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Super Rugby Round 7 this weekend has seven matches with one on Friday, five on on Saturday and one on Sunday.

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

The Cheetahs, Crusaders , Lions and Rebels have the bye.


Hurricanes v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes kick off Round 7 at home in Wellington on Friday by hosting 2014’s Super Rugby champions the Waratahs.

The Hurricanes are third in the New Zealand Conference but they have played one match less than current leaders the Crusaders. They have played five matches
and won four.

The Waratahs are second in the Australian Conference but they have played six matches and won just two.

The Hurricanes have played the Waragans 21 times in Super Rugby and they have won 11 matches and lost 10. There have been no draws.

While the Hurricanes won the last match between the sides the Waratahs won on their last visit to Wellington and they have won three out of the last four
matches in the city.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 17 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Hurricanes should win this by 14 or more.

Average score: Hurricanes 25 Waratahs 25

Last five results
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 Hurricanes v Waratahs 28-17 Sydney
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 Hurricanes v Waratahs 24-29 Wellington
Sat, 03 May 2014 Hurricanes v Waratahs 30-39 Sydney
Sat, 06 Apr 2013 Hurricanes v Waratahs 41-29 Wellington
Sat, 02 Jun 2012 Hurricanes v Waratahs 33-12 Sydney

Hurricanes overall record against the Waratahs
Played 21 , Wins 11 , Losses 10, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO : Glenn Newman

Teams

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett , 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Callum Gibbins,
6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 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 Vaea Fifita; 20 Toa Halafihi; 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi; 22 Otere Black; 23 Vince Aso

Waratahs

1.Paddy Ryan ,2.Tolu Latu,3.Sekope Kepu,4.Dean Mumm,5.Will Skelton,6. Ned Hanigan,7.Michael Hooper (c),8.Michael Wells,9.Jake Gordon,10.Bernard Foley,11.Cam Clark,12.David
Horwitz,13.Israel Folau,14.Taqele Naiyaravoro,15.Bryce Hegarty

Replacements:,16.Damien Fitzpatrick,17.Sam Needs,18.David Lolohea,19.David McDuling,20.Jed Holloway,21.Nick Phipps,22.Irae Simone,23.Andrew Kellaway


Sunwolves v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

The first Super Rugby match on Saturday in Round 7 is in Tokyo and is the return match between the Sunwolves and the Bulls.

These teams met almost three weeks ago in Pretoria and the Bulls won the match 34-21.

The Sunwolves have played the Bulls three times and they have yet to win a match yet. Their closest match was in Singapore last year when they Bulls edged
the victory by three points.

The Sunwolves have yet to win a match this season while the Bulls have lost their last two. They have played five matches and won one. The Bulls only win
was against the Sunwolves.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Bulls should edge this by five.

Average score: Sunwolves 17 Bulls 38

Last three results
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 Sunwolves v Bulls 21-34 Pretoria
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 Sunwolves v Bulls 3-50 Pretoria
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 Sunwolves v Bulls 27-30 Singapore

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

Match Officials
Referee: Will Houston
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2: Akihisa Aso
TMO : Minoru Fuji

Teams

Sunwolves

15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto

Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka

Bulls

Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel, Jan Serfontein, Burger Odendaal, Jamba Ulengo, Tian Schoeman, Rudy Paige, Hanro Liebenberg, Jannes Kirsten, Nic de Jager, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss (c), Lizo Gqoboko.

Replacements: Edgar Marutlulle, Pierre Schoeman, Martin Dreyer, Jaco Visagie/HendréStassen, Jacques Potgieter, Ivan van Zyl, Francois Brummer, Franco Naude.


Highlanders v Blues Super Rugby Preview

2015 Super Rugby Champions the Highlanders host local rivals the Blues at home in Dunedin in the second match on Saturday.

Both the Highlanders and the Blues have played six matches this season and both have won three. The Blues are ahead of the Highlanders by one point in
the standings. The Highlanders are currently the last placed NZ team.

The Highlanders have played the Blues 28 times in Super Rugby and they have
won 12 matches and lost 16. Most of the Highlanders victories have come in the last five years as they have won seven of the last 10 matches between the sides.

The Bookies have given the Blues a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Highlanders should edge this by four.

Average score: Highlanders 22 Blues 26

Last five results
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 Highlanders v Blues 16-12 Auckland
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 Highlanders v Blues 31-33 Auckland
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 Highlanders v Blues 44-7 Auckland
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 Highlanders v Blues 30-24 Dunedin
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 Highlanders v Blues 12-30 Auckland

Highlanders overall record against the Blues
Played 28 , Wins 12, Losses 16, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: James Doleman
TMO : Shane McDermott

Teams

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown,2. Liam Coltman , 3. Siosuia Halanukonuka , 4. Alex Ainley , 5. Tom Franklin , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. Dillon Hunt , 8. Luke Whitelock , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Marty Banks , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Richard Buckman , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Tevita Li , 15. Ben Smith ( c )

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

Blues

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

Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.


Brumbies v Reds Super Rugby Preview

Super Rugby moves from New Zealand to Canberra, Australia in the third match on Saturday as the Brumbies host the Reds.

The Brumbies have won the last four matches between these two Super Rugby sides and overall they have won 21 of the 27 matches. In the 27 matches played the
Brumbies have drawn once and lost just five times.

This season Australian Conference leaders the Brumbies have played five matches and won two. The Reds have played six matches and won one. They are on a five
match losing streak.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 9 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Brumbies should win this by 8.

Average score: Brumbies 28 Reds 15

Last five results
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15 Brumbies v Reds 43-24 Canberra

Sat, 14 Mar 2015 Brumbies v Reds 29-0 5:0 5-0 Brisbane
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 Brumbies v Reds 47-3 Canberra
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 Brumbies v Reds 23-20 Brisbane
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 Brumbies v Reds 17-27 Canberra

Brumbies overall record against the Reds
Played 27, Wins 21, Losses 5 , Draws 1

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Brumbies

15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Tom Banks, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy (c), 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 James Dargaville

Queensland Reds

1. Sef Fa’agase, 2. Stephen Moore (C) , 3. Sam Talakai , 4. Rob Simmons, 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Adam Korczyk , 7. George Smith, 8. Scott Higginbotham ,9. James Tuttle, 10. Jake McIntyre , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Chris Kuridrani , 15. Lachlan Maranta (run-on debut)

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi, 17. Kirwan Sanday, 18. Taniela Tupou , 19. Izack Rodda , 20. Hendrik Tui , 21. Moses Sorovi (potential Queensland/Super Rugby debut), 22. Hamish Stewart (potential Queensland/Super Rugby debut) , 23. Izaia Perese,


Sharks v Jaguares Super Rugby Preview

Durban’s Sharks host the first Super Rugby match on South African soil for Round seven and in this match they host Argentina’s Jaguares.

The Sharks and the Jaguares have only met twice in Super Rugby and the Sharks have won both matches.

While the Sharks were beaten by the Lions last week they will be bouyed by their performance as they put the Lions under a lot of pressure.

The Jaguares are second to the Lions in Africa 2 Conference and in the South African Group the Jaguares ahead third with the Sharks in fourth place.

While the Sharks will have home advantage they can expect the Jaguares to be a handful as they are a much improved side in 2017.

The Bookies have given the Jaguares a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Sharks should win this by 5.

Average score: Sharks 22 Jaguares 18

Last two results
Sat, 14 May 2016 12 Sharks v Jaguares 25-22 Buenos Aires
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 Sharks v Jaguares 19-15 Durban

Sharks overall record against the Jaguares
Played 2 , Wins 2 , Losses 0 , Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Stuart Berry
TMO : Marius Jonker

Teams

Sharks

15. Garth April , 14. Kobus van Wyk , 13. Lukhanyo Am , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Lwazi Mvovo (v/c) , 10. Curwin Bosch , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Daniel du Preez , 7. Jean-Luc du Preez , 6. Tera Mtembu (c) , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Etienne Oosthuizen , 3. Coenie Oosthuizen , 2. Franco Marais , 1. Beast Mtawarira

Replacements , 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle , 17. Thomas du Toit , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Ruan Botha , 20. Philip van der Walt , 21. Michael Claassens , 22. Inny Radebe , 23. Jeremy Ward

Jaguares

15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Bautista Ezcurra, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz

Replacements: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Felipe Arregui, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Rodrigo Baez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Emiliano Boffelli


Stormers v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview

Cape Town’s Stormers are unbeaten after playing five matches so far this Super Rugby season but they are up against a team they lost heavily to last year.

The Stormers only played one New Zealand team in 2016 and that was in their Elimination final which the Chiefs won 21-60 in Cape Town. Given last year’s result the Chiefs will have some confidence as they fly into South Africa.

Both teams are unbeaten after five matches but as the Chiefs are in a tougher conference they look to be in better form. The Chiefs have also won the last three matches between the sides.

Overall the Stormers have played the Chiefs 18 times and both sides have won 9 matches each. The Chiefs have won on their last two visits to Cape Town and in the 9 matches played in the city the Stormers have won five and lost four.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 3 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Chiefs should edge this by five.

Average score: Stormers 25 Chiefs 28

Last result
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 Elim Stormers v Chiefs 21-60 Cape Town
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 Stormers v Chiefs 19-28 Cape Town
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 Stormers v Chiefs 20-36 Hamilton
Sat, 09 Mar 2013 Stormers v Chiefs 36-34 Cape Town
Sat, 14 May 2011 Stormers v Chiefs 23-30 Hamilton

Stormers overall record against the Chiefs
Played 18, Wins 9 , Losses 9, Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2:Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO :Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Stormers

15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Cobus Wiese, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel.

Chiefs

1. Kane Hames, 2. Hika Elliot , 3. Atu Moli , 4. Dominic Bird, 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Messam, 7. Lachlan Boshier , 8. Michael Leitch , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain) , 11. James Lowe , 12. Stephen Donald , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Toni Pulu , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Brayden Mitchell, 17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi , 18. Sosefo Kautai**, 19. Taleni Seu, 20. Mitchell Brown, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Sam McNicol , 23. Shaun Stevenson,

**denotes Super Rugby debut


Force v Kings Super Rugby Preview

The final Super rugby match for Round 7 is on Sunday and in Perth Western Australia where the Force host the Southern Kings.

This match will be the second meeting between the sides. The Southern Kings won the first match 22-10 in Port Elizabeth and they have never played in Perth.

Both the Force and the Kings have played five matches this season and both have won just one match each.

The Bookies have given the Kings a 16 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Force should win this by 7 or more.

Average score: Force 10 Kings 22

Last result
Sat, 23 Feb 2013 Force v Kings 10-22 Port Elizabeth

Force’s overall record against the Kings
Played 1 , Wins 0, Losses 1 , Draws 0

Match Officials
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1: Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Western Force

Ben Daley, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tetera Faulkner, Matt Philip, Richie Arnold, Ross Haylett-Petty, Matt Hodgson (capt), Isi Naisarani, Michael Ruru, Jono Lance, Alex Newsome, Billy Meakes, Marcel Brache, Chance Peni, Dane Haylett-Petty,

Replacements: Heath Tessmann, Pek Cowan, Shambeckler Vui, Richard Hardwick, Ben McCalman, Ian Prior, Luke Burton, Curtis Rona

Southern Kings

15. Malcolm Jaer , 14. Yaw Penxe , 13. Berton Klaasen , 12. Luzuko Vulindlu , 11. Makazole Mapimpi , 10. Lionel Cronje (c) , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Ruaan Lerm (v/c) , 7. Andisa Ntsila , 6. Chris Cloete , 5. Wilhelm van der Sluys , 4. Irne Herbst , 3. Ross Geldenhuys , 2. Michael Willemse , 1. Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements : 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Justin Forwood, 19. Mzwanele Zito, 20. Tyler Paul, 21. Rick Schroeder, 22. Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23. Masixole Banda/Wandile Mjekevu

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