Super Rugby 2016: Round 6 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 31 Mar 2016 at 13:14
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It’s the first bye round for the Sharks, so we can make picks this week using the head only!

Game 1: Highlanders v Force

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, according to Bob Dylan. I’ll counter that by saying that you don’t even need a brain to know who’s going to win this game. Highlanders by 20 points, easy.

Highlanders : 15. Ben R Smith (Captain), 14. Matt Faddes, 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 12. Rob Thompson, 11. Patrick Osborne, 10. Lima Sopoaga, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Liam Squire, 7. Dan Pryor, 6. Elliot Dixon, 5. Tom Franklin, 4. Alex Ainley, 3. Siosiua Halanukonuka, 2. Liam Coltman, 1. Brendon Edmonds
Replacements: 16. Ash Dixon, 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18. Josh Hohneck, 19. Joe Wheeler, 20. Shane Christie, 21. Fumiaki Tanaka, 22. Hayden Parker, 23. Jason Emery

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

Game 2: Lions v Crusaders

In an early contender for game of the round, the Saders head to Joburg to take on Africa 2′s finest. This is a tough one for Sharks fans, because we’d ideally like the Lions to lose in order to preserve our own rather tenuous hold on the conference lead. That said, as red-blooded South Africans (if that’s what most of us are) we really should be supporting our countrymen and I’m finding it hard to predict a result based on that conundrum. Reality is, we know that the Lions are good this year – very good in fact – but I;d counter that we’re maybe not too sure yet about the Crusaders. They certainly looked fierce against the Sharks, but also failed to capitalise on a huge amount of territory and possession and bloody nearly lost that game (thanks Johan Greeff!). The Lions are rested and relatively unscathed by injury (although they have lost Robbie Coetzee for an extended period) and could definitely run them close. I’m going to close my eyes and back the Lions to win a thriller, by 3 points.

Lions : 15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (Captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Dylan Smith
Replacements: 16. Akker van der Merwe, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Ruan Ackermann, 20. Cyle Brink, 21. Dillon Smit, 22. Jako van der Walt, 23. Rohan Janse van Rensburg

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

Game 3: Blues v Jaguares

Tasty…. there should be plenty of running to start your Saturday morning off right. If the Jags play this the way they should, using their test-hardened pack to build pressure, they could win easily. They’re not going to do that, though and once again, you fancy them being caught short in Auckland, especially if their woeful discipline again lets them down. Blue by 8.

Blues: 15. Lolagi Visinia, 14. Rieko Ioane, 13. Rene Ranger, 12. Pierts Francis, 11. Tevita Li, 10. Ihaia West, 9. Bryn Hall, 8. Steven Luatua, 7. Blake Gibson, 6. Joe Edwards, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Patrick Tuipoluto, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. James Parsons (Captain), 1. Nic Mayhew
Replacements: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Sam Prattley, 18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19. Hoani Matenga, 20. Akira Ioane, 21. Billy Guyton, 22. Matt McGahan, 23. George Moala

Jaguares: 15. Ramiro Moyano, 14. Emiliano Bofelli, 13. Matias Moroni, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11. Manuel Montero, 10. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 9. Martin Landajo (Captain), 8. Leonardo Senatore, 7. Rodrigo Baez, 6. Tomas Lezana, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 4. Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 3. Ramiro Herrera, 2. Julian Montoya, 1. Roberto Tejerizo
Replacements: 16. Facundo Bosch, 17. Santiago Garcia Botta, 18. Enrique Pieretto, 19. Juan Cruz Guillemain, 20. Pablo Matera, 21. Gonzalo Bertranou, 22. Nicolas Sanchez, 23. Joaquin Paz

Game 4: Brumbies v Chiefs

Scrap what I said about Lions-Crusaders. THIS mo-fo is the game of the round. In a game likely to have South African fans slavering at the prospect of just what our teams could play like if they weren’t, say, South African, it’s ridiculously hard to pick a winner. The Brumbies, to me, have not quite lived up to their early-season form in recent weeks, so I see the Chiefs sneaking a 5 point win here.

Brumbies : 15. Aidan Toua, 14. Joseph Tomane, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Matt Toomua, 11. Robbie Coleman, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Tomas 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. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Allan Alaalatoa, 18. Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Jordan Smiler, 21. Joe Powell, 22. James Dargaville, 23. Nigel Ah Wong

Chiefs: 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Toni Pulu, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 12. Charlie Ngatai, 11. James Lowe, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Brad Weber, 8. Michael Leitch, 7. Sam Cane (Captain), 6. Tom Sanders, 5. Taleni Seu, 4. Michael Allardice, 3. Siate Tokolahi, 2. Hikawera Elliott, 1. Mitchell Graham
Replacements: 16. Rhys Marshall, 17. Atunaisa Moli, 18. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 19. James Tucker, 20. Maama Vaipulu, 21. Kane Hammington, 22. Seta Tamanivalu, 23. Shaun Stevenson

Game 5: Kings v Sunwolves

Deon Davids and his lads are back home, having taken some strain on tour but played with guts all the same. They’ll not have a better opportunity to pick up a win, with the Sunwolves FINALLY getting a taste of what it’s like to play an away game in Super Rugby (Singapore doesn’t count). The Japanese team are no mugs, but you simply have to back the Kings to roll them this week…. maybe only by a point or two, though. Random question: what the hell is a “sunwolf”?

Kings: 15. Jurgen Visser, 14. Siyanda Grey, 13. Stefan Watermeyer, 12. Shane Gates, 11. Malcolm Jaer, 10. Louis Fouche, 9. Ntando Kebe, 8. Aidon Davis, 7. Stefan Willemse, 6. CJ Velleman, 5. John-Charles Astle, 4. Steven Sykes (Captain), 3. Jacobie Adriaanse, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 1. Sithembiso Sithole
Replacements: 16. Martin Ferreira, 17. Schalk Ferreira, 18. Tom Botha, 19. Schalk Oelofse, 20. Chris Cloete, 21. Kevin Luiters, 22. Elgar Watts, 23. Jaco van Tonder

Sunwolves: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Viliami Lolohea, 13. Harumichi Tatekawa, 12. Yu Tamura, 11. Akihito Yamada, 10. Tusi Pisi, 9. Kaito Shigeno, 8. Ed Quirk, 7. Andrew Durutalo, 6. Liaki Moli, 5. Tim Bond, 4. Hitoshi Ono, 3. Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2. Shota Horie (Captain), 1. Keith Inagaki
Replacements: 16. Futoshi Mori, 17. Masataka Mikami, 18. Takuma Asahara, 19. Shinya Makabe, 20. Yoshia Hosoda, 21. Tomàs Leonardi, 22. Yuki Yatomi, 23. Mifiposeti Paea

Game 6: Bulls v Cheetahs

It’s about momentum and trajectory. The Bulls are getting key men back, while the Cheetahs are losing men in droves. Neither side is playing well, but at Loftus, there’s no doubt in my mind. Bulls to take this by around 7.

Bulls: 15. Jesse Kriel, 14. Travis Ismaiel, 13. Jan Serfontein, 12. Burger Odendaal, 11. Jamba Ulengo, 10. Tian 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. Nico Janse van Rensburg, 20. Pieter Labuschagne, 21. Ivan van Zyl, 22. Francois Brummer, 23. SP Marais

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain) , 12 Nico Lee, 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 Maks van Dyk, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Henco Venter, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga.

Game 7: Waratahs v Rebels

Could this be an upset? Tahs started well but are looking more rubbish with each outing, whereas the Rebels are surprising with their play and are actually second on the Aussie conference log. Hard to see the Sydney boys letting this one slip, though, so it’s Tahs by 5 for me.

Waratahs: TBA

Rebels: 15. Jonah Placid, 14. Dom Shipperley, 13. Tamati Ellison, 12. Mitch Inman, 11. Cam Crawford, 10. Jack Debreczeni, 9. Nick Stirzaker (Captain), 8. Adam Thomson, 7. Sean McMahon, 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. Ben Meehan, 22. Daniel Hawkins, 23. Reece Hodge


  • I keep overestimating the Sunwolves at my own peril on Superbru and the Kings have been my (and everyone elses) banker to date. Tough call, that one.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.16 13:33:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • First win for the Solar Lupus this weekend

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.16 13:42:17 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • Want to see the lions beat the saders.hopefully the saders indisctretions,which are definitely as much part of their game as off-loads are,will be spotted by the ref.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.16 13:50:34 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • Some tough calls for games this weekend, quite a few could go either way

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.16 13:56:28 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I burnt my fingers with the Sunwolves when I picked them to beat the Cheetahs. They then threw away a 31 – 13 lead and conspired to lose…

    The Japanese have some odd team names. What the hell is a Land Wave?

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.16 14:21:13 by Character_Schmarachter Reply

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  • @Character_Schmarachter (Comment 5) : Perhaps something to do with earthquakes (which they have a lot of) ?

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.16 14:28:18 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • My wife had a good laugh at that “sunwolves” name…

    Velleman to get the Kings first win this weekend – depending on the ref’s breakdown interpretation, of course.

    Brumbies to beat the Chiefs.

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.03.16 14:32:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Mofo of a round to pick, got only 1 wrong last week. Stormers v Jaguars

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.03.16 15:43:12 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I predict the sharks will be much better this week. The lack of competition should play in their favour.

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.03.16 15:44:58 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : Also there will be no one to gift our posession to.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.03.16 15:45:44 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 3) : I really hope the Lions can prove to us all that we had too much respect and too little competence in our curent strategy to beat the crusaders hopefully we get a kick in the arse and come right.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.03.16 15:47:25 by coolfusion Reply

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  • my take is that the new zealanders are very aggressive at the breakdown flooding it so that the opposition cannot get a chance to get hold of the ball. No wonder the Crusaders had 80 % of the play. All the refs so far appear to think that they playing to the rules.
    It is time we got a bit ballsy and play them at their own game. We are just as big as them.

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.03.16 16:58:46 by Papabear Reply

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  • @Papabear (Comment 12) : Agree. We have too much respect or fear for what is ultimately just a reputation based on the previous season.

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.03.16 17:21:51 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Papabear (Comment 12) : Highlanders especially tend to do this….they swamp that ruck from all angles, confuses the ref so much that so many players infringe at the breakdown, so he decides “play on”….

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.03.16 19:06:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • All I’m know is Sharks will not lose this weekend!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.03.16 20:29:51 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 15) : the bye break couldn’t have come at a better time. Hope there’s some hard work all round happening in Durban these 2 weeks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.03.16 21:48:24 by Rookin Reply

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  • Eish. Hearing the new Bok backs coach could be Chester Williams or Stick (the Kings backs coach).

    What either or these two gentlemen have down as a coach to crack the nod for the top job is anybody’s guess…

    We’re in for a world of pain with the conservative Coetzee and Williams or Stick combo…

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.03.16 22:01:00 by Voodoo Rookin Reply

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  • My picks?

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.03.16 23:16:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 18) : I’m there with you but I’m struggling with the Kings v Wolves game

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.03.16 23:24:32 by Voodoo Rookin Reply

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  • @Voodoo Rookin (Comment 19) : Me too…in the end I went “eenie meenie minie moe…”

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.03.16 23:31:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 20) : Or however you spell that!

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.03.16 23:32:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Rookin (Comment 16) : for sure just hope the guys can get their heads cleared and ready for the tour!

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.03.16 23:48:17 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 18) : snap!

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.03.16 23:50:49 by JD Reply
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