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Vodacom Super Rugby 2014: Round 17 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 26 Jun 2014 at 11:25
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Super Rugby returns – even if the South African teams aren’t in action. Let’s see what this weekend’s five clashes have in store.

Game 1: Highlanders v Chiefs (Friday at 09:35 SA time)

The defending champs – strangely out of the play-off zone at this stage, have a chance to make a strong claim for a wild-card spot if they can knock over the South Islanders this weekend. The Landers are themselves well in contention to be the Kiwi conference runners up – or could even leapfrog the Crusaders and take the conference spoils if other results go their way. In short, this is going to be an absolute cracker with any money put on the outcome risky at best. We’re going to back the home side for a narrow win here – Highlanders to take it by 4 points.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 Chris King, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Lee Allan, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Phil Burleigh.

Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Dwayne Sweeney, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Tom Marshall, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Tevita Koloamatangi, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 James Lowe.

Game 2: Rebels v Reds (Friday at 11:40 SA time)

From a game that means everything to one that means nothing – other than perhaps avoiding the Aussie conference wooden spoon. Don’t expect any sort of great fair to be on offer here. Reds to take it by 5 points.

Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Jason Woodward,13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman , 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Telusa Veainu, 23 Tom Kingston.

Reds: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Anthony Fainga’a, 11 Dom Shipperley, 10 Ben Lucas, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Curtis Browning, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Ben Daley, 19 Dave McDuling, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Samuela Kerevi, 22 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi .

Game 3: Hurricanes v Crusaders (Saturday at 09:35 SA time)

A crucial game for all concerned! The Canes can probably no longer realistically top the Kiwi conference, but their play-off hopes depend on them picking up points here. The Crusdares, ont he other hand, have the bit firmly between their teeth and will now be chasing a top-of-log finish over the next three weeks. Sharks fans will cling to desperate hope that the home side can prevail, but we fear it’s the Cantabrians who have the momentum. Crusaders to emerge with a good 8 point win.

Hurricanes: 15 Matt Proctor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Blade Thomson, 4 Jeremy Thrush (captain), 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u/Reggie Goodes, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Reggie Goodes/Brendon Edmonds, 19 James Broadhurst, 20 Jack Lam, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Hadleigh Parkes, 23 James Marshall.

Crusaders: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty (captain), 11 Nafi Tuitavake, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Kieran Read, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Dan Carter, 23 Rob Thompson.

Game 4: Waratahs v Brumbies (Saturday at 11:40 SA time)

The Tahs have the Aussie conference all but sewn up and will require nothing more than a regulation win here to make completely sure. Top spot on the overall log beckons and while the injury-ravaged Brumbies will try hard, I fear their challenge will end in Sydney on Saturday. Waratahs to win by 12.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (captain), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Jacques Potgieter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements – from: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Jono Lance, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 24 Cam Crawford.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew Smith, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Leon Power, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Ruaidhri Murphy, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Jean-Pierre Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Fotu Auelua, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Lionel Cronje, 23 Clyde Rathbone.

Game 5: Force v Blues (Saturday at 13:45 SA time)

The home side will have all the motivation here as they can still claim a wildcard spot through a strong finish. As the surprise package of the season, you have to back the Perthfonteiners to pick up a good win against the out-of-contention Blues. Force to win by 6 points.

Force: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Hugh McMeniman, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacments: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Solomoni Rasolea.

Blues: To be announced



8 Comments

  • Perthfontein rules!

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.06.14 11:41:09 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I feel cheated that the Sharks aren’t playing this weekend.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.06.14 11:41:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • All the results could go either way imo. Tough weekend ahead.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.06.14 11:45:46 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Perthfonteiners! :lol: Good one Rob!

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.06.14 11:48:14 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Come brumbies!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.06.14 12:16:50 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 5) : You’re so quiet these days? How’s life?

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.06.14 12:52:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • GO BRUMBIES GO HURRICANES!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.06.14 20:41:16 by [email protected] Reply

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  • @[email protected] (Comment 7) : ja hoping the Canes and Brumbies can do Sharks a favour.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.06.14 00:23:22 by JD Reply
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