Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions – Round 8, Part 1

This week’s action dished up a bit of the good, bad and ugly.

The good the bad and the ugly

The Good: The Chiefs vs Blues game. Another quality kiwi spectacle. Running rugby mixed in equal parts with accurate kicking, individual brilliance, driving play and crunching defence. A pleasure to watch. Special mention to the Cheetahs, Reds and Crusaders for solid wins.

The Bad: Jonathon White, the referee in the Bulls vs Brumbies game. Terrible showing, not so much bias as downright shocking performance. He is a kiwi, so possibly from the Bryce douchebag Lawrence school of reffing.

The Ugly: The Cape Crusaders disgusting behaviour at Newlands. Booing the home side as they get off the bus, spitting on Stormers supporters and general trouble making shenans. Class shown… none. Can someone please send these losers to New Zealand. Let’s start a kitty and get some funds raised.

The Stormers and Bulls seem to have learnt nothing from last season and both were intent on sticking with the same old boring outdated strategies. For the Bulls it is the frustrating, ineffectual and aimless kicking game and for the Stormers it is this idea that solid defense and waiting for mistakes is enough to win you games. Come on guys, let’s evolve a smidgen, just saying.

Anyhootananny, let’s look ahead to this week’s 6-pack of rugby awesomeness starting with the first three on Friday.

Super Rugby Round 8, Friday 5th of April 2013

Blues vs Highlanders

The Highlanders again failed to win a game they could so easily have won. Man it is frustrating watching these guys. Have I put a Lions fan curse on them? Why does every side I support lose? Gosh darn it to Betsy! They have yet to record a win this year and playing in Eden Park, could well mean they do not get one this week either. Coach Jamie Josephs has brought in ex-All Black and Crusader Mose Tuiali’i at 8th man to replace Nasi Manu but bringing old players back from Japan is not quite the solution he seems to think it is.

For the Blues, former Chiefs centre, Jackson Willison gets his first start and Kevin Mealamu gets a chance off the bench after being out for the first half of the season. They have lost 3 in a row after a surprisingly good start and will need a win here to keep them in the running in the NZ conference. I have backed the Highlanders every time but it seems they have completely forgotten how to win. This week I am backing the Blues, who have a very good record at home. Does this mean the Landers will finally win? Probably.

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Kick-Off: Fri, 8:35am (SA Time)

Blues vs Highlanders Prediction: Blues by less than 7

Brumbies vs Kings

The Brumbies got away with a win on Saturday when really they should have had a draw. They were assisted by a clueless ref and similarly average assistant Aussie refs and will know that they played below the lofty standards that they have set so far. Luckily for them, they are playing the Kings and will be quietly (or in Jake White’s case, loudly shouting about it at press conferences) confident of a 4-try win.

The Kings once again showed passion and pride but still conceded over 40 points against the Hurricanes last week. They have a never say die attitude but still seem out of their depth at this level. This week centre and Ex-Lion Waylon Murray starts at 13 and Hannes Franklin at hooker, giving Bandise Maku a breather. They will  be hoping for a much better defensive display but the Brumbies should walk this one and cement their place at the top of the overall log.

Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Kick-Off: 10:40am

Brumbies vs Kings Prediction: Brumbies by 15-20

Sharks vs Crusaders

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The Crusaders did incredibly well to win last Sat at Newlands especially with all the injuries they had and will be happy with their overall game. They dominated possession and territory but due to the Stormers shocking set phase play and non-existent attacking game were never put under any sustained pressure. They will be hoping to have Israel Dagg back for this clash and will be keen to leave our shores with 2 from 2.

The Sharks have moved Frans donkey boot Steyn to fullback and have kept Meyer Bosman at centre after a very good showing against the Rebels. The Rebels cannot be compared to the Crusaders but at least the Sharks got to work on their attack and set play in a game that resembled a training drill. Whether they can up the intensity enough after their break will be the key in what should be a very toit game. I believe they can and I am backing them to beat the Crusaders for only the third time everrrr.

Venue: Kings Park, Durban

Kick-Off: 7:10pm

Sharks vs Crusaders Prediction: Sharks by less than 7

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~ by bowlphilosophy on April 3, 2013.

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