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DHL Super Rugby Pacific: Round 8 Teams

DHL Super Rugby Pacific: Round 8 Teams

All BlacksApril 11, 2024

Round Eight of Super Rugby Pacific is here as teams start to push towards the finals.
The round begins in the north of New Zealand as Moana Pasifika hosts the Queensland Reds in Whangarei.

This will be followed by the NSW Waratahs and Crusaders facing off as they look to keep their finals hopes alive.

A top four battle between the Hurricanes and Chiefs starts a double-header on Saturday, finishing with the Melbourne Rebels taking on the Highlanders in Melbourne.

The Blues, ACT Brumbies, Western Force and Fijian Drua have the bye.

ROUND EIGHT TEAMS

*All times local

MOANA PASIFIKA v QUEENSLAND REDS

Friday 12 April: Semenoff Stadium, Whangarei (19:05)

MOANA PASIFIKA (1-15): Abraham Pole, Samiuela Moli, Sione Mafileo, Tom Savage, Allan Craig, Irie Papuni, Jacob Norris, Sione Havili Talitui (c), Ereatara Enari, William Havili, Fine Inisi, Julian Savea, Henry Taefu. Viliami Fine, Danny Toala

RESERVES: Sama Malolo, Sateki Latu, Sekope Kepu, Ola Tauelangi, Miracle Faiilagi, Melani Matavao, Christina Lealiifano, Nigel Ah Wong

REDS (1-15): Peni Ravai, Matt Faessler, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Seru Uru, Ryan Smith, Liam Wright (co-c), Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott (co-c), Harry McLaughlin-Phillips, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Josh Flook, Suli Vunivalu, Jock Campbell

RESERVES: Josh Nasser, Alex Hodgman, Zane Nonggorr, Angus Blyth, John Bryant, Kalani Thomas, Lawson Creighton, Mac Grealy

Referee: Angus Mabey

Assistant Referees: Marcus Playle, Nick Hogan

Key match-up: Captain Sione Havili Talitui is a proven performer for Moana Pasifika at number eight. His clash with Reds powerhouse Harry Wilson will be full of fireworks.

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Queensland Reds by 10.

Think you know more than our expert? Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

NSW WARATAHS v CRUSADERS

Friday 12 April: Allianz Stadium, Sydney (19:35)

WARATAHS (1-15): Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Julian Heaven, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Jed Holloway, Ned Hanigan, Lachlan Swinton, Charlie Gamble, Langi Gleeson, Jake Gordon (c), Tane Edmed, Dylan Pietsch, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Triston Reilly, Max Jorgensen

RESERVES: Theo Fourie, Lewis Ponini, Tom Ross, Miles Amatosero, Hugh Sinclair, Jack Grant, Will Harrison, Joey Walton

CRUSADERS (1-15): George Bower, George Bell, Fletcher Newell, Quinten Strange, Jamie Hannah, Ethan Blackadder, Tom Christie (c), Cullen Grace, Noah Hotham, Riley Hohepa, Johnny McNicholl, Dallas McLeod, Levi Aumua, Sevu Reece, Chay Fihaki

RESERVES: Brodie McAlister, Joe Moody, Owen Franks, Dominic Gardiner, Christian Lio-Willie, Mitch Drummond, Rivez Reihana, Macca Springer

Referee: Nic Berry

Assistant Referees: Damon Murphy, Jordan Kaminski

Key match-up: Midfield rumble. Izaia Perese v Levi Aumua. Enough said.

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Crusaders by 18.

Think you know more than our expert? Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

HURRICANES v CHIEFS

Saturday 13 April: Sky Stadium, Wellington (19:05)

HURRICANES (1-15): Xavier Numia, Asafo Aumua, Tyrel Lomax, Caleb Delany, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Brad Shields (c), Peter Lakai, Brayden Iose, TJ Perenara, Brett Cameron, Kini Naholo, Jordie Barrett, Billy Proctor, Josh Moorby, Ruben Love

RESERVES: James O'Reilly, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Pasilio Tosi, Justin Sangster, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Devan Flanders, Richard Judd, Peter Umaga-Jensen

CHIEFS (1-15): Aidan Ross, Samisoni Taukei'aho, Reuben O'Neill, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Tupou Vaa'i, Samipeni Finau, Luke Jacobson (c), Wallace Sititi, Cortez Ratima, Damian McKenzie, Etene Nanai Seturo, Anton Lienert-Brown, Daniel Rona, Emoni Narawa, Shaun Stevenson

RESERVES: Bradley Slater, Ollie Norris, George Dyer, Jimmy Tupou, Kaylum Boshier, Xavier Roe, Josh Ioane, Rameka Poihipi

Referee: James Doleman

Assistant Referees: Jono Bredin, Fraser Hannon

Key match-up: With Dane Coles retired and Codie Taylor on sabbatical, Samisoni Taukei’aho has taken his place as the leading hooker in New Zealand. He will face a huge challenge at the Caketin from Hurricanes dynamo Asafo Aumua.

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Hurricanes by 1.

Think you know more than our expert? Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

MELBOURNE REBELS V HIGHLANDERS

Saturday 13 April: AAMI Park, Melbourne (19:35)

REBELS (1-15): Matt Gibbon, Jordan Uelese, Sam Talakai (c), Tuaina Taii Tualima, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Josh Kemeny, Maciu Nabolakasi, Vaiolini Ekuasi, Ryan Louwrens, Carter Gordon, Darby Lancaster, David Feliuai, Filipo Daugunu, Lachie Anderson, Andrew Kellaway

RESERVES: Alex Mafi, Isaac Kailea, Taniela Tupou, Angelo Smith, Daniel Maiava, Jack Maunder, Matt Proctor, Nick Jooste

HIGHLANDERS (1-15): Daniel Lienert-Brown, Henry Bell, Saula Ma'u, Oliver Haig, Pari Pari Parkinson, Sean Withy, Billy Harmon (c) Nikora Broughton, Folau Fakatava, Ajay Faleafaga, Jona Nareki, Sam Gilbert, Tanielu Tele'a, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens

RESERVES: Ricky Jackson, Ethan de Groot, Rohan Wingham, Hugo Plummer, Will Stodart, James Arscott, Matt Whaanga, Connor Garden-Bachop

Referee: Paul Williams

Assistant Referees: Dan Waenga, Mike Winter

Key match-up: Filipo Daugunu was another level for the Rebels last week in their win over the Drua. This week he comes up against one of the hardest tacklers in the competition in Tanielu Tele’a.

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Highlanders by 20.

Think you know more than our expert? Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

 

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