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This year will be the twenty-fifth year of Super rugby and the last for the foreseeable future with 15 teams as the Sunwolves exit at the end of the season and the format reverts back to the 14-team Super 14 from next year.

This year there will also be no break for Internationals in June as the mid-year tests will be played in July from now on which allows Super rugby to go uninterrupted. This is also the reason that Super rugby is starting in January.


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The opening round of Super rugby in 2020 kicks off in Auckland where the Blues host the Chiefs.


Blues v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview

The Blues have played the Chiefs 32 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Blues have won 11 matches, lost 20 times and drawn once.

The Blues 11 wins out of 32 matches gives them a record of winning 34% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Auckland which is home for the Blues and the venue where the teams have met 14 times.

In those 14 matches played in Auckland, the Blues have won 6 matches and lost 7 and drawn one. This gives the Blues a record of winning 43% of their matches against the Chiefs at home.

The average score when the Blues play the Chiefs in Auckland is: Blues 23 Chiefs 23.

The Chiefs won the last matches against the Blues in Auckland but prior to that, the Blues went unbeaten through six matches dating back to 2010.

The Bookies have given the Blues a 3 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Blues 22 Chiefs 25

Last five results
Sat, 18 May 2019 Blues v Chiefs 23-8 Auckland
Sat, 13 Apr 2019 Blues v Chiefs 29-33 Hamilton
Sat, 07 Apr 2018 Blues v Chiefs 19-21 Hamilton
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 Blues v Chiefs 21-27 Auckland
Fri, 26 May 2017 Blues v Chiefs 16-16 Auckland

Blues overall record against the Chiefs
Played 32 , Wins 11, Losses 20, Draws 1

Match Officials and details
Date : Friday 31 January
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:05
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2:Dan Waenga
TMO : Aaron Paterson

Teams

Blues

1. Alex Hodgman, 2. Kurt Eklund, 3. Sione Mafileo, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu ©, 5. Tom Robinson, 6. Dalton Papalii, 7. Tony Lamborn, 8. Hoskins Sotutu; 9. Jonathan Ruru, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. TJ Faiane, 13. Joe Marchant, 14. Mark Telea, 15. Matt Duffie.

Replacements: 16. Ray Niuia, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Josh Goodhue, 20. Blake Gibson; 21. Sam Nock, 22. Harry Plummer, 23. Emoni Narawa.

Chiefs

1. Aidan Ross 2. Samisoni Taukei’aho 3. Nepo Laulala 4. Tyler Ardron 5. Mitchell Brown 6. Lachlan Boshier 7. Mitchell Karpik 8. Sam Cane (© 9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi 10. Kaleb Trask 11. Solomon Alaimalo 12. Alex Nankivell 13. Quinn Tupaea 14. Sean Wainui 15. Shaun Stevenson

Reserves: 16. Bradley Slater 17. Atu Moli 18. Angus Ta’avao 19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi 20. Pita Gus Sowakula 21. Brad Weber 22. Aaron Cruden) 23. Anton Lienert-Brown


Brumbies v Reds Super Rugby Preview

The Brumbies have played the Reds 33 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Brumbies have won 24 matches, lost 8 times and drawn once.

The Brumbies 24 wins out of 33 matches gives them a record of winning 73% of their matches against the Reds regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Canberra which is home for the Brumbies and the venue where the teams have met 18 times.

In those 18 matches played in Canberra, the Brumbies have won 15 matches and lost 3. This gives the Brumbies a record of winning 83% of their matches against the Reds at home.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Reds in Canberra is: Brumbies 33 Reds 16.

The Brumbies have won the last five matches against the Reds in Canberra and the Reds have not won in the city since 2014.

The Bookies have given the Reds an 8 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Brumbies 28 Reds 16

Last five results
Sat, 15 Jun 2019 Brumbies v Reds 40-27 Canberra
Sun, 24 Mar 2019 Brumbies v Reds 14-36 Brisbane
Sat, 07 Apr 2018 Brumbies v Reds 45-21 Canberra
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 Brumbies v Reds 10-18 Brisbane
Fri, 07 Jul 2017 Brumbies v Reds 15-16 Brisbane

Brumbies overall record against the Reds
Played 33, Wins 24, Losses 8, Draws 1

Match Officials and details
Date :
Friday 31 January
Venue : GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:15
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio, 2. Folau Fainga’a, 3. Allan Alaalatoa (c), 4. Darcy Swain, 5. Murray Douglas, 6. Rob Valetini, 7. Tom Cusack, 8. Pete Samu, 9. Joe Powell, 10. Noah Lolesio, 11. Tom Wright, 12. Irae Simone, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Solomone Kata, 15. Tom Banks

Replacements: 16. Connal McInerney, 17. Harry Lloyd, 18. James Slipper, 19. Caderyn Neville, 20. Will Miller, 21. Ryan Lonergan, 22. Bayley Kuenzle, 23. Andy Muirhead

Reds

1. JP Smith, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa , 3. Taniela Tupou , 4. Angus Blyth , 5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto , 6. Angus Scott-Young , 7. Liam Wright ©, 8. Harry Wilson, 9. Tate McDermott, 10. Isaac Lucas, 11. Henry Speight, 12. James O’Connor, 13. Jordan Petaia, 14. Jock Campbell , 15. Bryce Hegarty

Replacements: 16. Alex Mafi , 17. Dane Zander, 18. Feao Fotuaika, 19. Izack Rodda , 20. Seru Uru, 21. Moses Sorovi , 22. Hamish Stewart , 23. Hunter Paisami


Sharks v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

The Sharks have played the Bulls 30 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Sharks have won 9 matches, lost 19 times and drawn twice.

The Sharks 9 wins out of 30 matches gives them a record of winning 30% of their matches against the Bulls regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Durban which is home for the Sharks and the venue where the teams have met 18 times.

In those 15 matches played in Durban, the Sharks have won 15 matches and lost 10. This gives the Sharks a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Bulls at home.

The average score when the Sharks play the Bulls in Durban is: Sharks 21 Bulls
20.

The Sharks have won the last four matches against the Bulls in Durban and the Bulls have not won in the city since 2014.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 5 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Sharks 21 Bulls 22

Last five results
Sat, 30 Mar 2019 Sharks v Bulls 16-19 Durban
Sat, 09 Mar 2019 Sharks v Bulls 14-37 Pretoria
Sat, 12 May 2018 Sharks v Bulls 33-39 Pretoria
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 Sharks v Bulls 10-40 Durban
Sat, 01 Jul 2017 Sharks v Bulls 17-30 Durban

Sharks overall record against the Bulls
Played 30, Wins 9, Losses 19, Draws 2

Match Officials and details
Date :
Friday 31 January
Venue : Kings Park , Durban 
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Egon Seconds
TMO : Marius Jonker

Teams

Sharks

15. Aphelele Fassi , 14. Sbu Nkosi , 13. Lukhanyo Am (c) , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Makazole Mapimpi , 10. Curwin Bosch , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe , 7. Tyler Paul , 6. James Venter , 5. Hyron Andrews , 4. Ruben van Heerden , 3. Thomas du Toit , 2. Kerron van Vuuren , 1. Ox Nche

Replacements: 16. Craig Burden , 17. Juan Schoeman , 18. John-Hubert Meyer , 19. Le Roux Roets , 20. Henco Venter** , 21. Sanele Nohamba , 22. Boeta Chamberlain , 23. Jeremy Ward

Bulls

15. Warrick Gelant, 14. Cornal Hendricks, 13. Johnny Kotze, 12. Burger Odendaal (C),11. Rosko Specman, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Ivan van Zyl, 8. Josh Strauss, 7. Abongile Nonkontwana, 6. Jeandré Rudolph, 5. Juandré Kruger, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Jaco Visagie, 1. Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements:16. Johan Grobbelaar, 17. Simphiwe Matanzima, 18. Trevor Nyakane, 19. Ruan Nortje, 20. Ryno Pieterse, 21. Wian Vosloo, 22. Embrose Papier, 23. Manie Libbok


Sunwolves v Rebels Super Rugby Preview

The Sunwolves have played the Rebels five times in Super rugby since 2016 and the Sunwolves have won no matches and all five.

This weekend the match will be played in Tokyo which is home for the Sunwolves and the venue where the teams have met twice before.

In those two matches played in Tokyo, the Sunwolves lost both by 24 points or more.

The average score when the Sunwolves play the Rebels in Tokyo is: Sunwolves 12 Rebels 41.

The Rebels have never lost to the Sunwolves and in all five of their matches, they have won the contest with a bonus point.

Last year’s 7-52 victory saw the Rebels outscore the Sunwolves by 8 tries to one and was the Rebels biggest victory against the Japanese side.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves an 18 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Sunwolves 12 Rebels 41

Last five results
Sat, 25 May 2019 Sunwolves v Rebels 7-52 Tokyo
Sat, 06 Apr 2019 Sunwolves v Rebels 15-42 Melbourne
Fri, 25 May 2018 Sunwolves v Rebels 13-40 Melbourne
Sat, 03 Mar 2018 Sunwolves v Rebels 17-37 Singapore
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 Sunwolves v Rebels 9-35 Tokyo

Sunwolves overall record against the Rebels
Played 5, Wins 0, Losses 5, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 1 February
Venue : Level Five Stadium, Fukuoka
Kick Off local: 12:45
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2:Tasuku Kawahara
TMO : Minoru Fuji

Teams

Sunwolves

15 James Dargaville, 14 Siosaia Fifita, 13 Keisuke Moriya, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Tautalatasi Tasi, 10 Garth April, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Brendon O’Connor, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Jarred Adams

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Mitch Jacobson, 21 Naoto Saito, 22 Shogo Nakano, 23 JJ Engelbrecht

Rebels

15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Rob Leota, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Fereti Sa’aga

Replacements: 16 Steve Misa, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Luke Jones, 20 Michael Wells, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Theo Strang, 23 Andrew Deegan


Crusaders  v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

The Crusaders have played the Waratahs 26 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Crusaders have won 19 matches, lost 7 times and drawn none.

The Crusaders 19 wins out of 26 matches gives them a record of winning 73% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Nelson which is home for the Crusaders and the venue where the teams have met just once before (in 2011) and that match was won by the Crusaders 33-18.

In matches where the Crusaders have had home advantage, the Crusaders have played the Waratahs 14 times and won 13. This gives the Crusaders a record of
winning 93% of their matches against the Waratahs at home.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Waratahs at home is: Crusaders 31 Waratahs 18.

The Crusaders have won the last nine matches against the Waratahs at home – including two final matches and the Waratahs have not won in the city since 2004.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 19 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Crusaders 29 Waratahs 22

Last five results
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 Crusaders v Waratahs 12-20 Sydney
Sat, 12 May 2018 Crusaders v Waratahs 31-29 Christchurch
Sun, 02 Apr 2017 Crusaders v Waratahs 41-22 Sydney
Fri, 20 May 2016 Crusaders v Waratahs 29-10 Christchurch
Sat, 23 May 2015 Crusaders v Waratahs 22-32 Sydney

Crusaders overall record against the Waratahs
Played 26, Wins 19, Losses 7, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 1 February
Venue : Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Kick Off local: 19:05
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2:Dan Waenga
TMO :Shane McDermott

Teams

Crusaders

1. George Bower,2. Andrew Makalio,3. Oliver Jager,4. Scott Barrett (C),5. Mitchell Dunshea,6. Tom Sanders,7. Tom Christie,8. Whetukamokamo Douglas,9. Mitchell Drummond,10. Richie Mo’unga,11. Leicester Faingaanuku,12. Jack Goodhue,13. Braydon Ennor,14. Will Jordan,15. David Havili (VC)

Replacements : 16. Codie Taylor (VC),17. Isi Tu’ungafasi,18. Michael Alaalatoa,19. Luke Romano ,20. Cullen Grace,.21. Bryn Hall,22. Brett Cameron,23. Sevu Reece.

Waratahs

Kurtley Beale, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Lalakai Foketi, Karmichael Hunt, Alex Newsome, Will Harrison, Jake Gordon, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper, Lachlan Swinton, Rob Simmons (capt), Tom Staniforth, Tetera Faulkner, Robbie Abel, Tom Robertson.

Replacements: Chris Talakai, Damien Fitzpatrick, Angus Bell, Ryan McCauley, Carlo Tizzano, Jack Dempsey, Mitch Short, Jack Maddocks.


Stormers v Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview

The Stormers have played the Hurricanes 19 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Stormers have won 10 matches, lost 9 times and drawn none.

The Stormers 10 wins out of 19 matches gives them a record of winning 53% of their matches against the Hurricanes regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Cape Town which is home for the Stormers and the venue where the teams have met 9 times.

In those 9 matches played in Cape Town, the Stormers have won 6 matches and lost 3. This gives the Stormers a record of winning 67% of their matches against the Hurricanes at home.

The average score when the Stormers play the Hurricanes in Cape Town is : Stormers 30 Hurricanes 22.

The Stormers have won the last four matches against the Hurricanes in Cape Town and the Hurricanes have not won in the city since 2006.

The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 2 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Stormers 25 Hurricanes 24

Last five results
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 Stormers v Hurricanes 28-34 Wellington
Fri, 05 May 2017 Stormers v Hurricanes 22-41 Wellington
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 Stormers v Hurricanes 20-25 Wellington
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 Stormers v Hurricanes 19-18 Cape Town
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 Stormers v Hurricanes 18-16 Palmerston North

Stormers overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 19, Wins 10 , Losses 9 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date:
Saturday 1 February
Venue : Newlands, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2: Egon Seconds
TMO : Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Teams

Stormers

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Siya Kolisi, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Ernst van Rhyn, 21 Johan du Toit, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Rikus Pretorius

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 TJ Perenara [C], 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Fraser Armstrong

Replacements: 16 Asafo Auma, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Tevita Mafileo, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Vince Aso


Jaguares v Lions Super Rugby Preview

The Jaguares have played the Lions 9 times in Super rugby since 2016 and the Jaguares have won 3 matches, lost 6 times and drawn none.

The Jaguares 3 wins out of 9 matches gives them a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Lions regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Buenos Aires which is home for the Jaguares and the venue where the teams have met 4 times.

In those 4 matches played in Buenos Aires the Jaguares have won 3 matches and lost one. This gives the Jaguares a record of winning 75% of their matches against the
Lions at home.

The average score when the Jaguares play the Lions in Buenos Aires is : Jaguares 34 Lions 26.

The Jaguares won the first three matches between these sides in the South American city but then last year the Lions beat the Jaguares 16-25 in the opening round.

The Bookies have given the Lions an 11 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Jaguares 30 Lions 35

Last five results
Sat, 09 Mar 2019 Jaguares v Lions 39-47 Johannesburg
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 Jaguares v Lions 16-25 Buenos Aires
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 Elim Jaguares v Lions 23-40 Johannesburg
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 Jaguares v Lions 49-35 Buenos Aires
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 Jaguares v Lions 27-47 Johannesburg

Jaguares overall record against the Lions
Played 9, Wins 3 , Losses 6, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :
Saturday 1 February
Venue : Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Kick Off local: 20:00
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1:Pablo Deluca
Assistant Ref 2:Martin Cordoba
TMO :Santiago Borsani

Teams

Jaguares

15 Santiago Carreras, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Juan Cruz Mallia, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli (captain), 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Francisco Gorrissen, 5 Lucas Paulos, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Motoya, 1 Mayco Vivas.

Replacements:16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Javier Ortega Desio, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Matias Orlando

Lions

15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Duncan Matthews, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith

Replacements:16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Ruan Vermaak, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Morne van der Berg, 23 Manuel Rass

 


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