Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions – Round 5, Part 2

Three more cracka lacking games heading your way this Saturday, well two cracka lacking games and the Reds vs Force Aussie derby but if that is not enough for you why not check out the Lions (miss you guys), taking on French club side, Mont de Marsan in the Lions Challenge.

But wait… there is more!

If you have been following the Six Nations and even if you haven’t, be sure to check out this Saturday’s ‘final’ between last year’s champs, Wales and the only unbeaten side, England. England are aiming for a Grand Slam while Wales who started slowly have improved with each game so far and have been talking up their chances after 3 wins on the trot.

Wales vs England Six Nations 2013

For Wales to win, they will need to beat England by at least 8 points or 7 points, if England do not score more than three tries against them. With the Lions squad soon to be picked, the players will be going all out to impress Lions coach, Warren Gatland. Does this mean you can expect tries aplenty and exciting running rugby? No of course not, it’s the 6 nations but as this is being played in Cardiff you can at least expect passionate support and glorious singing voices for the anthem.

Back to Super Rugby now and some intriguing match ups ahead. Come on over, take a load off and let’s crack some beers, it is after all, already lunchtime on Thursday. Zac Guildford would approve.

Super Rugby round 5, Saturday 16th of March 2013

Crusaders vs Bulls

The Crusaders have yet to win a game this year so far… cray cray to the max! Terrible decision-making in the last 7 minutes of their last game cost them against the Hurricanes and it must be said they seem to have lost some of their aura from previous seasons. Of course they can still turn it all around and will be keen to do that against a side that has not beaten them in New Zealand since the Super 10 became the Super 12. Todd Blackadder has made just one change on the bench bringing in Tyler Bleyendaal for the injured Tom Taylor.

For the Bulls Jurgen Visser gets his first start, playing on the wing in place of the injured Lionel Mapoe. Under 21 Bok star and former captain Jan Serfontein gets a place on the bench and I am hoping will see some game time as he is one to watch for the future. Other than that the team is unchanged and will be quietly confident heading into this game after out playing the Blues last week. They will need a similar performance and will see this as their best chance in ages to get one over their fierce Kiwi rivals. Can they pull off another historic win two weeks in a row? I hope so but I just don’t see it, unfortunately.

Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Kick-Off: Sat, 8:35am (SA time)

Crusaders vs Bulls Prediction: Crusaders by 5-12

Reds vs Force

The Reds welcome back Will Genia from injury but have lost Radiko crazy afro Samo for this ‘exciting’ Aussie Derby. Yaaaaaawn. The Force looked good in patches against the Bulls and flyhalf Sias Ebersohn in particular looked in fine kicking form. In the end they faded badly and not only lost the game but a losing bonus point to boot with the last-minute Bulls try.

The Force have never beaten the Reds in Brisbane and with the loss of David PoCOCK they really have no chance this year either. Look out for almost anything else on TV to watch as the Reds make a meal of this but still win. Set care levels to 0.5. Are you even still reading this?

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off: 10:40am

Reds vs Force Prediction: Reds by some boring margin

Sharks vs Brumbies

Jean Deysel

The Brumbies have only ever won once in Durban, back in 2007 but with Jake White’s coaching and their unbeaten run so far will be quietly confident heading into this game. Granted they have only played Aussie sides so far but it is the way they have been playing that has been so impressive. They have adopted a very ‘Boks from 2007’ style of play and rely on aggressive defense to create opportunities to attack. Look out for fullback Jesse Mogg who is all the rage in Australia and being touted as the new Wallaby fullback.

The Sharks welcome back captain Keegan Daniels for this clash and will be hoping he is fully fit after losing Jean Deysel to injury and still without the services of Willem man mountain Alberts. In other changes Charl McCloed and Odwa Ndungane both get starts in what looks to be purely rotational changes. The weather in Durban is still not hellishly conducive to running rugga so don’t expect a feast of tries from either side. In fact the Sharks may well find this as more of the same from previous weeks with plenty of kicking, solid defense and pick and go forward play dominating proceedings. Still a win is a win is a win.

Venue: Kings Park, Durban

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Sharks vs Brumbies Prediction: Sharks by less than 7

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on March 14, 2013.

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