Five correct predictions out of 7 in Round 1 was enough to yield a couple of yellow caps and put me into the top 15% on Superbru, beating the community average of 4.28 correct picks.
The late Highlanders comeback against the Chiefs cost me, and I picked the Jaguares to beat the Lions in the final match, but we go again for Round 2 looking for the perfect seven.
Here are my Super Rugby predictions for Round 2.
Highlanders v Reds
The Queenslanders are the only ones we didn’t see in Round 1, but I’m not expecting big things this season. For the Highlanders, an away win at the Chiefs will give them plenty of confidence as they appear in front of their own fans, and I think they’ll win comfortably. Highlanders by 23
Sunwolves v Waratahs
The Sunwolves were beaten by 35 points at home to the Sharks, immediately proving that you shouldn’t pick them to win, and whilst I don’t think the Tahs will score quite so many this week, particularly with some rain forecast, I still expect an away win. Waratahs by 18
Crusaders v Hurricanes
The Hurricanes weren’t terribly convincing in Sydney, relying on a late score to win by a point, and they’ll find it even tougher this week. The Crusaders got their campaign underway with a victory over the Blues, and you have to back them to win in Christchurch. Crusaders by 7
Brumbies v Chiefs
Having lost at home to the Rebels, the sight of the Chiefs arriving in Canberra won’t be terribly welcome for the Brumbies. They have lost the last four in a row against them, and that’s unlikely to change this weekend, particularly with Damian McKenzie back in the fold for the Chiefs. Chiefs by 16
Sharks v Blues
After a big win over the Sunwolves, the Sharks’ campaign gets underway in earnest this weekend with a tougher fixture against the Blues. They have an excellent record against the Auckland outfit, and although the Blues look more threatening than in previous seasons, I’m leaning towards a home win. Sharks by 4
Stormers v Lions
Not a good start for the Stormers last weekend with a thumping by the Bulls at Loftus, and their off-field issues continuing to affect them. The Lions recorded their first ever win in Buenos Aires, and although the travel factor must be considered – Superbru Insights tells me they have flown 14,981km – I think the Lions will win. Lions by 9
Jaguares v Bulls
This game looks like the toughest to pick in Round 2. The Bulls were very impressive, notching up 40 points against the Stormers, whilst the Jaguares were beaten at home by the Lions. Historically the Bulls have not been a great travelling team, and the Jaguares usually win at home (except for last week!). I’m going with home advantage. Jaguares by 6
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