Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 11

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Apologies to regular follows of this preview: I am away on holidays at the moment and thus have not had as much time to assess the games this weekend.  What follows are my general views of the games for this weekend.  Enjoy the rugby this weekend: I know I will be! Blues v Waratahs The […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 20

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Still Much to Play For On the face of it I did pretty well with my predictions this week – 5 out of 6 ain’t bad and it helped shove my overall percentage for the season back up a little from last week. However, the statistics hide the fact that the one game I got […]

Aviva Premiership Predictions: Rd 20

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Expect More Drama With just 3 games to go until the play-offs (and European places) are decided, it is inevitable that there are going to be some big clashes on all three of the final weekends in the Premiership. First up on Friday night Harlequins take on the Tigers at the Stoop. If Quins can […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 10

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Hurricanes v Blues This weeks first game comes to us from Wellington with a local derby between the Hurricanes and the Blues. Head to head in the last 7 games between these two franchises the Blues have the edge having won 4 of those encounters.  The Blues were not bested by the Hurricanes last year […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 19

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It Could have been Worse! In the end my predictions weren’t too bad – 4 out of 6 is just about acceptable, but has pushed my overall % record for the season down into the low 70s!  Mind you it could have been a lot worse. Friday night my ‘guess’ that the Sharks would continue […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 9

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Highlanders v Bulls Round 9 of Super Rugby this week kicks off in Dunedin with the Highlanders hosting the travelling Bulls at Forsyth Barr Stadium. The Highlanders have the advantage in games between these two teams, having won ten of the sixteen encounters over all.  Dunedin has been a fortress for the Highlanders against the […]

Being a Payne

Jared Payne red card v Saracens

Ever since the 5th minute of the Heineken Cup Qtr. Final at Ravenhill the internet and media have been awash with the ‘was it? / wasn’t it?’ debate about the red card given to Jared Payne after the collision with Alex Goode. I had expected it to have finished by now – but there is […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 18

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Kick Off Anyone who read my predictions for the weekend games in the Premiership should be having a good laugh just now. It started badly – the middle was poor and it went right downhill at the end. In the previous 17 rounds I have never scored below 66% (alright 66.66% recurring to be pedantic) […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 7

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Crusaders v Hurricanes The first match of this week’s round comes from Christchurch with the Crusaders hosting the Hurricanes.  Both sides are off to a very slow start to this season and will be very unhappy with how they have played so far.  The numbers are stacked significantly in the favour of the Crusaders who […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 17

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All Change It very nearly started so well for my predictions this week – on Friday night Worcester came within a second of fulfilling my forecast of their first win of the season. They were beating Wasps by 11 – 6 with time running out when Wasps with the final play, crossed for an equalising […]