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Super Rugby Round 13

Who should you keep an eye on in Round 12?

Round 13 of the 2013 Super Rugby tournament is about to get underway, with the Chiefs kicking off the weekend against the Force on Friday, 10 May 2013; and there are a few players that you should keep your eye out for this weekend.

Pat Lambie

Lambie has an incredible amount of weight on his shoulders, as the Sharks require a good win to keep their hopes of a play-off spot alive. Lambie will have to get the backline moving and spread the ball wide, because the Durban side need tries against the Reds, which will be no easy task. Lambie will need to take the ball to the line himself, and ask questions of his opposite number, Quade Cooper.

Pat Lambie

Sam Cane

Sam Cane has been touted as the successor to Ritchie McCaw, and following his impressive performance against the Rebels, Cane will want to raise the bar once more to make sure that the All Black number 7 jersey has him name on it.

Sam Cane

Israel Folau

Israel Folau has evolved from an awkward league-convert to a Super Rugby star in less than a season. Folau was immense against the Kings in PE, even earning himself a man-of-the-match award, and the big 24-year old will be let loose against the Stormers in Sydney. His quick turn of pace and elusive stepping should see him causing havoc for the Stormers defence.

Israel Folau

Charles Piutau

The Blues will take on the Rebels on Saturday, and the Auckland side’s fullback Charles Piutau has proven to be of the most dangerous attackers in the tournament, and should test the Rebels’ tackling ability. Piutau has punched holes in almost every defensive line in the competition, and with the Blues on roll following the defeat of the Stormers, expect them to be attacking with some serious confidence.

Charles Piutau

Ben Smith

Ben Smith was absolutely sublime against the Sharks in Dunedin, and the All Black utility is surely hot on the heels of Israel Dagg for claiming the black 15 jersey. Ben Smith was instrumental in Colin Slade’s try, and if he plays anything like he did last weekend, he will cause concerns for the Southern Kings.

Ben Smith

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