Vodacom Super Rugby 2014: Round 11 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Apr 2014 at 10:36
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It’s Thursday – let’s do this!

Game 1: Blues v Waratahs(Friday at 07:35)

Tricky one this, but perhaps only because it takes that little bit of extra thought (or is it courage?) to pick an away winner this year. The Blues are always dangerous, but their record and log position this season don’t really lie… they’ve only won 3 of their 8 games to date and after their wobble against the Force, the Tahs seem to be well back on course. I think the Waratahs will win here, by about 6 points.

Blues: 15. Charles Piutau, 14. Frank Halai, 13. Francis Saili, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Lolagi Visinia, 10. Simon Hickey, 9. Bryn Hall, 8. Peter Saili, 7. Luke Braid (Captain), 6. Jerome Kaino, 5. Tom Donnelly, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. Keven Mealamu, 1. Tony Woodcock
Replacements: 16. James Parsons, 17. Sam Prattley, 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Hayden Triggs, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Steven Luatua, 22. Ihaia West, 23. Pita Ahki

Waratahs: 15. Israel Folau, 14. Cam Crawford, 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12. Kurtley Beale, 11. Rob Horne, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Dave Dennis (Captain), 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Jacques Potgieter, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Will Skelton, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Benn Robinson
Replacements: 16. Tola Latu, 17. Jeremy Tilse, 18. Paddy Ryan, 19. Patrick McCutcheon, 20. Wycliff Palu, 21. Brendan McKibbin, 22. Jonathan Lance, 23. Matt Carraro

Game 2: Brumbies v Chiefs (Friday at 09:40)

The game of the round, without a doubt. These teams are level on log points and both desperately need a win to ensure they top their respective conferences. The Chiefs away from has been a little patchy (drawing rather than winning) and will be hurting further after losing at home last week. The Brumbies, on the other hand, have recovered well at home after losing their opener against the Reds and will look to bank points here. Brumbies to win an entertaining match by around 4 points.

Brumbies:15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 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 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Pat McCabe.

Chiefs : 15. Tom Marshall, 14. Tim Nanai-Williams, 13. Andrew Horrell, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Augustine Pulu, 8. Liam Messam (Captain), 7. Sam Cane, 6. Nick Crosswell, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Ross Filipo, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 2. Mahonri Schwalger, 1. Pauliasi Manu
Replacements: 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Jamie MacKintosh, 18. Josh Hohneck, 19. Matt Symons, 20. Tevita Koloamatangi, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Dwayne Sweeney, 23. James Lowe

Game 3: Cell C Sharks v Highlanders (Friday at 19:10)

We’re hoping that last week against the Cheetahs was the Sharks’ “get out of jail” performance and that they’ll deliver a showing a little worthier of the names on paper against a strong Highlanders outfit. Boasting a proud home record (both against this foe overall and against any foe this season) one would fancy that the Sharks would have too much for Jamie Jospeh’s side, who are a bit of an unknown factor away from home this season. It’s going to take a very good team to beat the Sharks at Kings Park this year, one feels and I can’t hoestly say that I think hte Highlanders are that team. Sharks to win by 12.

Cell C Sharks: 15. Lwazi Mvovo, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Francois Steyn, 11. Sibusiso Sithole, 10. Tim Swiel, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Willem Alberts, 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. Ryan Kankowski, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Heimar Williams, 23. SP Marais

Highlanders: 15. Ben Smith (co-captain), 14. Richard Buckman, 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Patrick Osborne, 10. Lima Sopoaga, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7. Shane Christie, 6. Elliot Dixon, 5. Joe Wheeler, 4. Jarrad Hoeata, 3. Chris King, 2. Liam Coltman, 1. Kane Hames
Replacements: 16. Ged Robinson, 17. Craig Millar, 18. Ma’afu Fia, 19. Josh Bekhuis, 20. Gareth Evans, 21. Fumiaki Tanaka, 22. Trent Renata, 23. John Hardie

Game 4: Hurricanes v Reds (Saturday at 09:35)

A bit of a nothing game, unfortunately, since both of these sides are firmly stuck in the mid-table doldrums. Wait, hang on…. looking again, I see that the Canes have recovered sufficiently to be just a point away from a wildcard place, making this game a rather important one for them to win. At home, you have to back Mark Hammett’s charges to do the business in what could be a high-scoring affair. Hurricanes to prevail by 7.

Hurricanes:15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Reggie Goodes, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Tim Bateman, 23 Matt Proctor.

Reds:15 Ben Lucas, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Fainga’a, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O’Donoghue, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Fainga’a, 23 Rod Davies.

Game 5: Force v Vodacom Bulls (Saturday at 11:40)

Anyone calling a Bulls win here is either wildly sentimental, or hasn’t watched the Force play at home this year. The limited Bulls game plan has been exposed time and again on tour and there’s simply no cause to believe this week will be any different, regardless of people’s “historical perceptions” that the Force are a weak side. Force to win by 9 points or more.

Force:15. Jayden Hayward, 14. Dane Haylett-Petty, 13. Marcel Brache, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Nick Cummins, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Ian Prior, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. Matt Hodgson (captain), 6. Angus Cottrell, 5. Sam Wykes, 4. Adam Coleman, 3. Kieran Longbottom, 2. Nathan Charles, 1. Pek Cowan
Replacements: 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Tetera Faulkner, 18. Ollie Hoskins, 19. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20. Brynard Stander, 21. Justin Turner, 22. Zack Holmes, 23. Chris Tuatara-Morrison

Vodacom Bulls: 15. Jurgen Visser, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Grant Hattingh, 7. Jacques Du Plessis, 6. Jono Ross, 5. Victor Matfield (Captain), 4. Paul Willemse, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1. Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Marcel Van Der Merwe, 18. Jacques Engelbrecht, 19. Wimpie van der Walt, 20. Rudy Paige, 21. Handre Pollard, 22. Ulrich Beyers, 23. Morné Mellett

Game 6: Toyota Cheetahs v DHL Stormers (Saturday at 17:05)

We used to make fun of Aussie derbies…. this year, it’s the Aussies providing the entertainment, while the South African match-ups are the one that do nothing but further tarnish the image of Rugby union as a sport. It’s hard to really care about who wins this, which will, I’m sure, be a poor game. I’d like to back the Cheetahs to win at home, but I’m not sure the Cheetahs remember how to win anywhere. I’m going for a dull draw.

Toyota Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Raymond Rhule, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Rayno Benjamin, 11. Willie Le Roux, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Boom Prinsloo, 7. Jean Cook, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Francois Jakobus Uys, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Maks Van Dyk, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Caylib Oosthuizen
Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Rossouw De Klerk, 19. Waltie Vermeulen, 20. Teboho Mohoje, 21. Shaun Venter, 22. Riaan Smit, 23. Cornal Hendricks

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


  • How great would it be if you correctly predict a draw!

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.04.14 10:52:56 by Maria Delport Reply
  • @Maria Delport (Comment 1) : it’s the first time in the history of doing this that I’ve predicted a draw…

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.04.14 11:01:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Maria Delport (Comment 1) : @robdylan (Comment 2) : how great will it be if the Brumbies Chiefs game ends up in a draw 😯 😉 😎

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.04.14 11:34:33 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Aahhh I share the sentiments of pierre on this one! A draw there will be so amazing especially if we add insult to that injury by smashing the landers… Talk about running away on the overall log… Mmmm please chiefs do what u did so wonderfully in sa and kiss ur sister (again)

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.04.14 14:59:42 by Stiko85 Reply

  • Yeah I’m sentimental…..go bulls!!! (Also think blues might just pull through this weekend…..and hoping cheetahs beat the strms)

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.04.14 16:15:58 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 5) : against better judgment I somehow ended up backing the bulls and blues this week as well. Don’t know why but I have a feeling the bulls might cause an upset this week. I’m a huge fan of izzy so I have no logical explanation as to why I would tip the tahs to lose this week. Well if I’m wrong it would end up plummeting my standings in sharksworld from 83 to most probably 150th and if I’m right (considering that very few went my way) I might break back into the top 50, agree with rob though, cheetahs forgot how to win they’ll remain at the bottom and if the prom/relegation aspect existed still they’d be a goner for a year

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.04.14 16:27:42 by Stiko85 Reply

  • Blues

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.04.14 08:46:43 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Comment 8, posted at 25.04.14 09:06:29 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : if the Bulls lose they’re in real trouble and Sharks would be waaayyy ahead if they beat the Landers tonight.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.04.14 13:09:42 by JD Reply
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