Super Rugby Preview – Round 10, part 1

This week that much-loved, mustachioed, barrel of quotes, Springbok coach, Pieter de Villiers, announced the 51 players who are to attend a 2-day planning session.

The idea is that any of these players, should they be called upon, should at least be on the same page with regards to calls, Bok culture and playing strategy, if there are injuries to the main squad of players before the RWC2011.

Unfortunately he has included players like Ricky I ate all the burgers Januarie and Adi even I don’t know why I have been picked Jacobs. It is incredible that these players are even considered when they cannot make the starting line ups in the Currie Cup, let alone Super Rugby. At least he has finally recognised Duane Vermeulen and Sarel Pretorious.

Watch this space for the whittled down squad and captain announcement. Do you agree with these 51 players of justice? Let us know.

Onto Super Rugby…

Blues vs Rebels

The Blues are looking good at this stage and with returning All blacks, Ali Williams, Tony WoodCOCK and Benson Stanley, they will be even stronger on Saturday. Luke McAllister has been benched but the Blues should have the measure of an up and down Rebels side.

The Rebels welcome back Captain Stirling  job Mortlock and will be keen to rectify the many errors made last week. Will they ever produce 2 consistent performances? Probably not.

Venue: North Harbour Stadium, Albany

Kick-Off: Fri, 9:35am

Prediction: Blues by 15-20

Crusaders vs Highlanders

The Crusaders have benched Sonny Boxer Williams and a host of other stars for this game, which may seem like a slap in the face to the Highlanders (imagine which team they would put out against the Lions?) but they are the Crusaders and seemingly have depth in every position. Carter, Kieran Read and McCaw are all injured and they may well find this derby game a fair bit tougher than in previous years.

The Highlanders have surprised all and sundry with their winning ways and have shown the skill, know-how and determination to still be sitting pretty in the top 6 of the log. They have however dropped Jimmy kick the ball in yo face Cowan and star flank Adam Thompson for this game which should level the playing field somewhat.

Venue: Trafalgar Park, Nelson

Kick-Off: Sat, 9:35am

Prediction: Crusaders by less than 7

Reds vs Waratahs

The Reds are coming off 2 very impressive wins against the Stormers and Bulls and Burglar Cooper and Will Genia must be the best 9, 10 combination playing at the moment. The Reds, however have not beaten the Waratahs in their last 10 games and will be keen to break that unenviable record this Sat.

The Tahs struggled last week against a rampant Blues side and do not look as good with Tache Beale at flyhalf as they do with Berrick Barnes in the position. Drew Mitchell is still in fine form though and with Phil Waugh back from Notre Dame, along with Tom Carter and Wycliff Palu, the Tahs should prove to be a tricky bunch to overcome. Tough call on this but am going to go with the home team.

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off: 11:40am

Prediction: Reds by less than 7

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on April 21, 2011.

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