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    SuperBru Round 12 preview

    2012-05-09 11:31

    Ben Coles

    Cape Town - SuperBru fans, the Blues cannot buy a win at the moment. Having sunk to their ninth loss of the season, Pat Lam might not yet have given up hope but it would be foolish to even consider them breaking their horrible run.

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    Their latest conquerors were the Hurricanes, who made the most of the visitors’ hapless defence by running in five tries, including another for the impressive Andre Taylor from fullback.

    The Rebels put in their best attacking performance of the season against the Bulls, but still ended up on the losing side after leaking 41 points, a couple of Morné Steyn penalties proving to be the difference. The Lions were also unlucky on their travels, staying in 14th place after losing to the Chiefs in Waikato.

    Jake White’s Brumbies kept on winning; this time brushing aside the Waratahs at home in the weekend’s only Australian derby. In fact their win was the only one from any Australian side all weekend, with the Western Force struggling in a dour match against the Cheetahs and the Reds putting in a brave but ultimately unlucky performance against the Crusaders.

    Last but not least, the Sharks picked up a much-needed win against the Highlanders to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

    So in Round 12, can the Blues and the Lions pick up a rare win? Quite possibly as they are playing each other.

    Here’s all the advice you need for this weekend’s SuperBru picks:

    Starting with the basement battle in Auckland, the Blues might be playing for pride but the Lions could be playing for their future. Injuries have ruined their season so far and it hasn’t got better in recent weeks. That being said, the Blues defence has been so abysmal that any attacking side stands a good chance.
    Prediction: Lions by 5

    Friday’s other match sees the Waratahs host the Bulls in Sydney. Now nine points off the lead in the Australia Conference, the 'Tahs need to get winning and fast if they’ll be competing in the playoffs. The Bulls were sloppy last week against the Rebels but will tighten up this week to add another win on tour.
    Prediction: Bulls by 9

    We get going on Saturday morning with the Highlanders hosting the Hurricanes. Both have done far better this season than predicted, but home advantage should tell in this one.
    Prediction: Highlanders by 7


    It doesn’t get any easier for the Rebels with the visit of the Crusaders at AAMI Park. Kurtley Beale was a revelation at flyhalf last weekend but the Crusaders' form is too strong right now, making a third win of the season for the Rebels seem unlikely.
    Prediction: Crusaders by 13

    We then cross the Indian Ocean to Durban for the Sharks against the Western Force, in what should be a relatively simple win for the home side who are gradually beginning to get back their injured stars.
    Prediction: Sharks by 10

    The Stormers are then back in action after their bye week, hosting the Cheetahs at Newlands. With the Bulls overtaking the Stormers during their week off to lead the South African Conference, the home side will be hungry to reclaim their spot at the top with a big win at home.
    Prediction: Stormers by 13

    Last but not least, the Reds are in action at home against the table-topping Chiefs. The hosts were in good form last weekend in Christchurch but the Chiefs are unstoppable at the moment, making it foolish to pick against them.
    Prediction: Chiefs by 8

    That’s all for this week, best of luck with all your SuperBru picks and see you ahead of Round 13.

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