Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Perdictions – Round 4, part 2

It has only been 3 rounds of Super Rugby and yet some teams are already very happy to have a bye this week. One particular team is the Lions, who have been face smashed by injuries to key players, including 3 of their props, their first choice flyhalf, inside centre, outside centre and locks. Other teams hit hard by injuries are the Waratahs, Chiefs and Blues. One thing is sure, squad depth will be tested to the max this year… To. The. Max!

In other news Fourie Du Preez says he has not completely ruled out returning to play for the Bokke, should he be wanted. He claims the RWC2011 quarter-final exit was one of the worst memories he has on a rugby field and would not turn down another chance to represent the Springboks. Interesting stuff but would Heyneke Meyer want him? Has he not passed his best, don’t forget he only turns 30 this year. Who do you guys think the Bok scrumhalf should be?

Anyone keen for a poll?

Sure, why not I hear you say… Glorious.

Onto the next 3 Super Rugby games now, with one that should be a cracker at the Shark Tank and the others, involving the Force and Rebels.

Super Rugby Round 4 sat 17th Mar 2012

Waratahs vs Force

The Waratahs have been further hit by injuries with flank Pat McCutcheon out for the rest of the season and Wycliff Palu still in doubt after pulling out early last week. Pulling out early is never easy… just saying. The Tahs will be hoping their fringe players are up to scratch with Drew Mitchell, Lachie Turner, Dan Vickerman and Rocky Elsom all still out injured. Thank goodness for them they are playing the Force.

The Force seem to lack the ability or skills required to turn possession and territory into points. They basically have David PoCOCK to thank for keeping them in the games they have played so far but no one else has put in anything close to his individual performances. They will be hoping that the newby Waratahs coming into the game are not up to standard to squeak their first win of the season but have only ever beaten the Tahs once and have their own injury concerns with backs Nick Cummins and Cameron Sheperd out,  so don’t put money on it.

Venue: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

Kick-Off: 10:40am (SA Time)

Waratahs vs Force Prediction: Waratahs by 5 to 15

Sharks vs Reds

The Reds have moved the reliable Mike Harris from flyhalf to centre and brought in Ben Lucas in his place with Rod Davies coming in at fullback. They are of course still missing Quade Burlgar Cooper and have been talking of how they have yet managed to replicate the kind of game that won them the title last year. They have some powerful forwards and will look to put in multi phases and could do well to target the Sharks’ lineouts.

The Sharks looked very good in parts last week with JP Pietersen again having an impressive game at centre. Pat babyface Lambie played his best game of the season so far and even Michalak looked better at scrumhalf. Bismark again played like a 4th loose forward and won crucial turnover ball but he needs to work on his lineouts as the Lions were able to steal their lineout ball with relative ease. The Sharks are waiting on the injury to Ross Skeate but niggles aside should be able to pick the same side from last week. The Sharks need a win at home to give them some extra momentum before they head overseas next week.

Venue: Mr Price Kings Park, Durban

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Sharks vs Reds Prediction: Sharks by less than 10

Rebels vs Cheetahs

The Cheetahs welcome back Andries Strauss and will be keen to secure what is their best chance of a win overseas. They were very unlucky not to win against the Brumbies but let Jake’s team back into the game with some panicky play mixed in with some defensive lapses. They played some entertaining rugby in the first half though and Heinrich Brussouw looks to be hitting some good form. Not to mention having perfected his “oh are you taking a picture of me, okay but just one” look.

The Rebels actually played well against the Reds and pushed them right until the death last week. Whether or not that was a one-off derby performance is the question as they look to secure their first win of the season. The Cheetahs will not be underestimating them and their forwards should edge the Melbourne pack to give their backs the space and time to weave their speedy orange blurred magic.

Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-Off: Sunday at 7:10am

Rebels vs Cheetahs Prediction: Cheetahs by 7-15


~ by bowlphilosophy on March 15, 2012.

3 Responses to “Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Perdictions – Round 4, part 2”

  1. South African teams definitely seem to be behind the pace of the game at the moment, but perhaps they realise it is a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong season so no need to get too excited now! I hope anyway!

  2. Yes fully agree, it just sucks that we tend to smash into opposition instead of looking for gaps and offloads

  3. A good comeback from the Sharks.

    I thought they were dead and buried when the Reds scored twice early in the game.

    The Reds’ lack of a specialist goal kicker towards the end cost them- there were a few kickable penalties any half decent guy should have scored.

    Bulls vs Reds will be interesting to watch

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