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Super Rugby 2016: Round 9 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 21 Apr 2016 at 14:46
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Let’s see how this round could pan out.

Game 1: Highlanders v Sharks

You’d feel that the Sharks really are going to throw everything into this game, but it remains to be seen whether fresh legs and youthful enthusiasm are enouh to surprise the reigning champs in their own bak yard. My feeling is that it will be too big an ask for the Sharks at this stage, so I’m expecting a Highlanders win by roughly 7 points.

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

Sharks: 15. Willie Le Roux, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Garth April, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Phillip Van der Walt, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Tendai Mtawarira (Captain)
Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Hyron Andrews, 20. Jean Deysel, 21. Michael Claassens, 22. Joe Pietersen, 23. Sibusiso Sithole

Game 2: Rebels v Cheetahs

The Cheetahs are on tour, buoyed by their biggest-ever win in this competition against the SunWolves last week. I’m afraid they’ll find that these Rebels are a rather different proposition to the out gunned Japanese, so expect the Rebels to win by 10.

Rebels : 15. Jonah Placid, 14. Cam Crawford, 13. Reece Hodge, 12. Tamati Ellison, 11. Sefanaia Naivalu, 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. Colby Faingaa, 21. Ben Meehan, 22. Daniel Hawkins, 23. Kotaro Matsushima

Cheetahs: 15. Clayton Blommetjies, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Nicolaas Lee, 12. Francois Venter (Captain), 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Niel Marais, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Paul Schoeman, 7. Uzair Cassiem, 6. Hilton Lobberts, 5. Francois Jakobus Uys, 4. Lood de Jager, 3. Maks Van Dyk, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. Charles Marais
Replacements: 16. Jacques du Toit, 17. Danie Mienie, 18. Luan De Bruin, 19. Carl Wegner, 20. Henco Venter, 21. Teboho Mohoje, 22. Tian Meyer, 23. Fred Zeilinga

Game 3: Sunwolves v Jaguares

The wheels came off for Mark Hammet’s crew last week and I’m afraid being at home isn’t going to help them much this week. Jaguares to record a comfortable win by 12 or more.

Sunwolves : 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Viliami Lolohea, 13. Derek Carpenter, 12. Harumichi Tatekawa, 11. Mifiposeti Paea, 10. Tusi Pisi, 9. Atshushi Hiwasa, 8. Ed Quirk, 7. Andrew Durutalo, 6. Yoshia Hosoda, 5. Liaki Moli, 4. Hitoshi Ono, 3. Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2. Shota Horie (Captain), 1. Masataka Mikami
Replacements: 16. Takeshi Kizu, 17. Ziun Gu, 18. Takuma Asahara, 19. Faatiga Lemalu, 20. Taiyo Ando, 21. Kaito Shigeno, 22. Yu Tamura, 23. Yasutaka Sasakura

Jaguares: 15. Joaquin Tuculet, 14. Ramiro Moyano, 13. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 12. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 11. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 10. Juan Martin Hernández, 9. Gonzalo Bertranou, 8. Facundo Isa, 7. Juan-Manuel Leguizamón, 6. Pablo Matera, 5. Matias Alemanno, 4. Juan Cruz Guillemain, 3. Francisco Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Agustin Creevy (Captain), 1. Felipe Arregui
Replacements: 16. Facundo Bosch, 17. Facundo Gigena, 18. Enrique Pieretto, 19. Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 20. Rodrigo Baez, 21. Felipe Ezcurra, 22. Joaquin Paz, 23. Emiliano Bofelli

Game 4: Hurricanes v Chiefs

This is going to be a great Kiwi derby and I’m sure there will be plenty of high quality rugby on display. The New Zealand conference is very tight this year and this really could go either way. I have a feeling, though, that the Canes are going to sneak this, by only 3 points or so.

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

Chiefs: 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Toni Pulu, 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 12. Charlie Ngatai, 11. Sam McNicol, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Brad Weber, 8. Michael Leitch, 7. Sam Cane (Captain), 6. Tom Sanders, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Michael Allardice, 3. Atunaisa Moli, 2. Rhys Marshall, 1. Mitchell Graham
Replacements: 16. Hikawera Elliott, 17. Siate Tokolahi, 18. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 19. Taleni Seu, 20. Maama Vaipulu, 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22. Andrew Horrell, 23. Glen Fisiiahi

Game 5: Force v Waratahs

Surely the Tahs can’t lose again, right? They must surely have too much fire-power for the limited Force, even in Perth. Waratahs to win by 7.

Force: 15. Dane Haylett-Petty, 14. Marcel Brache, 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. Francois van Wyk
Replacements: 16. Harry Scoble, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Jermaine Ainsley, 19. Rory Walton, 20. Brynard Stander, 21. Ryan Louwrens, 22. Kyle Godwin, 23. Albert Nikoro

Waratahs: 15. Andrew Kellaway, 14. Reece Robinson, 13. Israel Folau, 12. Kurtley Beale, 11. Rob Horne, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Jed Holloway, 7. Michael Hooper (Captain), 6. Jack Dempsey, 5. Will Skelton, 4. Dave Dennis, 3. Tom Robertson, 2. Hugh Roach, 1. Paddy Ryan
Replacements: 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17. Jeremy Tilse, 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Dean Mumm, 20. Wycliff Palu, 22. David Horwitz / Matt Lucas, 23. Matt Carraro

Game 6: Stormers v Reds

Potential banana peel game for the Stormers here, I’d say. They weren’t great in Joburg and really can’t afford to lose this one, with the Bulls now neck-and-neck with them at the top of the Africa 1 conference. I don’t imagine this will be a particularly compelling win for them, but hopefully they’re able to see off a Reds side that blows hot and cold. Stormers by around 8.

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe (captain), 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Huw Jones, 23 Brandon Thomson.

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

Game 7: Southern Kings v Lions

Both of these teams are now finding their squad depth is being put to the test thanks to injuries. The Lions are changing things up, perhaps more than their coach would like, but still appear significantly stronger than their opponents. Lions to win this by 15 at least.

Kings: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Shane Gates, 11 JP du Plessis, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 James Hall, 8 CJ Velleman, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Steven Sykes (captain), 4 Schalk Oelofse, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhoudt, 17 Tom Botha, 18 Justin Ackerman, 19 JC Astle, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Ntando Kebe, 22 Stefan Watermeyer, 23 Leighton Eksteen.

Lions: 15. Jako van der Walt, 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. Cyle Brink, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Akker van der Merwe, 1. Corne Fourie
Replacements: 16. Ramone Samuels, 17. Dylan Smith, 18. Jacques van Rooyen, 19. Ruan Ackermann, 20. Jaco Kriel, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. JW Bell, 23. Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Game 8: Brumbies v Crusaders

Another entertaining game, we’d hope. The Brumbies have not been really convincing since their big opening-round victory, but have racked up an impressive tally of 5 wins in 7 starts and are certainly no pushovers. I’d fancy the Crusaders to find a way to prevail here, though, so let’s go with the Kiwi side by around 5 points.

Brumbies: TBA

Crusaders: TBA



21 Comments

  • I think the Canes v Chiefs game is very tough to call. The rest i think the same as above.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.04.16 14:53:30 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Highlanders shmighlanders! :smile: Sharks by 7

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.04.16 14:57:29 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 2) : haha how epic if their name was actually Shmighlanders….id love to hear Ashwin talk about the Saarks vs the Shmmighlanders….

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.04.16 15:01:52 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Sharks
    Rebels
    Jaguares
    Chiefs
    Waratahs
    Stormers
    Lions
    Crusaders

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.04.16 15:02:26 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • Sharks by 3. Ugly win

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.04.16 15:03:19 by Poisy Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : :lol: :mrgreen: well done [email protected]gregkaos (Comment 2) :

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.04.16 15:03:57 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : Oh hell yeah! I can actually imagine that in his voice now. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.04.16 15:05:21 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : Will bring a shmighl to most of us. ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.04.16 15:42:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Ashwin: The Saars vs Shmighlanders game brought a smighl to my sheye in the Joburg ssssunshmine….

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.04.16 15:44:40 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Sad to say but the first time this season I can’t see the Sharks winning a game. Really hope I’m wrong!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.04.16 18:33:51 by JD Reply
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  • Sharks by 10.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.04.16 18:49:33 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 10) : We don’t look with our eyes, we look with our hearts.

    I always see a Sharks win.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.04.16 18:58:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : me to but not even my heart can see a Sharks victory.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.04.16 20:26:49 by JD Reply
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  • Good luck from Dunedin to all my Sharks friends out there! 3 hours to kick-off! Enjoy :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.04.16 05:28:11 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • I went with:
    Highlanders
    Rebels
    Jaguares
    Canes
    Waratahs
    Stormers
    Lions
    Crusaders

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.04.16 06:46:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : Not confident about the Canes call…but there we go…

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.04.16 06:47:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : Maybe that will be the turning point! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.04.16 06:50:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 14) : Thanks, but not very confident in a Sharks win. Are you going to the game?

    Nice to see you around here again.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.04.16 08:13:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Cheetahs vs Rebels, in Super Rugby has the Cheetahs ahead 3 to 1 I believe. Safe bet to go with a home side call, but the Cheetahs have only lost badly to the Lions.
    A Cheetahs win wouldn’t be too surprising. They are a young side, but their set pieces especially are firing nicely, and with Venter and Sergeal in particular playing vry good rugby, I expect a away victory

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.04.16 09:18:37 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 19) : Venter and Sergeal really playing well…i definitely wouldnt complain about seeing them in green and gold

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.04.16 09:26:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 18) : Sorry for the late response … yes I was there … not the greatest super rugby spectacle this season but great to see the Sharks hang on!

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.04.16 06:50:05 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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