The last of the Super Rugby quarter final matches comes from Cape Town on Saturday where the Stormers carry local hopes in their clash with the Chiefs.
Stormers v Chiefs, Saturday 22nd July, Cape Town, KO 14:30 (South African time)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Weather Forecast – Cape Town
This is a repeat of the 2016 quarter final which saw the Chiefs leave Newlands with a comprehensive 60-21 victory. The Stormers finished that game as an absolute shambles but they can look to a subsequent meeting with the Chiefs in Cape Town in Round 7 of the current campaign for encouragement, a game they won 34-26. Although the Stormers went on to lose 3 subsequent tour matches in New Zealand, going down to the Saders, Highlanders and Hurricanes, the table topping Lions are the only side to lower their colours in the Mother City in 2017 and they ran in a total of 20 tries in beating the Cheetahs, Sunwolves and Bulls as part of their preparations for the play offs.
The Chiefs finished third best in the New Zealand Conference but only one point behind the Hurricanes and 6 behind the Crusaders and their overall record comprised of 12 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. Aside from the loss to their opponents here the only other defeat came against the Crusaders in Suva in Round 13. The Chiefs have won on South African soil in the current campaign, 41-27 against the Cheetahs in Bloem a game which saw them trail 24-0 before the comeback was launched. After their quarter final victory on this ground last season the Chiefs exited the competition at the semi final stage, losing 25-9 to the Hurricanes in Wellington.
Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Seabelo Senatla, 23 Juan de Jongh
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames
Substitutes: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Shaun Stevenson
Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2017 Cape Town Stormers 34–26 Chiefs (Tries 4-3 )
2016 Cape Town Stormers 21–60 Chiefs (Tries 3-8 )
2015 Cape Town Stormers 19–28 Chiefs (Tries 1-3 )
2014 Hamilton Chiefs 36–20 Stormers (Tries 5-2 )
2013 Cape Town Stormers 36–34 Chiefs (Tries 3-4 )
2011 Hamilton Chiefs 30–23 Stormers (Tries 3-2 )
2010 Hamilton Chiefs 15–49 Stormers (Tries 2-6 )
2009 Cape Town Stormers 14–28 Chiefs (Tries 2-4 )
Stormers +3.5 points 9/10 widely available
Chiefs -2.5 points 9/10 Sunbet
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
Brent Graham on our podcast and Oracle in his video preview of this match are both sweet on the Stormers and I’m more than happy to take a back seat myself and go along with those two gents. Brent makes the Stormers plus handicap his best bet of the quarters whilst Oracle swerves the cap in favour a Stormers win bet to a smaller stake.
I’ll put Brent’s handicap play up as the preview pick.
Bet: 4 units Stormers +3.5 points widely available
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