Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions – Round 11, part 2

Breaking News: Pieter de Villiers has been appointed the new Springbok scrum coach.

“Whaaaat?!?!!” I hear you say as you spray your coffee all over your screen.

It’s cool guys calm down, I am talking of the ex French international prop, Pieter de Villiers. Pieter will be the new Bok scrum coach and with a wealth of experience of specifically, northern hemisphere conditions, his appointment will only add value to our current scrum situation.

He only has a week to work with the Boks, before the first England Test so don’t expect too many immediate changes but I reckon with him on board our scrum will become one of, if not the strongest in all the lands.

Anyhoot, we have 4 more games this weekend, so let’s get involved in a massive way.

Super Rugby round 11, Sat 4th of May 2012

Brumbies vs Waratahs

The Waratahs did well to only lose by 4 points against the Crusaders last Sunday in Sydney and are hitting some good form at the right time. They have a very good tactical kicker in Berrick Barnes and have the powerful Rocky Elsom and attacking Saffa Sarel Pretorius on the bench so will be keen to up the ante in the last quarter or so.

The Brumbies are back at home after a very successful SA tour and will be very well supported at Canberra Stadium. They are the current Aussie conference leaders and will know that a win here will be crucial to staying ahead of the Reds and Tahs. Aussie derbies are always often SHITake boring affairs with a lot of kicking but this one may be different. Although I doubt it.

Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Kick-Off: Sat, 11:40am

Brumbies vs Waratahs Prediction: Brumbies by less than 7

Sharks vs Highlanders

The Highlanders looked fairly average for the fist 55 or so mins of their game last week and then all of a sardine, the Cheetahs stopped tackling, lost interest at the breakdown and the Highlanders turned on some counter attacking magic and scored 27 points to snatch a glorious victory. They will need a full 80 min showing and be more accurate from the start this week if they hope to make it 2 from 2, against a desperate Sharks side.

The Sharks are currently 7th on the log and realistically need to win almost every one of their remaining games to make the play-offs. They tend to lift themselves in these kinds of must-win situations but will need to be more physical at the breakdown, very accurate in the set pieces and extra toit on defense. The Beast is back and Paul Jordaan, who had a cracking game in the Vodacom Cup, comes in at centre with JP Pietersen moving back to wing.

‘Unleash your Beast’… and shave? Quality tag line guys.

Ryan Kankowski, could well make a difference in the 2nd half as he returns to the side off the bench. This could be a close one but I reckon the Sharks will take it.

Venue: Mr Price Kings Park, Durban

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Sharks vs Highlanders Prediction: Sharks by less than 7

Cheetahs vs Force

The Force were okay in terrible conditions against the Stormers last week but did not actually threaten the Stormers goal line. They recently thought they had signed Will Genia from the Reds for next season but he changed his mind at the last-minute (more than likely realising how much it would suck to lose every week). The Force have some good players and David PoCOCK will ensure they are very good at the breakdown, so an upset maaaay be on the cards but probably not.

The Cheetahs will be low on confidence, especially after losing their best player, Johan Goosen, who is out for 4 months after dislocating his shoulder last week. They will, however, be desperate to make amends in front of their home crowd and luckily for them the Force should be one of the easier sides to do so against. This could well be a try fest as both look to run the ball from everywhere. I reckon a high scoring game is the order of the day with the Cheetahs picking up a bonus point victory.

Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Kick-Off: 7:10pm

Cheetahs vs Force Prediction: Cheetahs by 10-15

Crusaders vs Reds

The Reds welcome back Wallaby hooker, Saia Faingaa, albeit off the bench, for this game with Greg Holmes coming in at prop. They have looked much better now that they finally have a proper flyhalf in Ben Lucas, with Mike Harris (also a flyhalf) playing at centre. Er…is it the best idea to play both your fit flyhalves at the same time? Just saying. The Reds looked good against an average Blues side but will need a definite lift in their game if they are to beat this Crusaders side.

The Crusaders have yet to announce their starting side but Captain charming McCaw had a bit of a run last week and will more than likely get a longer one this week. Look out for Robbie Fruean, who had a blinder last week scoring two tries and setting up another. The Crusaders are near impossible to beat at home and they should take this one comfortably to ease on up the log.

Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Kick-Off: Sun, 6:00am

Crusaders vs Reds Prediction: Crusaders by 5-10

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on May 3, 2012.

2 Responses to “Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions – Round 11, part 2”

  1. Interesting stuff from Plum- he’s chosen Jordaan and Whitehead as a centre combo. Lad’s got talent definitely, but it might be throwing him in too early.

    I think the JP move back to wing is probably with an eye on the England tests- HM obviously sees JP as a better winger than centre.

    • It should be very interesting to check out the new midfield combo. I reckon Plumtree is going to try anf win this in the forwards though and in my opinion, that is where the Sharks will win this

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