Investec Super Rugby Round 5: Preview and team lists

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

 

Highlanders v Rebels

Friday 28 Feb, 7.05pm at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Referee: Paul Williams

Played: 8

Won: Highlanders 6, Rebels 2

Last match: Rebels 24 Highlanders 19 on 1 March 2019

 

The Highlanders have named a relatively unchanged line up to the one that lost to the Crusaders last week in Christchurch. Jack Whetton is promoted from the bench and Daniel Lienert-Brown rotates with Ayden Johnstone in the front row. Jeff Thwaites, Manaaki Selby-Rickit and Scott Gregory are all in line to make their Highlanders debuts off the bench. The Highlanders have won their last 12 Super Rugby games when hosting Australian teams.

 

TEAMS

 

Highlanders: 15. Michael Collins 14. Josh McKay 13. Rob Thompson 12. Josh Ioane 11. Jona Nareki 10. Mitch Hunt 9. Aaron Smith 8. Marino Mikaele Tu’u 7. James Lentjes © 6. Teariki Ben-Nicholas 5. Jack Whetton 4. Jesse Parete 3. Siate Tokolahi 2. Ash Dixon 1. Daniel Lienert-Brown

Reserves: 16. Liam Coltman 17. Ayden Johnstone 18. Jeff Thwaites* 19. Manaaki Selby-Rickit* 20. Dillon Hunt 21. Kayne Hammington 22. Teihorangi Walden 23. Scott Gregory*

*Highlanders debut   

 

Rebels: 15. Dane Haylett-Petty © 14. Andrew Kellaway 13. Tom English 12. Billy Meakes 11. Marika Koroibete 10. Matt To’omua 9. Ryan Louwrens 8. Isi Naisarani 7. Richard Hardwick 6. Angus Cottrell 5. Matt Philip 4. Gideon Koegelenberg 3. Jermaine Ainsley 2. Anaru Rangi 1. Matt Gibbon

Reserves: 16. Jordan Uelese 17. Cameron Orr 18. Cabous Eloff 19. Ross Haylett-Petty 20. Rob Leota 21. Frank Lomani 22. Michael Wells 23. Andrew Deegan

 

 

Waratahs v Lions

Friday 28 Feb, 9.15pm at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

Referee: Angus Gardner

Played: 13

Won: Waratahs 7, Lions 6

Last match: Lions 29 Waratahs 28 on 11 May 2019

 

It hasn’t been a great start to the 2020 season for either of these sides. The Waratahs are still searching for their first win and the Lions have only won one game from three. History doesn’t favour the Waratahs either, having lost their last five Super Rugby games against the Lions.

 

TEAMS

 

Waratahs: 15. Kurtley Beale 14. Mark Nawaqanitawase 13. Alex Newsome 12. Karmichael Hunt 11. Jack Maddocks 10. Will Harrison 9. Jake Gordon 8. Jack Dempsey 7. Michael Hooper 6. Lachlan Swinton 5. Rob Simmons © 4. Tom Staniforth 3. Harry Johnson-Holmes 2. Robbie Abel 1. Angus Bell

Reserves: 16. Damien Fitzpatrick 17. Tom Robertson 18. Tetera Faulkner 19. Ryan McCauley 20. Jed Holloway 21. Mitch Short 22. Lalkai Foketi 23. James Ramm

 

Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee 14. Tyrone Green 13. Manuel Rass 12. Daniel Kriel 11. Jamba Ulenga 10. Elton Jantjies © 9. Andre Warner 8. Len Massyn 7. Vincent Tshituka 6. Marnus Schoeman 5. Marvin Orie 4. Ruben Schoeman 3. Carlu Sadie 2. Jan-Henning Campher 1. Dylan Smith

Reserves: 16. Pieter Jansen 17. Sithembiso Sithole 18. Frans van Wyk 19. Willen Alberts 20. Wilhem van der Sluys 21. Hacjivah Dayimani 22. Morne van der Berg 23. Wandisile Simelane

 

 

Hurricanes v Sunwolves

Saturday 29 Feb, 4.45pm at McLean Park, Napier

Referee: Federico Anselmi

Played: 3

Won: Hurricanes 3, Sunwolves 0

Last match: Sunwolves 23 Hurricanes 29 on 19 April 2019

 

Some afternoon sun on your back and some good rugby, what more could you ask for in the Hawke’s Bay this weekend. The Hurricanes play hosts to the Sunwolves at McLean Park, with a family friendly kick off time of 4.45pm. The last time these two sides played, it was an entertaining affair in Tokyo, with just six points in it. Recent history has been kind to the Hurricanes when they have played on home soil, having won 22 of their last 23 Super Rugby matches against opposition from outside New Zealand. The Hurricanes are fresh off a bye week and have got Gareth Evens, Devan Flanders, Ben May and Isaia Walker-Leawere in their 23. All players suit up for the Hawke’s Bay Magpies in the Mitre 10 Cup.

 

TEAMS

 

Hurricanes: 15. Chase Tiatia 14. Kobus Van Wyk 13. Vince Aso 12. Ngani Laumape 11. Ben Lam 10. Fletcher Smith 9. TJ Perenara 8. Gareth Evans 7. Du’Plessis Kirifi 6. Vaea Fifita 5. Scott Scrafton 4. James Blackwell 3. Tyrel Lomax 2. Asafo Aumua 1. Xavier Numia

Reserves: 16. Ricky Riccitelli 17. Ben May 18. Alex Fidow 19. Isaia Walker-Leawere 20. Devan Flanders 21. Jonathan Taumateine 22. James Marshall 23. Peter Umaga-Jensen

 

Sunwolves: 15. Alex Horan 14. Siosaia Fifita 13. Keisuke Moriya 12. Shogo Nakano 11. James Dargaville 10. Jumpei Ogura 9. Rudy Paige 8. Jack Shutz 7. Mitch Jacobson 6. Tevita Tupou 5. Michael Storbark 4. Kotaro Yatabe 3. Hencus van Wyk 2. Jaba Bregvadze 1. Jarred Adams

Reserves: 16. Efi Ma’afu 17. Nic Mayhew 18. Conraad van Vuuren 19. Justin Downey 20. Shunsuke Nunomaki 21. Naoto Saito 22. JJ Engelbrecht 23. Tautalatasi Tasi

 

 

Reds v Sharks

Saturday 29 Feb, 9.15pm at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Referee: Brendon Pickerill

Played: 23

Won: Reds 13, Sharks 10

Last match: Sharks 14 Reds 21 on 19 April 2019.

 

The Sharks are three from four, while the Reds have only won one of four so far this season. However, the Reds have won their last six games when hosting South African opposition. Sharks winger Makazole Mapimpi is on fire this season, he’s gained 195 metres from 15 carries in 2020.

 

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. Angus Scott-Young 5. Harry Hockings 4. Izack Rodda 3. Taniela Tupou 2. Alex Mafi 1. JP Smith

Reserves: 16. Ed Craig 17. Harry Hoopert 18. Josh Nasser 19. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 20. Fraser McReight 21. Scott Malolua 22. Isaac Lucas 23. Filipo Daugunu

 

 

Sharks: 15. Aphelele Fassi 14. Madosh Tambwe 13. Lukhanvo Am © 12. Andre Esterhuizen 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Curwin Bosch 9. Louis Schreuder 8. Sikumbuzo Notshe 7. Henco Venter 6. Dylan Richardson 5. Hyron Andrews 4. Ruben van Heerden 3. Thomas du Toit 2. Kerron van Vuuren 1. Ox Nche

Reserves: 16. Craig Burden 17. Juan Schoeman 18. John-Hubert Meyer 19. Le Roux Roets 20. Phepsi Buthelezi 21. Sanele Nohamba 22. Marius Louw 23. Jeremy Ward

 

Stormers v Blues

Sunday 1 March, 2.05am at DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Played: 21

Won: Stormers 10, Blues 11

Last match: Blues 24 Stormers 9 on 30 March 2019

 

The Blues will have their work cut out for them if they are to hand the Stormers their first loss of the season, however, last week’s win over the Bulls in Pretoria will provide them with plenty of confidence. The Stormers have been impressive and top the Super Rugby table with four straight wins. But the Blues welcome back Rieko Ioane who will link up in the midfield with TJ Faiane, with Joe Marchant moving out to the right wing.

 

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. Chris van Zyl 3. Wilco Louw 2. Scarra Ntubeni 1. Steven Kitshoff ©
Reserves: 16. Chad Solomon 17. Kwenzo Blose* 18. Frans Malherbe 19. Salmaan Moerat 20. Cobus Wiese 21. Ernst van Rhyn 22. Godlen Masimla 23. Jean-Luc du Plessis

*Stormers debut

 

Blues: 15. Stephen Perofeta 14. Joe Marchant 13. Rieko Ioane 12. TJ Faiane 11. Mark Telea 10. Otere Black 9. Sam Nock 8. Hoskins Sotutu 7. Dalton Papalii 6. Tom Robinson 5. Jacob Pierce 4. Patrick Tuipulotu © 3. Sione Mafileo 2. Kurt Eklund 1. Karl Tu’inukuafe

Reserves: 16. Luteru Tolai 17. Marcel Renata 18. Ofa Tuungafasi 19. Aaron Carroll 20. Blake Gibson 21. Jonathan Ruru 22. Harry Plummer 23. Matt Duffie

 

 

Bulls v Jaguares

Sunday 1 March, 4.15am at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe

Played: 6

Won: Bulls 2, Jaguares 4

Last match: Bulls 20 Jaguares 22 on 6 April 2019

 

Both sides are coming off a loss and will be determined to make amends in Pretoria. The Jaguares have won four of their six Super Rugby clashes with the Bulls, including a victory in Pretoria the last time they met in April last year. Jaguares lock Guido Petti has made all of his 31 tackles this season, the most of any player who is yet to miss one.

 

TEAMS

 

Bulls: 15. Warrick Gelant 14. Cornal Hendricks 13. Nafi Tuitavake 12. Johnny Kotze 11. Rosko Specman 10. Morné Steyn 9. Embrose Papier 8. Jeandré Rudolph 7. Josh Strauss 6. Marco van Staden 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. Ivan van Zyl 22. Manie Libbok 23. Divan Rossouw

 

Jaguares: 15. Santiago Carreras 14. Sebastian Cancelliere 13. Matias Moroni 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente © 11. Emiliano Boffelli 10. Joaquin Diaz Bonilla 9. Gonzalo Bertranou 8. Rodrigo Bruni 7. Tomas Lezana 6. Francisco Gorrissen 5. Marcos Kremer 4. Guido Petti 3. Joel Sclavi 2. Julian Montoya 1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Reserves: 16. Santiago Socino 17. Mayco Vivas 18. Santiago Medrano 19. Lucus Paulos 20. Bautista Pedemonte 21. Domingo Miotti 22. Juan Cruz Mallia 23. Santiago Chocobares

 

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