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Super Rugby 2013: Round 18 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 27 Jun 2013 at 08:00
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With Super Rugby back after such a long break, it almost feels like a completely new competition. This week’s action sees no Aussie teams involved, so there are only five games to be played.

Game 1: Chiefs v Hurricanes (Friday 09h35 SA time)

We start off with a Kiwi derby on Saturday morning and with both teams having been out of action for so long, it will be interesting to see who can find their rhythm most quickly. Only one team is really playing for anything, though, as the Chiefs chase a top-of-log finish, while the Canes are pretty much out of the play-off running. That should see the Chiefs win by around 8 points.

Chiefs: 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Matt Vant Leven, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Andrew Horrell, 22 Charlie Ngatai.

Hurricanes: 15. James Marshall, 14. Matt Proctor, 13. Conrad Smith (Captain), 12. Reynold Lee-Lo, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Victor Vito, 7. Karl Lowe, 6. Brad Shields, 5. James Broadhurst, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 3. Ben May, 2. Dane Coles, 1. Ben Franks
Replacements: 16. Ash Dixon, 17. Reg Goodes, 18. Mark Reddish, 19. Faifili Levave, 20. Chris Smylie, 21. Tusi Pisi, 22. Alapati Leiua

Game 2: Highlanders v Crusaders (Saturday 09h35 SA time)

You’ve got to feel for the Highlanders, who really have had an awful season. This week they’re up against a Crusaders outfit that is just starting their big push for the play-offs. It’s going to get ugly for them, I reckon. Crusaders to win by 12.

Highlanders: TBA

Crusaders: 15. Israel Dagg,14. Tom Marshall,13. Ryan Crotty,12. Tom Taylor,11. Zac Guildford,10. Dan Carter,9. Andy Ellis, 8. Luke Whitelock,7. Matt Todd , 6. George Whitelock (capt),5.Sam Whitelock,4. Tom Donnelly,3. Nepo Laulala,2. Ben Funnell,1.Joe Moody
Replacements:16. Corey Flynn,17. Wyatt Crockett,18. Luke Romano,19. Kieran Read,20. Willi Heinz,21. Robbie Fruean,22. Adam Whitelock,

Game 3: Sharks v Blues (Saturday 14h50 SA time)

The only non-derby this week should be a cracker at Kings Park. There have been plenty of upheavals in the Sharks system over the last month, but the way that a weakened outfit played in Johannesburg last week has given some hope. The Blues haven’t beaten the Sharks, home or away, since 2005 and we back that record to continue in an exciting and close game. Sharks to win by 4.

Sharks: TBA

Blues: TBA

Game 4: Bulls v Kings (Saturday 17h05 SA time)

The Bulls haven’t picked their strongest side for this game, but with the Kings battling with injuries of their own and also facing the “Loftus factor”, I think the home team will win rather comfortably. Bulls to take it by 10 points.

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Rudi Paige, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.

Kings: 15. SP Marais, 14. Marcello Sampson, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Andries Strauss (captain), 11. Michael Killian, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. Cornell du Preez, 5. David Bulbring, 4. Darron Nell, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16. Grant Kemp, 17. Hannes Franklin, 18. Rynier Bernardo, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. George Whitehead, 22. Shane Gates.

Game 5: Stormers v Cheetas (Saturday 19h15 SA time)

The game of the weekend takes place at Newlands, although once again, it’s only really the Cheetahs with anything to gain or lose from this outing. Naka Drotske#s men can take huge strides towards securing a maiden play-off berth should they defeat the Stormers. With motivation set to be high for the visitors – and close to non-existent for the hosts – this should be one-way traffic. Cheetahs to win by 3 points.

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Deon Fourie (captain), 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Juan Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Don Armand, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Rynhardt Landman, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Petrus Vermeulen, 19 Johannes Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Howard Mnisi.



12 Comments

  • Come on Sharks! Release the team already :annoyed:

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.06.13 08:49:10 by JarsonX Reply
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  • OK< so the Sharks have agreed to pay Plumtree out for 2 years on the basis that he had a verbal agreement with Van Zyl for a 2 year contract extension. Just who the hell is giving legal advice to the Sharks? :shock: What a complete waste of money!

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.06.13 09:21:41 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 2) : If you read about it in either Sport24 or Beeld, it is, according to Viking and Rich, another piece of unsubstantiated reporting.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.06.13 09:44:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 2) :

    Its speculation..

    The agreement reached is strictly confidential and any part time sport journo wanting to sell his article could come up with a random quote like that and spread an unsubstantiated rumour.

    Any person who understands South African Labour Law would know that such a pay-out is highly, HIGHLY unlikely..

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.06.13 10:03:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Van Zyl is a snake.

    He is busy dismantling the remnants of any positive legacy he may have had. But actually thinking about it, he presided over 17 long years of ultra mediocrity by the Sharks from 1997 to date…. we only have 2 Currie Cups to show for it in that period… Perhaps he should have been booted out long before?

    He didn’t cover himself in glory with the death at Kings Park either.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.06.13 10:09:35 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 5) : 17 years :shock: , and now everybody wants to jump down Smit’s throat for rectifying the utter mess van Zyl left it in.

    So he basically took the Sharks from the glory years (1990 -1996) and converted it into what we had to endure for the past 17 years.

    Good riddance to the catalyst of the cancer in the Sharks corridors.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.06.13 10:25:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 5) :
    @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) :

    Van Zyl was actually in charge from 1 March 1994, which would see him end his career after 20 years.

    Now that stands at 19 and a half years, thanks to Smit taking over in the middle of the Financial Year..

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.06.13 10:32:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : Thanks for clarifying.

    Seems the Board members were quite eager to get rid of van Zyl, seeing as they weren’t willing to let him finish his full 20 year term.

    Glad they didn’t feel sentimental and thus change has been allowed to happen swiftly.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.06.13 10:38:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • The more I hear about it I think the best thing for the Sharks would be to give Mr. Van Zyl his retirement party and wish him well with his future.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.06.13 10:40:46 by JD Reply
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  • One can get decent odds on the Blues winning on Saturday..

    Happy with either result then..

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.06.13 13:58:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : I haven`t even looked yet. I don`t like betting against the sharks but it happened before . . .

    No Blues team yet? These people have zero regard for my fantasy league . . . :evil:

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.06.13 16:09:05 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • As soon as I bet on the Sharks they lose and if I go against the Sharks on Superbru they win.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.06.13 16:45:16 by JD Reply
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