Super Rugby Predictions 2017: Qualifiers

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Here we are at the knockout stages of Super Rugby, and somehow a South African team is favourite for the title. The Lions finished top of the log, securing their knockout matches at home, despite not having played any of the Kiwi teams yet.

Roll on 2018, when the tournament structure should be improved, but here are my Superbru picks for now.

Brumbies v Hurricanes
The Brumbies finished on 34 points (outside the overall Top 8 overall), compared to the Hurricanes on 58 points (3rd overall), and yet this match is being played in Canberra. The ARU rigging of the system to guarantee home advantage for one of their teams still won’t be enough – they’ll still get pumped by the Canes I think. Hurricanes by 23.

Crusaders v Highlanders
The Crusaders lost their first match of the season last weekend, away at the Hurricanes, and that one defeat has cost them a home final if they get there. They need to get past the Highlanders first though – although the Saders won both fixtures between the sides this season, the last 5 fixtures have been decided by an average of just 5 points, so it’s likely to be tight. Crusaders by 4.

Lions v Sharks
These two sides played in Durban last week, with the Lions winning by 17 points. Back at home, you have to pick the Lions to win and it’s just a question of by how much. Lions by 18.

Stormers v Chiefs
This fixture is also fairly tough on the Chiefs, who finished 14 points above the Stormers but still have to travel away to Cape Town for the quarter-final. The Stormers beat the Chiefs in April, and home advantage gives them a reasonable chance, but the smart money is still on the Kiwis. Chiefs by 6.

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4 thoughts on “Super Rugby Predictions 2017: Qualifiers

  1. I dont think the fixture is tough on the Chiefs, not withstanding that they finished 14 points above the Stormers. Check more sports news here at soccershell.com

  2. right here we go, quarter-final time.
    Brumbies v Hurricanes – Could be one of the most one-sided super rugby knockout games ever. The Canes are far too strong. Hurricanes by 25 points.

    Crusaders v Highlanders – Crusaders have lost their last two games including the B&I Lions match. Wet forecast makes me favour the Crusaders. The Highlanders have a backline to die for but I don’t think they’ll get enough ball. Crusaders by 7

    Lions v Sharks – Easy one this for me. Lions too good. Lions by 15

    Stormers v Chiefs – this is a toughie for the Chiefs especially with the travel. the good thing for them is that Cane and Retallick in particular should be relatively fresh for this. not the 40 point belting from last year but the Chiefs to win by 9 points.

  3. Saw a happy, relaxed Stormers team emerge from training when I bought my tickets for the game at Newlands today. Stormers chances up another notch with the news that Charlie Ngatai is out injured and replaced by Beaver at 12.

  4. Don’t have latest predictions available, so have to make do here. Crusaders @ home will likely knock over the Chiefs in a competitive 1, although the latter won’t want to give it away. Side which makes least errors? Hurricanes away to the Sharkies? Mmmmm. The Sharks will chuck the kitchen sink from the off & hope to get a head start. If they do, it will be tough. However the Canes usually come strong later on, so they might squeeze it, esp as The Lions held the Sharks to 2 last week! However, that was then. Provided the ref is a neutral(?) & doesn’t bugger the game up, as aforementioned, the Canes may pull it off… but I wouldn’t quite bet my house on it.

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