Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions – Round 11, Part 2

Before we face smash our way into the next four games of Super Rugby awesomeness, here is some news from the soccer front and specifically the English Premier League where Luis Suarez was yesterday handed a 10 game ban for biting.

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The leading goal scorer for Liverpool this season was found guilty of biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on the forearm and has been banned for the last four games of this season and the first six of next season by the FA. LOLsies. I have disliked this douche ever since his handball denied Ghana, what would have been the winning goal in the FIFA SWC2010 quarter-final against Uruguay. Cheat! Incidentally Luis donkey bite Suarez has been banned for biting before when he played for Ajex Amsterdam and was banned for 8 games last year for racially abusing Patrice Evra. The guy just oozes class. Maverick thumbs down Luis, poor form shown.

Back to Super Rugby now and three more games heading your way on Saturday and one on Sunday.  There shouldn’t be any surprises looking at the match ups but I have thought that before and am currently languishing near the bottom of all my SuperBru logs, so what do I know. In fact you should probably do the opposite of what I predict. Just saying.

Super Rugby round 11, Saturday 27th April 2013

Brumbies vs Force

The Force came back well last week against the Hurricanes and kiwi scrumhalf Alby Matthewson scored a blinder, sniping through a half gap and then out pacing half the Canes backline to score under the posts. Unfortunately for the Force they are not consistent enough to regularly challenge the better sides, although they have beaten the Crusaders and Reds this season. Can they cause an upset? Of course but will they? All signs point to “not bloody likely, mate”.

The Brumbies held onto a draw last week against the Reds and played fairly negatively in doing so. Still Jake would have been happy with the two points and will adjust his fashionable glasses and simply point to the log if anyone were to suggest that his side plays defensive rugby. Flank George Smith continues to impress and looks a shoe-in for a place in the Wallaby squad for the B&I Lions tour later in the year. The Brumbies won both games against the Force last year but before that the record reads played 7 won 3 each with 1 draw. The Force will put up some resistance but expect the Brumbies to win this comfortably at home.

Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Kick-Off: Sat, 11:40am (SA Time)

Brumbies vs Force Prediction: Brumbies by 7-15

Bulls vs Waratahs

The Waratahs arrive in SA on the back of a very impressive away victory over the Chiefs and will be desperate to leave our shores with at least one win. They are playing the Kings next week, so they have a good chance of reaching that goal but a win at Loftus would be huge result for them, especially since they have not won in Pretoria since 2002. A key man to look out for is flyhalf Bernard Foley. The ex sevens star has embraced the new running game, coach Michael Cheika has been keen to implement and is dangerous from anywhere on the field.

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For the Bulls, Dean Greyling gets a start at loosehead prop and Dewald Potgieter replaces Deon Stegmann. Bjorn Basson returns on the wing and Lionel Mapoe will be the backline cover on the bench. Francois tattoo sleeves Hougaard is finally fit again and will more than likely get a run in the second half. The Bulls oozed quality last week but will find the Tahs a far tougher opposition, especially in the forward battle. Defense and discipline will the words of the day come Saturday with the Bulls surging ahead at the end.

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Bulls vs Waratahs Prediction: Bulls by 5-10

Cheetahs vs Kings

Luke full beard Watson has been dropped to the bench after a flat performance against the Bulls. In other team news, Ronnie Cooke moves to centre and experienced ex-Lion Michael Killian gets a start on the wing. The Kings were hammered last Saturday and taught a rugby lesson in front of a sold out stadium and a terrible DJ. They will need to pick themselves up and fast for this clash in Bloemfontein and will be hoping that they can rediscover their travelling mojo.

The Cheetahs welcome back Sarel Pretorius and Trevor Nyakane from injury and both will be used off the bench this week. This is the last week before their first bye, so the Cheetahs will be pushing for one last big effort to get the win and hopefully bonus point to boot before they can chill right out, next week. They are a team full of confidence and with so many players in form should prove too much for the Kings who can only play better than they did last week.

Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Kick-Off: 7:10pm

Cheetahs vs Kings Prediction: Cheetahs by 15-22

Crusaders vs Rebels

I do not have any team info for either side for this game but does that really matter? The Crusaders did lose to the Force but came back well last week against the Highlanders and with the forwards likely to dominate and guys like Robbie Fruean, Tom Taylor and Tyler Bleyendaal all in fine form, the Crusaders should win this one easily.

Robbie Fruean

The Rebels have never lost to the Crusaders. What, that can’t be true!? I hear you cry. Has this guy been drinking? Well it is true and yes I have. They have only played once, last year, where the Rebels beat them in Melbourne. Cray cray times but there you have it. They are still missing Kurtely Tache Beale and unfortunately their unbeaten record against the Saders will end on Sunday morning.

Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Kick-Off: Sunday, 6:05am

Crusaders vs Rebels Prediction: Crusaders by 15-25

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on April 25, 2013.

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