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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
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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. André 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



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