Richard Ferguson

Super Rugby 2011: Round 11 preview and predictions


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 28 Apr 2011 at 15:17
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Round eleven is almost upon us, let’s have a very quick look at the match-ups taking place over this second-in-a-row long-weekend.

HIGHLANDERS vs BLUES, DUNEDIN, FRI 09:35

We start the weekend with an epic match between two of the top three New Zealand teams, and a match that, like last weekend, will slowly start determining who is in the play offs and who gets left behind. The Highlanders threw the form book out the window by beating the Crusaders and they will target the Blues now to get their next big win. Highlanders by 8 or so.

Highlanders: 15. Robbie Robinson, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Kenny Lynn, 12. Ben R Smith, 11. Siale Piutau, 10. Tony Brown, 9. Jimmy Cowan, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. Alando Soakai, 6. Adam Thomson, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Jarrad Hoeata, 3. Chris King, 2. Jason Rutledge, 1. Jamie MacKintosh (Captain)

Replacements: 16. Mahonri Schwalger, 17. David Te Moana, 18. Tom Donnelly, 19. Nick Crosswell, 20. Aaron Smith, 21. Matt Saunders, 22. James Paterson

Blues: 15. Isaia Toeava, 14. Joe Rokocoko, 13. Jared Payne, 12. Luke McAlister, 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 (Captain), 1. Tevita Mailau

Replacements: 16. Tom McCartney, 17. Pauliasi Manu, 18. James King / Filo Paulo, 19. Chris Lowrey, 20. Toby Morland, 21. Benson Stanley, 22. Lachie Munro

CHEETAHS vs BRUMBIES, BLOEMFONTEIN, FRI 19:10

The Cheetahs come off a bye to face the Brumbies, who also come off a bye and start their tour of South Africa in what will be a chilly Bloemfontein. Both teams will be targeting the other as a weaker team and will be hoping for a good win. It will be a scrappy affair between two bottom feeders. Cheetahs by 5 if I had my way.

Cheetahs: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Philip Burger, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Corné Uys, 11. Riaan Smit, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Davon Raubenheimer, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Lourens Adriaanse, 18. Martin Muller, 19. Frans Viljoen, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Naas Olivier, 22. Hennie Daniller

Brumbies: 15. Pat McCabe, 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Matt Giteau (Captain), 11. Francis Fainifo, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Patrick Phibbs, 8. Colby Faingaa, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Mitchell Chapman, 5. Mark Chisholm, 4. Peter Kimlin, 3. Dan Palmer, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Ben Alexander

Replacements: 16. Huia Edmonds, 17. Jono Owen, 18. Ben Hand, 19. Julian Salvi, 20. Josh Valentine, 21. Tyrone Smith, 22. Robbie Coleman

HURRICANES vs REDS, WELLINGTON, FRI 09:10

The Hurricanes are back home after their tour of South Africa and are up against the high flying, Australian conference leading Reds team that will prove to be a tricky fixture even in Wellington. The Reds are on a confidence high after a run of 7 wins and will be gunning for an eighth. Reds by 5.

Hurricanes: 15. André Taylor, 14. Alapati Leiua, 13. Jayden Hayward, 12. Charlie Ngatai, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Chris Eaton, 8. Victor Vito, 7. Jack Lam, 6. Faifili Levave, 5. James Broadhurst, 4. Jason Eaton, 3. Neemiah Tialata, 2. Andrew Hore (Captain), 1. John Schwalger

Replacements: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Anthony Perenise, 18. Jeremy Thrush, 19. Mark Reddish, 20. Tyson Keats, 21. Julian Savea, 22. Beauden Barrett

Reds: 15. Ben Lucas, 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Anthony Faingaa, 12. Mike Harris, 11. Dom Shipperley, 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. Greg Holmes

Replacements: 16. James Hanson, 17. Albert Anae, 18. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19. Leroy Houston, 20. Liam Gill, 21. Ian Prior, 22. Will Chambers

WARATAHS vs REBELS, SYDNEY, SAT 11:40

An Australian derby, again. Will this one be more exciting than the other bore-fests we have seen over the last few weeks. It’s second versus third in the Australian conference, and a somewhat surprise package in the Rebels who travel to Sydney to take on a much better-on-paper Waratahs outfit. Inspirational Rebels flyhalf Danny Cipriani gets a break this week and is replaced by James Hilgendorf. . Waratahs to prevail in a tight game, by 8 points

Waratahs: 15. Lachlan Turner, 14. Tom Kingston, 13. Ryan Cross, 12. Tom Carter, 11. Sosene Anesi, 10. Kurtley Beale, 9. Luke Burgess, 8. Ben Mowen, 7. Patrick McCutcheon, 6. Dave Dennis, 5. Sitaleki Timani, 4. Dean Mumm (Captain), 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Benn Robinson

Replacements: 16. John Ulugia, 17. Al Baxter, 18. Kane Douglas, 19. Chris Alcock, 20. Brendan McKibbin, 21. Daniel Halangahu

Rebels: 15. Julian Huxley, 14. Lachlan Mitchell, 13. Mark Gerrard, 12. Stirling Mortlock (Captain), 10. James Hilgendorf, 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

Replacements: 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Laurie Weeks, 18. Hoani MacDonald, 19. Tim Davidson, 20. Richard Kingi, 21. Cooper Vuna, 22. Daniel Cipriani

FORCE vs CRUSADERS, PERTH, SAT 14:05

In what will most likely be the most one sided match of the weekend, the Crusaders, licking their Highlanders enforced wounds, will be ready to make up lost ground against the Australian team. The Force come off a decent win over the Bulls and will not be a walkover, but one cannot see any other result than a resounding win for the team in Red and Black. Crusaders to walk home by 15 or more.

Force: 15. Cameron Shepherd, 14. Nick Cummins, 13. Pat Dellit, 12. James O`Connor, 11. David Smith, 10. Willie Ripia, 9. Brett Sheehan, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. David Pocock, 6. Richard Brown, 5. Nathan Sharpe (Captain), 4. Sam Wykes, 3. Matt Dunning, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Pekahou Cowan

Replacements: 16. Ben Whittaker, 17. Kieran Longbottom, 18. Matthew Hodgson, 19. Tevita Metuisela, 20. James Stannard, 21. Rory Sidey, 22. Alifeleti (Alfi) Mafi

Crusaders: 15. Israel Dagg, 14. Sean Maitland, 13. Robert Fruean, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Matthew Berquist, 9. Kahn Fotuali`i, 8. Richie McCaw, 7. Matt Todd, 6. George Whitelock, 5. Chris Jack, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Ben Franks, 2. Corey Flynn, 1. Wyatt Crockett

Replacements: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Owen Franks, 18. Joe Wheeler / Reuben Thorne, 19. Jonathan Poff, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tom Marshall, 22. Adam Whitelock

BULLS vs CHIEFS, PRETORIA, SAT 17:05

The Bulls, who will be donning red jerseys for their newly renovated headline sponsor, take on a Chiefs team fresh off a good start to their South African tour by winning in Johannesburg. One would have to hope the Bulls have their ‘wings’ and get back on winning ways to keep the SA flag flying. Bulls will win by 12.

Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Bjorn Basson, 13. Stephan Dippenaar, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Francois Hougaard, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Fourie du Preez, 8. Pierre Spies, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Victor Matfield (Captain), 4. Bakkies Botha, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Gary Botha, 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Rossouw De Klerk, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Danie Rossouw, 20. Francois Brummer, 21. Gerhard van den Heever, 22. Derick Kuun

Chiefs: TBC

STORMERS vs SHARKS, CAPE TOWN, SAT 19:10

The weekend ends with a top of the South African table clash where table topping Stormers face the hot-on-their-heels Sharks in a match that could dent either team’s chances of finishing top of the SA teams. The Stormers have back a few Springboks while the Sharks have gone for a line up filled with both experience and youth where all of South Africa will be waiting to see the return of Jean Deysel to the rugby scene. Sharks wil take a narrow victory by 6 points

Stormers: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Jean de Villiers, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Lionel Cronje, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (Captain), 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. CJ van der Linde, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Wicus Blaauw

Replacements: 16. Ethienne Reynecke, 17. Brok Harris, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Nick Koster, 20. Ricky Januarie, 21. Juan de Jongh, 22. Kurt Coleman

Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Pat Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. John Smit (Captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Alistair Hargreaves, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Conrad Hoffmann, 21. Adrian Jacobs, 22. Lwazi Mvovo


15 Comments

  • I’m thinking and will most likely be picking the same. 😛 I’m wondering how long can the Reds and Highlanders keep winning. The 1st and last games of the round will be the most interesting. Let the games begin.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.04.11 15:23:49 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 1) :

    Im not sure which way to go with my selections anymore..

    Its going to be tough!

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.04.11 15:32:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I also have the Sharks by 6. Fait has spoken! 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.04.11 15:36:57 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : It’s tough yes. Especially with the H’landers winning and the Bulls losing 😈 It will be awesome to get at least one GSP before the game is over.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.04.11 15:37:58 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 3) : fate

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.04.11 15:39:09 by Ben Reply
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  • Brumbies and chiefs will win.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.04.11 16:34:49 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Ha ha Bulls wearing red jerseys they probably though if they play like the Lions they might aswell look like them. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.04.11 18:44:02 by Danman110 Reply

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  • @Danman110 (Comment 7) : Sorry for offending the Lions they actually play attractive Rugby.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.04.11 18:46:04 by Danman110 Reply

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  • i also have highlanders for a win, but wonder how realistic it is. they do not strike me as a team that can maintain winning consistency at this level yet.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.04.11 21:16:28 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Danman110 (Comment 7) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.04.11 21:16:46 by rekinek Reply
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  • By predicting Sharks win you just made them favourites. Wpw will enjoy it 😈 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.04.11 21:18:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • wouldn’t mind hurricanes beating the reds.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.04.11 21:19:13 by rekinek Reply
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  • Jaco Peyper has replaced Steve Walsh as the referee in the Stormers v Sharks clash. 😳

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.04.11 22:26:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Jaco was in charge of the Stormers vs Reds game a few weeks ago.
    Ek se maar net… 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.04.11 00:04:23 by wpw Reply
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  • So much is said about refs on this blog, I don’t get it.

    No matter the ref, our team should play the ref out of the game and just win!

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.04.11 08:33:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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