Despite winning their previous three games on the road, only 2% of people on Superbru expected the Jaguares to beat the Chiefs. With the GSP gone for most people after the first match, the average on Superbru was 2.91 correct picks out of 6.
We managed 4 from 6, correctly calling the Blues win over the Waratahs along with just 18% of the community, but we didn’t expect the Sharks to thump the Highlanders.
Still, there were green arrows again and we’re onto Round 13.
Blues v Hurricanes
The ‘Canes are putting together an impressive run, undefeated since the opening round, and they’ll go to Auckland having won the last five matches against the Blues. Instinct says that they’ll win this one too. Hurricanes by 11
Sunwolves v Reds
The Sunwolves remain without a win in this year’s competition, but they might fancy their chances against this average Aussie side. It still takes a brave person to pick a Sunwolves victory though, so I’m going for the Reds. Reds by 13
Crusaders v Waratahs
The ‘Tahs have to travel to Christchurch on the back of two home defeats, and I can’t see them winning this. It should be a comfortable victory for the reigning champions. Crusaders by 19
Highlanders v Lions
A tough away trip for the Lions, but actually it’s the Highlanders that have been doing more travelling lately. A heavy defeat in Durban last weekend means they need a run of victories to put them in playoff contention – this match at home is followed by two away games in Australia and another showdown with the Hurricanes in Dunedin before the June break. As for the Lions, defeat to the Reds was lamentable, whilst a late try against the Hurricanes put a gloss on the scoreline. Highlanders by 9
Brumbies v Rebels
One to skip on Saturday, but I’m picking the Brumbies on the basis that they kept the scoreline slightly less embarrassing against the Crusaders in recent weeks. Brumbies by 8
Stormers v Chiefs
The Stormers are still unbeaten at home this season, but they are yet to play a New Zealand side at Newlands and this will be a very stern test. After defeat to the Jaguares, the Chiefs will likely battle the Highlanders for a playoff spot, but have a tougher run of fixtures over the next few weeks. There may have been a touch of complacency creeping in last time out, and I’m tipping them to bounce back here. Chiefs by 4
Bulls v Sharks
Having put 40 points past the Sharks in Durban, the Bulls will be confident of a repeat performance at Loftus. But the visitors will also arrive with their dander high, having dispatched the Highlanders by 26 points last weekend, and this could be a great tussle with Springbok places up for grabs. I’m backing the Bulls, who haven’t lost to the Sharks since 2014. Bulls by 6
How do you see this weekend’s matches unfolding?
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