Super Rugby Predictions 2012: Round 6

Super Rugby PredictionsRound 5 was by far and away the most exciting so far this season, with so many SportGuru predictions hanging on by a thread. Looking ahead then to Round 6, here are your SportGuru tips:

We start in Dunedin in Friday’s only match where the Highlanders will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season and should do so against the Rebels despite the visitors welcoming back James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale. Highlanders by 8.

It will then be the battle of two young 10s in Wellington with the Hurricanes taking on the Cheetahs. Barrett and Johan Goosen have been excellent so far in their debut Super Rugby seasons, so this one should be a high-scoring thriller. Hurricanes by 7.

The refreshed Chiefs then host the Waratahs in Waikato and the away side was so impressive last week that the temptation is to back them to stop the home side staying unbeaten in March. Waratahs by 5.

Next we head to Canberra where the Brumbies will take on the Sharks. Jake White’s team is proving to be a bit of surprise package this season, far from the perennial whipping boys that we expected early on. That being said, the Sharks were simply outstanding at moments last weekend, so being keen to make amends for losing their lead against the Waratahs should pull off a result. Sharks by 6.

The Reds will then look to bounce back from their thrashing against the Bulls by travelling to Perth to take on the Force. Injuries have derailed the Reds’ start to the season so the Force will feel they have a great chance of pulling off a victory. That said, James Horwill and Will Genia would not accept a continued run of defeats, so expect the Reds by 10.

We then travel to Johannesburg to see the Lions host the Crusaders, with the away team expected to comfortably pick another win given the quality in their squad. Crusaders by 9.

Last but not least, the Stormers take on the Bulls in what is the game of the round. Undefeated but yet to really set the competition on fire, the Stormers have kept winning by keeping the scoreboard ticking over, interspersed with flashes of inspiration. Meanwhile the Bulls last week were rampant, their pack rolling back the years. If they do that again, then perhaps no one can stop them. Bulls by 5.

That’s all for this week, best of luck and let’s hope this Round is as thrilling as the last.

by Ben Coles

This article also appeared on Sport24.

6 thoughts on “Super Rugby Predictions 2012: Round 6

  1. I’m really enjoying your super rugby predictions ben, although I can’t say I envy you having to write them. The super rugby has been so unpredictable this year I wouldn’t put a penny either side of most games. I’m enjoying watching Cruden and Genia especially this season. Wish I could watch all the games but there’s just too much rugby to go around at the minute.

    1. Thanks James, was on edge last week but came away with 6/7. Genia’s struggled without Quade but is still a class act.

  2. I’ve got a feeling that the Force will beat the Reds. They will be livid that they lost to the Rebels and I just can’t see where the Reds will get their inspiration from.

  3. It’ll be a close game. Just like Ben said, Genia struggles to get the most out of his team without Mr Cooper pulling those strings alongside him. If the Reds’ pack comes out firing I think they may just shade it.

  4. This will be the first time the Bulls will play in their Pink outfits (away gear). This could benefit the Stormers, because the Bulls are known as the bully boys of rugby, and might feel uncomfortable. Real laughing stock at Newlands in Cape Town. The Bulls bought one of the most exiting wings last year from the Stormers, and in return, the Stormers bought their best wing! I reckon the Stormers by 6, if not more!

  5. I can see your reasoning, but differ from you on 3 games! Cheetahs, Chiefs and Force to ditch the applecart!

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