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Super Rugby reaches the 15th round this weekend which means that this is the final round for South African teams before they break for the June internationals.

The New Zealand and Australian teams play this weekend and next weekend and then they break for the June Internationals.

The Crusaders, Lions and Waratahs lead their respective conferences. The Crusaders look to be under the most pressure their position as the Hurricanes are just one point behind them but have a match in hand.

The Waratahs look relatively safe in the Australian Conference but the Jaguares recent form and as they have a match in hand the pressure is growing for the Lions.

Every team has played at least eleven Super Rugby matches and the Lions and Stormers have played 13.

In our current form rankings which is based upon the last five matches, points scored, matches won and points conceded the Crusaders are still the team to beat followed by the Jaguares and the Hurricanes.

This weekend the Crusaders host the Hurricanes who have not lost since their season opener. The Jaguares big win over the Bulls has edged them ahead of the Hurricanes due to points difference.

Having won back to back matches the Sunwolves have moved over half way up the recent form table while the Brumbies are the worst performing team currently.

Current form ranking

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


Crusaders  v Hurricanes  Super Rugby Preview

Super Rugby’s must see match this weekend is between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes in Christchurch as the winner of this match will top the Super Rugby standings on Sunday.

The Crusaders after 12 matches have 46 points while the Hurricanes have 45 after 11 matches.

The Crusaders have played the Hurricanes 33 times in Super Rugby and they have won 18 matches and lost 12. There have been three draw between the sides.

This weekend the match is in Christchurch where the teams have met 17 times. The Crusaders have won 11 matches and lost five. There was one draw between the sides in 1999.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Hurricanes in Christchurch is : Crusaders 27 Hurricanes 21

The Hurricanes have won the last two matches between the sides but both matches were played in Wellington. In the last eight matches between these sides in Wellington they have alternated wins so both have won four and lost four.

The Crusaders have played 12 matches this season and won 10. At home they have played five matches and won five so they are unbeaten in Christchurch.

The Hurricanes have a better win record a they have played 11 matches and won 10. They have played four matches away from home and won three.

The Crusaders have won their last eight matches while the Hurricanes have won their last ten.

When these teams met earlier this season in Wellington the Hurricanes won 29-19.

The Bookies gave given the Hurricanes a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Hurricanes should edge this by 1.

Average score: Crusaders 26 Hurricanes 20

Last five results
Sat, 10 Mar 2018 Crusaders v Hurricanes 19-29 Wellington
Sat, 15 Jul 2017 Crusaders v Hurricanes 22-31 Wellington
Sat, 13 May 2017 Crusaders v Hurricanes 20-12 Christchurch
Sat, 16 Jul 2016 Crusaders v Hurricanes 10-35 Christchurch
Fri, 29 May 2015 Crusaders v Hurricanes 35-18 Christchurch

Crusaders overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 33, Wins 18 , Losses 12 , Draws 3

Match Officials and details
Date :
Friday 25 May
Venue : AMI
Stadium, Christchurch

Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:James Doleman
TMO : Aaron Paterson

Teams

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Codie Taylor (VC) , 3. Michael Alaalatoa, 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Quinten Strange , 6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis , 7. Matt Todd (C) , 8. Jordan Taufua , 9. Bryn Hall , 10. Richie Mo’unga , 11. George Bridge , 12. Tim Bateman (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Seta Tamanivalu , 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio ,17. Chris King,18. Dinald Brighouse,19. Luke Romano,20. Pete Samu,21. Mitchell Drummond ,22. Mitchell Hunt,23. Braydon Ennor

Hurricanes

15 Nehe Milner-Skudder , 14 Julian Savea , 13 Jordie Barrett , 12 Ngani Laumape , 11 Ben Lam , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara , 8 Blade Thomson , 7 Ardie Savea , 6 Brad Shields (c) , 5 Sam Lousi , 4 Michael Fatialofa , 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen , 2 Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Toby Smith

Replacements : 16 James O’Reilly , 17 Chris Eves , 18 Ben May , 19 Murray Douglas , 20 Reed Prinsep , 21 Finlay Christie , 22 Ihaia West , 23 Jonah Lowe


Rebels v Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview 

The Rebels play the Sunwolves in the second match on Friday in third ever meeting between the two Super rugby sides but the first in Melbourne.

The Rebels have played the Sunwolves twice and both matches have been won by the Rebels – one in Tokyo and one in Singapore.

This season the Rebels have played 11 matches and won five. They have played 6 matches at home and won three.

The Sunwolves have played 11 matches and won two. They have played four matches away from home and have yet to win away (Hong Kong last week was a home match for the Sunwolves).

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 22 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Rebels should win by 14 points.

Average score: Rebels 36 Sunwolves 13

Last two results
Sat, 03 Mar 2018 Rebels v Sunwolves 37-17 Singapore
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 Rebels v Sunwolves 35-9 Tokyo

Rebels overall record against the Sunwolves
Played 2 , Wins 2, Losses 0, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Friday 25 May
Venue : AAMI
Park, Melbourne

Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 1:Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Rebels

Fereti Sa’aga , Anaru Rangi , Sam Talakai , Matt Philip , Adam Coleman (capt.) , Angus Cottrell , Colby Fainga’a , Amanaki Mafi , Michael Ruru , Reece Hodge , Marika Koroibete , Billy Meakes , Tom English , Jack Maddocks , Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : Jordan Uelese , Ben Daley , Pone Fa’amausili , Geoff Parling , Lopeti Timani , Harrison Goddard , Tayler Adams , Sefa Naivalu

Sunwolves

15 Jason Emery, 14 Lomano Lemeki, 13 Michael Little, 12 Ryoto Nakamura, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Grant Hattingh, 5 Shinya Makabe, 4 James Moore, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Craig Millar

Replacements : 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Harumichi Tatekawa,
23 Semisi Masirewa


Jaguares v Sharks Super Rugby Preview

The Jaguares host the Sharks in the third Super Rugby match on Friday and they will be looking for their sixth straight win.

The Jaguares and Sharks have played each other four times in Super rugby and the Sharks have won all four matches. Two matches were played in Buenos Aires and two in Durban.

This season the Jaguares have played 12 matches and won 7. They have played 6 matches at home and won 3.

The Sharks have played 12 matches as well and they have won 5, drawn one and lost six. The Sharks have played 6 matches away from home and won one.

The Bookies have given the Sharks a 7 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Jaguares should win by 6. 

Average score: Jaguares 19 Sharks 24

Last four results
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 aguares v Sharks 25-33 Buenos Aires
Sat, 08 Apr 2017 Jaguares v Sharks 13-18 Durban
Sat, 14 May 2016 Jaguares v Sharks 22-25 Buenos Aires
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 Jaguares v Sharks 15-19 Durban

Jaguares overall record against the Sharks
Played 4 , Wins 0, Losses 4, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Friday 25 May
Venue : Velez
Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

Kick Off local: 16:40
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Damian Schneider
Assistant Ref 2:Jose Covassi
TMO :Santiago Borsani

Teams

Jaguares

15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de le Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomas Lezana (captain), 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 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia

Sharks

15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha (c), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du  Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements :16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Cameron Wright, 22. Makazole Mapimpi


Chiefs v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

The Chiefs host the first Super Rugby on Saturday and they take on Australian Conference leaders the Waratahs.

The Chiefs have played the Waratahs 21 times in Super rugby and they have won 8 matches and lost 13.

The Chiefs have played the Waratahs 7 times in Hamilton and they have won five matches and lost two. The last Waratahs victory in Hamilton was in 2010.

The Chiefs have played 11 matches this season and they have won 7 and lost four. They have played four matches at home and won three.

The Waratahs have played 11 matches this season and they have won 6, drawn one and lost four. The Waratahs have played five matches away from home and won two, drawn one and lost two.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 9 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Chiefs should win by 7. 

Average score: Chiefs 25 Waratahs 29

Last five results
Sat, 03 Jun 2017 Chiefs v Waratahs 46-31 Waikato
Fri, 27 May 2016 Chiefs v Waratahs 25-45 Sydney
Sat, 31 May 2014 Chiefs v Waratahs 17-33 New Plymouth
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 Chiefs v Waratahs 20-25 Sydney
Sat, 31 Mar 2012 Chiefs v Waratahs 30-13 Hamilton

Chiefs overall record against the Waratahs
Played 21, Wins 8 , Losses 13 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 26 May
Venue
: Waikato
Stadium, Hamilton

Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Mabey
Assistant Ref 2: Cam Stone
TMO : Aaron Paterson

Teams

Chiefs

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 2. Nathan Harris , 3. Angus Ta’avao , 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Michael Allardice, 6. Luke Jacobson, 7. Mitch Karpik, 8. Liam Messam , 9. Brad Weber, 10. Damian McKenzie , 11. Sean Wainui, 12. Charlie Ngatai (C), 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Toni Pulu , 15. Solomon Alaimalo

Replacements : 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho , 17. Sam Prattley , 18. Jeff Thwaites , 19. Jesse Parete, 20. Matt Matich, 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22. Marty McKenzie , 23. Shaun Stevenson,

Waratahs

1. Tom Robertson , 2. Damien Fitzpatrick , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Tom Staniforth , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Will Miller , 7. Michael Hooper (C) , 8. Michael Wells , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley (VC) , 11. Taqele Naiyaravoro , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Curtis Rona , 14. Cam Clark , 15. Israel Folau ,

Replacements : 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Harry Johnson-Holmes , 18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Jed Holloway , 20. Brad Wilkin , 21. Jake Gordon , 22. Lalakai Foketi , 23. Bryce Hegarty


Reds v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview

The Reds and Highlanders play each other in the second Super Rugby match on Saturday and both teams are coming off a loss.

The Reds have played the Highlanders 21 times in Super rugby and they have won ten matches and lost 11.

The Reds have played the Highlanders 11 times at home and they have won 9 of those matches and lost two.

The Res have played 11 matches so far this season and they have won four. They have played four matches at home and won three.

The Highlanders have played 11 matches in 2018 and they have won 7. The Highlanders have played six matches away from home and won two.

The Reds have won the last six matches in Queensland. The last time the Highlanders won in Queensland was in 2005.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 12 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Highlanders should win by 6.

Average score: Reds 23 Highlanders 29

Last five results
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 Reds v Highlanders 17-40 Dunedin
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 Reds v Highlanders 28-27 Brisbane
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 Reds v Highlanders 13-20 Dunedin
Fri, 30 May 2014 Reds v Highlanders 38-31 Brisbane
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 Reds v Highlanders 34-33 Dunedin

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

Match Officials and details

Date : Saturday 26 May
Venue : Suncorp
Stadium, Brisbane

Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Damien Mitchelmore

Teams

Reds

1. JP Smith , 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Taniela Tupou , 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Harry Hockings , 6. Angus Scott-Young , 7. George Smith , 8. Scott Higginbotham (C) , 9. Ben Lucas , 10. Jono Lance, 11. Jordan Petaia, 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Izaia Perese , 15. Hamish Stewart

Replacements : 16. Andrew Ready, 17. Sef Fa’agase , 18. Ruan Smith , 19. Kane Douglas , 20. Caleb Timu, 21. Liam Wright, 22. Moses Sorovi , 23. Aidan Toua

Highlanders

Daniel Lienert-Brown , Ash Dixon (c) , Tyrel Lomax , Jackson Hemopo , Tom Franklin , James Lentjes , Dillon Hunt , Marino Mikaele Tu’u , Kayne Hammington , Lima Sopoaga , Tevita Li , Teihorangi Walden , Rob Thompson , Waisake Naholo , Josh McKay

Replacements : Greg Pleasants-Tate , Aki Seiuli , Kalolo Tuiloma , Josh Dickson , Liam Squire , Aaron Smith , Josh Ioane , Richard Buckman


BullsBrumbies Super Rugby Preview

Super rugby moves from Australia to South Africa in the third match on Saturday as the Bulls host the Brumbies in Pretoria.

The Bulls have played the Brumbies 19 times in Super rugby and they have won 7 matches and lost 12.

In Pretoria the Bulls have played the Brumbies 10 times and won 6 matches. The last time these teams met in Pretoria was in 2014 and that match was won by the Bulls.

This season the Bulls have played 12 matches and won five. The Bulls have played 6 matches at home in Pretoria and won four.

The Brumbies have played 11 matches this season and won three. They have played five matches away from home and won one.

The Brumbies have lost their last five Super rugby matches in a row this season.

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

Average score: Bulls 26 Brumbies 30

Last five results
Fri, 06 May 2016 Bulls v Brumbies 6-23 Canberra
Fri, 29 May 2015 Bulls v Brumbies 16-22 Canberra
Sat, 24 May 2014 Bulls v Brumbies 44-23 Pretoria
Sat, 27 Jul 2013 Semi Bulls v Brumbies 23-26 Pretoria

Sat, 30 Mar 2013 Bulls v Brumbies 20-23 Canberra

Bulls overall record against the Brumbies
Played 19, Wins 7 , Losses 12, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 26 May
Venue : Loftus
Versfeld, Pretoria

Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Marius van dr Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2:Jaco Pretorius
TMO :Willie Vos

Teams

Bulls

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Odendaal, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Marco van Staden, 7 Nic de Jager, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Trevor Nyakane

Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Mox Mxoli, 18 Matthys Basson, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Andrew Muirhead, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Lachlan McCaffrey, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Blake Enever, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Nick Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Andrew Smith


Stormers v Lions Super Rugby Preview

The final Super rugby match in Round 15 on Saturday is in Cape Town where the Stormers host the Lions who lead the South African Conference.

The Stormers have played the Lions 24 times in Super Rugby and they have won 15 matches, drawn one and lost 8.

The Stormers have played the Lions 11 times at home in Cape Town and won 7, drawn one and lost three.

This season the Stormers have played each other 13 matches and they have won five matches. At home in Cape Town the Stormers have played 6 matches and won  5.

The Lions have also played 13 matches and they have won 7 and lost 6. The Lions have played 6 matches away from home and won two.

The Lions have won the last three Super Rugby matches between the two sides. The Stormers have lost their last two matches against all sides.

The Lions beat the Brumbies last weekend which ended a three match losing streak.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets The Lions should win by 8. 

Average score: Stormers 24 Lions 22

Last five results
Sat, 07 Apr 2018 Stormers v Lions 31-52 Johannesburg
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 Stormers v Lions 16-29 Cape Town
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 Stormers v Lions 22-29 Johannesburg
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 Stormers v Lions 19-19 Cape Town
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 Stormers v Lions 22-19 Johannesburg

Stormers overall record against the Lions
Played 24, Wins 15, Losses 8 , Draws 1

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 26 May
Venue : Newlands,
Cape Town

Kick Off local: 17:15
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 2: Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO : Christie du Preez

Teams

Stormers

15 SP Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe (50th Stormers cap), 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 EW Viljoen, 23 Craig Barry.

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Franco Mostert (captain), 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen

Replacements : 16 Corne Fourie, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Rhyno Herbst, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Madosh Tambwe, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.


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