Super Rugby 2016: Round 11 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 5 May 2016 at 13:40
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Right – no time to savour past victories (or dwell on past mistakes)…. it’s onwards and upwards as we aim for that elusive Super Rugby prediction grand slam.

Game 1: Crusaders v Reds

This doesn’t look too tricky, now does it? The Reds are improving, but there’s a vast chas between these two conferences this year and this Brisbane side isn’t good enough to cross it. Crusaders to win by 12.

Crusaders: 15. Israel Dagg, 14. Johnny McNicholl, 13. Kieron Fonotia, 12. David Havili, 11. Jone Macilai, 10. Richard Mo’unga, 9. Mitchell Drummond, 8. Kieran Read (Captain), 7. Matt Todd, 6. Jordan Taufua, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 4. Scott Barrett, 3. Michael Alaalatoa, 2. Codie Taylor, 1. Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Joe Moody, 18. Owen Franks, 19. Luke Romano, 20. Tim Boys, 21. Andy Ellis, 22. Ryan Crotty, 23. Marty McKenzie

Reds: 15. Karmichael Hunt, 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13. Campbell Magnay, 12. Anthony Faingaa, 11. Eto Ntabuli, 10. Jake Mcintyre, 9. Nicholas Frisby, 8. Curtis Browning, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Hendrik Tui, 5. Rob Simmons, 4. Ben Matwijow, 3. Greg Holmes, 2. Andrew Ready, 1. James Slipper (Captain)
Replacements: 16. Saia Faingaa, 17. Sef Faagase, 18. Sam Talakai, 19. Cadeyrn Neville, 20. Michael Gunn, 21. James Tuttle, 22. Sam Greene, 23. Junior Laloifi

Game 2: Brumbies v Bulls

The Bulls did well against the Force last week, winning a game on Aussie soil for the first time since the Great Trek. The Perth boys are a joke this year, though and while we’ve learned harsh lessons already this season about writing off Nollis Marais’s men, it would take a bolder man than me to pick a Bulls win here. Brumbies by 10, I reckon.

Brumbies: 15. Aidan Toua, 14. Nigel Ah Wong, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Robbie Coleman, 11. James Dargaville, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 8. Jarrad Butler, 7. David Pocock, 6. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore (Captain), 1. Scott Sio
Replacements: 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Allan Alaalatoa, 18. Ruan-Henry Smith, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Blake Enever, 21. Jordan Smiler, 22. Joe Powell, 23. Lausii Taliauli

Bulls: 15. SP Marais, 14. Travis Ismaiel, 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Hanro Liebenberg, 7. Arno Botha, 6. Pieter Labuschagne, 5. Marvin Orie, 4. RG Snyman, 3. Marcel Van Der Merwe, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Trevor Nyakane
Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Lizo Gqoboka, 18. Werner Kruger, 19. Jannes Kirsten, 20. Roelof Smit, 21. Rudy Paige, 22. Tian Schoeman, 23. Dan Kriel

Game 3: Sunwolves v Force

A real cellar-dweller clash this. The ‘wolves beat the Jaguares at home, though, so they cannot possibly be bad enough to lose to the crap Force at the same venue, can they? Sunwolves by 5.

Teams to be announced.

Game 4: Chiefs v Highlanders

Just me, or did the Chiefs look vulnerable last week? The loss of Tawera Kerr-Barlow is hampering the fluidity of their backs, to me, but they do have a strong line-up for this week’s clash notwithstanding that. This one will go all the way, I’m sure, but back the Chiefs to prevail by around 3.

Chiefs: 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Toni Pulu, 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 12. Charlie Ngatai, 11. James Lowe, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Brad Weber, 8. Michael Leitch, 7. Sam Cane (Captain), 6. Taleni Seu, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Dominic Bird, 3. Hiroshi Yamashita, 2. Hikawera Elliott, 1. Mitchell Graham
Replacements: 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Siate Tokolahi, 18. Kane Hames, 19. Michael Allardice, 20. Maama Vaipulu, 21. Kane Hammington, 22. Anton Lienert-Brown, 23. Sam Vaka

Highlanders: 15. Ben R Smith (Captain), 14. Waisake Naholo, 13. Matt Faddes, 12. Malakai Fekitoa, 11. Patrick Osborne, 10. Lima Sopoaga, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Luke Whitelock, 7. Dan Pryor, 6. Elliot Dixon, 5. Tom Franklin, 4. Alex Ainley, 3. Josh Hohneck, 2. Ash Dixon, 1. Daniel Lienert-Brown
Replacements: 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17. Aki Seiuli, 18. Siosiua Halanukonuka, 19. James Lentjes, 20. Gareth Evans, 21. Fumiaki Tanaka, 22. Marty Banks, 23. Teihorangi Walden

Game 5: Waratahs v Cheetahs

I’m afraid this is going to be a klap with a capital “P”. Tahs by plenty and then some more.

Teams to be announced.

Game 6: Sharks v Hurricanes

Well now – back in Durban with a huge challenge ahead of them; just how much longer can these young Sharks hang in there and keep on putting in gutsy performances? They’ve still got a lot of travel ahead of them, so this is not so much a homecoming as a quick stop-over on the way to Argentina. The Canes are flying high and are going to throw the bloody kitchen sink at these Sharks, so it remains to be seen how well the home side will front up after the month they’ve had. The head says the visitors are winning this, but my heart belongs to the Sharks and I’ll back them to record a famous 4-point victroy.

Sharks: 15. Willie Le Roux, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Garth April, 9. Michael Claassens, 8. Daniel du Preez, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Tendai Mtawarira (Captain)
Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Thomas du Toit, 19. Hyron Andrews, 20. Jean Deysel, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Patrick Lambie, 23. Odwa Ndungane

Hurricanes: 15. James Marshall, 14. Cory Jane, 13. Matt Proctor, 12. Vince Aso, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Victor Vito, 7. Ardie Savea, 6. Brad Shields, 5. Michael Fatialofa, 4. Vaea Fifita, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2. Dane Coles (Captain), 1. Reg Goodes
Replacements: 16. Motu Matu’u, 17. Chris Eves, 18. Ben May, 19. Mark Abbott, 20. Blade Thomson, 21. Jamison Gibson-Park, 22. Willis Halaholo, 23. Jason Woodward

Game 7: Southern Kings v Blues

Mmmm, once again not hard to call this one. I love the Kings, but they’re going to get hammered here.

Kings: TBA

Blues: 15. Lolagi Visinia, 14. Melani Nanai, 13. George Moala, 12. Pierts Francis, 11. Tevita Li, 10. Ihaia West, 9. Bryn Hall, 8. Steven Luatua, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 6. Jerome Kaino, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Patrick Tuipoluto, 3. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2. James Parsons (Captain), 1. Sam Prattley
Replacements: 16. Matt Moulds, 17. Nic Mayhew, 18. Charlie Faumuina, 19. Hoani Matenga, 20. Kara Pryor, 21. Billy Guyton, 22. Matt McGahan, 23. Male Sa’u


  • Tough round 😕

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.05.16 14:16:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Can we also predict how many ref howlers there will be this week? I reckon 2 between all the games at least…

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.05.16 14:27:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : only 2 glad to see you’re such a positive guy!?!?

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.05.16 15:01:51 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 3) : Just a little ray of sunshine 🙂 hahaha

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.05.16 15:03:34 by SheldonK Reply

  • OK so basically me and Rob only agree on Saders, Tahs and Blues. Going to be interesting to see who gets the most games correct.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.05.16 15:07:05 by JD Reply
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  • If I were the Bulls, I would be running at Robbie Coleman all day, not a usual 12 and also pretty small

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.05.16 16:48:15 by RuckingFun Reply

  • I went: Crusaders, Brumbies, Force, Chiefs, Waratahs, Sharks (heart)/Canes (head), Blues…

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.05.16 19:51:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : ja you’re our special little ray of sunshade!

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.05.16 21:47:01 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 8) : ag should have been sunshine! ;-P

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.05.16 21:47:50 by JD Reply
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  • Apart from the Sharks game 😥 I’ve got the same picks. The Sunwolves / Force game was a coin flip thou. I’m also not really sure about the Chiefs game. Last week’s game got me thinking that either they are not a good as they appear or that we are much better then everyone thinks…if the latter then I should change my pick for the Sharks right away.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.05.16 06:25:53 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 10) : I think Landers are going to beat Chiefs. Chiefs are a good side but I do think Landers are just a bit better.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.05.16 09:06:24 by JD Reply
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  • A little bit of rain will the Shark’s chances good.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.05.16 10:35:11 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • Eish, the Bulls are taking a bit of a pasting, 23-6.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.05.16 13:13:15 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Has the McKenzie code been cracked?

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.05.16 11:30:27 by FireTheLooser Reply


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