Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions – Round 10, Part 1

Cray cray weekend in Super Rugby and no mistake!

Reds beating Chiefs, Kings beating Rebels, Force beating Crusaders, some would even call the Stormers win over the Sharks an upset. What the HELLsinki guys? Massive Superbru Fail.

Disappointed Homer

Give it up for the underdogs I say. Results like these certainly keeps things interesting and proves once again that any of these sides can beat each other on any given day, except the Highlanders of course. Buuuuurn. My team of the week goes (reluctantly) to the Reds. I love to hate this side but credit to them for out playing the top kiwi side in a powerful and skillful display away from home. Speaking of Aussie sides, their record over the NZ sides this year reads: Played 7, won 6. Whaaat?! I know right! Strange but true and a possible sign of the apocalypse.

Moving on to this week and only 6 games flying your way straight out of the SANZAR super cannon of rugby love. Don’t worry though with last week’s results all 6 should be sheer fried quality match ups. Let’s Gareth Delve deeper in.

Super Rugby round 10, Fri 19 April 2013

Hurricanes vs Force

Usually this would be a no contest with the Force only ever beating the Canes back in 2007 but has their recent victory inspired the Perth massive to more giant-killing displays? Maaaybe but I don’t think so. The Force suck the big one away from home. Yes, they do well against the Crusaders but only in Perth. Expect them to fall back to their losing ways in Wellington.

The Hurricanes have made four changes to their side, with forwards Jack Lam, Jeremy Thrush and Dane Coles all returning from injury. In the backs, Chris Smylie gets a run at scrumhalf with TJ Perenara shifting to the bench. The Canes were outplayed by the blues last week but should bounce back at home and look to get back on the ol’ winning horse with a 4 try bonus to boot.

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

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

Hurricanes vs Force Prediction: Hurricanes by 7-15

Waratahs vs Chiefs

The Waratahs are coming off a bye but before that were well beaten by the Hurricanes in Wellington. They have had a bit of a mixed season at home, losing to the Cheetahs at home but beating the impressive Blues a few weeks ago. Their record against the Chiefs is a good one, especially at home and have only lost to them twice ever, back in ’97 and 2007. After this they head to SA and will be desperate to set sail fly out with a win.

Coach Dave Rennie has made SHITake loads of changes to his side with in-form Richard Kahuii moving to 12 and Charlie Ngatai starting at outside centre. Tim Nanai-Williams drops to the bench and All Black Brendon Leonard gets a start at scrumhalf. Leading points scorer, fullback Gareth Anscomb, moves to the bench and is replaced by Andrew Horrell. In the forwards, Sam Cane comes in at 7, captain Liam Messam shifts to 6 and Fritz Lee gets a start at 8th man. Lastly, Pauliasi Manu, comes in at prop. Sheesh!  Too many changes? Maybe but the Chiefs should still snatch a toit one.

Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Kick-Off: 11:40am

Waratahs vs Chiefs Prediction: Chiefs by a ball hair

Crusaders vs Highlanders

Crusaders vs Highlanders

It’s like groundhog day for me with the Highlanders. I talk them up and back them to win and they end up being competitive and still losing. Except this last week they played shockingly against the Brumbies and never looked like winning. The Landers bigwigs have recently come out in support of coach Jamie Josephs but it must be said that they are looking like a bunch of individuals who have forgotten how to win instead of one of the more fancied sides they were at the start of the season.

The Crusaders will be keen to put the loss to the Force behind them for, besides the embarrassment factor, they are currently 9th on the log and cannot afford to drop many more games if they are to qualify for a home semi. The Crusaders are expected win this one comfortably in front of their home fans but will need to show more discipline and patience. Of course because of me not backing them, the Highlanders will probably win this.

Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Kick-Off: Sat, 9:35am

Crusaders vs Highlanders Prediction: Crusaders by 7-15


~ by bowlphilosophy on April 17, 2013.

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