Super Rugby kicks-off on Friday, when The Western Force play against the Crusaders and the Australian derby between the Melbourne Rebels and  NSW Waratahs 

PREVIEW OF SUPER RUGBY ROUND FIVE (all times CAT)
FRIDAY, March 24
CRUSADERS v WESTERN FORCE at AMI Stadium Christchurch, 08:30am 


Head to head: Played 10
Crusaders 6

Force 2

 Draw 2

The Force have put together some brave performances in the past 4 weeks of Super Rugby. Their progress will be tested against the unbeaten Crusaders, who have never lost to the Force in Christchurch. Force will be without skipper Ben McCalman (thumb) and fullback Dane Haylett-Petty (groin). Veteran flanker Matt Hodgson will return from injury off the bench.
Crusaders by 15 points

REBELS v WARATAHS at AAMI Park, Melbourne, 1o:45am 
Head to head: Played 11

Rebels 2

Waratahs 9
Bernard Foley will play his first 2017 Super Rugby match, after being sidelined due to injury. Waratahs have only managed just one win from their first four games without the influential Foley at first receiver. The winless Rebels are also desperate, not only chasing their first win of 2017 but fighting for survival as SANZAAR’s axe apparently hovers over three teams for 2018.

Waratahs by 5 points
SATURDAY, March 19
BLUES v BULLS at Eden Park, Auckland, 08:35
Head to head: Played 17

Blues 10

Bulls 7

Blue Bulls travel to New Zealand for their Australasian tour. They come up against a struggling Blues side in Eden Park on Saturday
Blues by 15 points
BRUMBIES v HIGHLANDERS at GIO Stadium, Canberra 10:45am 
Head to head: Played 21

Brumbies 12

Highlanders 9
The Brumbies are leading the Australian conference following a record 9 straight derby wins. So uncomfortable, in fact, the they issued a plea to fans to vote with their feet by attending Saturday night’s clash as a show of solidarity for another of Australia’s clubs in SANZAAR’s firing line. On the other hand Highlanders will be in search for their second win in 2017
Highlanders by 8 points
SUNWOLVES v STORMERS at Singapore National Stadium, Singapore 12:55
Head to head: Played 2

 Sunwolves 0

Stormers 1

 Draw 1

Stormers will be searching for their first win away against the Sunwolves. Last time these two sides met in Singapore, the game ended in an embarrassing draw for the Cape Town side. Robbie Flecks men will be looking to improve on this result. 

Stormers by 8 points
SATURDAY, March 25
KINGS v LIONS at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 15:05


Head to head: Played 2

Kings 0

Lions 2

After an impressive two/three weeks, the Kings have proven their critics wrong. They’ve shown signs of upsetting the local teams, maybe this is the game that proves that, they belong in Super Rugby? Only time will tell

I see Lions running away with it on the last 15-20min 
Tip: Lions by 12 points
CHEETAHS v SHARKS at Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein 17:15
Head to head: Played 16

Cheetahs 6

Sharks 10

Sharks by 12 points

JAGUARES v REDS at Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, 23:40
Head to head: Meeting for the first time 

Jaguares are on a high, after thrashing the Cheetahs last week. Reds will have a difficult task trying to beat the Argentina side in their back yard. 

Jaguares by 20 points
BYE: Hurricanes, Chiefs