Super Rugby Preview – Round 6, Part 1

Last week’s predictions = FAIL.

Once again I was reminded that given the right attitude and belief, any team can beat any other team in this glorious competition. Yes, my Superbru success rate is abysmal and yes, thinking back maybe I should not have placed such a high bet on the Lions to win but that’s what makes rugby so enjoyable to watch, the unpredictability of it all.

Also, you really should not be allowed to max-out credit cards at betting sites, just saying.

Let’s see if I can get more than half of the predictions correct this week.

Rebels vs Hurricanes

The Rebels were poor to the max last week and looked disinterested and intimidated by a far better Reds side. They lacked commitment and execution and will need to lunge up this week in a massive way to avoid another thumping.

The Hurricanes were better than the scoreline suggested last week against the Blues and with so many stars in their team must be wondering when they are going to click and fulfill their potential. The one positive from last week is that Nonu wasn’t cited for dangerous play.

Slow clap, dreadlocks, well done.

Venue: AAMI Stadium, Melbourne

Kick-Off: 10:40am

Prediction: Canes by 15-25

Reds vs Cheetahs

The Reds looked far more like the giant killers from last year when they schooled the Rebels in a harsh painful way last week. It is hard to know how much of that was down to the Rebels playing poorly though and they will be keen to make a statement with a comprehensive display on Saturday.

Well done to the Cheetahs for their first win on Australian soil everrr. Great SHITake guys. the Cheetahs defended like the Waratahs of old and scored one of the tries of the season so far from inside their own half.

Brussouw played a blinder and reminded everyone why he is so highly rated. Unfortunately they lost their captain, Strauss to injury and will have their 5th captain of the season so far this weekend. Can the Cheetahs repeat last week’s performance? I have no idea.

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off: 6:30am

Prediction: Reds Cheetahs … Reds by less than 7.

Chiefs vs Blues

Both these teams blow hot and cold. It’s like fire and ice out there and to be honest and almost impossible to predict. My gut says the Blues are the team to beat this year and showed some great touches against the Canes last week.

The Chiefs played pragmatic, structured rugby and upset a very good Sharks side and will be keen to kick on from here and make up some lost ground on the log. The Chiefs may have the slight advantage of playing at home but this game could well be decided by the battle of the Dan Carter back ups.

Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Kick-Off: 8:35am

Prediction: Blues by 5-15

Stay tuned for part 2, tomorrow.

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on March 24, 2011.

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