Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions, Round 13, Part 2

Let’s be honest, the scrums in rugby, especially international rugga are a bit of a lottery at the best of times. I am convinced the refs have very little idea of what is happening and my theory is that they will penalize one side in the first half (for no obvious reason) and then penalize the other side in the second half (for an even less obvious reason) in order to balance it out by the end of the game.

Last year the IRB finally conceded the ‘pause’ part of the “crouch, touch, paaaause, engage”call was unnecessary. Er… duh. It is fairly obvious that an actual pause in the instruction should have been sufficient. Either way, they duly changed it to ‘crouch, touch , engage’ with a slight improvement in scrum resets, it must be said but wait for it, next year it is changing again…


From next year the scrum call will be ‘crouch, bind, set’. What this will mean is that the props will need to bind using their outside arm until the ref says “set”. This is to counter teams either charging forward to get an early hit and ideally stop teams from holding back in order to get penalties. I guess it makes sense. I gueeeeeeeees.

Anyhootenanny, let’s leave the scrums for now and focus on the next 3 Super Rugby games this weekend.

Super Rugby round 13, Saturday 11th May 2013

Blues vs Rebels

Ahh Kurtley boozer Beale… first game back and makes a huge impact off the bench and scores a superb try. Then to top it off, he goes out drinking to celebrate and misses his appointment with his counselor (appointed to help deal with his drinking problem). Slow clap Kurtley,way to put your rugby career before beer. He has been dropped for this game. Look out for James O’ Connor, who will be doing all he can to secure the Wallaby flyhalf posish for the B& I Lions tour.

The Blues have made some changes as coach Sir John looks to rotate his squad and keep ’em fresh and rested. In the forwards, prop Tim Perry and hooker Quentin Macdonald get starts and Anthony Boric and Brendon O’Connor slot in at lock and flank respectively. In the backs, George Moala comes in at wing with Rene hotstep Ranger shifting back to centre. Piri I only ate a couple of pies Weepu continues his fine form at scrumhalf and his decision-making and leadership will be crucial. The Rebels have had a good couple of games on the trot but will miss Boozer Beale and struggle to contain the Blues in Auckland.

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

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

Blues vs Rebels Prediction: Blues by 7-15

Waratahs vs Stormers

The Stormers should have won last week with the possession and territory they enjoyed but some questionable penalty decisions, poor refereeing (thanks Walsh) and woeful kicking let them down badly. They got frustrated and their discipline wavered in the middle of the game but came back nicely with two fantastic tries by captain De Villiers. They have made just the one change to the starting side with Eben massive guns Etzebeth coming back for his first start of the season. They will be desperate for a win in Sydney and will be quietly confident with their decent record against the Tahs, even in Sydney.

Israel Folau

The travel factor may come into this game, with the Waratahs having just returned from dishing out what can only be described as an ass whipping of epic proportions to the Kings. I don’t have any Waratah squad selection news but expect coach Cheika to play his strongest available team. Flyhalf Bernard Foley may not look it but is an incredibly quick attacking flyhalf and with Israel Folau well and truly finding his feet in union after the move from league, the Tahs backs will be a handful and no mistake. The Stormers will rely on their ever impressive defense and try to dominate in the set phases and  but with the powerful Tahs scrum, may find this part easier said than done. This could be a close game but I reckon the home side will sneak it.

Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Kick-Off: 110:40am

Waratahs vs Stormers Prediction: Waratahs by less than 7

Kings vs Highlanders

The Kings are without one of their star performers this week, Jacques Engelbrecht, who is injured. Luke beard no more Watson comes in for him and reclaims the captaincy with the impressive Cornell du Preez moving to 8th man. The Kings are struggling after so many games in a row and after showing some promise overseas are looking very much the whipping boys peeps predicted before the season started. Thankfully they are playing another bottom dwelling side so the score should at least be a bit more respectable. Hopefully…

The Highlanders finally won one last week, even though they relied on numerous illegal tactics on their own line to achieve it. They will be far more confident after beating the Sharks and will have noted the way the Waratahs ran the Kings off their feet. Expect much of the same with Ben Smith and Tamati Ellison looking particularly dangerous last week. This is the only Super Rugby game this Saturday afternoon and if ever there was a game to miss in order to rack up points for abandoning some family committment later in the season, this is it.

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Kick-Off: 5:05pm

Kings vs Highlanders Prediction: Highlanders by 13-20


~ by bowlphilosophy on May 9, 2013.

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