Super Rugby Preview: Round 5, part 2

Too much Guinness… you know it! Great times last night, happy happy St Patrick.

Slow clap to England for scraping through to the next round of the Cricket World Cup. Looks like the top 8 sides in the world will all make the quarter-finals with the Proteas topping their group, cyber 5, team. Maverick thumbs up.

On to the rugby and 3 faaantastic Supe games coming your way, let’s get involved.

Waratahs vs Cheetahs

The Cheetahs are without Juan Smith and mostly struggle without him. They do however have Heinrich Brussouw back. Given a couple of games, he should be back to his ball stealing, smash you in the tackle pick you up and throw you away best. The Cheetahs unfortunately do not travel well and even though they have looked better this year have not improved enough to upset the Tahs at home.

The Waratahs are coming off a bye and will have had plenty of time to hit the drawing board after being schooled by the Saders two weeks ago. They have one of the best defensive records in Super Rugby and will fancy their chances against the low on ability skills confidence Cheetahs.

Venue: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

Kick-Off: 10:40am

Prediction: Tahs by plenty

Lions vs Force

The Lions won last week!!!! That’s right… VICTORY!! Put that in your mouth, taste it… delicious. After weeks of flattering to deceive, they finally managed to close out a tight game. The Lions forwards are playing solid rugby and Jantjies is growing in confidence. Doppies Le Grange played a blinder and is in fine form. Unfortunately he is being rested for this game but good news is Jano Vermaak coming back off the bench.

The Force were unlucky to draw with the Blues last week and will be bleak about allowing them back into the game. They seldom do well in SA and generally struggle at altitude. They are of course the team Mitchel coached before moving to the Lions and there will be no lack of motivation to beat them and beat them well.

Venue: Coca-Cola Park, Joburg

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Prediction: Lions by 5-15

Bulls vs Stormers

The Stormers won last week against the Landers and their defense once again held out. It is their attacking game that has many a fan grumbling and they know that they need to learn to score tries to once again make the finals this year.

The Bulls will be fresh from their bye and will be itching to make up for their loss two weeks ago. They were out muscled in the loose by a very strong Highlanders pack and gave away possession far too often. Don’t expect the same mistakes this Saturday. This is your classic North vs South derby. Expect huge hits and passionate play, not to mention plenty of blue painted faces and those hats with horns, also cheerleaders!

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Kick-Off: 7:10pm

Prediction: Bulls by less than 7

Rennton out.

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~ by bowlphilosophy on March 18, 2011.

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