Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions: Round 8, part 2

Last week, I tried my hardest to take some interest in the Reds vs Brumbies match and found myself supporting the Brumbies because of my SuperBru prediction. Supporting Aussie teams sucks. I very nearly got up off the couch to find something else to do (which I try to avoid) when things spiced right up, prop on prop style.

Check out this bout of heavyweight handbags.

I like the way Dan Palmer gets in a gut shot and the Ben Daley replies with about 7 attempted head shots only to miss almost all of them. My advice…aim for the stomach buddy, bigger target.

Onto the next 3 games and another Aussie derby starring Dan Palmer, round 2 perhaps?

Super Rugby Round 8, Sat 14th

Brumbies vs Rebels

The Rebels have improved dramatically and are coming off a historic victory over the Blues. They are very competitive in the set pieces and this is allowing their back line to prosper. Danny Boozer Cipriani is having a solid season and with able Wallaby younglings, James Bieber O’Connor and Kurtley Tache Beale in tow, this side is looking far from the bankable 5 pointer from previous years.

The Brumbies have been good without being too flash or watchable. Their usual stingy defense let them down last week, although it must be said that the TMO had a bit of a shocker in awarding the one Red’s try. They are back at home though and are very tough to beat in Canberra. Expect some ho-hum Aussie rugby with the Brumbies taking the spoils to remain top of the Aussie conference and the random 3rd place on the combined log (despite having fewer points than 6th placed Hurricanes).

Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Kick-Off: 11:40am

Brumbies vs Rebels Prediction: Brumbies by 5-10

Cheetahs vs Chiefs

The Cheetahs have a glorious run of home games coming up with a bye and a short trip to Newlands thrown in. If they can repeat their performances from the last few weeks they may well end up pushing for a play-off spot. Crazy times! Word is that Ashley Afro Johnson has signed with UK side, Wasps from next season so enjoy his storming runs while you can. 19-year-old Johan Goosen may be out injured for this game but Sias Ebersohn is an able replacement.

The Chiefs were not as good last week as they have been but picked up the away win anyway and will be hoping for a more polished showing in Bloem. Tanerau Latimer at flank has been exceptional so far and the Chiefs have definitely stepped up in the ol’ engine room.

Look out for Lelia Masaga and his twinkle toe runs with a side order of Sonny Boxer Williams line breaks in what should be a very entertaining game.

Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Cheetahs vs Chiefs Prediction: Chiefs by less than 10

Lions vs Bulls

Coach John Mitchell has made sweeping changes once again, some of them injury enforced as he tries in vain to get his side to secure a win and get them off the bottom of the log. This week, Butch James moves to the bench with Alwyn Hollenbach taking his place and Jaco Taute moving from fullback to second centre. James has been fairly quiet this season and often looks like he hasn’t even read the game plan let alone be willing to implement it. Elton Jantjies should be back to full speed ahead after returning to the side last week and will need to be on top form if the Lions are to have any chance.

The Bulls have done their own wee bit of re-shuffling with Johan Sadie dropping to the bench and Dewald Potgieter coming back from injury, albeit off the bench. The Bulls were not at the top of their game last week but still managed to beat the Crusaders which does not bode well for the Lions. Having said that, the games involving these two sides are more often than not close affairs. Expect some passionate play, bruising defense and plenty of kicking with Morne Steyn punishing the inaccurate Lions with the boot.

Venue: Coca-Cola Park, Joburg

Kick-Off: 7:10pm

Lions vs Bulls Prediction: Bulls by anything from 5 to 20. Sad face.

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on April 12, 2012.

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