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Super Rugby team by team preview Rd.10

Super Rugby Preview

Super Rugby round 10 has eight matches starting on Friday and running through the whole weekend as the last match is on Sunday.

Friday has one match, Saturday has six and Sunday has one match.

Here we list the teams as they are released and preview the eight upcoming matches.


Highlanders v Stormers Super Rugby Preview

The Highlanders kick off the weekend’s Super Rugby action in Dunedin when they host the Stormers from Cape Town South Africa.

Having gone through the first seven rounds of Super Rugby without a loss the Stormers have now suffered back to back losses. In contrast the Highlanders had a wobbly start but they have now won four in a row.

The Highlanders have played the Stormers 18 times in Super Rugby and they have won 9 matches, lost eight and there has been one draw.

The Highlanders won the last match between the sides in 2015 but the six matches prior to that were all won by the Stormers.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 13 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets  The Highlanders should win this by 14 points. 

Average score: Highlanders 24 Stormers 22

Last five results
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 Highlanders v Stormers 39-21 Dunedin
Sat, 03 May 2014 Highlanders v Stormers 28-29 Cape Town
Sat, 07 Apr 2012 Highlanders v Stormers 6-21 Dunedin
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 Highlanders v Stormers 6-18 Cape Town
Sat, 06 Mar 2010 Highlanders v Stormers 0-33 Cape Town

Highlanders overall record against the Stormers
Played 18 , Wins 9, Losses 8 , Draws 1

Match Officials
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:James Doleman
TMO : Aaron Paterson

Teams

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Liam Coltman , 3. Siosuia Halanukonuka , 4. Alex Ainley , 5. Tom Franklin , 6. Gareth Evans , 7. Dillon Hunt , 8. Liam Squire , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Marty Banks , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Waisake Naholo , 15. Ben Smith ( c )

Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Aki Seiuli , 18. Siate Tokolahi , 19. Joe Wheeler , 20. Jackson Hemopo , 21. Kayne Hammington , 22. Fletcher Smith , 23. Matt Faddes ,

Stormers

15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds,10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6. Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Jan de Klerk, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.

Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Wilco Louw, 19,Kobus van Dyk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Shaun Treeby (
Stormers debut), 23 Bjorn Basson.


Chiefs v Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview

Two time Super Rugby champions the Chiefs will play their first match against Japanese franchise the Sunwolves this weekend in Hamilton.

The match comes for the Chiefs after a tour of South Africa and Western Australia so is just about the perfect match for the Hamilton side after a three week tour.

The Sunwolves have dropped to last place overall while the Chiefs are joint second on points but sixth place as a wild card.

After 8 matches played the Chiefs have won 7 and lost one while the Sunwolves have the opposite record with 7 losses and one win.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 36 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Chiefs should win this comfortably by more than 25 points.

Average score: N/A

Last results
N/A

Match Officials
Referee: Will Houston
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Richard Kelly
TMO : Ben Skeen

Teams

Chiefs

1. Kane Hames , 2. Hika Elliot , 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Dominic Bird , 5. Taleni Seu , 6. Tom Sanders, 7. Mitchell Karpik , 8. Sam Cane , 9. Jonathan Taumateine, 10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain, 11. Sam McNicol , 12. Stephen Donald, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Solomon Alaimalo, 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Brayden Mitchell , 17. Aidan Ross, 18. Sosefo Kautai , 19. Mitchell Brown , 20. Liam Messam , 21. Alex Nankivell, 22. Shaun Stevenson , 23. James Lowe

Sunwolves

15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Teruya Goto, 13 William Tupou, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shunsuki Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk (captain), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki

Replacements : 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi


Reds v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

Queensland Super Rugby franchise the Reds host the Waratahs in Brisbane this weekend and they will be hoping to build on their victory over the Kings before the bye last week.

While the Reds will go into the match with confidence from a win and fresh from the bye they face the Waratahs who have won the last six matches between the sides.

The Waratahs hit a low point last weekend as they were beaten at home by the Southern Kings (who were beaten by the Reds in the previous week) so they will be hungry to turn things around.

The Waratahs have lost their last three matches this season and after 8 matches they have won 2 and lost six. The Reds have also played 8 and won two as well.

The Reds ate 12th overall and the Waratahs are in 16th place.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Reds could sneak this one by a point.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 36 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Reds could sneak this one by 1 point.

Average score: Reds 18 Waratahs 21

Last five results
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 Reds v Waratahs 13-15 Brisbane
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 Reds v Waratahs 10-30 Sydney
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 Reds v Waratahs 5-31 Sydney
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 Reds v Waratahs 5-23 Brisbane
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 Reds v Waratahs 3-34 Brisbane

Reds overall record against the Waratahs
Played 27 , Wins 13 , Losses 13, Draws 1

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2: Damon Murphy
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Reds

1 Sef Fa’agase , 2 Stephen Moore, 3 Sam Talakai, 4 Rob Simmons , 5 Lukhan Tui , 6 Hendrik Tui , 7 George Smith , 8 Scott Higginbotham, 9 James Tuttle , 10 Quade Cooper , 11 Eto Nabuli , 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 13 Samu Kerevi (C), 14 Izaia Perese , 15 Karmichael Hunt

Replacements : 16 Alex Mafi , 17 Kirwan Sanday , 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda , 20 Leroy Houston , 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Campbell Magnay,

Waratahs 

1.Tom Robertson,2.Hugh Roach,3.Sekope Kepu,4.David McDuling,5.Dean Mumm,6.Ned Hanigan,7.Michael Hooper ©,8.Michael Wells,9.Nick Phipps,10.Bernard Foley,11.Cam Clark,12.David Horwitz,13.Rob Horne,14 Taqele Naiyaravoro,15Israel Folau

Replacements :16.Damien Fitzpatrick,17.Paddy Ryan,18.Angus Taavao,19.Will Skelton,20.Jed Holloway,21.Matt Lucas,22.Irae Simone,23.Bryce Hegarty


Force v Lions Super Rugby Preview

Perth based Super Rugby franchise the Western Force host South Africa’s Lions in Perth this weekend where they will be aiming for a seventh straight win over the South African side.

The Force have played the Lions 8 times in Super Rugby and the Force have won 6 matches, drawn one and lost one. The Force’s only loss to the Lions was in 2007 at home in Perth.

Since then the Force have won six straight matches against the Lions. This weekend could end that run as the Lions have won their last six matches while the Force have only won two of their 7 matches played to date.

This season the Force have played three matches at home and won two while the Lions have yet to win a match on foreign soil in 2017 (the only other Lions match not on SA soil was against the Jaguares).

The Bookies have given the Force a 9 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Lions should win this by 5. 

Average score: Force 30 Lions 18

Last five results
Sat, 24 May 2014 Force v Lions 29-19 Perth
Sat, 26 May 2012 Force v Lions 17-11 Perth
Sat, 19 Mar 2011 Force v Lions 27-15 Johannesburg
Sat, 01 May 2010 Force v Lions 33-12 Johannesburg
Fri, 24 Apr 2009 Force v Lions 55-14 Perth

Force’s overall record against the Lions
Played 8 , Wins 6 , Losses 1, Draws 1

Match Officials
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 2:Amy Perrett
TMO : Damien Mitchelmore

Teams

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Tetera Faulkner , 4. Lewis Carmichael , 5. Ross Haylett-Petty , 6. Brynard Stander , 7. Matt Hodgson (C) , 8. Isi Naisarani , 9. Ian Prior , 10. Luke Burton , 11. Alex Newsome , 12. Bill Meakes , 13. Curtis Rona , 14. James Verity-Amm* , 15. Marcel Brache

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann (VC) , 17. Ben Daley , 18. Shambeckler Vui , 19. Onehunga Havilli , 20. Richard Hardwick , 21. Mitch Short** , 22. Jono Lance , 23. Peter Grant

*Denotes Super Rugby Debut
**Potential Super Rugby Debut

Lions 

1 Jacques van Rooyen ,2 Malcolm Marx ,3 Ruan Dreyer ,4 Andries Ferreira ,5 Franco Mostert ,6 Kwagga Smith ,7 Ruan Ackermann ,8 Warren Whiteley ,9 Faf de Klerk ,10 Elton Jantjies ,11 Courtnall Skosan ,12 Harold Vorster ,13 Lionel Mapoe ,14 Sylvian Mahuza ,15 Andries Coetzee ,16 Robbie Coetzee

Replacements : 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker ,19 Lourens Erasmus,20 Cyle Brink,21 Dillon Smit ,22 Jacques Nel ,23 Anthony Volmink


Cheetahs v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

The Bloemfontein based Cheetahs face a tough challenge this weekend as they host Super Rugby’s only unbeaten team and the tournament leading Crusaders.

The Cheetahs have played 8 matches so far this season and won two. The Crusaders are unbeaten after 8 matches. Last week the Crusaders got their first taste of South African Super rugby for 2017 when they beat the Stormers 57-24.

The Cheetahs have played the Crusaders 9 times in Super rugby and they have won two matches and lost seven. The Crusaders have won the last three as the last Cheetahs win between the sides was in 2011 in Bloemfontein where this match will be held.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 15 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bet. The Crusaders should win this by 20 points or more. 

Average score: Cheetahs 20 Crusaders 41

Last five results
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 Cheetahs v Crusaders 14-57 Christchurch
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 Cheetahs v Crusaders 31-52 Bloemfontein
Sat, 24 Mar 2012 Cheetahs v Crusaders 21-28 Christchurch
Sat, 14 May 2011 Cheetahs v Crusaders 33-20 Bloemfontein
Sat, 17 Apr 2010 Cheetahs v Crusaders 6-45 Christchurch

Cheetahs overall record against the Crusaders
Played 9, Wins 2 , Losses 7, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:AJ Jacobs
TMO : Johan Greeff

Teams

Cheetahs 

Ox Nche ,Torsten van Jaarsveld ,Johan Coetzee ,Armandt Koster ,Carl Wegner ,Uzair Cassiem ,Oupa Mohoje ,Paul Schoeman ,Shaun Venter ,Niel Marais ,Raymond Rhule ,Nico Lee ,Francois Venter (c ) ,Sergeal Petersen ,Clayton Blommetjies

Replacements : Elandré Huggett ,Charles Marais ,Tom Botha ,Francois Uys ,Henco Venter ,Niell Jordaan / William Small-Smith ,Tian Meyer ,Clinton Swart

Crusaders

1.  Joe Moody ,2.  Codie Taylor  ,3.  Owen Franks ,4.  Scott Barrett  ,5.  Sam Whitelock © ,6.  Jordan Taufua ,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. Seta Tamanivalu ,15. David Havili ,

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


Kings v Rebels Super Rugby Preview

South Africa’s Southern Kings have returned home from their tour of Australia with confidence after they beat the Waratahs last weekend.

The Rebels will have some confidence too as they held they Sharks to a draw in Durban last weekend.

The Rebels went through the first five rounds without a victory but they are unbeaten in their last two matches and could have turned the corner.

The Kings may also have turned a corner as they earned a famous victory last week. That victory has moved the Kings up to 13th place while the Rebels are in 17th place.

The Rebels have never won on South African soil (in 12 matches) while the Kings have only played two matches against Australian sides and their record is played one and won one.

Fatigue could play a big role in this match as the Kings had to travel while the Rebels were already in South Africa.

The Bookies have given the Kings a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Rebels could edge this by two points.

Average score: Kings 30 Rebels 27

Last result
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 Kings v Rebels 30-27 Melbourne

Kings overall record against the Rebels
Played 1, Wins 1 , Losses 0 , Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:Rodney Boneparte
TMO :Christie du Preez

Teams

Southern Kings

15. Masixole Banda , 14. Wandile Mjekevu ,13. Berton Klaasen ,12. Luzuko Vulindlu ,11. Makazole Mapimpi ,10. Lionel Cronje , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Andisa Ntsila ,7. Tyler Paul , 6. Chris Cloete ,5. Wilhelm van der Sluys ,4. Irne Herbst ,3. Ross Geldenhuys ,2. Martin Bezuidenhout , 1. Justin Forwood ,

Replacements : 16. Michael Willemse, 17. Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19. Mzwanele Zito, 20. Stefaan Willemse, 21. Johan Steyn, 22. Nicolaas Hanekom, 23. Pieter-Steyn de Wet

Rebels 

1. Fereti Sa’aga ,2. Siliva Siliva ,3. Tyrel Lomax ,4. Culum Retallick ,5. Steve Cummins ,6. Jake Schatz ,7. Colby Fainga’a ,8. Amanaki Mafi ,9. Nic Stirzaker (Captain) ,10. Ben Volavola ,11. Marika Koroibete ,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tom English ,14. Sefa Naivalu ,15. Reece Hodge ,

Replacements: 16. James Hanson ,17. Toby Smith ,18. Laurie Weeks ,19. Dominic Day ,20. Will Miller ,21. Hugh Sinclair ,22. Mick Snowden ,23. Jackson Garden-Bachop


Jaguares v Sharks Super Rugby Preview

Argentina’s Jaguares host South Africa’s Sharks in the final match on Saturday for Super Rugby round 10 and the Sharks will be aiming for a fourth straight win over the South Americans.

The Jaguares have played the Sharks three times since the Argentina side joined Super Rugby last year and the Sharks have won all three. Only one of those matches was on South American soil and that match was edged by the Sharks at 22-25.

Both teams had to travel from South Africa for this match but the Jaguares had an extra day and they will be playing at home. The Jaguares lost 18-13 to the Sharks three weeks ago and this was the first of three straight losses. Prior to that the Jaguares had won three in a row.

At home in 2017 the Jaguares are unbeaten having played three matches. The Sharks have played two matches outside of South Africa and won one and lost one. The Sharks were very disappointing last week as they drew with the Rebels at home.

The Bookies have given the Sharks a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets, With home advantage the Jaguares should win this by 4.

Average score: Jaguares 17 Sharks 21

Last five results
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 3, Wins 0, Losses 3 , Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2:Damian Schneider
TMO : Santiago Borsani

Teams

Jaguares

15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Bautista Ezcurra, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Baez, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Lucas Noguera Paz

Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto Heilan, 19 Ignacio Larrague, 20 Benjamin Macome, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Juan Martin Hernandez, 23 Matias Moroni

Sharks 

15. Rhyno Smith ,14. Odwa Ndungane ,13. Lukhanyo Am ,12. Jeremy Ward ,11. Lwazi Mvovo (v/c) ,10. Curwin Bosch ,9. Michael Claassens ,8. Daniel du Preez ,7. Jean-Luc du Preez ,6. Philip van der Walt (c) ,5. Stephan Lewies ,4. Ruan Botha ,3. Lourens Adriaanse ,2. Chiliboy Ralepelle ,1. Thomas du Toit ,

Replacements: 16. Franco Marais ,17. Juan Schoeman ,18. Coenie Oosthuizen ,19. Etienne Oosthuizen ,20. Tera Mtembu ,21. Cobus Reinach , 22. Benhard Janse van Rensburg ,23. Johan Deysel


Brumbies v Blues Super Rugby Preview

The final Super Rugby match of Round 10 is in the Australian Capital city of Canberra where the Brumbies host Auckland’s Blues on Sunday.

The Brumbies lead the Australian Conference on 17 points after 8 matches. In those eight matches the Brumbies have won three.

The Blues are the last placed New Zealand team and they too have 17 points with three wins from 8 matches.

The Brumbies have played the Blues 22 times in Super Rugby and they have won 9 matches and lost 13. In Canberra the teams have met 9 times and the Brumbies have won 5 matches.  This year the Brumbies have played four matches at home and won two.

The Blues have played three none New Zealand sides in 2017 – one on Australian soil (the Rebels) and they have won all three matches.  While the Blues are known to struggle with “travel sickness” they have won their last two matches on Australian soil.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Blues should edge this by two points.

Average score: Brumbies 23 Blues 24

Last five results
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 Brumbies v Blues 15-40 Auckland
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 Brumbies v Blues 14-16 Auckland
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 Brumbies v Blues 26-9 Canberra
Sat, 25 May 2013 Brumbies v Blues 20-13 Auckland
Sat, 14 Jul 2012 Brumbies v Blues 16-30 Canberra

Brumbies overall record against the Blues
Played 22, Wins 9, Losses 13, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Ed Martin
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper
TMO :George Ayoub

Teams

Brumbies

15. Tom Banks, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Andrew Smith, 11. James Dargaville, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Lolo Fakaosilea, 7. Chris Alcock, 6. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Josh Mann-Rea, 1. Nic Mayhew. Reserves:

Replacements : 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Ben Alexander, 18. Les Leuluaialii-Makin, 19. Blake Enever, 20. Jarrad Butler, 21. De Wet Roos, 22. Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23.

Blues

1 Pauliasi Manu, 2 James Parsons ©, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 5 Scott Scrafton, 6 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 8 Akira Ioane; 9 Augustine Pulu, 10 Piers Francis, 11 Rieko Ioane, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 13. George Moala, 14 Matt Duffie, 15 Michael Collins.

Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Leighton Price, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Melani Nanai