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The Super14 picks up again on Friday and here we have a quick look at the matches coming up on Friday in Round Thirteen of the 2008 Super 14 starting with another big one – the Hurricanes vs the Force.

 

HURRICANES V WESTERN FORCE


A bonus point win here for the Hurricanes will put them in second place provided that the Stormers don’t beat the Waratahs by a bonus point. The Hurricanes will know that and they will also be aware that the Force have beaten three other New Zealand teams this year.


Now that Matt Giteau has returned for the Force they are playing like a team again. Although the Force are still in contention it is a long shot. They way that they hung on for victory last week shows the level of determination they have. Ending the Chiefs unbeaten run should not be underestimated and the manner in which Giteau slotted the winning penalty shows how much class the man has.


The Hurricanes will need to neutralize Nathan Sharpe at the line out and the returning Richard Brown will have to be watched closely Rodney So’oialo even though he has been in fine form.


It no completely unthinkable that the Force could pull this one off but with the Hurricanes being at home and with Ma’a Nonu being opposite the rookies of James O’Connor and 13. Josh Tatupu he should have a good enough game to take the victory and hand the Hurricanes yet another Semi final place.


Hurricanes by 5


Friday May 9
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Hurricanes vs Western Force in Wellington
Referee:
Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
TMO: Garatt Williamson (New Zealand)
Assessor: Alan Riley (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 2, Hurricanes 1, Force 1
In Wellington: N/A
Last season: Round 6, March 9 2007: Force 18-17 Hurricanes at Subiaco Oval, Perth


Teams


Hurricanes:


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


Reserves: Hikawera Elliot, John Schwalger, Craig Clarke, Thomas Waldrom, Alby Mathewson, Jimmy Gopperth, Shannon Paku.


Emirates Western Force


1. Gareth Hardy,2. Tai McIsaac,3. Troy Takiari,4. David Pusey,5. Nathan Sharpe (c),6. Matt Hodgson,7. David Pocock,8. Richard Brown,9. James Stannard,10. Matt Giteau (vc),11. Drew Mitchell,12. James O’Connor,13. Josh Tatupu,14. Dane Haylett-Petty,15. Cameron Shepherd


Reserves:16. Luke Holmes,17. Kieran Longbottom,18. Sitaleki Timani,19. Sam Wykes,20. Chris O’Young,21. Scott Daruda,22. Haig Sare



BULLS V BRUMBIES


Who knows what is going on with the Bulls. Players are doing their best to get out of the Bulls team and others are turning down enormous amounts of money to get into the Bulls team. At the start of the tournament they get railroaded by the Crusaders and the Hurricanes and then they go and beat the second placed Waratahs.


The Brumbies will be annoyed with themselves for going down so badly to the Stormers. That loss took a lot of wind out of their Semi-final sails and with the sickness that been running through the camp beating the Bulls at Loftus could be a lot to ask. At the time of writing the Brumbies had not even settled on their reserve bench.


In recent weeks the Bulls hammered the Highlanders and then in the rain they beat the Waratahs so their confidences should be high.


Bulls by 7


Friday May 9
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Bulls vs Brumbies in Pretoria
Referee:
Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Assistant Referee: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Craig Joubert (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)
Assessor: Dennis Immelman (South Africa)
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Brumbies 8, Bulls 4
In Pretoria: Played 6, Bulls 3, Brumbies 3
Last season: Round 5, March 3 2007: Bulls 19-7 Brumbies at Canberra Stadium, Canberra


Teams


Bulls:


Zane Kirchner; Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morn’ Steyn, Fourie du Preez (captain); Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden, Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Derick Ku’n, Gurthro Steenkamp.


Reserves: Bandise Maku, Rayno Gerber, Jaco Engels, Danie Rossouw, Francois Hougaard, Burton Francis, Pedrie Wannenburg.


Brumbies


Nic Henderson, John Ulugia , Guy Shepherdson ,Alister Campbell ,Mark Chisholm, Mitchell Chapman , George Smith , Stephen Hoiles , Joshua Holmes , Christian Lealiifano , Afusipa Taumoepeau , Tyrone Smith , Stirling Mortlock (c) ,Adam Ashley-Cooper , Mark Gerrard.


Reserves : TBA

 

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