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Super Rugby team by team preview Rd.11

TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 25: Detail view of Super rugby logo during the Super Rugby Rd 1 game between Sunwolves and Hurricanes at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground on February 25, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images for SUNWOLVES)

Super Rugby round 11 has eight matches like last week but with two on Friday and and then six Super Rugby matches on Saturday.

The weekend kicks off in Wellington on Friday and finishes on Saturday in Buenos Aires.

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

The Brumbies and Southern Kings have a bye.


Hurricanes v Stormers Super Rugby Preview

Current Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes kick off the action this weekend at home in Wellington where they host South Africa’s Stormers.

The Hurricanes have won their last five Super Rugby matches but are third in the New Zealand Conference and sixth place overall.

The Stormers were unbeaten until a few rounds ago but they have now lost three matches in a row and their last two losses on tour in New Zealand have been big losses.

The Hurricanes have been able to bring TJ Perenara back for this match and he will captain the side. In the Stormers loss to the Highlanders they four key players so they are now understrength and at the end of a long tour.

The Hurricanes have played the Stormers 17 times in Super Rugby and they have won 7 matches, lost 10 matches and drawn none. In Wellington the teams have met 5 times and the Hurricanes have won five including the last three. The last Stormers victory in Wellington was in 2001.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 22 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Hurricanes should win this by 20 or more.

Average score: Hurricanes 22 Stormers 25

Last five results
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 Hurricanes v Stormers 25-20 Wellington
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 Hurricanes v Stormers 18-19 Cape Town
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 Hurricanes v Stormers 16-18 Palmerston North
Sat, 25 Feb 2012 Hurricanes v Stormers 26-39 Cape Town
Sat, 13 Mar 2010 Hurricanes v Stormers 13-37 Cape Town

Hurricanes overall record against the Stormers
Played 17 , Wins 7 , Losses 10, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Ben O’Keeffe
TMO : Glenn Newman

Teams

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett,14 Cory Jane,13 Vince Aso,12 Ngani Laumape,11 Julian Savea,10 Beauden Barrett,9 TJ Perenara (c ),8 Ardie Savea,7 Callum Gibbins,6 Brad Shields,5 Vaea Fifita,4 Mark Abbott,3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen,2 Ricky Riccitelli,1 Ben May

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai,17 Chris Eves,18 Mike Kainga,19 James Blackwell,20 Reed Prinsep,21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi,22 Otere Black,23 Ben Lam

Stormers

15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain),
6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Bjorn Basson.


Cheetahs v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview

The Cheetahs have another tough assignment this weekend as they are on a six  match losing streak and host the Highlanders who have won their last five matches.

The Highlanders had a shaky start but they are well back in contention and are in the play off places. Last week they comfortably beat the Stormers which will have made them familiar with South African rugby.

In contrast the Cheetahs are in 15th place and have two wins from nine matches. It’s already highly unlikely that they will feature in the play offs.

The Cheetahs have played the Highlanders 9 times in Super Rugby and won just once.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Highlanders should win this match by 18 or more.

Average score: Cheetahs 23 Highlanders 28

Last five results
Sat, 16 May 2015 Cheetahs v Highlanders 24-45 Bloemfontein
Sat, 09 Mar 2013 Cheetahs v Highlanders 36-19 Invercargill
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 Cheetahs v Highlanders 33-36 Bloemfontein
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 Cheetahs v Highlanders 21-24 Dunedin
Sat, 27 Feb 2010 Cheetahs v Highlanders 24-31 Bloemfontein

Cheetahs overall record against the Highlanders
Played 9 , Wins 1 , Losses 8, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee
: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2: Lourens van der Merwe
TMO : Willie Vos

Teams

Cheetahs

Ox Nche,Torsten van Jaarsveld,Johan Coetzee,Carl Wegner,Francois Uys,Paul Schoeman,Oupa Mohoje,Henco Venter,Tian Meyer, Fred Zeilinga, Raymond Rhule, William Small-Smith, Francois Venter (c ),Sergeal Petersen,Clayton Blommetjies

Replacements : Elandré Huggett,Charles Marais,Tom Botha,Armandt Koster,Uzair Cassiem,Niell Jordaan,Shaun Venter,Niel Marais

Highlanders

1.Daniel Lienert-Brown,2. Liam Coltman,3. Siosuia Halanukonuka,4. Joe Wheeler,5. Tom Franklin,6. Liam Squire,7. Dillon Hunt,8. Luke Whitelock (cc ),9. Aaron Smith,10. Marty Banks,11. Patrick Osborne,12. Rob Thompson,13. Malakai Fekitoa,14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Matt Faddes

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon (cc),17. Aki Seiuli,18. Siate Tokolahi,19. Elliot Dixon,20. Gareth Evans,21. KayneHammington,22. Fletcher Smith,23. Richard Buckman


Rebels v Lions Super Rugby Preview

Melbourne’s Rebels returned home from their tour of South Africa earlier this week but they still face South African opposition and this week it’s the Lions.

The Rebels have played the Lions three times in Super rugby and have lost all three matches.

The Lions have won their last six Super Rugby matches and are in second place overall. In contrast the Rebels are second last and have only won one match in their 8 matches played. They also drew with the Sharks in Durban but were well beaten last week by the Kings.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 15 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Lions should win this comfortably by 18 points or more.

Average score: Rebels 22 Lions 30

Last three results
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 Rebels v Lions 16-20 Melbourne
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 Rebels v Lions 17-34 Johannesburg
Sat, 07 Jul 2012 Rebels v Lions 32-37 Johannesburg

Rebels overall record against the Lions
Played 3 , Wins 0 , Losses 3, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 1:Ed Martin
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO :Ian Smith

Teams

Melbourne Rebels

1. Toby Smith , 2. James Hanson , 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Steve Cummins , 5. Dominic Day , 6. Hugh Sinclair , 7. Colby Fainga’a (Captain) , 8. Amanaki Mafi , 9. Ben Meehan , 10. Ben Volavola , 11. Marika Koroibete , 12. Mitch Inman , 13. Tom English , 14. Sefa Naivalu , 15. Reece Hodge

Replacements : 16. Siliva Siliva , 17. Fereti Sa’aga , 18. Tyrel Lomax , 19. Culum Retallick , 20. Will Miller , 21. Harrison Goddard , 22. Jackson Garden-Bachop , 23. Jack Maddocks

Lions

1 Jacques van Rooyen,2 Malcolm Marx,3 Ruan Dreyer,4 Lourens Erasmus,5 Franco Mostert,6 Kwagga Smith,7 Cyle Brink,8 Warren Whiteley ©,9 Ross Cronjé,10 Elton Jantjies,11 Courtnall Skosan,12 Harold Vorster,13 Lionel Mapoe,14 Sylvian Mahuza,15 Andries Coetzee

Replaements:16 Akker van der Merwe,17 Corne Fourie,18 Hencus van Wyk,19 Ruan Ackermann,20 Robert Kruger,21 Dillon Smit 22 Jacques Nel 23 Anthony Volmink


Chiefs v Reds Super Rugby Preview

Two time Super Rugby champions the Chiefs are back home after a tour of South Africa this weekend and host the Reds.

The Chiefs only loss this season was in Cape Town to the Stormers and although they have recovered and are on a three match winning streak they don’t look like a tournament winning side in recent weeks.

The Chiefs have accumulated the third most points in Super Rugby but they will be looking for a big win this weekend to get back on track.

The Reds have won just two matches from 9 this season. They have shown glimpses of excellent form but like last week in the second half against the Waratahs they are unable to maintain their form.

The Chiefs have played the Reds 20 times in Super Rugby and both teams have won 10 each.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 19 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets

Average score: Chiefs 26 Reds 24

Last five results
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 Chiefs v Reds 50-5 Brisbane
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 Chiefs v Reds 24-3 Brisbane
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 Chiefs v Reds 23-31 Hamilton
Sun, 13 May 2012 Chiefs v Reds 27-42 Brisbane
Sat, 18 Jun 2011 Chiefs v Reds 11-19 Hamilton

Chiefs overall record against the Reds
Played 20 ,Wins 10 , Losses 10, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Cam Stone
TMO : Shane McDermott

Teams

Chiefs

1. Kane Hames , 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Dominic Bird, 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Mitchell Brown , 7. Sam Cane (co-captain) , 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain) , 11. James Lowe, 12. Charlie Ngatai, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Toni Pulu , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Nathan Harris , 17. Atu Moli , 18. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi , 19. Taleni Seu, 20. Liam Messam, 21. Jonathan Taumateine, 22. Sam McNicol , 23. Shaun Stevenson.

Queensland 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. Samu Kerevi (C) , 13. Campbell Magnay , 14. Izaia Perese , 15. Duncan Paia’aua

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


Waratahs v Blues Super Rugby Preview

The Waratahs and the Blues both head into this match on the back of wins last week but the Blues will have more confidence having beaten the top Australian side the Brumbies.

The Waratahs came from behind to beat the Reds last week but that was only their third win in nine matches. The Waratahs are second in the Australian conference
but they are 13th overall.

The Blues beat the Brumbies and that has kept them in touching distance with their New Zealand rivals. The Blues are in 9th place so outside the play off places but they know they cannot afford a slip up as the rest of the NZ conference will pull away from them if they do.

The Waratahs have played the Blues 21 times in Super Rugby and won 13 matches. The last six matches in Sydney however have all been win by the Waratahs. The last Blues victory in Sydney was in 2003.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 7 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Having beaten the Brumbies last week the Blues should edge this by three.

Average score: Waratahs 25 Blues 27

Last five results
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 Waratahs v Blues 28-34 Auckland
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 Waratahs v Blues 23-11 Sydney
Fri, 25 Apr 2014 Waratahs v Blues 13-21 Auckland
Sun, 24 Mar 2013 Waratahs v Blues 30-27 Sydney
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 Elim Waratahs v Blues 13-26 Auckland

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

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Waratahs

Israel Folau, Reece Robinson, Rob Horne, David Horwitz, Cam Clark, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper (capt), Ned Hanigan, David McDuling, Dean Mumm, Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Tom Robertson.

Replacements: Hugh Roach, Paddy Ryan, Angus Taavao, Will Skelton, Michael Wells, Nick Phipps, Bryce Hegarty, Irae Simone.

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.


Sharks v Force Super Rugby Preview

The Sharks have returned from Argentina and face the Western Force this weekend in Durban where the teams will meet for the 10th clash between the sides.

In the nine previous clashes between the sides the Sharks have won 8 and lost one. The Force have never won in Durban and the last seven matches have all been won by the Sharks.

In the last five matches Sharks have won three and lost two. They have been alternating wins. The Force have lost their last two matches and have two wins from eight matches.

The Sharks have played nine matches and won six and drawn one.

The Bookies have given the Force a 16 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Sharks should win this by 11 or more.

Average score: Sharks 28 Force 15

Last five results
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 Sharks v Force 15-9 Durban
Fri, 17 May 2013 Sharks v Force 23-13 Perth
Sat, 12 May 2012 Sharks v Force 53-11 Durban
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 Sharks v Force 39-12 Perth
Fri, 14 May 2010 Sharks v Force 27-22 Durban

Sharks overall record against the Force
Played 9 , Wins 8 , Losses 1, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1:Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 2:Archie Sehlako
TMO :Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Sharks

15.Rhyno Smith,14. Kobus van Wyk,13. Lukhanyo Am,12. Jeremy Ward,11. Sibusiso Nkosi **,10. Curwin Bosch,9. Michael Claassens (v/c),8. Daniel du Preez,7. Jean-Luc du Preez,6. Philip van der Walt (c),5. Ruan Botha,4. Etienne Oosthuizen,3. Coenie Oosthuizen,2. Chiliboy Ralepelle,1. Thomas du Toit

Replacements:16. Franco Marais,17. Beast Mtawarira,18. Lourens Adriaanse,19. Stephan Lewies,20. Tera Mtembu,21. Cobus Reinach,22. Patrick Lambie,23. Johan Deysel

** Super Rugby debut.

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan,2. Tatafu Polata-Nau,3. Tetara Faulkner,4. Ross Haylett-Petty,5. Adam Coleman,6. Brynard Stander,7. Matt Hodgson (C),8. Isireli Naisarani,9. Ian Prior,10. Jono Lance,11. Alex Newsome,12. Billy Meakes,13. Curtis Rona,14. James Verity-Amm,15. Marcel Brache

16.Heath Tessmann,17. Francios van Wyk,18. Shambeckler Vui,19. Lewis Carmichael,20. Richard Hardwick,21. Mitchell Short*,22. Luke Burton,23. Peter Grant

*Denotes potential Super Rugby debut


Bulls v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

Pretoria’s Bulls will be aiming for a third consecutive win this weekend when  they host Super Rugby’s leaders the Crusaders.

The Christchurch side are the tournament’s form team currently as they lead the standings and are the only unbeaten team.

The Bulls have played 8 matches and won two while the Crusaders have played and won 9 matches.

Overall the Bulls have played the Crusaders 22 times and won just 8 matches. The last match between the sides was in Pretoria two years ago in 2015 and was won 31-19 by the Bulls.

The last five matches in Pretoria have all been won by the Bulls and the Crusaders have not won in the city since 2008.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 13 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Despite the Bulls record against the men in red the Crusaders should win this by 14 or more.

Average score: Bulls 24 Crusaders 33

Last five results
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 Bulls v Crusaders 31-19 Pretoria
Sat, 16 Mar 2013 Bulls v Crusaders 19-41 Christchurch
Sat, 21 Jul 2012 Elim Bulls v Crusaders 13-28 Christchurch
Sat, 07 Apr 2012 Bulls v Crusaders 32-30 Pretoria
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 Bulls v Crusaders 0-27 Timaru
Sat, 22 May 2010 Semi Bulls v Crusaders 39-24 Soweto

Bulls overall record against the Crusaders
Played 22, Wins 8 , Losses 14 , Draws 0

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

Teams

Bulls

Warrick Gelant , Travis Ismaiel , Jamba Ulengo,Jesse Kriel, Burger Odendaal ,Tian Schoeman ,Piet van Zyl, Hanro Liebenberg ,Jacques Potgieter , Nick de Jager , Lood de Jager , Jason Jenkins ,Trevor Nyakane , Adriaan Strauss (c), Pierre Schoeman.

Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Lizo Gqoboka ,Jacobie Adriaanse , RG Snyman, Jannes Kirsten, Rudy Paige,Francois Brummer,Jan Serfontein.

Crusaders

1.Wyatt Crockett,2.Codie Taylor ,3.Owen Franks,4 Luke Romano ,5.Scott Barrett ,6.Pete Samu,7. Matt Todd (C),8. Jordan Taufua,9. Mitchell Drummond ,10.Richie Mo’unga,11. George Bridge ,12. Tim Bateman ,13. Jack Goodhue,14. Seta Tamanivalu,15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio ,,17. Joe Moody,18. Michael Alaalatoa,19. Quinten Strange ,20. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis,21. Bryn Hall,22. Mitchell Hunt ,23. Ryan Crotty


Jaguares v Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview

The final match for Super Rugby Round 11 is in Buenos Aires Argentina where the Jaguares host Japan’s Sunwolves.

These teams have only played each other once and that match was last year in Tokyo. The Sunwolves won the match 36-28 so the Jaguares will be hungry for a victory this weekend.

The Jaguares have played nine matches so far this season and they have won four. They have however lost their last four too.

The Sunwolves have demonstrated that they are an improving side but after a three match tour of New Zealand and then on to Argentina fatigue will play a role in this match. The Sunwolves have also lost their last three matches and after 9 matches they have won one.

This year the Jaguares have played four matches at home and won three. That translates to the Jaguares winning 75% of their home matches in 2017.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 23 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bet. The Jaguares shoujld win this by 16 points or more

Average score: Jaguares 28 Sunwolves 36

Last result
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 Jaguares v Sunwolves 28-36 Tokyo

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

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

Teams

Jaguares

15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Santiago González Iglesias, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Juan Martín Hernández, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Rodrigo Baez, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta

Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Enrique Pieretto Heilan, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 21 Martín Landajo, 22 Nicolás Sánchez, 23 Matias Moroni

Sunwolves

15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Shota Emi, 13 Will Tupou, 12 Timothy Lafaele, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto

Replacements: 16 Takeshi Hino, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Ed Quirk, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka