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Super Saturday for Super Rugby fans

SA sides are hoping to make an impact after an average showing in Round five.

SA sides are hoping to make an impact after an average showing in Round five.

CAPE TOWN - Another full weekend of Super Rugby awaits South African fans with big ticket clashes for the Stormers, Bulls and the Kings.

The Kings travel to Christchurch for their biggest match to date. Leaving Port Elizabeth and the passionate home crowd behind will be a tough ask for the Eastern Cape based franchise and they will be well aware of the fact that they are up against it on Saturday morning.

Their opponents the Crusaders are fresh off a 41-19 demolition of the Bulls and will be a difficult outfit in AMI Stadium.

Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock says they need maximum points, but that the Kings are a tough team to prepare for.

"Ideally five points would be great and we need them after the first couple of rounds, but because they're a new side, they don't have any traits or trends that they've built up over five or 10 years of being part of the competition. That makes them potentially dangerous".

The match kicks off at 8:35pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Bulls take on the Reds in Brisbane and will want to regain some of the momentum they lost in their defeat to the Crusaders.

After kicking off the tour with a well-deserved win in Auckland, the men from Pretoria came up against a desperate Crusaders side and were not good enough on the day.

The Reds are also coming off a shock 12-19 defeat to the Western Force and will want to try and make some progress in the tightly contested Australian conference.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke is not taking the Queenslanders too lightly.

"It's a very competitive competition and you need to make adjustments week by week. Teams are closing you down and they're sussing you out."

"Execution is also vital, so you need to stick to your plans and be accurate in the way you execute".

The match kicks off at 10:40am.

In another encounter, the Sharks will face Australian opposition for the second week in a row and will be hoping they can put up a better show for their home fans after their loss to the Brumbies on Saturday.

John Plumtree's men take on the struggling Melbourne Rebels and will be hoping they can get their season back on track.

The Durban faithful have not been blessed with entertaining rugby from their side this season with only one try being scored by a Sharks player in Durban.

The Rebels should prove to be an easier game for them and the Sharks will be hoping they can give spectators full value for money.

The match kicks off at 5pm.

The match of the weekend will be the Stormers taking on the table topping Brumbies at Newlands.

Jake White's side was in supreme form against the Sharks and picked up a four-try bonus point within 38 minutes.

The Stormers are coming off a bye and 36-34 win against defending champions the Chiefs. They will be hoping they will have what it takes to stop the Brumbies who have been revitalised after the ex-Springbok coach took over the reins halfway through the 2012 season.

White's knowledge of South Africa's rugby culture should never be underestimated and the Stormers will have to be sharp if they want to be put in a good performance.

"Don't underestimate the fact that I come from this country, I know the psyche of how South Africans are" White said.

"My team gets a massive amount of confidence out of the fact that I know the players I know what makes them tick and I know what the key performance indicators are for them to be successful on the field".

The match kicks off at 7:05pm.

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