Super Rugby 2013: Round 9 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 11 Apr 2013 at 10:00
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With the Super Rugby competition now lurching towards the half-way mark, let’s look at the round 9 match-ups and see if we can predict the winners.

Game 1 – Highlanders v Brumbies (Friday 09h35 SA Time)

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph continues to ring the changes as he desperately seeks a first win of the season; Jake White’s Brumbies, though, will themselves be smarting after losing points at home to the unfancied Kings. It’s a tough one to call, but I have a strange feeling that the Highlanders really are due a win at last. Landers to squeak it by 3.

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

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Peter Kimlin, 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 Pat McCabe, 22 Tevita Kuridrani.

Game 2 – Chiefs v Reds (Saturday 06h35 SA Time)

Hard to see the Reds beating the current champs in their own backyard, although this game between the respective champs from 2012 and 2011 should be something of a classic. Chiefs to pull off a 5-point win.

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

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

Game 3 – Blues v Hurricanes (Saturday 09h35 SA Time)

These sides are neck-and-neck behind the Chiefs in the New Zealand conference and are both still well in the running for a wildcard play-off spot. The Blues took the first-round encounter away from home and should probably repeat that feat in Auckland. Blues by 4 points.

Blues: Charles Piutau, Frank Halai, Francis Saili, Jackson Willison, Rene Ranger, Chris Noakes, Piri Weepu, Peter Saili, Luke Braid, Steven Luatua, Ali Williams, Culum Retallick, Angus Ta’avao, James Parsons, Tom McCartney
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Anthony Boric, Brendon O’Connor, Jamison Gibson-Park, Baden Kerr, Albert Nikoro

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

Game 4 – Rebels v Kings (Saturday 11h40 SA Time)

We’re all backing the Kings to go one better this week, after a great draw in Canberra. With the heart and committment of this team, surely they must be able to eke out a win in Melbourne? Kings to win by 8 points.

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

Southern Kings: 15 George Whitehead, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Andries Strauss (captain), 11 Ronnie Cooke, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 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 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Marcello Sampson, 22 Siviwe Soyzwapi.

Game 5 – Force v Crusaders (Saturday 13h45 SA Time)

The Force couldn’t even beat the Rebels…. so only one winner here. Crusaders by around 10.

Force: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Alfie Mafi, 13 Junior Rasolea, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Ed Stubbs, 10 Sam Norton-Knight, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Richard Brown, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Ben McCalman, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Rory Walton, 19 Chris Alcock, 20 Mick Snowden, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Patrick Dellit.

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

Game 6 – Storrmers v Sharks (Saturday 17h05 SA Time)

The first of two real humdingers in the South African conference sees the Sharks head to Cape Town. Allister Coetzee has picked a raw youngster (Cheslin Kolbe) on the bench, prompting John Plumtree to go one better and include his in the starting line-up! Both sides are heavily affected by injury at this stage, but the Sharks have their tails up and will take a lot of confidence from their win against the Stormers in round 2 in Durban. This is going to be tight, but we think the Sharks will win by around 5 points.

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 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 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Cheslin Kolbe.

Sharks: 15 Francois Steyn, 14 Sean Robinson, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Ryan Kankowski, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 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 Jean Deysel, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Riaan Viljoen, 22 Odwa Ndungane.

Game 7 – Bulls v Cheetahs (Saturday 19h10 SA Time)

The fight for second (or possible even first, depending on the prior result) spot hots up as the Cheetahs go to Loftus seeking a rare win. They’re hot, for sure, but our feeling is the rested Bulls will probably have a few too many big guns on hand to be really troubled. Bulls to take this one by around 7.

Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Morné Mellet.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Rudi Paige, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Ulrich Beyers.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 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 Rynhard Landman, 19 Frans Viljoen, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Ryno Benjamin.


  • BRUMBIES to beat Highlanders by 6
    CHIEFS to beat Reds by 10
    HURRICANES to beat Blues by 12
    SOUTHERN KINGS to beat Rebels by 6
    CRUSADERS to beat Force by 18
    STORMERS to beat Sharks by 3
    CHEETAHS to beat Bulls by 6

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.04.13 11:23:05 by Baylion Reply
  • Only ‘easy’ pick this weekend is the Saders against the Force. Any of the other games can go either way. I had a horrid week last week on SB only getting 2 from 6 right and this week isn’t going to be much easier. 😕

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.04.13 11:33:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Sounds like every week for me! My best week so far was a 5/7 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.04.13 13:44:36 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Damn TSP kept me from my 1st Sharksworld SuperBru trophy for the VC 😥

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.04.13 14:27:12 by Die Kriek Reply

  • I have Brumbies/ Hurricanes and I can’t remember if I backed the Sharks to take the win from Newlands. I think I went with the Stormers – My Heart says Sharks though, but I’m trying to get some respectability back on SuperBru and I think the Stormers are just ahead on this one.

    Taking a win at Newlands… doesn’t happen often.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.04.13 14:40:31 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : You’ll get banned for that. 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.04.13 14:51:57 by McLovin Reply

  • Brumbies to win. Chiefs to win. Blues to win. Crusaders to win. Bulls to win. And I have a sneaky feeling, Stormers to win. Again, I hope I’m wrong (I was thankfully wrong last week about the Crusaders 🙂 )

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.04.13 15:38:38 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks Sharkie
  • Kings to kick asssss!

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.04.13 15:39:17 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks Sharkie
  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 8) : Kings is gonna take a big hiding….Look what happened to the Brumbies when they thought it is in the bag…. No oponent is a easy game in SR….

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.04.13 15:53:16 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 9) : I hope you’re wrong but you have a point.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.04.13 15:57:14 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks Sharkie
  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 10) : Hmmm don`t be fooled.
    Lassy_Lion is not exactly ” Down the Middle Vinny Monroe ” when it comes to the Kings, I might be wrong but I suspect he might even support the Flou Nulle against the new Men In Black . . . 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.04.13 17:59:38 by Original Pierre Reply
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