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Super Rugby 2013: Round 15 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 23 May 2013 at 12:29
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Round 15, if you can believe it… let’s see if we can pick the winners.

Game 1: Chiefs v Crusaders (Friday – 09h35 SA time)

Ooh, a big one at the top end of the Kiwi conference. This is going to be a big turning point in the season for both sides. I must say I’m getting the “Crusaders feeling” and I think they’re going to go on a bit of a run now. Saders to win by 5.

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

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Lualala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell/Laurence Corlett, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Robbie Fruean, 22 Telusa Veianu.

Game 2: Rebels v Waratahs (Friday – 11h40 SA time)

Flush from their big win over the Stormers (big in terms of significance, if not scoreline), there’s nothing I expect more than a ocmplete implosion from the Rebels, such is their lack of consistency. Waratahs to win by 10.

Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Lachlan Mitchell, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Scott Higginbotham (c), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson
Substitutes:16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Cadeyrn Neville, 19 Gareth Delve, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 James Hilgendorf, 22 Kimami Sitauti

Waratahs:15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Matt Lucas, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Benn Robinson
Substitutes: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Will Skelton, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Brendan McKibbin, 21 Rob Horne, 22 Tom Kingston

Game 3: Blues v Brumbies (Saturday – 09h35 SA time)

Another biggie that will be hugely significant for both teams. The Blues can’t afford to lose again (well, neither can the Brumbies, really) so I’m going for the home side here. Blues by 6.

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 Brendon O’Connor, 5 Ali Williams (c), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao/Sam Prattley, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tim Perry.
Substitutes: 16 James Parsons, 17 Sam Prattley/Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Kane Barrett, 20 Jamison Gibson-Park, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Jackson Willison.

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

Game 4: Force v Highlanders (Saturday – 11h40 SA time)

A dead rubber in every sense of the word. The Force will win by a few.

Force: TBA

Highlanders: TBA

Game 5: Kings v Cheetahs (Saturday – 15h00 SA time)

A spicy local derby, with the Eastern Cape’s finest determined to prove their point yet again…. the Cheetahs recovered nicely by pulling off an unexpected win over the Reds, but have strangely opted to bench danger man Rhule for this clash. I’m calling a narrow Kings win, by 3 points.

Kings: 15 SP Marais, 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 Steve Sykes, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Grant Kemp, 18 Rynier Bernado, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Shane Gates, 22 George Whitehead.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ligtoring Landman, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Riaan Smit, 22 Raymond Rhule.

Game 6: Stormers v Reds (Saturday – 17h05 SA time)

Sorry Stormers, but with that much of an unsettled team, there’s no hope here. Reds to win by 9.

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Don Armand, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Eben Etzebeth, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.

Reds: TBA

Game 7: Sharks v Bulls (Saturday – 19h10 SA time)

The big game of the weekend sees the Sharks battling to stay alive and the Bulls determined to clinch a home semi-final. Who will want it more, that’s the question? The Sharks have unfortunately not been able to call on the “Bok firepower” of Bismarck du Plessis and arguably have a weaker overall selection. They will be at home, though. I’m afraid it’s hard to imagine the Bulls not walking away with the spoils in this one. Bulls to win by 8 points.

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Piet Lindeque, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitues: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Sean Robinson

Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche/Jan Serfontein, 22 Lionel Mapoe.


21 Comments

  • Yeah. Who in their right minds can call a sharks win?

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.05.13 12:31:56 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 1) : Well you see some strange thing happening….. Just look at them predicting a Kings win over the Cheethas….

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.05.13 12:41:03 by Lassy_lion Reply
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  • Agree, except cheetahs should beat the kings. I called bulls by 11 on superbru but don’t mind losing that point 😀

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.05.13 12:42:58 by TheLegend Reply
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  • @TheLegend (Comment 3) : Going against the Sharks gives me either a lose-win or a win-lose. No more lose-lose!

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.05.13 12:49:28 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 4) : Yip, if the bulls win I get my win point on superbru and if the Sharks win I am overjoyed :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.05.13 12:55:20 by TheLegend Reply
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  • If anyone wants, they can check out my predictions for R15: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQfRv3y8ryI.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.05.13 12:55:32 by David12246 Reply

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  • @King Shark (Comment 1) : i did 🙁 that was before i saw the strarting team though

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.05.13 13:04:51 by Poisy Reply
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  • I doubt my wife will give me an anniversary present on Saturday so SHARKS please give me a nice present on behalf of my wife and beat the bulls

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.05.13 13:11:00 by TheLegend Reply
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  • Mostly agree with your predictions, but think the Cheetahs should win against the kings and the Highlanders “upsetting” the Force lol. Well if the Cheetahs can’t beat the Kings this weekend they don’t deserve a play-off place 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.05.13 13:31:24 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • I am going with the Sharks to win. Haven’t given up yet.

    Also think the Cheetahs will smash the Kings like they did after the Currie Cup last year.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.05.13 15:54:10 by Orelando_G Reply

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  • Got my friend, a former Bulls age group player, coming over for the game and he’s already celebrating a Bulls win. 😐

    Please Sharks, pull off another 2010 CC semi win – against the odds like-abaws!. 😀

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.05.13 16:35:22 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • I have bout the same, but I’m going for a Cheetahs win

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.05.13 18:21:58 by Mutley Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 1) : @Poisy (Comment 7) : @Orelando_G (Comment 10) : Ag hell I’m like a druggie I say I never will again but then I go and pick the Sharks for the win! GO SHARKS!!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.05.13 21:11:13 by JD Reply
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  • I would have started Deysel and Alberts together to combat the Bulls and dominating the early exchanges to tire the deffence. Feel guttet about Kanko. Atleast H.Meyer knows what talent is. Give him a bells for backing the Hoff

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.05.13 23:03:23 by DBOY Reply

     
  • I can think of nothing as boring as a Waratahs/Rebels game. 😐

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.05.13 08:25:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • At the end of last year, who would’ve thought that we’d be having a discussion about whether the Kings would win or not, can’t tell you how proud I am to be a Kings supporter this year

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.05.13 09:13:18 by Ludz Reply

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  • Can`t believe the Crusers are falling apart like this.

    Maybe someone should just check Steve Walsh`s SB prediction? 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.05.13 11:22:06 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Got Chiefs by 5. 😎

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.05.13 11:28:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • Quite a bit of kicking in the Chiefs/Saders game, and the Saders were playing a type of Kick-&-Chase game plan – which really came to bite them.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.05.13 14:51:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • The games are all going our way so far with the Chiefs, Rebels and Brumbies winning.

    Now we just need Kings, Stormers and Sharks to somehow all win! 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.05.13 13:25:07 by SeanyJMc Reply

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  • And still the only side to lose to the Highlanders 😯

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.05.13 13:26:49 by SeanyJMc Reply

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