Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions – Round 3, part 1

Round 3 … ding ding ding.

Cue ridiculously hot girl in hot pants walking around holding cardboard above head.

My question… is the belt necessary?

Back to Super Rugby now and after 2 rounds, the teams showing early form in each conference are the Bulls, Reds and Highlanders with special mention to the Chiefs and Reds. Last week, the team that impressed me the most was the Bulls. They may not have had the most possession or territory but punished the Cheetahs with slick handling, accurate kicking and line breaks aplenty and have put down an early marker in the 22.

We still have a long and winding, action adventure rugby road ahead, so let’s waste not, want not and peer ahead into this weeks’ match ups. The legends at SuperBru are having a few technical issues due to high numbers of peeps making late Friday picks, so have a read below, agree, disagree and get those picks in early.

Super Rugby round 3 Friday 9th of March 2012

Crusaders vs Chiefs

The Crusaders lost last week to a very good Highlanders side and although making a bit of a comeback in the 2nd half were effectively shut out by a late Hosea Gear try. Strangely the Crusaders went for a kick at goals to level the score with 10mins to go instead of kicking for the corner and setting up the lineout. The kick was over 50m long and the decision seemed very ‘un-crusadian’ at the time and fans will be eagerly awaiting the return of key decision makers, Dan the man Carter and Ritchie captain charming McCaw.

The Chiefs surprised all and sundry by beating the Blues with a superb attacking display. Not many predicted the win but the Chiefs were lethal with ball in hand and this game could be another cracker, weather permitting. Look out for Sonny Boxer Williams as he gloves up against his old side and don’t be surprised with the odd smattering of fisticuffs handbags. The Crusaders should edge a classic NZ derby.

Venue: McLean Park, Napier

Kick-Off: 8:35am

Crusaders vs Chiefs Prediction: Crusaders by less than 7

Force vs Hurricanes

The Force were far more impressive last week with captain David PoCOCK leading from the front. How he must wish some of his team mates would put in similar showings… The Force are always better at home and will be hoping to finally get a win to kick-start their season.

The Hurricanes won a thriller on Friday night against the Lions and although they are missing some class players this season are proving to be quite a handful, especially on the counter attack. Conrad Smith is solid as ever in midfield and guys like Victor Vito and flyhalf Beauden Barrett are looking in superb early form. The Canes will have travelled from SA though and this may lead to a loss of intensity in the 2nd half. I am undecided on this so will default to a home win for the Perth side.

Venue: NIB Stadium, Perth

Kick-Off: 1:05pm

Force vs Hurricanes Prediction: Force by less than 7

Brumbies vs Cheetahs

The Brumbies had a bye last week, which this early on in the season is not ideal and Jake White will be keen to get their season underway properly as the Brumbies look to build on their stop start effort from week 1. This is the first game White’s Brumbies will play against SA opposition and it will be interesting to see if they have any magic tricks up their sleeves… I am hoping for that never-ending multi-coloured handkerchief trick. How do they do that!?

The Cheetahs looked good in week 1 but terribly out of sorts at home against the Bulls last week. Captain Adriaan Strauss was the only one who looked like he had read the game plan and the Cheetahs will need to re-group quickly if they are to get their confidence back.

Prop Coennie Oosthuizen comes back into the side and they will be looking to him for big defense, strong scummaging and his famed mauling abilities. Ashley awesome afro Johnson gets a start and should provide much-needed pace and aggression. Doubt this will be the match of the weekend but Cheetahs historically struggle in Australia and Brumbies should clinch it.

Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Kick-Off: Sat 10th at 6:35am

Brumbies vs Cheetahs Prediction: Brumbies by less than 7

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~ by bowlphilosophy on March 7, 2012.

2 Responses to “Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions – Round 3, part 1”

  1. Bowl Philosophy team and followers. I don’t usually promote “likes” on facebook and stuff like that, ’cause I’m a lazy person in general, but today the first ever Guatemalan National 7’s Rugby Team – Jaguares (Jaguars) travels to Brazil, because the team earned their place among the tournament, when they became Central American champions a few months ago.

    We couldn’t be more proud, but our national Olimpic Committee launched a link on FB to see how many people is interested on this story, just to see if they support more this sport in my country. We only dream of rugby fields right now, but it’d be awesome if everyone could support it. I’m sorry you have to like on the page and on the post that says “Seleccion de rugby de Guatemala parte hacia el Sudamericano Sevens”.

    https://www.facebook.com/COGuatemalteco There’s the link. Thank you gurs. Hopefully one day soon you’ll see Guatemalan National Rugby team arriving at your cities.

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