We almost halfway through the Super Rugby season and theres no team that sticks out as hot favourites. Highlanders are the only unbeaten side in the competition but im still not convinced.

BYE: Blues, Waratahs and Brumbies

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This weekend you can look forward to six Super Rugby encounters, two on Friday and four on Saturday.

NOTE: (All games are Central African Time CAT)

Crusaders vs Bulls – 08:35am Friday

Blue Bulls are playing some good rugby this season, we can all see the injection of John Mitchells influence in the team. We can also agree that they are due an 80min performance but i doubt that will be against the Crusaders. The defending champions welcome back skipper Sam Whitleock and vice captain Ryan Crotty.

History – Crusaders are 10 and O vs Bulls at home.

Crusaders by 10

Crusaders 15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor 1 Tim Perry Reserves: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Braydon Ennor.

Bulls 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Hanro

Liebenberg, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman Reserves: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Hendre Stassen, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Johnny Kotze

Rebels vs Sharks – 10:45am Friday

Can the Sharks continue with their unbeaten run in Melbourne?

Rebels are playing some of their best footy this year since their inception.

History – Sharks are 2 and O vs the Rebels in Melbourne.

Sharks by 2

Rebels 1. Tetera Faulkner , 2. Anaru Rangi , 3. Jermaine Ainsley , 4. Geoff Parling , 5. Adam Coleman (c) , 6. Angus Cottrell , 7. Colby Fainga’a , 8. Amanaki Mafi , 9. Will Genia , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Marika Koroibete , 12. Billy Meakes , 13. Reece Hodge , 14. Sefa Naivalu , 15. Jack Maddocks Reserves; 16. Mahe Vailanu , 17. Fereti Sa’aga , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Matt Philip , 20. Ross Haylett-Petty , 21. Richard Hardwick , 22. Michael Ruru , 23. Tom English

Sharks 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Beast Mtawarira Reserves: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Kobus van Wyk, 23 Garth April

Sunwolves vs Chiefs – 06:15am Saturday

Chiefs by 12

Sunwolves

1 Keita INAGAKI , 2 Shota HORIE ,3 Hencus VAN WYK , 4 Kazuki HIMENO , 5 Uwe HELU , 6 Michael LEITCH , 7 Edward QUIRK , 8 Willem BRITZ , 9 Fumiaki TANAKA , 10 Yu TAMURA , 11 Hosea SAUMAKI , 12 Michael LITTLE , 13 Timothy LAFAELE , 15 Ryuji NOGUCHI Reserves : 16 Yusuke NIWAI , 17 Craig MILLAR , 18 Jiwon KOO , 19 Wimpie , 20 Yoshitaka TOKUNAGA , 21 Yutaka NAGARE , 22 Robbie ROBINSON, 23 William TUPOU

Chiefs Aidan Ross , Nathan Harris , Angus Ta’avao, Brodie Retallick, Tyler Ardron, Lachlan Boshier, Sam Cane , Taleni Seu , Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Damian McKenzie , Solomon Alaimalo, Johnny Faauli, Anton Lienert-Brown , Toni Pulu , Marty McKenzie Reserves: Liam Polwart , Karl Tu’inukaufe, Jeff Thwaites, Michael Allardice, Mitchell Karpik , Brad Weber, Sean Wainui , Bailyn Sullivan.

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Hurricanes vs Highlanders – 08:35am Saturday

These two teams have met 29 times and Hurricanes have managed just 16 wins and lost 13. Canes are favourites to win this New Zealand derby playing on home soil. This will be Highlanders first away game in the competition.

History – Hurricanes have won the last two encounters in Wellington

Hurricanes by 5

Hurricanes 15 Jordie Barrett , 14 Julian Savea , 13 Matt Proctor , 12 Ngani Laumape , 11 Ben Lam , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara , 8 Gareth Evans , 7 Ardie Savea , 6 Brad Shields (c) , 5 Sam Lousi , 4 Murray Douglas , 3 Ben May , 2 Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Chris Eves Reserves: 16 Asafo Aumua , 17 Fraser Armstrong , 18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen , 19 Michael Fatialofa , 20 Reed Prinsep , 21 Richard Judd , 22 Ihaia West , 23 Vince Aso

Highlanders 1. Daniel Lienert-Brown,2. Liam Colman,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 Li,12. Teihorangi Walden,13. Rob Thompson,14. Waisake Naholo,15. Ben Smith (cc) Reserves:16. Ash Dixon (cc), 17. Aki Seiuli, 18. Siate Tokolahi, 19. Shannon Frizell, 20. Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 21. Kayne Hammington, 22. Josh Ioane, 23. Matt Faddes

Stormers vs Reds – 17:15pm Saturday

History – Stormers are 11 and 6 against the Reds in Super Rugby. They have won 7 times out of 9 in at Newlands vs the Reds.

Stormers by 7

TEAMS

Stormers: 15. Craig Barry, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13. EW Viljoen, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Damian Willemse, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Cobus Wiese 5. PS du Toit, 4. Jan de Klerk, 3. Wilco Louw, 2. Ramone Samuels, 1. JC janse van Rensburg Resreves: Dean Muir, Steven Kitshoff, Carlu Sadie, Chris van Zyl, Kobus van Dyk, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Justin Phillips, George Whitehead

Reds: TBA

Jaguares vs Lions

Jaguares have played 5 against the Lions, won two and lost three.

Jaguares by 2

Teams

LIONS: 1. Jacques van Rooyen, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 4. Marvin Orie, 5. Franco Mosterd, 6. Cyle Brink, 7. Robert Kruger, 8. Kwagga Smith, 9. Marco Jansen van Vuren, 10. Elton Jantjies, 11. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 12. Rohan Janse vanRensburg, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 15. Andries Coetzee Reserves: Dylan Smith, Lourens Erasmus, Malcolm Marx, Johannes Jonker, Len Massyn, Howard Mnisi, Shaun Reynolds, Dillon Smit

Jaguares – TBA