Super Rugby Preview, Round 9, part 1

Rugby brings people to together and not just in the scrums. Whether it is a bunch of strangers from different backgrounds and cultures at a braai who all say that the Bulls brand of rugby is out of date and ineffectual or whether it is a group of other people, standing nearby, who agree.

This week we welcome fellow rugby fans from Guatemala, who found our site through the Super 14  Cheerleaders of the year. Welcome to the trust tree, rugby (cheerleader) fans. Enjoy.

 

Chiefs vs Crusaders

The Chiefs have only had 2 wins so far this year and will be glad to have captain Mils Muliaina back in the line up. He had a glorious year last year and brings not only his vast experience to the team but will be looking to spark the, as yet lifeless, Chiefs back into winning ways. Unfortunately it is easier said than done against the Saders.

This Crusaders side looks unstoppable. They destroyed the Bulls last week but truth be told seemed to have a bit of an off day. With the way the Bulls were playing, they could well have beaten them by 50 points. Carter is still injured but Richie (too charming to penalize) McCaw is back on the bench and worryingly they have not seemed to miss him this season.

Venue: Baypark Stadium, Mt Maunganui

Kick-Off: Fri, 9:35am

Prediction: Crusaders by 10-20

Rebels vs Highlanders

The Rebels won again last week and don’t let anyone try to tell you they are still a walking bonus point, that’s the Lions. Sterling Mortlock’s team look like the real deal and are being shrewdly coached by Rod Macqueen. They will be searching for their 4th victory but will struggle against a very competent Highlanders team.

The Highlanders hung on against the Cheetahs last week with Adam Thompson proving the difference. The skillful flank has had a blinder of a season and is inspirational to his team. Jimmy Cowan has been rested or possibly punished for his douche kick into the head of captain Jamie Mackintosh but the Landers should still be able to take this one comfortably.

Classic.

Venue: AAMI Stadium, Melbourne

Kick-Off: 11:40am

Prediction: Highlanders by about 10

Blues vs Waratahs

The Blues look really good on paper and for once are looking just as good on the field too (unlike the Hurricanes). They have a skillful back line and with Stephen Brett and Luke McAlister at flyhalf and inside centre and Joe Rokocoko and Rene (try scoring is my bag, baby) Ranger on the wings, expect a fast paced running game this Sat Morning.

The Waratahs dominated the hapless Force last week and have their own impressive back line raring to go. Berrick Barnes is still out, with Kurtley Beale once again starting at flyhalf. He has recently signed for the Rebels for next season but expect full commitment from the mexican tache extraordinaire. This should be a good game if you can wake up for it.

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Kick-Off: Sat, 9:35am

Prediction: Blues to sneak a close one

Reds vs Bulls

The Reds surprised everyone except Burglar Cooper’s mum when they beat the Stormers last week. They played aggressive, inspired, intelligent rugby, dominated the collisions and controlled possession and territory.  Maybe Coetzee should keep his thoughts on them ‘cheating’ for after the game as the Reds looked like they had something to prove and prove it they did.

The Bulls were SHITake last week. Possibly the worst performance from them in the last 10 years. The didn’t miss that many tackles but the ones they missed led directly to tries. Wynand Olivier looked like he was surprised the ball was oval and tried the ‘eyes closed’ approach to deal with it. Steyn, Fourie and Bakkies looked very average and Victor Matfield, besides losing line-outs decided the best way to captain and inspire the team was to whine and bitch at the ref like a little girl. The less said about Pierre (what is this ball made of, soap?) Spies the better.

The only consolation is that surely the Bulls can’t play that badly again? The Reds will be jet lagged after returning home and the Bulls will be extra keen to make amends but do not expect a Bulls victory on Sat.

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off: 11:40am

Prediction: Reds by 5-10

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on April 14, 2011.

One Response to “Super Rugby Preview, Round 9, part 1”

  1. Quality video, personally wouldn’t choose that guy to kick the ball into myself, must’ve been some one smaller to do it to (Like the ref!)

    If you want to see a truly amazing video of a stupid sportsman check out Mario Balotelli of Manchester City trying to put on his training bib… you would not have thought it possible! http://youtu.be/f1bmOiLhgCw

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