Super Rugby round 14 has nine matches with two on Friday,six Super Rugby matches on Saturday and the final match is in Johannesburg on Sunday .
The weekend kicks off in Auckland on Friday and finishes on Sunday in Johannesburg.
Here we list the teams as they are released and preview the nine upcoming matches.
There are no byes this weekend.
Blues v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview
Round 14 kicks off this weekend in Auckland where the Blues host the Chiefs at Eden Park on Friday with the hope of ending their losing streak to the Hamilton side.
The Blues have not beaten the Chiefs since June 2011 as they have lost their last eleven matches against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs were beaten by the Crusaders last week which has allowed the Hurricanes to take second place in the New Zealand Conference. At the same time the Highlanders have almost caught the Chiefs so the pressure is on the Hamilton side.
The Chiefs won four matches in a row prior to last week’s loss to the Crusaders. The Blues won three matches in a row but were then beaten by the Stormers last weekend. They have played 12 matches won six and lost six. In comparison the Chiefs have played 11 matches and won 9 this season.
The Bookies have given the Blues a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Blues are a much improved side this season but the Chiefs will be hungrier for this ons and should win by 5.
Average score: Blues 22 Chiefs 26
Last five results
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 Blues v Chiefs 26-41 Waikato
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 Blues v Chiefs 23-29 Hamilton
Sat, 04 Apr 2015 Blues v Chiefs 16-23 Hamilton
Sat, 14 Feb 2015 Blues v Chiefs 18-23 Albany
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 Blues v Chiefs 8-11 Auckland
Blues overall record against the Chiefs
Played 27, Wins 10, Losses 17, Draws 0
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Angus Mabey
TMO : Glenn Newman
1 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 James Parsons ©, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 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 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 TJ Faian
1. Kane Hames , 2. Nathan Harris, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Dominic Bird , 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Mitchell Brown, 7. Sam Cane (co-captain) , 8. Liam Messam , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 11. James Lowe , 12. Johnny Faauli , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Tim Nanai-Williams , 15. Damian McKenzie
Replacements : 16. Hika Elliot , 17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi , 18. Atu Moli , 19. Taleni Seu , 20. Lachlan Boshier , 21. Jonathan Taumateine , 22. Solomon Alaimalo, 23. Shaun Stevenson
Reds v Force Super Rugby Preview
In the second Super Rugby match on Friday in Round 14 the action moves to Brisbane Queensland where the Reds host the Western Force.
There are just three points separating the Reds on 16 and the Force on 13 points in the Australian Conference. The Brumbies have 23 points so in theory the Force are still in the running for the play offs.
The Reds have played 11 matches so far and they have won three. The Force have the same record.
The Reds have played the Force 17 times in Super rugby and they have won 8 matches, drawn one and lost 8. This gives the Reds a record of winning 47 of their matches against the Force.
In Brisbane the teams have met 9 times and the Reds have won 6 matches. The Reds will have home advantage and in theory more to play for this weekend while the Force are still dealing with the mental pressure that this could be their last season.
Average score: Reds 21 Force 22
Last five results
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 Reds v Force 19-26 Perth
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 Reds v Force 6-22 Brisbane
Sat, 30 May 2015 Reds v Force 32-10 Perth
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 Reds v Force 18-6 Brisbane
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 Reds v Force 20-30 Perth
Reds overall record against the Force
Played 17 , Wins 8 , Losses 8 , Draws 1
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2:Jordam Way
TMO : Damien Mitchelmore
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. Nick Frisby, 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Eto Nabuli, 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Samu Kerevi (C) , 14. Chris Kuridrani, 15. Karmichael Hunt ,
Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi , 17. Kirwan Sanday , 18. Taniela Tupou, 19. Izack Rodda , 20. Adam Korczyk , 21. James Tuttle , 22. Jake McIntyre , 23. Lachlan Maranta
1. Francois van Wyk , 2. Heath Tessmann , 3. Jermaine Ainsley , 4. Matt Philip , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Ross Haylett-Petty , 7. Matt Hodgson (C) , 8. Isireli Naisarani , 9. Michael Ruru , 10. Peter Grant , 11. Alex Newsome , 12. Bill Meakes , 13. Curtis Rona , 14. James Verity-Amm , 15. Marcel Brache
Replacements :16. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 17. Pek Cowan , 18. Tetera Faulkner , 19. Richie Arnold , 20. Richard Hardwick , 21. Mitchell Short , 22. Luke Burton , 23. Luke Morahan
Sunwolves v Cheetahs Super Rugby Preview
Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves host South Africa’s Cheetahs in the first match on Saturday in Super Rugby round 14.
This match will be the Sunwolves third Super Rugby match in Tokyo this season for the Sunwolves and they were last there in Round 7. With so few home matches in Tokyo home advantage has to reduced to some degree.
The Sunwolves have played the Cheetahs three times in Super Rugby and they have yet to win a match against their South African opponent. This will however be the Cheetahs first visit to Tokyo.
This season the Sunwolves have played 11 matches and won one. The Cheetahs have played 12 matches and won two.
The Cheetahs last win outside of South Africa was ironically in Singapore last year against the Sunwolves.
The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Cheetahs are struggling this season and are coming to the end of their tour. The Sunwolves should edge this by 3.
Average score: Sunwolves 26 Cheetahs 54
Last three results
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 Sunwolves v Cheetahs 31-38 Bloemfontein
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 Sunwolves v Cheetahs 17-92 Bloemfontein
Sat, 12 Mar 2016 Sunwolves v Cheetahs 31-32 Singapore
Sunwolves overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 3 , Wins 0, Losses 3 , Draws 0
Kick Off local: 14:15
Referee: Will Houston
Assistant Ref 1:Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2:Akihisa Aso
TMO :Minoru Fuji
15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Shota Emi, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Malgene Ilaua, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Hino, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Yasuo Yamaji, 19 Hitoshi Ono, 20 Shokei Kin, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 William Tupou
Ox Nche, Torsten van Jaarsveld (C), Johan Coetzee ,Armandt Koster, Carl Wegner, Uzair Cassiem, Oupa Mohoje, Henco Venter, Shaun Venter, Niel Marais, Raymond Rhule, Clinton Swart, William Small-Smith, Sergeal Petersen Clayton Blommetjies,
Replacements : Elandré Huggett, Charles Marais, Tom Botha, Francois Uys, Niell Jordaan,Junior Pokomela, Tian Meyer, Fred Zeilinga
Highlanders v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview
2015 Super Rugby champions the Highlanders are back at home this weekend where they host the Waratahs after a three match tour in which they went unbeaten.
The Highlanders have the second longest unbeaten streak currently as they have won their last eight matches. Only the unbeaten Crusaders have a longer streak. The Highlanders have played 12 matches and won 9.
The Waratahs have had a difficult season so far as they have won just four of their 11 matches played and have yet to win back to back matches.
The Highlanders have played the Waratahs 21 times in Super Rugby and won 8 matches or 38%. However the last three matches have all been won by the Highlanders and the Waratahs have not beaten the Highlanders in NZ since 2008.
The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 16 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Highlanders are clearly in form and will have home advantage so should win comfortably by 12 points.
Average score: Highlanders 21 Cheetahs 25
Last five results
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 Highlanders v Waratahs 30-26 Sydney
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 Semi Highlanders v Waratahs 35-17 Sydney
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 Highlanders v Waratahs 26-19 Dunedin
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 Highlanders v Waratahs 16-44 Sydney
Sat, 10 Mar 2012 Highlanders v Waratahs 18-17 Dunedin
Highlanders overall record against the Waratahs
Played 21, Wins 8 , Losses 13, Draws 0
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:James Doleman
Assistant Ref 2:Cam Stone
TMO : Shane McDermott
1. Aki Seiuli, 2. Liam Coltman, 3. Siate Tokolahi, 4. Alex Ainley, 5. Tom Franklin, 6. Elliot Dixon, 7. Dillon Hunt, 8. Luke Whitelock, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Marty Banks, 11. Tevita Li, 12. Richard Buckman, 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Ben Smith ( cc )
Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon (cc), 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18. Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19. Joe Wheeler, 20. Gareth Evans, 21. Kayne Hammington, 22. Lima Sopoaga, 23. Rob Thompson
1. Tom Robertson, 2 .Tolu Latu ,3 .Sekope Kepu,4 .Dean Mumm,5 .Will Skelton,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,15. Israel Folau
Replacements : 16.Damien Fitzpatrick,17.Paddy Ryan,18.Angus Taavao 19.David McDuling,20.Jed Holloway,21.Jake Gordon,22.,Bryce Hegarty,23.Irae Simone
Rebels v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview
Melbourne’s Rebels are in 17th place in the overall Super Rugby standings and this week they host the tournament leading Crusaders who have yet to lose a match.
While the Crusaders have won all 12 of their matches the Rebels have won and drawn one of their 11 matches which indicates the size of the task for the Melbourne side.
The Rebels have played the Crusaders five times in Super Rugby and they have won two and lost three. One of those Rebels wins was in Melbourne and the other was in Christchurch so the hosts will take some confidence from their last results.
Even though the Rebels have beaten the Crusaders at home and away the Crusaders are heavy favourites for this match.
Average score: Rebels 24 Crusaders 34
Last five results
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 Rebels v Crusaders 26-85 Christchurch
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 Rebels v Crusaders 20-10 Christchurch
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 Rebels v Crusaders 19-25 Melbourne
Sun, 28 Apr 2013 Rebels v Crusaders 26-30 Christchurch
Sat, 12 May 2012 Rebels v Crusaders 28-19 Melbourne
Rebels overall record against the Crusaders
Played 5 , Wins 2, Losses 3 , Draws 0
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2:Damon Murphy
TMO : George Ayoub
1. Toby Smith ,2. James Hanson,3. Tyrel Lomax,4. Steve Cummins,5. Lopeti Timani,6. Sean McMahon,7. Colby Fainga’a,8. Amanaki Mafi,9. Nic Stirzaker (Captain),10. Jackson Garden-Bachop,11. Marika Koroibete,12. Reece Hodge,13. Tom English,14. Sefa Naivalu,15. Ben Volavola
Replacements : 16. Siliva Siliva,17. Fereti Sa’aga,18. Laurie Weeks,19. Culum Retallick,20. Hugh Sinclair,21. Ben Meehan,22. Mitch Inman,23. Jonah Placid
1. Wyatt Crockett , 2. Ben Funnell, 3. Michael Alaalatoa, 4. Quinten Strange, 5. Sam Whitelock (C) , 6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 7. Pete Samu, 8. Jordan Taufua, 9. Bryn Hall , 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. Manasa Mataele, 12. Tim Bateman ,13. Seta Tamanivalu, 14. Israel Dagg, 15. David Havili
Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio, 17. Joe Moody, 18. Oli Jager, 19. Luke Romano , 20. Jed Brown , 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Mitchell Hunt , 23. George Bridge
Bulls v Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview
Three time Super Rugby champions the Bulls also face a tough task this weekend as they host the Hurricanes who are one of the tournament favourites.
The Bulls have lost their last three matches while the Hurricanes have won two of their last three. The Bulls have played 11 matches and won three. The Hurricanes have played 11 and won 9.
The Bulls have played the Hurricanes 17 times in Super Rugby and they have won 8 matches and lost nine. The Hurricanes beat the Bulls 13-17 on their last visit to Pretoria.
This season the Bulls have played the Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders and the Highlanders and they have yet to beat a NZ team. The average score in these matches this year has been Bulls 15 NZ teams 36.
The Bookies have given the Bulls a 15 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Bulls are struggling in 2017 and have not been able to perform against NZ teams. The Hurricanes should win by 17.
Average score: Bulls 25 Hurricanes 26
Last five results
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 Bulls v Hurricanes 13-17 Pretoria
Sat, 05 Apr 2014 Bulls v Hurricanes 20-25 Wellington
Sat, 04 May 2013 Bulls v Hurricanes 48-14 Pretoria
Sat, 02 Apr 2011 Bulls v Hurricanes 26-14 Napier
Fri, 19 Mar 2010 Bulls v Hurricanes 19-18 Pretoria
Bulls overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 17, Wins 8 , Losses 9 , Draws 0
Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 1:Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 2:Jaco Pretorius
TMO :Christie du Preez
Warrick Gelant, Duncan Matthews, Jan Serfontein, Burger Odendaal, Jesse Kriel, Tian Schoeman, Rudy Paige, Hanro Liebenberg, Jannes Kirsten, Ruan Steenkamp, Lood de Jager, Jason Jenkins, Jacobie Adriaanse, Adriaan Strauss (c), Lizo Gqoboko.
Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Pierre Schoeman, Conraad van Vuuren, Abongile Nonkontwana, Nic de Jager, Ivan van Zyl, Tony Jantjies, Ulrich Beyers.
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Loni Uhila
Replacements :16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Reed Prinsep, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Ben Lam
Sharks v Stormers Super Rugby Preview
The Sharks host an all South African derby match this weekend in Durban and the visiting side is Cape Town’s Stormers.
The Sharks have played the Stormers 25 times in Super Rugby and they have won 13 times and lost 12.
In Durban the teams have met 12 times and the Sharks have won 7 matches including the last match in the city which was in 2015.
The Stormers lead the Africa 1 Conference after 11 matches and 7 wins. The Sharks are in Africa 2 Conference and have won 8 of their 12 matches.
The Sharks have accumulated 38 points while the Stormers have earned just 30.
The Bookies have given the Stormers a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Stormers lost some form on tour recently while the Sharks will have home advantage. The Sharks should win by three.
Average score: Sharks 20 Stormers 20
Last five results
Sat, 12 Mar 2016 Sharks v Stormers 18-13 Cape Town
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 Sharks v Stormers 34-12 Durban
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 Sharks v Stormers 13-29 Cape Town
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 Sharks v Stormers 34-10 Cape Town
Sat, 31 May 2014 Sharks v Stormers 19-21 Durban
Sharks overall record against the Stormers
Played 25 , Wins 13, Losses 12 , Draws 0
Referee: Marius ven der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2:Archie Sehlako
TMO : Marius Jonker
15. Lwazi Mvovo ,14. Kobus van Wyk,13. Lukhanyo Am,12. Johan Deysel,11. S’busiso Nkosi,10. Garth April,9. Cobus Reinach,8. Daniel du Preez,7. Jean-Luc du Preez,6. Philip van der Walt (c),5. Stephan Lewies,4. Ruan Botha,3. Coenie Oosthuizen,2. Chiliboy Ralepelle,1. Thomas du Toit
Replacements:,16. Franco Marais,17. Tendai Mtawarira,18. Lourens Adriaanse,19. Etienne Oosthuizen ,20. Tera Mtembu,21. Michael Claassens,22. Benhard Janse van Rensburg,23. Odwa Ndungane
15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit (50th Vodacom Super Rugby cap), 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Juan de Jongh, 23 Seabelo Senatla.
Jaguares v Brumbies Super Rugby Preview
Argentina’s Jaguares are at home in Buenos Aires again this weekend and they host Australian Conference leaders the Brumbies.
The Jaguares had a bye last weekend but in the match before the bye they lost to the Force at home. That will have have given them a wake up call and the bye gave them time to work on their systems.
The Jaguares have nver played the Brumbies before so this will be the Brumbies first visit to Argentina in Super Rugby.
The Jaguares have played 11 matches this season and won 5 which has earned them 24 points. The Brumbies have played 11 matches and won four and they have 23 points. This indicates that the Jaguares have better form this season.
Average score: N/A
No past results
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 2:Jose Covasi
TMO : Santiago Borsani
15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Batista Ezcurra, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4.Matías Alemanno 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Lucas Noguera Paz
Replacements: 16 Julían Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Juan Martín Hernández, 23 Matías Moroni
Tom Banks, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Kyle Godwin, Aidan Toua, Wharenui Hawera, Joe Powell, Jordan Smiler, Chris Alcock, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter (capt), Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Josh Mann-Rea, Ben Alexander.
Replacements: Robbie Abel, Nic Mayhew, Leslie Leuluaiali-Makin, Blake Enever, Jarrad Butler, De Wet Roos, Andrew Muirhead, Andrew Smith.
Lions v Kings Super Rugby Preview
South Africa’s top Super Rugby team over the last two years the Lions are at home in Johannesburg on Sunday this weekend and they host the Southern Kings.
The Lions have only played the Southern Kings three times in Super Rugby but all three matches have been won by the Lions comfortably.
The Lions have played 12 matches and won 11. The Southern Kings have also played 11 matches but they have only won four.
This has been the Kings most successful year in Super Rugby but the Lions look on track to finish in second place in the overall standings at the end of the
The Bookies have given the Kings a 20 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Home advantage and altitude will help the Lions cruise to a comfortable victory by at least two converted tries.
Average score: Lions 48 Kings 17
Last three results
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 Lions v Kings 42-19 Port Elizabeth
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 Lions v Kings 57-21 Johannesburg
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 Lions v Kings 45-10 Port Elizabeth
Lions overall record against the Kings
Played 3 , Wins 3 , Losses 0 , Draws 0
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:Ben Crouse
TMO :Christie du Preez
Jacques van Rooyen,Robbie Coetzee ,Ruan Dreyer, Andries Ferreira, Franco Mostert , Kwagga Smith, Ruan Ackermann, Warren Whiteley (c), Faf de Klerk, Elton Jantjies, Courtnall Skosan, Harold Vorster, Lionel Mapoe, Ruan Combrinck , Andries Coetzee
Replacements : Malcolm Marx, Johannes Jonker, Lourens Erasmus ,Jaco Kriel , Dillon Smit, Jacques Nel ,Anthony Volmink/Sylvian Mahuza
15. Malcolm Jaer , 14. Alshaun Bock, 13. Berton Klaasen, 12. Luzuko Vulindlu, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9. Louis Schreuder (v/c), 8. Tyler Paul, 7. Stefan Willemse, 6. Chris Cloete, 5. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4. Irne Herbst, 3. Ross Geldenhuys (c), 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. Schalk van der Merwe,
Replacements : 16. Kurt Haupt, 17. Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18. Mzamo Majola, 19. Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20. Thembelani Bholi, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Ntabeni Dukisa, 23. Nicolaas Hanekom