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Round 8 of Super Rugby kicks off on Friday morning with the Hurricanes hosting the Sharks in Wellington. (Only fixture on Friday)

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Five matches will take place on Saturday, there are no Sunday fixtures this weekend.

BYE: Highlanders, Bulls and Rebels

Hurricanes vs Sharks – Friday 09:30am

Sharks will be in high spirits going into this match after they thrashed the Auckland Blues in Eden Park last week. These two sides have met 19 times in Super Rugby, Sharks winning 9 and Hurricanes also winning 9 with one draw.

Hurricanes by 10

Teams:

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett , 14 Julian Savea , 13 Vince Aso , 12 Ngani Laumape , 11. Ben Lam , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara , 8 Gareth Evans , 7 Sam Henwood , 6 Brad Shields (c) , 5 Sam Lousi , 4 Michael Fatialofa , 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen , 2 Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Chris Eves

Replacements : 16 Asafo Aumua , 17 Fraser Armstrong , 18 Ben May , 19 Vaea Fifita , 20 Reed Prinsep , 21 Jamie Booth , 22 Ihaia West , 23 Wes Goosen

Sharks 15. Curwin Bosch , 14. Sbu Nkosi , 13. Lukhanyo Am , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Robert du Preez , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Tera Mtembu , 7. Jean-Luc du Preez , 6. Philip van der Walt , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Ruan Botha (c) , 3. Thomas du Toit , 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle , 1. Tendai Mtawarira Replacements: , 16. Franco Marais , 17. Juan Schoeman , 18. John-Hubert Meyer , 19. Hyron Andrews , 20. Tyler Paul , 21. Cameron Wright , 22. Marius Louw , 23. Kobus van Wyk

Sunwolves vs Waratahs – Saturday 07:15am

Waratahs by 5

Teams:

Waratahs 1. Tom Robertson, 2. Damien Fitzpatrick, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Ned Hanigan, 5. Rob Simmons, 6. Will Miller , 7. Michael Hooper (c) 8. Michael Wells, 9. Jake Gordon, 10. Bernard Foley (vc) 11. Taqele Naiyaravoro, 12. Kurtley Beale, 13. Curtis Rona, 14. Alex Newsome, 15. Bryce Hegarty,

Replacements : 16. Hugh Roach, 17. Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18. Paddy Ryan, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Jed Holloway , 21. Mitchell Short, 22. Lalakai Foketi, 23. Cameron Clark

Chiefs vs Blues – Saturday 09:35am

Blues have been disappointing over the years, the fact that they have failed to beat any of their New Zealand opponents in 13 attempts, speaks volumes on how poor they are.

Chiefs by 10

Teams

Chiefs 1. Aidan Ross 2. Nathan Harris 3. Angus Ta’avao 4. Brodie Retallick 5. Tyler Ardron 6. Lachlan Boshier 7. Sam Cane (cc) 8. Pita Gus Sowakula 9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi 10. Damian McKenzie ,11. Sean Wainui ,12. Johnny Faauli , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Toni Pulu ,15. Solomon Alaimalo,

Replacements : 16. Liam Polwart , 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe , 18. Jeff Thwaites , 19. Luke Jacobson ,20. Liam Messam , 21. Jonathan Taumateine ,22. Charlie Ngatai , (cc) 23. Marty McKenzie

Blues 1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. James Parsons ©, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Josh Goodhue, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Kara Pryor, 8. Akira Ioane; 9. Jonathan Ruru, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 11. George Moala, 12. TJ Faiane, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Matt Duffie/Jordan Hyland,15. Michael Collins.

Replacements: 16. Matt Moulds, 17. Ross Wright, 18. Mike Tamoaieta, 19. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20. Dalton Papalii, 21. Sam Nock, 22. Bryn Gatland, 23. Orbyn Leger.

Brumbies vs Reds – Saturday 11:45am

Another Aussie Derby, must say the Brumbies have really struggled so far this season. Reds on the other hand arent looking too bad under Brad Thorne, they need to be more consistent. Reds beat the Brumbies in Queensland last month.

Reds by 2

Teams:

Brumbies 15. Tom Banks, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Chance Peni, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 9. Matt Lucas, 8. Isi Naisarani, 7. David Pocock, 6. Lachlan McCaffrey, 5. Rory Arnold, 4. Blake Enever, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Folau Faingaa, 1. Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Faalelei Sione, 18. Les Leuluaialii-Makin, 19. Sam Carter, 20. Tom Cusack, 21. Joe Powell, 22. Kyle Godwin, 23. James Verity-Amm.

Reds 1. James Slipper, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Izack Rodda , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Caleb Timu, 7. Adam Korczyk , 8. Scott Higginbotham (C) , 9. Ben Lucas, 10. Jono Lance, 11. Eto Nabuli, 12. Samu Kerevi, 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 14. Filipo Daugunu , 15. Aidan Toua

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi , 17. JP Smith , 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Lukhan Tui , 20. Liam Wright , 21. James Tuttle , 22. Hamish Stewart, 23. Jordan Petaia

HEADLINE MATCH:

Lions vs Stormers – Saturday 17:15pm

Both teams are coming off a loss last week, Stormers cant seem to win away and Lions are finding it difficult to win on home soil. With that said, the two sides are evenly matched going into this fixture. Swys and Fleckie will be under the pump to produce results this Saturday.

Lions by 3

Teams:

Lions 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert (captain), 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith – Replacements : 16 Corne Fourie, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuuren, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

Stormers: 15. SP Marais, 14. D Leyds, 13. EW Viljoen, 12. D De Allende, 11. R Rhule, 10. D Willemse, 9. J Vermaak, 8. N Carr, 7. PS du Toit, 6. S Kolisi, 5. C van Zyl, 4. J deKlerk, 3. W Louw, 2. R Samuels, 1. S Kitshoff. Replacements: S. Ntubeni, JC janse van Rensburg, C Sadie, K van Dyk, S Notshe, J Coetzee, P de Wet, C Barry

Jaguares vs Crusaders – Saturday 23:40pm

Crusaders by 10

Teams:

TBA

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