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Vodacom Super Rugby 2014: Round 6 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 20 Mar 2014 at 12:02
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I don’t want to talk about round 5, ok? New week, new chance to get things right!

Game 1: Highlanders v Hurricanes (Friday 08h35 SA time)

The unlucky Landers were pipped at the death last week, even though they really had a golden opportunity to beat the Force and blew it through baffling tactics in the final ten minutes. The Canes went from zero to hero as they thrashed the hapless Cheetahs. Hard to pick this derby, but I fancy the Canes, with the monkey off their backs, will have too much firepower. Hurricanes to win by 5.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 Chris King, 19 Jarrad Hoeata, 20 TJ Ioane, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Shaun Treeby.

Hurricanes: 15 Marty Banks, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Faifili Levave, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Jack Lam, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Blade Thomson/Adam Hill, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Andre Taylor.

Game 2: Waratahs v Rebels (Friday 10h40 SA time)

Jaco Peyper’s Australian tour continues and it should be entertaining to see how he calls this one. The Rebels were very competitive at home to the Crusaders last week – as they usually are – but have yet to convince away. The Tahs will be stung after their loss in Canberra and will, quite frankly, look to administer a proper belting. Waratahs by 15 points.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Sekope Kepu.
Replacements – from: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Benn Robinson, 19 Wycliff Palu, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Rob Horne, 23 Matt Carraro, 24 Pat McCutcheon, 25 Jonno Lance.

Rebels: 15 Angus Roberts, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Cruze Ah-Nau, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Colby Fainga’a, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Male Sa’u, 23 Tom Kingston.

Game 3: Blues v Toyota Cheetahs (Saturday 08h35 SA time)

The Cheetahs sink to new depths of uselessness each week on tour and having conceded 60 against the Canes in week 5 will battle to actually play worse. We hope. The Blues are going to thrash them, all the same. Blues by 25 points.

Blues: 15. Charles Piutau, 14. Frank Halai, 13. George Moala, 12. Jackson Willison, 11. Tevita Li, 10. Simon Hickey, 9. Piri Weepu, 8. Peter Saili, 7. Luke Braid (Captain), 6. Steven Luatua, 5. Tom Donnelly, 4. Liaki Moli, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. James Parsons, 1. Tony Woodcock
Replacements: 16. Tom McCartney, 17. Sam Prattley, 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Jerome Kaino, 20. Jordan Manihera, 21. Bryn Hall, 22. Ma’a Nonu, 23. Benji Marshall

Toyota Cheetahs: 15. Willie Le Roux, 14. Cornal Hendricks, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Rayno Benjamin, 11. Hennie Daniller, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Philip Van der Walt, 7. Jean Cook, 6. Boom Prinsloo, 5. Francois Jakobus Uys, 4. Lodewyk de Jager, 3. Maks Van Dyk, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Caylib Oosthuizen
Replacements: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Rossouw De Klerk, 19. Andries Ferreira, 20. Pieter Labuschagne, 21. Shaun Venter, 22. Elgar Watts, 23. Howard Mnisi

Game 4: Brumbies v DHL Stormers (Saturday 10h40 SA time)

It’s just not getting better for the Cape side either, with fresh injury concerns hampering their progress each week. They lost against the Chiefs, but there was enough in the performance to suggest that they might not be complete cannon fodder for the Brumbies. Let’s hope they fix the defence this week, at least, to limit the damage. Brumbies to win by around 5.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 JP Smith.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Ruaidhri Murphy, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Stephan van der Walt, 23 Lionel Cronje.

DHL Stormers: 15. Gio Aplon, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Jean de Villiers (Captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Nick Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Deon Fourie, 5. Michael Rhodes, 4. Ruan Botha, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Brok Harris, 19. Siya Kolisi, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Demetri Catrakilis, 23. Juan de Jongh

Game 5: Force v Chiefs (Saturday 13h00 SA time)

This could be an entertaining game, with expansive rugby being played by both sides. The Chiefs are unbeaten so far, but have yet to play outside New Zealand…. this game will test their title credentials just that little bit, but I expect them to pass pretty well. Chiefs to win by around 10 points.

Force: 15. Jayden Hayward, 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Junior Rasolea, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Nick Cummins, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Angus Cottrell, 7. Matthew Hodgson (Captain), 6. Hugh McMeniman, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4. Sam Wykes, 3. Kieran Longbottom, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Pekahou Cowan
Replacements: 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Tetera Faulkner, 18. Oli Hoskins, 19. Adam Coleman, 20. Brynard Stander, 21. Ian Prior, 22. Zack Holmes, 23. Marcel Brache

Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Mils Muliaina, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden (c), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Tanerau Latimer, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.

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

Ok, I’m done calling for the Lions to lose. I’m not sure what sort of weirdass voodoo magic these guys are using to keep winning games against seemingly better opponents, but it’s working for them and I don’t see that changing. Marnitz Boshoff will kick another 20 points plus as the Lions beat the Reds by 6.

Lions: 15. Coenie van Wyk, 14. JW Jonker, 13. Deon van Rensburg, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Francois de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (Captain), 7. Willie Britz, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Willie Wepener, 1. Schalk (FS) van der Merwe
Replacements: 16. Mark Pretorius, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 20. Stephan de Wit, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Lionel Mapoe, 23. Ruan Combrinck

Reds: 15. Aidan Toua, 14. Rod Davies, 13. Ben Tapuai, 12. Mike Harris, 11. Lachlan Turner, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Ed Quirk, 5. James Horwill (Captain), 4. Rob Simmons, 3. Greg Holmes, 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. James Slipper
Replacements: 16. James Hanson, 17. Albert Anae, 18. Jono Owen, 19. Ed O`Donoghue, 20. Beau Robinson, 21. Nicholas Frisby, 22. Anthony Faingaa, 23. Dom Shipperley

Game 7: Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks (Saturday 19h10 SA time)

Eish – the big one. The Sharks have won four on the trot, including a very convincing win over the Bulls in rounds 1. That was in Durban, though and the side they’ll face at Loftus looks a lot stronger. The Sharks have, in contrast, lost a bit of beef but will still look to dominate the contest and the collisions against a somewhat smaller Bulls back row. It’s not going to be easy, but we fancy the Sharks have more ammo all round and should win. Sharks by about 4 points.

Vodacom Bulls: 15. Jurgen Visser, 14. Sampie Mastriet, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Dewald Potgieter, 7. Jacques Du Plessis, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Victor Matfield, 4. Flip van der Merwe (Captain), 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Callie Visagie, 1. Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16. Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17. MornΓ© Mellett, 18. Paul Willemse, 19. Jono Ross, 20. Piet van Zyl, 21. Handre Pollard, 22. Ulrich Beyers, 23. Marcel Van Der Merwe

Cell C Sharks: 15. SP Marais, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Sibusiso Sithole, 12. Francois Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (Captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Ettienne Oosthuizen, 20. Lubabalo Mtembu, 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Tim Swiel, 23. Andre Esterhuizen


14 Comments

  • i got the same except for a reds win over the Lions

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.03.14 12:06:40 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Jip, lets not talk about round 5… Friday was good, but Saturday all hell broke loose! just my Sharks I got right there…

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.03.14 12:16:27 by R Hayward Reply

     
  • @Zibbie (Comment 1) : Concur πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.03.14 12:20:46 by Greg Reply

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  • Louis Fouche isn’t playing for the Bulls so I went with a Bulls win at Loftus

    And a Lions win and a Highlanders win (the Canes aren’t playing the Cheetahs)

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.03.14 12:30:29 by Baylion Reply

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  • No offense but lions beating blues are not a stretch, blues haven’t been good for years. Bully them upfront and kick the shit out of them and u in with a shot.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.03.14 12:48:32 by KingsArmy Reply

     
  • @KingsArmy (Comment 5) : You’re a week late with that prediction πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.03.14 12:55:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Reds diff story, forwards aren’t bad and genia/cooper can sometimes put a decent game together. Reds by 15

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.03.14 12:55:42 by KingsArmy Reply

     
  • Same here except for a Reds win

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.03.14 13:08:16 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • If I go for a Lions win on Superbru they loose. If I pick them to loose they win, so I made the responsible choice and picked the Reds by 16 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.03.14 13:14:53 by Mutley Reply
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  • There goes my bulls win up in smoke. I’m not a big flip fan but he has been playing well

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.03.14 14:30:29 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Mutley (Comment 9) :

    Yea , same here . went for the reds for the same reason πŸ˜›

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.03.14 15:29:50 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 10) : So should the Sharks win this one, it will not only be because of the ref, but because the Sharks once again played an under strength team… 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.03.14 18:01:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : Of course πŸ™‚

    Seriously though, Flip may not be the best captain but he has been a “presence” amongst the forward the last few games.

    The problem I have with the Sharks so far is that they’ve been a 40 minute team. With all the talent at their disposal they should never have allowed teams to come back at them in the second half. If they sort that out they will be real contenders for the title, otherwise they’re going to disappoint their fans once again

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.03.14 19:21:34 by Baylion Reply

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  • I have had a good run on SB thus far (but we all know how quick that can change) – my only pick that differs is the Lander / Canes game.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.03.14 21:06:19 by Ice Reply
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