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The next phase of reinvented Super rugby is Super Rugby Trans Tasman which features all of the teams who played in Super rugby AU and Super Rugby Aotaeroa but this time in one tournament.

There are five round of Super rugby Trans Tasman and no byes.


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The Super Rugby Trans Tasman action starts this weekend in Dunedin when the Highlanders kick off the new tournament by hosting last week’s Super rugby AU champions the Queensland Reds.

The also recently re-crowned Super Rugby Aotearoa champions the Crusaders host former Super rugby champions the Brumbies in Christchurch on Saturday.

Here we look at the five matches coming up this weekend.


Highlanders v Queensland Reds Super Rugby Trans Tasman Preview

The Highlanders have played the Reds 23 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Highlanders have won 13 matches, lost 10 times and drawn none.

The Highlanders 10 wins out of 23 matches gives them a record of winning 57% of their matches against the Reds regardless of venue.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Reds is : Highlanders 29 Reds 23.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Highlanders and they have had home advantage in 11 of the 23 matches.

In those 11 Highlanders home matches they have won 10 matches and lost 1.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Reds at home is : Highlanders 36 Reds 19.

The Reds have won three of the last five meetings between these teams.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 9 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Highlanders 29 Reds 23.

Last five results
2015-02-27 Highlanders 20-13 Queensland Reds
2016-04-09 Queensland Reds 28-27 Highlanders
2017-07-14 Highlanders 40-17 Queensland Reds
2018-05-26 Queensland Reds 15-18 Highlanders
2019-02-22 Highlanders 36-31 Queensland Reds

Highlanders overall record against the Queensland Reds
Played 23, won 13, lost 10, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : Highlanders v Queensland Reds
Date : Friday 14 May
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick Off local:  19:05
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:James Doleman
Assistant Ref 2:Angus Maybe
TMO : Mike Fraser

Teams

Highlanders

15 Sam Gilbert, 14 Patelesio Tomkinson, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Scott Gregory, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith (cc), 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Hugh Renton, 5 Josh Dickson, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (cc), 1 Ayden Johnstone

Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ethan De Groot, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Bryn Evans, 20 James Lentjes, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Tim O’Malley, 23 Ngatugnane Punivai

Queensland Reds

15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Josh Flook, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Jock Campbell, 10 James O’Connor (cc), 9 Kalani Thomas, 8 Seru Uru, 7 Liam Wright (cc), 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Feao Fotuaika, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Dane Zander

Replacements: 16 Josh Nasser, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Isaac Henry, 23 Suliasi Vunivalu


Waratahs v Hurricanes Super Rugby Trans Tasman Preview

The Waratahs have played the Hurricanes 23 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Waratahs have won 10 matches, lost 13 times and drawn none.

The Waratahs 10 wins out of 23 matches gives them a record of winning 43% of their matches against the Hurricanes regardless of venue.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Hurricanes is : Waratahs 25 Hurricanes 25.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Waratahs and they have had home advantage in 12 of the 23 matches.

In those 12 Waratahs home matches they have won 7 matches and lost 5.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Hurricanes at home is : Waratahs 27 Hurricanes 23.

The Hurricanes have won three of the last five meetings between these teams.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 22 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Waratahs 25 Hurricanes 25.

Last five results
2014-05-03 NSW Waratahs 39-30 Hurricanes
2015-04-18 Hurricanes 24-29 NSW Waratahs
2016-07-09 NSW Waratahs 17-28 Hurricanes
2017-04-07 Hurricanes 38-28 NSW Waratahs
2019-02-16 NSW Waratahs 19-20 Hurricanes

Waratahs overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 23, won 10, lost 13, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : NSW Waratahs v Hurricanes
Date : Friday 14 May
Venue : Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2:Angus Gardner
TMO :James Leckie

Teams

Waratahs

15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Jake Gordon (c), 8 Will Harris, 7 Charlie Gamble, 6 Lachie Swinton, 5 Max Douglas, 4 Hugh Sinclair, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 David Porecki, 1 Angus Bell

Replacements: 16 Joe Cotton, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Darcy Breen, 19 Jeremy Williams, 20 Carlo Tizzano, 21 Jack Grant, 22 Will Harrison, 23 Tepai Moeroa

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Ruben Love, 9 Luke Campbell, 8 Devan Flanders, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Alex Fidow, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Xavier Numia

Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Brayden Lose, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Orbyn Leger, 23 Pepesana Patafilo


Crusaders v Brumbies Super Rugby Trans Tasman Preview

The Crusaders have played the Brumbies 26 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Crusaders have won 18 matches, lost 8 times and drawn none.

The Crusaders 18 wins out of 26 matches gives them a record of winning 69% of their matches against the  Brumbies regardless of venue.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Brumbies is : Crusaders 29 Brumbies 22.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Crusaders and they have had home advantage in 13 of the 26 matches.

In those 12 Crusaders home matches they have won 11 matches and lost 2.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Brumbies at home is : Crusaders 32 Brumbies 18.

The Crusaders have won last nine meetings between these teams.

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

Average score: Crusaders 29 Brumbies 22.

Last five results
2015-06-13 Brumbies 24-37 Crusaders
2016-04-24 Brumbies 14-40 Crusaders
2017-02-25 Crusaders 17-13 Brumbies
2018-04-28 Brumbies 8-21 Crusaders
2019-04-06 Crusaders 36-14 Brumbies

Crusaders overall record against the Brumbies
Played 26, won 18, lost 8, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : Crusaders v Brumbies
Date : Saturday 15 May
Venue : Orangethgeory Stadium, Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19:05
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:James Doleman
Assistant Ref 2:Dan Waenga
TMO : Glenn Newman

Teams

Crusaders

15 George Bridge, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 David Havili, 11 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Cullen Grace, 7 Tom Sanders, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor (c), 1 George Bower

Replacements: 16 Brodie McAlister, 17 Tamaiti Williams, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Brendon O’Connor, 21 Ereatara Enari, 22 Fergus Burke, 23 Sevu Reece

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Ryan Lonergan, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Rory Scott, 6 Henry Stowers, 5 Nick Frost, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (c), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Tom Hooper, 20 Luke Reimer, 21 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22 Reesjan Pasitoa, 23 Mack Hansen


Melbourne Rebels v Blues Super Rugby Trans Tasman Preview

The Rebels have played the Blues 7 times in Super rugby since 2011 and the Rebels have won 3 matches, lost 4 times and drawn none.

The Rebels 3 wins out of 7 matches gives them a record of winning 43% of their matches against the Blues regardless of venue.

The average score when the Rebels play the Blues is : Rebels 28 Blues 32.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Rebels and they have had home advantage in 3 of the 7 matches.

In those 3 Rebels home matches they have won 2 matches and lost 1.

The average score when the Rebels play the Blues at home is : Rebels 31 Blues 34.

The Blues have won three of the last five meetings between these teams.

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

Average score: Rebels 28 Blues 32.

Last five results
2013-05-11 Blues 36-32 Rebels
2015-05-08 Rebels 42-22 Blues
2016-04-30 Blues 36-30 Rebels
2017-02-23 Rebels 18-56 Blues
2018-06-02 Blues 10-20 Rebels

Melbourne Rebels overall record against the Blues
Played 7, won 3, lost 4, drawn 3

Match Officials and details
Match : Melbourne Rebels v Blues
Date : Saturday 15 May
Venue : AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1:Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Keane
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Melbourne Rebels

15 Tom Pincus, 14 Frank Lomani, 13 Stacey Ili 12 Campbell Magnay, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua (c), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Josh Kemeny, 5 Ross Haylett-Petty, 4 Rob Leota, 3 Cabous Eloff, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr

Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Steve Cummins, 20 Michael Icely, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Carter Gordon, 23 Lachie Anderson

Blues

Blues: 15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 AJ Lam, 10 Otere Black, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Adran Choat, 6 Tom Robinson (c), 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuoti, 3 Marcel Renata, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Replacements: 16 Soane Vikena, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jacob Pierce, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Mark Telea


Western Force v Chiefs  Super Rugby Trans Tasman Preview

The Western Force have played the Chiefs 11 times in Super rugby since 2006 and the Western Force have won 2 matches, lost 9 times and drawn none.

The Western Force’s 2 wins out of 11 matches gives them a record of winning 18% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.

The average score when the Western Force play the Chiefs is : Western Force 18 Chiefs 31. This weekend the match will be played at home for the Western Force and they have had home advantage in 6 of the 11 matches.

In those 6 Western Force home matches they have won 2 matches and lost  4.

The average score when the Western Force play the Chiefs at home is : Western Force 15 Chiefs  23.

The Chiefs have won four of the last five meetings between these teams.

The Bookies have given the Force a 15 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Western Force 18 Chiefs 31.

Last five results
2013-05-10 Chiefs Western Force 22-21 Chiefs
2014-03-22 Western Force Chiefs 18-15 Western Force
2015-04-24 Chiefs Western Force 35-27 Chiefs
2016-03-26 Chiefs Western Force 53-10 Chiefs
2017-04-22 Western Force Chiefs 7-16 Chiefs

Western Force overall record against the Chiefs 
Played 11, won 2, lost 9, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : Western Force v Chiefs
Date : Saturday 15 May
Venue : HBF Park, Perth
Kick Off local: 19:55
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1:Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2:Jordan Way
TMO :Brett Cronan

Teams

Western Force  

15 Rob Kearney, 14 Richard Kahui, 13 Kyle Godwin (c), 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Jordan Olowofela, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Tim Anstee, 5 Fergus Lee-Warner, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, 1 Tom Robertson]

Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Angus Warner, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Ollie Callan, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Jake Strachan

Chiefs

Chiefs: 15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Jonah Lowe, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (c), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Pita Gus Sowakula, 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Josh Lord, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Joe Apikotoa, 19 Zane Kapeli, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Xavier Roe, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Bailyn Sullivan


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