robdylan

Vodacom Super Rugby 2014: Round 14 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 15 May 2014 at 10:51
Tagged with : , ,

Let’s see what Round 14 of Super Rugby action has in store for us this week.

Game 1: Hurricanes v Highlanders (Friday at 09:35 SA time)

This Kiwi derby will be a very tight thing indeed, which both teams sure to give it their best. The Highlanders ahve eked out narrow wins over the last two weeks and I feel their luck will come to an end here. Hurricanes to win by 5 points.

Hurricanes: 15. AndrΓ© Taylor, 14. Cory Jane, 13. Conrad Smith (Captain), 12. Tim Bateman, 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. Motu Matu’u, 1. Ben Franks
Replacements: 16. Ash Dixon, 17. Chris Eves, 18. Reg Goodes, 19. Blade Thomson, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. Brad Shields, 22. Chris Smylie, 23. Alapati Leiua

Highlanders: 15. Ben R Smith, 14. Richard Buckman, 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Jason Emery, 10. Hayden Parker, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Nasi Manu (Captain), 7. Shane Christie, 6. Elliot Dixon, 5. Joe Wheeler, 4. Jarrad Hoeata, 3. Ma’afu Fia, 2. Liam Coltman, 1. Kane Hames
Replacements: 16. Ged Robinson, 17. Matias Diaz, 18. Aki Seiuli, 19. Tom Franklin, 20. Gareth Evans / TJ Ioane, 21. Fumiaki Tanaka, 22. Trent Renata, 23. Phil Burleigh

Game 2: Crusaders v Cell C Sharks (Saturday at 09:35 SA time)

Our boys will give it everything they have in Christchurch, but without the likes of Pat Lambie, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Marcell Coetzee and Odwa Ndungane, I feel they will fall agonisingly short. It will hopefully be a close game, but I fear the Crusaders will prevail by around 6 points.

Crusaders: 15. Tom Taylor, 14. Johnny McNicholl, 13. Reynold Lee-Lo, 12. Ryan Crotty (Captain), 11. Nemani Nadolo, 10. Colin Slade, 9. Willi Heinz, 8. Luke Whitelock, 7. Richie McCaw, 6. Jordan Taufua, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Dominic Bird, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Corey Flynn, 1. Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Tim Perry, 18. Nepo Laulala, 19. Jimmy Tupou, 20. George Whitelock, 21. Andy Ellis, 22. Tyler Bleyendaal, 23. Nafi Tuitavake

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

Game 3: Reds v Rebels (Saturday at 11:40 SA time)

The Reds have been simply atrocious this year, but surely they haven’t fallen far enough to be at risk of a home loss to the Rebels? Let’s close our eyes and go with blind faith here. Reds to win a scrap-fest by 3 points.

Reds: 15. Mike Harris, 14. Dominic Shipperley, 13. Ben Tapuai, 12. Anthony Faingaa, 11. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Beau Robinson, 6. Curtis Browning, 5. James Horwill (Captain), 4. Rob Simmons, 3. Greg Holmes, 2. James Hanson, 1. Ben Daley
Replacements: 16. Saia Faingaa, 17. Albert Anae, 18. Jono Owen, 19. Ed O`Donoghue, 20. David McDuling, 21. Nicholas Frisby, 22. Ben Lucas, 23. Rod Davies

Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Tom Kingston, 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 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Steve Fualau, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emilie, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Jack Debreczeni, 23 Telusa Veainu.

Game 4: DHL Stormers v Force (Saturday at 17:05 SA time)

The Stormers are getting better, despite their alarming injury toll. The Force are no pushovers, but I fancy Allister Coetzee’s merry men will have too many aces up their sleeves to lose this one at home. Stormers to win by 4 points.

DHL Stormers: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Nick Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger (Captain), 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Michael Rhodes, 4. Ruan Botha, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Brok Harris
Replacements: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Alistair Vermaak, 18. Martin Dreyer, 19. Siya Kolisi / Jean Kleyn, 21. Dylon Frylinck, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Michael van der Spuy

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

Game 5: Toyota Cheetahs v Brumbies (Saturday at 19:10 SA time)

If the Cheetahs couldn’t beat the Force in Bloemfontein last week, I’m afraid there’s simply no way they will handle the infinitely stronger Brumbies. Another big foreign win coming up as the Brumbies prevail by 15 points.

Toyota Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Cornal Hendricks, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Rayno Benjamin, 11. Willie Le Roux, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Boom Prinsloo, 7. Teboho Mohoje, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Francois Jakobus Uys, 4. Willem Serfontein, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Caylib Oosthuizen
Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Maks Van Dyk, 19. Waltie Vermeulen, 20. Carel Greeff, 21. Renier Botha, 22. Elgar Watts, 23. Raymond Rhule

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Fotu Auelua, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Pat McCabe.

Game 6: Waratahs v Lions (Sunday at 08:05 SA time)

The Lions played so well against the Highlanders – at least in the second half – but came up short. I’m afraid they’ll suffer from the third game blues here and take a bit of a pounding. Waratahs to win by 12.

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 (captain), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Stehen Hoiles, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Alofa Alofa, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Lions: TBA


26 Comments

  • Sharks by 5 πŸ˜›

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.05.14 10:54:57 by tigershark Reply
    tigershark
     
  • I got Force to beat Stormers, I agree on the rest. If the Sharks play like they did over the past three weeks I am afraid it will be much more then only 6 points. To me it looks like the Sharks are not hungry enough to win

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.05.14 11:11:15 by TheLegend Reply
    Competition Winner
    TheLegend
     
  • SAAAKS by 3!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.05.14 11:14:58 by R Hayward Reply

     
  • Sharks are definitely the underdogs in this game, but that’s often when we perform the best. Hope our boys can make some history

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.05.14 11:20:31 by patrick86 Reply

     
  • Bounce of the ball guys! Sharks by 3! @R Hayward (Comment 3) : Yes! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.05.14 13:43:46 by Another Nick Reply

    Another Nick
     
  • @TheLegend (Comment 2) : yes I agree with the Force and the rest the same but really hoping the Sharks can do it. Go Cell C Sharks!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.05.14 14:39:49 by JD Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    JD
     
  • Sharks by 11 come on boys.. I know you can… ok maybe by 8

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.05.14 16:18:52 by Franshark Reply
    Author
    Franshark
     
  • @Franshark (Comment 7) : Sharks by 300! :mrgreen: πŸ˜€

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.05.14 17:43:44 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    vanmartin
     
  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) : don’t be ridiculous they could not win by so many. They will win by 295 points πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.05.14 18:19:29 by JD Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    JD
     
  • Must be the first time I’ve seen Rob go against the Sharks. Is the writing well and truly on the wall for this toothless pack? πŸ™

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.05.14 18:28:09 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
    Author
    The Great Couch Shark
     
  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 10) : no the writing is only on the blog, only fools write on walls.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.05.14 18:48:11 by JD Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    JD
     
  • Crusaders all the way with 38 points, they going to eat the sharks for supper.. Sharks will maybe lead first half like the reds did last week and then BANG!! The crusaders will eat them alive soo my prediction is 38 points

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.05.14 20:33:58 by Windgat101 Reply

     
  • @Windgat101 (Comment 12) : geez the Sharks are so kak and predictable, you sure the Saders will only win by 38 points?!?!?!

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.05.14 20:42:51 by JD Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    JD
     
  • JD, I don’t want to hurt your feelings so I am being soft on you by saying 38 points, they might break the bulls record score against the reds 94-3 maybe the crusaders can break that record, that could be fun, don’t you think

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.05.14 20:52:00 by Windgat101 Reply

     
  • @Windgat101 (Comment 14) : no need to be soft boet we can take it!!!!!! By the way even if the Sharks lost by 150 points they will still be no 1 on the SA conference and 8 point clear of the Bulls!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.05.14 20:59:59 by JD Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    JD
     
  • JD, what is the chances that the sharsk will win the blues next week hey, and go back home and beat the stormers bulls have a easy way into the last rounds of the super rugby just wait sharks going to cry

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.05.14 21:08:36 by Windgat101 Reply

     
  • @Windgat101 (Comment 16) : Bulls have an easy way into last rounds?!?!?! Four games left Brumbies at home and Lions and Stormers away?!?! Get past the Brumbies first then maybe they will have a 50/50 chance!!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.05.14 21:15:14 by JD Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
    JD
     
  • I think the Bulls will win all 4 remaining games (but 3 will be close without bonus points) – so add another 17 log points for them. To stay ahead of them the Sharks need 10 log points from 5 remaining games – i.e. 2 wins and 2 losing bonus points. In fact 9 log points with a superior points difference should do the trick.

    Things will have to really fall apart for the Sharks for the Bulls to end up top of the conference.

    Ideally to get a home semi the Sharks needs another 17 points I would think – so 4 wins and 1 losing bonus point.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.05.14 07:51:28 by Bokhoring Reply
    Administrator
    Bokhoring
     
  • @Windgat101 (Comment 16) : Maybe time for a new keyboard – your full stop seems to be broken or missing?

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.05.14 07:57:57 by Bokhoring Reply
    Administrator
    Bokhoring
     
  • @Windgat101 (Comment 16) : Mate come now, I only take a troll seriously when he/she can get their grammar and punctuation correct. Although being a Bulls supporter you probably don’t know much about those things, ;).

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.05.14 08:12:05 by Seth101 Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter Author
    Nostraseth
     
  • don’t feed the troll, guys

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.05.14 09:12:45 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylan
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : not even full stops? πŸ˜›

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.05.14 09:17:47 by Bokhoring Reply
    Administrator
    Bokhoring
     
  • I did it, Crusaders by 12 – Im so far behind on the Bru that I might as well start making sensible picks as opposed to emotional ones.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.05.14 10:12:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the Subtle
     
  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 23) : Which is why I don’t even bother playing it…what’s the use of getting superbru points when my team just lost, there’s no joy in that.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.05.14 10:29:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 24) : Exact reason I gave it up a few years back. Had amazing runs on there every time the Sharks won the Currie Cup though. :mrgreen:

    Also joined a friend’s IPL pool on there and won the pool without watching or following a single match. I made my picks based on which team name I liked more. A few people were pretty furious when they discovered my winning ‘strategy’. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.05.14 10:43:10 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    vanmartin
     
  • @vanmartin (Comment 25) : Some left field thinking here, but that is probably why rugby referees should be those who don’t even like the game.

    They’ll be able to make the most rationale level headed decisions, and get it right most of the time.

    Maybe I should train to become a soccer ref πŸ˜†

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.05.14 11:17:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

     

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.