Super Rugby 2019: Round 9 Predictions

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Sorry for the quiet week on the blog, I’ve been on holiday with my family, switching off from Rugby and everything else for a while. I’m back now for the season run-in and as the Rugby World Cup build-up, with plenty in the pipeline over the coming months.

I missed all of last weekend’s Super Rugby action as a result – normally I’m able to watch at least 2 or 3 matches per round, which is way more than any other Rugby. With three young kids, the early morning kick-offs work quite well for me!

It was four correct picks out out of seven last week, matching the community average by predicting all the obvious ones and none of the upsets, as the Reds beat the Stormers (predicted by 37%), the Sharks thrashed the Lions (14%) and the Jaguares shocking the understrength Bulls (6%).

Here are my Super Rugby predictions for Round 9.

Crusaders v Highlanders
The Highlanders nearly upset the Hurricanes in Wellington last weekend, and their four match losing streak paints a bleaker picture than the actual state of their season. But up against the defending champions in the New Zealand capital (only joking, sorry about that error made in pre-holiday haste last week), I think there will only be one winner. Crusaders by 16

Rebels v Stormers
The Stormers’ results on tour have been getting worse since they pushed the Hurricanes close three weeks ago, and last week’s defeat to the Reds was most disappointing. The Rebels are better than the Reds, and will likely send their opposition back to Cape Town with four defeats from four on tour. Rebels by 9

Chiefs v Blues
The Blues are on a four-match winning streak but their record against the Chiefs is abysmal, going back to 2011 for their last win. The Chiefs are back to winning ways, and with a rest after their trip to SA and Argentina, I think they’ll be too good at home. Chiefs by 7

Brumbies v Lions
The Lions were destroyed by the Sharks at Ellis Park last weekend, which is not the ideal preparation for a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The Brumbies have had some mixed results so far this season, one minute thrashing the Chiefs, the next being thrashed by the Hurricanes, and then losing two in a row by the exact same score – 36-14 away at the Reds and the Crusaders. On paper, the Lions are the better side, but this is a potential upset. Lions by 6

Sharks v Jaguares
The Argentinians made the Bulls pay for making so many changes to their team, coming back to win at the death. The Sharks shouldn’t make the same mistake, and after that performance against the Lions last week, you have to back them in this one at home. Sharks by 9

Bulls v Reds
With the big guns likely to return for the Bulls, the defeat last week will be quickly forgotten as the Reds visit Pretoria. The home team usually wins this fixture, I still don’t rate the Reds and I expect it to be fairly comfortable. Bulls by 18

So that’s five home wins out of six – which ones do you disagree with?

7 thoughts on “Super Rugby 2019: Round 9 Predictions

  1. The blues and chiefs game can go bothsides agree with all other picks the Rebels should trash the stormers by about 20plus as the stormers big guns are resting at home




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  2. Thought this blog was supposed to be about English rugby. No objection to coverage of Super Rugby, but not even a round up of this week’s premiership games? Not much point in following if there’s not even a report on the most important English competition.




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    1. Sorry, I was on holiday and missed it all. There’s an article coming tomorrow looking at the Prem run-in, and a couple of other things in the pipeline.

      Afraid I’m just short of time, like many people




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  3. You only predicted 3 out of 7 in Round 8 as the Hurricanes beat the Highlanders. I’ll let you off seen as you’ve been on holiday!!!




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  4. On the face of it I d say you ll get 6 out of 7 (I think the Brumbies will beat the Lions). But there’s been a lot of upsets this season and here s hoping my Highlanders can pull off a huge one tonight.




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  5. Hi Hutch
    Lekker to have you back, even the wicked needs a break (holiday). * Andy – this blog is about everything rugby, just keep following.
    I like the picks, but I need some yellow caps, so I’ll be looking for 6/6 home wins and will hope for an upset by the Brumbies. The rest of the picks sounds solid and I think there’s going to be a equal bunch of points scores throughout a number of pools.




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