Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions – Round 8, Part 2
Before we plunge balls deep into the next 3 games, lets take some time to congratulate the Blitzbokke on their recent Sevens Series win in Tokyo.
Aaaah when you win in Japan
Win in Japaan tonight (last week)
Score in Japan, oooh it’s good to be soo goooood
Win in Japaan alright
Play well and you’ll get it right
Times are breezy when you win in Japaaaaan
Oh when you win in Japan!
The Bliztbokke made a tentative start, losing to Fiji in the opening game but came back strongly, beating Portugal and Spain with ease, to book their place in the quarter-finals against Samoa. After a final play try by newbie Seabelo Senatla, they moved along to the semi-finals where another try by the youngster set up a final with the All Blacks.
Cornal Hendricks, Senatla and Cecil Afrika all scored tries as the Blitzbokke beat New Zealand for the second time in a Cup Final this year. Well done team. Superb effort. Maverick thumbs up.
Righto, back to Super Rugby and two casual games this Saturday before the big SA derby between the high in try scoring form and confidence Cheetahs and the desperate but injury face smashed Stormers, let’s do this!
Super Rugby round 8, Saturday 6th of April 2013
Hurricanes vs Waratahs
The Waratahs have now won two games back to back and are looking better than they have in ages. Drew Mitchell looks like he is returning to some form and backline players Israel Folau and Bernard Foley are settling in and looking dangerous. Their forwards have yet to really fire and it is here that I reckon the Hurricanes will have the advantage.
The Hurricanes have made some changes and included flank and brother of Julian, Ardie Savea in their side. Lock Mark Reddish comes in for Jeremy Thrush and hooker Motu Matu’u comes in for the injured Dane Coles. Captain Conrad Smith is once again having a superb season at the helm and with flyhalf Beauden Barrett and scumhalf PJ Perenara developing into a lethal cocktail of skill and desire, they should have the beating of the Tahs side at home.
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-Off: Sat, 8:35am (SA Time)
Hurricanes vs Waratahs Prediction: Hurricanes by 5-10
Force vs Rebels
The Rebels started far better last week against the Cheetahs but then dropped off badly once they were trailing after half time. They should be better in Perth and
boringly interestingly have only ever lost to the Force once before.
The Force have played some good rugga in parts this season and ex-Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn has been solid for them so far. The Aussie derbies are usually yawn fests but generally toit affairs and this one should be no different. The Force should have the Rebels number though, especially after a fail of an SA tour and the long trip back to Ausland.
Venue: NIB Stadium, Perth
Force vs Rebels Prediction: Force by less than 7
Cheetahs vs Stormers
Ooooh, this is a tough one to call.
The Cheetahs have brought in scummie Piet Van Zyl pushing Sarel Pretorious to the bench. Flyhalf Burton Francis did very well last week after coming on as a replacement for Riaan Smith but other than that the team is unchanged. Raymond Rhule and Willie le Roux have been having a glorious season so far but it is the defence and forward play that has enabled them to do so. Loose forwards Pieter Labuschagne and Heinrich Brüssow have been dominating and in Adriaan Strauss they have a skilled, fearless, ‘lead from the front’ captain who seems to get better and better.
For the Stormers, they have lost Gerhard van den Heever and have shifted Joe Pietersen to the wing with Jaco Taute slotting in at fullback. Nic Groom comes in at scrumhalf with Dewald Duvenhage dropping out of the match day 22. Struggling flyhalf Elton Jantjies is on the doubtful list after suffering a bruised
ego chest last week and a late call will be made on his availability on Friday. Deon Fourie again sucked the big one last week with terrible throwing and he will need to be far better if they are to have any hope of securing line out ball.
If the Cheetahs can maintain their recent defensive displays and continue with their impressive attack they may well sneak this but have only ever beaten the Stormers twice in the last 9 meetings and have lost the last 7. I reckon they may well do it this time…maybe. Maybe not. Damn I just don’t know.
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Cheetahs vs Stormers Prediction:
Stormers Cheetahs to sneak it