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Super Rugby 2016: Round 5 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Mar 2016 at 14:27
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Round 5 already. After a truly shocking return last week (I don’t want to talk about it) let’s preview the Easter Weekend action.

Game 1: Hurricanes v Kings

At the risk of saying something that’s a little bit funny, but not really, it’s hard to see this being a “good” Friday for the Kings. Steven Sykes will celebrate his 100th career game in Super Rugby and while the Canes have not been truly formidable this year, they’ll have too much for the still-learning Kings to cope with. Canes by around 20 points, I’d say.

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Willis Halaholo, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Jason Woodward, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Ben May, 19 Geoff Cridge, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Vince Aso, 23 Matt Proctor.

Southern Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Cyril-John Velleman, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain) 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhoudt, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 JP Du Plessis.

Game 2: Chiefs v Force

The Chiefs have certainly done a bit of globe-trotting in recent weeks and will probably be more than a little tired and jet-lagged this week. That said, they’re a quality oufit and it’s hard to see them losing to a Force team that is nothing more than mediocre in 2016. Chiefs to win by 10 or so.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sam McNicol, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Taleni Seu, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 19 James Tucker, 20 Sam Henwood, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Toni Pulu.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Junior Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Angus Cottrell, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Chris Heiberg, 17 Nathan Charles, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Albert Nikoro.

Game 3: Rebels v Highlanders

The Rebels are a pretty useful team this year; in fact, in a relatively short space of time they’ve leap-frogged both the Force and the Reds and now have a credible claim to being Australia’s third-best team. The Highlanders are a top side, though and are hitting decent form after a shock opening-round lost away to the Blues. Expect Jamie Joseph’s side to prevail here: Highlanders by 7 or so.

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Ben Meehan, 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Sean McMahon (captain), 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Dan Hawkins, 23 Reece Hodge.

Highlanders: 15. Ben Smith (cc), 14. Jack Wilson, 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 12. Rob Thompson , 11. Pat Osborne , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 9. Aaron Smith , 8. Liam Squire , 7. Shane Christie (cc), 6. Luke Whitelock, 5. Joe Wheeler, 4. Mark Reddish, 3. Siosiua Halanukonuka, 2. Ash Dixon, 1. Brendon Edmonds
Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman , 17. Craig Millar , 18. Josh Hohneck , 19. Dan Pryor , 20. Elliot Dixon , 21. Josh Renton , 22. Hayden Parker , 23. Jason Emery

Game 4: Sunwolves v Bulls

Shame, the poor Japanese side are getting closer to a win, but just not quite pulling one off. They’re back in Singapore this week (the travel must be killing them) and I’m afraid they don’t stand a chance against an improving Bulls team. Bulls to win this by 15.

Sunwolves: TBA

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tiaan Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Game 5: Cheetahs v Brumbies

The Brumbies came properly unstuck in Cape Town last week. I don’t expect such a thing to happen again and I fear it’s the poor Cheetahs who are going to cop the backlash. William Small-Smith, such a key cog in the Cheetahs line, is out this week and I fear this could get ugly. Brumbies by 12.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Tom Staniforth. 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Game 6: Sharks v Crusaders

The game of the weekend…. what will Durban have in store for us? With the weather possibly a little murky, this could turn into a real scrap and I feel that as the conditions get worse, the more the plucky Sharks will come into the contest. Expect a massive clash, but I’m backing the Durban side to sneak a win here. Sharks by 2 – maybe 3 if we’re really lucky!

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Garth April, 23 Odwa Ndungane.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jimmy Tupou, 21 Tim Boys, 22 Mitchell Drummond, 23 Ben Volavola.

Game 7: Los Jaguares v Stormers

Cape Town’s finest head to the land of big steaks and wide open plains and it’s anybody’s guess how things will pan out there. The Jaguares are improving, but aren’t managing to land that knock-out blow against quality opposition and they’re starting to fall off the pace a bit now. They need a decent home win here and I fancy they might just get it against a Stormers side that has left key man Pieter-Steph du Toit at home. Jaguares by 5, I reckon.

Jaguares: TBA

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Huw Jones.

Game 8: Reds v Waratahs

Hard to get excited here. The Tahs will win, but it won’t be exciting.

Reds: TBA

Waratahs: TBA



27 Comments

  • Canes
    Chiefs
    Rebels
    Bulls
    Brumbies
    Sharks
    Jags
    Tahs

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.03.16 14:36:26 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Agreed. Jaguares to win was my upset pick for the weekend. Going out on a limb though…

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.03.16 14:37:20 by boertjie101 Reply

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  • @boertjie101 (Comment 2) : Jaguars at home to the Stormers is an upset?!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.03.16 14:51:48 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • canes by 50
    chiefs
    landers
    bulls
    brumb
    Crusaders (hope Im wrong)
    Jags
    Tahs

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.03.16 15:18:22 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 4) : I have Canes by 30 because it’s only their B team :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.03.16 15:24:36 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 3) : according to almost all of the SA press it sure would be!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.03.16 15:38:23 by JD Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 5) : haha. I would back Maties to klap them by 30. I believe the kings will get a 100 point hiding at some point this season. Maybe not just yet but soon.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.03.16 15:38:30 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Canes
    Chiefs
    Highlanders
    Bulls
    Brumbies
    Sharks
    St&%#£
    Tahs

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.03.16 15:42:57 by JD Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 7) : second Sharks game!!! Sharks will be well traveled and so happy to be home again they will just run riot!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.03.16 15:44:23 by JD Reply
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  • Going with all the favourites. That’s boring Rob. My upset would be the Reds to beat the Tahs.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.03.16 16:38:07 by money Reply

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  • @money (Comment 10) : you don’t reckon Jags to beat Stormers is an upset?

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.03.16 16:39:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : No. Really think they will go to home losses in a row? The almost beat the Chiefs, save for a last minute try.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.03.16 17:17:40 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : In a hostile Buenos Aires, I think few teams will return victorious….

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.03.16 17:21:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • The upset for this weekend will be either the Rebels over the Landers….or the Force over a travel weary Chiefs.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.03.16 17:23:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : Bulls could lose their heads, they did away to the Stormers. I am very interested in the Rebels Landers game. Statically there Rebels are one of the best teams in the tournament…above the Landers, this season.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.03.16 17:29:24 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 15) : …I wanted to say the bulls beating the Sunwolves could be the other upset. :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.03.16 17:47:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • I also fancy the Rebels and Force but after watching the Highlanders dismantle the Sorrytahs I said I’d never go against the Highlanders again.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.03.16 18:41:36 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • Can’t really see a major upset happening this weekend!

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.03.16 20:25:20 by JD Reply
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  • Don’t worry Rob…after 100% the week before, I only got 4 out of 9 last weekend… :|

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.03.16 21:16:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I’ve gone with:
    Canes
    Chiefs
    Highlanders
    Bulls
    Brumbies
    Sharks
    Jags
    Tahs

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.03.16 21:21:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : @pastorshark (Comment 20) : now I’m worried as except for the Jags I have the same picks!!! ;-P

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.03.16 21:52:10 by JD Reply
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  • Hi Guys!

    I must have missed something really important so please help me out?

    I see that Ishmael and the boys from Sportsbet have the Sharks As Favourites against the Crusaders . . . :shock:

    How is this possible after last weeks` Complete Failure against the Flou Nulle??

    Something doesn`t add up here . . . :?:

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.03.16 09:03:22 by Lassie Lion Reply

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  • @Lassie Lion (Comment 22) : are you serious? You did actually see the overall competition log?

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.03.16 11:09:03 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 23) : dude! Why did you take the bait?

    Some Lions fans have got awfully windgat all of a sardine. They must have a remarkable ability to forget where they came from. I can’t wait to play them…

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.03.16 13:54:41 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 24) : just had to!!! Nice to show the log and say read it!!! no further explanation needed!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.03.16 14:59:50 by JD Reply
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  • I will be very pleasantly surprised if we pull off a win tomorrow. I’m in the US at the moment, but I will be waking up just a little earlier to watch the boys! Hope I can find a good stream!

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.03.16 18:49:39 by David12246 Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 26) : enjoy it and really hope you find a good stream as I think it’s going to be a good game!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.03.16 00:02:41 by JD Reply
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