2017 Super Rugby - Preseason games



  • No points scored in the second quarter, so the half time score is still Chiefs 7 - 14 Bulls.



  • Full time: the Bulls beat the Chiefs 28 to 7.



  • Bulls team:

    15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handré Pollard (captain), 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Nic de Jager, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman

    Substitutes: 16 Edgar Maruthlule, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jason Jenkins, 19 Ruan Steenkamp, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Warrick Gelant, 23 John-Roy Jenkinson, 24 Jacobie Adriaanse, 25 Renaldo Bothma, 26 Francois Brummer, 27 JT Jackson

    Not a bad side but probably should not be 21 points better.

    Good to see Pollard back though.



  • @Frye said in 2017 Super Rugby - Preseason games:

    Not a bad side but probably should not be 21 points better.
    Good to see Pollard back though.

    I wonder if that's the difference the Bulls need.





  • Only a handful of potential Bulls starters missing there.

    Adriaan Strauss (Springbok)
    Jan Serfontein (Springbok)
    Arno Botha (Springbok)
    Jannes Kirsten (2016 Forward OTY)
    Roelof Smit (Springbok)

    I'm tipping the Bulls to knock off the Stormers (terrible loose-trio and unsettled backline) in week 1 and be our best side this season.



  • Highlanders squad for the preseason game v the Waratahs (Thu 16/2, 8.30pm NZT - Brookvale Oval, Sydney)

    Ben Smith (c), Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Rob Thompson, Tevita Li, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, James Lentjes, Liam Squire, Jackson Hemopo, Tom Franklin, Siate Tokolahi, Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown. Reserves: Aki Seiuli, Craig Millar, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Guy Millar, Adrian Smith, Josh Dickson, Alex Ainley, Elliot Dixon, Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt, Kayne Hammington, Josh Renton, Fletcher Smith, Sio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden, Matt Faddes, Pat Osborne, Jason Emery.



  • Pleasantly surprised to see Halanukonuka and Osborne still there, for some reason I thought they'd gone. What's the news on Barracuda?



  • @Bones The article says Buckman and Wheeler are being rested after coming off a Japanese season.



  • @KiwiMurph I swear that article wasn't there when I posted...



  • @Stargazer said in 2017 Super Rugby - Preseason games:

    Highlanders squad for the preseason game v the Waratahs (Thu 16/2, 8.30pm NZT - Brookvale Oval, Sydney)

    Ben Smith (c), Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Rob Thompson, Tevita Li, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, James Lentjes, Liam Squire, Jackson Hemopo, Tom Franklin, Siate Tokolahi, Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown. Reserves: Aki Seiuli, Craig Millar, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Guy Millar, Adrian Smith, Josh Dickson, Alex Ainley, Elliot Dixon, Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt, Kayne Hammington, Josh Renton, Fletcher Smith, Sio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden, Matt Faddes, Pat Osborne, Jason Emery.

    That's good enough for me to ride up to see. Wouldn't get back home until 2ish however...



  • Hurricanes line-up for the preseason game v the Crusaders (Fri 17/2, 5.00pm - Waverley):

    The Hurricanes first half/second half line ups to play the Crusaders in a preseason match in Waverley are:

    15 Jordie Barrett/Nehe Milner-Skudder
    14 Ben Lam/Cory Jane
    13 Vince Aso/Matt Proctor
    12 Pita Ahki/Ngani Laumape
    11 Wes Goosen/Julian Savea
    10 Beauden Barrett/Otere Black
    9 Chris Symlie/TJ Perenara
    8 Toa Halafihi/Blade Thomson
    7 Ardie Savea/Callum Gibbins
    6 Brad Shields/Reed Prinsep
    5 Mark Abbott/Michael Fatialofa
    4 Isaia Walker-Leawere/James Blackwell
    3 Mike Kainga/Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
    2 James O'Reilly/Ricky Riccitelli
    1 Loni Uhila/Chris Eves

    Reserves for both halves: Ben May, Hugh Renton, Jonah Lowe.

    Not considered: Dane Coles, Leni Apisai, Reggie Goodes, Sam Lousi, Vaea Fifita, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Kylem O'Donnell, Peter Umaga-Jensen.

    http://www.hurricanes.co.nz/the-canes/news/single/item/barrett-brothers-to-play-together-in-preseason-match-v-crusaders/



  • Crusaders team for the preseason game v the Hurricanes (Fri 17/2, 5.00pm - Waverley):

    1 Tim Perry, 2. Ben Funnell, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Scott Barrett, 5. Sam Whitelock (c), 6. Pete Samu, 7. Matt Todd (vc), 8. Whetu Douglas
    9 Ere Enari, 10. Richie Mo'unga, 11. George Bridge, 12. Ryan Crotty (vc), 13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Seta Tamanivalu, 15. Israel Dagg

    Reserves: Joe Moody, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor, Luke Romano, Quinten Strange, Mitchell Dunshea, Jed Brown, Jordan Taufua, Bryn Hall, Mitchell Drummond, Mitch Hunt, Sione Fifita, David Havili, Sean Wainui, Manasa Mataele, Marty McKenzie

    The Crusaders have also named their two vice-captains for the season to assist Sam Whitelock: Matt Todd and Ryan Crotty.

    http://crusaders.co.nz/news/1049-bnz-crusaders-team-to-play-hurricanes-in-pre-season-match



  • Some interesting choices in that Crusaders' starting team. Enari starting at halfback, Goodhue at centre and Tamanivalu on the wing, and Whetu Douglas.

    Also, some interesting omissions from the game day squad:

    Beidwell-Curtis, Jager, Ioane, Makalio, Bateman, Fukofuka and Macilai

    Which of these guys are injured and which seemingly not in favour?



  • @Stargazer Loose forwards aside, that's a strong looking Crusaders team. A lot depends on how Goodhue and Enari step up, of course.



  • Digby and Seta on the wings could be a good shout.



  • The Gallagher Chiefs team to play the Blues is:

    1. Kane Hames, 2. Samisoni Tuake’iaho, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Dominic Bird, 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Taleni Seu, 7. Mitchell Karpik, 8. Tom Sanders, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. James Lowe, 12. Johnny Faauli, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Toni Pulu, 15. Shaun Stevenson.

    RESERVES: Hika Elliot, Sosefo Kautai, Atu Moli, Jonathan Taumateine, Findlay Christie, Dwayne Sweeney, Siegfried Fisiihoi, Mitchell Brown, Lachlan Boshier, Matiaha Martin, Latu Vaeno, Solomon Alaimalo, Tim Nanai-Williams, Aidan Ross.

    The game kicks off at 5pm tomorrow and is being played at the Suburbs Rugby Club in New Lynn, Auckland. Entry is free of charge so get down there and see for yourself how both teams are shaping up 7 days out from the 2017 Investec Super Rugby season opening.



  • @Chris-B. said in 2017 Super Rugby - Preseason games:

    Some interesting choices in that Crusaders' starting team. Enari starting at halfback, Goodhue at centre and Tamanivalu on the wing, and Whetu Douglas.

    Also, some interesting omissions from the game day squad:

    Beidwell-Curtis, Jager, Ioane, Makalio, Bateman, Fukofuka and Macilai

    Which of these guys are injured and which seemingly not in favour?

    Ioane (hip) and Bateman (back) didn't play the final of the Brisbane Tens because of minor injuries, so I assume they are being rested to make sure that they are fully fit for their opening game against the ponies next week.

    Macilai injured his knee during Mitre 10 Cup and needed surgery; he is expected to miss most of the SR season.

    Makalio and Fukofuka did play the Brisbane Tens; I don't know why they're not in tomorrow's squad. Fukofuka may be absent because Mitchell Drummond returns from injury and needs game time. Enari was not in the Brisbane Tens squad either (but played against the Highlanders).

    Jager was named in the initial Brisbane Tens squad, but I can't remember whether he played or not.

    Bedwell-Curtis wasn't named in the Brisbane Tens squad, nor in the squad for the game against the Highlanders, so I can only assume he's injured.



  • By the way, I'm working on a list of injured players and will post what I have after this week's preseason games. I'll post it in the thread I started about making a new rugby website. I'd appreciate any feedback, because I know it will not be complete.



  • @Tim I think they're just testing Samu and Douglas. Obviously, Taufua will start most games, most likely at no. 8 during Read's absence. All the other loosies will fight for the remaining starting spot.


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