For the love of it!

Random toughts of a Sports Lover…

Super Rugby Week 13 Preview

Hmmm…who should we eliminate first?

Disclaimer: What you are about to read is bound to be totally incorrect given my run of Superbru picks. Use it at your peril! With a 65% record, I am bound to have at least 2 of these wrong. The question I leave you with is, which two?

And it doesn’t come any less difficult than what we start with!

Hurricanes vs Brumbies

Just how big is the gap between Australia and New Zealand at the moment? Before last weekend one would have thought as big as the gap in the Red sea through which Moses took the Israelites, but then it all came crashing down on the New Zealanders as the Pharaos of the Chiefs and the Crusaders got drowned out by the intensity of the Reds and the Rebels! and suddenly, if we though things were unpredictable before last week, it is now a friggen coin toss!

The form book will, however, be in favour of the Canes in this match, but only slightly so. The Canes have won 6 and lost 5 sofar this year, against the Brumbies won 6 lost 4, but the Brumbies played one less game. But the Brumbies have only won 1 Away game, that was against the Lions in Johannesburg, while the Canes won 4 Away games.

The Brumbies last won in 2003 in Wellington, but last year the match in Canberra was won by the home team by a single point.

This will be a close game in my opinion, and the inclusion of Tusi Pisi ahead of the Beauden Barret who was selected for the All Black training squad this year might just draw this into the Brumbies favour, although their loss of Lealiifano is quite a knock to their campaign. My pick: Canes by 4.

Highlanders vs Bulls

The Bulls is currently at the top of the log and no doubt the form team of the tournament so far. They’ve had some relatively easy opposition on tour to start with against the Rebels and the Waratahs, and although they managed to scrape through against those teams, they still managed to win and that what is driving this team. The Bulls only lost to the Stormers and the Blues, but this weekend will perhaps be their toughest encounter since the Stormers match.

The Highlanders are on their traditional downward slope with two consecutive losses and injuries have also taken its toll on their season, while the Bulls see the return of Wynand Olivier and Dean Greyling.

Historically the Bulls have won only once in Dunedin, back in 2007 when they miraculously won the tournament after ending up fourth on the log. This Bulls team have not yet clicked and their defenses have been a concern, and the Highlanders will be hurting after their loss last weekend, but it will be difficult to pick against the top team in the tournament so far. Without the Highlanders side being selected yet, I’m backing the Highlanders for a win. Third week on tour is tough, especially for the Bulls who have never won their third game overseas, and have only won 3 games on tour once, in 2007. Highlanders by 2.

Crusaders vs Blues

Carter is back at flyhalf, and although these two teams know each other well, the Blues are simply lacking form this year and the Crusaders will want to save face after being embarassed by the Rebels last weekend. My pick: Crusaders by 12.

Reds vs Lions

Super Cooper is back! He might not play the whole game, but it will certainly be interesting if he still has the moves…like Jagger….And he could not have asked for an easier comeback, the Lions is a walkover, especially for a resurgent Reds team who last week defeated the might Chiefs with all the All Black World Cup champions! My pick: Reds by 18.


Cheetahs vs Sharks

The Sharks players go home to their moms and dads and will have their bellies filled with real boerekos instead of the Bunny Chow they became accustomed to in Durban. But the thing that the Bunny Chow does, it puts some fire in your poep! Which the Sharks rely on for their high impact game as they’ve shown the Force last weekend! Mamma se kos will most likely get them in their Sunday afternoon mood, and might just be to the detriment of the Sharks. However, with Johan Goosen still out injured, Sias Ebersohn as confident as a grade 10 pupil at a brothel, and Riaan Smit quite inexperienced as a flyhalf, the Sharks should win this match. It will no doubt be tough as the Stormers found out last week at Newlands, but I just cannot see the Sharks losing this one. Sharks by 8.


Stormers vs Waratahs

The Stormers have a very good record against the Waratahs at home, with only 2 losses in 8 matches and 2012’s form book does not see the Waratahs increasing their win record at Newlands. But they would have learnt from the Cheetahs that you just need to allow the Stormers a little head start, and then they will go into defensive mode and they can go all out attack and actually upset the Stormers. But the Stormers know very well that they have a weakness in attack and hopefully they have worked on it during the week. Something just tell me the Stormers will com eout guns blazing this weekend and score their first Bonus point try this year. Stormers by 14.

Force vs Rebels

Stay in bed for this one on Sunday morning, or go to church, but this is a bigger waste of time than I’m giving it airtime for on my blog. A difficult pick nonetheless, but really two nobodies trying to see who is the smallest nobody of all. Force is coming back from SA, Rebels on a high after the Crusaders win, so, I’d go Rebels by 6.


Filed under: Rugby, Sports, Superrugby, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

One Response

  1. Roly says:

    She looks like an England supporter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Click here to subscribe via email!

Join 16 other followers

Click here to subscribe via email!

Join 16 other followers



RSS Union Sports Mag

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Wipe your dirty face….

Sport Calendar

%d bloggers like this: