Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions – Round 9, Part 1

‘Edge of the seat’ situations all over the place last weekend, glorious scenes and a pleasure to watch.

The Kings kick started off the “play ’til the final whistle” action with an after the siren try and conversion to steal a draw from the Brumbies and pick up a bonus point for 4 tries in the process. Quality play and evidence once again of the Kings’ refusal to ever give up. They may now even start to believe they can pick up a couple of wins before the season is over and rightly so.

Moving on to the Sharks game and a second half fight back aided by accurate kicking by the Bok flyhalf incumbent Pat I use Clear for Men Lambie, meant Plumtree’s team picked up a valuable 4 points against the Crusaders and remained South Africa’s leading team. The Cheetahs then broke the Stormers hoodoo over them by beating them 3 minutes after the siren had gone with a touch-line penalty by Burton Francis. A fine win indeed, which sparked off mad celebrations in Bloemfontein which, rumour has it, included riding around in Harleys in their supporters shirts and more drinking than usual!  Man those okes know how to party.

Cheetahs celebrations

Are the Cheetahs actual play-off contenders? Is the Stormers season over should they lose this weekend? Does Burton Francis have balls of steel? Probably not, possibly and definitely.

Plenty of action this weekend and six, yes, six games this Saturday. When I say “All Day” you say “Drinking”.

All Day!

All Day!

Cyber 5.

Super Rugby Round 9, Friday 12th of April 2013

Highlanders vs Brumbies

The Highlanders have only pride to play for as they are well and truly out of the running for the play-offs. They continue to be competitive in almost every game but have totes forgotten how to win. Ma’a dreadlocks Nonu was yellow carded after a late shoulder charge on Piri Weepu and it handed the advantage and the game to the Blues. Well played Nonu, way to not have a massive brain fart. Gosh!

Jake White has made changes aplenty to his side after last week’s embarrassing draw to the Kings. Fullback Jesse Mogg comes back from injury and Matt Toomua moves back to flyhalf with Christian Lealiifano shifting to centre to partner Andrew Smith. In the forwards prop Stephen Moore and lock Sam Carter come back into the side with Ben Mowen moving to 8th man and kiwi import Jordan Smiler getting his first chance in the side at 6. This may well be a good time to pick the Landers to finally get their first win, sure it is a gamble but some of us are already reaching the hail mary stage in SuperBru.

Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Kick-Off: Fri, 9:35am (SA Time)

Highlanders vs Brumbies Prediction: Brumbies by less than 7

Chiefs vs Reds

The Reds have a good record against the Chiefs and have won the last two games played in Cow Bell country. Coach McKenzie has made just one change to the starting side with Rod Davies getting a start on the wing. The Reds are coming off a bye but before that secured a very good win over the Highlanders. The will be up against the best side this year and will need to be far better defensively if they are to beat the kiwi log leaders.

The Chiefs had a bye last week themselves but thanks to the Brumbies stumble are sitting pretty at the top of the overall log. I have no info about the team selected but I don’t think Dave Rennie will have made any unnecessary changes. Look out for Richard Kahuii, who has slotted back in seamlessly and looks to be in fine form. I reckon this will be close but the Chiefs forwards should have the upper hand and supply the backs with the quality ball, they thrive on. Thriving on balls, the Chiefs’ motto.

Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Kick-Off: Sat, 6:35am

Chiefs vs Reds Prediction: Chiefs by 5-10

Blues vs Hurricanes

The Hurricanes proved last week how dangerous they can be on attack, as they dick punched the Waratahs in their faces with 3 tries within a 10 minute period. Julien Savea scored a brace and will once again be hard to stop if given any room at all on the wing. The Hurricanes forwards have been impressive this season and have had some recent success over the Blues, twice winning there last year but did lose at home earlier in the season against them and will be keen on getting one back.

Alli Williams

Ok so this isn’t the correct Alli Williams but worth a look anyway, right? You’re welcome.

The Blues got back to winning ways after a few losses with a comfortable win over the Highlanders. They are only one point behind the Canes and only 7 behind the Chiefs so a win here will be vital to both sides. Captain Ali Williams is thriving in the leadership role and Piri I only ate some of the pies Weepu looks fit and slim again and is picking up some good form. Look out for the explosive running of Rene Ranger on the wing and for  this to be a very entertaining and toit affair.

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Kick-Off: 9:35am

Blues vs Hurricanes Prediction: Blues by a ball hair

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on April 10, 2013.

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