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Tonight's Top 5 Key Match Ups: #HURvSTO (video)

  • Tonight's Top 5 Key Match Ups: #HURvSTO (video)

5. Conrad Smith vs. Juan de Jongh (centre)

de Jongh was quiet against the Highlanders last week but he's a quality player. His match up against New Zealand rugby's best centre will be an interesting one.

4. Victor Vito vs. Duane Vermeulen (number 8)

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This will be a big test for Vito. Vermulen is one of the best over the ball in world rugby and he carries with authority. Physicality is his fortay which is in contrast to Vito's style of play which is less physical and more about speed.

3. Callum Gibbins vs. Schalk Burger (openside)

Burger is world class. He's still up there as one of the best loose forwards going around and is as hard as they come. Gibbins is short on experinece and might find himself struggling tonight against the more physical South African.

2. Brad Shields vs. Siya Kolisi (blindside)

Kolisi has developed into one of the best loose forwards in South African rugby. He completes and excellent Stormers loose forward trio and might have the wood on Shields when it comes to quickness to the ball. Shields will need to hit him early and hit him hard to try and put him off his game.

1. Eben Etzebeth vs. Jeremy Thrush (lock)

Came off the bench against the Highlanders last weekend an made an immediate impact both at lineout time and carrying the ball. The battle against Thrush, who also loves getting the ball in hand will be an intriguing watch.

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