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Teihorangi Walden of the Highlanders dives over to score a Super Rugby try in the tackle of Matt Duffie

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 23: Teihorangi Walden of the Highlanders dives over to score a Super Rugby try in the tackle of Matt Duffie of the Blues during the round two Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium on February 23, 2018 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Super Rugby reaches the tenth round this weekend and the Hurricanes lead the overall standings but as they have the bye this weekend they will most likely be overtaken.

By the end of the weekend the Lions, Waratahs or Crusaders could be leading the standings.

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This weekend has seven matches with two on Friday, four on Saturday and one on Sunday

In terms of recent form ranking the Hurricanes are the current form team as they have won six matches in a row.

The next best team is the Waratahs who have won their last four matches.

Recent form ranking

1 Hurricanes – L – W – W – B – W – W – W – W
2 Lions – W – W – W – L – W – L – L – W – B
3 Crusaders – W – W – L – L – W – W – W – B
4 Waratahs – W – D – L – W – B – W – W – W
5 Chiefs – L – W – B – W – W – W – W – L
6 Rebels – W – W – W – L – W – L – B – L
8 Highlanders – W – B – W – W – L – L – B – W
9 Bulls – B – W – L – L – L – L – W – B – W
10 Brumbies – W – L – L – W – B – L – W – L
14 Sharks – L – B – D – W – L – L – W – L – L
11 Stormers – W – L – L – L – W – W – L – L – B
12 Reds – L – W – W – W – L – B – L – L
13 Jaguares – L – L – L – W – L – W – B – L – W
14 Blues – L – L – W – L – B – L – L – W
15 Sunwolves – L – L – L – L – L – B – L – L

Blues v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview

The Blues kick off the Super Rugby action this weekend in Auckland where they will host former champions the Highlanders.

This match will be the second time this season that these two teams have met as they played each other in February in Dunedin and the Highlanders won 41-31.

The Blues have played the Highlanders 10 times in Super Rugby and they have won 16 matches or 53% of the clashes.

This weekend the match will be played in Auckland where the teams have met 14 times. In those 14 matches the Blues have won 10 matches and lost four. This gives the Blues a record of winning 71% of their matches at home in Auckland against the Highlanders.

The average score when the Blues play the Highlanders in Auckland is Blues 28 Highlanders 21.

This season the Blues have played 7 matches and won 2. They have played two matches at home and have lost both.

In comparison the Highlanders have played six matches and won four. They have played two matches away from home and lost both.

The Highlanders have won the last three matches between these two teams regardless of the venue.

The Bookies have given the Blues an 8 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Highlanders should win this by 8.

Average score: Blues 26 Highlanders 23

Last five results
23 Feb 2018 Blues v Highlanders 34-41 Dunedin
Sat, 08 Apr 2017 Blues v Highlanders 20-26 Dunedin
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 Blues v Highlanders 12-16 Auckland
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 Blues v Highlanders 33-31 Auckland
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 Blues v Highlanders 7-44 Auckland

Blues overall record against the Highlanders
Played 30 , Wins 16, Losses 14 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Friday 20 April
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Mabey
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Lash
TMO : Ben Skeen



1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. James Parsons ©, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi/Mike Tamoaieta,4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Jimmy Tupou, 6. Dalton Papalii, 7. Kara Pryor, 8. Akira Ioane; 9. Jonathan Ruru, 10. Bryn Gatland, 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. TJ Faiane, 13. Orbyn Leger, 14. Jordan Hyland,15. Stephen Perofeta.

Replacements: 16. Matt Moulds/Leni Apisai, 17. Ross Wright, 18. Mike Tamoaieta/Sione Mafileo, 19. Ben Neenee, 20. Murphy Taramai, 21. Sam Nock, 22. Tumua Manu, 23. Matt Duffie.


1. Daniel Lienert-Brown,2. Ash Dixon (cc),3. Siate Tokolahi,4. Jackson Hemopo,5.Tom Franklin,6. Shannon Frizell,7. Dillon Hunt,8. Luke Whitelock,9. Kayne Hammington,10.Lima Sopoaga,11. Tevita Li,12. Teihorangi Walden,13. Rob Thompson,14. WaisakeNaholo,15. Ben Smith (cc)

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Aki Seiuli, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. AlexAinley, 20. Elliot Dixon, 21. Aaron Smith, 22. Fletcher Smith, 23. Matt Faddes

Waratahs v Lions Super Rugby Preview

The Waratahs host the Lions in Sydney in the second Super Rugby match this weekend and they will be hoping to end a two match losing streak.

The last two matches between these teams were both played in Johannesburg and the Lions won both matches. This weekend the Waratahs will have home advantage.

The Waratahs have played the Lions 17 times in Super Rugby and the Waratahs have won 14 matches and lost three. This gives the Waratahs a record of winning 82% of their matches against the Lions.

The Waratahs and Lions have played each other 9 times in Sydney and the Waratahs have won all nine. The Lions have never beaten the Waratahs in Sydney.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Lions in Sydney is Waratahs 43 Lions 11.

This season the Waratahs have played 7 matches and they have won 5 matches. The Waratahs have played three matches at home and won all three.

In comparison the Lions have played 8 Super Rugby matches and won 5. The Lions have played one match outside of South Africa and have yet to win outside of their home country.

While the Lions have won the last two clashes the eleven matches before those were all won by the Waratahs.

The Bookies have given the Lions a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Waratahs should edge this by four.

Average score: Waratahs 38 Lions 19

Last five results
Sat, 04 Mar 2017 Waratahs v Lions 36-55 Johannesburg
Sat, 30 May 2015 Waratahs v Lions 22-27 Johannesburg
Sun, 18 May 2014 Waratahs v Lions 41-13 Sydney
Sat, 21 May 2011 Waratahs v Lions 29-12 Sydney
Fri, 12 Mar 2010 Waratahs v Lions 73-12 Sydney

Waratahs overall record against the Lions
Played 17, Wins 14 , Losses 3 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Friday 20 April
Venue : Allianz
Stadium, Sydney

Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : George Ayoub



1. Tom Robertson , 2. Damien Fitzpatrick , 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Tom Staniforth, 5. Rob Simmons, 6. Ned Hanigan , 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Michael Wells , 9. Jake Gordon , 10. Bernard Foley (vc), 11. Taqele Naiyaravoro, 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Curtis Rona, 14. Alex Newsome, 15. Bryce Hegarty,

Replacements : 16. Hugh Roach, 17. Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18. Paddy Ryan, 19. Nick Palmer , 20. Jed Holloway, 21. Will Miller , 22. Nick Phipps , 23. Lalakai Foketi


15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Franco Mostert (captain), 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen

Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Nic Groom, 22, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

Crusaders Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview

The Crusaders and the Sunwolves have only played each other once in Super Rugby and that match was won by the Crusaders.

The Crusaders have played 7 matches this season and won 5 matches. They have played three matches at home and won three.

The Sunwolves have played seven matches in 2018 and they have yet to win a match at home or away.

A Sunwolves loss this weekend will make it eight losses in a row and will equal their worst ever losing streak (In 2017 they went from Rd.8 to 17 without a win – 8 losses)

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 39 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Crusaders should win this by 45.

Average score: Crusaders 50 Sunwolves 3

Last result
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 Crusaders v Sunwolves 50-3 Christchurch

Crusaders overall record against the Sunwolves
Played 1 , Wins 1 , Losses 0, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 21 April
Venue : AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1:Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 2:Cam Stone
TMO :Glenn Newman



1. Tim Perry ,2. Ben Funnell ,3. Owen Franks ,4. Scott Barrett ,5. Quinten Strange ,6. Ethan Blackadder*,7. Matt Todd (C) ,8. Tom Sanders,9. Mitchell Drummond , 10. Mike Delany , 11. Manasa Mataele , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Tim Bateman , 14. Israel Dagg , 15. George Bridge

Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio , 17. Wyatt Crockett,18. Chris King, 19. Luke Romano, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Jack Stratton*, 22. Mitchell Hunt , 23. Seta Tamanivalu


15 William Tupou, 14 Hosea Saumaki, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Pieter Lappies Labuschagne (captain), 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 James Moore, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Craig Millar

Replacements : 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Edward Quirk, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Ryoto Nakamura, 23 Semisi Masirewa

Reds v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview

The second Super rugby match on Saturday is in Brisbane where the Reds host the Chiefs hoping to end a three match losing streak to the men from Waikato.

The Reds have not beaten the Chiefs since 2013 as the last three matches have all been won by the Chiefs and that includes the last two matches in Brisbane.

Overall the Reds have played the Chiefs 21 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Reds have won 10 matches and lost 11. There have been no draws.

This weekend the match will be in Brisbane where the teams have met 10 times and in those 10 matches the Reds have won 5 and the Chiefs have won 5 as well.

The average score when the Reds play the Chiefs in Brisbane is Reds 25 Chiefs 28.

This season the Reds have played 7 matches so far and they have won 3 and lost 4. At home in Brisbane the Reds have played two matches and won both.

In comparison the Chiefs have played seven matches and won 5. Away from home the Chiefs have played four matches and won two. The Chiefs have yet to play an Australian team this year,

The Reds have lost their last three Super Rugby matches regardless of who they were playing.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 13 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Chief should win this by 10.

Average score: Reds 23 Chiefs 27

Last five results
Sat, 06 May 2017 Reds v Chiefs 17-46 New Plymouth
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 Reds v Chiefs 5-50 Brisbane
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 Reds v Chiefs 3-24 Brisbane
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 Reds v Chiefs 31-23 Hamilton
Sun, 13 May 2012 Reds v Chiefs 42-27 Brisbane

Reds overall record against the Chiefs
Played 21, Wins 10 , Losses 11, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 21 April
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Jordan Way
TMO : Damien Mitchelmore



1. James Slipper (C) , 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa , 3. Taniela Tupou , 4. Izack Rodda , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Angus Scott-Young , 7. Liam Wright , 8. Caleb Timu , 9. Ben Lucas , 10. Jono Lance , 11. Izaia Perese, 12. Samu Kerevi , 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 14. Filipo Daugunu , 15. Aidan Toua – Easts

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi , 17. JP Smith , 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Harry Hockings, 20. George Smith, 21. Moses Sorovi , 22. Hamish Stewart , 23. Jordan Petaia


1. Karl Tu’inukuafe , 2. Liam Polwart , 3. Angus Ta’avao , 4. Brodie Retallick , 5. Tyler Ardron, 6. Lachlan Boshier, 7. Sam Cane (cc), 8. Pita Gus Sowakula, 9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 10. Damian McKenzie , 11. Solomon Alaimalo , 12. Johnny Fa’auli , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Sean Wainui , 15. Charlie Ngatai (cc)

Replacements : 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17. Sam Prattley , 18. Jeff Thwaites , 19. Luke Jacobson, 20. Liam Messam, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Marty McKenzie , 23. Alex Nankivell

BullsRebels Super Rugby Preview

The Bulls will be looking for a third straight win when they host Melbourne’s Rebels at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

The Bulls have won their last two matches while the Rebels have lost their last two Super rugby matches.

The Bulls have played the Rebels just 5 times in Super Rugby since 2011 and the Bulls have won four and lost one.

Three of these Super rugby matches took place in Pretoria where this week’s match will be played.

In Pretoria the teams have met three times and the Bulls are unbeaten against the Rebels at home. The average score when the Bulls play the Rebels in Pretoria is Bulls 44 Rebels 14.

This season the Bulls have played 7 matches and won three. They have played three matches at home and won two.

The Rebels have played seven matches as well and they have won 4 and lost three. Away from home the Rebels have played two matches and won one.

The Bookies have given the Rebels an 11 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Bulls should win this by 14.

Average score: Bulls 29 Rebels 20

Last five results
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 Bulls v Rebels 45-25 Pretoria
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 Bulls v Rebels 20-21 Melbourne
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 Bulls v Rebels 40-7 Pretoria
Fri, 04 May 2012 Bulls v Rebels 41-35 Melbourne
Sat, 14 May 2011 Bulls v Rebels 47-10 Pretoria

Bulls overall record against the Rebels
Played 5, Wins 4 , Losses 1, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 21 April
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2:AJ Jacobs
TMO : Willie Vos



15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Marco van Staden, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman

Replacements : 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Shaun Adendorff, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Duncan Matthews


Tetera Faulkner , Anaru Rangi , Sam Talakai , Matt Philip, Adam Coleman (capt), Ross Haylett-Petty , Angus Cottrell, Amanaki Mafi, Michael Ruru, Jack Debreczeni, Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge , Tom English , Jack Maddocks, Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : Jordan Uelese, Fereti Sa’aga, Jermaine Ainsley, Geoff Parling, Richard Hardwick, Harrison Goddard, Billy Meakes, Sefa Naivalu

Sharks v Stormers Super Rugby Preview

The final Super rugby match on Saturday is a South African derby clash in Durban where the Sharks will host the Stormers.

The Sharks have won the last three matches between these sides. The record number of consecutive wins for the Sharks so to equal that record they will need to beat the Stormers at home and away this year.

Overall the Sharks have played the Stormers 26 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Sharks have won 14 matches and lost 12.

This weekend the match is in Durban where the teams have met 13 times with the Sharks winning 8 matches and losing 5. There have been no draws between the teams in Durban.

The average score when the Sharks host the Stormers in Durban is : Sharks 21 Stormers 18.

This year the Sharks have played 8 matches and won two, drawn one and lost five matches. At home in Durban the Sharks have played three matches and won one and drawn one. The third match was last week’s loss to the Bulls.

The Stormers have played 8 matches as well this season and they have won three and lost five. Away from home the Stormers have played 5 matches and lost all five.

The Sharks and the Stormers have both lost their last two Super Rugby matches this season.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 3 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Sharks should win this by 2.

Average score: Sharks 21 Stormers 20

Last five results
Sat, 27 May 2017 Sharks v Stormers 22-10 Durban
Sat, 12 Mar 2016 Sharks v Stormers 18-13 Cape Town
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 Sharks v Stormers 34-12 Durban
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 Sharks v Stormers 13-29 Cape Town
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 Sharks v Stormers 34-10 Cape Town

Sharks overall record against the Stormers
Played 26, Wins 14, Losses 12, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 21 April
Venue : Kings Park , Durban
Kick Off local: 17:15
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO :Marius Jonker



15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Juan Schoeman

Replacements :16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Louis Screuder, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo


15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Craig Barry, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 SP Marais, 23 JJ Engelbrecht.

Brumbies v Jaguares Super Rugby Preview

The final match of the tenth round in Super Rugby is on Sunday and in Canberra where the Brumbies host the Jaguares.

The Brumbies and the Jaguares have only played each other once in Super Rugby and that match was won by the Brumbies last year in Buenos Aires.

This season the Brumbies have played 7 matches, won three and lost four. They have played three matches at home and won two.

The Jaguares have played 8 matches to date this season and they have won three. Away from home they have played three matches and won one – last week’s match against the Rebels in Melbourne.

This weekend’s match will be the Jaguares second match on tour in Australia and so far they have played one and won one.

The Rebels have alternated wins and loss each week this season since the third round.

The Brumbies have also rotated wins this season each week since the fourth round. If these rotations continue the Brumbies will win this week and thee Jaguares will lose.

The Bookies have given the Jaguares a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Brumbies should win this by 6 points.

Average score: Brumbies 39 Jaguares 15

Last result
Sat, 27 May 2017 Brumbies v Jaguares 39-15 Buenos Aires

Brumbies overall record against the Jaguares
Played 1 , Wins 1, Losses 0, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Sunday 22 April
Venue : GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 16:05
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Will Houston
TMO : Ian Smith



15. Tom Banks, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Chance Peni, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Isi Naisarani, 7. David Pocock, 6. Tom Cusack, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Folau Faingaa, 1. Scott Sio.

Replacements : 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Mees Erasmus, 18. Nic Mayhew, 19. Darcy Swain, 20. Michael Oakman-Hunt, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23. Andrew Smith.


Joaquin Tuculet, 14. Ramiro Moyano, 13. Matias Orlando, 12. Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 9. Gonzalo Bertranou, 8. Javier Ortega Desio, 7. Marcos Kremer, 6. Pablo Matera, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 4. Guido Petti, 3. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Agustin Creevy, 1. Santiago Garcia Botta.

Replacements : 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Javier Diaz, 18. Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19. Matias Alemanno, 20. Leonardo Senatore, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. Bautista Ezcurra, 23. Bautista Delguy.

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