Super Rugby 2012: Semi-finals preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 26 Jul 2012 at 08:30
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We have two derby semi-finals lined up this weekend, none of them involving an Aussie team. What more, in short, could anyone ask for?

Chiefs v Crusaders 27 July at 09:35

A fitting match up sees the two best team in New Zealand square up in a game that is sure to be full of excitement. The Chiefs raced to to a great – in fact unassailable – position at the head of the conference log, while the Saders got stuck in some unaccustomed doldrums, with a loss to the Rebels the real low point. Towards the latter stage of the campaign, though, all the form and momentum has been with the Christchurch crew, as the Chiefs lost back-to-back derbies against them and the Hurricanes in their last two matches. You never want to write off a side that includes Sonny Bill Williams, but my feeling is that it’s the end of the road for the Chiefs this week. Crusaders to take it by 6.

Chiefs: 15. Robbie Robinson, 14. Tim Nanai-Williams, 13. Andrew Horrell, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Kane Thompson, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 6. Liam Messam, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Craig Clarke (Captain), 3. Ben Tameifuna, 2. Mahonri Schwalger, 1. Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16. Hikawera Elliott, 17. Ben Afeaki, 18. Michael Fitzgerald, 19. Sam Cane, 20. Brendon Leonard, 21. Jackson Willison, 22. Lelia Masaga

Crusaders: 15. Israel Dagg, 14. Adam Whitelock, 13. Robert Fruean, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Dan Carter, 9. Andy Ellis, 8. Richie McCaw (Captain), 7. Matt Todd, 6. George Whitelock, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Ben Franks, 2. Corey Flynn, 1. Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Owen Franks, 18. Tom Donnelly, 19. Luke Whitelock, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tom Taylor, 22. Sean Maitland

DHL Stormers v Sharks 28 July at 17:05

The mouth-watering clash awaits in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon. The Stormers have fought their way to the very summit of the log through dogged determination, tenacious defence and resolutely sticking to their structures and game plan despite an injury list that at time bordered on the ridiculous. They’ve been criticised for lacking imagination and the ability to score tries, but only a fool could fail to recognise the supreme effort and triumph of planning and management that has got them to where they are now; with a home final to come next week if they can just knock over the Sharks. Logic says that those Sharks should be dead on their feet and running on empty after a whirwind trip to Brisbane and 266 tackles against the Reds. The Sharks were never meant to win that match, yet strangely, they did and the rugby that they played in doing so suddenly raises the possibility of an upset here, if only they can reproduce it at Newlands. By all accounts, the Sharks are in high spirits and determined to keep the dream alive this week and while not in any way underestimating the herculean task ahead of them, I feel they’re going to do it. Sharks by 2, is my call and if it’s wrong, well, then I don’t want to be right!

Stormers: 15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (Captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Deon Fourie, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16. Frans Malherbe, 17. Deon Carstens, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Don Armand, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever

Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Keegan Daniel (Captain), 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Willem Alberts, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Steven Sykes, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Jacques Botes, 21. Odwa Ndungane, 22. Riaan Viljoen


  • I can’t wait for this match. One thing that boggles my mind is that on a lot of the blogs and websites out there, there is a lot of Sharks supporters bad mouthing Meyer Bosman, yes he did do that stupid fall, trip thingy on Saterday but he has actually not been too bad lately. A lot of people saying he can’t pass yet he his distribution is probably his best asset.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.07.12 08:39:41 by KingRiaan Reply
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  • The travel to undermine the Sharks…Stormers by 10…

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.07.12 08:48:50 by grant10 Reply
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  • And Chiefs by 3…

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.07.12 08:49:45 by grant10 Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : Morning Riaan, I hope he has a blider on the weekend ans shuts all his critics up.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.07.12 08:51:42 by MikeVS Reply
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  • Your prediction will get you nice odds if you keen for a bet Rob..

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.07.12 08:52:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @MikeVS (Comment 4) : Morning Mike, or at least just help us win the match :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.07.12 08:58:33 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Am I correct in saying it will be Timmy’s first game against the Stormers? He was definately injured in round two and if I am not mistaken he was injured in the snotklap we gave them in KP… Expect a big game from him!

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.07.12 08:58:35 by MikeVS Reply

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  • @MikeVS (Comment 7) : He played in the game against them here in Durbs

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.07.12 08:59:03 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • GO SHARKS!!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.07.12 08:59:09 by Viking Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : I would gladly take that too

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.07.12 08:59:46 by MikeVS Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 8) : Well I am sure he will be keen to rub it in the Stormers Management’s faces

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.07.12 09:02:00 by MikeVS Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : Bosman’s distribution is his best asset, I think the thing some supporters are worried about is that he has been having trouble with the accuracy of his passing. To many of those long passes that worked so well in the first few games of the season has gone to ground in the last few games he played.

    I think he’ll up his game and pull it of in this game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.07.12 09:03:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 8) : I just checked the team list for the Durban clash, he was injured. The team was:
    15 Patrick Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

    Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehan Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Odwa Ndungane, 22 Louis Ludik

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.07.12 09:04:16 by MikeVS Reply

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  • @MikeVS (Comment 11) : Yeah, he was one good buy. Him, Jordaan and Steyn will hopefully be giving us years of excellent service. How our fortunes in the centres have changed. You have to give it to Rudolf S, he has bought a whole bunch of duds lately (Marius Joubert comes to mind here) but also a few gems like Whitehead, Alberts, Deysel

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.07.12 09:05:49 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @MikeVS (Comment 13) : Oh yeah sorry my bad :oops:

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.07.12 09:10:26 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 14) : Its great to have a good midfeild again, last really solid midfield was in 2007 when DUB (Brad Barrit) was here…

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.07.12 09:13:04 by MikeVS Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 15) : I am sure Timmy is going to be fired up and wanting to make a statement!

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.07.12 09:14:14 by MikeVS Reply

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  • Timmy to make De Jongh his personal plaything for the day :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.07.12 09:17:09 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 18) : I just hope Big Vic or Marcel run over De Villiers and De jongh

    Every big, big game De Jongh gets injured – Finals against Bulls 2010 S14 and Sharks 2010 CC

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.07.12 09:24:44 by MikeVS Reply

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  • @MikeVS (Comment 19) : Don’t want him to get injured, we need him at the Boks, maybe just winded ;-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.07.12 09:26:38 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 20) : Dont worry they will have 3 weeks to recover… :cool:

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.07.12 09:29:18 by MikeVS Reply

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  • I think (hope) the Chiefs will take it tomorrow, and hopefully that will be the added inspiration/wake-up call the Sharks need against the Streamers.

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.07.12 09:39:57 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Tank Lanning going for Stormers by 8-10, as if we expected anything else from him

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.07.12 09:54:03 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 23) : “The Rugby Scientist” – Idiot!

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.07.12 09:58:14 by MikeVS Reply

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  • Got Sharks and Saders as well :cool:

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.07.12 10:27:43 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Just to stir the pot a bit, but was Saturday against the Reds maybe the Sharks’ final :???:

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.07.12 10:30:44 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Good luck Sharks! Supporting you guys on Saturday. Your playing bloody good rugby.

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.07.12 10:38:50 by WilladieLeeu Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : @KingRiaan (Comment 14) : You are on the wrong site – the guys around here have patented the hate speech regarding Meyer Bosman and Rudolf Straueli.

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.07.12 10:56:23 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @WilladieLeeu (Comment 27) : You go, Willa!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.07.12 11:12:17 by Ice Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 26) : The final is next week! Do not even think otherwise!

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.07.12 11:13:34 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 30) : I’m just trying to get that honeymoon mentality out of the majority of Sharks supporters here.

    It kinda reminds me of 2009 CC semi against the tjietas :roll:

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.07.12 11:42:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 28) : I’m not a fan of them as well but you have to give credit where credit is due

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.07.12 12:00:09 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 31) : Is Peyper involved?! :shock:

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.07.12 07:41:17 by Original Pierre Reply
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