Investec Super Rugby Round 2: Preview and team lists

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

 

Highlanders v Sharks

Friday 7 Feb, 7.05pm at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Referee: Angus Gardner

Played: 22

Won: Highlanders 9, Sharks 13

Last match: Sharks 38 Highlanders 12 on 5/5/18 in Durban

 

The Highlanders will be chomping at the bit to kick start their season on Friday night, having had to sit out the opening week of the 25th season with a bye. Two of the last three Super Rugby matches between the Highlanders and Sharks have been decided by three points or less, so we expect this one to be a thriller. We’re looking forward to seeing how Josh Ioane goes at 12, with Mitch Hunt in the pivot role.

 

TEAMS

 

Highlanders: 15. Josh McKay 14. Tima Fainga’anuku 13. Rob Thompson 12. Josh Ioane 11. Jona Nareki 10. Mitch Hunt 9. Aaron Smith 8. Marino Mikaele Tu’u 7. James Lentjes © 6. Dillon Hunt 5. Josh Dickson 4. Paripari Parkinson 3. Siate Tokolahi 2. Liam Coltman 1. Ayden Johnstone

Reserves: 16. Ash Dixon 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown 18. Josh Iosefa-Scott 19. Jesse Parete 20. Shannon Frizell 21. Kayne Hammington 22. Michael Collins 23. Teariki Ben-Nicholas   

 

Sharks: 15. Aphelele Fassi 14. Madosh Tambwe 13. Lukhanyo Am (c) 12. Andre Esterhuizen 11. Makazole Mapimpi 10. Curwin Bosch 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

Reserves: 16. Craig Burden* 17. Juan Schoeman 18. John-Hubert Meyer 19. Le Roux Roets 20. Henco Venter 21. Sanele Nohamba 22. Boeta Chamberlain 23. Jeremy Ward

 

 

Brumbies v Rebels

Friday 7 Feb, 9.15pm at GIO Stadium, Canberra

Referee: Nic Berry

Played: 17

Won: Brumbies 9, Rebels 8

Last match: Rebels 29 Brumbies 26 on 8/3/19 in Melbourne

 

The Rebels will be looking to bounce back quickly after going down to the Sunwolves last weekend, while the Brumbies had a narrow win over the Reds. The Rebels have won their last four matches against the Brumbies.  

 

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. Tom Cusack 6. Rob Valetini 5. Cadeyrn Neville 4. Murray Douglas 3. Allan Alaalatoa © 2. Folau Fainga’a 1. Scott Sio

Reserves: 16. Connal McInerney 17. Harry Lloyd 18. James Slipper 19. Nick Frost* 20. Will Miller 21. Ryan Lonergan 22. Bayley Kuenzle* 23. Andy Muirhead

 

Rebels: 15. Dane Haylett-Petty 14. Marika Koroibete 13. Reece Hodge 12. Bily Meakes 11. Andrew Kellaway 10. Matt To'omua 9. Frank Lomani 8. Isi Naisarani 7. Michael Wells 6. Angus Cottrell 5. Matt Philip 4. Ross Haylett-Petty 3. Ruan Smith 2. Anaru Rangi 1. Matt Gibbon

Reserves: 16. Steve Misa 17. Cameron Orr 18. Jermaine Ainsley 19. Gideon Koegelenberg* 20. Rob Leota 21. Richard Hardwick 22. Ryan Louwrens* 23. Campbell Magnay

 

Chiefs v Crusaders

Saturday 8 Feb, 7.05pm at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe

Played: 35          

Won: Chiefs 14, Crusaders 21

Last match: Chiefs 40 Crusaders 27 on 1/6/19 in Suva

 

This will be a cracker of a clash on Saturday night in Hamilton. Aaron Cruden gets the nod at number 10 after impressing off the bench against the Blues last week, however they have lost All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala for up to six weeks with a knee injury. The Crusaders welcome back George Bridge and Sevu Reece to the starting side, but they also have a key player out, with Richie Mo’unga sidelined with a groin injury. Braydon Ennor has a good track record against the Chiefs – he’s crossed for one try each of his previous two meetings with the Chiefs and scored two against the Waratahs last week

 

TEAMS

 

Chiefs: 15. Damian McKenzie 14. Sean Wainui 13. Quinn Tupaea 12. Anton Lienert-Brown 11. Solomon Alaimalo 10. Aaron Cruden 9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi 8. Sam Cane © 7. Mitchell Karpik 6. Lachlan Boshier 5. Mitchell Brown 4. Tyler Ardron 3. Atu Moli 2. Samisoni Taukei’aho 1. Aidan Ross

Reserves: 16. Bradley Slater 17. Ross Geldenhuys* 18. Ollie Norris** 19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi 20. Pita Gus Sowakula 21. Brad Weber 22. Kaleb Trask 23. Alex Nankivell

 

Crusaders: 15. Will Jordan 14. Sevu Reece 13. Braydon Ennor 12. Jack Goodhue 11. George Bridge 10. David Havili 9. Mitchell Drummond 8. Whetukamokamo Douglas 7. Tom Christie 6. Tom Sanders 5. Mitchell Dunshea 4. Scott Barrett © 3. Oliver Jager 2. Codie Taylor 1. Joe Moody

RESERVES: 16. Andrew Makalio 17. George Bower 18. Michael Alaalatoa 19. Luke Romano 20. Cullen Grace 21. Bryn Hall 22. Brett Cameron 23. Leicester Faingaanuku

 

 

Waratahs v Blues

Saturday 8 Feb, 9.15pm at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Referee: AJ Jacobs

Played: 24

Won: Blues 16, Waratahs 8

Last match: Blues 32 Waratahs 29 on 6/4/19 in Auckland

 

After much was said last week about Akira Ioane’s absence last week, he slots in on the bench. The Blues have a good track record over the Waratahs in recent years, having won their last four matches, however they have lost their last two games on Australian soil.  

 

TEAMS

 

Waratahs: 15. Kurtley Beale 14. Mark Nawaqanitawase 13. Lalakai Foketi 12. Karmichael Hunt 11. Alex Newsome 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. Tom Robertson

Reserves: 16. Damien Fitzpatrick 17. Angus Bell 18. Tetera Faulkner 19. Ryan McCauley 20. Jed Holoway 21. Tepai Moeroa 22. Mitch Short 23. Jack Maddocks

 

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 Papalii 5. Josh Goodhue 4. Patrick Tuipulotu © 3. Sione Mafileo 2. Kurt Eklund 1. Karl Tu’inukuafe

Reserves: 16. James Parsons 17. Ezekiel Lindenmuth 18. Ofa Tuungafasi 19. Tom Robinson 20. Akira Ioane 21. Sam Nock 22. Harry Pummer 23. Emoni Narawa

 

Lions v Reds

Sunday 9 Feb, 2.05am at Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Played: 12

Won: Lions 5, Reds 6, draw 1

Last match: 27 Reds 22 Lions on 28/4/18 in Brisbane

 

Both sides are searching for their first win of the season, having both lost their opening game of the 2020 season. The Lions will be disappointed with their 38-8 loss at the hands of the Jaguares. However, the Lions have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Australian opposition.  

 

TEAMS

 

Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee 14. Tyrone Green 13. Duncan Matthews 12. Dan Kriel 11. Courtnall Skosan 10. Elton Jantjies © 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

Reserves: 16. Jan-Henning Campher 17. Sti Sithole 18. Carlu Sadie 19. Wilhelm van Der Sluys 20. Ruan Vermaak 21. Dillon Smit 22. Manuel Rass 23. Shaun Reynolds

 

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

Reserves: 16. Sean Farrell* 17. Dane Zander 18. Josh Nasser* 19. Angus Blyth 20. Seru Uru 21. Moses Sorovi 22. Isaac Lucas 23. Hunter Paisami

 

 

Stormers v Bulls

Sunday 9 Feb, 4.15am at DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

Played: 33

Won: Stormers 19, Bulls 13, draw 1

Last match: 24 Stormers Bulls 23 on 27/4/19 in Cape Town

 

Recent history does not favour the Bulls in this match up away from home. The Stormers have won their last eight Super Rugby home matches, with the Bulls having not won away to the Stormers since 2011. The Stormers will be high on confidence after keeping the Hurricanes scoreless at home in round one last week.

 

TEAMS 

 

Stormers: 15. Dillyn Leyds 14. Sergeal Petersen 13. Ruhan Nel 12. Jamie Roberts 11. Seabelo Senatla 10. Damian Willemse 9. Herschel Jantjies 8. Johan du Toit 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit 6. Jaco Coetzee 5. Chris van Zyl 4. Salmaan Moerat 3. Frans Malherbe (100th Stormers cap) 2. Scarra Ntubeni 1. Steven Kitshoff.
Reserves: 16. Chad Solomon 17. Ali Vermaak 18. Wilco Louw 19. Cobus Wiese 20. Ernst van Rhyn 21. Juarno Augustus 22. Godlen Masimla 23. Jean-Luc du Plessis

 

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. Abongile Nonkontwana 6. Jeandré Rudolph 5. Juandré Kruger 4. Andries Ferreira 3. Trevor Nyakane 2. Jaco Visagie 1. Lizo Gqoboka

Reserves: 16. Johan Grobbelaar 17. Gerhard Steenekamp 18. Wiehahn Herbst 19. Ruan Nortje 20. Wian Vosloo 21. Embrose Papier 22. Manie Libbok 23. Divan Rossouw

 

Jaguares v Hurricanes

Sunday 9 Feb, 10.40am at José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge

Played: 3

Won: Jaguares 1, Hurricanes 2

Last match: Jaguares 28 Hurricanes 20 on 17/5/19 in Argentina

 

The Hurricanes have made a couple of key changes to their starting line-up to face the Jaguares in Argentina. Jackson Garden-Bachop has been selected at first five, with Fletcher Smith on the bench and Asafo Aumua starts ahead of Ricky Riccitelli. They’ll be desperate to bounce back after last week’s loss to the Stormers. The Jaguares are a tough team to beat at home. They’ve won their last seven games on their home turf and they defeated the Hurricanes in their most recent match up, in May last year.

 

TEAMS

 

Jaguares: TBC

 

Hurricanes: 15. Jordie Barrett 14. Wes Goosen 13. Billy Proctor 12. Ngani Laumape 11. Ben Lam 10. Jackson Garden-Bachop 9. TJ Perenara [C] 8. Gareth Evans 7. Du’Plessis Kirifi 6. Reed Prinsep 5. Scott Scrafton 4. James Blackwell 3. Tyrel Lomax 2. Asafo Aumua 1. Fraser Armstrong

Reserves: 16. Ricky Riccitelli 17. Tevita Mafileo 18. Alex Fidow 19. Isaia Walker-Leawere 20. Vaea Fifita 21. Jamie Booth 22. Fletcher Smith 23. Vince Aso