A fine start in Round 11 was enough to yield green arrows on Superbru, with the first two matches predicted with margin points. Only 4% had the Reds to beat the Lions, and 36% predicted a Jaguares win in Auckland, which were the two I missed, but we were amongst the 49% that picked the Highlanders’ victory over the Bulls.
Thank you for the kind messages last week – I enjoyed the mix of baby congratulations with uncertainty over the match at Loftus. I’ll print them out and show my daughter one day!
Here are my predictions for Round 12 of Super Rugby.
Chiefs v Jaguares
With three away wins in a row, the Jaguares are suddenly looking like playoff contenders, and the Chiefs might be regretting taking this match to Rotorua, rather than their usual home in Hamilton. I may be proved wrong again, but I can’t see the Argentinian outfit winning this one. Chiefs by 13
Rebels v Crusaders
It’s four defeats in a row for the Rebels, and now have to face the defending champions having just returned from a tour of South Africa. I think the Crusaders will win comfortably. Crusaders by 18
Hurricanes v Lions
This looks like a fairly straightforward home win for the Hurricanes, given the Lions lost away at the lowly Reds last weekend. Hurricanes by 18
Waratahs v Blues
Could this finally be a win for an Aussie side against a Kiwi side? The Blues have only won two matches all season, whilst the Tahs sit atop the Australian conference, but we’ve been burnt by this temptaion before, so I’m going to back the Blues. Blues by 7
Stormers v Bulls
The Bulls have been something of a surprise this season, but I’m still not ready to back them to win at Newlands. They’ve not had success there since 2011, and the Stormers have won all their home games so far this year. Stormers by 6
Sharks v Highlanders
The Sharks’ capitulation at home to the Bulls is making me think the Highlanders will win this. The New Zealanders have won their last two away from home, and with a win at altitude under their belt last week, they’ll be more comfortable in this one at sea level. Highlanders by 9
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