Super Rugby Trans Tasman continues with five more fixtures this weekend, including a match up between the New Zealand and Australian champions.
Kiwi kings the Crusaders are in Brisbane to tackle the Queensland Reds on Saturday, after the Chiefs have played the Brumbies and the Blues have welcomed the New South Wales Waratahs to Eden Park.
Wellington is the venue for Friday’s opening game of the round between the Hurricanes and the Rebels, before the Western Force host the Highlanders.
Super Rugby Aotearoa & AU 2021: Predictions for 21-22 May
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing. Score margins use the methodology developed by Rugby Vision or StatsChat.
Super Rugby Trans Tasman: Hurricanes vs Rebels
The Super Rugby Trans Tasman weekend kicks off with a clash between the Hurricanes and Melbourne Rebels at the Sky Stadium.
Ngani Laumape returns for the home side, who won a barnstorming match away to the Waratahs on the opening weekend.
Andrew Kellaway is back for the Australians, as is Trevor Hosea, as they look for an instant response to their opening day thumping at the hands of the Blues.
Hurricanes Starting XV: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Orbyn Leger, 9 Jonathan Taumateine, 8 Devan Flanders, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Xavier Numia.
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Brayden Iose, 21 Gareth Evans, 22 Cam Roigard, 23 Lolagi Visinia.
Rebels Starting XV: 15 George Worth, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Matt To’omua (captain), 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Carter Gordon, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Joshua Kemeny, 6 Michael Wells, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Robert Leota, 3 Cabous Eloff, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Stacey Ili, 23 Frank Lomani.
Super Rugby Trans Tasman: Western Force vs Highlanders
The Highlanders make the long trip to Perth to take on the Western Force in the second round of the Super Rugby Trans Tasman competition.
All Black duo Shannon Frizell and Josh Ioane both come into the away side, with the Kiwis having seen off Aussie champions the Queensland Reds on the opening weekend.
The Force, who have been packed with foreign talent, welcome Wallaby Sitaleki Timani back into their line up, as they hunt a first win of the campaign following their one-point loss to the Chiefs last weekend.
Western Force Starting XV: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Richard Kahui, 13 Kyle Godwin (captain), 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Jordan Olowofela, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Tim Anstee, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Fergus Lee-Warner, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Angus Wagner, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Jake Strachan.
Highlanders Starting XV: 15 Sam Gilbert, 14 Sio Tomkinson, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Scott Gregory, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith (co-captain), 8 Hugh Renton, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Bryn Evans, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 1 Ayden Johnstone.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Josh Dickson, 20 Kazuki Himeno, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Ngantungane Punivai.
Super Rugby Trans Tasman: Blues vs NSW Waratahs
The New South Wales Waratahs are up against it as they cross the ditch for their Super Rugby Trans Tasman tie with the Blues in Auckland on Saturday.
Shipping over 60 points in the opening round continued a troublesome trend for the visitors, while the Kiwis put 50 on the hapless Melbourne Rebels.
Ofa Tuungafasi bolsters the home front row at Eden Park, with Blake Gibson and Akira Ioane both coming into the pack.
The visitors give a debut to winger James Turner, their only change from last weekend.
Blues Starting XV: 15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 AJ Lam, 10 Otere Black, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Tom Robinson (captain), 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.
Replacements: 16 Soane Vikena, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Dalton Papalii, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens.
NSW Waratahs Starting XV: 15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 James Turner, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 William Harris, 7 Charlie Gamble, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Max Douglas, 4 Hugh Sinclair, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Dave Porecki, 1 Angus Bell.
Replacements: 16 Joe Cotton, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Darcy Breen, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Carlo Tizzano, 22 Jack Grant, 23 Will Harrison.
Super Rugby Trans Tasman: Chiefs vs Brumbies
Super Rugby Trans Tasman sees two sides put their nerves to the test once again as the Chiefs welcome the Brumbies to Waikato on Saturday.
The home side pipped the Western Force by a single point on the opening weekend, while the tourists lost 29-31, going down in agonizing fashion to the mighty Crusaders.
Samisoni Taukei’aho and Sione Mafileo come into the Chiefs front row, while elder statesman Liam Messam plays at flank and Bailyn Sullivan earns a cap on the wing.
Hooker Lachlan Lonergan is the only starting change for the Aussies, as the front rower joins brother Ryan in playing from the off in Hamilton.
Chiefs Starting XV: 15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Bailyn Sullivan, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Jonah Lowe, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (captain), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Josh Lord, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross.
Replacements: 16 Bradley Slater, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Zane Kapeli, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Xavier Roe, 22 Rameka Poihipi, 23 Kaleb Trask.
Brumbies Starting XV: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Ryan Lonergan, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Rory Scott, 6 Henry Stowers 5 Nick Frost, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Lachlan Lonergan, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Tom Hooper, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Mack Hansen.
Super Rugby Trans Tasman: Queensland Reds vs Crusaders
Champions collide in Super Rugby Trans Tasman on Saturday, as Aotearoa winners the Crusaders visit the kings of the AU tournament, the Queensland Reds.
The New Zealanders made a winning start to the international competition, just, last weekend, as they sneaked past the challenge of the Brumbies, while the Reds lost out to the Highlanders.
A bout of appendicitis has put paid to George Bridge’s participation, although the visitors do have full-back Will Jordan and wing Sevu Reece at their disposal.
Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Fraser McReight are all back in for the Reds, with seven Wallabies hailed to the starting side.
Queensland Reds Starting XV: 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Jock Campbell, 10 James O’Connor (co-captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright (co-captain), 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga, 1 Dane Zander.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Feao Fotuaika, 19 Seru Uru, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Isaac Henry, 23 Filipo Daugunu.
Crusaders Starting XV: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 David Havili, 11 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Cullen Grace, 7 Ethan Blackadder, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Oliver Jager, 2 Codie Taylor (captain), 1 George Bower.
Replacements: 16 Brodie McAlister, 17 Tamaiti Williams, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Sione Havili Talitui, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Dallas McLeod, 23 Manasa Mataele.