Super Rugby 2019: Round 14 Predictions

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It was a full-house of predictions in Round 13, yielding a coveted GSP on Superbru and plenty of green arrows.

It was one of the more predictable rounds, admittedly, with every match won by the community favourite and there were no fewer than 36,700 people that managed 7 out of 7 – but equally, over 160,000 didn’t manage it, and must have got at least one wrong.

Here are my picks for Round 14, and we’re getting towards the business end of the regular season.

Hurricanes v Jaguares
This should be a home win, even with Beauden Barrett rested for the hosts. The Jaguares caused plenty of problems for the Highlanders last week, so I don’t think it will be too easy for the Canes. Hurricanes by 13

Rebels v Bulls
The hosts are missing two key back row forwards, and I think there’s a risk that they are steamrolled by the huge Bulls pack. Quade Cooper has been passed fit, and the Rebels have more quality in the backline, but I just have a hunch that the Bulls might nick this one. Bulls by 2

Blues v Chiefs
The Blues have a terrible record against the Chiefs, without a victory in the last 15 matches. They have also lost four in a row, which won’t help their confidence, and whilst the Chiefs haven’t been at their best, I’m tipping them for a narrow away win in Auckland. Chiefs by 4

Reds v Waratahs
The Tahs return from their trip to South Africa, where they didn’t manage a win but gave a reasonable account of themselves with two losing bonus points. They have won 10 in a row against the Reds, and this could be another away win. Waratahs by 7

Lions v Highlanders
The home side usually wins this fixture, but the Lions have been out of sorts, and if they can only beat the Waratahs by a point, the Higlanders should win. Highlanders by 4

Stormers v Crusaders
Just as I’m starting to think there can’t possibly be this many away wins in a single round, I get to a Crusaders away fixture. They’ve won the last 7 against the Stormers, and you just can’t pick them to lose at the moment. Crusaders by 13

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2 thoughts on “Super Rugby 2019: Round 14 Predictions

  1. The Canes will likely think so. Went back to their abysmal early season form. Amuna missing 2 consecutive attacking lineouts, J Barrett, Marshall (?) missing touches, goal, the former also being yellowed for a pen try, Karifi missing a straight fwd catch, getting turned over @ the breakdown & being unable to convert any but 1 chance. After a blistering start, the rest was like a deflating balloon. Don’t see them in the final.




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