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The Super14 follows on from Friday on Saturday and here we have a quick look at the matches coming up on Saturday in Round Eleven of the 2008 Super 14 starting with the Chiefs vs the Reds.


As mentioned in Part One, the Bulls and the Force have the bye so they get the weekend off.


CHIEFS V REDS


The Chiefs are looking very good at the moment. They outplayed the Crusaders convincingly after coming off the bye and this week they face Australian strugglers the Reds.


The Reds are pretty much out of it even though they beat the Force last week.

 

They are a vastly improved side from last year but at the end of the day they are still the lowest placed Australian team.

Statistically the Reds vs the Chiefs are even with both teams having won 6 matches each. In Hamilton the Chiefs do have the edge with 4 wins to the Reds 2.


Given home advantage and recent form from the Chiefs everything points to a comfortable Chiefs win over the Reds.

 

The Queenslanders restricted the Force to three penalties last week but their opposition’s lack of scoring can probably be put down more to the Force being off their game rather than the Reds being in form.

Chiefs by 14


Saturday April 26
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Touch judges: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa), Bryce Lawrence(New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Assessor: Alan Riley (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Chiefs 6, Reds 6
In Hamilton: Played 6, Chiefs 4, Reds 2
Last season: Round 8, March 24 2007: Chiefs 21-19 Reds at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane


Teams


Chiefs


1-15- Ben May , Tom Willis ,Ben Castle ,Toby Lynn ,Kevin O’Neill ,Liam Messam ,Tanerau Latimer ,Sione Lauaki ,Jamie Nutbrown , Stephen Donald , Sitiveni Sivivatu ,Dwayne Sweeney , Richard Kahui , Lelia Masaga , Mils Muliaina (capt)


Reserves:Aled de Malmanche , Simms Davison/Simon Lemalu , Jay Williams , Faifili Levave , Brendon Leonard/David Bason ,
Callum Bruce/Murray Williams , Sosene Anesi.


Reds :


Clinton Schifcofske, Brando Va’aulu, Morgan Turinui, Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas, Leroy Houston, David Croft, John Roe, James Horwill (c), Van Humphries, Rodney Blake, Stephen Moore, Ben Coutts.


Reserves: Sean Hardman, Dayna Edwards, Ed O’Donoghue, Poutasi Luafutu, Will Genia, Charlie Fetoai, Digby Ioane.



WARATAHS V SHARKS


Essentially this is the battle for second place. If the Waratahs win it will be their fifth win on the trot after they have won their last four matches and are undefeated at home in 2008 with five victories from as many starts.


The Sharks played some of their best rugby in the first half of last week’s match against the Brumbies but then in the second half they lacked a leader who should have settled the team down as indiscipline cost them the match.


This has been a tough tour for the Sharks and even though they will want to put things right from last week,  home advantage should see the Waratahs home even if they do go into defensive mode and slow the game down to something of a borefest.


A more settled Sharks backline will be a bonus to the visitors but as the Tahs have named an unchanged team for the last three weeks the Tahs will have the edge in confidence.


Waratahs by 5


Saturday April 26
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Grant MacNeill (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Scott Young (Australia),
Performance Auditor : Lusanda Menze (South Africa)
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Waratahs 6, Sharks 5, Drawn 1
In Sydney: Played 6, Waratahs 4, Sharks 2
Last season: Round 2, February 10 2007: Sharks 22-9 Waratahs at Absa Stadium, Durban


Teams


Waratahs


1. Benn Robinson, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3. Matt Dunning*, 4. Will Caldwell, 5. Dan Vickerman, 6. Dean Mumm, 7. Phil Waugh [c], 8. Wycliff Palu, 9. Luke Burgess, 10. Kurtley Beale, 11. Lote Tuqiri, 12. Tom Carter, 13. Rob Horne, 14. Lachie Turner, 15. Sam Norton-Knight


Reserves: 16. Adam Freier, 17. Al Baxter , 18. David Lyons, 19. Beau Robinson, 20. Brett Sheehan, 21. Matt Carraro, 22. Alfi Mafi
* 95th NSW Cap (fifth all-time)


Sharks


15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Waylon Murray/Bradley Barritt, 12. Francois Steyn, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Rory Kockott, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Jacques Botes, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Johann Muller (Captain), 4. Albert van den Berg, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira


Reserves: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Deon Carstens, 18. BJ Botha, 19. AJ Venter,20. Jean Deysel, 21. Ruan Pienaar, 22. Adrian Jacobs.


CHEETAHS V HURRICANES


The Cheetahs have changed both their half backs for this match. The Hurricanes have lost Jerry Collins which is a blow. The Hurricanes however have depth that will be enough to cover the loss of Collins.


The Cheetahs have been boosted by the return of captain Juan Smith but the worry for the Cheetahs is their defence which is the second worst in the tournament against a team that has an attacking backline.


The match between the Stormers and the Cheetahs two weeks ago showed that the Cheetahs are simply not in the same league as the Stormers who beat the Hurricanes last weekend. The Hurricanes then should win this one fairly safely.


The Hurricanes know that a big win this weekend will earn them five points which will put them somewhere around the top four depending on the results in other matches.


Hurricanes by 15


Saturday April 26
Absa Park, Kimberley
Referee: Ian Smith (Australia)
Touch judges: Paul Marks (Australia), Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)
Assessor: Arrie Schoonwinkel (South Africa) ,
Performance Auditor: Ian Scotney (Australia)
Head-to-Head: Played 3, Hurricanes 2, Cheetahs 1
In Kimberley: N/A
Last season: Round 10, April 13 2007: Hurricanes 37-15 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington


Teams


Hurricanes


Cory Jane, Hosea Gear, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Zac Guildford, Willie Ripia, Piri Weepu, Rodney So’oialo (captain), Scott Waldrom, Chris Masoe, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Tim Fairbrother, Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata.


Reserves: Hikawera Elliot, Jacob Ellison, Bernie Upton, Craig Clarke, Brett Goodin, Tane Tu’ipulotu, Tamati Ellison.


Cheetahs


Hennie Daniller; Eddie Fredericks, JW Jonker, Meyer Bosman, Jongi Nokwe; Conrad Barnard, Falie Oelschig; Duanne Vermeulen, Juan Smith (capt.), Heinrich Brussow, Barend Pieterse, Rory Duncan, CJ van der Linde, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.


Reserves: Richardt Strauss, Bees Roux, David de Villiers, Hendro Scholtz, Tewis de Bruyn, Bevin Fortuin, Hendrik Meyer.



STORMERS V HIGHLANDERS


On Paper the Stormers should walk this. Even though the Highlanders got a thumping from the Bulls last weekend they are not a bad team. They have a good pack of forwards but in the loosies the Stormers have the edge as their loose trio (Luke Watson, Schalk Burger and Francois Louw) have shown some fine form.


Looking at the statistics the Highlanders have a big lead on the Stormers at Newlands surprisingly beating the Stormers on four our of five clashes.


Still,  form is with the Stormers and credit must be given to Rassie Erasmus who has done exceptionally well with a team that he has only been in charge of for around six months.


The Stormers will miss Tonderai Chavhanga and JD Moller who are are both out injured. Chavhanga will be missed probably more than Moller as he had the wheels to catch Vainikolo.


Stormers by 12


Saturday April 26
Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Touch judges: Daniel Cheever (Australia), Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Assessor: Dennis Immelman (South Africa)
Head-to-Head: Played 11, Highlanders 8, Stormers 2, Drawn 1
In Cape Town: Played 5, Highlanders 4, Stormers 1
Last season: Round 4, February 24 2007: Highlanders 35-24 at Carisbrook, Dunedin


Teams

 

Stormers

Conrad Jantjes, Dylan des Fountain, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (capt.), Sireli Naqelevuki, Tony Brown, Bolla Conradie, Luke Watson, Francois Louw, Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker, Ross Skeate, Brian Mujati, Tiaan Liebenberg and Schalk Ferreira.


Reserves: Schalk Brits, Brok Harris, Adriaan Fondse, Robbie Diack, Ricky Januarie, Peter Grant and Gio Aplon.


Highlanders


15. Paul Williams, 14. Matt Saunders , 13. Brett Mather, 12. Johnny Leota, 11. Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10. Mike Delany, 9. Jimmy Cowan ( vc ), 8. Craig Newby ( c ), 7. Alando Soakai, 6. Adam Thomson , 5. Tom Donnelly, 4. Hayden Triggs, 3. Clint Newland, 2. Jason Macdonald, 1. Jamie Mackintosh


Reserves: 16. David Hall, 17. Keith Cameron, 18. Hoani MacDonald, 19. Tim Boys, 20. Toby Morland, 21. Blair Stewart, 22. Aaron Bancroft


BYE: BULLS/FORCE


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