Cape Town - After a horrible start in Round 1, I limped in with 6 in a
row on Saturday to maintain some level of respectability. Surely that's the
toughest round out of the way now?
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Here are my Superbru picks for Round 2.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
Force v Reds, Perth - 12:30
A fairly uninspiring Aussie derby to kick off the
round. The Reds edged past the Sharks in Round 1, whilst the Force gave
the Waratahs a scare in Sydney - there's not much in it, and I'm going with
Prediction: Force by 2
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
Chiefs v Blues, Waikato - 08:35
Both teams were impressive in Round 1, and this should be a
cracking game on Friday. The Blues surprised me last week and were
ruthless against the Rebels, but the Chiefs are a different prospect and will
be tough to beat in Hamilton. They have won the last 10 meetings between
the teams, by an average of just under 8 points.
Prediction: Chiefs by 4
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
Hurricanes v Rebels, Wellington - 06:15
A nightmare start from the Rebels, thumped at home by the
Blues and now travelling to Wellington to face the champions - and the
Hurricanes are in buoyant mood after putting 80 past the hapless
Sunwolves. This could get ugly for the Rebels.
Prediction: Hurricanes by 48
Highlanders v Crusaders, Dunedin - 08:35
This is a very tricky one to pick. I thought the
Highlanders were unlucky last week in defeat to the Chiefs, despite dominating
possession and territory, whilst the Crusaders struggled past the Brumbies at
home. I'm going for home advantage again.
Prediction: Highlanders by 2
Brumbies v Sharks, Canberra - 10:45
These two teams haven't met since 2014, such has been the
strange format of the competition, but honours are fairly even and this should
be another close match. The Sharks will be downbeat after kicking off
their tour with a defeat, and I think they might be in for another one here.
Prediction: Brumbies by 7
Sunwolves v Kings, Singapore - 12:55
This is the week in which the policy of picking anyone but
the Kings or Sunwolves falls down. You have to go with the Kings on the
back of last weekend's results.
Prediction: Kings by 23
Lions v Waratahs, Johannesburg - 15:05
The Lions won the most recent fixture between these teams in
2015, but the Tahs had won the 9 meetings before that, including 3 matches at
altitude in Johannesburg. I think the home team and last season's
runners-up will have enough to win this match, even if they did leave it late
against the Cheetahs last week.
Prediction: Lions by 8
Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town - 17:15
Is this the year of the Stormers? Time will tell, but
they need to make the most of a kind opening schedule before their gruelling
tour of New Zealand. They'll be targeting a Bonus Point win here, and I
think they'll get it.
Prediction: Stormers by 18
Cheetahs v Bulls, Bloemfontein - 19:30
The Bulls have had the better of these two teams in recent
seasons, but the Cheetahs almost pulled off a shock win over the Lions last
weekend, whilst the Bulls were outplayed by the Stormers, which makes this pick
much harder. I'm going with home advantage and a slight upset, with a
Cheetahs win to bring home the Superbru GSP!
Prediction: Cheetahs by 2