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2013 Investec Super Rugby Round 12 - Teams, previews & Kickoff!

James Mortimer     03 May 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 Twelve
Kick off times are local


Friday 3 May
Blues v Stormers
#BLUvSTO
North Harbour Stadium, Albany
19:35
R Glen Jackson
AR Chris Pollock
AR Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO Vinny Munro
Head to Head: Played 15, Blues 8, Stormers 7
OFFICIAL PREVIEW
OPTA STATS

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

Stormers: Joe Pietersen; Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana; Gary van Aswegen, Dewaldt Duvenage; Duane Vermeulen, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi; Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp; Frans Malherbe, Deon Fourie, Steven Kitshoff. Replacements: Scarra Ntubeni, Pat Cilliers, Eben Etzebeth, Nizaam Carr, Louis Schreuder, Elton Jantjies, Damian de Allende.

Friday 3 May
Rebels v Chiefs
#REBvCHI
AAMI Park, Melbourne
19:40
R Garratt Williamson
AR Ian Smith
AR Richard Goswell
TMO Steve Leszczynski
Head to Head: Played 1, Chiefs 1, Rebels 0
OFFICIAL PREVIEW
OPTA STATS

Rebels: Jason Woodward; Tom English, Mitch Inman, Rory Sidey, Cooper Vuna; James O`Connor, Nick Phipps; Scott Higginbotham (captain), Scott Fuglistaller, Jarrod Saffy; Cadeyrn Neville, Hugh Pyle; Laurie Weeks, Ged Robinson, Nic Henderson. Replacements: Shota Horie, Paul Alo-Emile, Luke Jones, Gareth Delve, Nick Stirzaker, Kurtley Beale, Lachlan Mitchell.

Chiefs: Gareth Anscombe; Lelia Masaga, Tim Nanai-Williams, Bundee Aki, Asaeli Tikoirotuma; Aaron Cruden, Brendon Leonard; Matt Vant Leven, Sam Cane, Liam Messam (co-captain); Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (co-captain); Ben Tameifuna, Mahonri Schwalger, Pauliasi Manu. Matt Vant Leven. Replacements: Hika Elliot, Toby Smith, Michael Fitzgerald, Tanerau Latimer, Augustine Pulu, Robbie Robinson, Patrick Osborne.

Saturday 4 May
Highlanders v Sharks
#HIGvSHA
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
19:35
R Steve Walsh
AR Mike Fraser
AR Kane McBride
TMO Keith Brown
Head to Head: Played 14, Highlanders 5, Sharks 9
OFFICIAL PREVIEW
OPTA STATS

Highlanders: Ben Smith; Phil Burleigh, Tamati Ellison, Shaun Treeby, Hosea Gear; Colin Slade, Aaron Smith; TJ Ioane, John Hardie, Jarrad Hoeata; Josh Bekhuis, Brad Thorn; Chris King, Andrew Hore (captain), Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Liam Coltman, Ma'afu Fia, Elliot Dixon, Joe Wheeler, Fumiaki Tanaka, Hayden Parker, Jason Emery.

Sharks: Riaan Viljoen; JP Pietersen, Francois Steyn, Meyer Bosman, Lwazi Mvovo; Patrick Lambie, Charl McLeod; Lubabalo Mtembu, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel (captain); Franco van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit; Jannie du Plessis, Kyle Cooper, Wiehahn Herbst. Replacements: Craig Burden, JC Janse van Rensburg, Anton Bresler, Jean Deysel, Tian Meyer, Piet Lindeque, Odwa Ndungane.

Saturday 4 May
Bulls v Hurricanes
#BULvHUR
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
19:10
R Lourens van der Merwe
AR Jaco Peyper
AR Cobus Wessels
TMO Johan Greeff
Head to Head: Played 14, Bulls 7, Hurricanes 7
OFFICIAL PREVIEW
OPTA STATS

Bulls: Jurgen Visser; Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson; Morne Steyn, Jano Vermaak; Pierre Spies (captain), Dewald Potgieter, Deon Stegmann; Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe; Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling. Replacements: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Grant Hattingh, Arno Botha, Francois Hougaard, Louis Fouche, Lionel Mapoe.

Hurricanes: Andre Taylor; Alapati Leiua, Conrad Smith (captain), Tusi Pisi, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Victor Vito, Karl Lowe, Brad Shields; Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush; Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Ash Dixon, Ben Franks. Replacements: Reggie Goodes, Ben May, Mark Reddish, Faifili Levave, Jack Lam, Chris Smylie, Tim Bateman.

Sunday 5 May
Brumbies v Crusaders
#BRUvCRU
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
16:05
R Craig Joubert
AR Andrew Lees
AR James Leckie
TMO Matt Goddard
Head to Head: Played 19, Brumbies 8, Crusaders 11
OFFICIAL PREVIEW
OPTA STATS

Brumbies: TBA

Crusaders: Tom Taylor; Tom Marshall, Robbie Fruean, Ryan Crotty, Zac Guildford; Dan Carter, Andy Ellis; Luke Whitelock, Matt Todd, George Whitelock (captain); Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano; Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Dominic Bird, Jordan Taufua, Willi Heinz, Adam Whitelock, Israel Dagg.