Round four of Super Rugby kicks off on Friday morning South African time. Theres two games on Friday and five matches taking place on Saturday. Chiefs have a bye this weekend.
The Golden Lions are still leading the pack with 14 points on top of the overall standings followed by Crusaders.
Highlanders vs Stormers – Friday 08:35am
Highlanders will be well rested for this fixture, coming from a bye last week after winning against the struggling Blues in round two. These teams have met 19 times, Highlanders winning 10 out of 19. Home advantage is with the Landers
Highlanders by 5
HIGHLANDERS: Ben Smith (c), Waisake Naholo, Rob Thompson, Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Nabura, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Dillon Hunt, Liam Squire, Tom Franklin, Jackson Hemopo, Siate Tokolahi, Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown – Reserves: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Aki Seiuli, Tyrel Lomax, Shannon Frizell, Dan Pryor, Josh Renton, Fletcher Smith, Matt Faddes
STORMERS: SP Marais, Dillyn Leyds, EW Viljoen, Damian de Allende, Raymond Rhule, Damian Willemse, Dewaldt Duvenage, Nizaam Carr, Kobus van Dyk, Siya Kolisi (c), Chris van Zyl, Jan de Klerk, Wilco Louw, Ramone Samuels, Steven Kitshoff – Reserves: Dean Muir, JC Janse van Rensburg, Carlu Sadie, Salmaan Moerat, Pieter-Steph du Toit/George Whitehead, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Justin Phillips, JJ Engelbrecht
Rebels vs Brumbies – Friday 10:45am
Another Aussie Derby? Yeah i know you probably rolling your eyes right now BUT Rebels have been playing some decent football these past two weekends, they have scored 82 points so far in the competition. Rebels are 2 and O while the Brumbies have played 2, won one and lost one. These two sides have played 7 times in Melbourne, Rebels have won 3 of those seven matches.
Rebels by 7
REBELS: Dane Haylett-Petty, Jack Maddocks, Tom English (c), Reece Hodge, Sefa Naivalu, Jack Debreczeni, Will Genia, Amanaki Mafi, Angus Cottrell, Lopeti Timani, Ross Haylett-Petty, Matt Philip, Jermaine Ainsley, Jordan Uelese, Tetera Faulkner Reserves: Anaru Rangi, Ben Daley, Sam Talakai, Colby Fainga’a, Richard Hardwick, Michael Ruru, Billy Meakes, Marika Koroibete
BRUMBIES: Tom Banks, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Kyle Godwin, Chance Peni, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Powell, Isi Naisarani, Lolo Fakaosilea, Lachlan McCaffrey, Sam Carter (c), Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Josh Mann-Rea, Scott Sio Reserves: Folau Fainga’a, Faalelei Sione, Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, Richie Arnold, Tom Cusack, Matt Lucas, Wharenui Hawera, Andy Muirhead
Hurricanes vs Crusaders – Saturday 08:35am
2016 Champions face off against 2017 Champions. Hurricanes have been doing a lot of travelling in the past two weeks while their rivals have been playing home games. Fatigue could be a factor for the Canes. These teams have played 32 times, Hurricanes winning 11 of those 32.
Under 20 star hooker Asafo Aumua has been named in the match day 23. Crusaders are without First Five – Richie Mo’unga who is out (fractured jaw), he is replaced by Mitch Hunt.
Crusaders by 3
HURRICANES: Jordie Barrett, Julian Savea, Matt Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Gareth Evans, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields (c), Sam Lousi, Vaea Fifita, Ben May, Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Fraser Armstrong, Marcel Renata, Michael Fatialofa, Blade Thomson, Richard Judd, Ihaia West, Vince Aso
CRUSADERS: David Havili, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, George Bridge, Mitch Hunt, Bryn Hall, Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Sam Whitelock (c), Scott Barrett, Mike Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett Reserves: Ben Funnell, Chris King, Oliver Jager, Luke Romano, Billy Harmon, Mitchell Drummond, Mike Delany, Manasa Mataele
Reds vs Bulls – Saturday 10:45am
The last time the Bulls beat Reds at home was in 2004. Bulls dont travel well but with John Mitchell at the helm, i think that’s about to change (maybe not this weekend but in the future). Bulls have played the Reds 9 times in Brisbane, Reds have won 8 of those matches.
Reds by 4
REDS: Aidan Toua, Filipo Daugunu, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi, Eto Nabuli, Jono Lance, James Tuttle, Caleb Timu, Liam Wright, Adam Korczyk, Kane Douglas, Izack Rodda, Taniela Tupou, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper (c) Reserves: Alex Mafi, JP Smith, Sef Fa’agase, Harry Hockings, Angus Scott-Young, Tate McDermott, Hamish Stewart, Duncan Paia’aua
BULLS: Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel, Jesse Kriel, Johnny Kotze, Duncan Matthews, Handré Pollard, Andre Warner, Nick de Jager, Hanro Liebenberg, Roelof Smit, Lood de Jager, RG Snyman, Frans van Wyk, Jaco Visagie, Pierre Schoeman. Reserves: Adriaan Strauss, Lizo Gqoboka, Trevor Nyakane, Jason Jenkins, Marco van Staden, Embrose Papier, Marnitz Boshoff, Divan Rossouw.
Sharks vs Sunwolves – Saturday 15:05pm
Given the current squad that the Sharks boast, they haven’t played to their full pontential. Losing against the Lions in round one and a draw against travelling Waratahs side in Durban, things arent looking good for Robery du Preez and the Banana Boys.
Luckily the Moondogs arent showing good form either, Sharks should scrape through this one.
Sharks by 4
SHARKS: Curwin Bosch, Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Andre Esterhuizen, Makazole Mapimpi, Robert du Preez, Louis Schreuder, Tera Mtembu, Jacques Vermeulen, Wian Vosloo, Stephan Lewies, Ruan Botha (c), John-Hubert Meyer, Akker van der Merwe, Tendai Mtawarira Reserves: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Juan Schoeman, Ross Geldenhuys, Gideon Koegelenberg*, Keegan Daniel, Cameron Wright, Marius Louw, Lwazi Mvovo
Lions vs Blues – Saturday 17:15pm
Played 32 times, Lions winning 6 and losing 12. In Johannesburg, theyve played 9 times and Lions have won 4 out of 9.
Lions have momentum with 3 and O so far, Blues will find it difficult to contain the Lions powerful scrum and maul.
Lions by 12
LIONS: Andries Coetzee, Sylvian Mahuza, Lionel Mapoe, Rohan Janse van Rensburg Aphiwe Dyantyi, Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje, Warren Whiteley (captain), Franco Mostert, Cyle Brink, Marvin Orie, Andries Ferreira, Ruan Dreyer, Malcolm Marx, Jacques van Rooyen Reserves: Robbie Coetzee, Dylan Smith, Jacobie Adriaanse, Lourens Erasmus, Kwagga Smith, Hacjivah Dayimani, Ashlon Davids, Harold Vorster
Jaguares vs Waratahs – Saturday 23:40pm
These two sides have only met once believe it or not, Jaguares winning the last encounter.
Jaguares at home, dont see the New South Welshman troubling the Argentines at home.
Jaguares by 3