Round 5 SupeRugby Preview.

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After a rocky start where results were harder to pick than Shane Warne in the dark, last week saw things go back to a degree of normality form wise. Seven games to enjoy this week with a CRACKER of a Saturday with 5 massive games. It’s time to get into week 5 of SupeRugby!

Risky business. SupeRugby has been this so far.

Friday: Blues vs Hurricanes 08:35

TheBounce says: Blues by 11

Crackerometer: 8

Blues:

15: Lachie Munroe 14: David Raikuna 13: Benson Stanley 12: Ma’a Nonu 11: Rudi Wulf 10: Piri Weepu 9: Alby Mathewson 8: Brad Mika 7: Daniel Braid 6: Chris Lowrey 5: Ali Williams 4: Liaki Moli 3: Charlie Faumuina 2: Tom McCartney 1: Tony Woodcock

Replacements:

16: James Parsons 17: Tevita Mailau 18: Filo Paulo 19: Sean Polwart 20: Gareth Anscombe 21: Michael Hobbs 22: Hadleigh Parkes

Hurricanes:

15: Andre Taylor 14: Cory Jane 13: Conrad Smith 12: Tim Bateman 11: Julian Savea 10: Beauden Barrett 9: TJ Perenara 8: Victor Vito 7: Jack Lam 6: Faifili Levave 5: Jason Eaton 4: Jeremy Thrush 3: Jeffery Toomaga-Allen 2: Dane Coles 1: Ben May/Michael Bent

Replacements:

16: Motu Matu’u 17: Michael Bent/Tristan Moran 18: James Broadhurst 19: Brad Shields 20: Chris Eaton 21: Daniel Kirkpatrick 22: Charlie Ngatai

Big Kev takes a break this weekend.

The poor embattled Blues return to Eden Park after what has been a torrid opening month for them. The Hurricanes won’t be a push over, but probably just the opposition they need right now to steady the ship. Mealamu sits this one out, but the home team should still be too powerful for the ‘Canes.

Friday: Rebels vs Force 10:40

TheBounce says: Rebels by 6

Crackerometer: 5

Rebels:

15: Richard Kingi 14: Mark Gerrard 13: Lachlan Mitchell 12: James O’Connor 11: Cooper Vuna 10: Danny Cipriani 9: Nick Phipps 8: Gareth Delve 7: Tom Chamberlain 6: Jarrod Saffy 5: Hugh Pyle 4: Luke Jones 3: Lawrie Weeks 2: Adam Freier 1: Nic Henderson

Replacements:

16: Luke Holmes 17: Rodney Blake 18: Alister Campbell 19: Tim Davidson 20: Michael Lipman 21: Lloyd Johansson 22: Julian Huxley

Force:

15: David Harvey 14: Nick Cummins 13: Will Tupou 12: Rory Sidey 11: Alfie Mafi 10: James Stannard 9: Brett Sheehan 8: Matt Hodgson 7: David Pocock 6: Angus Cottrell 5: Nathan Sharpe 4: Sam Wykes 3: Salesi Ma’afu 2: Nathan Charles 1: Kieran Longbottom

Replacements:

16: Ben Whittaker 17: Pek Cowan 18: Toby Lynn 19: Richard Brown 20: Justin Turner 21: Winston Stanley 22: Samu Wara

Melbourne Rebels - badly exposed so far.

The Force beating the Waratahs away, we would have thunk it! Well, it actually isn’t that surprising as these Aussies derbies are complete snore fests and the ‘Tahs are really poor right now. So will the Force win this one? No, Rebels have to win something this year, and here it is.

Saturday: Waratahs vs Sharks 06:35

TheBounce says: Sharks by 8

Crackerometer: 7

Waratahs:

15: Bernard Foley 14: Tom Kingston 13: Rob Horne 12: Tom Carter 11: Adam Ashley-Cooper 10: Berrick Barnes 9: Brendan McKibbin 8: Wycliff Palu 7: Chris Alcock 6: Dave Dennis 5: Dean Mumm 4: Kane Douglas 3: Sekope Kepu 2: Tatafu Polota-Nau 1: Benn Robinson

Replacements:

16: John Ulugia 17: Paddy Ryan 18: Sitaleki Timani 19: Lopeti Timani 20: Jono Jenkins 21: Daniel Halangahu 22: Sarel Pretorius 23: Peter Betham 24: Brackin Kauraira-Henry

Sharks:

15: Riaan Viljoen 14: Odwa Ndungane 13: Tim Whitehead 12: Meyer Bosman 11: Lwazi Mvovo 10: Pat Lambie 9: Charl McLeod 8: Keegan Daniel 7: Willem Alberts 6: Marcell Coetzee 5: Anton Bresler 4: Jandre Marais 3: Jannie du Plessis 2: Bismarck du Plessis 1: Dale Chadwick

Replacements:

16: Craig Burden 17: Nick Schonert 18: Steven Sykes 19: Jacques Botes 20: Frederic Michalak 21: Marius Joubert 22: Louis Ludik

Waratahs - wilting.

Sharks were getting drilled last week at the beginning of their clash against the Reds. Their slow start to the season was going from bad to worse, then suddenly they realized they are a decent rugby side. This decent rugby side now plays against a team who are trying hard to be a decent rugby side. Bottom line, back the Sharks.

Saturday: Crusaders vs Cheetahs 08:35

TheBounce says: Crusaders by 21

Crackerometer: 6

Crusaders:

15: Israel Dagg 14: Sean Maitland 13: Robbie Fruean 12: Ryan Crotty 11: Zac Guildford 10: Tom Taylor 9: Andy Ellis 8: Kieran Read 7: Matt Todd 6: Luke Whitelock 5: Luke Romano 4: Sam Whitelock 3: Owen Franks 2: Corey Flynn 1: Ben Franks

Replacements:

16: Quentin MacDonald 17: Wyatt Crockett 18: Ross Kennedy 19: Brendon O’Connor 20: Willie Heinz 21: Dan Carter 22: Tom Marshall

Cheetahs:

15: Hennie Daniller 14: Cameron Jacobs 13: Robert Ebersohn 12: Andries Strauss 11: Willie le Roux 10: Johan Goosen 9: Tewis de Bruyn 8: Philip Van der Walt 7: Justin Downey 6: Heinrich Brussow 5: Izak van der Westhuizen 4: George Earl 3: Lourens Adriaanse 2: Adriaan Strauss 1: Trevor Nyakane

Replacements:

16: Coenie Oosthuizen 17: Hercu Liebenberg 18: Andries Ferreira 19: Ashley Johnson 20: Pieter van Zyl 21: Sias Ebersohn 22: Rayno Benjamin

Dan is back in action this weekend.

Crusaders here, and just for the girls, Dan Carter will get a few minutes of game time for your viewing pleasure.

Saturday: Brumbies vs Highlanders 10:40

TheBounce says: Highlanders by 6

Crackerometer: 6

Brumbies:

15: Jesse Mogg 14: Joe Tomane 13: Andrew Smith 12: Pat McCabe 11: Henry Speight 10: Christian Lealiifano 9: Nic White 8: Ben Mowen 7: Michael Hooper 6: Peter Kimlin 5: Sam Carter 4: Leon Power 3: Dan Palmer 2: Stephen Moore 1: Ben Alexander

Replacements:

16: Anthony Hegarty 17: Ruaidhri Murphy 18: Scott Fardy 19: Ita Vaea 20: Ian Prior 21: Zach Holmes 22: Tevita Kuridrani

Highlanders:

15: Ben Smith 14: Kade Poki 13: Tamati Ellison 12: Shaun Treeby 11: Hosea Gear 10: Colin Slade 9: Aaron Smith 8: Nasi Manu 7: Doug Tietjens 6: James Haskell 5: Culum Retallick 4: Josh Bekhuis 3: Chris King 2: Andrew Hore 1: Jamie Mackintosh

Replacements:

16: Jason Rutledge 17: Bronson Murray 18: Nick Crosswell 19 Elliot Dixon 20: Jimmy Cowan 21: Chris Noakes 22: Buxton Popoali’i

It aint easy this Super Rugby thing...

Bit of a tough one to pick here. Brumbies showed amazing fight against the Chiefs last week and showed they aren’t a team to take likely. The Highlanders have had a great start to their season and this potential banana peel will tell us if they are playoff contenders or just quick out of the blocks.

Saturday: Bulls vs Reds 17:05

TheBounce says: Bulls by 15

Crackerometer: 7

Bulls:

15: Zane Kirchner 14: Akona Ndungane 13: Johan Sadie 12: Wynand Olivier 11: Bjorn Basson 10: Morne Steyn 9: Francois Hougaard 8: Pierre Spies 7: Jacques Potgieter 6: CJ Stander 5: Juandre Kruger 4: Flip van der Merwe  3: Werner Kruger  2: Chiliboy Ralepelle 1: Dean Greyling

Replacements:

16: Willie Wepener 17: Frik Kirsten 18: Wilhelm Steenkamp 19: Arno Botha 20: Jano Vermaak 21: Louis Fouche 22: JJ Engelbrecht

Reds:

15: Rod Davies 14: Dom Shipperley 13: Jono Lance 12: Ben Tapuai 11: Luke Morahan 10: Dallan Murphy 9: Will Genia 8: Jake Schatz 7: Beau Robinson 6: Scott Higginbotham 5: James Horwill 4: Rob Simmons 3: Greg Holmes 2: James Hansen 1: Ben Daley

Replacements:

16: James Hanson 17: James Slipper 18: Radike Samo 19: Van Humphries 20: Liam Gill 21: Nick Frisby 22: Nathan Eyres-Brown

Wynand is back in the centre of the action.

The poor Reds are really battling with injury. They are down to their 4th choice flyhalf and this is not a good thing against a structured team like the Bulls. The home team welcome back Francois Hougaard and Johan Sadie as well, further bad news for the Aussie Conference Kings.

Saturday: Lions vs Stormers 19:10

TheBounce says: Stormers by 8

Crackerometer: 7

Lions:

15: James Kamana 14: Deon van Rensburg 13: Jaco Taute 12: Doppies La Grange 11: Andries Coetzee 10: Butch James 9: Tian Meyer 8: Warren Whiteley 7: Josh Strauss 6: Derick Minnie 5: Franco van der Merwe 4: Marius Coetzer 3: Patrick Cilliers 2: Callie Visagie 1: Caylib Oosthuizen

Replacements:

16: Martin Bezuidenhout 17: Jacobie Adriaanse 18: Stephan Greef 19: Cobus Grobler 20: Ross Cronje 21: Michael Killian 22: Ruan Combrink

Stormers:

15: Joe Pietersen 14: Gio Aplon 13: Juan de Jongh 12: Jean de Villiers 11: Bryan Habana 10: Peter Grant 9: Dewaldt Duvenage 8: Nick Koster 7: Duane Vermeulen 6: Siya Kolisi 5: Andries Bekker 4: Eben Etzebeth 3: Brok Harris 2: Tiaan Liebenberg 1: Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:

16: Scarra Ntubeni 17: Frans Malherbe 18: De Kock Steenkamp 19: Nizaam Carr 20: Louis Schreuder 21: Gary van Aswegen 22: Gerhard van den Heever

More injuries, are you having a laugh !!!

When it comes to injuries, nobody has it as bad as the Lions. Another home defeat coming shortly here.

BYE for Chiefs

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