Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions – Round 5, part 2

Well done to Wales for winning the 6 Nations.

They were unbeaten this year and look the best northern hemisphere side by quite a margin at the moment. England have improved under new coach Stuart Lancaster but it looks like Nick Mallet may still be favourite to take over later in the year. All in all this means a very interesting mid year as England tour SA, Wales tour Australia and Ireland tour NZ. Bring. The. Noise.

Back to this Saturday though, which requires your full undivided attention to, so get those chores in early, move the fridge to the lounge, start that braai, keep it burning all day and enjoy!

Super Rugby Round 5, Sat 24th Mar 2012

Crusaders vs Cheetahs

The Cheetahs were rewarded for going for the try after the hooter and cyber thumbs up to them for their win. Quality shown. They will be far more confident heading into this game, after their first win overseas and may even be happy with being written off by pretty much everyone for this game but don’t forget, they did beat the Crusaders last year.

The Crusaders will be playing their first game at the new Christchurch stadium and welcome back Dan the man Carter, albeit off the bench. They are coming off a bye and will be rested and rearing to go in front of what should be a packed ground. Weather permitting, this could be a running rugby riot with both teams capable of an expansive game, expect tries aplenty and a long day at the office for the men in orange.

Venue: New Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch

Kick-Off: 8:35am

Crusaders vs Cheetahs Prediction: Crusaders by 10-20

Brumbies vs Highlanders

The Brumbies are playing some solid rugby under Jake and did far better than I predicted they would last week. They are playing at home this week and have an impressive record against the Highlanders, especially in Canberra. Whether or not they are able to stop the undefeated kiwi side is the question. Answer… not likely.

The Highlanders did not have a great game last week but still managed the win and are looking very much the team to beat this year. They should have too much firepower in the forwards (rugby cliché… check) for the Brumbies and should improve their record with another win to make it 5 from 5.

Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Kick-Off: 10:40am

Brumbies vs Highlanders Prediction: Highlanders by less than 7

The Bulls vs the Reds

The Reds have had to turn to their 5th choice flyhalf for this game after all the others got injured in what appears to be a cursed position for the Reds side. Coach McKenzie is really scraping the barrel and word has it their 6th choice flyhalf is actually just a cardboard cut out of Quade Burglar Cooper.

The Bulls had a bye last week and welcome back Johann Sadie and Fran Hougaard, although Deon Stegmann has failed to recover in time and is replaced by CJ Stander. The Reds were excellent in the first half against the Sharks but are missing the powerful Digby Ione who has been banned for 3 weeks for a spear tackle. They will struggle with an inexperienced flyhalf and will go home with no wins from their SA tour.

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Bulls vs Reds Prediction: Bulls by less than 7

Lions vs Stormers

The Lions have 11 first choice players out injured. What the hell guys, maybe you should stretch before games?! Sheesh. It is going to take a massive effort for this Lions side to beat the undefeated Stormers, who are looking very good at the moment. Butch James needs to rediscover some form and the Lions will need to put the Stormers under pressure in the forwards if they are to have any chance.

The Stormers are talking up the Lions side but they are fully aware of the injuries and must be pretty happy heading to Joburg. They have not lost to the Lions in Super Rugby since 2001 and with players like Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana and newbies Kitshoff and Kolisi all in fine form, they will keep that record in tact.

Venue: Coca-Cola Park, Joburg

Kick-Off: 7:10pm

Lions vs Stormers Prediction: Stormers by 7-15

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on March 22, 2012.

One Response to “Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions – Round 5, part 2”

  1. The Reds were really disappointing. The Bulls trampled all over them.

    Credit to the Cheetahs- gave the ‘Saders a real scare.

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