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Lauaki pulls a Lazarus

Chiefs No 8 Sione Lauaki is a candidate to start against the Stormers, despite an initial prognosis that he would be out for the remainder of the Vodacom Super 14.

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Barry gamble backfires

Pick De Wet Barry at 12 or not at all. That is the resounding lesson nine weeks of Vodacom Super 14 has taught the Stormers coaching staff.

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No Blues for Watson

Despite being forced from the field after 10 minutes against the Blues, Stormers flanker Luke Watson is confident he will recover to join Schalk Burger and Joe van Niekerk in the back row for the first time this season when the Stormers take on the Chiefs in Hamilton.

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Same story for scrappy Stormers

Ill-discipline and horrendous handling combined to sink the Stormers against the average Blues. The Auckland side scored four tries to zip en route to a 32-15 victory in their Vodacom Super 14 encounter at Eden Park.

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Stormers target set pieces

Stormers coach Kobus van der Merwe has told keo.co.za that his side have to win the contest at scrumtime and in the lineouts if they want to secure a second consecutive win in the Vodacom Super 14 against the Blues.

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Find touch or die

Naas Olivier has been given strict instructions by the Stormers coaching staff to kick the ball out at all costs against the Blues.

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Joe kept in cotton wool

Stormers management have made a late decision to withdraw Joe van Niekerk from the match 22 to face the Blues.

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Saders survive Waratah siege

The Waratahs were within 15m of the Crusaders’ line from the 70th minute until the 83rd, but the champs did not crack and emerged with an epic 17-11 victory in their Vodacom Super 14 clash in Christchurch.

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Big Joe to bulk up

Joe van Niekerk has told keo.co.za that his six month lay-off means he’s fitter than ever, but has admitted his strength has suffered as a result of his injury.

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