Round Three: Preview and Team Lists

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Check out all of the key information and team lists for round one:

 

Blues v Crusaders

 

Friday 14 February, 7.05pm at Eden Park, Auckland  

Referee: Paul Williams

Played: 34

Won: Blues 11, Crusaders 23

Last match: Blues 11, Crusaders 19 (25 May 2019)

 

Although the Blues have lost their last 10 matches to the Crusaders, this could be their best shot at a win for a long time. The Blues tight first round loss to the Chiefs now looks better considering the Chiefs dusting of the Crusaders in round two. The Blues had a real pep in their step with a 32-12 win over the Waratahs last week in Newcastle and will be desperate to repay their faithful fans at Eden Park on Friday night.

 

TEAMS

 

Blues: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Dalton Papali’i, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Replacements: 16 Kurt Eklund, 17 Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Tom Robinson, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Emoni Narawa

 

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 Scott Barrett (c), 3 Oliver Jager, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 George Bower, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Sione Havili, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Will Jordan

Rebels v Waratahs

 

Friday 14 February, 9.15pm NZT at AAMI Stadium, Melbourne

Referee: Damon Murphy

Played: 17

Won: Rebels 2, Waratahs 15

Last match: Rebels 15, Waratahs 20 (31 May 2019)

 

It might seem a little early in the season to panic, but the loser of this game will find themselves 0-3 and sitting dead last on the Australian conference. The Waratahs have history on their side but home-town advantage might just give the Rebels the edge in this Australian crunch clash.

 

TEAMS

 

Rebels: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty (c), 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Michael Wells, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Matt Gibbon

Replacements: 16 Steven Misa, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Cabous Eloff, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Angus Cottrell, 22 Frank Lomani, 23 Andrew Kellaway

 

Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Cameron Clark, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Jack Maddocks, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jed Holloway, 5 Rob Simmons (c), 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell

Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Ryan Mccauley, 20 Lachlan Swinton, 21 Mitch Short , 22 Lalkai Foketi, 23 Mark Nawaqanitawase

 

Sunwolves v Chiefs

 

Saturday 15 February, 4.45pm NZT at Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo

Referee: Angus Gardner

Played: 3

Won: Sunwolves 1, Chiefs 2

Last match: Sunwolves 30, Chiefs 15 (2 March 2019)

 

The Chiefs only need to look back to their clash against the Sunwolves last year to realise the danger the Japanese side holds. The Sunwolves ran out to a 30-15 win in Hamilton to stun the Chiefs and show that they cannot be underestimated. The Japanese-based side are also coming off an impressive victory over the Rebels and will look to run the Chiefs ragged on their home track.

 

TEAMS

 

Sunwolves: 15 James Dargaville, 14 Siosaia Fifita, 13 Keisuke Moriya (c), 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Tautalatasi Tasi, 10 Garth April, 9 Naoto Saito, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Mitch Jacobson, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Conrad van Vuuren, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Jarred Adams

Replacements: 16 Efi Ma’afu, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Tevita Tupou, 21 Takahiro Kimura, 22 Shogo Nakano, 23 JJ Engelbrecht

 

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Quinn Tupaea, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Kaleb Trask, 9 Brad Weber (c), 8 Dylan Nel, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Tyler Ardron, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Aidan Ross

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Reuben O’Neill, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20 Mitchell Brown, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Tiaan Falcon, 23 Orbyn Leger

 

Hurricanes v Sharks

 

Saturday 15 February, 7.05pm NZT at Sky Stadium, Wellington

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe

Played: 23

Won: Hurricanes 11, Sharks 11, Drawn 1

Last match: Hurricanes 30, Sharks 17 (1 June 2019)

 

The Hurricanes are back at home for the first time in 2020 but won’t expect any favours from a rampant Sharks side. The Sharks were the pick of the teams in round two with a sensational 42-20 win over the Highlanders and will be looking to complete a rare unbeaten tour of New Zealand with victory over the Hurricanes.

 

TEAMS

 

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Gareth Evans, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Fraser Armstrong

Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Billy Proctor

 

Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Louis Schreuder, 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

Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Dylan Richardson, 21 Phepsi Buthelezi, 22 Sanele Nohamba, 23 Jeremy Ward

Brumbies v Highlanders

 

Saturday 14 February, 9.15pm NZT at GIO Stadium, Canberra

Referee: Nic Berry

Played: 23

Won: Brumbies 12, Highlanders 11

Last match: Brumbies 17, Highlanders 43 (14 April 2018)

 

The Highlanders have won their last four games against the Brumbies – their longest streak against them – including a 26-point win in their last meeting. The men from ACT have started their season strong with two wins from two matches and will be looking to make GIO Stadium a fortress in 2020. A win over the Highlanders will go a long way to establishing their title credentials.

 

TEAMS

 

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Murray Douglas, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (c), 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper

Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Len Ikitau, 23 Andy Muirhead

 

Highlanders: 15: Josh McKay 14: Sio Tomkinson 13: Rob Thompson 12: Josh Ioane 11: Jona Narkei 10: Mitch Hunt 9: Aaron Smith 8: Marino Mikaele-Tu’u 7: James Lentjes (C) 6: Shannon Frizzell 5: Josh Dickson 4: Jesse Parete 3: Siate Tokolahi 2: Liam Coltman 1: Ayden Johnstone

Replacements: Ash Dixon, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Conan O’Donnell, Jack Whetton, Dillion Hunt, Kayne Hammington, Michael Collins, Teariki Ben-Nicholas

Lions v Stormers

 

Sunday 16 February, 2.05am NZT at Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Played: 19

Won: Lions 6, Stormers 12, 1 Drawn

Last match: Lions 41, Stormers 22 (1 June 2019)

 

The Stormers have made a flying start to 2020 with victories over the Hurricanes and Bulls to sit at the top of the competition ladder. The most impressive aspect of their play has been their defence. They are yet to concede a point and are the only team in Super Rugby history to keep their opposition score-less in the opening two rounds.

 

TEAMS

 

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (c), 9 Morne van den Berg, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith

Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Willem Alberts/Ruan Vermaak, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Dillon Smit, 23 Wandisile Simelane

 

Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Johan du Toit, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (c)


Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Cobus Wiese, 21 Ernst van Rhyn, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Jean-Luc du Plessis

Jaguares v Reds

 

Last year’s finalists the Jaguares will be hurting after being pipped late by the Hurricanes last week. A hurting Jaguares side doesn’t bode well for Brad Thorn’s Reds who have suffered two close losses themselves already this season. The Jaguares have had the edge over Australian opponents in recent times with nine wins out of the last 10 matches.

 

Sunday 16 February, 10.40am NZT at Jose Amalifatani Stadium, Buenos Aires

Referee: Federico Anselmi

Played: 3

Won: Jaguares 2, Reds 1

Last match: Reds 23, Jaguares 34 (1 June 2019)

 

TEAMS:

 

Jaguares: 15 Santiago Carreras, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente ©, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Rodrigo Brunis, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Lucas Paulos, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Lucio Sordoni, 2 Augustin Creevy, 1 Mayco Vivas

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Diaz, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Matias Alemanno 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia

 

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

Replacements: 16. Sean Farrell 17. Dane Zander 18. Josh Nasser 19. Harry Hockings 20. Angus Scott-Young 21. Moses Sorovi 22. Isaac Lucas 23. Bryce Hegarty

 

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