Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions – Round 4, Part 2

Four more games in this round of Super Rugby adventures and a promise of some quality ahead. I myself have some how wangled an invite to a box at Newlands for the Stormers vs Chiefs game. Well done sir, thanks. Self 5!

For the 2nd round in a row, the Kings are ahead of the Stormers and Cheetahs and due to the ridiculous ‘4 points for a bye’ rule, are leading them both by 7 points and thus will remain ahead of both for another week, regardless of results. Come on SANZAR, do we really need 4 points for a bye? I thought we had gone over this and you had dropped the idea. Are you still getting my emails? Your address is still monkeyadmin@sanzar.com, right? I will send one to the other email account I have on record: rugbymakesusrichlol@sanzar.com.

Enough of that though, lets face smash our way through the remaining games this weekend.

Super Rugby round 4, Saturday 9th 2013

Brumbies vs Waratahs

George Smith

Jake White is proving to be a firm favourite in Canberra and rightly so. He has done very well with the Brumbies already and this year has brought back wing Clyde Rathbone and flank George Smith. Both have oodles of experience and both are Ex-Wallabies. Jake has always favoured bringing back old timers experienced players and it has worked for him in the past (Percy Montgomery and Os Du Rant), let’s see how it works out this time.

The Waratahs struggled in the first half last week against the Rebels and will need a big improvement if they are to beat the Brumbies in Canberra. Coach Michael Cheika has moved rugby league import, Israel Folau to wing and brought in Ben Volavola off the bench at fullback. Israel has already been touted as a future Wallaby but has had an up and down couple of games, perhaps wing is his best posish? Either way, the Brumbie forwards, especially at ruck time should have the upper hand and will allow them to control the game and get another Aussie derby (yawn) win.

Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Kick-Off: Sat 10:40am (SA time)

Brumbies vs Waratahs Prediction: Brumbies by less than 7

Stormers vs Chiefs

The table topping sides from last year, never actually played each other in 2012 but going on the form of both sides, the Stormers will be wishing they didn’t have to face the Chiefs so early in the season. They were better last week against the Sharks but still struggled in the scrums and did not dominate in the lineouts as they would have wanted. Elton Jantjies played better but is still finding his feet in the Stormers set up. Tiaan Liebenberg comes back on the bench but otherwise the team remains unchanged and Coetzee will be hoping the faith shown will be rewarded with another improvement in front of the Newlands faithful.

The Chiefs have had a good start to the season but an away win against the Stormers would make it a great start and with only a breezy game against the Kings to follow, a rare SA clean sweep . The Chiefs were forced to defend for most of the first half last week against the Cheetahs and were fortunate Goosen missed so many kicks. They will need to be more disciplined this week and will be keen for an early score to pressurize the Stormers into trying to attack more. The Stormers do not do well chasing the game and if they are forced to, could well end up 0 from 3.

Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Stormers vs Chiefs Prediction: Chiefs by less than 7

Kings vs Sharks

The Kings have dropped Luke Watson to the bench as he still tries to recover from the throat injury picked up against the Force. New captain lock, Darron Nel has played for EP for many years and will happy taking the reins. The team is otherwise unchanged and will be hoping for a similar performance to the one in round 2. Look out for 18-year-old Sergeal Petersen on the wing, who will look to continue his try scoring ways.

John feel it in ma plums Plumtree

Kieran Read’s dad Coach John I can feel it in ma plums Plumtree has kept the same starting team from last week and knows that he cannot afford to underestimate the inexperienced Kings side. A win on saturday will place them firmly at the top of the SA conference but it will take a good effort in front of what should be a sold out, passionate PE crowd. Unfortunately for the Kings they will find the Sharks a far tougher prospect than the Force and will do well to pick up any points in this SA derby.

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Kick-Off: 7:10pm

Kings vs Sharks Prediction: Sharks by 10-20

Blues vs Bulls

New Zealand has not been a happy hunting ground for the Bulls, especially Auckland and judging on last week’s effort against the Force, the dismal played 7 lost 7, away record will get even worse. Frans Ludeke has made 7 changes to the side, most of them injury forced, bringing in Deon Stegmann at flank, Akona Ndungane on the wing, JJ Engelbrecht at centre and Jano Vermaak at scrumhalf. Lionel Mapoe moves to wing, replacing Bjorn Basson and Willie Wepener and Frik Kirsten replace Chilliboy and Werner Kruger respectively as they drop to the bench.

The Blues are sitting pretty after beating the Crusaders at home last week and will be happy to be playing the Bulls first up after the long flight. They have been impressive so far but how they go against the kick and chase, forward dominated game of the Bulls will be interesting to see (not that I am going to be waking up for the 5am start). If the Bulls can dominate the set pieces and put some pressure on their back three, well gosh darn it, stranger things have happened but you have to back the form Blues at home against a side that traditionally does not travel well.

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Kick-Off: Sunday, 5:05am

Blues vs Bulls Prediction: Blues by 5-12

rennton

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