Vodacom Super Rugby 2014: Round 12 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 1 May 2014 at 08:59
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We’re doing this a little early today, so a good few teams have yet to be confirmed. We’ll do our best regardless.

Game 1: Blues v Reds (Friday 09h35 SA time)

The Blues haven’t lost yet at home this year and i don’t see this Reds team changing that stat. Blues to win by 8 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 Jerome Kaino, 7 Brendan O’Connor, 6 Peter Saili, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Steven Luatua, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Ihaia West, 23 George Moala.

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

Game 2: Rebels v Cell C Sharks (Friday 11h40 SA time)

The Sharks played their worst game of the season last week and hpoefully couldn’t possibly be that dire two weeks in a row. This Rebels team is a completely different proposition to the one that conceded 60 points at Kings Park last year, but we’re hoping that the Sharks will be back at something resembling their best this week and will take the points. Sharks to win by 5.

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

Cell C Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 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 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 SP Marais.

Game 3: Crusaders v Brumbies (Saturday 06h35 SA time)

This is the game of the round, without a doubt. Both of these teams are in superb form and pushing hard for honours, so it’s hard to pick a winner. We don’t see the Crusaders going down at home, though, so we’ll go with them. Crusaders to win a thrilling contest by 5 points.

Crusaders: to be announced

Brumbies: to be announced

Game 4: Chiefs v Lions (Saturday 09h35 SA time)

Hard to see any result but a big win for the home side here. Chiefs by 12.

Chiefs: to be announced

Lions: 15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Francois de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (Captain), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Martin Muller, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk (FS) van der Merwe
Replacements: 16. Akker van der Merwe, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 20. Willie Britz, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Marnitz Boshoff, 23. JW Jonker

Game 5: Waratahs v Hurricanes (Saturday 11h40 SA time)

This should be another highly entertaining game – personally, I’m hoping for a Tahs loss, just so we can see Michael Cheika lose it again! Despite the ‘Canes resurgence in recent weeks, though, I’m going to reel my neck in and back the home side to win a close one. Waratahs by 4 points, for me.

Waratahs: To be announced

Hurricanes: to be announced

Game 6: DHL Stormers v Highlanders (Saturday 15h00 SA time)

The big question here is this: was the Highlanders’ performance in Durban a one-off, or can they reach those heights again? If they can play even 60% as well sa that, one fancies they’ll beat the limited Stormers, but my money is on a more subdued showing from Jamie Jospeh’s men, who picked up a few casualties in the Shark Tank. Schalk Burger’s presence will galvanise the home side too, I fancy. Stormers to win by 3.

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

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

Game 7: Vodacom Bulls v Toyota Cheetahs (Saturday 17h05 SA time)

The Cheetahs beat the Bulls for the first time EVER in Super Rugby in round 2 and even then, laboured to a poor win over a shockingly bad Bulls team. This time around, they appear to have the edge in terms of team selection, but the Loftus factor is one that can never be discounted. Far, far better teams than this Cheetahs outfit have lost to worse Bulls teams at Loftus in the past and that’s exactly what I think is going to happen here. Bulls to win by 6.

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

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. Coenie Oosthuizen, 19. Rynard Landman, 20. Teboho Mohoje, 21. Shaun Venter, 22. Johan Goosen, 23. Cornal Hendricks


  • Sharks by 5, you went the safe route πŸ˜† I seriously hope it’s more then 5, and includes a BP πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.05.14 09:05:10 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • I c Richie is back for Saders

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.05.14 09:06:35 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • A perfect weekend would be Sharks to get a winning BP and Brumbies denied a losing BP

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.05.14 09:09:46 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 1) : I don’t think that’s on the cards against this Rebels team mate.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.05.14 09:12:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Make or break game!A one point victory will suffice.Do it for the whole of SA. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.05.14 09:15:43 by tigershark Reply

  • @tigershark (Comment 5) : i hope we start our tour with something that NO SA team has done yet! Let’s do this saaaks!

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.05.14 09:18:19 by R Hayward Reply

  • Yea, lets show them how its done! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.05.14 10:01:36 by tigershark Reply

  • I see the bulls reverted back to callie visagie hey. A brumbies defeat coupled with a sharks victory could turn out to be the best case scenario for us going into next week against them

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.05.14 10:01:40 by Stiko85 Reply

  • If the Sharks win and the Brumbies and Bulls lose that would be a huge swing on the log.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.05.14 10:17:57 by JD Reply
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  • 5 pointer coming up. I got a feeling 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.05.14 11:39:18 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Ive also got a feeling that Jake has targeted the Brumbies game from the moment he joined us. I got a feeling 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.05.14 11:40:31 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 10) : That would be quite a turnaround! Rebels have been good at home.I am a tad nervous for this one. Sharks haven’t been fluid in the last few weeks, and now miraculously they are going to score 4?

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.05.14 12:04:33 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 12) : watch…

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.05.14 12:09:15 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • SANZAR and SARU have effectively weakened the Boks with the new Super Rugby format! What a load of horse and bull manure!!! 😯

    Here’s how it’s going to work:

    Super Rugby expansion in 2016 – what it means:

    The competition:
    * Expanded competition to 18 teams from 2016 – South Africa 6th, Argentina, plus new team.
    * Shorter competition – from 21 weeks to 20 weeks.
    * All teams play one less match in a regular season – from 16 matches to 15.
    * Four conferences playing in two regional Groups – South Africa and Australasia.
    * The Australasia Group made up of two conferences – Australia (five teams) and New Zealand (five teams).
    * South African Group made up of two conferences – South Africa 1 (three teams plus one from Argentina), and South Africa 2 (three teams plus the 18th team).
    * Each team plays 15 regular season matches – eight home/seven away or vice versa every second year.
    * A total 135 regular season matches and seven Finals Series matches (compared to 120 and five).

    The Finals Series:
    * Eight contenders, three weeks.
    * Playoff format features an eight-team knock-out Finals Series playing in a quarters, semis and final format.
    * Five teams qualify from the Australasia Group, three teams from the South Africa Group.
    * All four conference winners automatically advance to Finals Series.
    * The next three highest ranked teams in the Australasia Group and the next highest team in the South Africa Group, will make up the wildcard contenders, and also advance to the Finals Series.

    We effectively play weaker opposition and so our standards will drop.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.05.14 12:13:41 by ChrisS Reply
  • It’s the Currie Cup with a few international fixtures thrown in…yawn!

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.05.14 12:16:45 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 15) : and where will this argentina team be based? In SA? are the players going on a 6 month tour? Where will their home matches be played? We havent even scratched the surface of how ridiculous this is. There are only 3 constant powers in SA. The sharks, bulls and WP? 2 of them are going to play in the same pool each year. If it is WP and the Bulls in same pool, that leaves the sharks in an easier conference? I have no words. SUPER 12 please

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.05.14 12:37:08 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 15) : and then, to top it all off, the currie cup itself

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.05.14 12:38:59 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 14) : I would rather place these teams in a two-tier competition, top 9 and bottom 9 with automatic relegation. Each tier play home and away against all teams in the tier (16 games). Top 4 go through to the semis, and then final. Tiers are organized in conferences with 6 teams – 3rd and 4th team in each conference automatically swap tiers each year.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.05.14 13:01:38 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 18) : Or expand to 21 teams – 3 conferences of 7. Top tier with 12 teams using the S12 format and bottom tier with 9 teams and same format. Base 7 teams in SA (current 5 + Kings + Arg), 7 in Aus (current 5 + Japanese + Fijian), 7 in NZ (current 5 + Somaoan + US)

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.05.14 13:06:11 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 11) : We’ll be up against a full strength Brumbies team mate. That Brumbies side plays a high tempo physical game. I’ll be honest, I fear them. Let’s focus on the Rebels. We cannot allow teams to dictate the tempo of the game, think every team now knows that the one way to beat the Sharks is to increase the tempo. The Tahs coach was pissed off due to delaying tactics. We have been found out, the job our tight 5 needs to do has just become so important for our campaign. Guys like Jannie need to start contributing. Pity Wors isn’t part of the team. Still rate him.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.05.14 15:19:26 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • No Updates on the teams yet?

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.05.14 16:18:58 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 14) : @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 16) : why don’t the winners of the Currie cup, ITM cup and OZ cup just play each other and get it over with. This new system is going to be a joke. NZ and OZ is busy shifting SA out of the competition and SA rugby is to stupid or busy promoting our 6 teams to realise it.

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.05.14 16:48:00 by JD Reply
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  • Here you go. . .

    Crusaders – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty (c), 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
    Subs: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Nafi Tuitavake

    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 (c), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
    Subs: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Ruaidhri Murphy, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Pat McCabe

    Chiefs – 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Dwayne Sweeney, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 James Lowe, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
    Subs: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Michael Fitzgerald, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Bundee Aki, 23 Andrew Horrell

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

    Hurricanes – 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 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.
    Subs: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Reggie Goodes, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Tim Bateman, 23 Matt Proctor

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.05.14 20:46:00 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 23) : thanks Pierre, some strong teams. Going to be a hard weekend!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.05.14 20:57:39 by JD Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 16) : @JD (Comment 22) : @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : It’s completely ridiculous!!

    I’d like us to go the way of the Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup. Have a top 10 and a bottom 10 with the current 15, the Kings, an Argentinian team and a team each from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

    We would then only play 9 games a season (each other team in your league once as it was back in the Super 12) and the bottom 2 in the Top League would automatically be relegated for the top 2 in the Bottom League. This would mean 6 less Super Rugby league games per season and give the players more rest time.

    We could then also include the Fijians, Tongans and Samoans in a Southern Hemisphere 5 Nations as the Pacific Islanders.

    There’d be less rugby but it would be more interesting!

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.05.14 08:47:04 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 25) : it would be a way better system than the one they’re going for now, but there’s no way that Ozzies will go for it and at the moment it seems they have all the say.

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.05.14 21:03:01 by JD Reply
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