Super Rugby Preview: Week 5, Part 1

I went on a ‘business’ trip to Vegas last week and spent many hours drinking and gambling, it was glorious!

I stayed at Planet Hollywood and saw Holly Madison. Here she is texting me to remind me to keep to the stipulated 200 yards or else face being arrested. She is so thoughtful.

I did try to find any Cricket World Cup matches or Super Rugby games and/or score updates on TV. There were none.

There were 9 sports channels in total. 7 of these only showed basketball (mostly college basketball), 1 channel showed some random Spanish soccer program in Spanish and the other showed the hilariously over sponsored, left-hand turn only, bore-a-thon called Nascar… and that my friends is why I could never live in USA .

I was alas too busy to do any predictions and for that I am sorry.

What else should I say? All Apologies. What else could I say? Everyone is gay.

That sums it up pretty well, thank you Mr Cobain.

Back to this week though and let’s check out this week’s rugby action adventures.

Chiefs vs Sharks

The Sharks won a tense come from behind game against the Rebels and fell into their old habit of going to sleep for parts of the game before finishing strongly. They will need a better effort this week against the Chiefs.

Tana (new model search finalist) Umaga may have lost some pace but his distribution, vision and tactical nous is sharp as ever. This week he is partnered with the promising Richard Kahui in midfield and will be a handful for Old man River and Meyer Bosman. The Sharks forwards should have the upper hand over the Chief’s though and this is where the game will be decided.

Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Kick-Off: Friday 8:35am

Prediction: Sharks by 2-7

Reds vs Rebels

The Rebels have looked better and better the more they play and Cipriani has had moments of brilliance. Unfortunately he has also had moments of ‘What the FiretrUCK was he thinking?!?!’ so,  the jury is still out on the vodka thief. Mortlock has been playing well as has Gerard and Huxley is not bad but they have yet to gel properly as a team.

The Reds improved in their last game but have just come off a bye so will be happy to be playing the Rebels as they try to get their season going. They will not be taking them lightly but it is a home game for them and will be expecting a bonus point victory.

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off: Friday, 11:40am

Prediction: Reds by 7-15

Highlanders vs Crusaders

The Highlanders lost to the Stormers but looked more keen to beat them up than actually play rugby against them. To be honest if that was their goal, then they failed quite badly. Firstly they tried to fight the biggest guy in the Stormers team, an amateur mistake. Secondly, their punches were off target and mostly wildly thrown. Poor coaching all round.

The Crusaders showed again why they are always the team to beat with another big victory over an admittedly poor Brumbies side. Sonny Bill Williams is playing superb rugga and worryingly playing himself into good form ahead of the RWC. The Highlanders always lift themselves for this  game but after a long flight home will struggle against a very impressive looking Crusaders team.

Venue: Carisbrook, Dunedin

Kick-Off: 6:30am

Prediction: Crusaders by 5-10.

By the way this is what Holly looks like in the show. Little Bo Peep. Sheep never had it so good.


Blues vs Hurricanes

The Blues were woeful against the Force and lucky to salvage a draw. It was their first game back after the trip to SA, so perhaps were feeling a touch lethargic. They will need to be at their best on Saturday though as the face the Canes at home.

The Hurricanes will be happy with their win last week but will know that the Blues at home will take some beating. Both these teams can score magnificent tries but be guilty of defensive lapses. this game should be no different. Expect big hits, in your face hand offs and speedy wing tries.

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Kick-Off: Saturday, 8:35am

Prediction: Blues by less than 7


~ by bowlphilosophy on March 17, 2011.

2 Responses to “Super Rugby Preview: Week 5, Part 1”

  1. Oi, how about a word on the Lions!!! Breaking that losing streak must’ve even made the news in Vegas!

  2. I’ve been watching both the rugby and cricket in south california … Only issue come with games down under are at 1am, which would have tied in with your ‘incident’ with Holly Madison. On the upside I do get ‘pearl jam’ radio in the car. I even have snow capped mountains near by, its like Cape Town but without the … Stormers fans!!

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