Investec Super Rugby Round 4: Preview and team lists

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Check out all the key information and team lists for ROUND FOUR. Stats and facts provided by Opta.

 

Crusaders v Highlanders

Friday 21 Feb, 7.05pm at Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch

Referee: Mike Fraser

Played: 37

Won: Crusaders 25, Highlanders 11, draw 1

Last match: Crusaders 38 Highlanders 14 on 21 June 2019

 

The Crusaders have a remarkable track record at home. They are undefeated in their last 32 Super Rugby matches on home turf. The Highlanders will be high on confidence after their buzzer-beater win over the Brumbies last week, however, they will be without midfielder Sio Tomkinson after he was suspended for three weeks for a high tackle. We’re looking forward to the midfield match up between Jack Goodhue and Josh Ioane.

 

TEAMS 

 

Crusaders: 15. David Havili © 14. Sevu Reece 13. Braydon Ennor 12. Jack Goodhue 11. George Bridge 10. Richie Mo’unga 9. Bryn Hall 8. Tom Sanders 7. Tom Christie 6. Cullen Grace 5. Mitchell Dunshea 4. Luke Romano 3. Michael Alaalatoa 2. Codie Taylor 1. Joe Moody

RESERVES: 16. Andrew Makalio 17. Isi Tuungafasi 18. George Bower 19. Ethan Roots* 20. Sione Havili 21. Mitchell Drummond 22. Brett Cameron 23. Leicester Faingaanuku

*Crusaders debut

 

Highlanders: 15. Michael Collins 14. Kirisi Kuridrani* 13. Rob Thompson 12. Josh Ioane 11. Jona Nareki 10. Mitch Hunt 9. Aaron Smith 8. Marino Mikaele Tu’u 7. James Lentjes © 6. Shannon Frizell 5. Josh Dickson 4. Jesse Parete 3. Siate Tokolahi 2. Liam Coltman 1. Ayden Johnstone

Reserves: 16. Ash Dixon 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown 18. Conan O’Donnell 19. Jack Whetton 20. Teariki Ben-Nicholas 21. Kayne Hammington 22. Teihorangi Walden 23. Josh McKay   

*Highlanders debut

  

Rebels v Sharks 

Saturday 22 Feb, 4.45pm at MARS Stadium, Ballarat VIC

Referee: AJ Jacobs

Played: 7

Won: Rebels 1, Sharks 5, draw 1

Last match: Sharks 28 Rebels 14 on 23 March 2019

 

The Rebels will play their first ever match at MARS Stadium in Ballarat when they host the Sharks on Saturday afternoon. The Sharks have a good record over the Rebels in recent times, having won five of their previous seven games. The Rebels will have their work cut out for them marking Sharks winger Aphelele Fassi, who has beaten the most defenders so far this season with 20. He’s also made the most metres with 345. They are also without the injured Reece Hodge and Matt To’omua.

 

TEAMS 

 

Rebels: 15. Dane Haylett-Petty 14. Andrew Kellaway 13. Campbell Magnay 12. Bill Meakes 11. Marika Koroibete 10. Andrew Deegan 9. Ryan Louwrens 8. Isi Naisarani 7. Richard Hardwick 6. Michael Wells 5. Matt Philip 4. Ross Haylett-Petty 3. Jermaine Ainsley 2. Steven Misa 1. Matt Gibbon

Reserves: 16. Anaru Rangi 17. Cameron Orr 18. Ruan Smith 19. Gideon Koegelenberg 20. Angus Cottrell 21. Rob Leota 22. Frank Lomani 23. Tom English

 

Sharks: 15. Aphelele Fassi 14. Madosh Tambwe 13. Jeremy Ward 12. Andre Esterhuizen © 11. Makazole Mapimpi 10. Curwin Bosch 9. Sanele Nohamba 8. Sikumbuzo Notshe 7. Tyler Paul 6. James Venter 5. Hyron Andrews 4. Ruben van Heerden 3. Thomas du Toit 2. Kerron van Vuuren 1. Ox Nche

Reserves: 16. Craig Burden 17. Mzamo Majola 18. John-Hubert Meyer 19. Le Roux Roets 20. Henco Venter 21. Louis Schreuder 22. Marius Louw 23. Lwazi Mvovo

 

Chiefs v Brumbies

Saturday 22 Feb, 7.05pm at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

Referee: Brendon Pickerill

Played: 26

Won: Chiefs 11, Brumbies 14, draw 1

Last match: Brumbies 54 Chiefs 17 on 23 February 2019

 

The last time these two sides met was almost a year ago to the day and it was the Brumbies who were convincing victors. However, the Chiefs have started the 2020 season with a hiss and a roar and are unbeaten in their opening three matches. It will be a top of the New Zealand and Australian conference clash though, so expect a whole lot of talent to be on show. The Chiefs have averaged more tackles (149) and turnovers won (11) per game than any other team in the competition this season. The Chiefs welcome back Luke Jacobson from a head injury, while Sam McNicol gets his first start for the Chiefs since 2018.

 

TEAMS 

 

Chiefs: 15. Damian McKenzie 14. Sean Wainui 13. Anton Lienert-Brown 12. Alex Nankivell 11. Sam McNicol 10. Aaron Cruden 9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi 8. Pita Gus Sowakula 7. Sam Cane © 6. Luke Jacobson 5. Mitchell Brown 4. Michael Allardice 3. Atu Moli 2. Bradley Slater 1. Aidan Ross

Reserves: 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho 17. Reuben O’Neill 18. Ross Geldenhuys 19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi 20. Mitchell Karpik 21. Lisati Milo-Harris* 22. Kaleb Trask 23. Quinn Tupaea

*Chiefs debut

 

Brumbies: 15. Tom Banks 14. Solomone Kata 13. Tevita Kuridrani 12. Irae Simone 11. Andy Muirhead 10. Noah Lolesio 9. Joe Powell 8. Pete Samu 7. Will Miller 6. Rob Valetini 5. Murray Douglas 4. Cadeyrn Neville 3. Allan Alaalatoa © 2. Connal McInerney 1. James Slipper

Reserves: 16. Lachlan Lonergan* 17. Scott Sio 18. Tom Ross 19. Nick Frost 20. Lachlan McCaffrey 21. Ryan Lonergan 22. Bayley Kuenzle 23. Toni Pulu

*Brumbies debut

 

 

Reds v Sunwolves

Saturday 22 Feb, 9.15pm at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Referee: Nic Berry

Played: 5

Won: Reds 4, Sunwolves 1

Last match: Reds 32 Sunwolves 26 on 3 May 2019

 

The Reds are still searching for their first win of the season, after losing their opening three games to the Brumbies, Lions and Jaguares. Meanwhile, the Sunwolves will be hunting for back-to-back wins against Australian opponents for the first time, after securing a 36-27 win over the Rebels in their last intra-conference encounter.

 

TEAMS 

 

Reds: 15. Jock Campbell 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia 13. Hunter Paisami 12. Hamish Stewart 11. Henry Speight 10. James O’Connor 9. Tate McDermott 8. Harry Wilson 7. Liam Wright © 6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 5. Angus Blyth 4. Izack Rodda 3. Taniela Tupou 2. Alex Mafi 1. JP Smith

Reserves: 16. Ed Craig* 17. Harry Hoopert 18. Josh Nasser 19. Harry Hockings 20. Fraser McReight 21. Scott Malolua 22. Isaac Lucas 23. Bryce Hegarty

*Queensland Reds debut

 

Sunwolves: 15. Jordan Jackson-Hope 14. Theosia Fifita 13. JJ Engelbrecht 12. Ben Theo 11. James Dargaville 10. Garth April 9. Naoto Saito 8. Jack Shutz 7. Mitch Jacobson 6. Anzu Yoshida 5. Michael Storbark 4. Corey Thomas 3. Conrad Fanphylen 2. Java Bregbaze 1. Chris Eves

Reserves: 16. Effi Maaf 17. Nick Mayhew 18. Henkas van Vic 19. Kotato Yatabe 20. Tebita Tupo 21. Rudy Page 22. Keisuke Moriya 23. Shogo Nakano

 

Stormers v Jaguares

Sunday 23 Feb, 2.05am at DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge

Played: 6

Won: Stormers 4, Jaguares 2

Last match: Jaguares 30 Stormers 25 on 4 May 2019

 

Along with the Chiefs, the Stormers are the only other unbeaten team in the competition so far this season, but the Jaguares are hot on their heels in the South African conference. Recent history is in the Jaguares favour however, with the 2019 runner’s up winning their past five Super Rugby games against South African opponents.

 

TEAMS 

 

Stormers: 15. Dillyn Leyds 14. Sergeal Petersen 13. Ruhan Nel 12. Jamie Roberts 11. Seabelo Senatla 10. Damian Willemse 9. Herschel Jantjies 8. Juarno Augustus 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit 6. Jaco Coetzee 5. JD Schickerling 4. Salmaan Moerat 3. Frans Malherbe 2. Scarra Ntubeni 1. Steven Kitshoff ©
Reserves: 16. Chad Solomon 17. Ali Vermaak 18. Wilco Louw 19. Chris van Zyl 20. Johan du Toit 21. Ernst van Rhyn 22. Godlen Masimla 23. Jean-Luc du Plessis

 

Jaguares: 15. Emiliano Boffelli 14. Bautista Delguy 13. Santiago Chocobares 12. Juan Cruz Mallia 11. Sebastian Cancelliere 10. Domingo Miotti, 9. Tomás Cubelli © 8. Rodrigo Bruni 7. Tomas Lezana 6. Francisco Gorrissen 5. Lucas Paulos 4. Matias Alemanno 3. Santiago Medrano 2. Santiago Socino 1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Reserves: 16. Julian Montoya 17. Mayco Vivas 18. Joel Sclavi 19. Guido Petti 20. Marcos Kremer 21. Gonzalo Bertranou 22. Joaquin Diaz Bonilla 23. Matias Moroni

 

 

Bulls v Blues

Sunday 23 Feb, 4.15am at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

Played: 22

Won: Bulls 7, Blues 13, draws 2

Last match: Blues 22 Bulls 22 on 31 May 2019

 

The Bulls are winless, and the Blues will be determined to bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss to the Crusaders at home. South Africa has not been kind to the Blues, having only won two of their last 13 matches on the road in Africa. The Bulls remain the only team yet to score a try this Super Rugby season. The Blues have gone with a trio of pivots in their starting backline, with Otere Black at 10, Harry Plummer at 12 and Stephen Perofeta in the fullback role.

 

 

TEAMS 

 

 

Bulls: 15. Warrick Gelant 14. Cornal Hendricks 13. Johnny Kotze 12. Burger Odendaal © 11. Rosko Specman 10. Morné Steyn 9. Ivan van Zyl 8. Josh Strauss 7. Wian Vosloo 6. Jeandré Rudolph 5. Juandré Kruger 4. Andries Ferreira 3. Trevor Nyakane 2. Jaco Visagie 1. Lizo Gqoboka

Reserves: 16. Corniel Els 17. Gerhard Steenekamp 18. Wiehahn Herbst 19. Ruan Nortje 20. Ruan Steenkamp 21. Embrose Papier 22. Manie Libbok 23. Divan Rossouw

 

Blues: 15. Stephen Perofeta 14. Emoni Narawa 13. Joe Marchant 12. Harry Plummer 11. Mark Telea 10. Otere Black 9. Jonathan Ruru 8. Hoskins Sotutu 7. Tony Lamborn 6. Tom Robinson 5. Jacob Pierce 4. Patrick Tuipulotu © 3. Sione Mafileo 2. James Parsons 1. Karl Tu’inukuafe

Reserves: 16. Kurt Eklund 17. Ezekiel Lindenmuth 18. Ofa Tuungafasi 19. Aaron Carroll 20. Dalton Papalii 21. Sam Nock 22. TJ Faiane 23. Matt Duffie

 

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