My predictions last week were quite pathetic with only a 50% success rate. Since I went so far off track last week, I am reigning it in and getting back to the basics.
Crusaders v Brumbies – Trafalgar Park, Nelson
The Crusaders come into this game riding high after toppling the Tahs in a very physical and emotional affair in Nelson last week. The Brumbies on the other hand are looking like a group of lost puppies and need to find their direction fast. The strength of the Crusaders will outweigh any attack the Brumbies could potentially put on.
Rebels v Sharks – AAMI Park, Melbourne
The Rebels go into this game as underdogs yet again. Their defence seems to hold up but they aren’t creating enough in attack, which puts them on the back foot. The Sharks however are bouncing back from the brutal affair with the Force last week. I wouldn’t write the Rebels off too early as they have home ground advantage and the Rebel Army definitely make an impact.
Stormers v Highlanders – Newlands, Cape Town
The Stormers have stumbled into the forth round of Super Rugby without their usual flair and consistency. If they don’t start the game positively, then I don’t think they will come away from this round as easily. The Highlanders have been having a dream run and completed dominated the Bulls last week. I think it will be close, with the Highlanders pipping the Stormers at the post.
Hurricanes v Chiefs – Westpac Stadium, Wellington
After two weeks away from Super Rugby, the Hurricanes come back with All Black legend Tana Umaga in the starting line up. Umaga proves to everyone that age doesn’t matter and I can’t wait to watch him play. The Chiefs were impressive against the Rebels last week with Nanai-Williams looking very dangerous. I expect this to be another tight game with the Hurricanes prevailing.
Force v Blues – NIB Stadium, Perth
The Force come into this game bruised and battered after their brutal encounter with the Sharks last week. The biggest disappointment is the loss of Pocock to injury for up to 6 weeks and this will have a definite impact on the team. The Blues on the other hand are looking quite sharp. With a strong backline and hearty forward, they will prove too strong for the Force.
Cheetahs v Lions – Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
This is going to be one of the games of the round. Both teams have yet to win a game and will be fighting to The Lions have been close to toppling some of the top sides and are starting to look very competitive. The Cheetahs do have home ground advantage and will be boosted by the inclusion of Springbok flank Heinrich Brüssow in the starting line-up so it could be anyone’s game. Think the Lions will take it out though.