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[2019 Super Rugby] Round 1 (15 & 16 February 2019)

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Friday, 15 February 2019

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Venue: FMG Stadium Waikato
Time: 08:35 CAT (SA, GMT+2)
Chiefs: 15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Bailyn Sullivan, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Orbyn Leger, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick (captain), 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli

Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Jesse Parete, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Ataata Moeakiola

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Thomas Umaga-Jensen, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Kayne Hammington, 8 Luke Whitelock (co-captain), 7 Jimmy Lentjes, 6 Jackson Hemopo, 5 Josh Dickson, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ayden Johnstone

Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Shannon Frizell, 20 Dillon Hunt, 21 Aaron Smith, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Patelesio Tomkinson



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Venue: GIO Stadium
Time: 10:45 CAT (SA, GMT+2)
Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Peter Samu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Andy Muirhead


Rebels: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetra Faulkner

Substitutes: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Esi Ha’angana, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Rob Leota, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Semisi Tupou




Saturday, 16 February 2019

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Venue: Eden Park
Time: 08:35 CAT (SA, GMT+2)
Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (captain), 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman

Substitutes: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Sonny Bill Williams


Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Will Jordan



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Venue: Allianz Stadium
Time: 10:45 CAT (SA, GMT+2)

VS.



Venue: Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium
Time: 12:55 CAT (SA, GMT+2)
Sunwolves: 15 Gerhard van den Heever, 14 Semisi Masirewa, 13 Shane Gates, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 7 Ed Quirk, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 James Moore, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Asaeli Valu, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Craig Millar (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Hiroshi Yamashita, 19 Awe Helu, 20 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Rikiya Matsuda, 23 Michael Little

Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Hyron Andrews, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Phendulani Buthelezi, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Rhyno Smith, 23 Jeremy Ward


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Venue: Loftus Versfeld
Time: 17:15 CAT (SA, GMT+2)
Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Jessie Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lood de Jager (captain), 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

Substitutes: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Eli Snyman, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Dylan Sage


Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Kobus van Dyk, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Dan du Plessis




VS.


Venue: Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Time: 23:40 CAT (SA, GMT+2)

Jaguares: TBA

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyanti, 10 Elton Jantjies 9 Nic Groom, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Hacjivah Dayimani, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith

Substitutes: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Frans van Wyk, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Ruan Vermaak, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Gianni Lombard/Dillon Smit, 22 Wandisile Simelane, 23 Ruan Combrinck


 
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I actually think the Lions and the Stormers might have a chance to win their games.

This will be the first time the Lions will be sending a full strength team to Argentina, and since it's the first round I can see that they're not going to give points away.
 

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Chiefs - better side, less injuries than previous years at the start of the competition
Rebels - continuity and good play makers
Crusaders - just too much class
Hurricanes - more x-factor, more game breakers but this one can go to Tahs at home
Sharks - humid, far away but they should make it
Stormers - on paper they look seriously strong - leave the union bullsh** behind and they can do it
Lions - First game, think they will be better prepared and take this one
 
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I'm afraid Chiefs do have a few injuries, Solomona Alaimano is out and from what I've heard Wanui as well, and Sam Cane's out for ages. They also lost Big Karl to the Blues, they don't look that strong to me, in fact I'm struggling to figure their backline: 9. TTT/Weber 10. Dmac 11. Ete Nanai-Seturo 12. Alex Nakivell 13. Anton Lienert Brown 14. ??? 15. Shaun Stevenson

Doesn't exactly inspire fear and there is every chance Brodie will get rested as well.
Highlanders also have a few issues particularly at 10, but I fear the Chiefs may be the weakest they've been in some time.

Waratahs may have a slight chance as well, no Barret this coming weekend so they will likely be forced to play Debrazeni or Gardon-Bachop, but I do think the Hurricanes should probably win.

Sharks/Jags/Jags should put their opposition away. Stormers and Bulls a coin flip.
 

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I am SO psyched for the season to officially begin. I only became a fan towards the end of last season, so I only caught the last 3 weeks of action or so. It does seem like the Crusaders are set to steamroll the competition again this year, but "they don't play the games on paper"...

One nice thing as (perhaps the only) American fan - since NZ is 18 hours ahead of where I am, the games that happen Friday evening for y'all will already be available for me to watch before I wake up Friday morning. Planning to watch the Brumbies match when I get to work, then the Highlanders game after lunch!
 

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So the Lions are the first team to announce their team for their first game of the season. And it seems like they are going with a pretty strong team first up. A few interesting selections in the pack which shows me, that they are going to be extremely mobile with the combination of Schoeman, Dyamani and Whiteley in the loose forwards.
 

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With McKenzie out it tips the scales towards the Highlanders
 

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With McKenzie out it tips the scales towards the Highlanders
Isn't Sopoaga also out? It'd be interesting to see how the Highlanders backs fare without their star general...
 

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Isn't Sopoaga also out? It'd be interesting to see how the Highlanders backs fare without their star general...
Sorry, can’t tell if this is sarcasm or if I’m missing something,,, Lima plays for Wasps now, so yeah, the Highlanders will def miss him! And is there a different Schoeman than the one who plays for Edinburgh?
 

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Sorry, can’t tell if this is sarcasm or if I’m missing something,,, Lima plays for Wasps now, so yeah, the Highlanders will def miss him! And is there a different Schoeman than the one who plays for Edinburgh?
I believe he's just saying that the Chiefs missing D-mac is somewhat countered by the Highlanders missing their previous 10 as well.

Highlanders always seem to over perform their talent somehow and Josh Ioane is apparently quite exciting, they also seem to not be resting quite as many players as the Chiefs, as even if Naholo isn't playing Ben Smith is.
Cheifs have a lot of exciting guys however, specifically both wings I liked the look of Sullivan when he played u20s, and apparently Nanai-Seturo is a gun.

All in all this Chiefs/Highlanders game looks exciting but it's not going to tell us too much about these teams, it's almost like another pre-season game.

Rebels/Brumbies both look full strength to me, Rebels should take it but they haven't been a very reliable team to bet on in previous years, and their pack still looks bad.
Brumbies team looks surprisingly strong, pack and backs. I have a feeling they could top the Aussie conference, Tahs and Rebels lack quality up front. That Brumbies pack looks decent.
 

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Bulls team is out, looking pretty decent but maybe a little thin at lock.
 

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I've added the teams to the OP as they have been made available.

I really like the Bulls team they've announced first up. Some new guys along with some experience. My biggest worry is still the scrums though.
 

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Bulls team is out, looking pretty decent but maybe a little thin at lock.
I like your locks, more worried about your FRs ability to scrum. Also with Marco out your backrow looks average (minus Duane ofc), I'm sorry but Hanro has just failed to live up to expectations.
I do hope you're strong however! I'm glad they're playing Rosco rather than going for a more conservative approach with a Kotze/Russouw or Russouw/Stigling pairing.
 

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I like your locks, more worried about your FRs ability to scrum. Also with Marco out your backrow looks average (minus Duane ofc), I'm sorry but Hanro has just failed to live up to expectations.
I do hope you're strong however! I'm glad they're playing Rosco rather than going for a more conservative approach with a Kotze/Russouw or Russouw/Stigling pairing.
I agree with Hanro, he's just not impressing me at all at this level. But because Marco and Roelof are still recovering from injury, I guess we have to go for Hanro. Maybe he surprizes us playing at blindside instead of at 8.
 

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I like your locks, more worried about your FRs ability to scrum. Also with Marco out your backrow looks average (minus Duane ofc), I'm sorry but Hanro has just failed to live up to expectations.
I do hope you're strong however! I'm glad they're playing Rosco rather than going for a more conservative approach with a Kotze/Russouw or Russouw/Stigling pairing.
Apparently Eli Snyman is lock reserve, I don't know him at all. Pity RG is injured and Hendre Stassen is still in France. Hopefully Ivan van Zyl gets little to no game time!
 

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Stormers to win this one
 

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**revised after team announcements***
Chiefs - better side, less injuries than previous years at the start of the competition
Brumbies - seems a more settled team, rebels to improve though
Crusaders - just too much class
Hurricanes - more x-factor, more game breakers but this one can go to Tahs at home
Sharks - humid, far away but they should make it
Stormers - on paper they look seriously strong - leave the union bullsh** behind and they can do it
Lions - First game, think they will be better prepared and take this one
 
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