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SuperBru S15 Round 5 preview

2012-03-21 12:01

Cape Town - Another weekend over in Super Rugby and everyone should bow down to the Highlanders, who sit four from four after yet another victory in this year’s competition, this time away in Wellington against the Hurricanes. If you haven’t backed them on SuperBru yet, start doing so now!

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Paying respect to the legendary Jock Hobbs, along with all the other Super Rugby fixtures and Six Nations fixtures across the globe, the away side’s power at close range was excellent once more, before the boots of Colin Slade and Chris Noakes saw the visitors home.

Elsewhere in New Zealand the Chiefs edged out the Brumbies thanks to the latest of tries from centre Jackson Willison, giving them a seven-point victory. The other Kiwi side in action was the Blues, who went down by 10 points to the Stormers in Cape Town.

The final match in South Africa saw a first defeat in this year’s competition for 2011 champions the Reds, throwing away a 17-point lead against the Sharks in Durban to end up on the losing side. Finally in Australia, the Cheetahs produced arguably the performance of the week to snatch victory in Melbourne against the Rebels, with substitute scrumhalf Piet van Zyl the hero with the winning try after the hooter. The other result saw new boy David Harvey grab a one point win for the Force against the stumbling Waratahs.

Moving on then to Round 5, where we start in Auckland with the disappointing Blues taking on mid-table Hurricanes. After narrowly losing to the leading Highlanders last weekend, the Hurricanes have been far better than predicted pre-season and could pick up their third away victory this year. Hurricanes by 6.

Next, we’re back at AAMI Park where Australia’s two struggling sides the Rebels and the Force go head to head. This will be a real scrap for pride as much as points, but after victory was stolen from them last weekend this should be a home win. Rebels by 4.

Onto Saturday where we start in Sydney with the Waratahs against the Sharks. A magnificent comeback last weekend from the Sharks saw them crush the current champions, so confidence will be high ahead of their first match on tour. The Waratahs will be livid after last weekend’s narrow loss, so could bounce back. Waratahs by 3.

The Crusaders then host the Cheetahs in what should be a first appearance for Dan Carter after injury. Looking for a first win in three matches, the home side will be hungry for this and should come up with the goods. Crusaders by 8.

Jake White’s Brumbies then take on the leading Highlanders in Canberra. The away side is on such a fantastic run at the moment it’s difficult to look past them, but the Brumbies will give them everything they’ve got. Highlanders by 5.

Next the wounded Reds head north to Pretoria to take on the Bulls. With their three options at flyhalf all crocked, the champions will be forced to either field Will Genia at No 10 or opt for a more inexperienced youngster which leaves them heavily exposed. The Bulls pack will dominate. Bulls by 7.

Finally not far away in Johannesburg the Lions take on the touring Stormers. With the away side still unbeaten so far in 2012, they are definitely favourites. Stormers by 9.

That’s all for this week, best of luck with your SuperBru predictions and see you in Round 6!

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Comments
  • WP - 2012-03-21 12:05

    Stormers by 29 !

  • Jason - 2012-03-21 12:44

    Ben you chicken Sh1t, put your "you know what" on the block and stop predicting such tight games lol. the guys are starting to get into rhythm and more and more tries will be scored and more work will be done on D!

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-03-21 13:21

    This weekend's games are tough to predict. Six of the seven games (the Cheetahs game being the exception) could go either way. If ever there was a time for my Sharks to snap their 12 year losing streak in Sydney, this is it. People also seem to be writing off the Reds, which is a big mistake. They are the champions, and are a clever side. Lastly, the Lions can easily upset the Stormers. I'm hoping they do that!

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-21 13:39

    @24- nou die poofters by 24 se voorspellings is swakker as koplose dronk weepee heks... daarom as jy goeie SB punte wil he... kies presies di teenoorgestelde spanne, en jy sal wen!

      hannes.handogg - 2012-03-21 13:59

      So Jap met daai redenasie se jy die Cheetahs gaan die Crusaders wen, die understrength Lions gaan die Stormers wen en die Hapless Brumbies gaan die top of the log Highlanders wen? Ek dink nie so nie my vriend. Enigste een wat jy dalk mee mag reg wees is dat die Blues die Canes gaan trap. Anyway, kom ons kyk wat gebeur. Lekker naweek.

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-21 14:21

      @hannes- wie weet?? maaaar 24 se voorspellings van laas naweek was- warras wen force=oeps; reds wen paddavisse=oeps; horebbels wen vrystaat=oeps; canes en landers=oeps, ens...sooo, glo jy sal beter doen met bietjie meer gesonde input??wie weet

      hannes.handogg - 2012-03-21 14:29

      Ek hoor jou bra! Hierdie naweek se voorspellings lyk immers bietjie meer realisties. Ek dink wel die Blues gaan die Canes wen, MAAR, soos hierdie kompitisie jaar in en jaar bewys: Enige iets kan gebeur. Voorspoed met Super bru.

  • Sharksfever - 2012-03-21 19:57

    SHARKS BY 8!!!

  • Nico - 2012-03-22 10:30

    Isak, you're a po@ph@l !!! Obviously you don't know anything about rugby !!!

  • Nico - 2012-03-22 10:32

    Stormers by 10 - 15 Sharks to lose narrowly Cheetahs to lose by at least 7 Bulls to win between 10 - 15

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