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Super Rugby team by team preview round 5



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After four rounds of Super rugby in 2019 and the first month of the tournament we still have just two teams out of fifteen that remain unbeaten.

The Crusaders have played four and won four while the Rebels have played three and won three. Both of these teams will play away from home this weekend and teams are more likely to lose away from home.

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In the overall standings the Crusaders are the overall leaders and they are followed by the Bulls. The Rebels are in third place overall. At the other end of the table are the Chiefs, Reds and Sunwolves.

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 Rebels and Bulls.

Super rugby form guide

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

Chiefs v Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview

The Chiefs have played Hurricanes 33 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Chiefs have won 15 matches and lost 17 matches with one draw between the teams.

Those 15 Super rugby wins give the Chiefs a record of winning 46% of their matches against the Hurricanes.

This weekend the match will be played in Hamilton where the teams have met 12 times. Out of those 12 matches the Chiefs have won 8 or 67% of the matches.

The average score when these teams meet in Hamilton is : Chiefs 25 Hurricanes 19

Although the Chiefs are winless this year they have a decent record in recent matches at home against the Hurricanes as they have won the last four matches between these teams in Hamilton.

The Hurricanes have not won in Hamilton since 2007. The teams drew in 2011 but all of the other matches ended in victory for the Chiefs.

The Bookies have given the Chiefs a 9 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Chiefs 22 Hurricanes 23

Last five results
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 Elim Chiefs v Hurricanes 31-32 Wellington
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 Chiefs v Hurricanes 28-24 Hamilton
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 Chiefs v Hurricanes 13-25 Wellington
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 Chiefs v Hurricanes 17-14 Wellington
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 Chiefs v Hurricanes 26-18 Waikato

Chiefs overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 33, Wins 15 , Losses 17 , Draws 1

Match Officials and details
: FMG Stadium, Waikato
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Nick Hogan
TMO : Shane McDermott



15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Ataata Moeakiola, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick (captain), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross

Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ryan Coxon, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Etene Nanai-Seturo


15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Jordie Barrett, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Toby Smith

Replacements : 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Salesi Rayasi

Brumbies v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

The Brumbies have played the Waratahs 32 times in Super rugby since 1996 and they have won 15 Super rugby matches and lost 17 matches with no draws between the teams.

Those 15 Super rugby wins give the Brumbies a record of winning 47% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Canberra where the teams have played each other 14 times. In those 14 matches the Brumbies have won 10 times and lost 4 times. That gives the Brumbies a record at home of winning 71% of their matches against the Waratahs.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Waratahs in Canberra is : Brumbies 29 Waratahs 15.

Since 2014 these two teams have alternated wins in Canberra. They have played four matches since then and they both won two each.

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

Average score: Brumbies 23 Waratahs 23

Last five results
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 Brumbies v Waratahs 40-31 Sydney
Sat, 31 Mar 2018 Brumbies v Waratahs 17-24 Canberra
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 Brumbies v Waratahs 28-12 Sydney
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 Brumbies v Waratahs 26-20 Sydney
Fri, 04 Mar 2016 Brumbies v Waratahs 32-15 Canberra

Brumbies overall record against the Waratahs
Played 32 , Wins 15 , Losses 17, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Jordan way
Assistant Ref 2:Amy Perrett
TMO :James Leckie



Tom Banks, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Irae Simone, Lausii Taliauli, Christian Lealiifano (captain), Joe Powell, Lachlan McCaffrey, Tom Cusack, Rob Valentini, Sam Carter, Rory Arnold, Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, Folau Faingaa, Scott Sio.

Replacements: Josh Mann-Rea, James Slipper, Tom Ross, Murray Douglas, Pete Samu, Ryan Lonergan, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Mack Hansen


1. Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2. Damien Fitzpatrick, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Jed Holloway, 5. Rob Simmons, 6. Ned Hanigan, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Jack Dempsey, 9. Jake Gordon, 10. Bernard Foley, 11. Alex Newsome, 12. Karmichael Hunt, 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14. Israel Folau, 15. Kurtley Beale

Replacements 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17. Rory O’Connor, 18. Chris Talakai, 19. Ryan McCauley, 20. Lachlan Swinton, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Mack Mason, 23. Cam Clark

Stormers v Jaguares Super Rugby Preview

The Stormers and Jaguares have played each other just four times in Super rugby since 2016 when the Jaguares joined Super rugby.

The Stormers have won three matches and lost one out of the four Super rugby matches played. This gives the Stormers a record of winning 75% of their matches against the Jaguares.

This weekend the match will be played in Cape Town where the teams have met twice before. The Stormers have won both matches played in Cape Town so against the Jaguares they are unbeaten at home.

The average score when the Stormers play the Jaguares in Cape Town is : Stormers 30 Jaguares 22.

Home advantage has been the deciding factor in matches between these teams as they have both won all of their home matches against each other.

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

Average score: Stormers 22 Jaguares 20

Last four results
Sat, 30 Jun 2018 Stormers v Jaguares 14-25 Buenos Aires
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 Stormers v Jaguares 28-20 Cape Town
Sat, 04 Mar 2017 Stormers v Jaguares 32-25 Cape Town
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 Stormers v Jaguares 13-8 Buenos Aires

Stormers overall record against the Jaguares
Played 4 , Wins 3 , Losses 1 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 19.10
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2: Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO : Christe du Preez



15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Replacements :16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Ruhan Nel, 23 Damian Willemse


15 Joaquín Tuculet (captain) 14 Bautista Delguy 13 Matias Moroni 12 Bautista Ezcurra 11 Ramiro Moyano 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla 9 Tomas Cubelli 8 Javier Ortega Desio 7 Tomas Lezana 6 Pablo Matera 5 Tomas Lavanini 4 Guido Petti 3 Santiago Medrano 2 Julian Montoya 1 Mayco Vivas

Replacements: 16 Gaspar Baldunciel, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Juan Cruz Mallia, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere.

Sunwolves v Reds Super Rugby Preview

The Sunwolves have played the Reds just three times in Super rugby since the Japanese side joined Super rugby in 2016 and the Sunwolves have won one and lost two.

As the Sunwolves have won one out of three matches they have a record of winning 33% of their matches and losing 66% of their matches.

The Sunwolves have played the Reds in Tokyo once before and that match was the Japanese side’s only victory. That match was won 63-28.

This season the Reds have played 3 and lost 3. The Sunwolves have played 4 and won 1.

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

Average score: Sunwolves 38 Reds 37

Last three results
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 Sunwolves v Reds 27-48 Brisbane
Sat, 12 May 2018 Sunwolves v Reds 63-28 Tokyo
Sat, 21 May 2016 Sunwolves v Reds 25-35 Brisbane

Sunwolves overall record against the Reds
Played 3, Wins 1, Losses 2, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick Off local: 13:15
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1:Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2:Aki Aso
TMO : Minoru Fuji



 Jason Emery, Gerhard van den Heever, Sione Teaupa, Michael little, Hosea Saumaki, Hayden Parker, Jamie Booth, Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, Ben Gunter, Tom Rowe, Uwe Helu, Hiroshi Yamashita, Atusuchi Sakate, Pauliasi Manu.

Replacements: Jaba Bregvadze, Sam Prattley, Asaeli Ai Valu, James Moore, Amanaki Mafi, Keisuke Ichida, Rikiya Matsuda, Semisi Masirewa


Hamish Stewart, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi (c), Duncan Paia’aua, Sefa Naivalu, Isaac Lucas, Moses Sorovi, Scott Higginbotham, Liam Wright, Angus Scott-Young, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Harry Hockings, Ruan Smith, Alex Mafi, JP Smith.

Replacements: Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Harry Hoopert, Feao Fotuaika, Angus Blyth, Caleb Timu, Tate McDermott, Teti Tela, Filipo Daugunu.

Highlanders v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

The Highlanders have played the Crusaders 34 times in Super rugby since 1996 and they have won 11 matches and lost 23.

Those 11 victories over the Crusaders give the Highlanders a record of winning 32% of their matches against the Christchurch side.

This weekend the match will be played in Dunedin where the teams have met 16 times. In those 16 matches the Highlanders have won 7 and lost 9. This gives the Highlanders a record of winning 44% of their matches at home against the Crusaders.

The average score when these teams meet in Dunedin is : Highlanders 21 Crusaders 25.

In the last four matches played in Dunedin between these teams they have alternated wins so they have both won two and lost two. Most recently the Highlanders won so if the trend continues the Crusaders will win this weekend.

The Crusaders have played 4 and won 4. The Highlanders have also played 4 but they have won 2 and lost 2.

The Bookies have given the Highlanders an 8 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Highlanders 21 Crusaders 29

Last five results
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 Highlanders v Crusaders 22-45 Christchurch
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 Highlanders v Crusaders 25-17 Dunedin
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 Elim Highlanders v Crusaders 0-17 Christchurch
Sat, 03 Jun 2017 Highlanders v Crusaders 22-25 Christchurch
Sat, 04 Mar 2017 Highlanders v Crusaders 27-30 Dunedin

Highlanders overall record against the Crusaders
Played 34 , Wins 11 , Losses 23, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
: Forsyth
Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:James Doleman
TMO :Glenn Newman



1. Ayden Johnstone,2. Liam Coltman,3. Tyrel Lomax,4. Josh Dickson,5. Jack Whetton,6. Shannon Frizell,7. James Lentjes,8. Luke Whitelock (cc),9. Aaron Smith,10. Josh Ioane,11 Richard Buckman,12. Teihorangi Walden,13. Patelesio Tomkinson,14. Waisake Naholo,15. Ben Smith (cc)

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon,17. Daniel Lienert-Brown,18. Siate Tokolahi,19. Tom Franklin,20. Elliot Dixon,21. Dillon Hunt,22. Folau Fakatava,23. Marty Banks


David Havili, Braydon Ennor, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, George Bower.

Replacements: Andrew Makalio, Harry Allan, Michael Alaalatoa, Quinten Strange, Tom Sanders, Ere Enari, Brett Cameron, Will Jordan.

Lions v Rebels Super Rugby Preview

Johannesburg’s Lions have played Melbourne’s Rebels just four times since the Rebels joined Super rugby in 2011.

Due to the vagaries of the Super rugby draw these teams only played each other in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018.

In those four matches played between the teams the Lions have won all four. They have met twice in Johannesburg and twice in Melbourne.

The average score when the Lions host the Rebels in Johannesburg is : Lions 36 Rebels 24.

The Rebels are Australia’s top ranked Super rugby team with three wins from three, while the Lions and third in the SA Conference with two wins from four matches.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 9 point start for this Match – click HERE  to see the latest odds.

Average score: Lions 34 Rebels 19

Last four results
Sat, 06 May 2017 Lions v Rebels 47-10 Melbourne
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 Lions v Rebels 20-16 Melbourne
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 Lions v Rebels 34-17 Johannesburg
Sat, 07 Jul 2012 Lions v Rebels 37-32 Johannesburg

Lions overall record against the Rebels
Played 4 , Wins 4 , Losses 0, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
: Emirates
Airlines (Ellis) Park, Johannesburg

Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO :Willie Vos



15 Tyrone Green, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Franco Naude, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx (captain), 1 Dylan Smith

Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Rhyno Herbst, 20 Ruan Vermaak, 21 Gianni Lombard, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Andries Coetzee


15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Brad Wilkin, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner

Replacements 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Marika Koroibete

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