Super Rugby continues this weekend into the third round and all 15 teams have now played at least one Super Rugby match.
Having played two matches and won both the Lions lead the overall standings with the Rebels and Crusaders following close behind after one match each.
The Highlanders have the bye this weekend and there are seven matches. Friday has two matches and there are five matches on Saturday.
The Blues and the Chiefs lost their opening round matches so both will be looking to turn things around this weekend and register their first victory for the
The Blues and Chiefs have played each other 28 times in Super Rugby and the Blues have won 10 matches, drawn one and lost 17.
The Blues have not beaten the Chiefs in their last 12 attempts. The last match ended in a 16 all draw but the 11 before that all ended with the Chiefs winning.
That includes six Blues matches at home so the Auckland side have really struggled in recent times as they have not beaten the Chiefs since March 2011.
The Blues have hosted the Chiefs 14 times and win 5 matches since 1996. The one draw was in May last year.
Both teams have made a couple of changes or rotations for this clash so there will be some familiarity from last weekend.
The Bookies have given the Blues a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Chiefs have not lost to the Blues in 12 matches so they know how to beat the Auckland side. The Chiefs should win this by 4 points.
Average score: Blues 22 Chiefs 26
Last five results
Fri, 26 May 2017 Blues v Chiefs 16-16 Auckland
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
Blues overall record against the Chiefs
Played 28 , Wins 10, Losses 17 , Draws 1
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Brendan Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Angus Mabey
TMO : Ben Skeen
1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. James Parsons, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Scott Scrafton, 6. Jimmy Tupou, 7. Murphy Taramai, 8. Akira Ioane; 9. Augustine Pulu ©, 10. Bryn Gatland, 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. TJ Faiane, 13. George Moala, 14. Matt Duffie,15. Melani Nanai.
Replacements: 16. Leni Apisai, 17. Alex Hodgman, 18. Michael Tamoaieta, 19. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Jerome Kaino, 21. Sam Nock, 22. Daniel Kirkpatrick,23. Michael Collins.
1. Aidan Ross, 2. Nathan Harris, 3. Nepo Laulala , 4. Brodie Retallick , 5. Michael Allardice , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Sam Cane, 8. Taleni Seu, 9. Brad Weber,10. Damian McKenzie, 11. Solomon Alaimalo , 12. Johnny Faauli, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Sean Wainui , 15. Shaun Stevenson
Replacements :16. Liam Polwart, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe , 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Mitchell Brown*/ Luke Jacobson, 20. Lachlan Boshier, 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22. Tiaan Falcon, 23. Bailyn Sullivan/Declan O’Donnell
Queensland’s Reds made a disappointing start to the Super Rugby season as they were beaten 45-19 in Melbourne after Scott Higginbotham was red carded.
The Reds should perform a lot better this weekend if they can keep all 15 players on the field but they will still have much work to do.
In the last six matches between the Reds and the Brumbies the Reds have won just one. The last match between the sides was in July 2017 and the Reds edged it 16-15 at home in Brisbane.
Overall the Reds have played the Brumbies 29 times in Super rugby since 1996 and they have won 6 matches and drawn one. That leaves 22 losses for the Reds in these matches.
The average score when these teams meet is Reds 15 Brumbies 28.
At home the Reds have hosted the Brumbies 13 times and they have won 3 matches and drawn one. The Brumbies have won 69% of their matches against the Reds away
The Bookies have given the Reds a 5 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Brumbies have a history of travelling well to Brisbane and the Reds will be without their captain. The Brumbies should win this by 6 points or more.
Average score: Reds 15 Brumbies 28
Last five results
Fri, 07 Jul 2017 Reds v Brumbies 16-15 Brisbane
Sat, 08 Apr 2017 Reds v Brumbies 10-43 Canberra
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 Reds v Brumbies 24-43 Canberra
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 Reds v Brumbies 0-29 Brisbane
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 Reds v Brumbies 3-47 Canberra
Reds overall record against the Brumbies
Played 29 , Wins 6, Losses 22, Draws 1
Kick Off local: 19:00
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : George Ayoub
15. Aidan Toua, 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13. Samu Kerevi, 12. Duncan Paia’aua, 11. Eto Nabuli, 10. Jono Lance, 9. James Tuttle, 8. Caleb Timu, 7. Liam Wright,6. Adam Korczyk, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Izack Rodda, 3. Taniela Tupou, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1. James Slipper.
Replacements 16. Alex Mafi, 17. JP Smith, 18. Sef Fa’agase, 19. Harry Hockings, 20. Angus Scott-Young, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. Hamish Stewart, 23. Filipo Daugunu.
15. Tom Banks, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Chance Peni, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Isi Naisarani, 7. Tom Cusack, 6. Lachlan McCaffrey, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Josh Mann-Rea, 1. Ben Alexander.
Replacements 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Nic Mayhew, 18. Les Leuluaialii-Makin, 19. Blake Enever, 20. Lolo Fakaosilea, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Wharenui Hawera, 23.Lausii Taliauli.
Reigning Super Rugby champions the Crusaders kicked off their title defence with a 45-23 victory over the Chiefs at home in Christchurch.
The score-line suggests that the match was one-sided but it was not until the final 10 minutes when the Chiefs were reduced to 14 players that the Crusaders ran away with the result so they are not yet at their best.
The Stormers started their season with a 28-20 victory over the Jaguares but then last week they fell at the final hurdle and were beaten 34-27 by the Waratahs in Sydney. Their campaign to date has been mixed.
Unfortunately for the Stormers they are up against a side that has won six of the last seven matches and one of the last eleven matches.
Overall the Crusaders have played the Stormers 20 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Crusaders have won 16 matches and lost 4. This gives the Crusaders a record of winning 80% of their matches against the Stormers.
On their last visit to Christchurch the Stormers were beaten 57-24. On average when these teams meet the score is Crusaders 30 Stormers 20 but when the Crusaders are on home ground it is : Crusaders 32 Stormers 18.
The Bookies have given the Stormers a 16 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Crusaders rarely lose at home and they lose even more rarely to the Stormers. The Crusaders should win this comfortably by 14 points or more.
Average score: Crusaders 30 Stormers 20
Last five results
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 Crusaders v Stormers 57-24 Christchurch
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 Crusaders v Stormers 14-13 Christchurch
Sat, 30 Mar 2013 Crusaders v Stormers 19-14 Cape Town
Sat, 14 Apr 2012 Crusaders v Stormers 31-24 Christchurch
Sat, 02 Jul 2011 Semi Crusaders v Stormers 29-10
Crusaders overall record against the Stormers
Played 20, Wins 16 , Losses 4, Draws 0
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 2:Cam Stone
TMO : Shane McDermott
15. David Havili, 14. Seta Tamanivalu, 13. Jack Goodhue, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. George Bridge, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 9. Bryn Hall, 8. Jordan Taufua, 7. Billy Harmon, 6. Peter Samu, 5. Sam Whitelock (c), 4. Scott Barrett, 3. Michael Alaalatoa, 2. Codie Taylor, 1. Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16. Andrew Makalio, 17. Chris King, 18. Oliver Jager, 19. Luke Romano, 20. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. Manasa Mataele
15 SP Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Dillyn Leyds, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 JC Janse van Resnburg.
Replacements: 16 Dean Muir, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Kobus van Dyk, 22 Justin Phillips, 23 George Whitehead.
Japan’s Sunwolves will host Melbourne’s Rebels in Tokyo at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in the second match on Saturday this weekend.
The Sunwolves have only ever played the Rebels once before and that match was won 9-35 by the Rebels in – also Tokyo.
Last week the Sunwolves were at home but were beaten by the Brumbies while the Rebels thumped the Reds in Melbourne.
The Rebels can expect a tougher contest this weekend as the Reds played for most of the match with 14 players. The Sunwolves will be at home but will face a Rebels side full of confidence.
The Bookies have given the Sunwolves an 8 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Sunwolves look to be improving but the Rebels look a bit more orrganised so they should win this by 9 around points.
Average score: Sunwolves 9 Rebels 35
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 Sunwolves v Rebels 9-35 Tokyo
Sunwolves record against the Rebels
Played 1, Wins 0, Losses 1, Draws 0
Kick Off local: 13:15
Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 1:Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2:Shuhei Kubo
TMO :Minoru Fuji
15.Robbie Robinson, 14. Akihito Yamada, 13. Timothy Lafaele , 12. Ryoto Nakamura , 11. William Tupou , 10. Hayden Parker , 9. Yutaka Nagare (c) , 8. Ed Quirk , 7. Lappies Labuschagne , 6. Michael Leitch , 5. Willie Britz , 4. Sam Wykes , 3. Jiwon Koo , 2. Shota Horie ,1. Craig Millar
Replacements: 16. Atsushi Sakate,17. Keita Inagaki,18. Asaeli Ai Valu,19. James Moore,20. Yoshitaka Tokunaga,21. Fumiaki Tanaka,22. Harumichi Tatekawa,23. Ryuji Noguchi
1. Tetera Faulkner , 2. Jordan Uelese , 3. Jermaine Ainsley , 4. Matt Philip , 5. Adam Coleman (c) , 6. Lopeti Timani , 7. Angus Cottrell , 8. Amanaki Mafi , 9. Will Genia , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Sefa Naivalu , 12. Reece Hodge , 13. Tom English (vc) , 14. Jack Maddocks , 15. Dane Haylett-Petty
Replacements: 16. Anaru Rangi , 17. Fereti Sa’aga , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Geoff Parling , 20. Ross Haylett-Petty , 21. Colby Fainga’a , 22. Michael Ruru , 23. Billy Meakes
Super Rugby moves to Durban South Africa in the third match on Saturday where the Sharks host the Waratahs at Kings Park stadium.
The Sharks were beaten by the Lions in their opening match and had a bye last weekend so will have had some time to sort out any problems discovered in the opening round.
The Waratahs picked up an extra time victory over the Stormers at home in Sydney last weekend and have had to travel to Durban for this match.
Overall these teams have played each other 19 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Sharks have won 6 matches, drawn one and lost 12. This gives the Sharks a record of winning 32% of their matches against the Waratahs.
The Sharks have hosted the Waratahs in Durban 9 times and they have won 5 matches, drawn one and lost three. However the last three Sharks home matches against the Waratahs have all been won by the Sharks.
The last Waratahs victory over the Sharks in Durban was in May 2009. Since that victory the Sharks and Waratahs have alternated wins as whoever was playing at home ended the match as the winner.
The Bookies have given the Sharks a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Sharks have had almost two weeks to prepare for this clash while the Waratahs have had to travel from Sydney and only just managed to beat the Stormers at home last week. The Sharks with home advantage should win this by 5
Average score: Sharks 21 Waratahs 27
Last five results
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 Sharks v Waratahs 37-14 Durban
Sat, 16 May 2015 Sharks v Waratahs 18-33 Sydney
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 Sharks v Waratahs 32-10 Durban
Sat, 24 Mar 2012 Sharks v Waratahs 30-34 Sydney
Sat, 28 May 2011 Sharks v Waratahs 26-21 Durban
Sharks overall record against the Waratahs
Played 19 , Wins 6, Losses 12, Draws 1
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2:Archie Sehlako
TMO : Marius Jonker
15. Lwazi Mvovo , 14. Kobus van Wyk , 13. Lukhanyo Am , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Sbu Nkosi , 10. Robert du Preez , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Keegan Daniel , 7. Tyler Paul , 6. Jacques Vermeulen , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Ruan Botha (c) , 3. Thomas du Toit , 2. Franco Marais , 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16. Akker van der Merwe , 17. Juan Schoeman , 18. John-Hubert Meyer , 19. Hyron Andrews , 20. Tera Mtembu , 21. Cameron Wright , 22. Marius Louw , 23. Curwin Bosch
1. Tom Robertson , 2. Damien Fitzpatrick , 3. Paddy Ryan , 4. Ned Hanigan , 5. Tom Staniforth , 6. Michael Wells , 7. Michael Hooper (c) , 8. Jed Holloway , 9. Jake Gordon, 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Curtis Rona , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Lalakai Foketi, 14. Andrew Kellaway , 15. Israel Folau
Replacements: 16. Hugh Roach , 17. Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18. Kalivati Tawake , 19. Nick Palmer , 20. Will Miller, 21. Mitch Short , 22. Bryce Hegarty , 23. Alex Newsome
Pretoria’s Bulls host Johannesburg’s Lions in a match that is often called the battle of the Jukskei after the name of a river that separates the two South African cities.
The Bulls and the Lions are both unbeaten so far so unless there is a draw one of these teams will suffer their first loss this season.
While the Lions have played two and won two the Bulls had a bye in the opening round so although they are unbeaten they have only played one match. They have arguably been tested more though as the Bulls beat the 2016 finalists the Hurricanes last weekend.
The Lions have beaten the Sharks and the Jaguares but going on last year’s final placings the Hurricanes can be considered the toughest opposition.
The Bulls have played the :Lions 23 times in Super rugby and they have won 14 matches and lost 9. Most of those victories came between 2003 and 2014 in what was something of a golden period for the Bulls. The last two meetings between the sides have both been won by the Lions who are arguably going through their own golden period.
In their last meeting last year the Lions were the hosts and the Bulls were beaten 14-51. The Lions also won (20-56) on their last visit to Pretoria (in 2016).
At home in Pretoria the Bulls have played the Lions 12 times since 1998 and they have won 8 matches and lost 4. The average score when the Bulls host the Lions in Pretoria is Bulls 35 Lions 29.
The Bookies have given the Bulls an 11 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Lions are still South Africa’s form team so they should win this by 8 points or more.
Average score: Bulls 29 Lions 28
Last five results
Sat, 20 May 2017 Bulls v Lions 14-51 Johannesburg
Sat, 28 May 2016 Bulls v Lions 20-56 Pretoria
Sat, 02 May 2015 Bulls v Lions 35 Pretoria
Sat, 04 Apr 2015 Bulls v Lions 18-22 Johannesburg
Sat, 31 May 2014 Bulls v Lions 21-32 Johannesburg
Bulls overall record against the Lions
Played 23 , Wins 14 , Losses 9 , Draws 0
Kick Off local: 17:15
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2:Stephan Geldenhuys
TMO : Christie du Preez
Divan Rossouw , Travis Ismaiel, Jesse Kriel , Burger Odendaal (c), Johnny Kotze, Handré Pollard, Andre Warner, Hanro Liebenberg, Thembelani Bholi, Roelof Smit, Lood de Jager , RG Snyman, Frans van Wyk, Jaco Visagie , Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: Adriaan Strauss , Lizo Gqoboka , Conraad van Vuuren, Nic de Jager, Marco van Staden , Embrose Papier , Marnitz Boshoff, Duncan Matthews.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 22 Harold Vorster, 23.Madosh Tambwe
Super Rugby comes to an end in Round 3 when Argentina’s Jaguares host the Hurricanes who will be making their first trip to Buenos Aires.
This will be the second time that the Jaguares and the Hurricanes and the Jaguares have met and the first time in South America as they previously met in Wellington.
The first match between the sides was won 40-22 by the Hurricanes.
The travel factor should not give either side an advantage in this contest as both teams have had to travel from South Africa for this match.
The Bookies have given the Jaguares an 11 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $100 in Bonus bets. The Jaguares always perform well at home but the Hurricanes will be hungrier for this so they should edge this by 6.
Average score: Jaguares 22 Hurricanes 40
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 Jaguares v Hurricanes 22-40 Wellington
Jaguares overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 1, Wins 0, Losses 1, Draws 0
Kick Off local: 18:40
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Jose Covassi
TMO :Santiago Borsani
15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8. Tomas Lezana, 7. Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5Matias Alemanno 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Felipe Arregui.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19.Guido Petti , 20. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22,Juan Martin Hernandez, 23 Sebastien Cancelliere
15 Jordie Barrett , 14 Julian Savea , 13 Matt Proctor , 12 Ngani Laumape , 11 Ben Lam , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara , 8 Gareth Evans , 7 Ardie Savea , 6 Brad Shields (c) , 5 Sam Lousi , 4 Vaea Fifita , 3 Ben May , 2 Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Chris Eves
Replacements : 16 James O’Reilly , 17 Fraser Armstrong , 18 Alex Fidow , 19 Michael Fatialofa , 20 Blade Thomson , 21 Jamie Booth , 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop , 23 Vince Aso