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2013 SR round 3 team sheets

February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Time of the week again for you to sort out your fantasy league team and Superbru picks if you haven’t done so already. The Force haven’t announced their team yet.

Fantasy League: http://www.udt.co.za/superrugby/restricted/Dashboard.j

League Name: Sploggers
League Code: 2185861126183

Superbru pool: http://superbru.com

Pool name: Sploggers
Pool code: liremash

Bookies’ Handicaps:

Saders by 3 – 5
Tahs by 10 – 11
Reds by 4 – 6
Chiefs by 15 – 17
Bulls by 15 – 16
Sharks by 3 – 5

Blues v Crusaders – 1 Mar 08:30

Fantasy League players to consider:
Blues: Frank Halai, Rene Ranger, Piri Weepu, Ali Williams
Saders: Robbie Fruean, Israel Dagg, Dan Carter, Kieran Read, Corey Flynn

Blues:

15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Francis Saili, 11 George Moala, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Ali Williams (captain), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tom McCartney.

Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Brendon O’Connor, 20 Bryn Hall, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Jackson Willison..

Crusaders:

15 Tom Taylor, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Israel Dagg, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Tom Marshall

Waratahs v Rebels – 1 Mar 10:20

Fantasy League players to consider:
Tahs: Israel Folau, Drew Mitchell, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Tatafu Polota-Nau
Rebels: James O’Connor (kicker), Ged Robinson

Waratahs:

15 Israel Folau, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (c), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Mitchell Chapman, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson

Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Ben Volavola

Melbourne Rebels:

15 James O’Connor (captain), 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 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

Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Jordy Reid, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Angus Roberts, 22 Tom English

Reds v Hurricanes – 1 Mar 12:20

Fantasy League players to consider:
Reds: Dom Shipperley, Ben Tapuai, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, James Slipper
Cane: Andre Taylor, Conrad Smith, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Ben Franks

Reds:

15 Aiden Toua, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 Ed O’Donoghue, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper (captain), 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.

Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Luke Morahan

Hurricanes:

15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.

Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 James Marshall, 22 Reynold Lee-Lo

Chiefs v Cheetahs – 2 Mar 08:35

Fantasy League players to consider:
Chiefs: Gareth Anscombe, Tim Nanai-Williams, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Sam Cane, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Pauliasi Manu
Cheetahs: Willie le Roux, Johann Sadie, Raymond Rhule, Johan Goosen, Piet van Zyl, Adriaan Strauss

Chiefs:

15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli  Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam  Messam (c), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu

Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Craig Clarke, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 21Charlie Ngatai, 22 Patrick Osborne

 

Cheetahs:

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.

Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Johannes Prinsloo, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Riaan Smith, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

Bulls v Force – 2 Mar 17:05

Fantasy League players to consider:
Bulls: Lionel Mapoe, Bjorn Basson, Mornè Steyn, Mornè Mellett
Force: Alfie Mafi

Bulls :
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Mornè Mellett.

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè , 22 Jan Serfontein.

Western Force:

15 Will Tupou, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Richard Brown, 7 Matt Hodgson (capt), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Hugh McMeniman, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.

Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Sam Wykes, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Chris Alcock, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Jayden Hayward.

 

Sharks v Stormers – 2 Mar 19:10

Fantasy League players to consider:
Sharks: JP Pietersen, Paul Jordaan,Lwazi Mvovo, Patrick Lambie,Marcell Coetzee, Franco van der Merwe, Tendai Mtawarira
Stormers: Gio Aplon, Bryan Habana, Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker

Sharks:

15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Frans Steyn (c), 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Pat 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

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Odwa Ndungane

Stormers:

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio 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.

Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.

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Super Rugby Week 3 Preview

February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Week 3 of Super Rugby sees the Crusaders coming to the party, the Bulls bargaining on a bonus point win, the Stormers hoping to play a lot better, the Cheetahs starting their tour downunder and the Kings get a break and 4 points. Look forward to some scintillating matches when the Cheetahs take on the Chiefs and the Reds play the Canes and a possible bore-fest when the Tahs play the Rebels.

Last week my predictions were way off:

Last week: 3/7
Overall: 5/9
Percentage: 55.56%

Blues v Crusaders – 1 Mar 08:30

The Blues vs Crusaders is going to be an interesting match. Last week the Blues surprised most people by beating the Canes with a young and inexperienced side and this week they face the Crusaders in the Saders’ first match of the season. The Saders’ run-on side has a familiar look except on the wings where centre Adam Whitelock needs to stand in with the loss of Zac Guilford and Sean Maitland. Not an easy call but it’s difficult to bet against the Crusaders in this one.

Crusaders by 6

Fantasy League players to consider:
Blues: Frank Halai, Rene Ranger, Piri Weepu, Ali Williams
Saders: Robbie Fruean, Israel Dagg, Dan Carter, Kieran Read, Corey Flynn

Blues:

15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Francis Saili, 11 George Moala, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Ali Williams (captain), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tom McCartney.

Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Brendon O’Connor, 20 Bryn Hall, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Jackson Willison..

Crusaders:

15 Tom Taylor, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Israel Dagg, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Tom Marshall

Waratahs v Rebels – 1 Mar 10:20

Another tough call as the Tahs weren’t very good last week and the Rebels, with JOC playing well, could just surprise. NRL convert, Israel Folau, plays in his second rugby union match and a lot is expected of this youngster. In the end the Waratahs should take a match that will be fairly even for the first 60 minutes or so but don’t expect a very exciting match.

Waratahs by 6

Fantasy League players to consider:
Tahs: Israel Folau, Drew Mitchell, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Tatafu Polota-Nau
Rebels: James O’Connor (kicker), Ged Robinson

Waratahs:

15 Israel Folau, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (c), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Mitchell Chapman, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson

Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Ben Volavola

Melbourne Rebels:

15 James O’Connor (captain), 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 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

Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Jordy Reid, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Angus Roberts, 22 Tom English

Reds v Hurricanes – 1 Mar 12:20

This could be one of the entertaining matches of the weekend with both sides enjoying an open game. The game features a number of exciting players and try-scorers but the Canes’ poor defence may just cost them the game.

Reds by 9

Fantasy League players to consider:
Reds: Dom Shipperley, Ben Tapuai, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, James Slipper
Cane: Andre Taylor, Conrad Smith, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Ben Franks

Reds:

15 Aiden Toua, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 Ed O’Donoghue, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper (captain), 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.

Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Luke Morahan

 

Hurricanes:

15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.

Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 James Marshall, 22 Reynold Lee-Lo

Chiefs v Cheetahs – 2 Mar 08:35

This match has the potential to be the Rugby Lite (TM Kitchener) match of the weekend and one can expect a lot of tries as both sides don’t really place a premium on defence once the game opens up. With two of the best young flyhalves in the game on display and some of the best open-play player featured on  both sides the match promises to be a spectacle, however, in the end the Cheetahs’ lack of enough quality forwards will cost them the game.

Chiefs by 12

Fantasy League players to consider:
Chiefs: Gareth Anscombe, Tim Nanai-Williams, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Sam Cane, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Pauliasi Manu
Cheetahs: Willie le Roux, Johann Sadie, Raymond Rhule, Johan Goosen, Piet van Zyl, Adriaan Strauss

Chiefs:

15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli  Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam  Messam (c), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu

Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Craig Clarke, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 21Charlie Ngatai, 22 Patrick Osborne

Cheetahs:

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.

Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Johannes Prinsloo, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Riaan Smith, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

 

Bulls v Force – 2 Mar 17:05

Last week against the Kings the Force struggled in the scrums, were pathetic in the lineouts and their goal kickers were poor while their backline couldn’t break a wet paper bag. The same  this week and you can expect expect a massacre from a Bulls side that looked fairly polished for the start of the season. Hopefully the Bulls will experiment a bit with some of their youngsters and give Jan Serfontein and Arno Botha a start.

Bulls by 26

Fantasy League players to consider:
Bulls: Lionel Mapoe, Bjorn Basson, Mornè Steyn, Mornè Mellett
Force: Alfie Mafi

Bulls :
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Mornè Mellett.

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè , 22 Jan Serfontein.

 

Force (Last week):

15 Will Tupou, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Hugh McMeniman, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.

Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Toby Lynn, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Chris Alcock, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Junior Rasolea

Sharks v Stormers – 2 Mar 19:10

For the South African conference this is the game of the weekend when the two sides who are expected to battle it out for the top spot battle it out. The Sharks were solid last week although they went to sleep a bit in the second half wereas the Stormers were probably at their worst with set pieces not working, ball turnovers at the breakdowns, poor goal kicking and new combinations struggling. The Stormers might make a few changes but they will want their scrums and lineouts to work and will hope that Elton Jantjies has a more settled game this time around. The Sharks, however, is just a bit ahead of the Stormers in terms of being match ready and should win the battle in the Shark Tank.

Sharks by 6

Fantasy League players to consider:
Sharks: JP Pietersen, Paul Jordaan,Lwazi Mvovo, Patrick Lambie,Marcell Coetzee, Franco van der Merwe, Tendai Mtawarira
Stormers: Gio Aplon, Bryan Habana, Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker

Sharks:

15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Frans Steyn (c), 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Pat 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

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Odwa Ndungane

 

Stormers:

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio 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.

Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.

 

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Kings ashamed of ‘white’ squad?

February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

I try to write as little as possible about the Kings lest I be accused of bias but sometimes the facts just give the lie to reports that appear in the media. Once again Mr Watson is being creative with the truth. Elementary really, once the facts are uncovered.

According to Die Burger, Watson made the statement in parliament to members of the portfolio committee on sport and recreation, insisting several top black players decided to sign for other unions as they weren’t sure the Kings would play in the Southern Hemisphere’s premier competition.

Watson said the Kings were denied luring players such as Elton Jantjies (Stormers), Odwa Ndungane (Sharks), Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks), Lionel Mapoe (Bulls), Akona Ndungane (Bulls) and Siya Kolisi (Stormers) to Port Elizabeth.

http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Super15/Kings-ashamed-of-white-squad-20130226

Elton Jantjies and Lionel Mapoe are still under contract with the Lions for this year so they were only available for a ONE year loan deal. Jantjies and his dad talked to all the unions, including the Kings, before deciding to sign with the Stormers. That decision was only made known at the end of October, months after the SARU decision. The Bulls signing of Mapoe was also only announced after the Currie Cup, months after the SARU decision.

It is well known that the Kings never approached the Lions for loan players until after they tried make as if the Lions refused them players when they tried to get SARU permission for extra foreigners. By that time the Lions players’ loan deals were already in place.

This statement might be true for Akona Ndungane, whose two year contact extension with the Bulls was only announced on 23 August but Siya Kolisi signed with WP in March 2012 already while Mvovo re-signed with the Sharks in January 2012.

Furthermore, in terms of SARU regulations, players under contract may not be approached by other unions without the permission of their home unions while players whose contracts are due to expire may only be approached within the last 120 days of their contracts, normal from July as the contracts normally expire at the end of October.

I’m not sure what the situation is with Odwa Ndungane’s contract with the Sharks but most of the players mentioned were not available to be “lured” earlier in in the year (2012), unless the Kings planned to flout SARU’s regulations and the SARPA agreements.

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2013 Super Rugby Round 2 Review

February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

The first full weekend of Super Rugby matches is over and there were a number of surprise wins and losses. As always, it was difficult to predict performances before teams played their first matches due to, especially, the change in personnel.

The biggest surprise probably was the Kings’ performance but it was also a surprise to see how poor the Force was.

Highlanders (27) v Chiefs (41)

An entertaining game but one which fellow blogger Kitchener will, quite rightly, call Rugby Lite – a lot of running, a lot of turnover ball and very little defence, especially from the Clan in the second half – at one stage I thought that the records of the Lions v Chiefs game of 2010 might be in danger. For those who think this is Kiwi rugby at its best, it wasn’t but it was entertaining all the same.

For the Chiefs the standouts were Tim Nanai-Williams and Gareth Anscombe, both playing out of position but doing it well. For the Clan Hosea Gear had a good game while Ma’a Nonu tried his best to run through everone with little success.

As the season progress the teams will tighten up their defences and both should be contenders for playoff spots.

Rebels (13) v Brumbies (30)

I didn’t watch the game but followed it on live scoring and the result is what was expected a good win for the Brumbies, firmly establishing them as the front runners for the Aussie conference title.

Bulls (25) v Stormers (17)

A solid if unspectacular performance by the Bulls and one of the worst performances by the Stormers in recent years. The Bulls put the Stormers forwards under pressure from the get go and the Stormers struggled in the scrums, were abysmal in the lineouts and were outplayed at the breakdowns, except for about 20 minutes in the second half.

The Stormers were not helped by an uncharacteristicly poor goal kicking display by an out of sorts Jantjies. For the first time in his senior career he missed all his kicks at goal. There are some who say that he shouldn’t have played after his personal loss and not having had any pre-season match practice but that doesn’t fly. This was the ideal game to get him started as the next two games will be no easier and are probably more important. This was the first match of the season and an away game to boot so a loss is not a train smash, especially if one consider how close the Stormers came in the end despite their poor display.

For the Bulls Morne Steyn had a good game at what he does best, goal kicking and tactical kicking, but I can’t help thinking that Lionel Mapoe will serve them better at #13, he looked eager to run and is wasted on the side of the field.

The Stormers remained solid in defence and there aren’t really any players who stood at as having played well, rather the opposite with Deon Fourie’s lineout work poor, Jantjies’s goal kicking abysmal, the forwards in general below standard and the team’s ball handling in need of attention.

The Stormers can only improve markedly on this performance and should still be contenders for the top spot while the Bulls will defintely be play-off contenders but sticking to their traditional game aren’t going to win them any trophies this year.

Hurricanes (20) v Blues (34)

I didn’t watch the game but the result surprised me from a young and fairly new Blues side. I really thought the Canes would have the better of the contest but it seems as if their defence haven’t improved missing 30 tackles.

Reds (25) v Waratahs (17)

Another game I missed but it seems the Tahs injury list will make it difficult for them to compete during the early par of the season.

Cheetahs (22) v Sharks (29)

The Sharks started well while Johan Goosen struggled with his general play and his goal kicking and by half time the game looked all over bar the shouting. However, in the second half Johan Goosen started kicking his kicks and the Sharks went into a slumber and in the end the Sharks had to fight to close out the game.

For the Sharks Lambie had a solid game and a good day with the boot. The Sharks were solid rather than dangerous but need to play for 80 minutes. In scoring his try Johan Sadie also showed a glimpse of why he was so highly regarded a year or so ago. For the rest nobody was really exceptional except Coenie Oosthuizen, who showed that he should return to club rugby to learn his new trade as tight head prop before being given another Cheetahs cap.

Kings (22) v Force (10)

The Kings surprised everyone with a solid defensive display that in the end earned them a deserved win. The win was set up by a solid performance from the forwards in scrums and lineouts while they took control in the second half through a good performance by Catrakilis. The Force, on the other hand, were abysmal and I cannot think of a game where a team has played as poorly. Their scrums were poor, their lineout atrocious and their goal kicking lamentable and the rest of their game wasn’t good either.

For the Kings Steven Sykes played a blinder, so too Jacques Engelbrecht when he came on later. As the game progressed the Greek started to take control and schoolboy Sergeal Petersen showed he is a talent to watch while SP Marais had a few dangerous runs from the back. For the Force no-one can be said to have performed even reasonably well.

In the end it is difficult to see either of these teams winning against any other team in the competition but at least for the Kings there is satisfaction in that they will not be white-washed, that the Lions and Bulls records are safe and that they probably will end above the Force on the log.

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Sploggers Superbru and Fantasy League Leaderboards

February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

The first “real” weekend of Super Rugby saw a few “upsets”, none more so that the Kings trashing an abysmal Force side and these upsets are reflected in some large moves of players on both the Sploggers Superbru and the Sploggers Fantasy League.

Sploggers Super Bru:

StormyRodger played a blinder this week and moved 3 points clear at the top of the log while fellow blogger Kitchener made a major move to finish third.

1 - StormyRodger 12.00
2 Up 28 Meneer Leeu 9.00
3 Up 14 Kitchener 9.00
4 Up 1 markie 9.00
5 Down 1 Diesel 8.75
6 Up 11 PureEdge 8.50
7 Up 5 PaarlBok 8.50
8 Up 15 Daryl 8.00
9 Up 3 Ratte 8.00
10 Up 7 VPLeeu 8.00
11 Up 1 eugeneWP 8.00
12 Up 13 rooibont 7.75
13 Down 3 ProvinceFan 7.50
14 Down 6 ohd1 7.50
15 Down 10 ALFraser 7.50
16 Up 6 Green 7.50
17 Up 18 AndreSBru 7.50
18 Down 6 Baylion 7.00
19 Up 10 JOHAN 7.00
20 Down 8 Rooster 6.75
21 Down 11 Willem le roux 6.50
22 Up 11 Bert 6.50
23 Up 1 THE KING 6.50
24 Down 22 Lion Heart 6.50
25 Down 5 Gilly 6.25
26 Up 1 Pieta 6.00
27 Down 2 Rocky 6.00
28 Up 3 Muis 5.50
29 Down 9 Vibes 5.50
30 Up 4 Dax 5.50
31 Down 23 Daniel 5.00
32 Down 4 Ballboy 5.00
33 Down 30 big brother 4.50
34 Down 29 FS LTD 4.00
35 Down 3 Fullies 3.50

 

Sploggers Fantasy League

The top of the log is fairly settled with no major moves this week and fellow blogger Kitchener is settled at the top. Lower down there were some bog moves.

Pos Move Name Global Pos Round Pts Total Pts
1 No Change Kitchener 203 226 381
2 No Change shingiv 255 241 376
3 Down -2 Mnr Muis 282 218 374
4 No Change Cheating Cheetahs 424 220 366
5 No Change DARK HORSES 1020 229 346
6 Down -2 kenwood 1058 229 345
6 No Change wesvulcan 1058 248 345
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Friday Snippets

February 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Elephant seal

JC Janse van Rensburg signed with Bayonne?

According to iol JC Janse van Rensburg signed with French club Bayonne for the Top 14 next season. He is expected to join Bayonne in August. Bad news for the Lions if true.

Update:

According to Lionsworld:

JC’s agent just posted this message on twitter:

This is to confirm JCJansevanRensburg has not signed at Bayonne. He simply has an offer. Decision tbc 30 May

http://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/world/bayonne-sign-up-sa-props-1.1474911

Professor Jake White

First a World Cup, then an ACT Brumbies revival and now a professor – Jake White is going back to his teaching roots to boost the University of Canberra’s bid to be known as the best sporting university in Australia.

White will be announced on Thursday as an adjunct professor at the university where the Brumbies coach will give lectures, help with course development and add technical expertise to the new sporting hub at Bruce.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/white-takes-on-uni-teaching-role-20130220-2erwm.html#ixzz2LV8taJke

Big Mistake

Peter Grant back at the Stormers

Beeld reports that Peter Grant will joining the Stormers on Monday. Although he has been back in Cape Town earlier already his Japanese club contract didn’t allow him to join up with the Stormers earlier.

Rugby Showdown 2013

Rugby Showdown 2013 will be the inaugural event played between The Golden Lions from South Africa and a North American All Stars team consisting of players based in USA and Canada.

13 April: Fullerton, California

20 April: Vancouver, Canada

Visit the Rugby Showdown web site

Visit and “Like” the Rugby Showdown Facebook page

Stress



New Rugby scrum engagement trialed

The IRB Pacific Rugby Cup 2013 will provide the backdrop for a revised scrum engagement trial featuring props binding on the “touch” call.
http://planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,3551_8514122,00.html

Sea Shepherd’s ships confront Japanese whalers in the Antarctic

http://www.facebook.com/seashepherdconservationsociety

Ref cam trials

Ref Chris Pollock will use the ref cam during the Reds vs Waratahs game on Saturday. This should give us some interesting views on some of the ref decisions.

That sinking feeling:

Pick up lines and putdowns

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Super Rugby Fantasy League Team Sheets – Week 2

February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

With Super Rugby in full swing this weekend and the first match kicking of at 08:35 SAST you may want to get your Fantasy League team sorted out before going to sleep tonight.

As Week 1 only saw two Aussie derbies you can make up to 10 changes to your team this week, thereafter only 6 changes per week, with a total of 85 changes available through the competition.

Some tips:

1. Look for try-scorers, guys like Jesse Mogg (Brumbies), Bjorn Basson (Bulls), Raymond Ruhle (Cheetahs), etc.

2. Look for players who create tries, eg. Elton Jantjies (Stormers), Conrad Smith (Canes), James O’Connor (Rebels)

3. Look at goal kickers – Morne Steyn (Bulls), Aaron Cruden (Chiefs), Johan Goosen (Cheetahs), etc.

4. Look at players who don’t normally get subbed, eg. the official captains and other key players

5. Avoid players who are prone to be carded

If you haven’t join up yet join us at the Slogger Fantasy League:

http://www.udt.co.za/superrugby/restricted/MyLeagues.j

League code: 2185861126183

Team sheets:
All the team sheets for the weekend except that of the Force as they will only announce their team tomorrow.

Highlanders:

15. Ben Smith, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Phil Burleigh, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Hosea Gear (c), 10. Lima Sopoaga, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. John Hardie, 6. Joe Wheeler, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Jarrad Hoeata (vc), 3. Ma’afu Fia, 2. Brayden Mitchell, 1. Tony Woodcock

Reserves: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Bronson Murray, 18. Elliot Dixon, 19. Tim Boys, 20. Fumiaki Tanaka, 21. Hayden Parker, 22. Buxton Popoalii

Chiefs:

15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.

Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Charlie Ngatai, 22 Lelia Masaga.

Fri.22 Feb: Rebels v Brumbies – AAMI Park, Melbourne – Kickoff: SAST 10:40

Rebels:

15 James O’Connor, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nic Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.

Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo Emile, 18 Cadeyrn Neville, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nick Stirzaker, 21 Alex Rokobaro, 22 Tom English.

Brumbies:

15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Joe Tomane, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Clyde Rathbone, 10. Matt Toomua, 9. Nic White, 8. Ben Mowen (c), 7. David Pocock, 6. Peter Kimlin, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Scott Fardy, 3. Dan Palmer, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Ben Alexander

Replacements: 16. Siliva Siliva, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Fotu Auelua, 19. Colby Faingaa, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Robbie Coleman, 22. Tevita Kuridrani

Fri.22 Feb: Bulls v Stormers – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – Kickoff: SAST 19:10

Bulls:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Mornè Mellett

Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè, Francois Venter

Stormers:

15. Jaco Taute, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 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. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Gerhard van den Heever, 22. Joe Pietersen

Sat.23 Feb: Hurricanes v Blues – Westpac Stadium, Wellington – Kickoff: SAST 08:35

Hurricanes:

15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.

Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 James Marshall, 22 Reynold Lee-Lo.

Blues:

15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai,  13 Rene Ranger, 12 Francis Saili, 11 George Moala, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Ali Williams (c), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tom McCartney.

Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Brendon O’Connor, 20 Bryn Hall, 21 Baden Kerr,  22 Jackson Willison.

Sat.23 Feb: Reds v Waratahs – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – Kickoff: SAST 10:40

Reds:

15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Chris F’Sautia, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Ed Quirk, 5 Ed O’Donoghue, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper (capt), 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.

Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Jono Lance, 22 Luke Morahan.

Waratahs:

15. Israel Folau, 14. Drew Mitchell, 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12. Tom Carter, 11. Tom Kingston, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Brendan McKibbin, 8. Wycliff Palu, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Dave Dennis (c), 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Sitaleki Timani, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Jeremy Tilse.

Replacements: 16. John Ulugia, 17. Benn Robinson, 18. Paddy Ryan, 19. Mitchell Chapman, 20. Lopeti Timani, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Ben Volavola.

Sat.23 Feb: Cheetahs v Sharks – Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein – Kickoff: SAST 17:05

Cheetahs:

15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Willie le Roux, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Frans Viljoen, 5. Francois Uys, 4. Lood de Jager, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Trevor Nyakane

Replacements: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21. Elgar Watts, 22. Ryno Benjamin

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. Marcell Coetzee 6. Jacques Botes 5. Franco van der Merwe 4. Anton Bresler 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Craig Burden 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper 17. Wiehahn Herbst 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit 19. Jean Deyse20. Charl McLeod 21. Meyer Bosman 22. Odwa Ndungane

Sat.23 Feb: Kings v Force – Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth – Kickoff: SAST 19:10

Kings:

15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 5 Steven Sykes, 4 David Bulbring, 6 Cornell du Preez, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.

Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 Daniel Adongo, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Johan Herbst, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Hadleigh Parkes.

Force:

15 Will Tupou, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Hugh McMeniman, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.

Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Toby Lynn, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Chris Alcock, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Junior Rasolea.

 

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Don’t expect miracles

February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Where he used to carrying the hopes of a beleaguered team on his young shoulders he has now been thrust into a whole new ball game – to help a successful team win an elusive trophy, a massive responsibility for a youngster not deemed, by many, to be good enough for the Boks.

Throughout his relatively short senior career he has operated under immense pressure, not only on to perform on the field and the pressure of supporters expectations for him to turn his team’s fortunes around. In the media has been, at times, written off and at other times, talked up while in the Springbok camp he has been relegated to bag carrier most of the time. Rugby fans tend to magnify his perceived weaknesses and often chose to ignore his strengths.

Now, suddenly, the Stormers management and fans see his as their great hope to finally win a Super Rugby trophy. In virtually every media article about the Stormers there is talk about his x-factor and how he can improve the Stormers’ attack, help them score more tries and help them possibly win the trophy.

Unlike the other young flyhalves like Lambie and Goosen, who only have to worry about their own performances within their team set-up, the “responsibility” placed on Jantjies is so much more. Nowhere do you read that Lambie, now that he is the Sharks’ first choice flyhalf, is the key to them winning the trophy and nobody is tasking Johan Goosen with getting the Cheetahs into the play-offs.

I’m afraid that in the end Jantjies’s season will be measured by the Stormers success or failure, rather than by his own individual performances.

Come Friday night Elton Jantjies makes his debut for the Stormers against the Bulls, a debut fraught with traps and pitfalls. Not only hasn’t he played a practice match due to the untimely death of his father, he also steps into a team featuring new combinations from the front row through to the back three while he plays with new halfback and centre partners, both his # 9 and #12 are Super Rugby rookies with Nic Groom having played 2 matches and Damian de Allende making his debut.

These first matches often serve to shake off the off-season rust and, combined with the number of new combinations, I don’t expect this game to be filled with adventurous rugby and the Stormers suddenly scoring tons of tries, especially if one consider that they are playing a very experienced and settled Bulls side.

I hope the Stormers and other rugby fans will be realistic in their expectations for this match and for Jantjies in this match.

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The Golden Lions – looking to the future

February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

I know all the interest is in the Super Rugby competition, which effectively starts on Friday but looking at the Golden Lions team for the Vodacom Cup warm-up match against the Pumas this weekend I had a glimpse into the future.

With the Lions’ senior players focused on the Lions Challenge and other possible Vodacom Cup contenders involved in the Varsity Cup the Golden Lions Vodacom Cup squad is a group of youngsters seriously short on experience.

With the five week layoff before their match against French club Mont de Marsan the Lions may give some of their senior players a run against the Leopards in the first Vodacom Cup match in March but for most of the competition the Golden Lions will field what can only be called a development team as most of the players played Under 19 or Under 21 rugby last year and are all under 23, except for ex-Blue Bull, ex-Lion, ex-Puma Johan Jackson. The average age of the squad is 20.29 and, to be honest, I’ve only heard of three or four players.

From this selection it is clear that the Lions will be using the Varsity Cup and the Vodacom Cup to identify their backup players for the future. This squad also clearly highlights the effect being dumped from Super Rugby had on the depth in the GLRU – most of these player should still be playing junior rugby but are asked to make the step-up to senior rugby a year or two earlier.

Vodacom Cup squad:

15 Leroy Afrika (20), 14 Senzo Shabalala (19), 13 Harold Vorster (19), 12 JP du Plessis (20), 11 Jacques Nel (20), 10 Fanie Booysen (22), 9 Ruan van Rensburg (19), 8 Willie Newman (19), 7 PJ Uys (22), 6 Kwagga Smit (20), 5 Jannie Stander (19), 4 Tiaan Benade (20), 3 Devon Martinus (20), 2 Rikus van Niekerk (21), 1 Henri Boshoff (21)

Replacements: 16 Eugene le Maitre (20), 17 Edgar Vermeulen (20), 18 Chris van Zyl (22), 19 Lourens Erasmus (19), 20 Dylan Peterson (22), 21 Wynand Venter (19), 22 Damien Engledoe (20), 23 Johan Jackson (26), 24 Van Zyl Botha (22), 25 Pieter Bothma (19), 26 Gideon Meiring (19), 27 Janneman Stander (19), 28 Claude Tshidibi (20)

Some of the players not considered (most are in the UJ team):

Kobus De Kock, JR Esterhuizen, Bradley Moolman, Chrysander Botha, Vian van der Watt, Malcolm Marx, Wiseman Kamanga, Fabian Booysen, Steph de Witt, Ross Cronje, Mark Pretorius, AJ le Roux

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Super Rugby 2013 – Week 2 Preview

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Super Rugby 2013 kicks off in earnest this weekend after the initial limited feature Aussie conference version. Since 2012 there has been a lot of player movement and many of the squads only bear a slight resemblance to those of 2012, which makes for an interesting and unpredictable series of clashes this weekend.

(Note: The squads are the pre-season squads, not the final squads, except where otherwise indicated)

Fri.22 Feb: Highlanders v Chiefs – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Kickoff: SAST 08:35

The Clan take on the Chiefs with a stronger pack than last year after Brad “Bakkies Botha – the Kiwi version” Thorn and Tony “I’m not Franks” Woodcock joined them upfront with Ma’a Nonu providing punch in the backline. The Chiefs lost their try-scoring prop, Sona Taumalolo, to the French leagues but will still be a force up front, however, the Clan should just shade them. The interesting match-up at the back will be between the two young scrumhalves Aaron Smith and Tawera Kerr-Barlow. On paper the sides are much of a muchness and the game could go either way so I’m going with the home side.

Highlanders by 6

Highlanders (Match 22):

15. Ben Smith, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Phil Burleigh, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Hosea Gear (c), 10. Lima Sopoaga, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. John Hardie, 6. Joe Wheeler, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Jarrad Hoeata (vc), 3. Ma’afu Fia, 2. Brayden Mitchell, 1. Tony Woodcock

Reserves: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Bronson Murray, 18. Elliot Dixon, 19. Tim Boys, 20. Fumiaki Tanaka, 21. Hayden Parker, 22. Buxton Popoalii

Chiefs (Match 22):

15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.

Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Charlie Ngatai, 22 Lelia Masaga.

Fri.22 Feb: Rebels v Brumbies – AAMI Park, Melbourne – Kickoff: SAST 10:40

Both teams are coming off home wins in fairly error-strewn matches but the quality of performance should improve. James O’Connor, this time without his braids, will once again be the dangerman for the Rebels but the Brumbies just seem to be the more polished side and should take this match comfortably.

Brumbies by 12

Rebels (Match 22):

15 James O’Connor, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nic Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.

Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo Emile, 18 Cadeyrn Neville, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nick Stirzaker, 21 Alex Rokobaro, 22 Tom English.

Brumbies (Match 22):

15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Joe Tomane, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Clyde Rathbone, 10. Matt Toomua, 9. Nic White, 8. Ben Mowen (c), 7. David Pocock, 6. Peter Kimlin, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Scott Fardy, 3. Dan Palmer, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Ben Alexander

Replacements
16. Siliva Siliva, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Fotu Auelua, 19. Colby Faingaa, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Robbie Coleman, 22. Tevita Kuridrani

Fri.22 Feb: Bulls v Stormers – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – Kickoff: SAST 19:10

The big North-South South African derby kicks off the SA Conference games with the Bulls pack just not inspiring confidence and a cloud still hanging over the Hougaard/Morne Steyn combination and whether Steyn has the ability to use the young backline talent the Bulls have been gathering although the Bulls selectors decided to go with experience for this match. For the Stormers the big question will be how the Lions players intigrate with their gameplan although the Stormers coach indicated that he wants his team to play ball-in-hand rugby at Loftus. There’s a lot of pressure on Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute to help change the Stormers’ fortunes this year. A tough call but the Stormers look to be the more balanced team.

Stormers by 6

Bulls (Match 22):

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (c), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Mornè Mellett

Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè, Francois Venter

Stormers (MAtch 22):

15. Jaco Taute, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 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. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Gerhard van den Heever, 22. Joe Pietersen

Sat.23 Feb: Hurricanes v Blues – Westpac Stadium, Wellington – Kickoff: SAST 08:35

The Canes still has a potent backline with Perenara, Barrett, Conrad Smith, Julian Savea and Andre Taylor and will look to improve their defence without losing on the attack. The Blue have lost a number of the big name players who didn’t perform last year and have a new coach and is a bit of an unknown quality this year. Getting a lot of new players to gel may take a few games.

Hurricanes by 6

Hurricanes (Match 22):

15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.

Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 James Marshall, 22 Reynold Lee-Lo.

Blues (Match 22):

15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai,  13 Rene Ranger, 12 Francis Saili, 11 George Moala, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Ali Williams (c), 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tom McCartney.

Reserves: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Brendon O’Connor, 20 Bryn Hall, 21 Baden Kerr,  22 Jackson Willison.

Sat.23 Feb: Reds v Waratahs – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – Kickoff: SAST 10:40

Both the Reds and the ‘Tahs start the season with a number of key players out with injury and the Reds without Will Genia just don’t seem to have the same flair. The result could depend on which team gets the best players back from injury this week. A difficult game to call but I went with the home side mainly because they would have worked off some of the pre-season rust in their first game.

Reds by 5

Reds (Match 22):

Mike Harris, Dom Shipperley, Chris F’Sautia, Ben Tapuai, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas; Jake Schatz, Liam Gill, Ed Quirk, Ed O’Donoghue, Rob Simmons, James Slipper (capt), Saia Faingaa, Greg Holmes.

Reserves: James Hanson, Albert Anae, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Jarrad Butler, Nick Frisby, Jono Lance, Luke Morahan.

Waratahs (Match 22):

15. Israel Folau, 14. Drew Mitchell, 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12. Tom Carter, 11. Tom Kingston, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Brendan McKibbin, 8. Wycliff Palu, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Dave Dennis (c), 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Sitaleki Timani, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Jeremy Tilse.

Replacements: 16. John Ulugia, 17. Benn Robinson, 18. Paddy Ryan, 19. Mitchell Chapman, 20. Lopeti Timani, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Ben Volavola.

Sat.23 Feb: Cheetahs v Sharks – Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein – Kickoff: SAST 17:05

It’s been some years since the Cheetahs have been the Sharks’ bogey team and even with Johan Goosen back the Cheetahs’ defence is just too brittle to really have a chance at upsetting the Sharks, even in Bloem. A number of injuries to key Sharks players could, however, swing the game the Cheetahs way.

Sharks by 9

Cheetahs (Match 22):

15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Willie le Roux, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Johan Goosen, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Frans Viljoen, 5. Francois Uys, 4. Lood de Jager, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21. Elgar Watts, 22. Ryno Benjamin

Sharks (Match 22):

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. Marcell Coetzee 6. Jacques Botes 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. Jean Deyse20. Charl McLeod 21. Meyer Bosman 22. Odwa Ndungane

Sat.23 Feb: Kings v Force – Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth – Kickoff: SAST 19:10

The Force started well last weekend but faded as the game went on and their lineouts were poor but the Kings have also struggled at lineout time in most of their pre-season matches. The Force may not be the best side out there but the Kings just don’t have the pack to really trouble them and I don’t see the Kings really making much headway against the Force, except maybe in the first 20 minutes or so. However, I don’t think it will be a runaway victory for the Force.

Force by 15

Kings (Match 22):

15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 5 Steven Sykes, 4 David Bulbring, 6 Cornell du Preez, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.

Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 Daniel Adongo, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht , 20 Johan Herbst, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Hadleigh Parkes.

Force:

15 Will Tupou, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Hugh McMeniman, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.

Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Toby Lynn, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Chris Alcock, 21 Mick Snowden, 22 Junior Rasolea.

 

BYE : Crusaders

Forwards: Adrian Barone, Dominic Bird, Shane Christie, Wyatt Crockett, Tom Donnelly, Joel Everson, Paea Fa’anunu, Corey Flynn, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Nepo Laulala, Richie McCaw, Joe Moody, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Jordan Taufua, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, Jimmy Tupou, George Whitelock, Luke Whitelock, Sam Whitelock

Backs: Kurt Baker, Tyler Bleyendaal, Dan Carter, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Andrew Ellis, Kieron Fonotia, Robbie Fruean, Willi Heinz, Tom Marshall, Johnny McNicholl, Jeremy Su’a, Tom Taylor, Telusa Veainu, Adam Whitelock