SupeRugby Preview R3
SupeRugby 2013 is well on its way and already some teams ate pulling away in their respective confrences. It may still be early days but some teams are already starting to worry as they have not won a game yet. Here is a look at the weekend’s fixtures.
08 Mar 2013
08:35 Hurricanes vs Crusaders Westpac Stadium, Wellington
A nice game to get us started this weekend. Both teams are searching for that first win this season and this will be the game to do it. The Crusaders have only played one game but didn’t look at all the team we are used too. The Hurricanes is a team that can upset big teams if they keep their discipline in check. The key players in this game will be Dan Carter and Beauden Barrett. Either one can win the game for their teams.
Prediction: Crusaders by 7.
Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu’u/Ash Dixon, 17 Ben May, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 James Marshall, 22 Reynold Lee-Lo
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett. Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tom Taylor, 22 Adam Whitelock.
10:40 Rebels vs Reds AAMI Park, Melbourne
Another Australian derby but not one that should be to boring. The Rebels have played some good rugby so far this season and the Reds are starting to come into their own. Both teams have the ability and willingness to attack from deep. It will boil down to who has the best defence.
Prediction: Rebels by 6.
Rebels: 15 Angus Roberts, 14 Richard Kingi, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Lachlan Mitchell, 11 Alex Rokobaro, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson Substitutes: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Jordy Reid, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Rory Sidey, 22 Tom English
Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Ed Quirk, 5 Ed O’Donoghue, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes. Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Chris Feauai-Sautia.
09 Mar 2013
08:35 Highlanders vs Cheetahs Rugby Park, Invercargill
This ganme can turn the season for both sides. The Cheetahs will be desperate for a win as will the Highlanders. The Cheetahs showed last week that they can run the ball if their handling improves. Again two teams with good attacking skills, but defenses that are leaking.
Prediction: Highlanders by 10.
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane. Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Riaan Smith, 22 Ryno Benjamin.
10:40 Brumbies vs Waratahs Canberra Stadium, Canberra
This might be the boring Australian derby for the weekend. Jake white. Has however done some great work with the Brumbies. They are playing more exciting and attacking rugby. The Waratahs however is still know for their forward approached to the game.
Prediction: Brumbies by 14.
Waratahs: 15 Ben Volavola, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Dave Dennis, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Mitchell Chapman, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson. Substitutes: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Greg Peterson, 19 Lopeti Timani, 20 Pat McCutcheon, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Lachie Turner.
17:05 Stormers vs Chiefs
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
This is the game that most people envisioned for last year’s final. The sharks however had other plans. These two teams have met 14 times with the Stormers winning 8. They will also take the home ground advantage into the game. They have not shown the flair and running rugby we are used to from them. Some put this down to the small back three they are playing. Still their defense is one of the best if not the best in SupeRugby. The Chiefs will want to unlock that defense with their strong runners. Their own defense is pretty tight. This will probably be seen by many as the game of the weekend.
Prediction: a hard one to call. I’m going with the Stormers by 6.
Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff. Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Dewaldt Duvenhage, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever
19:10 Southern Kings vs Sharks
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
For me this will be the game of the weekend. The Sharks are unbeaten so far this season and they are looking the real deal. They have build on last year’s late resurgence. A team with experience and young raw talent capable of running circles around most teams. Defensively sound and attacking brilliance. The Kings have won their first game with a lot of heart but it was against a Force team that has never really set SupeRugby alight. Still this will be a chance for them to show how good they really are. They will also have a big crowd behind them. A game set for big hits and probably a bit of emotions boiling over at stages. I’m glad I’m not the referee in this one.
Prediction: Sharks by 14 minimum
Kings: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 Steven Sykes 4 Darron Nell (captain), 3 Kevin Buys , 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Luke Watson, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Hadleigh Parkes
Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Francois Steyn (captain), 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Tendai Mtawarira Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Odwa Ndungane
10 Mar 2013
05:05 Blues vs Bulls Eden Park, Auckland
The referees in this game will have to change into white as the Bulls will once again don their pink outfits. They have been looking good this season so far, but their first game on tour will show us how good they really are. Morne steyn seems to have found some form, but again it will be up to him to show it on tour. The Blues started with an impressive win over 8 times champions the Crusaders. They are looking a different team from last year. A great game for an early Sunday morning and to finish the weekend’s action off.
Prediction: Blues by 7-10.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Mornè Mellett. Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Jürgen Visser.
The force have a bye this weekend. Enjoy the action and let me know what you think.
Posted on March 7, 2013, in Super 15 Rugby and tagged Blues, brumbies, Bulls, Cheetahs, Chiefs, crusaders, Force, Highlanders, Hurricans, Kings, Rebels, Reds, SANZAR, sharks, Stormers, Waratahs. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.