My Round 2 picks weren’t quite as good as Round 1 with some unusual results in various Super 14 games. My win percentage still stands at just below 80%, and I’m hoping Round 3 will take me closer to 90%.
The Stormers v Brumbies was the trickiest one to call, and I’m backing the Cape Town side to make it three from three with home advantage being a factor. They finally appear to be living up to their potential.
The Cheetahs are a team that I don’t normally back, but they seem to be much more competitive this year and upset the Sharks in Durban last weekend. Juan Smith is a fine player, and his team are following his lead and I’ve picked them to beat the Highlanders.
Here are all of my predictions for Round 3:
Game 15: Crusaders v Sharks: Crusaders by 17
Game 16: Stormers v Brumbies: Stormers by 3
Game 17: Hurricanes v Lions: Hurricanes by 24
Game 18: Reds v Blues: Reds by 13
Game 19: Force v Chiefs: Chiefs by 7
Game 20: Cheetahs v Highlanders: Cheetahs by 5
Game 21: Bulls v Waratahs: Bulls by 17