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Super rugby round three kicks off on Friday in Palmerston North where the Hurricanes host the Brumbies for the first of two matches on Friday.

The second match this weekend is also on Friday but across the Tasman in Melbourne where the Rebels host the Highlanders.


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On Saturday the Chiefs host the Sunwolves in the first match of the season. The second match is in Brisbane where the Reds host the Crusaders.

The Lions then host the Bulls, the Sharks host the Stormers and the final match of the day is in Buenos Aires where the Jaguares host the Blues.

The Sharks currently lead the overall standings and they are followed by the Crusaders and then the Brumbies.


Hurricanes v Brumbies Super Rugby Preview

The Hurricanes have played the Brumbies 25 times in Super rugby since 1996 and in those 25 matches the Hurricanes have won 11 and lost 14.

That gives the Hurricanes a record of winning just 44% of their matches regardless of where the match was played.

This weekend the match will be play in Palmerston North and this will be the first time that these teams will have met in the city.

The Hurricanes have hosted the Brumbies 11 times since 1997 and they have won 6 matches and lost 5.

The average score when the Hurricanes host the Brumbies is : Hurricanes 32 Brumbies 34.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 13 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Hurricanes 27 Brumbies 26

Last five results
Sat, 30 Jun 2018 Hurricanes v Brumbies 12-24 Canberra
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 Elim Hurricanes v Brumbies 35-16 Canberra
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 Hurricanes v Brumbies 56-21 Napier
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 Hurricanes v Brumbies 10-52 Canberra
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 Semi Hurricanes v Brumbies 29-9 Wellington

Hurricanes overall record against the rumbies
Played 25,Wins 11, Losses 14 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Friday 1 March
Venue : Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 2:Nick Hogan
TMO : Aaron Paterson

Teams

Hurricanes

15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Liam Mitchell, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Chris
Eves

Replacements : 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Richard Judd, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Wes Goosen

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 David Pocock, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements : 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 James Slipper, 18 Leslie Leauluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Tom Wright


Rebels v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview

The Rebels have played the Highlanders 7 times in Super rugby since the Melbourne side joined Super rugby in 2011.

In those 7 Super rugby matches between the sides the Rebels have won one match and lost 6.

This gives the Rebels a record of winning 14% of their matches against the Highlanders.

This weekend the match will be played in Melbourne which is home to the Rebels and the venue that these teams met on three occasions.

In those three matches played between these sides in Melbourne the Rebels have won one match and lost two. This gives them a record of winning 33% of their matches at home against the Highlanders.

The average score when these teams meet in Melbourne is : Rebels 20 Highlanders 35.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 2 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Rebels 21 Highlanders 39

Last five results
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 Rebels v Highlanders 37-43 Dunedin
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 Rebels v Highlanders 12-51 Dunedin
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 Rebels v Highlanders 3-27 Melbourne
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 Rebels v Highlanders 30-33 Dunedin
Fri, 12 Jul 2013 Rebels v Highlanders 38-37 Melbourne

Rebels overall record against the Highlanders
Played 7 ,Wins 1 ,Losses 6 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Friday 1 March
Venue : AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 1:Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2:Damon Murphy
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Rebels

15 Dane Haylett-Petty (c), 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Brad Wilkin, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner

Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Jermain Ainsley, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Rob Leota, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Reece Hodge

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown,2. Ash Dixon (c),3. Siate Tokolahi,4. Jackson Hemopo,5. Pari Pari Parkinson,6. Shannon Frizell,7. James Lentjes,8. Elliot Dixon,9. Kayne Hammington,10. Bryn Gatland *,11 Josh McKay,12. Teihorangi Walden,13. Thomas Umaga-Jensen,14. Waisake Naholo,15. Josh Ioane

Replacements : 16. Ricky Jackson **,17. Ayden Johnstone,18. Josh Iosefa-Scott **,19. Tom Franklin,20. Marino Mikaele-Tu’u,21. Folau Fakatava **,22. Patelesio Tomkinson,23. Marty Banks

*Highlanders Debut
**Super Rugby Debut


Chiefs v Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview

The Chiefs have played the Sunwolves just twice in Super rugby and the Chiefs have won both matches to date.

The Chiefs won the first match between the sides in 2017 27-20 before thumping the Sunwolves 61-10 in 2018.

This gives the Chiefs a 100% record against the Sunwolves. The average score when these sides meet is : Chiefs 44 Sunwolves 15.

Somewhat surprisingly after two matches both sides have yet to win a game and they are placed last and second last in the overall standings.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a massive 25 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Chiefs 44 Sunwolves 15

Last two results
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 Chiefs v Sunwolves 61-10 Tokyo
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 Chiefs v Sunwolves 27-20 Waikato

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

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 2 March
Venue : FMG Stadium, Waikato
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 1: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2: Dan Waenga
TMO :Shane McDermott

Teams

Chiefs

15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Orbyn Leger, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick (captain), 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross

Replacements : 16 Bradley Slater, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Sefo Kautai, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Ataata Moeakiola

Sunwolves

15 Jason Emery, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Shane Gates, 12 Michael Little, 11 Jamie Henry, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Atsushi Sakate, 1 Pauliasi Manu

Replacements : 16 Nathan Vella, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Asaeli Ai Valu, 19 Tom Rowe, 20 James Moore, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Phil Burleigh, 23 Rikiya Matsuda


Reds v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

The Reds have played the Crusaders 24 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Reds have won six and lost 18 matches.

These teams have met three times in the knockout stages of the tournament. Most recently they met in 2013 in the Elimination final. Two years earlier the Reds beat the Crusaders in the Grand final.

The Reds have played the Crusaders six times since the 2011 Super rugby final and the Crusaders have won all six matches.

The Reds overall win record against the Crusaders is 25%.

This weekend the match will be played in Brisbane where the teams have met 13 times. In those thirteen Super rugby matches the Reds have won all five and lost 8.

The average score when these teams meet in Brisbane is : Reds 26 Crusaders 26.

The Crusaders are first in the New Zealand conference while the Reds are fourth in the Australian Conference.

The Bookies have given the Reds 15 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Reds 21 Crusaders 31

Last five results
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 Reds v Crusaders 20-22 Brisbane
Fri, 06 May 2016 Reds v Crusaders 5-38 Christchurch
Fri, 08 May 2015 Reds v Crusaders 17-58 Christchurch
Sun, 11 May 2014 Reds v Crusaders 29-57 Brisbane
Sat, 20 Jul 2013 Elim Reds v Crusaders 9-38 Christchurch
Sun, 06 May 2012 Reds v Crusaders 11-15 Christchurch

Reds overall record against the Crusaders
Played 24, Wins 6 ,Losses 18 ,Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 2 March
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 18:45
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2:Damon Murphy
TMO :George Ayoub

Teams

Reds

15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi (c), 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Hamish Stewart, 9 Moses Sorovi, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika

Replacements : 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Caleb Timu, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Isaac Lucas

Crusaders

15 Will Jordan, 14 Braydon Ennor, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Matt Todd (c), 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody

Replacements : 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 David Havili


Lions v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

The Lions have played the Bulls 25 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Lions have won 11 matches and lost 14 matches.

That gives the Lions a record of winning 44% of their matches against the Bulls regardless of the venue.

The Lions have however won six of their last seven matches against their Highveld rivals.

This weekend the match will take place in Johannesburg where the teams have met 12 times. In those 12 matches the Lions have won 6 and lost six.

The average score when these teams met in Johannesburg is : Lions 27 Bulls 22.

The Bulls are second in the South African conference while the Lions are third.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 7 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Lions 29 Bulls 29

Last five results
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 Lions v Bulls 38-12 Johannesburg
Sat, 03 Mar 2018 Lions v Bulls 49-35 Pretoria
Sat, 20 May 2017 Lions v Bulls 51-14 Johannesburg
Sat, 28 May 2016 Lions v Bulls 56-20 Pretoria
Sat, 02 May 2015 Lions v Bulls 33-35 Pretoria

Lions overall record against the Bulls
Played 25 ,Wins 11 , Losses 14 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 2 March
Venue : Emirates Airlines (Ellis) Park, Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant Ref 2: Griffon Colby
TMO : Marius Jonker

Teams

Lions

Andries Coetzee; Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Elton Jantjies, Nic Groom; Hacjivah Dayimani, Marnus Schoeman, Kwagga Smith, Stephan Lewies, Rhyno Herbst, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx, Dylan Smith.

Replacements: Pieter Jansen, Sti Sithole, Frans van Wyk, Robert Kruger, Vincent Tshituka, Ross Cronje, Franco Naude, Courtnall Skosan.

Bulls

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Dylan Sage, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handré Pollard (c), 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements:: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw


Sharks v Stormers Super Rugby Preview

The Sharks have played the Stormers 28 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Sharks have won 15 matches and lost 13 matches.

That gives the Sharks a record of winning 54% of their matches against the Stormers regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Durban where the teams have met 14 times. In those 14 matches the Sharks have won 9 and lost 5.

The average score when these teams meet in Durban is Sharks 21 Stormers 18.

The Stormers won the last match between these sides but out of the last five matches the Sharks have won four.

In Durban the Sharks have won their last three Super rugby matches against the Stormers.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 7 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Sharks 20 Stormers 20

Last five results
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 Sharks v Stormers 16-27 Cape Town
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 Sharks v Stormers 24-17 Durban
Sat, 27 May 2017 Sharks v Stormers 22-10 Durban
Sat, 12 Mar 2016 Sharks v Stormers 18-13Cape Town
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 Sharks v Stormers 34-12 Durban

Sharks overall record against the Stormers
Played 28 , Wins 15 , Losses 13 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 2 March
Venue : Kings Park , Durban
Kick Off local: 17:15
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:Divan Uys
TMO :Willie Vos

Teams

Sharks

15. Aphelele Fassi 14. Sbu Nkosi 13. Lukhanyo Am 12. Andre Esterhuizen 11. Makazole Mapimpi 10. Robert du Preez 9. Louis Schreuder (c) 8. Daniel du Preez 7. Tyler Paul 6. Jacques Vermeulen 5. Ruan Botha 4. Hyron Andrews 3. Coenie Oosthuizen 2. Akker van der Merwe 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements 16. Kerron van Vuuren 17. Juan Schoeman 18. Thomas du Toit 19. Gideon Koegelenberg 20. Phepsi Buthelezi 21. Cameron Wright 22. Jeremy Ward 23. Curwin Bosch

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Ruhan Nel, 23 Dillyn Leyds.


Jaguares v Blues Super Rugby Preview

Argentina’s Jaguares have played the Blues just twice before in Super rugby and the Jaguares have won one and lost one.

These teams have never met in Argentina before as the previous matches were played in Auckland and Albany.

The Jaguares won the most recent match which was in Auckland but the first time they met the Blues won in Albany.

The Bookies have given the Blues a 2 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Jaguares 18 Blues 18

Last two results
Sat, 28 Apr 2018 Jaguares v Blues 20-13 Auckland
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 Jaguares v Blues 16-24 Albany

Jaguares overall record against the Bulls
Played 2 ,Wins 1 , Losses 1 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 2 March
Venue : Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Kick Off local: 18:40
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Brendon Pickerill
TMO : Santiago Borsani

Teams

Jaguares

15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Matias Orlando (captain), 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortego Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas

Replacements : 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Joaquin Tuculet

Blues

15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tanielu Tele’a, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Augustine Pulu; 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman.

Replacements : 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.


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