Getting two wrong last weekend after a strong start in Round 1 was irritating, but the Super 15 fixtures in Round 3 look very difficult to predict.
The Crusaders are back in action after last week’s cancellation, and they’ve had to move the match to Nelson. Without home advantage and plenty of other things to worry about, I’m backing the in-form Waratahs to pick up the points.
The Brumbies have made headlines this weekend by sacking coach Andy Friend, and I’m expecting the players to respond with a win over the Reds, who looked a little lacklustre against the Tahs in Round 2.
Elsewhere, the Force v Sharks is another tricky one to call, but I’m backing the Sharks to edge it; the Lions have come close to a couple of upsets so far, but the Blues have had two good wins; I’m expecting the Chiefs to finally get a win at home to Rebels; the Stormers should be too strong for a Juan Smith-less Cheetahs side, and I refuse to pick the Highlanders after a couple of unexpected wins – particularly when the Bulls are looking for their 18th home win in a row.
Here are my Super Rugby / Super 15 predictions for Round 3:
Crusaders v Waratahs: Waratahs by 5
Lions v Blues: Blues by 6
Chiefs v Rebels: Chiefs by 8
Brumbies v Reds: Brumbies by 9
Force v Sharks: Sharks by 5
Stormers v Cheetahs: Stormers by 13
Bulls v Highlanders: Bulls by 7