Super Rugby 2012: Round 9 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 19 Apr 2012 at 11:27
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Super Rugby 2012 goes past the halfway mark this weekend, with 6 tough encounters lined up. Let’s see if we can predict the outcomes.

Highlanders v Blues 20 April at 09:35

This first one is pretty easy – or, at least, it would be if there wasn’t just the slightest bit of doubt that the “New Zealand derby factor” adds to the equation. That said, I simply cannot see the Highlanders losing to the Blues, who have frankly been shocking this year. Landers by 10.

Highlanders : 15. Tamati Ellison, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Phil Burleigh, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Mike Delany, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. James Haskell, 6. Adam Thomson, 5. Jarrad Hoeata, 4. Josh Bekhuis, 3. Chris King, 2. Andrew Hore, 1. Jamie MacKintosh (Captain)
Replacements: 16. Jason Rutledge, 17. Ma’afu Fia, 18. Culum Retallick, 19. Doug Tietjens, 20. Jimmy Cowan, 21. Chris Noakes, 22. Kurt Baker

Blues : 15. Hadleigh Parkes, 14. George Moala, 13. Rene Ranger, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Benson Stanley, 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Peter Saili, 7. Luke Braid (Captain), 6. Chris Lowrey, 5. Ali Williams, 4. Filo Paulo, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. Tom McCartney, 1. Tony Woodcock
Replacements: 16. James Parsons, 17. Tevita Mailau, 18. Liaki Moli, 19. Daniel Braid, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Michael Hobbs, 22. David Raikuna

Reds v DHL Stormers 20 April at 11:40

Sharks and Bulls fans alike will no doubt be secretly hoping that the Reds can add a second successive defeat to the Stormers’ account, bringing the latter back within range in the South African conference in the process. The Reds endured a dire tour, but seem to have steadied the ship a little and while facing their own injury problems, don’t look quite as depleted as the Stormers. The visitors will need to make do without either Jean de Villiers or Andries Bekker and I feel this will cost them. Reds to win a close game, by about 3 points.

Reds: 15. Luke Morahan, 14. Rod Davies, 13. Ben Tapuai, 12. Mike Harris, 11. Dom Shipperley, 10. Sam Lane, 9. Will Genia, 8. Radike Samo, 7. Beau Robinson, 6. Scott Higginbotham, 5. James Horwill (Captain), 4. Rob Simmons, 3. James Slipper, 2. James Hanson, 1. Ben Daley
Replacements: 16. Albert Anae, 17. Greg Holmes, 18. Van Humphries, 19. Jake Schatz, 20. Liam Gill, 21. Ben Lucas, 22. Nick Frisby

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

Hurricanes v Crusaders 21 April at 09:35

Ooh – who fancies calling this one? The Canes, it’s fair to say, have been much better than their pre-tournament billing would have suggested, while there seems to be just the slightest hint of beatability about the Saders this year, which was also not expected. The Canes will fancy their chances at home, but I’m not sure of Dan Carter and his troops have quite slipped far enough down the pecking order to let this one get away from them. Crusaders by about 5, I think.

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

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

Waratahs v Rebels 21 April at 11:40

Having a very strong “I don’t give a shit” moment as we contemplate another boring Australian derby. Tahs to lose by less.

Waratahs: 15. Bernard Foley, 14. Tom Kingston, 13. Rob Horne, 12. Tom Carter, 11. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10. Berrick Barnes, 9. Brendan McKibbin, 8. Wycliff Palu, 7. Chris Alcock, 6. Dave Dennis, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Dean Mumm, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Benn Robinson (Captain)
Replacements: 16. John Ulugia, 17. Paddy Ryan, 18. Sitaleki Timani, 19. Lopeti Timani, 20. Rocky Elsom, 21. Sarel Pretorius, 22. Daniel Halangahu

Rebels: 15. Kurtley Beale, 14. Mark Gerrard, 13. Lloyd Johansson, 12. James O`Connor, 11. Lachlan Mitchell, 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. Ged Robinson, 1. Nic Henderson
Replacements: 16. Luke Holmes, 17. Jono Owen, 18. Alister Campbell, 19. Tim Davidson, 20. Richard Kingi, 21. Julian Huxley, 22. Cooper Vuna

Sharks v Chiefs 21 April at 17:05

With no team announcement forthcoming from either side at the time of writing, it’s hard to say with certainty what will happen here. It’s fair to say that the Chiefs have all the form and momentum coming into this game, so the smart money would be on an away win; then again, the Sharks haven’t lost to a touring side at Kings Park since 2010, so maybe that will work in their favour. To say that the Sharks tend to perform best when least expected to is probably also fair, so I’m going to go with heart over head here and back the boys to finally deliver the performance they have thus far been unable to find. Sharks to win by 12 points.

Sharks: TBA

Chiefs: TBA

Vodacom Bulls v Brumbies 21 April at 19:10

Jake White and his boys have been good in Canberra, but are still a young team finding their feet in this competition. The coach has seemingly been trying to win this game in the press – could that be because he knows his lads don’t stand a chance of winning it anywhere else? The Bulls have played in fits and starts so far this season, but they’ll be too good for this Brumbies side, by quite some margin. Bulls to win by 15.

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

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


  • Sharks by 12!!

    Hell, I hope your right!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.04.12 11:36:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Rob I would be happy with Sharks by 1!

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.04.12 11:45:45 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Sharks by 12… ๐Ÿ™‚ that is positive thinking Rob, but I like it.. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    So many people not giving us a chance against the Chiefs, my feeling Sharks will win this one not by 12 it will be close, but we will come out the winners tomorrow night… ๐Ÿ˜Ž Sharks by 3 or 5.

    Go Sharks.

    Go Sharks.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.04.12 11:57:19 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 3) : Puma actually to my huge surprise News24 have tipped the Sharks to win this one. Now I hope Keo gives the Chiefs the kiss of death ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.04.12 12:01:01 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • I really hope that the Stormers can pull through a win. It will really help to push the Ausies down the log ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.04.12 12:10:52 by Viking Reply
  • @Sharksmad โ€“ The Blogโ€™s Dudette (Comment 4) : the reunion guys think its gonna be Chiefs…..

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.04.12 12:11:18 by Franshark Reply
  • seriously, you think the Rebels gonna win? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.04.12 12:12:29 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 7) : would love it thou ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.04.12 12:13:39 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 7) : or does lose by less=win ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.04.12 12:14:42 by Franshark Reply
  • @Sharksmad โ€“ The Blogโ€™s Dudette (Comment 4) : My biggest concern for our game tomorrow is we have can you believe it a damn KIWI REF…. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Garratt Williamson and one of the AR is a kiwi too. Keith Brown. Tmo is the not so good Shaun Veldsman, he gets plenty wrong even after a few replays… ๐Ÿ˜

    So just have to hope the ref is fair to both sides.

    Have not looked at News24 yet. Will go and check later.

    Just reading on keo most writing us off. I feel we will win, but it will be close.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.04.12 12:16:11 by Puma Reply

  • Seriously this reffing system is a bloody joke. We should get back to neutral refs next year.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.04.12 12:17:01 by Puma Reply

  • I know . . . Wrong Thread but I`m concerned about the fact that Beast could be called up for the Bok Camp when he`s not fit enough to play for us?

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.04.12 12:22:30 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Meyer has called up the Sharks and Bulls players.

    The whole Sharks squad has been called up. Well think so just had a quick look have to go back and check on keo. Mtembu is also there.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.04.12 12:23:14 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 10) :

    My biggest concern for you is that you’ll have to wait 2 days before the game. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.04.12 12:25:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 14) : ๐Ÿ˜›

    Brain asleep…hehe. Meant Saturday. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.04.12 12:26:52 by Puma Reply

  • Yip just checked on keo. The whole Sharks squad has been called up for the Bok Camp. Beast is also called up so they better not make him over do things….hehehe. We been waiting for Beast for a long, long time now.

    @Original Pierre (Comment 12) : Beast has been called up. I am a bit concerned too, but think Meyer know he is only coming off now from a long lay off. Well hope so.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.04.12 12:28:58 by Puma Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 12) : these are not “camps” but PLANNING meetings, where meyer briefs the players called up on how he expects them to be condition wise, how to play the different positions, lay out the team ethos – remember meyer did sports psychology – since he places a LOT of value in how a player thinks and faces challenges in as much as he rates them talent wise.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.04.12 12:30:20 by Megatron Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 16) : I’m not too concerned about that. I think the camp is not going to be so much about physical training but more about structures etc.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.04.12 12:31:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 10) : OH NO! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.04.12 12:36:42 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 16) :

    I miss 2 players from the Sharks, Bosman and Skeate.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.04.12 12:38:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 20) :

    and Anton Bresler and Herbst.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.04.12 12:40:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • H’landers

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.04.12 12:44:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I do believe this is THE defining game as far as the Shark’s season are concerned.

    I sincerely hope we can turn a lackluster season around and go on to become champs.

    If it is in a name, we should have been called the Super Sharks and not the Coastal Sharks.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.04.12 12:46:13 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • And Keo has given the Chiefs the kiss of death I like! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.04.12 12:54:04 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : Marius Joubert’s name is also absent ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    I like the fact that Sithole and Mthembu both made the grade, despite the lack of Super Rugby exposure. Heyneke is clearly looking at the future; two thumbs up from me!

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.04.12 12:56:33 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 23) : Agreed, we are balanced on the knife’s edge. A loss will surely consign us to yet another season of mediocrity, but a victory may just be the tonic we need to pull finger and start climbing the log.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.04.12 12:58:46 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : Yes missed those names, but most of thet squad is there.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.04.12 13:04:47 by Puma Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 25) :

    I didn’t even consider that he might be included. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.04.12 13:13:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 17) : Hey, thanks for clearing that up for me.

    Felt it was a bit unfair to have Beast run around for the Bokke if we can`t use him.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.04.12 13:21:27 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • CHIEFS: 15 Andrew Horrell, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Alex Bradley, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (c), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Arizona Taumalolo.
    Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Robbie Robinson.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.04.12 13:58:23 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 30) : Getting late, wonder when we`ll have a Sharks team.

    Viljoen, Ludik, JP, Whitehead, Mvovo, Lambie, McLeod, Keegan, Deysel, Bresler, Sykes, Botes, Jannie, Burden, Chadwick.
    Subs : Bismark, Herbst, Alberts, PSDT ? , Michalak, Bosman, Jordaan! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.04.12 16:07:06 by Original Pierre Reply
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