/1

Stormers 2/1

Handicap
Lions (-7.5) 9/10
Stormers (+7.5) 9/10 


Lions

The Lions lost 14 - 8 to the defending champions Crusaders last time out - and they'll be keen to change things around to avoid three losses in a row. The Lions sit third on the overall conference table and first in the South African conference. Their season has slowed down after a great start and now have lost three of their last four matches.

There's much to be said about Hacjivah Dayimani and Kwagga Smit who will again play alongside each another, Dayimani had a great impact in the last match against the 'Saders. Ruan Combrink returns from injury and will start at wing ahead of Mahuza. While towering lock Marvin Orie replaces Andries Ferreira.

Stormers

The Stormers went down to the Bulls last time out 33 - 23. In a match where they failed to get some real form of continuity. Their line-outs need to improve drastically if they are to contest against this Lions team. The visitors are third in the South African conference and tenth in the overall standings.

The Stormers have a tough encounter in their midst and they can't afford to get to five losses this season, as that could see them well on their way to not making the playoffs.  Justin Phillips and Cobus Weise are out injured and will be replaced by Jano Vermaak and Chris van Zyl respectively.

Previous results:

2017: Lions won 29-16 in Cape Town
2016: Lions won 29-22 in Johannesburg
2015: The teams drew 19-19 in Cape Town
2015: Stormers won 22-19 in Johannesburg
2014: Stormers won 18-3 Cape Town
2014: Lions won 34-10 in Johannesburg
2012: Stormers won 27-17 in Cape Town
2012: Stormers won 24-19 in Johannesburg
2011: Stormers won 33-19 in Johannesburg

The teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert (c), 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith
Replacements: 16 Corné Fourie, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuuren, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian De Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Jaco Coetzee, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Craig Barry

Verdict: Stormers (+7.5) 9/10 
It will be close call although I'm backing the Lions to win on the board, I think they won't clear the handicap as the Stormers should be a much more improved side than last weekend.

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