Super Rugby Preview – Round 14, part 2
Not too much in the way of quality match ups Saturday morning but a beeeg one primed, seasoned and marinated ready at 7:10pm on Saturday night.
Sharks vs Bulls. Taste it, put it in your mouth… Delicious.
I went searching for an image that would sum up the intense physical, psychological and emotional battle that will ensue on Saturday and then I found this picture and forgot what I was…
Are these actual Sharks supporters? Was the ‘Sharks’ logo photo shopped in?
2 Words… Boobies!
Western Force vs Brumbies
Is anyone actually interested in this game? The Brumbies were woeful to the max last week. The Force have just come off a bye. The Giteau vs O’Connor battle could be interesting and I am sure Matt’s mum will be watching but will anyone else? It’s Aussie rugby with no bearing on the tables, so my advice, sleep in, go get the braai meat for later and do that thing your lady has been asking you to do for while.
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-Off: Sat, 2:05pm
Prediction: Force by 5-10
Cheetahs vs Rebels
Well done to the Cheetahs once again for their impressive win last week. Sheer quality! They may struggle to match the intensity and passion this week but should still have too much firepower for the struggling Rebels. Ashley Johnson had an absolute blinder and if he can remain consistent, could well get a look in for the RWC2011.
The Rebels were very unlucky with one of the tries against them last week, with the ref and assistant refs all missing a very blatant knock on. Other than that though, they effectively lost the game in the first half. In some slightly interesting team news, Danny Cipriani has apparently been trying to make his way back to the NH but is still under contract and will have to finish the season. To tough for ya buddy? Shame.
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Prediction: Cheetahs by 14-20
Sharks vs Bulls
The Bulls had a storming 1st half last week and looked very much the championship team of last year. They eased off in the 2nd half though and will know that they cannot do that this Saturday. Nothing but full committment for the entire game will do. It is last chance saloon outside the O.K Corral for them and they will be up for it. The good news for them is the return of Matfield and the return to form of most of their players. Spies and Bakkies need to lift their games and what better chance than against the quality Sharks forwards.
The Sharks are coming off a bye, which is not always a good thing. They are without John Smit and Kankowski, still out with injury but otherwise have a full squad to choose from. They will know that they can move nearer to the top of the combined table with a win and put them in good stead for the play-offs. This game will be brutal. Expect massive hits and possible handbags at some stage. The battle of the fly-halves will be very interesting and this game may well be decided by the more accurate kicker.
Venue: King’s Park, Durban
Sharks Bulls Sharks to clinch a classic.