Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions – Round 14, Part 1

So round 13 is done and dusted and good riddance I say.

Almost all of the games bar the Kings vs Highlanders, were littered with poor handling, sketchy decision making, school boy ball control and a large dollop of SHITake kicking for good measure. The ‘box’-kick’. Oh how I hate you. Ban it! I say. Unfortunately,  our SA teams seem to default to it after a couple of phases, regardless. Siiigh.

Too much rugby could well explain the dip in form mid-season, with coaches trying to get their sides to peak for the play-offs. It is obvious to all (except the IRB) that the rugby season is too long and in an interesting development, the NZRPA (New Zealand Rugby Players Association) has said that they may consider a player strike unless they are finally granted an integrated international season.

Strike

This would mean a later start to the season and 16 weeks off, instead of the current 8. In order to do so, they would have to do away with the break in Super Rugby for the June Internationals. Interesting times indeed.

Back to Super Rugby now and my team of the week is the Kings, who came back incredibly well after looking dead and buried in the last 3 weeks to achieve a deserved victory over the Highlanders. Three games heading your way this Friday, let’s swan dive in with a half pike twist for good measure.

Super Rugby round 14, Friday 17th April 2013

Hurricanes vs Chiefs

The Hurricanes upset the odds with a fine win over the Cheetahs last Friday and in turn shot me in the Superbru foot. They were full of running in the second half and captain Victor Vito had a sublime game. Coach Mark Hammett has kept the side unchanged this week as he looks for a vital home win that will keep them in with a shot at the play-offs.

The Chiefs have lost the impressive Sam Cane for this game with Tanerau Latimer taking his place on the side of the scrum. In other changes Charlie Ngatai comes in at centre and Pauliasi Manu gets a start at prop. The Chiefs started well last week but allowed the Force to come back into the game and their defense is not quite as solid as it was last year. Games between these two sides are generally close but interestingly, the Canes have not lost at home to the Chiefs since 2003. mmmmh, I know right, tricksy to call.

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

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

Hurricanes vs Chiefs Prediction: Chiefs by the proverbial ball hair

Rebels vs Stormers

So word just in is that the Stormers have been found guilty of  misconduct and will have to pay a fine to SANZAR. Oooooh. The Stormers officials were charged with ‘insulting and offensive’ conduct toward the assistant referee in the Hurricanes game, apparently saying he should go back to club rugby and swearing at him. LOL. Class shown guys, slow clap. Coetzee has made changes a plenty for this game with Elton crazy hair do Jantjies and Louis Schreuder getting a start together in the backs. In the forwards, Scarra Ntubeni gets his first chance at hooker and is joined by prop Pat Cilliers in the front row. Hooker Deon Fourie moves to flank with Siya Kolisi moving to 7 and Nizaam Carr slotting in at 8th man.

Elton Jantjies2

The Rebels are without BFFs James O’ Connor and Kurtley boozer Beale for this match up and will struggle without them. O’Connor is out injured and Beale has entered rehab. Standard. The Rebels have played far better this season and have run some of the top teams close. The Stormers appear to think that their game plan of defense, defense, defense is the correct one but to appease the masses have hinted they will ‘have a go’ this Friday night. With play-off pressures eased, they could well find their way to the tryline and should secure a comfortable win.

Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-Off: 11:40am

Rebels vs Stormers Prediction: Stormers by 5-10

Force vs Sharks

Our condolences go out to Force scrumhalf, Chris Eaton who will sit out the rest of the season to spend time with his family in NZ after his wife died recently in a car crash.

The Force continue to surprise with their performances and in particular their impressive defense. They held on for a losing bonus point against the Chiefs last week and will be confident heading into this game, especially knowing their last few games are all at home.

You have to feel for John feel it in ma plums Plumtree, as the Sharks continue to be dick punched in the face with injuries week in, week out. Some good news for them (and Bok coach Heyneke Meyer) is that Willem man mountain Alberts will get his first start this week, replacing Jean Deysel who moves to the bench. In other movements, Odwa Ndungane slots back in at wing and lock Anton Bresler trades places with Pieter-Steph du Toit. JP Pietersen did well at centre last week and keeps his spot but it is the form of Pat I use Clear for Men Lambie that is most concerning. Fingers crossed he rekindles some razzle dazzle from last year and leads them to victory.  Here’s hoping.

Venue: NIB Stadium, Perth

Kick-Off: 1:34pm

Force vs Sharks Prediction: Sharks by 5-10

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on May 15, 2013.

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