Super Rugby 2019: Round 11 Predictions

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Round 10 was fairly extraordinary in terms of upsets, with only one match won by the community favourite on Superbru – and that was the Hurricanes beating the Sunwolves, which was almost the biggest shock of them all.

I managed three correct picks out of six, including the Canes win, the Highlanders beating the Blues (42% got that one right), and the Waratahs beating the Rebels. I certainly didn’t expect wins for the Lions (13%), Reds (7%) and the Brumbies (10%).

At first glance, Round 11 looks a little more straightforward, but isn’t that always the case?

Crusaders v Lions
This should be a simple one to start off with: a repeat of last year’s final, and given the Crusaders never lose at home, you have to back them here and it should be relatively comfortable I think. Crusaders by 18

Sunwolves v Highlanders
The Highlanders have rested a few players for this one, whilst others are absent through injury, but I’m still not comfortable picking the Sunwolves. That said, their coach Tony Brown knows a thing or two about the team he used to coach, and so a home win isn’t out of the question. Highlanders by 8

Hurricanes v Chiefs
It looks as though there’s a bit of rain forecast in Wellington, but this should be a cracking Kiwi derby as usual. Matches between these teams are usually decided by a few points either way, and I’m picking a home win here. Hurricanes by 6

Waratahs v Sharks
Losing two straightforward matches at home was not the ideal preparation for the Sharks’ tour, and although they could conjure up a performance like the one that thrashed the Lions, on recent form, you have to go with the Tahs. Waratahs by 4

Stormers v Bulls
Recent form becomes less relevant in a big SA derby like this, which is handy because the results for both teams have been very mixed so far. The Bulls haven’t won in Cape Town for ages, and I think home advantage gives the Stormers the edge. Stormers by 2

Jaguares v Brumbies
The Jaguares return home after recording their first-ever wins in Pretoria and Durban, and now face a Brumbies side that I don’t rate very highly – and they are missing key man David Pocock. This looks like another win for the home team to me. Jaguares by 6

What do you make of these predictions? All home wins (except the Sunwolves obviously!).

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2 thoughts on “Super Rugby 2019: Round 11 Predictions

  1. I am not a Sharks supporter, although I do support every SA team, regardless of sport, playing against a foreign team. The Sharks need to to play with more passion, If they get that right, the ‘Tahs will get a smack. As a bulls supporter of years standing, I just can’t see them beating the Stormers at Newlands




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  2. Predictions seem reasonable enough, although I reckon the Brumbies might squeeze this 1. Know 2 results are already in with the Crusaders doing their usual, but how does it figure that the Highlanders nilled the S’wolves after the Canes struggled to pip it in Japan? More so as the Canes beat the Highlanders. Beats me.




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