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Super rugby reaches the seventh round this weekend which means that we will be one third of the way through the full season including the finals.

The Sunwolves match against the Crusaders has been rescheduled and will be held in Brisbane on Saturday. As a result the Blues kick off time has been changed.

  • The Round 7 Sunwolves versus Crusaders match will be played on Saturday 14 March prior to the Reds versus Bulls match at Suncorp Stadium, kick-off 15:35 local time in Brisbane [16:35 AEDT].
  • The Round 7 Blues versus Lions match is still scheduled for Saturday 14 March at Eden Park but the kick-off time has been changed from 19:05 local time to 16:25 local time (to accommodate the scheduling of the Sunwolves versus Crusaders match)

In our current form rankings which is based upon the last five matches, points scored, points conceded and matches won the Sharks top the standings.

The Blues are second in our form rankings

The Crusaders and Brumbies follow behind in second, third and fourth place respectively.

Super rugby form guide

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


Chiefs v Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview

The Chiefs have played the Hurricanes 35 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Chiefs have won 15 matches, lost 18 times and drawn twice.

The Chiefs 15 wins out of 35 matches gives them a record of winning 43% of their matches against the Hurricanes regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Hamilton which is home for the Chiefs and the city where the teams have met 13 times.

In those 13 matches played in Hamilton, the Chiefs have won 8 matches, lost 3 and drawn 2. This gives the Chiefs a record of winning 62% of their matches against the Hurricanes at home.

The average score when the Chiefs play theHurricanes in Hamilton is : Chiefs 25 Hurricanes 19.

The last time these teams met in Hamilton the teams drew 23 all. Prior to that the Chiefs won four straight matches and before that there was another draw. This means that the last time the Hurricanes won in Hamilton was in 2007.

The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 7 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Chiefs 22 Hurricanes 24

Last five results
Sat, 27 Apr 2019 Chiefs v Hurricanes 19-47 Wellington
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 Chiefs v Hurricanes 23-23 Hamilton
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 Elim Chiefs v Hurricanes 31-32 Wellington
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 Chiefs v Hurricanes 28-24 Hamilton
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 Chiefs v Hurricanes 13-25 Wellington

Chiefs overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 35 ,Wins 15 , Losses 18 , Draws 2

Match Officials and details
Date : Friday 13 March
Venue : FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Kick Off local:  19:05
Referee:  Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2:Ben O’Keeffe
TMO :  Aaron Peterson

Teams

Chiefs

15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross

Replacements: 16 Bradley Slater, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Reuben O’Neill, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Lisati Milo-Harris, 22 Kaleb Trask, 23 Alex Nankivell

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 TJ Perenara (co-captain), 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Devan Flanders, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles (co-captain), 1 Fraser Armstrong

Replacements:  16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen


Sunwolves v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

The Sunwolves have played the Crusaders twice in Super rugby since 2017 and the Sunwolves lost both matches.

Both matches were played in Christchurch so the Crusaders had home advantage.

The average score when these teams met was Sunwolves 7 Crusaders 42.

This match was moved to Brisbane so although the Sunwolves are the home team the venue is really a neutral venue.

The Sunwolves have played 11 matches in Australia and won just one (they beat the Waratahs 31-29 in Newcastle). They have never won in Brisbane.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a massive 41 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Sunwolves 7 Crusaders 42

Last two results
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 Sunwolves v Crusaders 11-33 Christchurch
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 Sunwolves v Crusaders 3-50 Christchurch

Sunwolves overall record against the Crusaders
Played 2 ,Wins 0,Losses 2 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 14 March
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 15:35
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1:Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2:Amy Perrett
TMO :George Ayoub

Teams

Sunwolves

James Dargaville, 14 Siosaia Fifita, 13 Keisuke Moriya (co-captain), 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Tautalatasi Tasi, 10 Garth April, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jake Schatz (co-captain), 7 Mitch Jacobson, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Ben Hyne, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Efitusi Ma’afu, 1 Nic Mayhew

Replacements : 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Jarred Adams, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Kotaro Yatabe, 20 Brendon O’Connor, 21 Naoto Saito, 22 Shogo Nakano, 23 Yoshizumi Takeda

Crusaders

1. George Bower,2. Brodie McAlister,3. Oliver Jager,4. Luke Romano,5. Mitchell Dunshea,6. Sione Havili,7. Tom Christie,8. Cullen Grace,9. Bryn Hall (C),10. Brett Cameron,11. Leicester Faingaanuku,12. Dallas McLeod,13. Braydon Ennor,14. Sevu Reece,15. George Bridge

Replacements : 16. Hugh Roach,17. Isi Tuungafasi,18. Michael Alaalatoa,19. Whetukamokamo Douglas,20. Tom Sanders,21. Ereatara Enari,22. Fergus Burke,23. Manasa Mataele


Blues v Lions Super Rugby Preview

The Blues have played the Lions 19 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Blues have won 13 matches, lost 6 times none.

The Blues 13 wins out of 33 matches gives them a record of winning 68% of their matches against the Lions regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Auckland which is home for the Blues and the city where the teams have met just 5 times.

In those 5 matches played in Auckland, the Blues have won all 5. This gives the Blues a record of winning 100% of their matches against the Lions at home.

The average score when the Blues play the Lions in Auckland is : Blues 32 Lions 10.

The Bookies have given the Lions a 16 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Blues 32 Lions 22

Last five results
Sat, 10 Mar 2018 Blues v Lions 38-35 Johannesburg
Sat, 14 May 2016 Blues v Lions 5-43 Johannesburg
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 Blues v Lions 10-13 Albany
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 Blues v Lions 36-39 Johannesburg
Fri, 11 May 2012 Blues v Lions 25-3 Auckland

Blues overall record against the Lions
Played 19 , Wins 13 ,Losses 6 ,Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 14 March
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 16:25
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Ben O’Keeffe
TMO :Glenn Newman

Teams

Blues

15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane (captain), 11 Mark Telea, 10 Otere Black, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Dalton Papalii, 5 Jacob Pierce, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 James Parsons, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Replacements: 16 Luteru Tolai, 17 Joe Walsh, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Aaron Carroll/Sam Caird, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Emoni Narawa

Lions

15 Tyrone Green, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Ruan Vermaak, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Jan-Hemming Campher, 1 Dylan Smith

Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Len Massyn, 21 Morne van den Berg, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Andries Coetzee


Reds v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

The Reds have played the Bulls 20 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Reds have won 11 matches, lost 9 times and drawn none.

The Reds 22 wins out of 20 matches gives them a record of winning 55% of their matches against the Bulls regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Brisbane which is home for the Reds and the city where the teams have met 10 times.

In those 10 matches played in Brisbane, the Reds have won 9 matches and lost 13. This gives the Reds a record of winning 90% of their matches against the Bulls at home.

The average score when the Reds play the Bulls in Brisbane is : Reds 29 Bulls 17.

The Reds have won the last six matches against the Bulls in Brisbane and the Bulls have not won in the city since 2004.

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

Average score: Reds 23 Bulls 28

Last five results
Sat, 13 Apr 2019 Reds v Bulls 17-32 Pretoria
Sat, 10 Mar 2018 Reds v Bulls 20-14 Brisbane
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 Reds v Bulls 22-41 Pretoria
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 Reds v Bulls 22-43 Pretoria
Sat, 23 Mar 2013 Reds v Bulls 23-18 Brisbane

Reds overall record against the Bulls
Played 20,Wins 11 ,Losses 9, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :Saturday 14 March
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 18:15
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO :George Ayoub

Teams

Reds

15 Jock Campbell, 14 Bryce Hegarty, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Henry Speight, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Dane Zander

Replacements:  16 Ed Craig, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Angus Scott-Young, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Isaac Lucas, 23 Filipo Daugunu

Bulls

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Muller Uys, 7 Josh Strauss, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements:  16 Corniel Els, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Ryno Pieterse, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Divan Rossouw


Sharks v Stormers Super Rugby Preview

The Sharks have played the Stormers 30 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Sharks have won 16 matches, lost 14 times and drawn none.

The Sharks 16 wins out of 30 matches gives them a record of winning 53% of their matches against the Stormers regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Durban which is home for the Sharks and the city where the teams have met 15 times.

In those 15 matches played in Durban, the Sharks have won 9 matches and lost 6. This gives the Sharks a record of winning 60% of their matches against the Stormers at home.

The average score when the Sharks play the Stormers in Durban is : Sharks 21 Stormers 18.

The Stormers won the last match between the teams played in Durban was won by the Stormers.

The three matches prior to that were all won by the Sharks.

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

Average score: Sharks 20 Stormers 20

Last five results
Sun, 16 Jun 2019 Sharks v Stormers 12-9 Cape Town
Sat, 02 Mar 2019 Sharks v Stormers 11-16 Durban
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 Sharks v Stormers 16-27 Cape Town
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 Sharks v Stormers 24-17 Durban
Sat, 27 May 2017 Sharks v Stormers 22-10 Durban

Sharks overall record against the Stormers
Played 30 ,Wins 16, Losses 14, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 14 March
Venue : Kings Park, Durban
Kick Off local:  15:05
Referee:  AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2:Divan Uys
TMO :Willie Vos

Teams

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 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 Jeremy Ward, 23 Madosh Tambwe

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).

Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Rikus Pretorius, 23 Sergeal Petersen.


Jaguares v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview

The Jaguares have played the Highlanders just twice in Super rugby since 2016 and the Highlanders won both matches.

One of the two matches between these teams was played in Buenos Aires and the other was played in Dunedin.

The average score when the Jaguares play the Highlanders is : Jaguares 18 Highlanders 33.

The Jaguares have played 8 matches at home in Buenos Aires against New Zealand teams and they have won 2 and lost 6.

In recent results against New Zealand teams the Jaguares have alternated wins. If that continues this weekend the Jaguares will win as they lost to the Hurricanes in the last of these matches.

The Bookies have given the Highlanders a 12 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Jaguares 18 Highlanders 33

Last two results
Sat, 11 May 2019 Jaguares v Highlanders 27-32 Dunedin
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 Jaguares v Highlanders 8-34 Buenos Aires

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

Match Officials and details
Date :  Saturday 14 March
Venue : Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires
Kick Off local: 18:40
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Federico Anselmi
TMO : Santiago Borsani

Teams

Jaguares

15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (captain), 11 Santiago Carreras, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Francisco Gorrissen, 5 Lucas Paulos, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3 Lucio Sordoni, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas

Replacements :16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Bautista Pedemonte, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Santiago Chocobares

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown 2. Ash Dixon (C) 3. Siate Tokolahi 4. Josh Dickson 5. Manaaki Selby-Rickit 6. Shannon Frizell 7. Dillon Hunt 8. Marino Mikaele Tu’u 9. Kayne Hammington 10. Mitch Hunt 11. Tima Fainga’anuku 12. Teihorangi Walden 13. Ngane Punivai 14. Patelesio Tomkinson 15. Josh Ioane

Replacements : 16. Nathan Vella 17. Ethan De Groot 18. Jeff Thwaites 19. Will Tucker 20. Teariki Ben-Nicholas 21. Folau Fakatava 22. Michael Collins 23. Josh McKay


Brumbies v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

The Brumbies have played the Waratahs 34 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Brumbies have won 17 matches and lost 17

The Brumbies 17 wins out of 34 matches gives them a record of winning 50% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played in Canberra which is home for the Brumbies and the city where the teams have met 15 times.

In those 15 matches played in Canberra, the Brumbies have won 11 matches and lost 4. This gives the Brumbies a record of winning 73% of their matches against the Waratahs at home.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Waratahs in Canberra is : Brumbies 28 Waratahs 15.

In the last five matches between these teams they have alternated wins. The Brumbies won the last match so if the trend continues the Waratahs will win this weekend.

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

Average score: Brumbies 24 Waratahs 22

Last five results
Sat, 08 Jun 2019 Brumbies v Waratahs 35-24 Sydney
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 Brumbies v Waratahs 19-13 Canberra
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 Brumbies v Waratahs 40-31 Sydney
Sat, 31 Mar 2018 Brumbies v Waratahs 17-24 Canberra
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 Brumbies v Waratahs 28-12 Sydney

Brumbies overall record against the Waratahs
Played 34, Wins 17,Losses 17 , Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Date :Sunday 15 March
Venue : GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 16:05
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO :James Leckie

Teams

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Murray Douglas, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Connal McInerney, 1 James Slipper

Replacements :16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Tom Wright

Waratahs

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Mitch Short, 8 Jack Dempsey , 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Tom Staniforth, 4 Rob Simmons (captain), 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Angus Bell

Replacements : 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Pat Tafa, 21 Michael McDonald, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 James Ramm

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