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Super Rugby 2016: Round 10 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 28 Apr 2016 at 09:45
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With only seven more regular-season rounds to go after this one, Super Rugby, unbelievably, is already well past the halfway mark and the wheat is starting to be properly separated form the chaff in most of the conferences. That should, in theory, make it easier to pick this week’s matches, but only in theory!

Game 1: Chiefs v Sharks

It’s rather interesting that the only defeat suffered by the Chiefs so far this season has been at the hands of the travelling Lions who, similar to the Sharks this week, were given no chance of prevailing in that encounter. Dave Rennie’s team appear to be the complete package this season and must surely be favourites at this stage to reclaim the title they last won in 2013. could just a little bit of complacency be their Achilles heel this week, that coupled with a few injury-enforced changes? My feeling is probably not, given that the Sharks popped up from underneath the radar when beating the Highlanders last week. Keegan Daniel’s men will scrap hard here and I hope they make it a closer game, but ultimately, the Chiefs should win by 7 or so.

Chiefs : 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Toni Pulu, 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 11. Sam McNicol, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Brad Weber, 8. Michael Leitch, 7. Sam Cane (Captain), 6. Taleni Seu, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Dominic Bird, 3. Hiroshi Yamashita, 2. Hikawera Elliott, 1. Mitchell Graham
Replacements: 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Siate Tokolahi, 18. Kane Hames, 19. James Tucker, 20. Lachlan Boshier, 21. Kane Hammington, 22. Andrew Horrell, 23. Shaun Stevenson

Sharks: 15. Willie Le Roux, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Garth April, 9. Michael Claassens, 8. Daniel du Preez, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Keegan Daniel (Captain), 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Dale Chadwick, 0. Stefan Ungerer
Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Coenie Oosthuizen, 19. Hyron Andrews, 20. Jean Deysel, 22. Joe Pietersen, 23. Odwa Ndungane

Game 2: Force v Bulls

This one is a little harder to call. The Bulls are typically utter gash when playing in Australia, but then again, the Force this year are equally bad playing anywhere. A team that has flattered only to deceive in this competition, the Perthlanders are rooted to the foot of the table this year and appear incapable of winning a game. Could the Bulls possibly find a way to lose here? I think not, so it’s a Bulls victory by 10 points for my money.

Force: 15. Dane Haylett-Petty, 14. Marcel Brache, 13. Ammon Matuauto, 12. Junior Rasolea, 11. Luke Morahan, 10. Ian Prior, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. Matthew Hodgson (Captain), 6. Angus Cottrell, 5. Adam Coleman, 4. Steve Mafi, 3. Tetera Faulkner, 2. Harry Scoble, 1. Francois van Wyk
Replacements: 16. Chris Heiberg, 17. Anaru Rangi, 18. Guy Millar, 19. Ross Haylett-Petty, 20. Brynard Stander, 21. Ryan Louwrens, 22. Kyle Godwin, 23. Semisi Masirewa

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

Game 3: Blues v Rebels

This should be a decent game between two teams that like to play entertaining rugby. Somehow, amazingly, the Rebels have emerged as leaders in a weak Aussie conference and will want to keep that momentum going. The Blues are no mugs this year, though and know how to hang tough for victory when required. This could go either way, but I’ll back the Blues to win by around 4 points.

Teams TBA

Game 4: Highlanders v Brumbies

Another very good game coming up between two teams who have fallen on hard times of late. Both teams simply HAVE to win this game, so it should be a real cracker. I’ll back the Highlanders to bounce back at home this week and win by around 7.

Highlanders: TBA

Brumbies: 15. Aidan Toua, 14. Nigel Ah Wong, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Matt Toomua, 11. Robbie Coleman, 10. Christian Lealiifano (Captain), 9. Tomas Cubelli, 8. Jarrad Butler, 7. David Pocock, 6. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Tom Staniforth, 3. Ruan-Henry Smith, 2. Josh Mann-Rea, 1. Allan Alaalatoa
Replacements: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19. Rory Arnold, 20. Blake Enever, 21. Jordan Smiler, 22. Joe Powell, 23. James Dargaville

Game 5: Reds v Cheetahs

Only one result here, I’m afraid. Reds to beat the Cheetahs with a fair bit to spare, I’d say.

Teams TBA

Game 6: Lions v Hurricanes

The game of the round in Johannesburg? Certainly there will be no lack of excitement. Key for the Lions will be to show that they can still produce a strong scrumming performance without so many of their front-line players; the Canes boast a superb pack and will look to force their advantage here and use the scrum as a platform to launch from. The Lions will need to show that they can play a territorial game when required, but have the tools in their arsenal to do just that. Fascinating and hard to predict what will happen. Lions by 3?

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Game 7: Stormers v Waratahs

This should be a good game, but probably won’t be. The Tahs are just not what we thought they’d be this year, while the Stormers are finding ways to win that aren’t necessarily crowd-pleasing. Expect a home win here, maybe by about 5 points?

Teams TBA

Game 8: Jaguares v Southern Kings

Bottom-of-the-ladder stuff in Africa 2 and thus hardly significant. Jaguares must surely win at last, right?

Teams TBA



30 Comments

  • Quite a few new names in that Chiefs team. It simply amazes me how the better Kiwi teams can successfully integrate youngsters into their teams and still perform at this level.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.04.16 10:11:13 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Sharks by 7 :cool:

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.04.16 10:13:35 by gregkaos Reply
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  • On another note I’m really happy to see SP cementing a starting spot at 15 for the Bulls.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.04.16 10:17:19 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 3) : Yeh he seems to be thriving there in an environment where he has license to just play without worrying about any errors. Just surprises me how badly Serfontein has faded…he is no doubt a quality player and Sa rugby need him operating at his best.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.04.16 10:31:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • im going with a canes and Kings win

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.04.16 10:37:34 by Zibbie Reply
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  • I have the same picks as you Rob. We can’t both be wrong? :grin:

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.04.16 10:38:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 5) : Back your boytjies Zibbie, they can pull this off I reckon.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.04.16 10:39:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : The Canes certainly are the Lions’ kryptonite team, but this year I think the Lions can pull this one through.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.04.16 10:48:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : our prop injury situation is a worry . I might feel better once the team gets announced later

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.04.16 11:03:55 by Zibbie Reply
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  • I have the same but I think the Canes will beat us. Either the 17% comments about us will destroy the team culture and our season or will bring us closer and finally we can reach our potential. Only after Saturday we can tell. Still waiting to see who the team will be.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.04.16 11:04:08 by Mutley Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : same for me except Canes to beat Lions.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.04.16 12:21:58 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : @Zibbie (Comment 9) : can’t tell them to “back their boytjies” and them call a Chiefs victory over the Sharks. Not nice Martin not nice at all ;-P

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.04.16 12:24:28 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : :lol: :lol: :lol: ah the devil is in the detail :P

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.04.16 12:53:08 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : You know the spiel: heart always says Sharks, head says team’s just not yet there, playing away from home against the Chiefs.

    Regarding the Lions though, I reckon they have the game-plan to negate a dominant Canes pack and they’re playing at home. Remains a tough call though.

    Anyway, your points remains. I should have at least said “back your boytjies this round”.

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.04.16 13:16:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : Also the same picks, was very difficult to pick against my team, but I will happily give up a GP if they can pull that one off

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.04.16 13:36:49 by Henkb Reply
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  • I’m going to keep count of how many times we kick the ball to McKenzie. Our only hope, if we’re going to kick, is to aim away from him or kick in such a way that our taller backs can get to the LZ and beat him in the air.

    That little dude in space is going to murder us.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.04.16 13:49:19 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 16) : He is a good runner but because of that the Chiefs dont bother covering in behind him when he runs…so if we can turn him over from any runs he makes there is space to exploit.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.04.16 14:08:08 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Chiefs
    Bulls
    Blues
    Highlanders
    Reds
    Hurricanes
    Stormers
    Jaguars

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.04.16 15:46:05 by nortie Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : Let’s hope so, but I don’t think our players know how to do that.

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.04.16 17:12:00 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 10) : I have never seen negative comments sink a team that didn’t want to sink.

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.04.16 18:01:59 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) : hahaha ja with the heart we can hope for a victory but the head says Chiefs. Lions vs Canes game is tough to decide as I’m not sure but head says Canes by a couple of points.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.04.16 18:49:02 by JD Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 16) : @SheldonK (Comment 17) : one tackle from Andre will sort him out!

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.04.16 18:50:53 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 20) : yes unless it’s comments coming from within the team setup like players or coaches/management.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.04.16 18:53:29 by JD Reply
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  • Who cares what my head says – I’ll back the Sharks against a 30-man All Blacks team.

    Our team can do the impossible…..guaranteed, it will be another exhilarating ride.

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.04.16 20:20:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 24) : always an exhilarating ride although it’s not always good for the heart!

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.04.16 20:45:41 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 25) : Will have to take a double dose of blood pressure medication with and half a dispren extra :)

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.04.16 21:11:43 by Henkb Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 25) : Need to be in good health to survive a Sharks game, that’s for sure.

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.04.16 21:13:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 24) : so much of this!

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.04.16 21:23:09 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 26) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 27) : hahaha ja that’s for sure!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.04.16 21:34:01 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 24) : That could be an interesting game…especially if both teams play in black…

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.04.16 07:48:56 by SheldonK Reply

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