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Super XV 2104 - Round 1

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Scott Newman
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It’s that time of year again! The super 15 rugby championship begins this weekend with four South African teams going head to head. The rest of the teams are having a bye. Take a look at how these teams stack up against each other and final score predictions for the round.

Cheetahs (Home) versus Lions (Away) Sunday 16th at 4:05am (NZ Time)
 
The Cheetahs and Lions are the newer South African teams with the Lions recently coming back into Super Rugby. The sides are capable of putting on a big show with the big forward packs going head to head. Willie le Roux has a confident boot and should help guide the Cheetahs to a comfortable victory.
 
Cheetahs
15. Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Ligtoring Landman, 20 Jean Cook, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Rayno Benjamin
 
Lions
15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Ruan Combrinck, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Michael Bondesio, 8. Warren Whiteley (Captain), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe
Replacements: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Willie Britz, 20. Warwick Tecklenburg, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Coenie van Wyk, 23. Alwyn Hollenbach
 
Cheetahs overall record against the Lions
Played 9 Wins 5 Losses 4 Draws 0

 
Prediction: Cheetahs 12 or under
 
Sharks (Home) versus Bulls (Away) Sunday 16th at 6.10am (NZ Time)
 
This is the big match up of the round with the two big South African franchises pitted against each other. There are plenty of Springboks and history has shown that these teams put up a good amount of points against each other. It should be a big game. No Morne Steyn for the Bulls. The Sharks have ex Springboks coach Jake White at the helm which will certainly make them one of the SA contenders for the title.
 
Sharks
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Frans Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (Captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Stephan Lewies, 20. Jean Deysel, 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Heimar Williams, 23. Sbura Sithole
 
Bulls
15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 J J Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (Captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Flip vd Merwe, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Victor Matfield, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Handre Pollard, 22 Ulrich Beyers, 23 Marcel van der Merwe
 
Sharks overall record against the Bulls
Played 20 Wins 8 Losses 11 Draws 1

 
Prediciton: Bulls 12 or under

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