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Super Rugby 2013: Round 8 Preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 4 Apr 2013 at 10:35
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With six exciting matches lined up for the weekend, let’s see if we can pick the winners in Round 8.

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

Having failed to win at all in five starts, the Landers are getting desperate and have now gone to Japan to bring in former Saders strongman Mose Tuiali’i in the hope of turning their season around. They face a home side who have fallen off the pace after a decent start and will now be desperate themselves for points. The Blues should take this one by around 8 points.

Blues: 15. Charles Piutau, 14. Frank Halai, 13. Rene Ranger, 12. Jackson Willison, 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. Angus Ta’avao, 2. James Parsons, 1. Tim Perry
Replacements: 16. Keven Mealamu, 17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18. Anthony Boric, 19. Brendon O’Connor, 20. Jamison Gibson-Park, 21. Baden Kerr, 22. Francis Saili

Highlanders: Ben Smith, Buxton Popoali’i, Jason Emery, Ma’a Nonu, Hosea Gear, Colin Slade, Aaron Smith, Mose Tuiali’i, John Hardie, Jarrad Hoeata, Josh Bekhuis, Brad Thorn, Chris King, Andrew Hore (captain), Jamie Mackintosh.
Replacements: Liam Coltman, Ma’afu Fia, TJ Ioane, Elliot Dixon, Fumiaki Tanaka, Lima Sopoaga, Phil Burleigh.

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

The Brumbies played their “get out of jail thanks to a crap ref call” card last week in beating the Bulls; unfortunately, they are unlikely to need another as the Kings start to come to grips with the harsh reality of touring as a South African rugby side. The men from the Bay have yet to be humbled in this competition, but I fear another loss is in store for them here. Brumbies to win by around 12 points.

Brumbies: Robbie Coleman, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Pat McCabe, Joe Tomane, Christian Lealiifano, Nic White, Fotu Auelua, George Smith, Ben Mowen (capt), Etienne Oosthuizen, Peter Kimlin, Dan Palmer, Siliva Siliva, Ben Alexander. Reserves: Stephen Moore, Scott Sio, Sam Carter, Colby Faingaa, Ian Prior, Andrew Smith, Zack Holmes.

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

Game 3: Sharks v Crusaders (Friday 19h10 SA Time)

The big one of the weekend pits the South African conference leaders against the seven-time champions. On paper, the Sharks appear a little stronger; on grass, the Crusaders have racked up 14 wins against the Sharks over the course of this competition against just 3 for their opponents. Regardless of what anyone tells you about “a good week in training”, that’s a hell of a psychological hurdle to overcome and with only a romp over the useless Rebels to fall back on, we remain to be convinced that this Sharks outfit has what it takes to stand up to the big dogs in this competition. We’ll put aside skepticism for now, though and back the boys to do it. Sharks to squeak a win by 3 points.

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

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

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

These teams boast remarkably similar records so far this season and are both currently languishing in mid table. While the Canes have been far from impressive themselves, we’ve not seen enough from the Tahs this season to suggest any danger of them winning at the Cake Tin. Hurricanes to take it by 5.

Hurricanes: 15. André Taylor, 14. Alapati Leiua, 13. Conrad Smith (Captain), 12. Tim Bateman, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Victor Vito, 7. Ardie Savea, 6. Brad Shields, 5. Jason Eaton, 4. Mark Reddish, 3. Ben May, 2. Motu Matu’u, 1. Ben Franks
Replacements: 16. Ash Dixon, 17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18. James Broadhurst, 19. Faifili Levave, 20. Chris Smylie, 21. Tusi Pisi, 22. Reynold Lee-Lo

Waratahs : Israel Folau, Peter Betham, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Rob Horne, Drew Mitchell, Bernard Foley, Brendan McKibbin, Pat McCutcheon, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis (capt), Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani, Sekope Kepu, John Ulugia, Benn Robinson. Reserves: Luke Holmes, Paddy Ryan, Mitchell Chapman, Wycliff Palu, Matt Lucas, Ben Volavola, Tom Kingston.

Game 5: Force v Rebels (Saturday 10h40 SA Time)

Ah yes, Aussie derbies. There’s always one each weekend. The Rebels are going from poor to shocking this season and will struggle to win against a Force side that is perhaps just slightly better than we’ve given them credit for…. but only slightly. Force to win by 5.

Force: As usual, they’ve not bothered to name a team

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

Game 6: Cheetahs v Stormers (Saturday 17h05 SA Time)

A ding-dong battle awaits in Bloem and for the first time in bloody ages, the Cheetahs could perhaps even be considered favourites for this one, given their lofty position on the SA Conference log. The boys in orange (well, mostly white, actually) are on a big roll at the moment and with the Stormers battling to click – and also suffering plenty of injuries – it really isn’t beyond the bounds of possibility that the Cheetahs could win an unprecedented fifth straight game. Rugby is a funny sport, though and I just have a feeling that the Stormers are too good a side to lose this one. Stormers by 4 is what the head says.

Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Willie Le Roux, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Burton Francis, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Philip Van der Walt, 7. Pieter Labuschagne, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Francois (FS) Uys, 4. Lodewyk de Jager, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Trevor Nyakane
Replacements: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Rynard Landman, 19. Boom Prinsloo, 20. Sarel Pretorius, 21. Francois Brummer, 22. Rayno Benjamin

Stormers: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Joe Pietersen, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (Captain), 11. Gio Aplon, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nick Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Douw Grobler, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Gary Van Aswegen, 22. Damian de Allende


5 Comments

  • Blues 5
    Sharks 2
    Brumbies 25
    Canes 10
    Force 10
    Stormers 8

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.04.13 10:45:49 by Seth101 Reply
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  • NOOOOO….the Sharks vs Saders game is handled by brilliant Lourens vd Merwe!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.04.13 10:55:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! the spotlight, camera ready attention needy ref.
    Not more worth than a varsity cup / community cup ref this oke…

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.04.13 11:15:23 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • “Force: As usual, they’ve not bothered to name a team” whats with this? Don’t they name teams? I did not realize they don’t.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.04.13 11:22:24 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 4) : they’ve never named one in time to make my Thursday prediction article

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.04.13 11:42:46 by robdylan Reply
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