This week, round fourteen kicks off with the Hurricanes taking on the wounded Reds on Friday (the only Friday fixture).

The rest of the games take place on Saturday.

Hurricanes vs Reds 09:35am Friday CAT

The Hurricanes have a good record against Australian teams. Last time the Canes lost to the Reds was 2013. The overall record between the two sides: played 21 with the Canes winning 15 and losing 6.

Hurricanes by 8

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett , 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder , 13 Matt Proctor , 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen , 11 Ben Lam , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara (c) , 8 Blade Thomson , 7 Ardie Savea , 6 Reed Prinsep , 5 Sam Lousi , 4 Michael Fatialofa , 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen , 2 Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Toby Smith

Replacements : 16 James O’Reilly , 17 Chris Eves , 18 Ben May , 19 Vaea Fifita , 20 Brad Shields , 21 Jamie Booth , 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop , 23 Julian Savea.

Reds

1. JP Smith, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa , 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Angus Scott-Young , 7. George Smith , 8. Scott Higginbotham (C), 9. Ben Lucas, 10. Jono Lance, 11. Jordan Petaia, 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Samu Kerevi, 14. Filipo Daugunu , 15. Hamish Stewart

Replacements ; 16. Andrew Ready, 17. Sef Fa’agase , 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Harry Hockings , 20. Liam Wright, 21. Moses Sorovi , 22. Izaia Perese, 23. Aidan Toua

Sunwolves vs Stormers 07:15am Saturday CAT

The Moondogs will be in high spirits following their convincing win against the Reds last weekend. Stormers on the other hand would want to improve on their away record. Will be a tight contest …

Stormers by 2

Sunwolves

15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Kenki Fukuoka, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Edward Quirk (captain), 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Shintaro Ishihara

Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Craig Millar, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jason Emery

Stormers

15 SP Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Carlu Sadie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 EW Viljoen.

Blues vs Crusaders 09:35am Saturday CAT

Considering the Blues record against NZ opposition, they stand a chance this weekend when they face the Crusaders. The Blues last beat a NZ side in 2016, against the Highlanders. Crusaders will be without skipper Sam Whitelock this weekend and theyve made six changes.

Crusaders by 5

Blues

15. Matt Duffie, 14. Melani Nanai, 13. Orbyn Leger, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Rieko Ioane, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 9. Augustine Pulu ©; 8. Akira Ioane, 7. Dalton Papalii or Murphy Taramai, 6. Jerome Kaino, 5. Matiaha Martin, 4. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 2. James Parsons, 1. Pauliasi Manu.

Replacements: 16. Matt Moulds, 17. Ross Wright, 18. Sione Mafileo, 19. Ben Nee-Nee, 20. Murphy Taramai or Antonio Kiri Kiri, 21. Jonathan Ruru, 22. Dan Kirkpatrick, 23 Michael Collins.

Crusaders

1. Tim Perry, 2. Codie Taylor3. Owen Franks ,4. Scott Barrett , 5. Quinten Strange , 6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis , 7. Matt Todd (C), 8. Jordan Taufua, 9. Bryn Hall, 10. Richie Mo’unga , 11. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Seta Tamanivalu , 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio,17. Wyatt Crockett ,18. Michael Alaalatoa , 19. Mitchell Dunshea ,20. Pete Samu , 21. Mitchell Drummond , 22. Mitchell Hunt , 23. Manasa Mataele

Waratahs vs Highlanders 11:45am Saturday CAT

After crumbling from a 29 point lead against the Crusaders last weekend, the Waratahs really need some introspection. I dont see them troubling the Otago side this Saturday. Tahs havent beaten the Landers in the last four encounters

Highlanders by 7

Waratahs

15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Bryce Hegarty

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown,2. Ash Dixon (cc),3. Tyrel Lomax,4. Jackson Hemopo,5. Tom Franklin,6. Elliot Dixon,7. Dillon Hunt,8. Luke Whitelock,9. Aaron Smith,10. Lima Sopoaga,11. Tevita Nabura,12.Sio Tomkinson,13. Rob Thompson,14. Waisake Naholo,15. Ben Smith (cc)

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman,17. Aki Seiuli,18. Kalolo Tuiloma,19. Shannon Frizell,20. Marino Mikaele Tu’u,21. Kayne Hammington,22. Josh Ioane,23. Tevita Li

Sharks vs Chiefs 15:05pm Saturday CAT

Chiefs will be without their front line players this Saturday in Durban. So the Sharks will face a weakened Waikato outfit. Sharks to win by bonus point

Teams : TBA

Lions vs Brumbies 17:15pm Saturday CAT

Lions are still leading the SA conference even though they were 1 and 3 away from home. Lions will be too strong for the visiting Canberra side

Lions by 10

Teams: TBA

Jaguares vs Bulls 23:40pm Saturday CAT

Jaguares have played the Bulls twice, won one and lost one. Home advantage will be a huge factor for the traveling Bulls.

Jaguares by 5

Teams: TBA


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