Super Rugby Predictions 2017: Round 3

Super Rugby predictions

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.

12 thoughts on “Super Rugby Predictions 2017: Round 3

  1. Couple of tricky ones this week end and with the Lions leaving some key players out they may just fall short.Not so sure about Hurricanes .The Chiefs have beaten some good sides. I would also suggest that perhaps Tony Brown, although a legend at the Highlanders is a little out of his depth as coach at this level.I don’t the Highlanders of last couple of seasons would have thrown away a 20 or so point lead.And by the way I also picked the Force!

  2. I think the Highlanders will scrape the second New Zealand derby and the Jaguares will have to much in the tank for a depleted Lions side.

    1. Hello Wehan

      Why is the Lions depleted?
      Any thoughts on the Chiefs Hurricanes game? Hurricanes hasnt have had a tough match where the Chiefs have won tough matches with decent margins

  3. Dont know why everyone is carrying on as if the Lions sent their currie cup squad to Argentina .. it is a totally different squad and much more experience,depth and key players. The Lions can still win without 4 star players, will be tight but Lions by 8 . LFL

  4. I agree with all but one. The Jaguares will not beat the Lions. Lions are too strong for them. Yes, the ball isn’t round but The Lions is the stronger team.

  5. Yellow card cost Hi-landers plenty against Crusaders and made it as always ,with a player in the bin ,an uneven competition.
    Perhaps laws should be amended that it is always 15 against 15.
    Yes retain yellow and Red cards but allow
    replacements, spectators after all paid to watch 15 against 15. Yellow and red carded players
    should suspended and fined, to the degree of their transgression.

  6. So we move onto round 3:
    Chiefs v Hurricanes – Chiefs by 14 – Hurricanes haven’t been tested yet. By the time they adapt here they’ll be too far behind
    Brumbies v Force – Brumbies by 3 – This game doesn’t whet the appetite much but I agree with you on this. Brumbies should have just enough.
    Blues v Highlanders – Blues by 7 – What’s happened to the Highlanders? I think Tony Brown is struggling as head coach. Blues to win
    Reds v Crusaders – Crusaders by 9 – The Crusaders should have enough to win here.
    Kings v Stormers – Stormers by 15 – Don’t rate the Kings much. The Stormers have made a good start.
    Cheetahs v Sunwolves – Cheetahs by 35 – The Cheetahs look a better team this season, the Sunwolves do not. I don’t think it will be 92-17 again, that was a freak result.
    Sharks v Waratahs – Sharks by 6 – Tight but home advantage to be the difference
    Jaguares v Lions – Lions by 7 – A tough one to pick, the Lions are away but I think they’ve got enough. The Jaguares need to reduce their yellow card count.

  7. Huricanes by 15, yes they haven’t been truly tested, but chiefs narrowly beat highlanders , who have lost both games, beat blues, 14 players from half time, and let in 3 second half trys. I just think with our guns out wide , midfield have been powerful . I only see chiefs locks as being there advantage . And MacKenzie couldn’t tackle his way out of a wet paper bag . Really looking forward to game .

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