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2013 Investec Super Rugby Round 8 - Teams, previews & Kickoff!

James Mortimer     05 Apr 2013    

To view KickOff, the New Zealand Rugby Union's comprehensive and detailed online guide to the round of action, click here.

New Zealand Conference matches
Investec Super Rugby 2013 - Round Eight
Kick off times are NZT

Friday 5 April
Blues v Highlanders
Eden Park, Auckland
19:35
R Steve Walsh
AR Jonathon White
AR Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO Ben Skeen
OFFICIAL PREVIEW
OPTA STATS


Blues: Charles Piutau; Frank Halai, Rene Ranger, Jackson Willison, George Moala; Chris Noakes, Piri Weepu; Peter Saili, Luke Braid, Steven Luatua; Ali Williams (captain), Culum Retallick; Angus Ta'avao, James Parsons, Tom McCartney. Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Anthony Boric, Brendon O'Connor, Jamison Gibson-Park, Baden Kerr, Francis Saili.

Highlanders: Ben Smith; Buxton Popoalii, Jason Emery, Ma'a Nonu, Hosea Gear; Colin Slade, Aaron Smith; Mose Tuiali'i, John Hardie, Jarrad Hoeata; Josh Bekhuis, Brad Thorn; Chris King, Andrew Hore (captain), Jamie Mackintosh. Replacements: Liam Coltman, Ma'afu Fia, TJ Ioane, Elliot Dixon, Fumiaki Tanaka, Lima Sopoaga, Phil Burleigh.

Friday 5 April
Sharks v Crusaders
Kings Park, Durban
08:10
R Lourens van der Merwe
AR Craig Joubert
AR Reuben Rossouw
TMO Deon van Blommestein
OFFICIAL PREVIEW
OPTA STATS

Sharks: Francois Steyn; Odwa Ndungane, Paul Jordaan, Meyer Bosman, JP Pietersen; Patrick Lambie, Cobus Reinach; Keegan Daniel (captain), Marcell Coetzee, Jacques Botes; Franco van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit; Jannie du Plessis, Kyle Cooper, Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: Craig Burden, Wiehahn Herbst, Anton Bresler, Ryan Kankowski, Charl McLeod, Riaan Viljoen, Louis Ludik/S'bura Sithole.

Crusaders: Tom Marshall; Adam Whitelock, Robbie Fruean, Ryan Crotty, Zac Guildford; Tyler Bleyendaal, Andy Ellis; Luke Whitelock, Matt Todd, George Whitelock (captain); Samuel Whitelock, Luke Romano; Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: Codie Taylor Joe Moody, Dominic Bird, Jordan Taufua, Willi Heinz, Telusa Veainu, Israel Dagg.

Saturday 6 April
Hurricanes v Waratahs
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
19:35
R Jonathan Kaplan
AR Nick Briant
AR Kane McBride
TMO Glenn Newman
OFFICIAL PREVIEW
OPTA STATS

Hurricanes: Andre Taylor; Alapati Leiua , Conrad Smith (captain), Tim Bateman, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara ; Victor Vito / Faifili Levave, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields; Jason Eaton, Mark Reddish; Ben May, Motu Matu'u, Ben Franks. Replacements: Ash Dixon / Reggie Goodes, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen / Reggie Goodes, James Broadhurst, Faifili Levave / Jack Lam, Chris Smylie, Tusi Pisi, Reynold Lee-Lo.

Waratahs: Israel Folau; Peter Betham, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Rob Horne, Drew Mitchell; Bernard Foley, Brendan McKibbin; Pat McCutcheon, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis (captain); Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani; Sekope Kepu, John Ulugia, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Luke Holmes, Paddy Ryan, Mitchell Chapman, Wycliff Palu, Matt Lucas, Ben Volavola, Tom Kingston.

BYE: CHIEFS