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Super Rugby a two-team race?

2012-04-02 13:15

Cape Town - After six rounds of the 2012 Super Rugby season, bookmakers believe it's a two-horse race for the title.

The seven-time champion Crusaders and the Stormers have distanced themselves from the chasing pack according to leading SA bookies Bet.co.za.

The Crusaders, who beat the Lions 23-13 in Round 6 and are preparing to tackle the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, are quoted as 28/10 favourites, with the Stormers, fresh off their pulsating victory over the Bulls at Newlands this past weekend, on offer at 35/10.

The Chiefs (6/1) and Highlanders (8/1) are next best, with the remaining SA franchises - Bulls (10/1), Sharks (12/1), Cheetahs (125/1) and Lions (250/1) - further off the pace. 

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  • Koos - 2012-04-02 12:34

    11 years and counting.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-02 12:35

      The Stormers have never won a Super Rugby title

      Saffies - 2012-04-02 14:57

      Dis so lekker dat die Stormers gewen het. Wat het julle die naweek gewen Koos?

      gkleingeld - 2012-04-02 15:42

      Spain also never won a FIFA world cup, but yet they did so in 2010, the reds never won a super rugby title but did so in 2011. History is exactly that - history. The future is about making history.

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 16:17

      @Koos Stop being nice to them, WP = 11 years. Stormers has never won a tournament, 18 years and counting

      Saffies - 2012-04-02 17:59

      Boetie, Jy wys al weer eens vir die mense hoe min jy van rugby geskiedenis weet. Die stormers het eers in 1996 toegetree tot Super Rugby. Dus is dit slegs 16 jaar sonder die beker. 2011 minus 1996 =15. Dan moet jy een bytel om 1996 in te sluit.(gebruik jou vingers om te tel) Jy kan my op my privaat nommer bel as dit nie sin maak nie. Ter loops die bulle is al van 1993 in die kompetisie. Hulle het dit die eerste keer in 2007 gewen. So hulle was self 14 jaar bekerloos. Nie eintlik so groot verskil nie of hoe???? Die groot verskil is dat die Stormers nie, soos die Bulle, 3 keer heel laaste geeindig het nie.

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 18:09

      @Koos replace the K with a D

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-02 18:55

      @allister = platbek paddatjie??

      Smell - 2012-04-02 22:00

      Many of you predicted the ABs would "choke again" in 2011, and did they? That is because you do not get the way stats work for serious contenders. Only relatively backward fans drinking cheap brandy would deny that the Stormers have been fairly serious Supr Rugby contenders, at least for the last two years. The longer the title drought for such a team, the better their chances will get to lift the cup. Now let's wait for those "sophisticated" retorts, or shall I say "retjorts". :)

      Sean - 2012-04-04 01:41

      Stormers supporters love counting the chickens before they hatch !! Keep on going , lol !!

  • walkthisway469 - 2012-04-02 12:35

    GO STORMERS

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-02 12:36

    I wouldn't write off the Bulls or Chiefs just yet. They look very good too.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-02 13:04

      The thumbs down is from someone who hasn't been watching the Super15

      Marius - 2012-04-02 13:07

      @Charles. I agree with you. The Stormers biggest problem is their zero bonus points. The Bulls 4 bonus points have kept them in the hunt as serious contenders. If the Stormers have one loss on their overseas tour and if the Bulls can then beat them in the return match at Loftus, then suddenly the Bulls will leapfrog the Stormers into the top position on the log.

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 13:19

      How wonderful that you Bulls chaps can see into the future.........all this talk of leapfrogging the Stormers, and winning your remaining games etc. We heard this same 'war talk' last year boys - and may I remind you how THAT all turned out? Focus on beating the Crusaders chaps.....and tell Klu Klux clan Barbie that is he tries smackdown moves on the Saders front row - he will be smelling his own @ss for weeks afterwards.

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 14:28

      Tea time in Tswane again? All the thumbs down - boo hoo. Hands out pink, hands out pink, hands out pink. Hand off pink! Hands off pink! Get back pink!

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 16:18

      @fake Saffa This is actually about the Stormers who reckon they've won the tournament in March, ONCE AGAIN. Like the last 18 years you know

  • Japjapjap - 2012-04-02 12:38

    Op di ou fotokie lyk alice in wonderland soos 'n regte... weepee afrigter- baie bekommerd en onseker??

      Saffies - 2012-04-02 18:35

      Het jy die foto van Ludeke gesien toe hy genoem sy span het met karakter verloor!!!. Daar is nou n ou wat onseker is.

  • Charl - 2012-04-02 12:51

    CRUSADERS 8th super rugby trophy....

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-02 13:01

      Stormers, Bulls, Crusaders and Chiefs - Top 4, dark horses are Highlanders and Brumbies. But the winner will come from those top 4.

  • Terence - 2012-04-02 12:59

    The Bulls at 10:1 looks like a tempting bet?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-02 13:03

      It does

      Saffies - 2012-04-02 18:01

      Agree, there is a better than 10:1 change for them to win again.

  • JoffeyCampino - 2012-04-02 13:31

    Isn't this a little premature? the fact that they are going on basis of the Crusaders being 7 time champions and the Stormers who have not lost at home (majority of games played at home) barring the trip down to the Lions(who you unfortunately see as four points). This is only week 6 of the competition, a lot of hard work to do and if the Stormers don't tour well, especially with this hard game against the Highlanders, than the Crusaders, the Stormers could well be out of the first spot and down to 4th or something according to how the conference points system work I might agree with the Crusaders having one of the favorites tags - this is a marathon not a sprint, they know when to build momentum, judging teams over a 5 - 6 matches when there's so much rugby to be played sounds silly There's a lot of permutations but I've gone out to week 10 of the competition, I don't see the Stormers beating the Highlanders nor the Crusaders, but I do see them getting over the Reds and Force, which makes it a 2/4 tour - pretty decent going for them. The Bulls have the Crusaders, Brumbies, Lions and then a bye before taking on the Rebels ( a week of to tour, something in the Bulls favor) you have to feel the Bulls to take at least maximum points out of the Brumbies and Lions game, a victory over the Crusaders and the Brumbies could leave us in a massive swing around. Beware of the Cheetahs who could climb back into contention...remember 6th place gets you a playoff... The race is on!!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-02 13:36

      Can't argue with that. And yes, way too premature to be making finals predictions as this stage.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-04-02 14:26

      We might get four from four this year on tour. We don't tour as bad as you'd like to believe

      Byron - 2012-04-02 14:34

      I dont agree with your comments about losing to the highlanders and the crusaders... The stormers traditionally always travel well and seems like they actually play better away from home than at home... i think they feel the expectation when they in CT..the stormers beat all the the New Zealand sides last year but lost to aussie sides... anyway i dont see the crusaders as a good side at the moment either but that can change... anywya i actually see a clean sweep on tour...maybe 2 bonus points if we lucky

      Lionel - 2012-04-02 14:37

      Byron,if we can come away with between 12-15 points on this tour,we would have done extremely well!!!!!!!

      Lionel - 2012-04-02 16:30

      Time will tell Raven,not impossible!!!

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-04-02 13:38

    Would be funny to see the Sharks come in through the back door and spoil everyones party.....

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-02 13:39

      Yes, would be funny

  • Norval - 2012-04-02 13:47

    hahahahahaha dit is 'n lang seisoen, dit is nog wyd oop, die Stormers was hoeveel keer die gunstelinge en top of the log maar niks om te wys nie, en die Crusaders het nog nie beindruk nie! en as die Saders kan spoed optel kan enige ander span dit ook doen.

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 14:29

      Bulls fan Norval? ROTFLMAO - think pink old chap, think pink.

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 18:11

      hahahahahaha dit is 'n lang seisoen, dit is nog wyd oop, die Bulls was hoeveel keer die gunstelinge en top of the log maar niks om te wys nie, en die Crusaders het nog nie beindruk nie! en as die Saders kan spoed optel kan enige ander span dit ook doen behalwe die pienk bulle nulle

  • Byron - 2012-04-02 14:47

    Wow the sharks at 12/1 is tempting me!

      Saffies - 2012-04-02 18:02

      Dont waste you money on that one!

  • gkleingeld - 2012-04-02 15:46

    I believe the Bulls could beat the Crusaders, if they do more than kick and chase, which they won't. Watch the saders target Morne's weak defence and look too their star wings to catch Steyn/ Hougards up&unders all day and turn into points. Up&Unders are the same poor tactics that PDV tried, it doesn't work against a team with proper outside backs and the likes of Gilford, Maitland and Dagg are some of the best on the planet.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-02 16:12

    I hope the Bulls give a good account of themselves against the Saders

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 16:53

      I hope the Bulls can walk come the weekend.

  • Saffa - 2012-04-02 16:16

    And once again the Stormers has won the tournament in March! BWA HA, I love it when this happens, the same mistake year in and year out for 18 years+ now.

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 16:55

      We haven't won the tournament.....but we DID beat you chaps :) Having studied in Stellies, do you have any preference in terms of cellars in the area? I would like to send you a case of your fave WHINE?

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 18:13

      I dont drink wine i'm to low class for that me its brannas en coke

      Saffa - 2012-04-03 00:44

      @saffa Simonsig please

  • Jaco - 2012-04-02 16:26

    Weet nie wat is erger vir die Bulls ondersteuners nie? Die verloor teen die Stormers of die feit dat hulle pelle hulle nou spot oor die "girlie outfits" nie!!

      dawie13 - 2012-04-03 09:38

      Ek moet se die bulle moet altyd voorbeeld maak om eerste aandag te trek. Julle is net almal jaloers op 'n briljante span. En inteendeel julle amper pakslae op julle eie veld te gee sal ek ni se "girly" ni

  • Botha - 2012-04-02 17:33

    I would be extremely worried as a Stormers supporter. Both the Bulls and the Lions have proved that the Stormers cant play the 2nd half. They also cant score and only won against the Bulls through the grace of the ref. The win at home was not convincing and that should be a big concern. If they lose Pietersen they will be done for. Also look for backline injuries on tour. Age is starting to show and they will get hurt. They Bulls have proved that they can score and defend just look at the point for and against. As this young team gains experience they will be tough to beat. Look for them to be there in the end. They will do well this year

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 17:46

      Allrighty then @Bothatjie - whatever makes you feel better about the Bulls snotting I suppose.....

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 18:14

      We are extremely worried we win even if we are crap

      Saffa - 2012-04-02 18:14

      NO ITS BECAUSE I'M TO STUPID

      Saffies - 2012-04-02 18:39

      Its funny how all the expats are the worst bloggers here? Is it because they couldn't find work in SA?

      Saffa - 2012-04-03 00:46

      @saffies No, it's more because we make $ 200,000/month elsewhere. (R1.4milj/maand)

  • Ken - 2012-04-02 19:28

    I've got a R1000.00 on the Lions @ 250-1 to win!

      mvw74 - 2012-04-03 10:09

      You have better chances of winning the Lotto pal!

      Sean - 2012-04-04 01:44

      I`ll bet R2000 - The Stormers won`t win it !

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