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FRIDAY, MAY 27
Hurricanes v Highlanders, Wellington - 09:35
Another week of Super Rugby, another very tricky Kiwi derby
to pick first up. This is a repeat of last season's final, which the
Highlanders won to most people's surprise. Both sides should be fresh after a
week off, and the battle between Naholo and Savea on the wing should be worth
the entry fee alone. It's toss a coin territory, which means I'll usually back
the home side.
Prediction: Hurricanes by 3
Waratahs v Chiefs, Sydney - 11:45
The Waratahs' resurgent run came to an end last weekend when
they were downed by the Crusaders. They haven't beaten a Kiwi side this season,
having previously been denied by the Highlanders at home. The Chiefs returned
to winning ways with a second-gear victory over the Rebels. They'll need to
step it up this weekend in Sydney, as the Tahs have won five of the last six
meetings between the two sides - crucially, however, the last meeting between
them was way back in 2014. The Chiefs are a much more complete side now than
they were then.
Prediction: Chiefs by 2
Kings v Jaguares, Port Elizabeth - 19:00
The Jaguares' miserable performances have been one of the
great disappointments of this season. Their most recent ignominy came in the
form of a 50 point drubbing by the Lions. The perfect tonic, however, is a game
against the Kings, whom themselves lost by 53 points last week. The Jaguares put
73 points past the Kings in the Buenos Aires leg of this fixture, and while it
won't be the same margin, I still expect them to win in Port Elizabeth.
Prediction: Jaguares by 12
SATURDAY, MAY 28
Blues v Crusaders, Auckland - 09:35
The Blues may sit bottom of the Kiwi conference, but they
have won five of their last seven matches. They won't roll over for the
Crusaders, especially at home where they have lost just once this season. The
Saders though have made mincemeat of many a side this season, especially those
that cannot match them up front - as the Blues will undoubtedly struggle to do.
Prediction: Crusaders by 6
Brumbies v Sunwolves, Canberra - 11:45
The Sunwolves battled valiantly against the Reds, and scored
some wonder tries in their 10 point loss. They are improving as the season goes
on, but this will be another match that is beyond their capabilities for now.
The Brumbies have injury issues - particularly in the backs - but those that
are fit will be sufficiently rested from a bye week to blow the newbies away in
Prediction: Brumbies by 25
Stormers v Cheetahs, Cape Town - 15:00
The Stormers have slipped to fourth on the South African log
and as it stands, would miss out on knockout rugby. Given the start they made
to the season, this would not be acceptable to them, but one win in their last
four has derailed their campaign somewhat. The Cheetahs have only beaten the
Kings and the Sunwolves this season, and haven't won at Newlands since 2006.
The home side should get things back on track this weekend.
Prediction: Stormers by 18
Bulls v Lions, Pretoria - 17:05
This is certainly up there with your most difficult picks
this weekend. The Bulls lost all the statistical duels against the Stormers
last weekend, yet proved to be much more clinical when opportunities popped up.
The Lions have played much the better rugby this season, but they themselves
have squandered many chances against the bigger teams. Their record at Loftus
makes for dire reading - they have not won there since 2002. That said, I'm
going to stick my neck out and say that their more exciting brand of rugby can
get them over the line this weekend.
Prediction: Lions by 5
SUNDAY, MAY 29
Rebels v Force, Melbourne - 08:05
The weekend ends with an Aussie derby on Sunday morning
between two of the bottom three sides in the Australasian conference. Of the
two, the Rebels have looked far the more convincing this season, and given that
they are at home, it's difficult to see anything other than a reasonably
convincing win for the men from Melbourne.
Prediction: Rebels by 12
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