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Super rugby reaches the seventh round this weekend and now after last week’s results we no longer have an unbeaten team.

The Crusaders were beaten in Sydney by the Waratahs so now all teams have tasted defeat at least once.

In our current form rankings which is based upon the last five matches, points scored, matches won and points conceded the Hurricanes have become the form team.

The Hurricanes are followed by the Lions and the Waratahs in the form guide – and then last week’s leader the Crusaders.

The highlight of this weekend’s rugby will be the first match which puts the two teams who have amassed the most points so far – the Crusaders and the Hurricanes.

 

Super rugby form guide

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


Hurricanes v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

The Hurricanes have played the Crusaders 36 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Hurricanes have won 12 matches, drawn three matches and lost 21 times.

Those 12 Super rugby victories give the Hurricanes a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Crusaders regardless of the venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Wellington where the teams have met 13 times. In those 15 matches the Hurricanes have won 7, drawn 2 and lost 4.

Those 7 wins give the Hurricanes a record of winning 53% of their home matches against the Crusaders. The average score when the Hurricanes play the Crusaders in Wellington is : Hurricanes 22 Crusaders 23.

The Hurricanes have won the last five Super rugby matches in Wellington against the Crusaders.

The last three matches between the sides were all played in Christchurch and they were all won by the Crusaders.

These teams played each other in round 2 this year and the Crusaders won 38-22 in Christchurch.

The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 3 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Hurricanes 20 Crusaders 26

Last five results
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 Hurricanes v Crusaders 22-38 Christchurch
Sat, 28 Jul 2018 Semi Hurricanes v Crusaders 12-30 Christchurch
Fri, 25 May 2018 Hurricanes v Crusaders 13-24 Christchurch
Sat, 10 Mar 2018 Hurricanes v Crusaders 29-19 Wellington
Sat, 15 Jul 2017 Hurricanes v Crusaders 31-22 Wellington

Hurricanes overall record against the Crusaders
Played 36, Wins 12, Losses 21, Draws 3

Match Officials and details
Date :
Friday 29 March
Venue :
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local:
19:35
Referee:
Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1
:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:
Nick Hogan
TMO :
Aaron Peterson


Teams

Hurricanes

15 Chase Tiatia 14 Jordie Barrett 13 Matt Proctor 12 Ngani Laumape 11 Ben Lam 10 Beauden Barrett 9 TJ Perenara (c) 8 Reed Prinsep 7 Ardie Savea 6 Vaea Fifita 5 Liam Mitchell 4 James Blackwell 3 Ben May 2 Ricky Riccitelli 1 Fraser Armstrong

Replacements 16 Asafo Aumua 17 Chris Eves 18 Jeff To’omaga-Allen 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi 21 Richard Judd 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop 23 Wes Goosen

Crusaders

1. Harry Allan 2. Codie Taylor 3. Michael Alaalatoa 4. Scott Barrett 5. Sam Whitelock (C) 6. Whetukamokamo Douglas 7. Matt Todd (VC) 8. Kieran Read 9. Bryn Hall 10. Richie Mo’unga 11. George Bridge 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) 13. Jack Goodhue 14. Braydon Ennor 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio ,17. George Bower ,18. Oliver Jager ,19. Quinten Strange, 20. Jordan Taufua , 21. Mitchell Drummond ,22. Brett Cameron,23. Will Jordan


Waratahs v Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview

The Waratahs have played the Sunwolves four times in Super rugby and they have won all four matches making them unbeaten against the Japanese side.

Three of the matches were played in Tokyo and one was played in Sydney. This weekend the match will be played in Newcastle.

The last time the Waratahs played the Sunwolves on Australian soil was last year in 2018 and they won 77-25.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 14 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Waratahs 54 Sunwolves 24

Last four results
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 Waratahs v Sunwolves 31-30 Tokyo
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 Waratahs v Sunwolves 77-25 Sydney
Sat, 07 Apr 2018 Waratahs v Sunwolves 50-29 Tokyo
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 Waratahs v Sunwolves 57-12 Tokyo

Waratahs overall record against the Sunwolves
Played 4 , Wins 4 , Losses 0, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Friday 29 March
Venue : McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Egon Seconds
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Waratahs

15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Karmichael Hunt, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Mack Mason, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes

Replacements : 16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Tom Staniforth, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Alex Newsome

Sunwolves

15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Harumichi Tatakawa, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 7 Dan Pryor (c), 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Grant Hattingh, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Pauliasi Manu

Replacements :16 Nathan Vella, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Takuya Yamasawa, 23 Josh Timu


Blues v Stormers Super Rugby Preview

The Blues have played the Stormers 19 times in Super rugby and the Blues have won 9 matches and lost 10.

Those 9 Super rugby victories give the Blues a record of winning 47% of their matches against the Stormers – regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Auckland where the teams have met

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 6 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Blues 26 Stormers 25

Last five results
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 Blues v Stormers 20-37 Cape Town
Fri, 19 May 2017 Blues v Stormers 22-30 Cape Town
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 Blues v Stormers 16-27 Cape Town
Fri, 03 May 2013 Blues v Stormers 18-17 Albany
Fri, 16 Mar 2012 Blues v Stormers 17-27 Cape Town

Blues overall record against the Stormers
Played 19, Wins 9, Losses 10 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 30 March
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:Federico Anselmi
TMO :Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tanielu Tele’a, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru; 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 James Parsons, 1. Alex Hodgman.

Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Dalton Papalii, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 SP Marais.


Reds v Rebels Super Rugby Preview

The Reds have played the Rebels 15 times in Super rugby since 2011 and the Reds have won 10 matches and lost 5 matches.

Those 10 Super rugby victories give the Reds a record of winning 67% of their matches against the Rebels regardless of the venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Brisbane where the teams have met 7 times. In those 7 matches the Reds have won 5, and lost 2.

Those 5 wins give the Reds a record of winning 71% of their home matches against the Rebels. The average score when the Reds play the Rebels in Brisbane is : Reds 34 Rebels 20.

In the last five matches between these teams played in Brisbane they have alternated wins. The Reds won last so if history repeats itself the Rebels will win this weekend.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 3 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Reds 30 Rebels 22

Last five results
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 Reds v Rebels 37-23 Brisbane
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 Reds v Rebels 19-45 Melbourne
Sat, 13 May 2017 Reds v Rebels 29-24 Melbourne
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 Reds v Rebels 28-31 Brisbane
Sat, 12 Mar 2016 Reds v Rebels 23-25 Melbourne

Reds overall record against the Rebels
Played 15 , Wins 10 , Losses 5 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 30 March
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 18:45 l
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Marius van der Westhuizen
TMO :James Leckie

Teams

Reds

1. JP Smith ,2. Alex Mafi ,3. Ruan Smith ,4. Izack Rodda,5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto ,6. Angus Scott-Young ,7. Liam Wright ,8. Scott Higginbotham ,9. Tate McDermott ,10. Bryce Hegarty,11. Sefa Naivalu ,12. Samu Kerevi (c),13. Chris Feauai-Sautia ,14. Filipo Daugunu ,15. Hamish Stewart ,

Replacements : 16. Brandon Paenga-Amosa,17. Harry Hoopert ,18. Taniela Tupou,19. Harry Hockings ,20. Fraser McReight ,21. Moses Sorovi,22. Duncan Paia’aua ,23. Isaac Lucas,

Rebels

1. Tetera Faulkner,2. Anaru Rangi,3. Sam Talakai (Vice Captain),4. Matt Philip,5. Adam Coleman,6. Luke Jones,7. Angus Cottrell (Captain),8. Isi Naisarani,9. Will Genia,10. Quade Cooper,11. Marika Koroibete,12. Billy Meakes,13. Tom English,14. Jack Maddocks,15. Reece Hodge

Replacements : 16. Robbie Abel,17. Matt Gibbon,18. Jermaine Ainsley,19. Esei Ha’angana,20. Rob Leota,21. Michael Ruru,22. Campbell Magnay,23. Sione Tuipulotu,


Sharks v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

The Sharks have played the Bulls 29 times in Super rugby and the Sharks have won 9 matches, lost 18 and drawn two.

That gives the Sharks a record of winning 31% of their matches against the Bulls regardless of the venue.

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

The Sharks therefore have a record of winning 36% of their matches against the Bulls at home in Durban. The average score when these teams meet in Durban is : Sharks 21 Bulls 20.

In the last eight matches between these teams the Sharks have not won once. They drew on match in 2016 but all of the other matches were won by the Bulls.

The Sharks have not beaten the Bulls since February 2014.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 3 point start for this Match – click HERE  to see the latest odds.

Average score: Sharks 21 Bulls 22

Last five results
Sat, 09 Mar 2019 Sharks v Bulls 14-37 Pretoria
Sat, 12 May 2018 Sharks v Bulls 33-39 Pretoria
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 Sharks v Bulls 10-40 Durban
Sat, 01 Jul 2017 Sharks v Bulls 17-30 Durban
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 Sharks v Bulls 16-16 Pretoria

Sharks overall record against the Bulls
Played 29 , Wins 9 , Losses 18 , Draws 2

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 30 March
Venue : Kings Park , Durban
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2:Brendon Pickerill
TMO : Christie du Preez

Teams

Sharks

15. Aphelele Fassi 14. Lwazi Mvovo 13. Lukhanyo Am 12. Andre Esterhuizen 11. Makazole Mapimpi 10. Robert du Preez 9. Louis Schreuder (c) 8. Daniel du Preez 7. Jacques Vermeulen 6. Luke Stringer 5. Hyron Andrews 4. Ruben van Heerden 3. Coenie Oosthuizen 2. Akker van der Merwe 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements 16. Craig Burden 17. Thomas du Toit 18. Khutha Mchunu 19. Gideon Koegelenberg 20. Philip van der Walt 21. Grant Williams 22. Kobus van Wyk 23. Curwin Bosch

Bulls

15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre 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 Conrad van Vuuren, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Johnny Kotze


Jaguares  v Chiefs  Super Rugby Preview

The Jaguares have played the Chiefs just two times since the team from Argentina joined Super rugby in 2016.

In those two matches the teams have won one match each. Strangely the Jaguares beat the Chiefs when they met in New Zealand and the Chiefs won when they met in Argentina.

Therefore neither of these teams has beaten the other on home soil. Yet.

The average score when these teams meet is : Jaguares 24 Chiefs 24.

The Bookies have given the Jaguares a 4 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Jaguares 24 Chiefs 24

Last two results
Fri, 04 May 2018 Jaguares v Chiefs 23-19 Rotorua
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 Jaguares v Chiefs 26-30 Buenos Aires

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

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 30 March
Venue : Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Kick Off local: 18:40
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2:TBC
TMO :Santiago Borsani

Teams

Jaguares

15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Mayco Vivas

Replacements: 16 Gaspar Baldunciel, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Pablo Matera, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Matias Orlando

Chiefs

1. Aidan Ross,2. Nathan Harris ,3. Nepo Laulala,4. Michael Allardice ©,5. Mitchell Brown,6. Luke Jacobson ,7. Lachlan Boshier,8. Tyler Ardron ,9. Brad Weber ,10. Marty McKenzie,11. Solomon Alaimalo ,12. Anton Lienert-Brown,13. Tumua Manu ,14. Sean Wainui,15. Damian McKenzie,

Replacements: 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho ,17. Tevita Mafileo ,Angus Ta’avao , 19. Jesse Parete,20. Taleni Seu, 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi ,22. Alex Nankivell,23. Etene Nanai-Seturo


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