I had just two wrong in Round 2 (the late wins for the Crusaders and the Sharks’ hurt my picks), but I did predict the Force to win, unlike most others.
Here are my Superbru picks for Round 3.
Chiefs v Hurricanes
This should be a cracker to kick off the round on Friday, and the first proper test for last year’s Champions. The Chiefs have been pretty good so far, but the Canes have been outstanding, albeit against weaker opposition. It’s likely to be a high-scoring affair, so I’m going for a slightly bigger margin. Hurricanes by 13.
Brumbies v Force
Not quite as exciting as the Kiwi derby, and you’d expect the home side to chalk up their first win of 2017. Brumbies by 6.
Blues v Highlanders
With two home defeats to their name, the Highlanders now travel north to meet the high-scoring Blues. The Auckland side thrashed the Rebels in Melbourne, but fell to the Chiefs away, and they’ll fancy this one at home. Blues by 4.
Reds v Crusaders
A very late win over the Highlanders last weekend kept the Crusaders’ winning record intact, whilst the Reds lost to the Force. Need I say more? Crusaders by 16.
Kings v Stormers
The Kings won last weekend’s basement battle with the Sunwolves, but the Stormers will have too much for them. Stormers by 23.
Cheetahs v Sunwolves
Last year’s score was 92-17 between these sides in Bloemfontein, and you’d expect plenty of tries this time too. Cheetahs by 48.
Sharks v Waratahs
The Sharks return to Durban with some confidence, after their late away win over the Brumbies last weekend, and home advantage should help them see off the Tahs. Sharks by 13.
Jaguares v Lions
This could be a good game to watch, and the Jaguares might fancy their chances after doing better than expected against the Stormers last weekend. Let’s go with home advantage to seal the GSP. Jaguares by 2.