From the high of a GSP in Round 13 to the low of just 2 out of 6 in Round 14…the only saving grace was that 2 correct picks was better than the community average of 1.89!
The Jaguares beating the Hurricanes in Wellington and the Stormers draw with the Crusaders were picked by just 1% of people, whilst three of the other four matches had less than 50% predictability.
So in summary, everyone did quite badly, the leaderboards didn’t move too much, and we’ll pick ourselves up for Round 15 this weekend.
Chiefs v Reds
We’ll start with an easy one – the Chiefs have various injury problems, but should still beat the Reds, who are resting their best player Samu Kerevi. Chiefs by 18
Brumbies v Bulls
With the Bulls winning last weekend, this could be a tricky one, but Handre Pollard is absent and that changes things significantly. The Brumbies have won the last four against the Bulls as well, so I’m going for a home win. Brumbies by 6
Sunwolves v Rebels
I haven’t yet seen either team lineup, but I’m not backing the Sunwolves whatever happens. The Rebels have never lost to the Japanese team, winning all four matches by at least 20 points. This one might be a little closer, but you never know. Rebels by 18
Crusaders v Blues
The Crusaders are just back from a tour of South Africa, but whilst the travel might affect them, you can’t pick against them in Christchurch. They’ve won the last 9 in a row against the Blues too. Crusaders by 16
Waratahs v Jaguares
It was a huge win for the Argentineans in Wellington last week, and you’d think if they can beat the Hurricanes they can beat the Waratahs too. But I suspect there was a touch of complacency from the home team last week, and the Waratahs shouldn’t be resting their key players for this one. Waratahs by 2
Stormers v Highlanders
I picked the Stormers to lose and the Highlanders to win last week, neither of which happened, and this time I’m leaning towards a home win. The Stormers are difficult to beat at Newlands – indeed the Highlanders have not won there since 2006 – and they have only lost once at home all season. Stormers by 2
Sharks v Lions
The Sharks thrashed the Lions by 37 points at Ellis Park last month, and so surely they have to start as favourites on their home turf. Let’s give it to the Sharks for almost a full house of home wins and a Superbru GSP. Sharks by 4