Super Rugby Preview: Round 7, Part 1

Another week, another glorious opportunity to not move off the couch.

If you are from the sub-continent then enjoy the CWC finals. If you are South African, you probably don’t want to talk about the cricket and quite frankly can’t wait for the World Cup to be over. I am with you.

Epic Fail guys.

So let’s not, let’s talk rugby. Supe Rugby.

Highlanders vs Brumbies

The Highlanders had a bye last week but have looked a much improved side this year. They will be glad the team they face is struggling with form as games after byes can be tricky affairs but expect home ground advantage to see them through.

The Brumbies will feel aggrieved at losing to the Tahs at the death last week and will be desperate to get a win under the belt. They have never properly recovered from losing to the Rebels and perhaps in hindsight, firing the coach was a douche move after all.

Venue: Carisbrook, Dunedin

Kick-Off: Friday, 8:35am

Prediction: Landers by 7-15

Waratahs vs Chiefs

The Tahs sqeezed back into winning ways on Sat with a last-minute victory and besides a shock loss to the Cheetahs are looking in reasonable form. They have a very fast and skillful back line and Kurtley Tache Beale has continued his fine play from last year.

The Chiefs lost  at home to the Blues in a toit, although slightly dull game but looked classy the week before against the Sharks. They played a structured forward orientated game and that blueprint may well be the key against the Tahs. Tricky game to call this but I reckon the Tahs defense may prove the difference.

Venue: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

Kick-Off: Friday, 10:40am

Prediction: Waratahs by 3-10

Blues vs Cheetahs

The Cheetahs have been face punched by injuries this season and do not have the depth to adequately cover key positions. Their best players are all injured and the team will more than likely struggle in their remaining games overseas. They played with heart against the Tahs but were pretty SHITake last week. Expect the same this week.

The Blues are building up some momentum and are looking like early favourites to make the knock out stages. They have blown hot and cold in the past but against a limping, homesick Cheetahs side, should win comfortably.

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Kick-Off: Sat, 6:30am

Prediction: Blues by 15-30

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on March 31, 2011.

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