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There are just three regular rounds of Super rugby remaining before the play offs and while the Crusaders have booked a place in the play offs it should be noted that they have played one more match than most teams at this stage.

The Brumbies lead the Australian Conference and the Jaguares lead the South African conference. The Brumbies have played the same number of matches as the second placed Rebels and have a one point lead over the Melbourne side. The Rebels have a better points differential which could prove to be crucial.

After this week the Brumbies have matches against the Waratahs and the Reds while the Rebels have the Chiefs and Crusaders to play.

The Jaguares have a three point lead over the Sharks and they have won eight matches compared to the Sharks who have won 6. (Wins count more than points differential if the teams are level on points). As a result of their number of wins and draw the Jaguares are looking good to top the SA conference – and after this week they have two home matches remaining (Sharks and Sunwolves).

In our current form rankings which is based upon the last five matches, points scored, points conceded and matches won the Crusaders, Brumbies and Jaguares are still the top three teams.

Super rugby form guide

1 Crusaders – W – W – W – W – D – L – W – W – W – B – W – D – W – D – W
2 Brumbies – L – W – L – L – W – L – B – L – W – W – L – W – W – B – W
3 Jaguares – L – W – W – L – L – B – L – W – W – B – W – W – L – W – W
4 Hurricanes – W – L – W – W – D – W – L – W – B – W – W – W – W – L – B
5 Stormers – L – W – W – B – W – L – L – L – W – L – W – L – B – D – W
6 Chiefs – L – L – L – L – D – W – W – B – W – L – L – D – W – L – W
7 Sharks – W – W – L – L – B – W – L – W – L – L – W – D – L – B – W
8 Lions – W – L – L – W – W – W – B – L – L – W – L – B – W – W – L
9 Rebels – W – B – W – W – L – L – W – W – L – L – B – L – W – L – W
10 Bulls – W – L – W – W – B – L – W – L – W – B – L – W – L – W – L
11 Highlanders – W – W – L – L – D – L – B – L – L – W – W – D – W – L – L
12 Waratahs – L – W – B – W – L – W – L – L – B – W – L – L – L – W – L
13 Blues – L – L – L – W – B – W – W – W – L – L – B – L – L – W – L
14 Reds – B – L – L – L – W – W – L – W – L – W – B – W – L – L – L
15 Sunwolves – L – L – W – L – L – L – W – L – B – L – L – L – L – B – L


Blues v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

The Blues have played the Bulls 18 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Blues have won 11 matches, lost 7 times and drawn none

The Blues 11 wins out of 18 matches gives them a record of winning 61% of their matches against the Bulls 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 8 times.

In those 8 matches played in Auckland the Blues have won 7 matches and lost 1. This gives the Blues a record of winning 88% of their matches against the Bulls at home.

The average score when the Blues play the Bulls in Auckland is : Blues 36 Bulls 19.

The Blues have won the last two matches against the Bulls in Auckland and the Bulls have not won in the city since 2013.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 10 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Blues 33 Bulls 26

Last five results
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 Blues v Bulls 38-14 Auckland
Fri, 15 May 2015 Blues v Bulls 23-18 Auckland
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 Blues v Bulls 22-38 Pretoria
Sun, 10 Mar 2013 Blues v Bulls 21-28 Auckland
Sat, 10 Mar 2012 Blues v Bulls 29-23 Pretoria

Blues overall record against the Bulls
Played 18 , Wins 11, Losses 7 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Friday 31 May
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Dan Waenga
TMO :Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

1 Alex Hodgman, 2 James Parsons, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 5 Scott Scrafton, 6 Tom Robinson, 7 Blake Gibson ©, 8 Akira Ioane; 9 Jonathan Ruru, 10 Harry Plummer, 11 Rieko Ioane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 13 TJ Faiane, 14 Caleb Clarke, 15 Melani Nanai.

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Lua Li, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Hoskins Sotutu, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Otere Black, 23 Tanielu Tele’a.

Bulls

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Rosko Spekman, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements : 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Andre Warner, 22 JT Jackson, 23 Divan Rossouw


Rebels v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

The Rebels have played the Waratahs 16 times in Super rugby since 2011 and the Rebels have won 2 matches, lost 14 times and drawn none.

The Rebels 2 wins out of 16 matches gives them a record of winning 13% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Melbourne which is home for the Rebels and the venue where the teams have met 7 times.

In those 7 matches played in Melbourne the Rebels have won 1 match and lost 6. This gives the Rebels a record of winning 14% of their matches against the Waratahs at home.

The average score when the Rebels play the Waratahs in Melbourne is : Rebels 20 Waratahs 35.

The Waratahs have won the last four matches against the Rebels in Melbourne and the Rebels have not won in their home city in these matches since 2013.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 10 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Rebels 20 Waratahs 33

Last five results
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 Rebels v Waratahs 20-23 Sydney
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 Rebels v Waratahs 26-31 Melbourne
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 Rebels v Waratahs 27-51 Sydney
Sun, 21 May 2017 Rebels v Waratahs 23-50 Sydney
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 Rebels v Waratahs 25-32 Melbourne

Rebels overall record against the Waratahs
Played 16 , Wins 2 , Losses 14, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Friday 31 May
Venue : AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:Jaco Peyper
TMO : James Leckie

Teams

Rebels

1. Tetera Faulkner,2. Anaru Rangi,3. Jermaine Ainsley,4. Matt Philip,5. Adam Coleman,6. Luke Jones,7. Richard Hardwick,8. Isi Naisarani,9. Will Genia,10. Quade Cooper,11. Marika Koroibete,12. Matt To’omua,13. Reece Hodge,14. Jack Maddocks,15. Dane Haylett-Petty (c)

Replacements: ,16. Hugh Roach,17. Matt Gibbon,18. Sam Talakai,19. Ross Haylett-Petty,20. Angus Cottrell,21. Michael Ruru,22. Billy Meakes,23. Tom English

Waratahs

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Will Miller, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Mack Mason, 23 Cameron Clark


Sunwolves v Brumbies Super Rugby Preview

The Sunwolves have played the Brumbies 4 times in Super rugby since 2016 and the Sunwolves have won all four matches.

The Sunwolves 4 wins out of 4 gives them a record of winning 100% of their matches against the Brumbies regardless of venue.

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

In that one previous match in Tokyo the Brumbies won 25-35 and is the closest that the Sunwolves have finished against the Brumbies.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 14 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Sunwolves 15 Brumbies 43

Last four results
Sun, 12 May 2019 Sunwolves v Brumbies 0-33 Canberra
Sun, 03 Jun 2018 Sunwolves v Brumbies 31-41 Canberra
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 Sunwolves v Brumbies 25-32 Tokyo
Sat, 28 May 2016 Sunwolves v Brumbies 5-66 Canberra

Sunwolves overall record against the Brumbies
Played 4 , Wins 0 , Losses 4, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 1 June
Venue : Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick Off local: 14:15
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Shuhei Kubo
TMO :Minoru Fuji

Teams

Sunwolves

15 Semisi Masirewa, 14 Gerhard Van Den Heever, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Ben Gunter, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 5 Tom Rowe, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Nathan Vella, 1 Alex Woonton

Replacements 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Conan O’Donnell, 19 Yuya Odo, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Takuya Yamasawa, 23 Timothy Lafaele.

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Tom Cusack, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.

Replacements 16 Connal Mcinerney, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Rob Valentini, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Tom Wright.


Chiefs v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

The Chiefs have played the Crusaders 34 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Chiefs have won 13 matches, lost 21 times and drawn none.

The Chiefs 13 wins out of 34 matches gives them a record of winning 38% of their matches against the Crusaders regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Suva which for this week is effectively home for the Chiefs and a venue where the teams have twice before.

In those 2 matches played in Suva the Chiefs have won 1 match and lost 1. This gives the Chiefs a record of winning 50% of their matches against the Crusaders in Suva

The average score when the Chiefs play the Crusaders in Suva is : Chiefs 24 Crusaders 22.

Both teams have won one and lost one in Suva. The Crusaders won the most recent match and that was in 2017.

The Bookies have given the Chiefs a 13 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Chiefs 21 Crusaders 27

Last five results
Sat, 09 Mar 2019 Chiefs v Crusaders 28-57 Christchurch
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 Chiefs v Crusaders 20-34 Hamilton
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 Chiefs v Crusaders 23-45 Christchurch
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 Semi Chiefs v Crusaders 13-27 Christchurch

Fri, 19 May 2017 Chiefs v Crusaders 24-31 Suva

Chiefs overall record against the Crusaders
Played 34 , Wins 13, Losses 21 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 1 June
Venue : ANZ National Stadium, Suva
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:James Munro
TMO : Shane McDermott

Teams

Chiefs

1. Atu Moli,2. Samisoni Taukei’aho ,3. Nepo Laulala,4. Jesse Parete ,5. Tyler Ardron ,6. Lachlan Boshier ,7. Sam Cane (c),8. Pita Gus Sowakula,9. Brad Weber ,10. Jack Debreczeni ,11. Sean Wainui ,12. Anton Lienert-Brown,13. Alex Nankivell ,14. Shaun Stevenson,15. Solomon Alaimalo

Replacements : 16. Bradley Slater,17. Aidan Ross ,18. Angus Ta’avao ,19. Daymon Leasuasu,20. Mitchell Jacobson ,21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi,22. Marty McKenzie ,23. Tumua Manu

Crusaders

1. Joe Moody ,2. Andrew Makalio,3. Michael Alaalatoa,4. Scott Barrett ,5. Samuel Whitelock (C) ,6. Whetukamokamo Douglas ,7. Billy Harmon ,8. Kieran Read ,9. Mitchell Drummond ,10. Richie Mo’unga , 11. Braydon Ennor ,12. Ryan Crotty (VC) ,13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Sevu Reece , 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Isi Tu’ungafasi, 18. George Bower, 19. Mitchell Dunshea, 20. Jordan Taufua, 21. Bryn Hall, 22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. George Bridge


Reds v Jaguares Super Rugby Preview

The Reds have played the Jaguares twice in Super rugby since 2017 and the Reds have won 1 and lost 1 match.

As a result the Reds have a 50/50 record against the Jaguares but both of those previous matches were played in Buenos Aires.

This means that this week will be the first time that the Reds will have home advantage against the Jaguares.

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

Average score: Reds 13 Jaguares 14

Last two results
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 Reds v Jaguares 18-7 Buenos Aires
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 Reds v Jaguares 8-22 Buenos Aires

Reds overall record against the Jaguares
Played 2 , Wins 1 , Losses 1 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 1 June
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:Paul Williams
TMO :James Leckie

Teams

Reds

1. JP Smith , 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa , 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Angus Blyth , 5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 6. Angus Scott-Young , 8. Scott Higginbotham , 9. Tate McDermott , 10. Matt McGahan, 11. Filipo Daugunu, 12. Samu Kerevi (c) , 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 14. Jock Campbell , 15. Bryce Hegarty

Replacements :16. Alex Mafi, 17. Ruan Smith , 18. Gav Luka, 19. Harry Hockings, 20. Adam Korczyk , 21. Scott Malolua , 22. Duncan Paia’aua, 23. Hamish Stewart

Jaguares

15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Santiago Carreras, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Matias Orlando (c), 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Guido Petti, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Lucas Paulos, 3 Lucio Sordoni, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Nahiel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements :16 Julian Montoya, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Pablo Matera, 22 Tomas Cubelli, 23 Jeronimo de le Fuente


Sharks v Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview

The Sharks have played the Hurricanes 20 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Sharks have won 9 matches, lost 10 times and drawn one.

The Sharks 9 wins out of 20 matches gives them a record of winning 45% of their matches against the Hurricanes 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 8 times.

In those 8 matches played in Durban the Sharks have won 6 matches and lost 2. This gives the Sharks a record of winning 75% of their matches against the Hurricanes at home.

The average score when the Sharks play the Hurricanes in Durban is : Sharks 30 Hurricanes 20.

The Sharks have won the last five matches against the Hurricanes in Durban and the Hurricanes have not won in the city since 2005.

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

Average score: Sharks 25 Hurricanes 27

Last five results
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 Sharks v Hurricanes 37-38 Napier
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 Elim Sharks v Hurricanes 0-41 Wellington
Sat, 07 May 2016 Sharks v Hurricanes 32-15 Durban
Sat, 09 May 2015 Sharks v Hurricanes 24-32 Wellington
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 Sharks v Hurricanes 27-9 Durban

Sharks overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 20 , Wins 9, Losses 10 , Draws 1

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 1 June
Venue : Kings Park , Durban
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1:AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2:Divan Uys
TMO : Willie Vos

Teams

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola

Replacements : 16 Craig Burden/Cullen Collopy, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Kobus van Wyk

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett , 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Kane Le’aupepe, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Asafo Aumua
1 Toby Smith

Replacements : 16 Dane Coles, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Gareth Evans, 22 Richard Judd, 23 James Marshall


Lions v Stormers Super Rugby Preview

The Lions have played the Stormers 26 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Lions have won 9 matches, lost 16 times and drawn one.

The Lions 9 wins out of 26 matches gives them a record of winning 63% of their matches against the Stormers regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Johannesburg which is home for the Lions and the venue where the teams have met 13 times.

In those 13 matches played in Johannesburg the Lions have won 5 matches and lost 8. This gives the Lions a record of winning 39% of their matches against the Stormers at home.

The average score when the Lions play the Stormers in Johannesburg is : Lions 25 Stormers 23.

The Lions have won the last two matches against the Stormers in Johannesburg and the Stormers have not won in the city since 2015.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 4 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Lions 22 Stormers 24

Last five results
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 Lions v Stormers 17-19 Cape Town
Sat, 26 May 2018 Lions v Stormers 26-23 Cape Town
Sat, 07 Apr 2018 Lions v Stormers 52-31 Johannesburg
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 Lions v Stormers 29-16 Cape Town
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 Lions v Stormers 29-22 Johannesburg

Lions overall record against the Stormers
Played 26, Wins 9 , Losses 16, Draws 1

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 1 June
Venue : Emirates Airlines (Ellis) Park, Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 17:15
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Geldenhuys
TMO :Marius Jonker

Teams

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Kwagga Smith (captain), 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Carlü Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith

Replacements : 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Nic Groom, 23 Tyrone Green

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)

Replacements : 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Marno Redelinghuys, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Dan Kriel

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