We’re into the final round in this year’s Super 14 – where does time go? Here are my predictions for the seven matches this weekend, where the semi-final line-up will not be confirmed until the end of the last game.
If the Stormers win, they’ll guarantee a home semi, and they face the Bulls who already have done that. They are apparently going to field an under-strength team, so I’ve gone for a big Stormers win.
I think the Crusaders will beat the Brumbies to secure their place in the playoffs, and then there is a crucial game between the Hurricanes and the Waratahs which could decide the final semi-final spot. I’m backing the ‘Canes to edge it, based on the injury problems at the ‘Tahs – home advantage could make up for this though, and I’m not too confident in this one.
Here are my picks for the final round.
Game 88: Crusaders v Brumbies: Crusaders by 14
Game 86: Waratahs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes by 7
Game 87: Sharks v Force: Sharks by 13
Game 85: Blues v Chiefs: Chiefs by 7
Game 89: Reds v Highlanders: Reds by 21
Game 90: Cheetahs v Lions: Cheetahs by 23
Game 91: Stormers v Bulls: Stormers by 15