Super Rugby 2013: Round 5 Preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 14 Mar 2013 at 15:05
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Let’s try to pick the correct winners in round 5.

Game 1: Highlanders v Hurricanes (Friday 08h35 SA time)

Two Kiwi teams who’ve both battled so far this season will each be eager to impress. With just a single win in five starts between them, it’s really hard to pick the underdog in this encounter. The Highlanders have already lost at home twice, though and will be desperate to avoid a third reversal in Dunedin, which would surely kill off any knock-out chances for them before the season has even really got started. I’m going to back them to come good at home. Highlanders by 4 points.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 John Hardie, 6 Joe Wheeler, 5 Jarrad Hoeata, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Ma’afu Fia, 18 Jake Paringatai, 19 TJ Ioane, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Lima Sopoaga, 22 Buxton Popoalii.

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u/Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes/Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Tusi Pisi, 22 Andre Taylor.

Game 2: Waratahs v Cheetahs (Friday 10h40 SA time)

The Cheetahs defied all expectations in beating the Highlanders last week and have their tails properly up. Many are predicting a repeat performance against the out-of-form Waratahs, but I’m afraid I’m no great believer in consistency from the men in orange. Waratahs to pounce on a Cheetahs team who gave their all last week and win by 7 points.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Pat McCutcheon, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (captain), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Mitchell Chapman, 19 Lopeti Timani, 20 Matt Lucas, 21 Ben Volavola, 22 Rob Horne.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 2 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Phillip 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 Oosthuisen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Riaan Smit, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

Game 3: Kings v Chiefs (Friday 19h10 SA time)

I’m afraid the fairytale might just end for the Kings this week, despite the fact that the Chiefs are themselves battered and bruised. The Kings benefited from some very benign refereeing last week and will be feeling the effects of tackling for 80 minutes against the Sharks. Chiefs won’t find it easy going, but should win by 10 points.

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

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

Game 4: Crusaders v Bulls (Saturday 08h35 SA time)

It’s really funny to say this, but the Crusaders are poor this year and this will be the best chance the Bulls have ever had of pulling off an upset win in Christchurch. That said, worse Crusaders sides than this one have won – and won well – in Christchurch, arguably against better opposition too. It could be tight and the Bulls really could win this, but I fear the home ground factor will swing it for the Crusaders, who will prevail by 5 points.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Adam Whitelock.

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

Game 5: Reds v Force (Saturday 10h40 SA time)

Seriously, who cares? The Force are crap, so the Reds will win by 10.

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

Force: TBA

Game 6: Sharks v Brumbies (Saturday 17h05 SA time)

Ha, anyone fancy calling this one? The Brumbies really do appear the full package this year, while the Sharks, as one of only two other unbeaten teams in the tournament after four rounds, really haven’t hit their straps on attack. This is going to be another tight contest, decided by massive defence and will be won by the team that can master the conditions better. From that perspective, you have to give it to the home side, so I reckon the Sharks will edge it by not much more than a point or two.

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

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


  • My thoughts exactly but I hope for at least 2 from 4 for the SA teams.

    I must say I really enjoyed REUNION last night. The Kiwi’s were brought back to earth in a big way!

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.03.13 15:09:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : What was said? I missed it 🙁

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.03.13 15:18:02 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 2) : repeats tonight at 18:30 channel 201 and 211 hd

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.03.13 15:24:33 by Poisy Reply
  • ok thanx 😀

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.03.13 15:25:08 by Uli Reply
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  • kings will lose by more than 20 points,they cost me a 6pack last week because of the margin this week i get back my fanta orange 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.03.13 15:26:28 by Poisy Reply
  • My predictions

    And then the most important game of the month. Lions by 15+

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.03.13 15:28:41 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 6) : lol no SA wins in super rugby!? the wilderness got you huffing to much grass 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.03.13 15:31:51 by Poisy Reply
  • @Uli (Comment 2) :

    Something like they thought NZ teams were great and played the best rugby and they were brought back down to earth by the physical Saffas.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.03.13 15:34:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 7) :

    It’s happened before.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.03.13 15:38:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Exactly what I have for my superbru 😎

    Highlanders over Hurricanes is a big call ,but Highlanders are at home and have some decent players. Hurricanes ,if they can prove their set piece vs us and the Stormers to be sound ,will be a top 6 contender this year.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.03.13 15:41:26 by Talent Reply
  • ALSO to all the Sharks naysayers on here :There are huge correlations between the Stormers and the Brumbies in terms of how they play. I would say that the Stormers are a far more accomplished and experienced side.

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.03.13 15:48:25 by Talent Reply
  • And we beat them.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.03.13 15:49:08 by Talent Reply
  • Exactly how I picked. 😎

    Which means half will probably be wrong. 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.03.13 15:53:37 by McLovin Reply

  • Although have to say I are bevrees the Kings will lose by a lot more than 10.

    Love you Cheeky. Call me. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.03.13 15:55:38 by McLovin Reply

  • I am backing the Hiricanes for a win over the highlanders. Other than that I got the same idea…I hope the SA teams suprise me again though.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.03.13 16:13:46 by Viking Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : You had it the same last week. But I believe it is only a matter of time before the dam wall breaks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.03.13 16:14:36 by Viking Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : it wont this weekend. 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.03.13 16:15:55 by Poisy Reply
  • I sat on SuperBru for about half an hour contemplating who to choose between the Sharks and Brumbies, but forgetting my allegiance I went for sharks plan and simply because of home ground.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.03.13 16:18:01 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 18) : you wouldnt get away wth that where i work my boss is very anti rugby

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.03.13 16:23:28 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 19) : luckily, or unluckily, I don’t work yet. So I don’t have a boss controlling my SuperBru hours 😀

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.03.13 16:28:16 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 19) : Wait who on earth is anti rugby? Isn’t it a crime not to like it? :/

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.03.13 16:30:08 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 20) : trust me you lucky! the guy told me im free this weekend and today he tells me im working till 5 on saturday and i start at 8:30 😡

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.03.13 16:32:07 by Poisy Reply
  • @Seth101 (Comment 21) : his a soccer and hockey jock doesnt like rugby for reasons i will never know,and im the youngest and the new guy in the office so i do all the donkey work on weekends while everybody watches rugby 🙁

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.03.13 16:34:39 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 22) : HaHa at least you have 5 mins to get to a tv of some sorts before the game. I left school and decided never to have a desk job, although I do fear when I do start working my hours will be a little bit harsher then those.

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.03.13 16:35:07 by Seth101 Reply
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  • i only started really watching when i was out of school so i dont remember rathbone as a shark, read it in supersport. Was he any good back then? Pity he deserted. I reckon he has been left out with good cause he is only just making a comeback

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.03.13 16:40:17 by Dunx Reply

  • @Seth101 (Comment 24) : hahaha bro i wanted the same thing but it didnt work out for me so i conformed and its not 2 bad actually in a few years i’ll run this department.good luck though lets hope atleast 1 of us completes what they set out to do

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.03.13 16:42:38 by Poisy Reply
  • @Dunx (Comment 25) : wow he was a shark! 😯

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.03.13 16:44:15 by Poisy Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 16) : 😆 Have to be right one day.

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.03.13 16:49:33 by McLovin Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 26) : You better let your staff go on Superbru hahaha.

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.03.13 17:01:20 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 29) : only if they work is done lmao

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.03.13 17:35:56 by Poisy Reply
  • Exactly the same picks, even the margins are pretty close :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.03.13 08:41:41 by SteelShark Reply
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