Vodacom Super Rugby 2014: Round 15 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 22 May 2014 at 10:22
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Let’s see how round 15 is likely to pan out.

Game 1: Blues v Cell C Sharks (Friday at 09:35)

We’re unashamedly backing our boys to do it again this week, with a big performance in North Harbour over a team that hasn’t managed to beat them in 9 attempts. Sharks to bring the pain up front and squeeze the Blues out of the game. Sharks to win by 6.

Blues : 15. Lolagi Visinia, 14. Frank Halai, 13. Pita Ahki, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Tevita Li, 10. Simon Hickey, 9. Bryn Hall, 8. Jerome Kaino, 7. Luke Braid (Captain), 6. Peter Saili, 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. Steven Luatua, 21. Jamison Gibson-Park, 22. Ihaia West, 23. Albert Nikoro

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. Lubabalo Mtembu, 6. Jacques Botes, 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 2: Rebels v Waratahs (Friday at 11:40)

The Aussie conference is topsy-turvy, with the Rebels a formidable opponent at home. That said, the Tahs now have the conference win well within their grasp and are unlikely to stumble here. Waratahs to win by 4 points.

Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Ben Meehan, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Colby Fainga’a, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Paul Alo-Emilie, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Steve Fualau, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Max Lahiff, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Josh Holmes, 22 Jack Debreczeni, 23 Angus Roberts.

Waratahs : 15. Israel Folau, 14. Alofa Alofa, 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. Jacques Potgieter, 3. Paddy Ryan, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Benn Robinson
Replacements: 16. Hugh Roach, 17. Jeremy Tilse, 18. Sekope Kepu, 19. Will Skelton, 20. Stephen Hoiles, 21. Brendan McKibbin, 22. Teqele Naiyaravoro, 23. Matt Carraro

Game 3: Vodacom Bulls v Brumbies (Friday at 19:10)

This should be a pretty interesting game, with the home side looking for revenge after the Brumbies upset them at the same venue in last year’s semi-final. The Aussies are reeling after a shock loss to the Cheetahs and will look to bounce back strongly. Will they have enough in the tank to beat the Bulls at home? I don’t think so. Bulls to win by 5 points.

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, 4. Flip van der Merwe (Captain), 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Callie Visagie, 1. Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16. Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17. Marcel Van Der Merwe, 18. Paul Willemse, 19. Jacques Engelbrecht, 20. Piet van Zyl, 21. Handre Pollard, 22. Ulrich Beyers, 23. Morné Mellett

Brumbies: TBA

Game 4: Highlanders v Crusaders (Saturday at 07:35)

A big derby in a tight conference – expect the Crusaders to bounce back after being shocked by the Sharks last week. Crusaders to win a humdinger by about 6 points.

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 Ged Robinson, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Sam Anderson-Heather, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Phil Burleigh.

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

Game 5: Hurricanes v Chiefs (Saturday at 09:35)

The Kiwi conference really does hot up this week, with another exciting clash on the cards. I’m backing the home side to squeak this one and keep things really interesting. Hurricanes by 2.

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 Ash Dixon/Reggie Goodes, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Reggies Goodes/Mike Kainga, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Tim Bateman, 23 Matt Proctor/James Marshall.

Chiefs : 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Dwayne Sweeney, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Tom Marshall.

Game 6: Force v Lions (Saturday at 11:40)

No joy for the Lions this week, who are battling to find 23 fit players. Force to win by 15.

Force : TBA

Lions : TBA

Game 7: DHL Stormers v Toyota Cheetahs (Saturday at 17:05)

Let’s hope that the conditions and approach from the respective sides turns this game into the festival that it ought to be, given that both are firmly out of the running for any silverware. Stormers should win this, by about 5 points.

DHL Stormers: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Damian de Allende, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (Captain), 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Nick Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Michael Rhodes, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Alistair Vermaak
Replacements: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Brok Harris, 19. Jean Kleyn, 20. Siya Kolisi, 21. Dylon Frylinck, 22. Peter Grant, 23. Kobus van Wyk

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. Hilton Lobberts, 20. Carel Greeff, 21. Tian Meyer, 22. Elgar Watts, 23. Riaan Smit


  • I’m hoping for a low scoring draw between the Brumbies and Bulls. That way if we win, we can get a 2 point jump over our rivals for the total conference and the SA conference at the same time.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.05.14 10:26:04 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Last week I predicted a Sharks loss and we won, so Blues by 10…..

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.05.14 10:27:56 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Hopefully the Sharks,Canes and I can’t believe I’m saying this the Bulls can win. That would certainly be a perfect weekend for the Sharks and gives us a nice buffer at the top of the log…

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.05.14 10:30:22 by AJShark Reply

  • @Butchie34 (Comment 1) : nee man sies! 😀

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.05.14 10:30:31 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 4) : I think that would mean that the Bulls would be 14 points behind and in order to win the conference they would have to win every game left with a bonus point and hope we drop all of our games to overtake us.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.05.14 10:32:16 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Last Friday after Robs predictions I said Sharks by five.This week I have a bit of mixed feelings.By now we all know what the Sharks can do but I think the Blues will be fired up, and I don’t know if our boys have one foot on the plane already. Its kinda 50/50 for me.Just one thing.I really like Lewies and Oosthuizen as our locking combo.Glad HM didn’t pick them yet, so they could get some rest.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.05.14 10:38:29 by tigershark Reply

  • i hope your predictions are accurate Rob. same as my superbru picks 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.05.14 10:49:14 by Bayshark Reply

  • Blues with 22 points booooya

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.05.14 11:15:31 by Windgat101 Reply

  • i think the cheetahs can do it this week if they rock up. But hopefully brumbies & chiefs lose without claiming any bonus points

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.05.14 12:14:08 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 9) : ja would love the Chiefs, Saders and Brumbies to lose but don’t know.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.05.14 12:33:20 by JD Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 5) : Yes but do you really think the Sharks would give up pole position? I don’t think they will.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.05.14 14:17:47 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : Bulls will have the Brumbies’s number. I don’t see the Canes beating the Chiefs though.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.05.14 14:39:48 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Windgat101 (Comment 8) : Hoe gaanit Flippie?

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.05.14 15:47:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • So I see Rudi Straeuli has been appointed as Lions CEO.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.05.14 15:51:33 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : Is it really ver. 2.0 of the F1ipp13 Bot…the AI is still acting up it seems….too much artificial and not nearly enough intelligence 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.05.14 15:55:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 14) : Ja…well…what can we say about that…thank goodness John Smit accepted his CEO appointment…because it could have been us 😯

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.05.14 15:57:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I got the same predictions accept I (wishfully) tipped the saders to lose this one. Hey so last week was a good week for me lol, I’m 14th in the sharksworld pool mmm. Lol if I have another good week I might actually crack the top ten for the first time ever lol.

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.05.14 16:05:19 by Stiko85 Reply

  • @Stiko85 (Comment 17) : I’m not talking SuperBru anymore. Last week I only got the Tahs game correct.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.05.14 16:33:40 by JD Reply
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  • I wonder what the cutoff for qualification for the playoffs will be this year. Last year the Cheetahs got in at 46 (54 including 2 byes) and in 2012 the Sharks got in at 51 (59 including 2 byes).

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.05.14 17:12:42 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Something I did not realize – the winner of the 3rd (i.t.o log points) conference will always get a home playoff game regardless of log points. So you could get a situation where a team in 11th position on the log (provided you top your conference) qualifies for a playoff game at home.

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.05.14 17:20:10 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @JD (Comment 18) : lol shame on u for betting against ur boys ekse lol. I’ve resolved to not bet against the sharks this year no matter how bleak the situation looks and so far they’ve only let me down 3 times lol… Last year superbru has been quite harsh on me lol..

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.05.14 17:53:04 by Stiko85 Reply

  • My bra vanmartin, dit is stil en rustig hier by my my man lekker man lekker!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.05.14 19:10:32 by Windgat101 Reply

  • Force:

    Jayden Hayward, Dane Haylett-Petty, Chris Tuatara-Morrison, Luke Burton, Nick Cummins, Sias Ebersohn, Ian Prior, Ben McCalman, Matt Hodgson c, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Sam Wykes, Angus Cottrell, Kieran Longbottom, Nathan Charles, Pekahou Cowan


    Coenie van Wyk, JW Jonker, Deon van Rensburg, Alwyn Hollenbach, Anthony Volmink, Marnitz Boshoff, Ross Cronje, Warren Whiteley c, Warwick Tecklenburg, Franco Mosterd, Rudi Mathee, Jaco Kriel, Ruan Dreyer, Armand van der Merwe, Corne Fourie


    Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealifano, Robbie Coleman, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Ben Mowen, Jarrad Butler, Sam Carter, Leon Power, Scott Fardy, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore Scott Sio

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.05.14 20:58:38 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : it can happen in theory, but in reality it will never happen. Conference winners will always end in the top 6.

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.05.14 22:33:20 by JD Reply
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  • @Stiko85 (Comment 21) : I was hoping for a Sharks victory but with the Saders hitting a bit of form I did not think they could do it. Guess they showed me!!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.05.14 22:39:43 by JD Reply
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  • @Windgat101 (Comment 22) : Mooi so, vleis gedooi en kole rooi. Sterkte vir jou span die naweek!

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.05.14 22:58:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 26) : kan ek raai die Bulle?!?!

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.05.14 23:00:30 by JD Reply
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  • JD jy is ver uit.. Ek ondersteun nie die moffie span van pretoria nie, ek ondersteun die boere van Vrystaat die Cheetahs..

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.05.14 23:34:57 by Windgat101 Reply

  • JD mooi probeer.

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.05.14 23:35:54 by Windgat101 Reply

  • @JD (Comment 24) : Although it has not happened, I think it is realistic for a team in 7th or 8th place to end up on 3rd position on the log.

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.05.14 07:43:27 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Windgat101 (Comment 28) : Jy is dan ‘n “one of a kind” Cheetah ondersteuner. Gewoonlik is die Cheetah ondersteuners op die blog soos KingCheetah ordentlike ouens. Om die waarheid te se al die ondersteuners van ander spanne (jy natuurlik uitgesluit) is gentlemen.

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.05.14 07:46:24 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Bokhoring wat maak dan n gentlemen, n perssoon wat nie sy eie opinies kan gee nie.

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.05.14 07:56:08 by Windgat101 Reply

  • @Windgat101 (Comment 28) : dan is ek jammer dat ek so gedink het. Sterkte vir die Cheetahs.

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.05.14 08:00:45 by JD Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 30) : yes it could happen but don’t think it will ever happen.

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.05.14 08:04:08 by JD Reply
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  • Blues 13 – 19 Sharks

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.05.14 10:47:27 by Cobra Reply

  • @Windgat101 (Comment 28) : Jou span het ‘n spesiale plek in my hart. Ek ‘back’ hulle vir ‘n wen in die Kaap. Hou al die duime wat ek kan raakvat vas vir hulle.

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.05.14 12:42:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 100% picks for Rob so far…with only one game to go…I reckon Stormers will make it 100%…

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.05.14 15:53:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • But I still can’t help myself: go CHEEEEEETAAAAHS!!

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.05.14 15:54:20 by pastorshark Reply
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