Round 11 was one of the trickiest weeks to predict in this year’s Super Rugby, and I was disappointed that some of the 50/50 calls did not go my way.
There are one or two tough ones again this weekend, but hopefully we’ll get back to winning ways.
First up are the Hurricanes who have scuppered my picks a few times this season already, and they’re fresh from a bonus point victory over the Reds. The Blues have only been defeated once so far though, they beat the Hurricanes 41-17 in Round 5, and go into the game with six wins in a row, so I’m backing the away side.
The Lions versus the Cheetahs is difficult every year as the two not-quite-so-good teams in South Africa. The Lions are bottom of the log though with just the one victory, and I think the Cheetahs will come through this one.
The Highlanders have been my other problem team, coming up with an unexpected run of victories followed by an unexpected defeat. I’m back in their camp this weekend though, and expect them to overcome the Chiefs who have just returned from their South African tour.
The Stormers v Crusaders has the makings of a classic. I can’t quite work out whether the Stormers have been flattering to deceive so far this year, but we should find out this year. Are they really title contenders? The Crusaders will ask that question and more, but I’m going with the Stormers with home advantage in what should be a close one.
In the other three fixtures, I think the Reds, Waratahs and Sharks will win relatively comfortably. Here are my predictions for Round 12 of Super Rugby:
Hurricanes v Blues: Blues by 8
Rebels v Reds: Reds by 13
Lions v Cheetahs: Cheetahs by 9
Chiefs v Highlanders: Highlanders by 8
Waratahs v Force: Waratahs by 13
Stormers v Crusaders: Stormers by 8
Sharks v Brumbies: Sharks by 14
188BET of the week: Sharks to beat the Brumbies at 1.12