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Stormers v Rebels

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Tahs' road to ruin ends with Reds

A big win for the Reds against a slackening Tahs side could be their ticket to the finals.

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Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, Saturday 11pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 16 2011 - Stormers 40 bt Rebels 3 at AAMI Park
Head-to-head: Played 1 Stormers 1 Rebels 0
In Cape Town: N/A
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (RSA)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Stormers $1.04 Rebels $9.50

Greg Growden writes: Without their three Amigos, it was an inspiring comeback by the Rebels against the Lions. They won't beat the Stormers, but are showing impressive spirit. The Waratahs should learn something from them.

AAP writes: The Stormers have notched the most wins in the competition but not one has come with a four-try bonus point. With Bryan Habana, Gio Aplon and Jean de Villiers in their backline, here’s their chance to show some attacking flair. The Rebels are understrength, let in four tries against the lowly Lions and the Stormers could need a bonus point to steal top spot from the Chiefs. The Stormers have been forced to play hooker Deon Fourie in their problem position at No.8 while the Rebels will be desperate to farewell captain Stirling Mortlock in style with a shock win.

STORMERS: Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (c), Bryan Habana, Peter Grant, Dewaldt Duvenage, Deon Fourie, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp, Frans Malherbe, Tiaan Liebenberg, Steven Kitshoff. Reserves: Deon Carstens, Brok Harris, Quinn Roux, Jebb Sinclair, Louis Schrueder, Burton Francis, Gerhard van den Heever.

REBELS: Julian Huxley, Mark Gerrard, Mitch Inman, Stirling Mortlock (capt), Cooper Vuna/Lachlan Mitchell, James Hilgendorf, Nick Phipps, Gareth Delve, Hugh Perrett, Tim Davidson, Hugh Pyle, Cadeyrn Neville, Jono Owen, Ged Robinson, Rodney Blake. Reserves: Luke Holmes, Paul Alo-Emile, Al Campbell, Ryan Hodson, Nic Stirzaker, Vuna/Mitchell, Richard Kingi.

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Expert tips

Fairfax's panel of experts's tips for round 18.

Sharks v Cheetahs

Mr Price Kings Park, Durban, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)

Bulls v Lions

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

Brumbies v Blues

Canberra Stadium, Saturday 3.30pm (AEST)

Hurricanes v Chiefs

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)

Crusaders v Force

AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.30pm (AEST)

Reds v Waratahs

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

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