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The Super14 follows on from Friday’s one match on Saturday and here we have a quick look at the matches coming up in the second half of Saturday’s Round Nine Super 14 matches starting with the Force vs Waratahs.


Normally we split our previews up into Friday and Saturday but as Friday only has one match we have split the previews into part one and part two.


FORCE V WARATAHS


This match was famous last year not for the Rugby that was played but for Lote Tuqiri’s late charge on his team-mate Sam Norton-Knight.


The Waratahs have blown hot and cold this season but last week was without doubt their best performance. The Force are becoming a Force again but they seem to be more of an away team often dissapointing at home.


Overall you would have to say the Force are favourites as they have looked like the best Australian team this year but then that match against the Stormers was terrible. Home advantage would normally be enough to decide the winner but the Force’s home record causes doubt.


Looking at the players, Beale vs Giteau sounds exciting but Giteau is a far better player than Beale. Closer matches will come in the forwards in matches like Vickerman vs Sharpe. In fact all over the park there wil be some outstanding one-on-one clashes.


Teenager Rob Horne replaces the injured Ben Jacobs and Ryan Cross will give the youngster a lot to think about.


Test places will be up for grabs so everyone involved will want to make an impression on new Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.


The Force one feels will have the edge in a tight game so we’ll give it to them – just.


Force by 6


Saturday April 12
Venue: Subiaco Oval, Perth
Referee: Brett Bowden (AUS)
Head-to-Head: Played 2, Waratahs 1, Force 0, Drawn 1
In Perth: Played 1, Waratahs 1, Force 0
Last season: Round 5, March 2 2007: Waratahs 16-16 Force at Aussie Stadium, Sydney


Teams


Force


1. Pek Cowan,2. Tai McIsaac,3. Troy Takiari,4. Tom Hockings,5. Nathan Sharpe (c),6. Scott Fava,7. David Pocock,8. Richard Brown,9. Chris O’Young,10. Matt Giteau (vc),11. Drew Mitchell,12. Scott Staniforth,13. Ryan Cross,14. Nick Cummins,15. Cameron Shepherd


Reserves :16. Luke Holmes,17. AJ Whalley,18. Sam Wykes,19. Matt Hodgson,20. James Stannard,21. Lachlan MacKay,22. Haig Sare.


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
* Super Rugby starting debut
^ NSW Debut (if used)



STORMERS V CHEETAHS


The Stormers finished their away leg on top form and often when teams have the bye they have just had,  they lose their way. The Stormers however have home advantage over their upcoming matches to nurse them back into form.


The Cheetahs picked up their first win of the season so they will have had a confidence boost thanks to the Reds.

 

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus knows the Cheetahs team inside out and he will have out-thought Naka Drotske’s every move. The players themselves will want to get one over on their old coach’s men but the Stormers have too much class to let this one slip.

Stormers by 12


Saturday April 12
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Mark Lawrence (RSA)
Head-to-Head: Played 2, Cheetahs 2, Stormers 0
In Cape Town: Played 1, Cheetahs 1, Stormers 0
Last season: Round 1, February 4 2007: Cheetahs 27-9 Stormers at Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein


Teams


Stormers

 

15. Conrad Jantjes,14. Tonderai Chavhanga,13. Gcobani Bobo,12. Jean De Villiers (C),11. Sireli Naqelevuki,10. Peter Grant,9. Ricky Januarie,8. Luke Watson,7 Francois Louw,6. Schalk Burger,5. Andries Bekker,4. Adriaan Fondse,3. Brian Mujati,2. Schalk Brits,1. JD Moller

 

Reserves:16. Tiaan Liebenberg,17. Brok Harris,18. Ross Skeate,19. Robbie Diack,20. Bolla Conradie,21. Tony Brown,22. Gio Aplon.

Cheetahs


Hennie Daniller; Eddie Fredericks, JW Jonker, Meyer Bosman, Jongi Nokwe; Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Tewis de Bruyn; Duanne Vermeulen, Juan Smith, Heinrich Br’ssow, Barend Pieterse, Rory Duncan, CJ van der Linde, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.
Reserves: Richardt Strauss, Bees Roux, David de Villiers, Hendro Scholtz, Falie Oelschig, Conrad Barnard, Hendrik Meyer.


 

BULLS V HURRICANES

The Hurricanes will probably still be bubbling mad after they appeared to be robbed last week thanks to a bad ref decision. They will want to put that past them and start their South African tour with a confidence building victory.


The Bulls are now out of play off contention but they will want to end their defending season well after losing all of their away matches. A good run in from here could save coach Ludeke his job.


They might have been unlucky in some of their away matches losing by small margins but Loftus was voted a few seasons ago as the worst place in the circuit to visit. The crowd are passionate in Pretoria but when it starts going bad they go silent and start leaving.


Historically the Canes don’t do too badly at Loftus with three wins and three losses. Overall they have the edge though with sevens wins out of twelve.


This year the Hurricanes look like they have too much class to be seriously troubled by this Bulls team.


Hurricanes by 10+


Saturday April 12
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Referee: James Leckie (AUS)
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Hurricanes 7, Bulls 5
In Pretoria: Played 6, Bulls 3, Hurricanes 3
Last season: Round 9, March 31 2007: Hurricanes 17-9 Bulls at Westpac Stadium, Wellington


Teams


Bulls:


Zane Kirchner; Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Derick Hougaard, Fourie du Preez ‘; Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden, Pedrie Wannenburg, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha, Rayno Gerber, Derick Ku’n, Gurthr’ Steenkamp.


Reserves: Bandise Maku, Werner Kruger, Jaco Engels, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Heini Adams, Morn’ Steyn, Deon Stegmann.


Hurricanes :


Cory Jane, Hosea Gear, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Shannon Paku, Jimmy Gopperth, Piri Weepu, Rodney So’oialo (captain), Chris Masoe, Jerry Collins, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Tim Fairbrother, Andrew Hore, John Schwalger.
Reserves: Hikawera Elliot, Neemia Tialata, Jacob Ellison, Craig Clarke, Scott Waldrom, Alby Mathewson, Tamati Ellison.


BYE: Chiefs & Reds

 

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