Super Rugby 2013: Round 19 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 4 Jul 2013 at 11:56
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Right, it’s the penultimate round of league action. Let’s see who’s going places and who isn’t.

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

We start off with a big New Zealand derby – big from the perspective that the Crusaders can, still, theoretically even win the New Zealand conference, assuming a maximum haul of points for them over the next two weeks – and none whatsoever for the Chiefs. Ok, so that’s a bloody tall order, but knowing the Saders, they’ll certainly be going all out to do what they can this week, in the hope that the Blues can do them a favour the next. The Chiefs only need one log point here, so they may be somewhat less committed than the home side. This should be an amazing game, which I’m backing the Crusaders to squeak by 6 points.

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 (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Telusa Veainu.

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 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Andrew Horrell, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams.

Game 2: Hurricanes v Highlanders (Saturday 09h35 SA time)

Both of these sides are out of contention, so this is going to be a dead rubber. Expect the Highlanders to lose again. Canes by 12.

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Reynold Lee-Lo, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Reggie Goodes, 17 John Schwalger, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Jack Lam, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Matt Proctor.

Highlanders: TBA

Game 3: Cheetahs v Blues (Saturday 14h50 SA time)

The Cheetahs did a right old job of shooting themselves in the foot against the Stormers alst week and looked far more like the never-weres of old than the knock-out contenders they’ve been for most of this year. They’ll need a clinical showing to see off the Blues and seal a play-off spot, but having a number of injury concerns to key men won’t help their cause. I back the Cheetahs to win by 5 points.

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

Blues: TBA

Game 4: Kings v Stormers (Saturday 17h05 SA time)

The Stormers are still theoretically in with a chance of qualification, whereas the Kings have naught by pride at stake. This will, I’m sure, be a dull affair which the Stormers will win by 9 points. Tries? Pfft.

Southern Kings: 15 SP Marais 14 Michael Killian 13 Ronnie Cooke 12 Andries Strauss (Capt) 11 Marcello Sampson 10 Demetri Catrakilis 9 Shaun Venter 8 Jacqus Engelbrecht 7 Wimpie van der Walt 6 Cornell du Preez 5 David Bulbring 4 Daron Nell 3 Grant Kemp 2 Bankise Maku 1 Schaulk Ferreira
Replacements: 16 Charl du Plessis 17 Hannes Franklin 18 Steven Sykes 19 Devin Oosthuizen 20 Nicolas Vergallo 21 George Whitehead 22 Shane Gates

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Don Armand, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.

Game 5: Bulls v Sharks (Saturday 19h15 SA time)

The game of the round takes place in Tshwane, where the wounded Sharks are backing themselves to cause an upset. The Bulls still need a few points over the next few weeks to secure a home play-off game, but with the SA conference already wrapped up and knock-out participation thus assured, might there be the slightest temptation to save themselves for the big games ahead? I wouldn’t bet on it, but I will bet on the Sharks to upset them. Sharks by 3, FTW!

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Jürgen Visser, 22 Morné Mellett.

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Butch James, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandré Marais, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Jaco van Tonder.


  • Wouldn’t mind the Highlanders taking the dead rubber..

    A few different from me Rob, will see how the weekend goes..

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.07.13 12:01:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I like your “pfft” and “FTW” 😀

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.07.13 12:02:47 by Uli Reply
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  • My hopefuls are Chiefs Highlanders Kings And sharks and hope the cheetahs and Blues Draw

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.07.13 12:46:18 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 3) : cheetah draw not good for the Sharks..

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.07.13 13:12:42 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply

  • hope it is
    Should make for a very interesting last weekend with spots 5 & 6 up for grabs between 6 teams, could be a recipe for exiting rugby.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.07.13 16:35:49 by BR Reply
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  • BR that is the results that I’m sure all Sharks fans are hoping for, but with Keegan playing I can’t see the Sharks winning.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.07.13 17:47:13 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : surely it would be better for the Stormers to lose? That way another team is out of the running with one game to go.

    Ps I highly doubt either the Sharks or the Stormers will make the play-offs. My only wish for the Sharks this season is that they finish ahead of the Stormers.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.07.13 02:15:40 by Feather Reply

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  • Chiefs

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.07.13 02:16:47 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 8) : There is no way ever that the Kings will beat the Stormers….. Hopefully the Cheetahs can win and make playoffs seeing that they are South Africa’s best traveling side…..

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.07.13 08:22:28 by Lassy_lion Reply

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