Super Rugby Predictions 2018: Quarter-finals

Super Rugby Predictions

We have reached the knockout stages, with every match crucial in determining which New Zealand side is going to lift the trophy. No more resting players, no more dead rubbers, this is it.

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The GSP has sadly eluded me all season, but I’m not far off the top of most Superbru pools, and a strong finish would likely yield some gold medals.

History tells us that home teams almost always win Super Rugby knockout matches, and a home win would be a sensible starting point for your predictions, but I am throwing in one win for an away side in this week’s picks.

Here are my Super Rugby predictions for the quarter-final matches this weekend.

Hurricanes v Chiefs
The Chiefs will take some confidence from their victory over the Canes last week, where their second-string side defeated a full-strength Hurricanes team. The stakes are a bit different now though, and with home advantage, I am expecting the Hurricanes to come through. It will likely be quite tight, but everyone will pick a single-figure margin, so I’m going a little high looking for a Bonus Point. Hurricanes by 13

Crusaders v Sharks
The Sharks snuck into the playoffs at the expense of the Rebels, and a trip to Christchurch to face the reigning champions is their reward where there is only going to be one winner. I don’t think this one will be close. Crusaders by 23

Waratahs v Highlanders
The Tahs won this fixture by 29 points back in May, which meant that the Highlanders finished below the Chiefs on the overall table. But they’ll be happier going to Sydney than to Wellington, which is where the Chiefs are going, and I fancy an upset in this one – if you can call a Kiwi side beating an Aussie side an upset. Highlanders by 4

Lions v Jaguares
Despite picking the away side above, I’m aware that home sides nearly always win knockout matches in this tournament, and the home team has won this fixture on each of the six occasions it has been played. At altitude in Johannesburg is also a tough place for away sides to play, and I think the Lions will make it to the semi-finals. Lions by 11

I’m particularly looking forward to that New Zealand derby, which kicks off proceedings on Friday. Enjoy!

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9 thoughts on “Super Rugby Predictions 2018: Quarter-finals

  1. Well, the Hurricanes weren’t quite @ full strength last week, but they got to within 2. Don’t quite know how, as some of B. Barrett’s kicking out of hand & the odd pass were wayward. Also, the team’s defence looked a like string vest @ times. However, being @ home may well give them the edge, but they must start fast with early points. The scoreline above seems fanciful & I expect another tight one. Agree that the Crusaders will expect to put this game to bed. I too reckon that the Highlanders will just about do it. The Lions, with home advantage, should prevail, although it may be a rougher ride than expected.

    1. Just about coping with the day job, but still here!

      As you so nicely asked for my twopenneth Don!

      I’m with Jacob and think home advantage will be enough motivation for the Tah’s, Highlanders away form looks shaky.

      Did agree with you (see what I did there) and that Cane’s will be tight, I had by 3, although looking at the score update, Hutch has out-thought us both and Cane’s are pulling away at the death…

      Can’t really disagree with either Lions or Crusaders!

        1. Not annoying at all if you are topping your autopool, went for a close one and therefore grabbed a share of the bonus point… šŸ˜‰

  2. Great f*kin job Canes
    Was on the -7 spread

    what the f*k happened, scoreline was 32-17
    2 minutes to go and final score 32-31
    My eyes are red right now can’t f**kin believe it I’m done

  3. Hurricanes started fast, but Savea didn’t have the gas (tough, but guile too?) to make it even faster. After that, couldn’t see the Canes in it by 1/2 time. 30% possession was it? Blimey! H’ever they hung in @ kept Waikato out, aided by some of the latter’s wonky passing @ times, then they pulled out those tries to seal it. The Chief’s final burst was too little & late, although the Canes won’t want a repeat of that in Ch’church nxt Sat. Crusaders, Lions predictable, but a ref’s game in the Hi’landers v Tahs match? Yellow seemed unnecessary & it changed the tide. The Hi’landers had a shout @ the end, but lacked sufficient guile, innovation in their back line to pull it out of the bag. The Roar has mixed predictions for the semis, but surely it must go with home advantage?


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