Super Rugby 2013: Round 7 Preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 28 Mar 2013 at 11:21
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Let me start off with a sincere apology for missing out on Round 6’s preview article. As is occasionally unavoidable for amateur bloggers like myself (with hungry mouths to feed at home) the day-job called me away on short notice and I simply had neither the time nor the bandwidth to get them up. We’re doing better so far this week, though, so here we go. Let’s see what Round 7 has to offer.

Game 1: Higlanders v Reds (Friday, 08h35 SA time)

Can the run of bad results really go on much longer for the ‘Landers, or is the side that just a few seasons back was one of New Zealand’s best, due a change of fortunes? They’ve lost all of their first four matches, three at home, and are now reminiscent of the absolutely rubbish Highlanders sides we became used to seeing in the late nineties. The Reds aren’t really a lot better, to be fair, although their record of four wins in six starts is keeping them close to the top of the pile. They’ll be bouyed by a somewhat lucky win against the Bulls last week and probably have more to play for than the hosts, who even at this early stage are facing a season where they are unlikely to make the knock-outs. I think the Reds will squeak this one, by around 4 points.

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

Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Ed O’Donoghue, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Aidan Toua, 22 Rod Davies.

Game 2: Hurricanes v Kings (Saturday, 05h35 SA time)

The Kings finally took the smack that everyone has been predicting for them since the first round, when they conceded 50 against the Crusaders last week. It wasn’t really as bad as all that, to be honest, though, and wasn’t even the biggest defeat of the weekend. They’ll not win against the Hurricanes, but they won’t be embarrassed either. Canes to win by around 10.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua/Matt Proctor, 13 Conrad Smith (captain)/ Alapati Leiua, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara/ Chris Smylie, 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 Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie/Samisoni Fisilau, 21 James Marshall, 22 Reynold Lee-Lo.

Kings: 15 George Whitehead , 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss (captain), 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Devin Oosthuizen, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Grant Kemp, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Daniel Adongo, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Hadleigh Parkes.

Game 3: Chiefs v Blues (Saturday, 08h35 SA time)

Wowee, this is going to be a tough one to call all right. The Blues came agonisingly close to a win in Sydney, but having now lost their second match are starting to fall behind the Chiefs in the New Zealand conference. The hosts managed to see off the Highlanders early last weekend and will effectively have had two extra days’ recovery to boot, so the Blues will really be up against it here. Close game, but the Chiefs should win by 5.

Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Nick Crosswell, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Andrew Horrell, 22 Patrick Osborne.

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, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tom McCartney.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Brendon O’Connor, 20 Jamison Gibson-Park, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Jackson Willison.

Game 4: Brumbies v Bulls (Saturday, 10h40 SA time)

The Brumbies have yet to announce their side and you can be sure that the effects of a long trip back from South Africa, coupled with a hard defeat suffered in Cape Town, will take just a bit of wind out of their sails. That said, the Bulls have been on tour for a month without a lot of success and as one of South Africa’s weaker touring sides, traditionally, I don’t see them putting up enough of a fight to overcome a Brumbies side that may be off their best, but not enough to be beatable. Brumbies to win by 7.

Brumbies: TBA

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Jurgen Visser, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Francois Venter.

Game 5: Cheetahs v Rebels (Saturday, 17h05 SA time)

Oh this one is easy. The Sharks have already done the hard work. Cheetahs to win by 50 or more.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuisen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Johannes Prinsloo, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

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

Game 6: Stormers v Crusaders (Saturday, 19h10 SA time)

The Stormers are starting to get a bit of their swagger back and haven’t lost at home yet, after starting their campaign with two away defeats. They’ve accounted for the defending champions and tournament pace-setters in successive weeks – now they face the most decorated side in the history of Super Rugby – and one that has historically shown an annoying tendency to win (and win well) at Newlands. For the Stormers, the loss of hard men in Tiaan Liebenberg and Steve Kitshoff will be keenly felt, but on balance, the losses the Saders have suffered (Kieran Read and Dan Carter) should turn them from a formidable side into a merely very good one and thus the advantage belongs to the Stormers once more. Stormers to win by 3 points.

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

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

Game 7: Waratahs v Force (Sunday, 07h05 SA time)

Neither side has yet been named for this Aussie snore-fest, which takes place on Easter Sunday when most of us, I’m sure, will be focusing on more important matters. Expect the Tahs to win. Expect nobody to care.

Waratahs: TBA

Force: TBA


  • Reckon Canes will win by more than 10.

    And Stormers to smash the Crusaders. I hope… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.03.13 11:26:50 by McLovin Reply
  • What do you do for a living Rob? This weekend’s action is a little dull with no Sharks game… Will have to support the Stormers then (and hopefully they tackle the donnner out of the ‘saders so that they’re too sore to play us next week). 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.03.13 11:29:11 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • No need to apologize Rob, we all (or at least those with families and jobs and all) really appreciate what you are doing. I can not imagine where you get the time to do what you do.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.03.13 11:37:20 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Highlanders by 6 – if they don’t drop their balls
    Hurricanes by 39 – Canes won’t stop playing once they have their bonus point
    Chiefs by 9 – Good even when they’re bad
    Brumbies by 7 – One coach has no clue, the other has
    Cheetahs by 9 – Jetlag and too many home coming parties
    Stormers by 6 – Jantjies, Bekker and Aplon to combine well again
    Waratahs by 6 – Pfft!

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.03.13 11:47:09 by Baylion Reply

  • I know this for sure – Sharks WILL get 4 points this weekend 😎

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.03.13 11:51:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • “Cheetahs to win by 50 or more.”
    I think you just made KingCheetah a life-long fan.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.03.13 11:53:36 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Lander by 8
    Canes by 10
    Chiefs by 10
    Brumbies by 5
    Cheetahs by 10
    Saders by 2
    Tahs by 7

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.03.13 12:08:13 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 2) : I work for one of the world’s biggest software companies

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.03.13 12:11:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : You wouldn’t by any chance work for the company that gave us Windows 8? If so grrr 😛

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.03.13 12:20:31 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 9) : no… I work for the other one.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.03.13 12:25:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Meaning you like to name your products after rare feline?

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.03.13 12:32:24 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 9) : @robdylan (Comment 10) : He did say “one of the biggest”, not THE biggest 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.03.13 12:38:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Seth101 (Comment 11) : no, the one that concentrates on enterprise stuff, not consumer goodies. Big Red O, based in Redwood Shores.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.03.13 12:49:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • 3rd biggest software company on revenue, if I’m assuming correctly.

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.03.13 13:17:24 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 14) : yes and we also do hardware now 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.03.13 13:21:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : LOL the people who make software that everyone has but most don’t know they do. I saw that on the web page, what hardware?

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.03.13 13:25:37 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Please stop all this geek talk on a rugby website………….. it’s making me hungry. Hahahaha

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.03.13 14:20:08 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : you eat geeks? 😯

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.03.13 14:30:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : Don’t hate mate, put the two together and you get something special = Rugby 08 lol

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.03.13 14:37:56 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Rob can you create a little article for the Rovers game so I can give any1 who wants, updates

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.03.13 14:43:20 by Seth101 Reply
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  • No Rob that’s not the way I role. I get hungry when I’m bored.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.03.13 14:44:24 by JD Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 20) : sweet…. thanks boyks 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.03.13 14:50:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanx Seth101 and GO Rovers!!!!!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.03.13 14:59:54 by JD Reply
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  • “Expect the Tahs to win. Expect nobody to care.”
    Love it 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.03.13 08:11:05 by SteelShark Reply
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