Super 14 picks – boom

Super 14 Previews and Predictions

Friday 24 April

Chiefs v Vodacom Cheetahs, Hamilton 09:35

The Chiefs were beaten badly last week by an awesome Stormers display. If they lose tomorrow they will break the record for the most home losses of any season by any Chiefs team. Also known as ‘The crapest team everrr” record. Juan Smith is back for the Cheetahs after attending his father’s funeral and he will make a difference to the team. Barend Pietersen is back at lock, which will help but I still see the Chiefs taking this one.

Prediction: Chiefs by 7 to 15.

Reds v Vodacom Stormers, Brisbane 11:40

This will be the game of the weekend and I will be venturing to the nearest pub to celebrate the fact. The Reds played very well last week and Will Genia and Quade Cooper are so much in sync it’s almost like they are sleeping together (you heard it here first). However, the Stormers are playing even better rugby and with Jacque, Andries and Schalk playing with freedom and skill the likes of which we haven’t seen since, well ever really. Also as you will hear in every bar in CT… “this is our year!”

Prediction: Stormers by 7.

Western Force v Crusaders, Perth 13:45

For some reason the Force seem to play really well against the Crusaders, although they have never beaten them they have drawn twice. Carter is back, as is Brad Thorn, Kieren Read and Owen Franks. The Force are without young prodigy James O’ Connor and although they have improved as the season has progressed, I don’t see them really troubling what is a great Crusaders team.

Prediction: Crusaders by 10 to 20.

Saturday 25 April

Highlanders v Hurricanes, Dunedin 09:35

The Hurricanes played well last week to beat the Brumbies. They remain a quality side who are still in with a shout (more of a faint request) of a semi spot. They need to beat the Highlanders to have any chance and to be honest although the Highlanders can and do sometimes play very good rugby, I don’t see them winning this. Derby games are usually toit affairs so this could be close.

Prediction: Canes by 5 to 10.

Waratahs v Brumbies, Sydney 11:40

Who really cares about Aussies playing each other? I guess we should care about the result though as a Brumbies win would suit our top teams. The Tahs are always good in defence and the Brumbies always pride themselves on their looks so who knows really. If Giteau plays well they should win.

Prediction: Brumbies by 3.

Vodacom Bulls v Auto & General Lions, Loftus Versfeld, 15:00

Ahh the Lions. Siiiigh. They are the team I support so a part of me always thinks they will do well. That part however is constantly disappointed and depressed and has developed a drinking problem. The Lions looked better with old man Carlos at the back and showed some good spirit last week but their defence basically sucks. The Bulls lost last week as they normally do on tour in the last game before heading home but are now back. Playing at Loftus they are near impossible to beat. Expect some tries come Saturday.

Prediction: Bulls by 7 to15.

The Sharks v Blues, ABSA Stadium 17:05

The Sharks looked good in the first half against the Lions and raced to 3 quick tries but it was against the Lions, so no great achievement there. They held on well at the end of the game and with a settled team are looking better and better. This could be very close as the Blues can play well given a bit of space. They have possibly the easiest run in to the semis, so will be looking to get some momentum. If the Sharks can defend like they did last week and keep things simple, they may just edge it.

Prediction: Sharks by 3.

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~ by bowlphilosophy on April 22, 2010.

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