Super Rugby Predictions 2018: Round 14

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Round 13 was relatively successful, although that GSP still eludes us! Five from seven was better than the community average of 4.18, thanks to picking the Chiefs to beat the Stormers (48% predicted that one), and the Bulls to beat the Sharks (64%).

This week I’m feeling confident. Here are my predictions for Round 14 of Super Rugby.

Hurricanes v Reds
An easy pick to ease us into it, where the Hurricanes will beat the Reds. They’ve won the last four against the Queenslanders by an average of 16 points, but I suspect this will be more. The Reds lost to the Sunwolves last week, remember. Hurricanes by 31

Sunwolves v Stormers
Buoyed by their first win of the season, can the Sunwolves make it two in a row? No. The Stormers will bounce back from their first home defeat of the year, and they’ll score a few tries. Stormers by 18

Blues v Crusaders
The Blues are yet to win at Eden Park this season, which takes away any edge in terms of home advantage, and they have lost six in a row against the Crusaders. The defending champions are on a roll, despite a scare last weekend, and they should win this one too. Crusaders by 16

Waratahs v Highlanders
The Tahs came close to a huge upset last weekend, scoring four unanswered tries in the first half-hour against the Crusaders. But they still ended up losing the match, and now have to pick themselves up to take on another kiwi side. I’m not yet ready to predict an Aussie win over a Kiwi team. Highlanders by 7

Sharks v Chiefs
This is quite a tricky pick, with both sides recording a mixed bag of results. The Sharks have been thrashed by the Bulls, but then routed the Highlanders, whilst the Chiefs have beaten the Stormers and Highlanders, but also lost to the Jaguares at home. If in doubt, pick the New Zealand team. Chiefs by 4

Lions v Brumbies
The Lions are back at home after a difficult tour, and have two games in South Africa before the break to re-establish themselves as title contenders. The Brumbies visit Ellis Park this weekend, and they are awful, so the Lions will win. Lions by 16

Jaguares v Bulls
A remarkable tour with four consecutive wins has put the Jaguares in contention for the playoffs, and two home games coming up should help them reinforce their credentials. The Bulls are not great travellers, and it’s no surprise to see that the home team has won both previous fixtures between these two teams. Jaguares by 8

It’s a GSP in the bag, surely? Let me know what you think.

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9 thoughts on “Super Rugby Predictions 2018: Round 14

  1. GSP in the bag, that is until the Sunwolves banana skin…. I’ve gone safe with Stormers also but a lot closer margin, think it will be close. Stormers yet to win away this season, Sunwolves have had a couple of tight (scoreline-wise at least) games at home. Not sure its quite the emphatic no in your write up?

  2. I think you are out with the Sharks game. The Chiefs are missing 20 players in their squad for this game with injuries and compulsory AB leave. The Bulls game might also surprise us this time but all the rest are spot on

  3. Bulls without a number of key players, might just suffer the same fate as the Lions. The Jaguares don’t represent any particular province of their 24 provinces, but represent all 24 and are a national team. The Sunwolwes represent Japan and the inclusion of many international players might make it a close game.

    I am not convinced that Chiefs will beat Sharks
    and will await team selections before making my final pick.

  4. I agree with the above 2 lads, Sharks to beat the Chiefs. Can see the Chiefs pack getting smashed with no Retallick and Cane, plus they’ve looked dull on attack when Dmac isn’t at 10. Sharks by circa 20 points.
    All the other picks are similar to mine.

  5. The Sharks game you have got it all wrong for sure. Chiefs will be without all their All Blacks for this game. Even if their All Blacks were available, Sharks would still win. Of all the South African teams, Sharks fare better against the New Zealanders.

  6. Sharks will win in Durban this weekend for sure. I don’t think the Sunwolves v Stormers is as simple as you put it and i’m backing the Tah’s for the upset!

  7. in terms of predictions I would say:
    Hurricanes by 25
    Stormers by 10 – could be closer with SW having home advantage
    Crusaders by 12 – not entirely convinced by the Crusaders this year so far but the Blues are poor.
    Waratahs by 4 – could be an upset in this one.
    Sharks by 12 – Chiefs won last week, don’t see them backing it up in Durban.
    Lions v Brumbies – Lions by 30 – the Brumbies are in for a pumping big time.
    Jaguares v Bulls – Jaguares by 9 – Jaguares for the play-offs? quite possibly.

  8. Have to agree with the Sharkies above. I am a Stormers fan and bitterly disappointed after that poor showing. The Chiefs are not a good scrumming side (Crusaders had them going backwards), have discipline problems and without DMac & ALB, that backline is weak. Don’t kick possession away like the Stormers, punch up the middle of the field and kick the penalties RdP! Go Sharks.

  9. This is definitely the week I have differed with you the most.
    I am actually going for a sunwolves upset. They are playing the first ever super rugga game in hingkong. That place is humid and hot as hell. They are playing at 1pm local time. Sunwolves will be more used to the conditions than stormers. I see an upset coming.
    Sharks will walk the chiefs. Too many key players missing .
    Tahs to edge it. They look the better team.
    Good luck all


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