Vodacom Super Rugby 2014: The Qualifiers preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 17 Jul 2014 at 13:13
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Down to just two matches to see who will join the Waratahs and the Crusaders in the semi-finals.

Qualifier 1: Brumbies v Chiefs (Saturday 11h40 SA time)

This one should go down to the wire, with neither team in truly great form. The Chiefs have staged something of a comeback in order to make it through to a knock-out round that they looked sure to miss just a few weeks ago. We’re going with the home side, though, and reckon the Brumbies will take this by 3 points.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Leon Power, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Ruaidhri Murphy, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Fotu Auelua, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Joe Tomane, 23 Pat McCabe.

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

Qualifier 2: Cell C Sharks v Highlanders (Saturday 17h05 SA time)

Durban hosts the second match, where the Sharks are expected to exact revenge on the Highlanders after an unexpected and embarrassing reversal in the corresponding regular season fixture this year. The Landers will be full of running, but will come up against a Sharks pack hell-bent on setting the record straight. Sharks to win this by 10 points.

Cell C Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frans Steyn, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Tonderai Chavhanga.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 JP Koen, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Tom Franklin, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Trent Renata, 23 Gareth Evans.


  • I have Sharks by 12 and Brumbies by 8 on Bru

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.07.14 13:15:03 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Rob, this JP Koen of SA birth in the Highlanders team?

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.07.14 13:15:47 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Pretty much saaaks by 12, but not too sure about the brumbies…

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.07.14 13:16:31 by R Hayward Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 2) : yup

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.07.14 13:23:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Thanks

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.07.14 13:27:52 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • SHARKS BY 22 points

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.07.14 13:37:08 by Windgat101 Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 2) :

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.07.14 13:37:13 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 6) : Change tactic now – hey?

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.07.14 13:46:29 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.07.14 14:25:22 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 7) : thanks

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.07.14 14:25:51 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • I really am looking forward to Saturday. I have a feeling the guys are going to come together and give one of their best performances of the season. Luckily after that we will have to play away games, so no chance of us getting the “favourite” tag for any of the matches…which means we should keep playing well! ;-)

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.07.14 14:28:38 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 11) : Lets hope our best game of the season is in the final :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.07.14 14:34:38 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 12) : Definitely. Let’s say our best game so far and then a better match after that every weekend!

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.07.14 15:04:57 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 13) : ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.07.14 15:07:56 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 12) : @HeinF (Comment 13) :

    Yes, the best game in the final, but not before … our best game so far against the highlanders and then our best game so far against the Crusaders.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.07.14 15:46:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • Sharks by 30 points

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.07.14 18:10:58 by Windgat101 Reply

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  • Sharks going to destroy them, hustle them, kill them, rape them(sorry for my words, can’t think of something else
    Sharks going to break their bones

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.07.14 18:13:53 by Windgat101 Reply

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  • ^ Rob this is getting ridiculous now……

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.07.14 19:09:05 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 17) : Eish

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.07.14 19:18:14 by benji Reply

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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 17) : There’s trolling and then there’s crossing the line.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.07.14 19:30:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 20) : ja boet that idiot has pissed off everyone here would not mind if he could disappear.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.07.14 20:41:48 by JD Reply
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  • JD do u want me gone, if u want that just asked then ill leave and never post again

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.07.14 20:52:20 by Windgat101 Reply

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  • Its up to u JD if u want to never hear of me again ill be gone and never ever post again anything

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.07.14 20:53:48 by Windgat101 Reply

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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 23) : well if you can’t post decent comments and stop trolling it will be better if you leave.

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.07.14 20:59:53 by JD Reply
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  • Okay JD help me post good messages, what words mustnt I use? I am trying to chance?

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.07.14 22:01:27 by Windgat101 Reply

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  • I’m of the opinion that the Chiefs will trump the Brumbies easily and that the Highlanders are slightly better than us.
    We need to play as a team to win this . let’s believe.

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.07.14 22:36:20 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 25) : just could not stay away?!?!?!?!

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.07.14 23:06:18 by JD Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 26) : hope the Landers lost some form as they lost their last 2 games but must say I think that both games will be hard.

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.07.14 23:19:15 by JD Reply
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  • Okay JD ill leave good luck with the sharks I hope they win the cup, I won’t be here to see it, ill be in heaven watching it cheers mates

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.07.14 23:41:25 by Windgat101 Reply

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  • Was good knowing u all, live life to the fullest, you never know when you will be gone and be in heaven, great being the troll, I tried to change but I couldn’t.. I hope to best for u guys and your families and friends and I wish everyone on here exspecially rob and jD and van martin and pokkel and jasonx .. PS: nothing impossible, go sharks I wish you guys the best..

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.07.14 23:45:04 by Windgat101 Reply

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  • Just hope the keep ball possession a little more. Another bruising tackling match is not a good idea. Also Frans must reconsider those cross fielders of his that never find the mark, some really good fielders and runners in their backline. Use the line kick and Maul.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.07.14 13:01:45 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I’m very nervous but I have a feeling Sharks will take it.

    GO SHARKS!!!!!!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.07.14 16:23:20 by [email protected] Reply

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