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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 Thirteen of the 2008 Super 14 starting with the Highlanders  vs the Blues.  



The Highlanders should be in high spirits after beating the Cheetahs at the end of a three match tour of the Republic. The Blues too should be in a positive frame of mind after breaking a losing streak that dates back to Round Seven where they picked up their last victory before beating the Reds last week.

The Blues are still in the running although a play off place is unlikely as they need a bonus point win this week and next week when they play the Hurricanes.

The Blues should be able to put the Highlanders away in this one but it won’t be easy as the Highlanders and Blues will also be playing for the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy which was introduced in 2002. Last year’s Highlanders coach Greg Cooper left the franchise to take up an assistant coaching position with the Blues for this year so his inside knowledge of the players could be crucial.

Blues by 8

Saturday May 10
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Highlanders vs Blues in Dunedin
Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand), Keith Brown (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
Assessor: Stuart Beissel (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 13, Blues 8, Highlanders 5
In Dunedin: Played 5, Highlanders 3, Blues 2
Last season: Round 5, March 2 2007: Blues 28-9 Highlanders at Eden Park, Auckland





15. Paul Williams,14. Glen Horton ,13. Aaron Bancroft,12. Johnny Leota,11. Fetu’u Vainikolo,10. Mike Delany,9. Jimmy Cowan ,8. Craig Newby ( c ),7. Alando Soakai,6. Adam Thomson,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Hoani MacDonald,3. Clint Newland,2. Jason MacDonald,1. Jamie Mackintosh,

Reserves:16. David Hall,17. Chris King,18. Isaac Ross,19. Steven Setephano,20. Toby Morland,21. Daniel Bowden,22. Niva Ta’auso.




Nick Evans, David Smith, Anthony Tuitavake, Benson Stanley, Rudi Wulf, Isa Nacewa, Taniela Moa, Nick Williams, Daniel Braid, Jerome Kaino, Troy Flavell (captain)/Kurtis Haiu, Anthony Boric, John Afoa, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock/Nick White.
Reserves: White/Tom McCartney, Bronson Murray, Haiu/Bryn Evans, Justin Collins, Danny Lee, Isaia Toeava, Ben Atiga.



The Crusaders have already secured a Semi-final place and they have matches against the Reds this week and the Highlanders next week. Is there any doubt they they will finish on top ?

While the Crusaders have not exactly walked their visits to Queensland they still have the edge on the Reds winning 4 out of 7 matches against the Reds.

The Crusaders have won on each of their last five visits which sees a run that started with the upset 28-22 win in a 1999 semi-final but the games have seldom been one-sided.

The last time the Crusaders were in Queensland was in 2006 but their biggest winning margin in Brisbane was eight, from the 27-19 clash in 2000.

The Reds will be wanting to put in a better performance to make up for last weeks display against the Blues which in hindsight was even more disapointing given the Reds form against the Force a week earlier. Latham will want to finish off on a high.

Crusaders by 10

Saturday May 10
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Reds vs Crusaders in Brisbane
Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Assistant Referee: Phillip Bosch (South Africa), Simon Moore (Australia)
TMO: TBC (Australia)
Assessor: TBC (Australia)
Head-to-Head: Played 13, Crusaders 9, Reds 4
In Brisbane: Played 7, Crusaders 4, Reds 3
Last season: Round 2, February 10 2007: Crusaders 33-22 Reds at Jade Stadium, Christchurch



15. Leon MacDonald,14. Kade Poki ,13. Casey Laulala ,12. Tim Bateman ,11. Sean Maitland ,10. Stephen Brett ,9. Kahn Fotuali’i ,8. Mose Tuiali’i ,7. Richard McCaw (captain) ,6. Kieran Read ,5. Ross Filipo ,4. Brad Thorn ,3. Greg Somerville ,2. Ti’i Paulo ,1. Wyatt Crockett

Reserves: 16. Corey Flynn ,17. Ben Franks ,18. Ali Williams ,19. George Whitelock ,20. Andrew Ellis ,21. Daniel Carter ,22. Caleb Ralph

Reds(from fullback):

Chris Latham, Clinton Schifcofske, Morgan Turinui, Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas, Leroy Houston, David Croft, Poutasi Luafutu, James Horwill (c), Van Humphries, Dayna Edwards, Stephen Moore, Ben Coutts.

Reserves: Sean Hardman, Ben Daley, Ed O’Donoghue, Scott Higginbotham, Digby Ioane, Brando Va’aulu, Charlie Fetoai


The Sharks will no doubt be chuffed to be back in Durban after they long and disappointing tour of Australasia. They have slipped to sixth place and are three points behind the Stormers but their points differential is 28 behind the Stormers which could come back to haunt them later.

Luckily for the Sharks they play the Cheetahs this week and the Cheetahs have the worst defensive record in the tournament so far. The Sharks then need to really go to town against the Cheetahs in order to get that points differential up before they face the Chiefs next week.

For the Cheetahs Naka Drotske has stuck with the same line up as the one that lost to the Highlanders last week. Strangely the Cheetahs have actually scored more points than the Sharks this year. They have however conceded a shedload more and for that reason the Sharks won’t struggle against the Cheetahs.

Sharks by 20

Saturday May 10
Absa Stadium, Durban
Sharks vs Cheetahs in Durban
Willie Roos (South Africa)
Assistant Referee: JC Fortuin (South Africa), Pro Legoete (South Africa)
TMO: Michael Cupido (South Africa)
Assessor: Banks Yantolo (South Africa)
Head-to-Head: Played 3, Cheetahs 2, Sharks 1
In Durban: Played 1, Cheetahs 1, Sharks 0
Last season: Round 6, March 10 2007: Sharks 30-14 Cheetahs at Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein


Sharks Squad is:

Beast Mtawarira, Deon Carstens, Craig Burden, Bismarck du Plessis, BJ Botha, Jannie du Plessis, Johann Muller, Albert van den Berg, Steven Sykes, Johan Ackermann, Jacques Botes, Keegan Daniel, AJ Venter, Jean Deysel, Ryan Kankowski

Rory Kockott, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Waylon Murray, Bradley Barritt, Adi Jacobs, Francois Steyn, Odwa Ndungane, Henno Mentz, Stefan Terblanche.


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.

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


The Chiefs will want to bounce back and get back to winning ways against the Lions who have been disappointing again this year. The Lions will want to end their campaign on a high and beating the Chiefs would help but in reality would just paper over the cracks.

Chiefs coach Ian Foster and his team know that last week’s loss against the Force hurt them but as they are just two points away from the top four and either the Stormers or the Waratahs should lose (a draw is unlikely) a win over the Lions should see them in the top four.

Stephen Donald needs to get his kicking boots back on as the Chiefs could have won last week had he put the right boots on. The Chiefs need to go to town on the Lions but the Lions will be stubborn.

Chiefs by 8

Saturday May 10
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Lions vs Chiefs in Johannesburg
Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Assistant Referee: Brett Bowden (Australia), Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)
Assessor: Dennis Immelman (South Africa)
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Chiefs 8, Lions/Cats 4
In Johannesburg: Played 6, Lions/Cats 4, Chiefs 2
Last season: Round 7, March 16 2007: Chiefs 34-7 Lions at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton



Earl Rose, Louis Ludik, Jaque Fourie, Walter Venter, Rayno Benjamin, , Jaco van Schalkwyk, Jano Vermaak, Willem Alberts, Joe van Niekerk, Cobus Grobbelaar (capt.), Gerhard Mostert, Dewald Senekal, JC Janse van Rensburg, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe.

Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, Ross Geldenhuys, Franco van der Merwe, Wilhelm Koch, Chris Jonck, Jannie Boshoff, Dusty Noble.


1. Ben May, 2. Tom Willis , 3. Ben Castle, 4. Toby Lynn , 5. Kevin O’Neill , 6. Liam Messam 7. Tanerau Latimer , 8. Sione Lauaki , 9. Jamie Nutbrown , 10. Stephen Donald , 11. Sitiveni Sivivatu , 12. Callum Bruce, 13. Dwayne Sweeney, 14. Lelia Masaga , 15. Mils Muliaina (capt)

Reserves: 16. Aled de Malmanche , 17. Simon Lemalu, 18. Jono Gibbes, 19. Faifili Levave , 20. David Bason ,21. Viliame Waqaseduadua, 22. Sosene Anesi




This match is probably the pick of the week. It should be good enough to get the Aussies and Kiwis out of bed on Sunday Morning.

Both teams are in the top four and with the Chiefs biting their tails both sides know that a loss this week should see them drop out of the top four.

The Stormers have home advantage this week and then they have a match against the Lions next week so all will not be lost if they lose this week. The Waratahs on the other hand will still be on tour next week when they face the Reds. This puts the Waratahs in more critical position.

The Stormers could also get a home semi if they pick up back to back bonus point victories. The Stormers dispensed with the Brumbies last week and they will be looking to do the same this week but they will need to play well in both halves unlike last week.

Stormers by 10

Saturday May 10
Stormers vs Waratahs at Newlands
Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Assistant Referee: Brent Murray (New Zealand), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Assessor: Arrie Schoonwinkel (South Africa)
Head-to-Head: Played 11, Stormers 6, Waratahs 5
In Cape Town: Played 6, Stormers 3, Waratahs 3
Last season: Round 7, March 17 2007: Stormers 16-10 Waratahs at Aussie Stadium, Sydney




Conrad Jantjes; Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean De Villiers (capt), Sireli Naqelevuki; Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie; Robbie Diack, Francois Louw, Luke Watson, Andries Bekker, Ariaan Fondse, Brok Harris, Schalk Brits, Brian Mujati.

Reserves – Deon Fourie, Schalk Ferreira, Ross Skeate, Pieter Myburgh, Bolla Conradie, Tony Brown, Dylan Des Fountain.




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