Super Rugby Round 15, part 1
The Springboks have a new sponsor and it is surely one that will be able to drive their ambitions forward.
The new sponsor is BMW. See what I did there. I thank you.
The current form of the majority of the Springboks is encouraging and PdV will be more positive lately than he has been for most of the Super Rugby season.
What is it about South African derby games that make sides want to beat the living SHITake out of each other with such gusto? It’s glorious but worrying, although dare I say that it may actually benefit the Bokke for them to pick up smaller injuries now so that they get a few weeks rest before the Tri-Nation and RWC2011.
A few more crrritical weeks of Supe Rugby to go, let’s peek into my hazy, seldom accurate predictions for this week.
Hurricanes vs Force
The Hurricanes and Force have no chance of making the play-offs with only 3 wins each so far this year. Possibly expected of the Force but surely frustrating for the Canes fans. Neither of these teams have scored many tries but have shown glimpses of what they are capable of, albeit rare and ‘blink and you missed it’ glimpses. The Canes should pick up the points in this game playing at home. Let’s hope for some entertaining rugby from teams with nothing to lose.
Venue: FMG Stadium, Palmerston North
Kick-Off: Fri, 9:35am
Prediction: Canes by 10
Highlanders vs Lions
The Highlanders are currently sitting at 6th on the log and will see this as a must win game. Not many would have predicted they would still be in with a shout this late in the tourny but well done to them for playing exceptional rugby this season. Adam Thompson has been the inspirational player in the team and Jimmy Cowan must surely be the number 1 scrumhalf in New Zealand at the moment.
The Lions have failed to significantly lift their game again this season and although losing some close games, have only managed 2 wins so far this season. 2 weeks ago they played intelligent rugby, dominating the game with their powerful forwards but last week were blown away early by terrible defence and poor execution. Hard to predict how they will fare this Sat butI fear they will lose to a better side.
Venue: Carisbrook, Dunedin
Kick-Off: Sat, 9:35am
Prediction: Landers by 5-10
Brumbies vs Stormers
The Brumbies picked themselves up from a loss to the Lions to draw with the Force last week. Their coach apparently made them practice in the evening, freezing cold in just their shorts and vests. Shame. They have never lost to Stormers at home and will be desperate to keep that record and impress incoming coach Jake White.
The Stormers surprised all and sundry with their remarkable comeback last week to beat the Blues. With a scrumhalf playing flyhalf and a centre pairing that have played very little together, excelling for the side. Johann Sadie is a name to look out for and Juan de Jongh reminded everyone why he made his Bok debut last year. Jaque Fourie is back although Peter Grant is still on the doubtful list. Should he not play, young Kurt Coleman will take his place.
Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Prediction: Stormers by 7