Super Rugby Preview – Week 13, part 2

Sometimes its easy to get stressed about the small things in life. Like losing at Action Cricket, getting cut off in traffic or facing a SHITake storm at work because of a missed deadline. This morning, however I read some news that has put things in perspective.

Joost Van der Westhuizen has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease. It seems Joost went to his doctor complaining about losing strength in his arm and has been diagnosed with a muscle-related neural disease. The disease slowly degenerates the muscles in the body and is life threatening.

Joost has had his scandals and personal issues (not to mention atrocious taste in underwear) but was a fantastic servant to SA rugby, playing in 89 Test matches for the Bokke. He was captain of the 1999 World Cup team and still holds the record for the most tries by a Springbok, 38.

We at the bowl wish you all the best and good luck, good Sir.

Onto Saturday’s games, though and mismatches aplenty.

Brumbies vs Lions

Neither of these teams have looked good this season. The Lions have become very good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Although last week they were absolutely rubbish against the Cheetahs and decided that skills like passing, catching and tackling, were a bit of a mission and abandoned them with flair. Is it the coach? Is it the players? Words fail me at this point. Either way the Brumbies must be very happy to be able to bank a bonus point win.

Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Kick-Off: Sat, 11:40am

Prediction: Brumbies by 14-20

Bulls vs Rebels

The Bulls are coming off a bye but played very well the week before to come back and beat the Chiefs after trailing at half time. Wynand Olivier, Victor Matfield and Morne Steyn played some of their best rugby this season and the confidence in the team seemed to visibly lift as the game progressed. the Bulls need to win every game form here on in and win they will on Sat.

The Rebels recently dropped Danny boozer Cipriani after breaking team rules once again by staying out late, getting into fights, missing team practices and effectively giving the finger to his team mates and coaches. Will they be better off without him? No doubt but they will struggle in their first visit to Loftus as a team.

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Prediction: Bulls by plenty, 20+

Cheetahs vs Crusaders

The Crusaders beat the Stormers with half their team injured. They are a team with immense depth and a fantastic tradition of quality rugby that is pleasing to the eye. Sonny Bill Williams dominated Jean de Villiers last week and this week will have Dan Carter on his inside. Captain charming is back in the team and although they have said they need to respect the Cheetahs, they will be upset if they do not walk away with a bonus point victory.

The Cheetahs have improved since returning home and played well against the Brumbies and Lions but how much does that really say about them? They look good on attack but their defense has let them down time and again. They should be competitive but will be shown up against an immensely impressive side.

Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Kick-Off: 7:10pm

Prediction: Crusaders by 10-16

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on May 13, 2011.

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