SportGuru fans, Round 12 was a weekend of big wins and shock results that might well have left your picks in tatters. Here’s all the advice you need for your Round 13 picks:
We get underway with Friday’s only match in Wellington, with the Hurricanes hosting the Brumbies. Winning in Dunedin was a big step forward for Mark Hammett’s side last week, but the Brumbies will be refreshed after their bye and in a confident mood. Brumbies by 8.
Starting Saturday off are the table-topping Bulls on their visit to Dunedin to face the Highlanders. With their pack doing just about enough last weekend against the Waratahs to snatch a win, Saturday should go the same way aided by the return of Wynand Olivier and Dewald Potgeiter. Bulls by 10
The Crusaders will then look to get back to winning ways and should do so hosting the Blues at home. Crusaders by 12.
The Reds will then swiftly follow them hosting strugglers the Lions in Brisbane. Last weekend’s victory against the Chiefs might well prove to save the champions’ season – they now sit 8 points behind the Brumbies and know that winning the Australian Conference is far from impossible. The Lions on the other hand look fairly desperate, with rumours of their future bound to unsettle many of the squad. Reds by 13
It’s then over to Bloemfontein where the Cheetahs host the Sharks. The hosts did far better than expected last week in Cape Town but the Sharks have found their groove after a torrid few weeks. Sharks by 9
Finally on Saturday the Stormers host the Waratahs in their first match on tour. The hosts were a little bit rusty last weekend, unable to score in the second half against the Cheetahs but will need to be back at their best to beat the travel-weary Tahs. Stormers by 5.
Sunday’s only match sees the Force host the Rebels in Perth. After a horrendous tour of South Africa, the hosts are bottom of the Australian Conference and in real trouble. The Rebels though are benefiting from Danny Cipriani’s departure, Kurtley Beal excelling at fly-half. Rebels by 7
That’s all for this week. Best of luck with all your SportGuru picks and see you in Round 14.
by Ben Coles