Super Rugby action

A preview of all the Super Rugby action this weekend by EWN Sport's Marc Lewis.

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JOHANNESBURG - As we head into the 13th round of Super Rugby, the Bulls lead the overall conference one point ahead of the Chiefs with a game in hand.

All five South African franchises are on duty this weekend with a local derby lined up in Bloemfontein as well.


Saturday morning's action gets underway bright and early as the Bulls travel to Dunedin to play the Highlanders.

The Bulls have recalled Wynand Olivier for their clash against the Highlanders.

He replaces Francois Venter and will earn his 96th Super Rugby cap.

Dewald Potgieter comes in for the injured Deon Stegmann while Dean Greyling returns to the starting line after returning home for the birth of his son.

Morné Steyn will become only the sixth Bulls player to play 100 Super Rugby matches.


A New Zealand derby as the Crusaders host the Blues in Christchurch, based on performance, this should be a simple victory for the Crusaders.

But the Blues have made two changes: loose forward Steven Luatua makes his run-on debut and Tevita Mailau slots into tighthead prop in place of Charlie Faumuina who suffered a grade two calf tear just days before being named in the 35-man All Blacks training squad.

Regardless though, the Blues should be no match for the Crusaders in Christchurch.


The Lions have the tough task of taking on the Reds and one good positive is that John Mitchell has selected the same team that went down 25-3 to the Blues last Friday.

The Reds beat the Chiefs last week 42-27 in what was probably their most impressive performance of the season.

Off the back of that, the home side could pick up a comfortable five point win tomorrow.


The South African derby heads to Bloemfontein as the Cheetahs host the Sharks with the latter looking good in recent weeks.

The Cheetahs were gritty against the Stormers last week, and despite a brave fight back in the second half, they fell just short of a surprise upset.

This week they came up against a Sharks outfit which really looks to be on the rise-scoring over 50 points last week albeit against the Force.

John Plumtree's men might pull off a win.


Then the Stormers welcome the Waratahs to Newlands, with skipper Jean De Villiers having responded to critics complaining about the way the Stormers have been playing.

The Stormers have copped a lot of flak the past few weeks on the style of rugby they've been playing saying it's very "Un-Province" like.

Skipper Jean De Villiers has struck back saying winning is the most important thing.

Allister Coetzee has made two changes to his side - the injury to No 8 Nizaam Carr sees Canadian Jebb Sinclair step up for his first start at Super Rugby level.

In the other change Tiaan Liebenberg replaces Deon Fourie at hooker in a rotational switch.


Then on Sunday morning the Force host the Rebels in Perth.

Twelfth place plays hosts thirteenth place in this battle.

Both teams have scored almost an exact number of points while conceded almost the same number too.

Even their tries for and against are close.

Maybe a home advantage will be the deciding factor giving the Force a tight win