Super Rugby 2013: Round 2 Preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Admin, Original Content, Super Rugby on 21 Feb 2013 at 14:41
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Hey hey! Time for some actual rugby. Let’s see if we can pick the winners right, after getting both Aussie derbies correct in Round 1.

Game 1: Highlanders v Chiefs (Friday, 08h35 SA Time)

We start off with a New Zealand derby that’s going to be as tough as old boots to call… The champion Chiefs start off way down south against the ever-improving Highlanders and with no real form to go on yet, this could be anyone’s game. The Kiwi’s really like to smash each other, of course and the Landers aren’t going to want to open their account with a home loss. My feeling is the Chiefs’ credentials won’t count for enough here and the Highlanders will win by 5 points.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Phil Burleigh, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear (captain), 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 John Hardie, 6 Joe Wheeler, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Elliot Dixon, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Hayden Parker, 22 Buxton Popoali’i.

Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Charlie Ngatai, 22 Lelia Masaga.

Game 2: Rebels v Brumbies (Friday, 10h40 SA Time)

Ugh. Aussie derby. Skip…. Ok, if I must call it, I reckon the Brumbies will probably be too strong for the Rebels and will win a dull game by around 4 points.

Rebels: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Cadeyrn Neville, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Alex Rokobaro, 22 Tom English.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 David Pocock, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Fotu Auelua, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Tevita Kuridrani.

Game 3: Bulls v Stormers (Friday, 19h10 SA Time)

The opening game in the South African conference sees last year’s winner travel to take on the runner up. Expect a tough battle which could, of course, go either way. The Stormers have gained a lot of new faces form the Lions and may take some time to settle against a Bulls team that seems to have gelled well during pre-season. My feeling is that despite having a weaker team on paper, the home side will sneak it. Bulls to win by 2.

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Francois Venter.

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Gerhard van den Heever, 22 Joe Pietersen.

Game 4: Hurricanes v Blues (Saturday, 08h35 SA Time)

The Blues have a brand new side and a brand new coach this year, making them a completely unknown entity. Much will be learned from this first outing of theirs, but if you have to pick a winner, look no further than a settled Canes team playing at home. Hurricanes by 10.

Hurricanes: 15. Andre Taylor, 14. Alapati Leiua, 13. Conrad Smith (c), 12. Tim Bateman, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Brad Shields, 7. Karl Lowe, 6. Victor Vito, 5. Jason Eaton, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 3. Ben May, 2. Dane Coles, 1. Ben Franks Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon,17. Reggie Goodes,18. Mark Reddish,19. Faifili Levave,20. Chris Smylie,21. James Marshall,22. Reynold Lee-Lo

Blues: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Francis Saili, 11 George Moala, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Ali Williams (captain), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tom McCartney.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Brendon O’Connor, 20 Bryn Hall, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Jackson Willison.

Game 5: Reds v Waratahs (10h40 SA Time)

The old grudge match takes place in Brisbane and these ones have a history of going against the form book. The Reds lost their first game, while the Tahs were on a bye. I have a feeling that the visitors will get their campaign off to a winning start against a Reds side lacking direction without Will Genia. Tahs to prevail by 3 points.

Queensland Reds: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ed O’Donoghue, 3 James Slipper (captain), 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Jono Lance, 22 Luke Morahan.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Tom Kingston, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Jeremy Tilse.
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Ben Volavola.

Game 6: Cheetahs v Sharks (17h05 SA Time)

The Sharks get their campaign going against the Cheetahs in Bloem and will need to quickly overcome the loss of some key personnel and find their rhythm here. There’s been some good pre-season form, but the Cheetahs will provide a far sterner test than anything the Sharks have faced to date and with a backline every bit as exciting and unpredictable as the Sharks’, defence will be key for the visitors. With arguably greater quality from 1 through 22, though, the Sharks should take this, by around 8 points.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

Sharks: 15. Louis ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Frans Steyn (c), 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Tendai Mtawarira Reserves: 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Odwa Ndungane

Game 7: Kings v Force (19h10 SA Time)

Everyone’s expecting the Kings to get hammered, yet I simply don’t see it. The Force get worse every year and are currently not looking too flash at all, so I expect the Southern Cape’s finest to pick up a maiden win. Kings by 5.

Southern Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 Steven Sykes, 4 David Bulbring, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 Daniel Adongo, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht , 20 Johan Herbst, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Hadleigh Parkes.

Force: TBA


  • The kings winning would definitely shut up a few people. Anyway so looking forward to the weekend! Go Shaaaaarrrkkkkksss!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.13 15:02:40 by RuckingFun Reply
  • Naah I can’t see the Kings winning.

    They’ll put up a brave fight, but will ultimately succumb to the pressure of running with the big dogs.

    Last year this time they were getting ready for the Vodacom Cup, this year all of a sudden they’re having to play in arguably the hardest club comp in the world. They just won’t be mentally prepared for what’s about to hit them.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.13 15:12:06 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • Agree with Rob on the Kings prediction. Kings by 7

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.13 15:48:56 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Highlanders, Brumbies, Stormers(just), Canes, Tah’s, Sharks, and Force by 20+

    Trust me, I always suck at Superbru! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.13 16:03:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 3) : Force by 10 dude, stop faking it and keep it real dude.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.13 16:05:11 by Uli Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : Rob certainly have allot of love for the Kings for some reason or another… Which I am still trying to figure out. There is no ways that the kings are going to beat the Force.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.13 16:06:56 by Uli Reply
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  • I also don’t see how the Chiefs are going to lose???

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.13 16:08:53 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 6) : Love is the absence of hate… the book I read for guidance advises more of the former, in all situations.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.13 16:54:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • cant watch the sharks game because of work 🙁

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.13 16:58:54 by Poisy Reply
  • Chiefs to win

    Kings to win ,any team can beat another ,they have to much to play for in-front of a big home crowd. Their team also isnt to bad

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.13 17:05:32 by Talent Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : fair enough 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.13 17:33:34 by Uli Reply
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  • Rob, I know where you were born (and where you live now).
    Its still no excuse to pick the Bulls over the Stormers.

    I thought we were friend brew?

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.13 19:22:26 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Highlanders v Chiefs : Chiefs by 8 ( Chiefs will once again be in the top two of the nz conference )

    Rebels v Brumbies : Brumbies by at least 8 (Brumbies will surprise most this season)

    Bulls v Stormers: Bulls by 7 (The Bulls do look like a solid unit this year with out major disruptions while the Stormers is missing some key players)

    Hurricanes v Blues: Hurricanes by at least 8 ( Blues almost a whole new team against a Hurricanes team that look like they sorted out all their problems, will take the blues a few games to gel)

    Reds v Waratahs: Reds by 3

    Cheetahs v Sharks: Sharks by 5 ( Hell I have never been this nervous before a Sharks v Cheetahs game)

    Kings v Force: Force by 8 (sorry but I just can’t see the Kings win even if I want them too, maybe they should use some of the NMMU players hell those boys can play , if u missed the maties v nmmu game you probably missed the game of the year best match of the past few years,The Kings just don’t have the fire power)

    Just a quick question is Anton Bresler eligible to play for the bokke ?

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.13 21:37:07 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 13) : yes he is

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.13 21:54:30 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 14) : Thanks, Just had to clear that one up for myself

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.02.13 23:43:21 by BR Reply
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  • I had to do a reality check and I have done some serious soul searching, so I have to confess:

    I cannot get myself to back the Bulls – even though the Streamers supporters are big mouth, I’ll rather listen to them beating their chests than listen to the blou nulle singing and hugging.

    Tonight I say, Go Streamers!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.02.13 08:20:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Good luck for Saturday Sharkies! Lets hope for a clean and injury free game, and at least more entertainment value than what might turn out to be a real wrassle in Pretoria 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.02.13 08:27:40 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Force by 25+, and that’s if the Kings have a good game

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.02.13 09:17:33 by Mutley Reply
  • Ill be at the Kings game tomorrow, I would like for them to win but in all honesty even if they loose with 10 points or less it will b a good start for them

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.02.13 10:43:56 by pierre_mackie Reply

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