Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions – Round 13, part 2

It may or may not be obvious that I am not a huge soccer on TV, fan. I do sometimes enjoy soccer live but enjoy playing it even more, in fact our side of 30 somethings recently won gold in our Action Soccer league. Pretty sweet eh? Hell yeah it was! But I just can’t get into watching a full season of the English Premiership. The diving and then rolling around irritates me and the lack of goals frustrates me but more than anything, I can’t stand the way players can swear and remonstrate with the ref like little douchebags.

This season though, I definitely got wrapped up in the last few rounds of the Premier League, especially when it looked like it was going to come down to the last day of the season. In case you don’t follow or care about this, move right along to the predictions but if you do, you probably heard about or watched the Man city vs QPR game. Basically they needed to win the game to win the league.

They were 2-1 down into injury time and it looked like Man United would once again lift the trophy but then Man City said, “FiretrUCK that SHITake and scored 2 goals in the last 3mins of injury time to win the league, for the first time in like 60 years. Drama, action and well, more drama. Nice one, Man City. Maverick thumbs up.

Back to Super Rugby though and four, count them, four more games on Sat and one on Sunday for good measure, let’s take a closer look.

Super Rugby 2012 Round 13, 19 May

Reds vs Lions

No matter how much I want to believe that the Lions are capable of an upset, I just don’t see it, which is probably because they aren’t. They played one of their worst games of the season last week and will do well not to lose this by a cricket innings score. It is not like they are not creating chances and in fact their forwards are quite competitive but their backs can’t seem to catch a ball or have any idea of what to do when given space and time. It is sad that the Lions will probably bail out of Super rugby but sheesh kebab, it’s not like they seem able to compete at this level anyway.

The Reds did exceptionally well to come back from behind to beat the Chiefs last week. Not many predicted as much and it certainly looks like they will give the Brumbies a run for their money as they try to finish at the top of the Aussie log. A big plus for them and the reason Will Genia has been grinning all week is the return of Quade Burglar Cooper. That’s right, he is back. Not sure whether he is fully fit or why he is starting but it’s the Lions so it will probably be fine. Should be very interesting to see how he goes but regardless, the Reds will face smash the Lions in Brisbane.

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off: 11:40am

Reds vs Lions Prediction: Reds by 15-25

Cheetahs vs Sharks

The Cheetahs have dropped Sias Ebersohn to the bench for this game as he is clearly low on confidence, with young whipper snapper, Riaan Smit, taking his place after a solid second half last week against the Stormers. The Cheetahs were rattled in the first half last week and basically lost the game in the first 20 or so mins. They did do very well to come back in the second half though and very nearly caused what would have been a big upset. This week they will need to start much better and look to try to dominate the Sharks up front.

The Sharks had one of their best performances last week even and  even though it was against the Force, it looks like the return of the players like The Beast has made a big impact on the side. JP Pietersen looked back to his best at wing and even Freddie Michalak had a good game when he came on in the second half. Bok coach Heyneke Meyer may well have a tough time choosing his wings as Lwazi Mvovo had a blinder with two intercept tries. The Cheetahs used to be a bogey side for the Sharks and this will be a typically tough derby but the Sharks should win this after picking up some momentum last week.

Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Cheetahs vs Sharks Prediction: Sharks by 5-10

Stormers vs Waratahs

The Waratahs lack game breakers and players who can open up a game with some razzle dazzle. Unfortunately for them, usual flyhalf and playmaker, Berrick Barnes has been erratic this season and exciting players like Drew Mitchell are out injured. They are a solid side however and are capable of an upset, especially if they get a good start.

The Stormers nearly blew it last week and for all their talk of how defense wins games, they really do need to learn how to score some tries. Even if it is just to get the DHL Stormers girls to do some high leg kicks. Regardless of how, expect the Stormers to win this one and maybe, juuust maybe score four tries in the process. I say this more out of hope as I will be there. Booya.

Venue: DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

Kick-Off: 7:10pm

Stormers vs Waratahs Prediction: Stormers by 5-15

Force vs Rebels

The Force had a fairly dismal overseas tour and will be glad to be back in front of their home crowd. They played much better against the Cheetahs than they did against the Sharks but it must be said that they were looking very good on attack last week and were close to scoring before those crucial intercepts. David PoCOCK will again be good at ruck time but he will be hoping for more accuracy from the rest of his side.

The Rebels will be very high in confidence after last week’s epic, that’s right EPIC victory over the Crusaders. Kurtley tache Beale had a blinder at flyhalf and Robbie Deans will be very happy that he has that option if he needs it. Stirling job Mortlock may be old and bald but he has lost none of the desire and passion that made him so deadly when he played for the Wallabies. The Rebels won the first game this year between these two by a point but expect a bigger margin on Sunday as the Force drop further down the table.

Venue: NIB Stadium, Perth

Kick-Off: Sunday, 8:35am

Force vs Rebels Prediction: Rebels by 5-10

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on May 17, 2012.

2 Responses to “Super Rugby 2012: Preview and Predictions – Round 13, part 2”

  1. Go fek yourself Rennton! I am sure that Man City post was for me and I will make you pay! Give me that medal back, I am going to melt it down and mould it into a bullet so I can shoot you in the eye!

    Hope all your predictions suck from now on…. wait, I follow them so I hope they only suck for you!

    GGMU

  2. hahaha, knew I would get an angry reaction from you. Come on now, don’t be a sore loser. You admitted it was an awesome finale to the season. If it makes you feel any better, I am not a Man city fan either but credit where it is due I say.

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