Super Rugby Preview, Round 17, part 2

With only 2 more rounds left there are still 8 teams with an outside chance of making the play-offs. The South African sides could end up with 3 teams in the top 6, with the Aussies only managing one. Hilarious! Of course the Waratahs could still sneak in at the expense of either the Sharks or Bulls so no matter what, do not miss the SA derby action adventures.

On another note, don’t forget to wear your supporters jersey on Fridays, only 91 more days until the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Quality.

Western Force vs Reds

The Force did the Waratahs a big favour last week by beating the Highlanders and are looking to finish their season with a flourish by taking down the Reds. The last time these teams played, the Reds snatched victory at the death and the Force will be desperate for some good ol fashioned revenge at home.

The Reds looked fairly average last week in their loss to the Brumbies and will know that another slip up may cost them a home semi final. They will need their forwards to front up, especially at ruck time if they are to prevent ball stealer extraordinaire ex Zimbo David Pocock. The game may be decided on the more accurate kicker, with Burglar Cooper unpredictable in this regard, this game could be closer than peeps are expecting.

Venue: nib Stadium, Perth

Kick-Off: Sat, 2:05pm

Prediction: Reds to sneak a win

Lions vs Sharks

The Lions had a good overseas tour, in fact one of their best ever and they will have taken a lot of confidence from their 2 wins. They have not won at home this season though and will be desperate to win this game, partly as a thank you to their long-suffering fans. Ex Shark Butch James has made a big difference to the side and the initial clashes with him and any unfortunate Sharks player could be massive.

The Sharks know that if they win this game they are assured a place in the play-offs but if they lose will have to beat the Bulls next week at Loftus. The pressure will be all over them like Ricky Januarie on a quarter pounder with cheese. How Pat Lambie and Meyer Bosman perform under the pressure of James and Le Grange could well determine the outcome of the game. Of course if the Sharks forwards can dominate then it will make things far easier on the rest of the team.

Tough to call this as the Lions can definitely cause an upset but the Sharks will rely on their experience and secure their place in the play-offs.

Venue: Coca-Cola Park, Joburg

Kick-Off: 4:05pm

Prediction: Sharks by less than 7

Bulls tramp stamps never go out of fashion.

Stormers vs Bulls

This game is going to be a cracker! A great rivalry between South and North and everything to play for. The Bulls need to win this to keep their season alive and the Stormers need to win to secure a home semi and get a week off  in 2 weeks time. Both teams have players out with injury, the Bulls have lost Bakkies Botha and Fourie du Preez, while the Stormers are still without Peter Grant. Strangely Alistair Coetzee has opted for Ricky McDonalds Januarie as scrumhalf, which may backfire but otherwise it is a very strong Stormers side.

Fran Hougaard comes in for Fourie and Danie Rossouw in for Bakkies. Springboks for Springboks, quality. The Stormers defense has once again been sublime and this game will not be a high scoring affair. The Bulls looked fairly flat against the Tahs last week who matched them physically at the breakdown and therein lies the key to beating Matfield’s men. Bjorn Basson and Zane Kirchener have been dropped from the extended training squad and they may well have something to prove against their opposite numbers.

This will be like a Test match and if the game is decided on penalties, the Bulls may well sneak this. It will be interesting to see how Kurt Coleman performs, having has been thrown in at the deep end in front of a Newlands crowd that can just as easilydrunkenly swear at turn on you as support you.

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Kick-Off: 6:10pm

Prediction: Stormers by less than 7

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on June 10, 2011.

2 Responses to “Super Rugby Preview, Round 17, part 2”

  1. Ronald McJanuarie is the sporting equivalent of waterproof teabags.

  2. Holy cow! Give up the sport and focus on the tramps!

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