Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions – Round 7, part 1

Bit of a mixed bag of predictions last week… and by ‘a mixed bag’ I mean ‘mostly wrong’.

SuperBru fails aside, you can’t help but get excited by the Cheetahs come from behind trashing of the Hurricanes. The high tempo style of rugby they exhibited can and indeed did lead to counter attacks and tries to the opposition but the Cheetahs backed themselves and in the end were dominant over the shell-shocked kiwi side. It was awesome to watch, maverick thumbs up.

The big game of the week was of course the Stormers vs Bulls game and what a cracking derby that was. More like a test than a Super Rugby game, it did not fail to deliver in front of a packed Newlands crowd. I believed the Bulls would take it but the Stormers forwards once again proved too much for their opposition and were very impressive in blunting the mighty pink Bulls. That jersey sucks by the way… just saying.

In the other games, the Chiefs, Crusaders and Highlanders all looked in top form and believe it or not, the Force looked a bit of all right against the Reds. Yes, the Force, I still can’t believe it either.

Don’t forget the first game this week is on Thursday, so get your picks in early, for now though, let’s get seriously involved in the previews.

Super Rugby Round 7, Thurs 5th of April 2012

Rebels vs Blues

The Rebels were soundly trashed by the Highlanders last week and even with Wallaby stars, James Bieber O’Connor and Kurtley Tache Beale in their ranks, they still sucked. They will once again struggle this week as they do not have the forwards to match the powerful Blues pack.

The Blues have been very disappointing so far and will look to this game to get some much-needed momentum. Piri I ate all the pies Weepu has been dropped to the bench, with Gareth Anscombe taking over at flyhalf. Players like Daniel Braid, Kevin Mealamu and Ali Williams will be keen to play themselves into some form as the Blues look to take this game with a bonus point.

Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-Off: 11:40am

Rebels vs Blues Prediction: Blues by 15-25

Hurricanes vs Sharks

The Hurricanes must still be wondering what happened last week as they went from being 20 points up, 10 minutes before the break, to losing by more than 7. They looked genuinely bewildered and will need to regroup post-haste as they host the Sharks on Friday. They welcome back Jason Eaton and prop Ben May but are still without Victor Vito.

The Sharks were not great last week against the Brumbies but still managed a much-needed win. Unfortunately, they are still without Pat babyface Lambie and recently lost in form wing, Odwa Ndungane. Their backs will need to be far more clinical and accurate on attack if they hope to get another away win against what will be a very fired up and desperate Hurricanes side. Tricky one to predict this but the Sharks have a good recent record against the Canes and I reckon may well have the edge in the forward battle.

Venue: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

Kick-Off: Fri 6th, 9:35am

Hurricanes vs Sharks Prediction: Sharks to edge a close one

Reds vs Brumbies

The Reds have really struggled without their 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice flyhalves but looked good in parts last week. All in all they are really struggling to replicate the form that made them so successful last year. Their team for this week is yet to be released but until they get talisman Quade Burglar Cooper back, they are going to continue to fall short.

The Brumbies are the best Aussie side this year have looked by far the most consistent. They will know how dangerous the Reds side can be, especially at home and will be up for this Aussie derby game. Expect some solid defence, quality forward play, ala Jake White’s coaching, and a comfortable away victory for the Brumbies side.

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off: 11:40am

Reds vs Brumbies Prediction: Brumbies by 5-10

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on April 4, 2012.

2 Responses to “Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions – Round 7, part 1”

  1. The Sharks were atrocious- some good moments here and there, but overall, it was as piss poor as they come.

    Everytime the Canes came into the Sharks 22, they scored points.

    Hopefully Lambie will return next week for the Blues game

  2. Sigh, very disapointing effort from the Sharks. too many turnovers and silly penalties, esp on attack. Michalal cost them 2 tries.

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