Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 18

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After missing writing my preview last week due to work pressures, the preview is back strong this week with a bumper crop of games this weekend, some of which could have a large bearing on the final make up of the top six. Chiefs v Hurricanes There is only one game to kick the round […]

Aviva Premiership Final – 20 Reflections

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There are already a number of serious reviews of Saturday’s Premiership Final – with today’s technology some of them were probably online before the bloody game kicked off! Almost certainly they will all be better than anything I come up with – not least since I forgot to take my glasses to the match and […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 16

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Crusaders v Force, Christchurch Stadium The first match of the round pits the surging Crusaders against the fairytale story Force in Christchurch.  The Crusaders bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Sharks with only 14 men with a hard fought victory against Highlanders aways from home and will come into this fixture with some […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 15

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Blues v Sharks The first game this weekend pits the Blues against the travelling Sharks at North Harbour Stadium.  In home games for the Blues between these two teams the Sharks have been dominant winning two of seven encounters.  The Sharks come into this game off the back of their epic victory with only 14 […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 14

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Hurricanes v Highlanders, Wellington Round 14 of Super Rugby commences in Wellington with the Hurricanes hosting their South Island rivals the Highlanders. Both sides come into this game off the back of solid seasons so far which have seen both team win six times and both are presently sitting on 30 points.  The teams have […]

The ‘route’ of all evil?

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The regular season is over and I want to look forward to next term and the likely effect on the Premiership of all the new money that is about to slosh about from the TV deals. This sounds like pretty good news for all involved although there have been some concerns expressed that it might […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 22

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Last Four Standing At half-time yesterday all six of my predictions made it look like I knew what I was talking about and I almost tweeted as much. Luckily I didn’t, as the second 40 saw two of them go pear shaped (a bit like some props I know). Still, I’ll settle for 4 out […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 13

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Another truncated preview this week as your correspondent is travelling away from home and has not had the usual amount of time to produce this post this week.  Apologies in advance for those of you awaiting the normal “full” preview: normal service will resume tomorrow. Chiefs v Blues, Taranaki The first match of the round […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 12

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Blues v Reds The first match of Round 12 of Super Rugby comes to us from Eden Park where the Blues host the travelling Reds.  These teams have played each other 19 times in Super Rugby and the Reds hold the advantage having won 10 of those games.  In Auckland the teams have met five […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 21

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Almost Home Come Sunday night I’m pretty sure that most of the remaining questions for this season will be answered. I think we’ might know the top 4 and it will be confirmed that Worcester will be in the Championship from September. These things are, however, not certain and it is just possible that some […]