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2011 Super Rugby Round 9: Preview and predictions

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 14 Apr 2011 at 14:21
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Round 8 was not a bad round for us, with only the Stormers letting us down after their ‘narrow’ loss against the Reds. This week we see a few hard-to-call games pop up and we should do well to correctly predict five of the seven. We never say no to a challenge though:

We start the weekend with a New Zealand derby where the Crusaders travel to Hamilton to take on the Chiefs. The game should not be a high scoring one as the New Zealand teams lift their game much like South African teams do against each other, but I do suspect the Crusaders will be too strong and will walk away victors by around 12 points.

Chiefs: 15. Mils Muliaina (Captain), 14. Lelia Masaga, 13. Richard Kahui, 12. Dwayne Sweeney, 11. Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10. Mike Delany, 9. Brendon Leonard, 8. Fritz Lee, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 6. Liam Messam, 5. Isaac Ross, 4. Romana Graham, 3. Ben Afeaki, 2. Hikawera Elliott, 1. Toby Smith

Replacements: 16. Aled De Malmanche, 17. Nathan White, 18. Craig Clarke, 19. Scott Waldrom, 20. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 21. Tana Umaga, 22. Tim Nanai-Williams

Crusaders: 15. Israel Dagg, 14. Sean Maitland, 13. Robert Fruean, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Matthew Berquist, 9. Kahn Fotuali`i, 8. Kieran Read (Captain), 7. Matt Todd, 6. George Whitelock, 5. Chris Jack, 4. Brad Thorn, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Corey Flynn, 1. Ben Franks

Replacements: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Luke Romano, 19. Richie McCaw, 20. Andy Ellis, 21. Tom Marshall, 22. Adam Whitelock

The Rebels have had a magical start to their Super Rugby career and are currently lying third in the Australian conference, after the media had written them off completely. They have had a few good wins and will grow in confidence with every game. The Highlanders, written off in much the same way, have also had a great run and both teams will want to take the points this weekend. The Highlanders will have the experience and want it more and should get the win by a 7 point margin.

Rebels: 15. Richard Kingi, 14. Lachlan Mitchell, 13. Mark Gerrard, 12. Stirling Mortlock (Captain), 11. Cooper Vuna, 10. Daniel Cipriani, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Gareth Delve, 7. Michael Lipman, 6. Jarrod Saffy, 5. Hugh Pyle, 4. Alister Campbell, 3. Greg Somerville, 2. Ged Robinson, 1. Rodney Blake

Replacements: 16. Luke Holmes, 17. Laurie Weeks, 18. Adam Byrnes, 19. Tim Davidson, 20. Hoani MacDonald, 21. Luke Rooney, 22. Afusipa Taumoepeau

Highlanders: 15. Ben R Smith, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Kenny Lynn, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Siale Piutau, 10. Colin Slade, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. Alando Soakai, 6. Adam Thomson, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Jarrad Hoeata, 3. Chris King, 2. Jason Rutledge, 1. Jamie MacKintosh (Captain)

Replacements: 16. Brayden Mitchell, 17. David Te Moana, 18. Tom Donnelly, 19. Nick Crosswell, 20. Jimmy Cowan, 21. Robbie Robinson, 22. James Paterson

We start Saturday with a bang, with undoubtedly the game of the weekend where the Blues take on the Waratahs, and the team that wins this game will give themselves a good jump in points for when the play offs come around. The Blues have had a week off and will be raring to get back into action in front off their home crowd, whereas the Waratahs will be looking to continue their winning run since losing to the Cheetahs. I predict a very close game with the Waratahs sneaking a late win.

Blues: 15. Isaia Toeava, 14. Joe Rokocoko, 13. Jared Payne, 12. Luke McAlister, 11. Rene Ranger, 10. Stephen Brett, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Peter Saili, 7. Luke Braid, 6. Jerome Kaino, 5. Anthony Boric, 4. Kurtis Haiu, 3. John Afoa, 2. Keven Mealamu (Captain), 1. Tevita Mailau

Replacements: 16. Tom McCartney, 17. Pauliasi Manu, 18. Filo Paulo, 19. Chris Lowrey, 20. Chris Smylie, 21. Lachie Munro, 22. Benson Stanley

Waratahs: 15. Lachlan Turner, 14. Tom Kingston, 13. Ryan Cross, 12. Daniel Halangahu, 11. Drew Mitchell, 10. Kurtley Beale, 9. Luke Burgess, 8. Ben Mowen, 7. Patrick McCutcheon, 6. Dave Dennis, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Dean Mumm (Captain), 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Benn Robinson

Replacements: 16. John Ulugia, 17. Al Baxter, 18. Pat O`Connor, 19. Sitaleki Timani, 20. Chris Alcock, 21. Brendan McKibbin, 22. Sosene Anesi

The Reds come off a very successful two win tour of South Africa and will be full of confidence going into this game in front of their home crowd against a Bulls team that come off a bad beating at the hands of the Crusaders. The Reds will see this as their opportunity to claim a win over the mighty Bulls team, whereas the Bulls will be hoping to save face after a poor performance last week and gaining some form before their last game of the tour against the Force. I predict a confident win for the Reds by around 14 points.

Reds: 15. Luke Morahan, 14. Rod Davies, 13. Anthony Faingaa, 12. Mike Harris, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Beau Robinson, 6. Radike Samo, 5. James Horwill (Captain), 4. Rob Simmons, 3. James Slipper, 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. Ben Daley

Replacements: 16. James Hanson, 17. Greg Holmes, 18. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19. Leroy Houston, 20. Liam Gill, 21. Ben Lucas, 22. Will Chambers

Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Stephan Dippenaar, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Pierre Spies, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Derick Kuun, 5. Victor Matfield (Captain), 4. Bakkies Botha, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Gary Botha, 17. Rossouw De Klerk, 18. Danie Rossouw, 19. Deon Stegmann, 20. Fourie du Preez, 21. Francois Brummer, 22. Akona Ndungane

The only South African derby of the weekend and I can only see one team winning this encounter. The Lions might be at home, but I feel that it doesn’t matter where you play, if you play kak rugby you will lose. The Stormers, after their loss to the Reds last weekend, will be hell bent on getting themselves back on the winning track that had them leading the Super Rugby standings. I predict a scrappy but comfortable win for the Stormers, by 18 points.

Lions: TBC

Stormers: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Danie Poolman, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Juan de Jongh, 11. Gio Aplon, 10. Gary van Aswegen, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (Captain), 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. CJ van der Linde, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Wicus Blaauw

Replacements: 16. Ethienne Reynecke, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Anton van Zyl, 19. Nick Koster, 20. Ricky Januarie, 21. Lionel Cronje , 22. Johann Sadie

The Cheetahs are back home after a whirlwind tour of Australia and New Zealand where they managed a shock win over the Waratahs and very little else. The Hurricanes are playing their first game of their South African tour, and have been even less impressive than the boys from Bloem. This is a real non-contender game where we see the bottom feeders scrapping for points. I predict a win for the Cheetahs, who have to start coming to the party.

Cheetahs: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Philip Burger, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Rayno Benjamin, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Davon Raubenheimer, 7. Ashley Johnson, 6. Kabamba Floors, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp (Captain), 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. WP Nel, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Adriaan Strauss, 17. Lourens Adriaanse, 18. Martin Muller, 19. Leon Karemaker, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Naas Olivier, 22. Corné Uys

Hurricanes: 15. André Taylor, 14. Alapati Leiua, 13. Jayden Hayward, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Dan Kirkpatrick, 9. Tyson Keats, 8. Victor Vito, 7. Serge Lilo, 6. Jack Lam, 5. James Broadhurst, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 3. Michael Bent, 2. Andrew Hore (Captain), 1. John Schwalger

Replacements: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Neemiah Tialata, 18. Jason Eaton, 19. Faifili Levave, 20. Chris Eaton, 21. Beauden Barrett, 22. Charlie Ngatai

The last game of the weekend is on Sunday where we end the weekend with a Australian derby, and we all know what happens when the Aussies take each other on. Let’s see if you can keep your eyes open for this match! Both these teams are not even close to be in the running for a play off spot and will be scrapping for points much like the Cheetahs and Hurricanes will be. I suggest you sleep in and catch the highlights. Brumbies by 8 points.

Brumbies: TBC

Force: TBC


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