Super Rugby Preview – Round 11, part 2

Huge games this Saturday.Massive. Suuuuupe Rugby at its very best.

I may or may not be aroused right now.

Today is the Royal Wedding. My interest in this is tiny to say the least but well done to Prince William on marrying Kate Middleton.


Interesting side note: After the two of them have the wedding ceremony they go back to their room for a 4 hour ‘rest’. It is a tradition stemming from back in the day, when people would have watched them consummate the marriage to make it official. 4 hours? Really? It’s not easy being king.

Western Force vs Crusaders

For some reason the Crusaders seem to struggle against the Force. The Force beat them last year, drew in 2009 and narrowly lost in 2008. Of course they got smashed in their collective faces in 2007, so perhaps we should not read too much into history. The Force did well to come back against the Bulls but it is hard to judge their performance because of how SHITake woeful the Bulls have been recently.

The Crusaders are coming off a loss to the Highlanders but do have Ritchie Captain Charming McCaw back, although starting at No 8. He may be a touch rusty but his leadership and brown nosing handling of the refs is second to none. The Crusaders should get back on track but this could be close for most of the game.

Venue: nib Stadium, Perth

Kick-Off: Sat, 2:05pm

Prediction: Crusaders by 7-15

Bulls vs Chiefs

The Bulls viewed last week’s game as a ‘must-win’ and then lost. They will be saying the same of this game but really it may already be too late for them to qualify for the play-offs. Of course it is mathematically possible that they still qualify but it is more the way they are playing that is the most worrying for the many Bulls fans. Frans head in the sand Ludeke refuses to admit that there is a problem with the Bulls play and keeps using the same players with the same game plan. Surely it is time to drop Bakkies, Olivier and Spies to the bench, I hear you say. His reply, ” stop calling me Shirley”. Touche good sir.

The Chiefs will be happy to have achieved a win against the Lion cubs and will know that this is their best chance at beating the Bulls at home in years but have glaring weaknesses in their own game and will not do so this Saturday. The Bulls are playing in red because of their sponsor. We get it Vodacom, your colours are now red. Whoopty do.

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Prediction: Bulls by 10-20

Stormers vs Sharks

Both coaches have said that this game is going to be like a Test match. Big hits, solid defense, tactical kicking and after the game streaking. It is going to be glorious. The Stormers won the previous encounter by matching the Sharks physically and dominating the breakdown. Peter Grant kicked like a champ and the Sharks could not get anything going. They had of course just come back from their overseas trip and were missing their star flyhalf.

This time around the Stormers are coming off a bye and are without their star flyhalf. The Sharks have just come off an impressive win against the Hurricanes and John Smit had one of his best games in years. The Stormers head overseas after this game and will be desperate for a win, having already had both their byes. The Sharks  have their 2nd bye in 2 weeks time, so a win on Saturday will see them sitting pretty, especially considering the rest of their games are all in SA.

Who will win this action adventure rugby war? I have a hunch that the Sharks may well get some revenge with a closely fought win at Newlands.

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Kick-Off: 7:10pm

Prediction: Sharks to sneak a classic


~ by bowlphilosophy on April 29, 2011.

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