SA S15 Conference 2020



  • @Davesofthunder said in SA S15 Conference 2020:

    Any good summaries on the South African conference as we get closer?

    Keen to get a better grip on how those teams are stacking up after all the changes for 2020

    I am biased but on paper the Stormers should do well specially with the pack (Kolisi, PSdT, Malherbe, Bongi, Kitshoff) and exciting Herschel Jantjies and Damian Willemse. They havent lost that many players like the others and have better depth compare to the others.
    The Sharks have a very good backline (Andre Esterhuizen and Am in midfield, and a back three of Mapimpi, Nkosi and Aphelele Fassi.). Lions have a very young but talented squad, Bulls will there or there about. Jaquares will also be strong.

    Not sure about the Jacquares.



  • @OomPB

    Good point on the stormers, the scale of losses amongst the other teams is crazy!



  • Stormers are a real threat this year. Should battle it out with chiefs and crusaders and maybe jaguares



  • Last year, I predicted the Jaguares to finish on top of the SA conference. I am not so sure for 2020. They have lost a few key players (Sanchez, Lavanini, Matera). It will be very tight.



  • DHL Stormers squad: Juarno Augustus, Kwenzo Blose, Jaco Coetzee, Paul de Wet, Dan du Plessis, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Johan du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Ben-Jason Dixon, Schalk Erasmus, Neethling Fouche, Michal Haznar, Lyle Hendricks, Herschel Jantjies, Dan Jooste, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi, David Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Leon Lyons, Godlen Masimla, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, David Meihuizen, Salmaan Moerat, Matt More, Ruhan Nel, Scarra Ntubeni, Sergeal Petersen, Rikus Pretorius, Jamie Roberts, Sazi Sandi, JD Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Chad Solomon, Edwill van der Merwe, Ernst van Rhyn, Abner van Reenen, Chris van Zyl, Ali Vermaak, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse, Nama Xaba, Leolin Zas.

    https://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-2020-squad-announced/



  • Sharks team vs Bulls

    15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche
    Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Boeta Chamberlain, 23 Jeremy Ward


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    @cgrant said in SA S15 Conference 2020:

    Last year, I predicted the Jaguares to finish on top of the SA conference. I am not so sure for 2020. They have lost a few key players (Sanchez, Lavanini, Matera). It will be very tight.

    Sanchez left at end of 2018 He's been replaced by Miotti who'll be Pumas #10 by 2023 RWC

    Lavanini is a liability He'l be replaced by Alemanno who's alot more disciplined & is a lineout option to boot

    Moyano gone to Toulon Good player but Jaguares have tons of wing option S Carreras will start at #11

    Only significant loss will be Matera who was best player in Super Rugby last year

    Jaguares will replace Matera by committee:

    Grondona Pedimonte (U20), Gorrisen Lezana will all start at Flanker/#8 as Desio cover flank as well as #8

    I expect Jaguares to again dominate SA Conf & go back to back Stormers only team sniffing the Jaguares talent level

    1. Jaguares - Win SR
    2. Stormers - QF
    3. Sharks - QF
    4. Lions - 10th
    5. Bulls - 11th


  • @OomPB said in SA S15 Conference 2020:

    Sharks team vs Bulls

    15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche
    Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Boeta Chamberlain, 23 Jeremy Ward

    Bulls

    15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Jeandré Rudolph, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka

    Substitutes: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Ruan Nortje, 20 Ryno Pieterse, 21 Wian Vosloo, 22 Embrose Papier, 23 Manie Libbok



  • Sharks touring squad (for Highlanders, Hurricanes, Rebels and Reds away games):

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    https://sharksrugby.co.za/2020/02/01/touring-squad/



  • They'll be in a better state than the Canes when they hit the caketin!



  • "Cell C Sharks" really is a very unfortunate name. They sound like a prison gang that gets let out for matches.

    Always good to win first up though.



  • There was no match thread for it but the Lions v Stormers game had a hell of a finish



  • Nafi Tuitavake is starting for the Bulls this week

    I think that will be his first Super Rugby game since 2014 with the Crusaders



  • Sharks now the big favorite to win this. The have been on tour and sitting right at the top of the log.



  • Bulls and Lions going into self-isolation when back in South Africa.



  • S24

    While the dreaded midnight deadline for local players to opt out of their existing contracts with South African franchises might've passed, there still a significant amount of anxiety over what the true extent of clause, part of SA Rugby's Industry Mitigation Plan in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be on playing rosters.
    

    BULLS
    In:

    Duane Vermeulen

    Marcel van der Merwe

    Gio Aplon

    Arno Botha

    Out:

    Johnny Kotze

    Manie Libbok

    LIONS
    Out:

    Malcolm Marx

    Tyrone Green

    Ruan Vermaak

    Shaun Reynolds

    SHARKS
    In:

    Manie Libbok

    Out:

    Andre Esterhuizen

    Tyler Paul

    Andisa Ntsila

    In:

    Kade Wolhuter

    Keke Morabe

    Out:

    Wilco Louw

    Dillyn Leyds

    JL du Plessis

    PSdT had a record offer from France, Mapimpi & Amm not far behind but they rejected it



  • That's a lot of good players lost







  • I wonder what dirt the Stormers have on him?


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