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Super Rugby 2013: Round 13 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 9 May 2013 at 09:50
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Round 13 may be unlucky for some, but we’re hoping that our beloved Sharks can bounce back with an unlikely victory this week, after four sad losses in a row.

Game 1: Chiefs v Force (Friday 09h35 SA Time)

The Chiefs take on Aussie opposition yet again this week and after having a few soft moment against the Rebels in round 12, will be concerned about their tendency to go to sleep after building up big leads. The Force, on the other hand, are punching slightly above their weight this season and will present a stern test. That said, you’d be mad to pick against a home win here. Chiefs to win by 9 points.

Chiefs: 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Save Tokula, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Matt Vant Leven, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Asaeli Tikoirotuma.

Western Force: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Matt Hodgson (captain), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 6 James Hilterbrand, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Rory Walton, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Junior Rasolea, 22 Sam Norton-Knight.

Game 2: Reds v Sharks (Friday 11h40 SA Time)

It’s backs-to-the-wall time once again for the Sharks, who cannot afford another loss if they’re to make the knock-outs this year. They have had yet more injury problems this week, but return to the scene of arguably their greatest triumph in recent years, Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. With a strong-looking side and the long-awaited introduction of Willem Alberts to the bench, we’re hoping the Sharks might just be able to pull off a surprise upset here and are backing them to do just that. Sharks to win by 5 points, but it could be more if they really click.

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

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Piet Lindeque, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Odwa Ndungane.

Game 3: Cheetahs v Hurricanes (Friday 19h10 SA Time)

The Cheetahs continue their march to a first-ever knock-out appearance and with the Bulls having done the hard work last week, I doubt the Hurricanes will be much of a threat. Cheetahs to win by 12.

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 Frans Viljoen, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ligtoring Landman, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 SarelPretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Rayno Benjamin.

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

Game 4: Blues v Rebels (Saturday 09h35 SA Time)

The Rebels are a team that should never be written off, but with yet another round of Kurtley Beale madness in full swing, you have to expect them to be a somewhat disjointed lot this weekend. Blues to take this by around 10, I’d say.

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. Brendon O’Connor, 6. Steven Luatua, 5. Ali Williams (Captain), 4. Anthony Boric, 3. Angus Ta’avao, 2. Quentin MacDonald, 1. Tim Perry
Replacements: 16. Gafatasi Su’a, 17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18. Ronald Raaymakers, 19. Luke Braid, 20. Jamison Gibson-Park, 21. Baden Kerr, 22. Lolagi Visinia

Rebels: TBA

Game 5: Waratahs v Stormers (Saturday 11h40 SA Time)

It doesn’t get any easier for the Stormers on tour, coming up against the in-form Waratahs. You’ve got to hope that the long trip back from SA this week may have taken its toll on the men from Sydney, but even taking that into account, I can’t say I really see a Stormers win here. It will be close, but the Tahs should win by 3 points.

Waratahs: 15. Israel Folau, 14. Cam Crawford, 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12. Rob Horne, 11. Peter Betham, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Brendan McKibbin, 8. Wycliff Palu, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Dave Dennis (Captain), 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Sitaleki Timani, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Benn Robinson
Replacements: 16. John Ulugia, 17. Paddy Ryan, 18. Mitchell Chapman, 19. Patrick McCutcheon, 20. Matt Lucas, 21. Berrick Barnes, 22. Drew Mitchell

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.

Game 6: Kings v Highlanders (Saturday 17h05 SA Time)

I’m pretty confident that the Kings can do what the Sharks failed to last week and beat the Highlanders. After all, every one else had. Kings to win by 5 points in what should be an entertaining game.

Southern Kings: 15. George Whitehead, 14. Siyanda Grey, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Marcello Sampson, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Cornell du Preez, 7. Luke Watson (Captain), 6. Wimpie van der Walt, 5. David Bulbring, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira
Replacements: 16. Virgile Lacombe, 17. Grant Kemp, 18. Daniel Adongo, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. Shane Gates, 22. SP Marais

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Tino Nemani, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 TJ Ioane, 7 John Hardy, 6 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Reserves: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ma’afu Fia, 18 Mose Tuiali’i, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Hayden Parker, 22 Jason Emery.


27 Comments

  • howzit rob, how about an approval of my avatar please?

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.05.13 10:00:17 by MJ Reply
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  • I sure hope you are right about the Sharks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.05.13 10:08:56 by David12246 Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 2) : Ditto, but I have some doubts (evidenced by my SuperBru pick)

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.05.13 10:12:30 by Die Kriek Reply
     
  • Reckon the dirty Highlanders will win. Easily.

    And the Stormers of course.

    I’ll sommer gooi in the even dirtier Canes for a win too. Sorry Bloem.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.05.13 10:26:22 by McLovin Reply
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  • bottom of the table clash to be entertaining ? 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.05.13 10:31:20 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 5) : well, you Lions fans should know…

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.05.13 10:36:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Still haven’t lost the faith then?

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.05.13 10:39:22 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • F&%k – just saw that Glen Jackson is the ref for the Reds game

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.05.13 10:41:23 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : yep agree with all of that

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.05.13 10:44:53 by Talent Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    We are bottom dweller experts 😛

    Im hoping this weeks Kings game is just as exciting as last weeks ! i enjoyed that game !

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.05.13 10:54:14 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 10) : I agree that Kings game last week was very entertaining…. I think the Highlanders will make it 2 wins in a row 🙂 .

    My picks for the week:
    Chiefs 9
    Sharks 6
    Cheetahs 9
    Blues 17
    Stormers 4 and
    Highlanders 14

    Hope I get it right my Superbru is looking bad. 😯

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.05.13 11:08:56 by Lassy_lion Reply
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  • CHIEFS to beat Force by 12
    REDS to beat Sharks by 9
    CHEETAHS to beat Hurricanes by 6
    BLUES to beat Rebels by 18
    STORMERS to beat Waratahs by 5
    HIGHLANDERS to beat Southern Kings by 25

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.05.13 11:09:47 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 12) : Highlanders won’t beat the Kings by 25, they had the travel over here which takes some gas out of a team, and they’re still bruised and battered from facing the Sharks. Add to that the Kings humiliating defeat, and they’ll be out to prove to their fans what they can achieve.

    Sharks losing by nine is a bit stretched, nine is quite a margin for two top teams. Win or lose, it will be closer than that.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.05.13 11:21:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 13) : I think the Kings may be only lucky to get that close to the Highlanders….. With Sergeall Peters out ( the only guy who ever looks like scoring ) and Luke Watson back it sure looks like the wheels are coming off for the Kings…. 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.05.13 11:29:26 by Lassy_lion Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 13) : I’ve been known to be wrong sometimes 🙂

    The Highlanders has always been a better team than their results show. Indiscipline and poor execution has dogged them (as well as the Ma’a Nonu bogie) but they have started to gel (and Nonu is not on tour). The Kings is a poor side with a poor defence that has been playing on adrenaline and their only hope is that the Highlanders, with their high octane rugby, will give them some turnover ball to score a few tries against the run of play to achieve another “respectable loss”.

    As to the Sharks game, anything is possible. The Sharks team looks more “solid” than in previous games and their defence is good.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.05.13 11:42:47 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 14) : Peterson you mean?

    I just hope Highlanders don`t rock up with a second string side.

    Them not naming a team have me uneasy . . .

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.05.13 19:36:19 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 16) : I doubt they will, they need a good win from this one. I read they have some players still flying in as they came over a player short and have some players with niggles, probably waiting to see who they have available.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.05.13 22:25:21 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 17) : Thanx, not good news if you`ve just stacked your FL side with Landers . . . 🙄

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.05.13 06:43:28 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Phil Burleigh isn’t on tour, Digby and TJ Ioane are doubtful. Ben Smith, Aaron Smith, Colin Slade and Jason Emery might be good picks.

    FL, with three teams on byes, is a bit of a balls up. I have 5 players on byes. 🙁

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.05.13 07:00:14 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 19) : Burleigh ? Nooooooo!

    Urm I need a centre, how about Ellison?

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.05.13 07:21:59 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 20) : Tamatie? Forgot about him, he’ll probably play.

    Here’s the team (from the Otago Daily Times):

    Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Tino Nemani, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 TJ Ioane, 7 Jarrad Hoeata, 6 Josh Bekhuis, 5 Brad Thorn, 4 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
    Reserves: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ma’afu Fia, 18 Mose Tuiali’i, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Hayden Parker, Jason Emery.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.05.13 07:26:06 by Baylion Reply

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  • Here’s the team, Both Ioane are playing and it looks like a full strength side.

    Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Tino Nemani, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 TJ Ioane, 7 John Hardy, 6 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
    Reserves: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ma’afu Fia, 18 Mose Tuiali’i, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Hayden Parker, 22 Jason Emery.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.05.13 07:34:29 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 21) : Thanx man!

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.05.13 07:36:56 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Gmf !
    I wonder how long they knew Anscombe was on Crutches and why didn`t anyone think to let us know.

    My FL is done and dusted before the first whistle of the weekend 👿

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.05.13 09:12:29 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 24) : What you talking about? He’s playing #10

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.05.13 09:17:14 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 24) : Damn, my kicker and my sub has a bye!

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.05.13 09:20:43 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 26) : Same here . . . 🙁

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.05.13 09:34:17 by Original Pierre Reply
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