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Super Rugby 2016: Round 7 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 7 Apr 2016 at 13:23
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I actually did relatively well last week, with 5/7 results correct. If on’y I’d backed my gut and picked the Rebels to beat the Waratahs…. oh well. Let’s see how Round 7 is going to pan out.

Game 1: Chiefs v Blues

Pretty straightforward first up, I’d say. The Chiefs are hitting their straps and will want to crack on after annihilating the ponies last week. Chiefs to win by 9 points.

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

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. Hoani Matenga, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. James Parsons (Captain), 1. Sam Prattley
Replacements: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Namatahi Waa, 18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19. Akira Ioane, 20. Kara Pryor, 21. Billy Guyton, 22. Matt McGahan, 23. George Moala

Game 2: Force v Crusaders

You’d think this one would be a formality as well. The Force just haven’t got going this year, whereas the Crusaders have already found ways to win against sides that are far better. Crusaders by around 10, for my money.

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. Steve Mafi, 3. Tetera Faulkner, 2. Heath Tessmann, 1. Pekahou Cowan
Replacements: 16. Nathan Charles, 17. Francois van Wyk, 18. Jermaine Ainsley, 19. Rory Walton, 20. Richard Hardwick, 21. Ryan Louwrens, 22. Ian Prior, 23. Albert Nikoro

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

Game 3: Stormers v Sunwolves

All I will say about this one is that I’m amazed Robbie Fleck hasn’t opted to rest more first-choice players. Stormers by a comfortable 20 points.

Stormers : 15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Johnny Kotze, 12. Juan de Jongh (Captain), 11. Leolin Zas, 10. Jean-Luc Du Plessis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Schalk Burger, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Sikhumbuszo Notshe, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. JD Schickerling, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1. Oliver Kebble
Replacements: 16. Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17. JC Janse van Rensburg, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Jan de Klerk, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Godlen Masimla, 22. Huw Jones, 23. Damian de Allende

Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Viliami Lolohea, 13 Mifiposeti Paea, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yuki Yatomi, 8 Tomás Leonardi, 7 Ed Quirk, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Timothy Bond, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Masataka Mikami
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Andrew Durutalo, 21 Atushi Hiwasa, 22 Harumichi Tatekawa, 23 Yasutaka Sasakura.

Game 4: Hurricanes v Jaguares

Aha, now this is where it gets spicy. One feels that the Jaguares simply have to click at some stage this season and start to record some wins. Will this be the game in which they get it right? The Canes are suffering a bit of a hangover after last year, but are still a quality outfit and the Jaguares are without their Talisman Agustin Creevy. Based on those factors, I’ll call a narrow Canes win, but I’m not too confident.

Hurricanes : 15. Jason Woodward, 14. Cory Jane, 13. Willis Halaholo, 12. Ngani Laumape, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Victor Vito, 7. Ardie Savea, 6. Brad Shields, 5. Blade Thomson, 4. Michael Fatialofa, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2. Dane Coles (Captain), 1. Reg Goodes
Replacements: 16. Motu Matu’u, 17. Chris Eves, 18. Ben May, 19. Vaea Fifita, 20. Callum Gibbins, 21. Jamison Gibson-Park, 22. Otere Black, 23. Matt Proctor

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

Game 5: Reds v Highlanders

Ugh. This round just seems too easy, doesn’t it? Reds by 20…. to lose by 20, that is!

Reds : 15. Karmichael Hunt, 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13. Samu Kerevi, 12. Anthony Faingaa, 11. Eto Ntabuli, 10. Jake Mcintyre, 9. Nicholas Frisby, 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Hendrik Tui, 5. Rob Simmons, 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 3. Greg Holmes, 2. Andrew Ready, 1. James Slipper (Captain)
Replacements: 16. Saia Faingaa, 17. Sef Faagase, 18. Sam Talakai, 19. Ben Matwijow, 20. Curtis Browning, 21. Scott Gale, 22. Sam Greene, 23. Ayumu Goromaru

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

Game 6: Sharks v Lions

Ok, this is better. A really meaty one and anyone who thinks they know for sure which way it will go is deluding themselves. The Lions are a hugely dangerous attacking side but may have a few weaknesses on defence; the Sharks have the game to grind out a win here, but only if they themselves are significantly more accurate than we’ve seen in recent weeks. What role will the bye play? Will we see more howlers from match officials? All of these are unknowns. I’m going to back the home team here, as one invariably does in a tight battle. Sharks by 4 points.

Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 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 Keegan Daniel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Garth April, 23 Odwa Ndungane

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

Game 7: Southern Kings v Bulls

Dare we hope that this game goes the other way? I wonder. I’m going to put my tackle on the block and pick a big upset here. That’s right, fans, Kings to beat the limited Bulls by 4 points. Let’s make it happen!

Kings: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 James Hall, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 John-Charles Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Justin Ackermann, 19 Schalk Oelofse, 20 Cyril-John Velleman, 21 Ntando Kebe, 22 Leighton Eksteen/JP du Plessis, 23 Jaco van Tonder.

Bulls: 15. SP Marais, 14. Travis Ismaiel, 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Jamba Ulengo, 10. Tian Schoeman, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Arno Botha, 7. Jannes Kirsten, 6. Pieter Labuschagne, 5. RG Snyman, 4. Jason Jenkins, 3. Marcel Van Der Merwe, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Trevor Nyakane
Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Pierre Schoeman, 18. Werner Kruger, 19. Marvin Orie, 20. Roelof Smit, 21. Ivan van Zyl, 22. Francois Brummer, 23. Dan Kriel



38 Comments

  • :smile: :smile:
    Kings by 4?

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.04.16 13:27:35 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • i got the same except for the Bulls to beat the Kings . Cant see the Bulls loosing to the Kings . SARU wont allow it

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.04.16 13:30:35 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 1) : how to lose all credibility in just 5 minutes :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.04.16 13:34:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :@West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 1) : hahaha ja!!! Somehow I don’t think that’s going to happen.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.04.16 13:38:50 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 4) : If the Bulls leave the kicking to Schoeman it won’t happen IMO, at least Serfontein would be delighted that Galant is not playing

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.04.16 13:41:16 by Henkb Reply
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  • SP is starting for the Bulls. My bet is he’ll get them plenty fired up for this game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.04.16 14:29:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 2) : You betting against your Lions?

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.04.16 14:33:49 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Kings to beat the Bulls….what a mouthwatering though.
    Can’t realistically see it happening.
    I think most games this week are pretty clear cut, except for that game happening in Durban. Reckon that’s the one which will either win you a GSP, or lose you a GSP.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.04.16 14:34:54 by nortie Reply

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  • @Henkb (Comment 5) : hahaha ja!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.04.16 14:37:26 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : must say I’m really glad for SP think he deserve it!

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.04.16 14:38:23 by JD Reply
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  • @nortie (Comment 8) : ja also think that is a difficult game to call! Have to go with the hart and go for Sharks by 6!

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.04.16 14:40:01 by JD Reply
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  • 7 current or recent Boks, 5 Xbox and 9 u20 Boks (not capped for Boks). Should be a walk in the park for the Sharks.

    But seriously, from now on it is a head on battle between the Sharks and the Lions for top of the Africa 2 log spot as I doubt the wold card will come from our conference

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.04.16 14:44:14 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 12) : mate, you guys are hugely in the driving seat because you’ve completed your tour and frankly, the rest of your fixtures are a joke.

    We need big wins against you home and away just to stay in with a shout of topping the pool

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.04.16 14:50:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) :
    I’m not convinced picking the Sharks is a pick with the heart only.
    They stand a more than good chance to win, they are at home, they have an excellent home record against the Lions and they are at the top of the Africa 2 pool.
    They need to play the same way as they did against the Stormers, you get two chances, you score from both and you strangle the living day lights out of the opposition with in your face defense.
    This is one of those games that an ugly win beats a pretty loss by a country mile.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.04.16 14:54:21 by nortie Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 12) : You reckon the Bulls will be the African wild card?

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.04.16 14:54:51 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :
    Not all their remaining fixtures are a joke, they face their toughest test next week :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.04.16 14:56:17 by nortie Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 15) : Yes. They may look unorganised and full of problems but they’ve only lost one natch and the rest of their schedule isn’t overly tough although they still have to play the Brumbies

    Kings H
    Reds H
    Force A
    Brumbies A
    Waratahs A
    Stormers H
    Lions H
    Jaguares A
    Sunwolves H
    Cheetahs A

    Nothing near what the Sharks or the Lions have left

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.04.16 15:01:21 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 17) : Lions have gotten all the top Kiwi out of the way, Blues and Canes (although they seem to be your kryptonite) at home, the Jags (H and A) and the rest SA derbies (including 2 games against the Kings).

    Bulls have the Brumbies and Waratahs away. Even the Force and Jags away could still cause them trouble.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.04.16 15:05:48 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : i have a bad habit of doing this . possible why i got my only Superbru GSP on a weekend the Lions had a bye :P

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.04.16 15:06:51 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : @vanmartin (Comment 6) : Same. Really stoked for SP and hope he has a great game. (MotM on the losing team would suit me just fine)

    His ability to hoof the ball not too far off the likes of Frans Steyn might be a massive boon for the bulls.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.04.16 15:06:54 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 17) :
    So, the top team in each pool goes through, and then?
    The highest team in the Africa 1& 2 combined and the highest in the NZ & Aus combined?

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.04.16 15:07:59 by nortie Reply

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  • @nortie (Comment 21) : Highest one from africa combined and the highest two of the Australasian group

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.04.16 15:09:31 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 22) : Highest three from Australasian group. 3 in total out of Africa goes to QF’s and 5 in total out of Australasia.

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.04.16 15:13:19 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Maybe so but games must still be won. The point is, every win puts pressure on the other team and every loss helps the other team. A competition within a competition as it were

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.04.16 15:16:50 by Baylion Reply

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  • @nortie (Comment 14) : for sure any victory is great!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.04.16 15:20:09 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 17) : @Bokhoring (Comment 18) : not sure the Bulls are so well set as they still have a couple of hard games left! Could really be tight for the third SA spot!!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.04.16 15:26:23 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 24) : think it’s going to be tight between Lions and Sharks for the top spot! Almost like Impi and Wits! Just hope Sharks don’t get points deducted because of KPMG!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.04.16 15:28:36 by JD Reply
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  • My picks?
    Chiefs
    Saders
    Stormers
    Canes
    Landers
    Sharks
    Bulls

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.04.16 21:36:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 27) : Stop reminding us of that… :cry:

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.04.16 21:37:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 15) : I’m really hoping not…

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.04.16 21:38:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Missed Dan Kriel on the bench for the Bulls. On the cusp of his first SR start and his twin brother is starting in Dan’s favoured position. They’ll need to send Meyer a thank-you card for this awkward situation.

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.04.16 22:56:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 31) : Hey, I completely missed that!

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.04.16 23:03:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 29) : sorry Pastor!

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.04.16 07:56:31 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 31) : @pastorshark (Comment 32) : also missed it! Maybe Dan should shift to 15 as I think Jessie will keep the 13 jersey for a bit longer.

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.04.16 07:59:01 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 34) : Or 12 since Serfontein is just a passenger these days.

  • Comment 35, posted at 08.04.16 08:46:50 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 34) : Dan is much better suited to 13 and Jesse to 15 though.

  • Comment 36, posted at 08.04.16 08:52:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 33) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 08.04.16 10:42:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 34) : Or he should move away from the Bulls and have a fair shot at displacing his brother from the Bok 13 jersey? :grin:

  • Comment 38, posted at 08.04.16 10:43:11 by pastorshark Reply
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