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Super Rugby team by team preview Rd.16 Pt.2

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)

The second part of Super Rugby Round 16 has five matches with two on Friday and and three Super Rugby matches on Saturday.

The weekend kicks off in Brisbane where the Reds s host the Brumbies and the round finishes in Cape Town where witth the Stormers hosting the Sunwolves.

The New Zealand teams effectively have a bye.

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


Reds v Brumbies Super Rugby Preview

Queensland Super Rugby franchise the Reds will have home advantage in this match as the match is at Suncorp Stadium but they are up against Australia’s top team.

The Reds have played the Brumbies 28 times in Super Rugby and have won five matches, drawn one and lost 22.

The Reds have not beaten the Brumbies since 2014 and have lost their last five matches against the Canberra side no matter where the match was played.

The Reds have played 13 matches in 2017 and won 10. The Brumbies have played 13 and won six.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 5 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Although the Reds have home advantage they have a poor record against the Brumbies. The Brumbies should win by 8.

Average score: Reds 15 Brumbies 29

Last five results
Sat, 08 Apr 2017 Reds v Brumbies 10-43 Canberra
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 Reds v Brumbies 24-43 Canberr
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 Reds v Brumbies 0-29 Brisbane
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 Reds v Brumbies 3-47 Canberra
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 Reds v Brumbies 20-23 Brisbane

Reds overall record against the Brumbies
Played 28 , Wins 5 , Losses 22 , Draws 1

Match Officials
Referee:
Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Rohan Hoffman
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Queensland Reds

1. Sef Fa’agase , 2. Stephen Moore (C) , 3. Taniela Tupou , 4. Kane Douglas , 5. Izack Rodda , 6. Rob Simmons , 7. George Smith , 8. Adam Korczyk , 9. James Tuttle , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Campbell Magnay , 14. Izaia Perese , 15. Karmichael Hunt

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi , 17. Markus Vanzati , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Cadeyrn Neville , 20. Caleb Timu , 21. Moses Sorovi , 22. Hamish Stewart , 23. Chris Kuridrani

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Aidan Toua, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements : 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Nigel Ah Wong, 23 Andrew Smith


Force v  Rebels Super Rugby Preview

The Western Force and the Melbourne Rebels will be playing for pride in this match as neither team can reach the Super Rugby play off.

There will be added spice in this contest as one of these teams will not be playing Super Rugby next season after the Australian Rugby Union named them as the two teams up for being kicked out of Super Rugby.

The Western Force are the Melbourne’s Rebels hosts in this match and the Force are third in the Australian Conference while the Rebels are last.

This season the Force have played 13 matches and won four. The Rebels have also played 13 but they have won just one.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 7 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. This has been a tough year for the Rebels and they will be pleased to see the end of the season. The Force should win by 8

Average score: Force 23 Rebels 24

Last five results
Sun, 29 May 2016 Force v Rebels 22-27 Melbourne
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 Force v Rebels 19-25 Perth
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 Force v Rebels 13-11 Melbourne
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 Force v Rebels 17-21 Perth
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 Force v Rebels 16-22 Melbourne

Force’s overall record against the Rebels
Played 12 , Wins 3 , Losses 9, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee:
Will Houston
Assistant Ref 1:Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Damien Mitchelmore

Teams

Force

Pek Cowan , Tatafu Polota-Nau , Jermaine Ainsley , Matt Philip , Adam Coleman (C) , Ross Haylett-Petty , Richard Hardwick , Isi Naisarani , Michael Ruru , Peter Grant , Alex Newsome , Bill Meakes , Curtis Rona , Chance Peni , Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : Heath Tessmann , Francois van Wyk , Tetera Faulkner , Lewis Carmichael , Brynard Stander , Ian Prior , Jono Lance , James Verity-Amm

Rebels

1. Toby Smith , 2. James Hanson , 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Murray Douglas , 5. Steve Cummins , 6. Lopeti Timani , 7. Colby Fainga’a , 8. Amanaki Mafi , 9. Nic Stirzaker (Captain) , 10. Jackson Garden-Bachop , 11. Marika Koroibete , 12. Reece Hodge , 13. Mitch Inman , 14. Tom English , 15. Jonah Placid

Replacements : 16. Jordan Uelese , 17. Cruze Ah Nau , 18. Fereti Sa’aga , 19. Culum Retallick , 20. Hugh Sinclair , 21. Ben Meehan , 22. Sione Tuipulotu , 23. Jack Maddocks


Waratahs v  Jaguares Super Rugby Preview

2014 Super Rugby Champions the Waratahs will play their first ever Super Rugby match against Argentina’s Jaguares in this match.

The Waratahs are second in the Australian Super Rugby conference and will have home advantage in the match.The Jaguares are third in the Africa 2 Super Rugby conference.

The Waratahs have played 13 matches and won four. The Jaguares have played 13 too but they have won five matches.

The Waratahs have had a difficult season and will be rusty in this contest as they have not played since last month while the Jaguares played last week.

The Jaguares started the season strongly but have struggled more and more as the season progressed. Last week they were beaten by the Kings at home and had to travel for this match.

The Bookies have given the a Jaguares 12 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Although the Waratahs will be rusty they have home advantage so should edge this by 3.

Average score: N/A

Last result
No previous results

Match Officials
Referee:
Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2:Jordan Way
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Waratahs

Tom Robertson, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Ned Hanigan, Dean Mumm, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper, Michael Wells, Jake Gordon, Bernard Foley, Cam Clark, David Horwitz, Rob Horne, Bryce Hegarty, Israel Folau.

Replacements: Damien Fitzpatrick, Paddy Ryan, Angus Ta’avao, David McDuling, Ryan McCauley, Matt Lucas, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Andrew Kellaway.

Jaguares

15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Moroni, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerome de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Benjamin Macome, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Ignacio Larrague, 20 Rodrigo Báez, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 23 Santiago Cordero


BullsKings Super Rugby Preview

South Africa’s Bulls returned from the June break last week and surprised the Sharks in Durban. This weekend they will have home advantage.

The Kings will however be on a high as they travelled to Argentina last week and upset the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

The Bulls have played the Kings three times and are unbeaten against the Port Elizabeth side.

The Bulls have played 13 matches and won four in 2017. The Kings have played 13 and won five.

The Bookies have given the Southern Kings a 10 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Loftus Versfeld is never an easy place to win matches so the Bulls are the favourites. With home advantage the Bulls should win by 9.

Average score: Bulls 40 Kings 8

Last three results
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 Bulls v Kings 38-6 Port Elizabeth
Sat, 29 Jun 2013 Bulls v Kings 48-18 Pretoria
Sat, 20 Apr 2013 Bulls v Kings 34-0 Port Elizabeth

Bulls overall record against the Kings
Played 3, Wins 3 , Losses 0, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee:
Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 1:Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2:Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO : Johan Greeff

Teams

Bulls

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Conrad van Vuuren, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements : 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 John-Roy Jenkinson, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Shaun Adendorff, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Tinus de Beer, 23 Burger Odendaal

Kings

15 Malcolm Jaer,14 Wandile Mjekevu,13 Berton Klaasen,12 Luzuko Vulindlu,11 Makazole Mapimpi,10. Lionel Cronje (capt),9 Louis Schreuder,8. Andisa Ntsila,7 .Tyler Paul,6 .Chris Cloete, 5.Lubabalo Mtyanda,4 Irne Herbst, 3.Ross Geldenhuys (v/c),2 Michael Willemse,1. Mzamo Majola

Replacements : 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Schalk Ferreira, 18. Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19. Mzwanele Zito, 20. Thembelani Bholi, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Masixole Banda, 23. Yaw Penxe.


Stormers v Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview

Cape Town’s Stormers are third in the overall Super Rugby Conference while the Sunwolves are in 18th place.

The Stormers have played 13 matches and won 8 in 2017 while the Sunwolves have played 13 too but won one.

Last week the Stormers beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein while the Sunwolves were heavily beaten by the Lions in Johannesburg.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 34 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. With home advantage and with their current form the Stormers should ease to victory in this match.

Average score: Stormers 36 Sunwolves 22

Last three results
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 Stormers v Sunwolves 44-31 Singapore
Sat, 14 May 2016 Stormers v Sunwolves 17-17 Singapore
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 Stormers v Sunwolves 46-19 Cape Town

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

Match Officials
Referee:
Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 1:Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2:AJ Jacobs
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Stormers

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Juarno Augustus, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 JD Schickerling, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Bjorn Basson.

Sunwolves

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Ryohei Yamanaka, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Teruya Goto, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willem Britz (c), 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Malgene Ilaua, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Takeshi Hino, 1 Koki Yamamoto

Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Koo Jiwon, 19 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 20 Shokei Kin, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Rikiya Matsuda, 23 Jumpei Ogura