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Super rugby has now passed the half way mark and the Lions lead the standings with the Crusaders a point behind in second place. It should be noted that the Lions have played one more match than their closest rivals.

The Hurricanes are sitting well as they are just three points behind leaders the Lions but they have played two matches less than the Lions.

The Sunwolves have yet to win a match this season and they face a tough task this weekend as they take on the Hurricanes in Wellington this weekend and after 8 losses they are in their joint worst ever losing streak. A loss this weekend to the Canes will make it their worst ever.

In terms of recent form the Hurricanes are still the form team as they have not lost in five matches while the Crusaders are second best with a run of four matches.

Having won their last three matches the Bulls are third in terms of form.

Recent form

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


Hurricanes v Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview

The first Super Rugby match of the eleventh round is in Wellington where the Hurricanes return from a bye last week to host the Sunwolves.

The Hurricanes have only played the Sunwolves once before in Super Rugby and that match was won 83-17 by the Hurricanes in Tokyo.

This season the Hurricanes have played 7 matches and won 6. At home in Wellington the Hurricanes have played four matches and won four so they have yet to lose
at home.

The Sunwolves have played 8 matches so far this season and they have yet to secure a win. They have come close twice though as they have picked up two losing
bonus points.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 40 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Hurricanes should win this by more than 25.

Average score: Hurricanes 83 Sunwolves 17

Last result
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 Hurricanes v Sunwolves 83-17 Tokyo

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

Match Officials and details
Date :
Friday 27 April
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Nick Briant
TMO : Ben Skeen

Teams

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett , 14 Julian Savea , 13 Matt Proctor , 12 Vince Aso , 11 Ben Lam , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 Finlay Christie , 8 Brad Shields (c) , 7 Ardie Savea or Sam Henwood , 6 Reed Prinsep , 5 Murray Douglas , 4 Michael Fatialofa , 3 Ben May , 2 Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Toby Smith

Replacements : 16 James O’Reilly , 17 Chris Eves , 18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen , 19 Sam Lousi , 20 Gareth Evans , 21 Jamie Booth , 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop , 23 Nehe Milner-Skudder

Sunwolves

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

Replacements : 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Nikoloz Khataishvili, 19 Wimpie van der Walt, 20 Edward Quirk, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Semisi Masirewa


Stormers v Rebels Super Rugby Preview

Cape Town’s Stormers host Melbourne’s Rebels in the second match this Friday and this will be the fifth match between the sides.

In those five Super rugby matches the Stormers have won four and the Rebels one which gives them a record of winning 80% of their matches. Three (60%) of the matches between these sides were played in Melbourne.

This weekend the match will be played in Cape Town where the teams have met twice. Both of these matches were won by the Stormers. The average score when these teams meet in Cape Town is Stormers 28 Rebels 18.

This season the Stormers have played 9 matches and won three. They have played three matches at home and have won all three so they are unbeaten at their Newlands home.

The Stormers have however lost their last three matches. Ironically the Rebels have also lost their last three matches.

This season the Rebels have played 8 matches and won 4. Away from home the Rebels have played three matches and won one.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Stormers should win this by 6.

Average score: Stormers 25 Rebels 20

Last five results
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 Stormers v Rebels 57-31 Melbourne
Sat, 23 May 2015 Stormers v Rebels 31-15 Cape Town
Fri, 17 May 2013 Stormers v Rebels 21-30 Melbourne
Sat, 14 Jul 2012 Stormers v Rebels 26-21 Cape Town
Fri, 03 Jun 2011 Stormers v Rebels 40-3 Melbourne

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

Match Officials and details
Date :
Friday 27 April
Venue : Newlands, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2:Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO : Christie du Preez

Teams

Stormers

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

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 SP Marais, 23 Seabelo Senatla.

Rebels

1. Tetera Faulkner , 2. Anaru Rangi , 3. Jermaine Ainsley , 4. Matt Philip , 5. Adam Coleman (C) , 6. Lopeti Timani , 7. Angus Cottrell , 8. Amanaki Mafi , 9. Michael Ruru , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Marika Koroibete , 12. Billy Meakes , 13. Reece Hodge , 14. Tom English , 15. Jack Maddocks

Replacements : 16. Sama Malolo , 17. Fereti Sa’aga , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Geoff Parling , 20. Colby Fainga’a , 21. Harrison Goddard , 22. Semisi Tupou , 23. Sefa Naivalu


Reds v Lions Super Rugby Preview

The first Super Rugby match on Saturday is in Brisbane where the Reds host Johannesburg’s Lions at Suncorp stadium in Brisbane.

The Reds have played the Lions 18 times in Super rugby since 1998 and they have won 11 and lost six. There was one draw between the teams and that was in 2008.

The Reds have played the Lions 8 times in Brisbane and they have won 5 matches and lost three. The Lions won the last match between these teams in Brisbane so the last time the Reds beat the Lions in Brisbane was in 2012.

The average score when the Reds play the Lions in Brisbane is Reds 25 Lions 19.

The last three Super Rugby matches between these teams have all been won by the Lions regardless of venue.

This season the Reds have played 8 matches and they have won 3. The Reds have played three matches at home in Brisbane and they have won two.

The Lions have played 9 matches so far this season and they have won 6. The Lions have played three matches away from home and won two.

The Lions have won their last two matches including last week’s surprising 29-0 victory over the Waratahs in Sydney.

The Reds have lost their last four matches this season.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Lions should win this by 10.

Average score: Reds 26 Lions 22

Last five results
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 Reds v Lions 14-44 Johannesburg
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 Reds v Lions 17-18 Brisbane
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 Reds v Lions 20-23 Johannesburg
Sat, 19 May 2012 Reds v Lions 34-20 Brisbane
Sat, 02 Apr 2011 Reds v Lions 30-25 Johannesburg

Reds overall record against the Lions
Played 18 , Wins 11 , Losses 6, Draws 1

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 28 April
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Damon Murphy
TMO :Damien Mitchelmore

Teams

Reds

1. JP Smith, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa ,  3. Taniela Tupou, , 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Kane Douglas, , 6. Angus Scott-Young,  7. George Smith , , 8. Caleb Timu ,  9. Ben Lucas,  10. Hamish Stewart** , 11. Jordan Petaia** , 12. Samu Kerevi (C), , 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 14. Filipo Daugunu,  15. Aidan Toua,

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi , 17. Harry Hoopert*,  18. Ruan Smith , 19. Harry Hockings , 20. Adam Korczyk, 21. Moses Sorovi ,  22. Duncan Paia’aua , 23. Izaia Perese ,

*potential Queensland/Super Rugby debut ,
**run-on debut ,
***run-on debut for Queensland

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 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 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Marnus Schoeman, 22 Nic Groom, 23 Ashlon Davids


Blues v Jaguares Super Rugby Preview

The second Super Rugby match on Saturday is in Auckland where the Blues host Argentina’s Jaguares at Eden Park.

This match will be the second match between the sides and the last time they met the Blues beat the Jaguares 24-16 in Albany.

This season the Blues have played 8 matches and won two. The Blues have played three matches at home and they have yet to secure a win in Auckland.

The Jaguares have played 9 matches this season and won four. They have played four matches away from home and won two.

The Jaguares have been on tour for two weeks and they are unbeaten on this tour having beaten the Rebels in Melbourne and the Brumbies in Canberra.

The Bookies have given the Jaguares a 9 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Blues should win this by 2.

Average score: Blues 24 Jaguares 16

Last result
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 Blues v Jaguares 24-16 Albany

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

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 28 April
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Cam Stone
TMO : Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

1.Pauliasi Manu, 2. James Parsons ©, 3. Sione Mafileo, 4. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 5. Josh Goodhue, 6. Jimmy Tupou, 7. Kara Pryor or Dalton Papalii, 8. Akira Ioane; 9. Augustine Pulu or Jonathan Ruru, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 11. Tumua Manu, 12. Rieko Ioane, 13. Orbyn Leger, 14. Jordan Hyland,15. Matt Duffie.

Replacements: 16. Leni Apisai, 17 Ross Wright, 18 Mike Tamoaieta, 19 Ben Nee-Nee, 20 Lyndon Dunshea, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Dan Kirkpatrick, 23 Terrence Hepetema

Jaguares

15 Joaquin Tuculet (captain), 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Javier Ortega Desio, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere


Brumbies v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

The third Super Rugby match this Saturday is between the Canberra’s Brumbies and the Crusaders from Christchurch and the match is in Canberra.

The Brumbies have played the Crusaders 24 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and they have won 8 matches and lost 16 matches.

The Brumbies have played the Crusaders 12 times in Canberra and the Brumbies have won 6 matches and lost 6 matches.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Crusaders in Canberra is : Brumbies 28 Crusaders 26.

This season the Brumbies have played 8 Super Rugby matches and they have won three. At home in Canberra the Brumbies have played four matches and won two.

The Crusaders have played 8 matches so far in 2018 and they have won 6 and lost two. The Crusaders have played four matches away from home and won two.

This weekend will be the first time that the Crusaders have played an Australian team in 2018. The Brumbies have already played a NZ team. That ended in a 43-17
victory for the Highlanders.

The Crusaders have won the last seven matches between these two sides regardless of the venue. These two sides met in the 2000 and 2004 Super Rugby grand finals
and they alternated wins.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 16 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Crusaders should win this by 15.

Average score: Brumbies 23 Crusaders 29

Last five results
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 Brumbies v Crusaders 13-17 Christchurch
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 Brumbies v Crusaders 14-40 Canberra
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 Brumbies v Crusaders 24-37 Canberra
Sat, 03 May 2014 Brumbies v Crusaders 20-40 Christchurch
Sun, 05 May 2013 Brumbies v Crusaders 23-30 Canberra

Brumbies overall record against the Crusaders
Played 24 , Wins 8, Losses 16, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 28 April
Venue : GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan way
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Brumbies

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

Replacements: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Faalelei Sione, 18. Ben Alexander, 19. Darcy Swain, 20. Lolo Fakaosilea, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23. Andy Muirhead.

Crusaders

15. David Havili, 14. Israel Dagg, 13. Tim Bateman, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Seta Tamanivalu, 10. Mike Delany, 0. Bryn Hall, 8. Jordan Taufua, 7. Matt Todd, 6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 4. Sam Whitelock, 4. Scott Barrett, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Codie Taylor, 1. Tim Perry.

Replacements: 16. Andrew Makalio, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Luke Romano, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. Manasa Mataele.


Bulls v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview

The final Super Rugby match on Saturday and in Round 11 is in Pretoria where the Bulls host 2015 Super rugby champions the Highlanders.

The Bulls have played the Highlanders 18 times in Super Rugby and they have won 5 matches and drawn one. The Highlanders have won 12 of the 18 clashes between the sides.

In Pretoria the Bulls have played the Highlanders 10 times and they have won four matches. The average score when the Bulls play the Highlanders in Pretoria is Bulls 29 Highlanders 28.

This season the Bulls have played 8 Super rugby matches and they have won four. The Bulls have played four matches at home in Pretoria and won three.

The Highlanders have played 7 matches so far this season and they have won five. Away from home the Highlanders have played three matches and won one.

The Highlanders have won their last two Super rugby matches in 2018 but the Bulls have won their last three.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 5 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Highlanders should edge this by three.

Average score: Bulls 23 Highlanders 29

Last five results
Sat, 13 May 2017 Bulls v Highlanders 10-17 Pretoria
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 Bulls v Highlanders 20-27 Dunedin
Sat, 18 May 2013 Bulls v Highlanders 35-18 Pretoria
Sat, 19 May 2012 Bulls v Highlanders 11-16 Dunedin
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 Bulls v Highlanders 28-35 Pretoria

Bulls overall record against the Highlanders
Played 18 , Wins 5 , Losses 12 , Draws 1

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 28 April
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick Off local: 17:15
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:AJ Jacobs
TMO :Willie Vos

Teams

Bulls

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Divan Rossouw, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Thembelani Bholi, 7 Jason Jenkins, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frans van Wyk, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Hendre Stassen, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Travis Ismaiel

Highlanders

1 .Daniel Lienert-Brown,2.Liam Coltman,3.Tyrel Lomax,4.Jackson Hemopo,5.Tom Franklin,6.Elliot Dixon,7.Dillon Hunt,8.Luke Whitelock,9.Aaron Smith,10.Lima Sopoaga,11.Tevita Li,12.Teihorangi Walden,13.Rob Thompson,14.Ben smith (cc),15.Fletcher Smith

Replacements : 16.Ash Dixon (cc),17.Aki Seiuli ,18.Kalolo Tuiloma,19.Alex Ainley,20.Shannon Frizell,21.James Lentjes22.Kayne Hammington,23.Patelesio Tomkinson


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