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Super Rugby 2012: Round 7 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 4 Apr 2012 at 15:15
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We’re going to have to do this a bit early this week, seeing as the first game is tomorrow morning. As such, there’s going to be a fair few TBA team announcements and some guesswork involved. Thanks SANZAR… why the hell is there a Thursday game anyway?

Rebels v Blues 05 April at 11:40

The round kicks off with a contest between cellar dwellars. While both of these dies have tended to defy the odds by being bad when they should be good and occasionally adequate when you think they’ll lose, I can’t see the Rebels beating the Blues. Blues to take it by 7.

Rebels: 15. Kurtley Beale, 14. Lachlan Mitchell, 13. Mitch Inman, 12. James O`Connor, 11. Mark Gerrard, 10. Daniel Cipriani, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Gareth Delve (Captain), 7. Michael Lipman, 6. Jarrod Saffy, 5. Hugh Pyle, 4. Luke Jones, 3. Rodney Blake, 2. Adam Freier, 1. Nic Henderson
Replacements: 16. Ged Robinson, 17. Laurie Weeks, 18. Alister Campbell, 19. Tim Davidson, 20. Richard Kingi, 21. Lloyd Johansson, 22. Julian Huxley

Blues: 15. Rudi Wulf, 14. Lachie Munro, 13. Benson Stanley, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Rene Ranger, 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Brad Mika, 7. Daniel Braid, 6. Chris Lowrey, 5. Ali Williams, 4. Filo Paulo, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. Keven Mealamu (Captain), 1. Tony Woodcock
Replacements: 16. Tom McCartney, 17. Tevita Mailau, 18. Liaki Moli, 19. Dan Pryor, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Michael Hobbs, 22. Hadleigh Parkes

Hurricanes v Sharks 06 April at 09:35

These sides are pretty evenly matched in terms of log position, but had contrasting fortunes last week. Momentum would appear to slightly favour the Sharks in this game, so I’m going to back them to squeak a high-scoring, but ultimately close encounter. Sharks by 3.

Hurricanes: 15. AndrΓ© Taylor, 14. Cory Jane, 13. Conrad Smith (Captain), 12. Tim Bateman, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Faifili Levave, 7. Karl Lowe, 6. Jack Lam, 5. Jason Eaton, 4. James Broadhurst, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2. Dane Coles, 1. Ben May
Replacements: 16. Motu Matu’u, 17. Michael Bent, 18. Jeremy Thrush, 19. Mark Reddish, 20. Chris Eaton, 21. Tusi Pisi, 22. Charlie Ngatai

Sharks: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Louis Ludik, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Jandre Marais, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Jacques Botes, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Marius Joubert

Reds v Brumbies 06 April at 11:40

No contest. The Brumbies are a pretty useful side under Jake White and very nearly beat the Sharks last week. The Reds, without their playmakers, are rubbish. Brumbies by 10.

Reds: TBA

Brumbies: 15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Pat McCabe, 11. Joseph Tomane, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Nic White, 8. Ben Mowen (Captain), 7. Ita Vaea, 6. Peter Kimlin, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Leon Power, 3. Dan Palmer, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Ben Alexander
Replacements: 16. Anthony Hegarty, 17. Ruaidhri Murphy, 18. Scott Fardy, 19. Michael Hooper, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Zack Holmes, 22. Tevita Kuridrani

Force v Chiefs 06 April at 13:40

The Chiefs are a good side this year, while the Force are once again pretty average. I don’t see the Perth men putting up more than token resistance here. Chiefs by 12.

Force: TBA

Chiefs: 15. Robbie Robinson, 14. Lelia Masaga, 13. Richard Kahui, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Tim Nanai-Williams, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Kane Thompson, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 6. Liam Messam, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Craig Clarke (Captain), 3. Ben Tameifuna, 2. Mahonri Schwalger, 1. Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16. Hikawera Elliott, 17. Josh Hohneck, 18. Michael Fitzgerald, 19. Sam Cane, 20. Augustine Pulu, 21. Andrew Horrell, 22. Jackson Willison

Highlanders v DHL Stormers 07 April at 09:35

Tough one to call this, between the first and second-placed sides on the log. In cases like this, it’s probably safest to back the home side and with the Stormers having logged a fair few miles since their last game, they might not manage to quite get up enough to pull this one off. Highlanders by 2.

Highlanders: TBA

Stormers: 15. Johan Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (Captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Brok Harris, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Nick Koster, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever

Toyota Cheetahs v MTN Lions 07 April at 15:00

These games tend to be close, but with the Cheetahs having found a rich vein of form on tour, you have to back them at home. The Lions have gambled on some seriously young lock forwards in an attempt to fix their creaking lineout; that coupled with their horrendous injury toll should see the home side win. Cheetahs by about 8.

Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Rayno Benjamin, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Willie Le Roux, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Heinrich Brussow, 7. Philip Van der Walt, 6. Ashley Johnson, 5. Izak van der Westhuizen, 4. George Earle, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen
Replacements: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Andries Ferreira, 19. Justin Downey, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Philip Snyman

Lions: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Alwyn Hollenbach, 12. Butch James, 11. Andries Coetzee, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Tian Meyer, 8. Joshua Strauss (Captain), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Cobus Grobbelaar, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Paul Willemse, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. Caylib Oosthuizen
Replacements: 16. Callie Visagie, 17. Ruan Dreyer, 18. Marius Coetzer, 19. Ettienne Oosthuizen, 20. Michael Bondesio, 21. Lionel Mapoe, 22. James Kamana

Vodacom Bulls v Crusaders 07 April at 17:05

The other big game of the week sees the Bulls host the Crusaders. With the hosts smarting after taking a beating in Cape Town, they’ll be in no mood to drop points at home. The Crusaders, meanwhile, are struggling for rhythm so far this season and really weren’t all that impressive against either the Cheetahs or the Lions. I expect the Bulls to walk away with the points here. Bulls by 5 is my call.

Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. MornΓ© Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Pierre Spies (Captain), 7. Jacques Potgieter, 6. CJ Stander, 5. Juandre Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16. Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Arno Botha, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Louis Fouche, 22. JJ Engelbrecht

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (capt), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tom Taylor, 22 Tom Marshall.


22 Comments

  • I went with the sharks with 10, Lions by 1 and Crusaders by 4.

    I have no idea what made me pick the Lions…

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.04.12 15:17:33 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I have the same picks…is that a good thing or a bad thing? πŸ™„

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.04.12 15:28:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 1) :

    i hope your right πŸ˜› heheh

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.04.12 15:28:51 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) :

    Oh I picked the Saders I see…..I wonder why?

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.04.12 15:31:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : same here, all the same except for Sader to win, and my margins is bigger

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.04.12 15:36:07 by Franshark Reply
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  • there have been hardly any big margins so far this season…

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.04.12 15:40:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : ja but not 2’s and 5’s πŸ˜‰
    It getting marginally bigger πŸ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.04.12 15:54:44 by Franshark Reply
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  • Good luck Sharksworld! I have 6 games the same team to win

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.04.12 07:16:32 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • As most of the time, this weekend gonna be a cracker of Super games… πŸ™‚
    I’m not watching one πŸ™ as I’m going fishing…. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.04.12 07:28:12 by Franshark Reply
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  • Seven out of seven will do Robbo.. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.04.12 08:00:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 9) : at least you’re fishing. I’m working. πŸ™

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.04.12 08:13:08 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 11) : ouch πŸ™

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.04.12 09:06:13 by Franshark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 11) :

    Good luck brother!

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.04.12 09:07:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 12) :
    @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) :

    Don’t feel sorry for me the overtime will soften the blow of buying a new bicycle. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.04.12 10:08:08 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 14) : aaah…. you wanna sponsor me for my race? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.04.12 10:16:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Only if you sponsor me for mine. πŸ˜‰ 528kms over 4 days. 😳 my ass is gonna hurt. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.04.12 11:54:46 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • My picks:
    Blues
    Sharks
    Reds
    Chiefs
    H’landers
    Cheetahs
    Bulls

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.04.12 12:08:46 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Can anyone confirm the kick off time (SA) for the Sharks. Here its dawn as 09.35 while Rugby365 has it at 07.35.

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.04.12 13:00:39 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : dawn = down.

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.04.12 13:17:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : It’s 7:35 GMT so 09:35 SA.

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.04.12 13:29:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Thanks.

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.04.12 13:35:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) : Yip 365 lists all their times as GMT.

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.04.12 16:40:52 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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