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Super Rugby 2011: Round 10 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 22 Apr 2011 at 07:59
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Round ten is almost upon us, let’s have a very quick look at the match-ups taking place over this Easter weekend.

BLUES vs REBELS, NORTH SHORE, FRI 09:35

The Rebels, as we know, have been up and down this season, but with the Highlanders stuffing them comfortably in Melbourne, one’s money simply has to be on the Blues to hand out the same treatment on Kiwi soil. Blues by 15 or more.

Blues – 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Anthony Boric, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (c), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Chris Lowrey, 20 Toby Morland, 21 Luke McAlister, 22 Lachie Munro.

Rebels – 15 Julian Huxley, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mark Gerrard, 12 Stirling Mortlock (c), 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Rodney Blake.
Subs: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Laurie Weeks, 18 Hoani Macdonald, 19 Tim Davidson, 20 Richard Kingi, 21 James Hilgendorf, 22 Luke Rooney.

CRUSADERS vs HIGHLANDERS, NELSON, SAT 09:35

Oh man, what an amazing fixture to get a super Saturday going. The Saders, one would think, should have a little too much for the Landers, but they’ve dropped or rested a few crucial players for this game (bafflingly) and if the Highlanders interpret this as a lack of respect, they might just find that little extra motivation needed to overcome their more fancied rival. I still think the Saders will take this one, but probably only by a few. Saders by 5, I reckon.

Crusaders – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Adam Whitelock, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Matt Berquist, 9 Andy Ellis (c), 8 Joe Wheeler, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Chris Jack, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Quentin MacDonald, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Jonathan Poff, 20 Kahn Fotuali’i, 21 Sonny Bill Williams, 22 Sean Maitland.

Highlanders – 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 James Paterson, 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Ben Smith, 11 Siale Piutau, 10 Tony Brown, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 John Hardie, 6 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Chris King, 2 Mo Schwalger, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (c). R
Subs: 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 David Te Moana, 18 Nick Crosswell, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Sean Romans, 21 Matt Saunders, 22 Telusa Veainu.

REDS vs WARATAHS, BRISBANE, SAT 11:40

Oh great – another Aussie derby! These are always a bastard to call and I was very surprised to see the Tahs absolutely stuff the Reds when they met in Sydney. It’s been the Brisbane boys who have since risen to the Super Rugby challenge, going through their SA tour unbeaten and surging to the top of the conference log and you have to back them to win this one at home. Reds to prevail in a tight game, by 6 points.

Reds – 15 Ben Lucas, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Radike Samo, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley.
Subs: 16 James Hanson, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Leroy Houston, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Will Chambers, 22 Dom Shipperley.

Waratahs – 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Phil Waugh (c), 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Subs: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Al Baxter, 18 Kane Douglas, 19 Dave Dennis, 20 Pat McCutcheon, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Daniel Halangahu.

FORCE vs BULLS, PERTH, SAT 14:05

Ah yes. Well… this is far more about the Bulls than it is about the Force, I would think. The Perth team are a limited outfit, for sure, but they’re certainly good enough at home to beat a Bulls outfit that has been struggling for form on tour. After their opening win against a similarly crises-hit Canes team, the boys in blue haven’t looked like winning again on tour. This match takes on all kinds of importance for them, though; I don’t think it’s unrealistic to say that they HAVE to win this one to make the knock-outs. I reckon they’ll do it, though, because they are a far better team if they can find some form… let’s go with a narrow Bulls win.

Force – 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Patrick Dellit, 12 James O’Connor, 11 Rory Sidey, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Jono Jenkins, 6 Richard Brown, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Matt Dunning, 2 Ben Whittaker, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Tom Hockings, 19 Tevita Metuisela, 20 Mark Swanepoel, 21 Mark Bartholomeusz, 22 Alfie Mafi.

Bulls – 15 Zane Kircher; 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez; 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Danie Rossouw, 20 Derick Kuun, 21 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 22 Francois Brummer.

SHARKS vs HURRICANES, DURBAN, SAT 17:05

This one should be easy and is only complicated somewhat by the Sharks coming off the bye, which tends to interfere with form. Plummo has also opted to make a fair few changes in the interest of “freshening up”, so we’ll just have to see if this ends up being a good or a bad thing. Fact is, though, their 100-try no-defence-fest against the Cheetahs notwithstanding, the Canes are awful this year and the Sharks will win by 20.

Sharks – 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Eugene van Staden, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 Odwa Ndungane.

Hurricanes – TBC

LIONS vs CHIEFS, JOHANNESBURG, SAT 19:10

The Chiefs will stuff the Lions, just like everyone else who comes to Joburg. Chiefs by 10 or more.

Lions – 15. Michael Killian, 14. Lionel Mapoe, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Doppies la Grange (Captain), 11. Deon van Rensburg, 10. Burton Francis, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Cobus Grobbelaar, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Wikus van Heerden, 3. Jacobie Adriaanse, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg

Replacements: 16. Edgar Marutlulle, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. David de Villiers, 19. Joshua Strauss, 20. Rory Kockott, 21. Elton Jantjies, 22. Jaco Taute

Chiefs – TBC


5 Comments

  • I posted the Chiefs team on the wrong thread!

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.04.11 08:16:23 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I think saders will put a decent score on the highlanders ,close to 20 points.

    Sharks Hurricanse will be closer than we would like

    Bulls will win, just .

    Reds and Tahs close

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.04.11 11:57:02 by Talent Reply
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  • Hope none of the SA teams will be left with uhm, egg on their faces this weekend. 😉 :mrgreen:

    Get it? Egg. Easter. 🙄 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.04.11 09:11:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • I agree with your picks and made the same, only margins differ. 2 games that could end either way is the Reds v Tahs and Force v Bulls.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.04.11 09:49:29 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : As long as the Bulls’ score remains a EGG I’ll be happy. 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.04.11 09:54:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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