Super Rugby Predictions 2018: Round 15

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Round 14 was a disappointment, largely by virtue of picking the Chiefs to beat the Sharks. Having made picks before the lineups were announced, I was not aware of the extent of the absences, and then I considered changing it closer to kick off – I agonised for hours over the decision, or at least a few seconds, but ultimately decided that I’d be less annoyed sticking with my pick and the Sharks winning, than changing my pick and the Chiefs winning.

In the end, there were only 4 points in it, and that was the difference between red arrows and green, such are the fine margins on Superbru and given that the Sunwolves and Waratahs had put paid to most people’s GSP between them

But we’ll put it behind us and move on, so here are my predictions for Round 15 of Super Rugby.

Crusaders v Hurricanes
What a prospect this is to kick us off, with both sides showing a fully green Superbru streak. The Hurricanes have won three of the last four meetings between these teams, but looking closely you can see that the home team has won 6 of the last 7 matches. Add in the fact that the Canes were run close by the lowly Reds last weekend, and I’m picking the Crusaders to win. Crusaders by 6

Rebels v Sunwolves
It’s two in a row for the Sunwolves, after stunning the Stormers with a late dropped goal last weekend. The Rebels also ended a losing run with an away win over the Brumbies, and will be confident of taking this one in Melbourne. Only two of the Rebels’ matches this season have been decided by fewer than 16 points. Rebels by 16

Jaguares v Sharks
Another fine win for the Jaguares last week on their return to Buenos Aires, and I think they’ll continue their run against the Sharks, who have only managed one win on the road so far this season. Jaguares by 13

Chiefs v Waratahs
The Tahs finally ended a 40-match run of wins for New Zealand teams over the Australians, but I think the Chiefs will restore order here as they welcome back their All Blacks contingent. Chiefs by 18

Reds v Highlanders
Some people will pick the Reds here, who gave the Hurricanes a scare in Wellington, whilst the Highlanders were heavily beaten by the Waratahs. Don’t be fooled. Highlanders by 16

Bulls v Brumbies
Back at Loftus against a poor Brumbies side with only 3 wins to its name, and without a victory away from home since February, the Bulls will prevail here. Bulls by 13

Stormers v Lions
The Lions haven’t lost to a South African team in 20 matches, and have won the last three against the Stormers, but this will be a tough test. They haven’t looked quite as convincing this season, as defeats to the Blues, Jaguares and Reds will attest, whilst the Stormers are difficult to beat at Newlands. I’m leaning towards the home side for this one. Stormers by 4

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5 thoughts on “Super Rugby Predictions 2018: Round 15

  1. I tend to lean towards the Hurricanes with Whitelock and Crotty missing for the Crusaders.

  2. I got the GSP last week. First of the season for me. I would agree with Morras about the cains over the saders, there is very little in this game. Either team cam takeit on their day. I recon the caines are more likely to have their day than the saders.

    The lions game is bothering me. Don’t know what to do with it. Im also not 18 points confident in the cheifs, tahs have been decent.

    Good luck all

  3. You’re right about the Lions game Dazza , the Stormers will not be as bad as last weekend and will look to jump back, as well as sharing your ‘not 18 points confident’ in the Chiefs/Tahs game.
    Last weekend 4 of seven games was decided by 8 or less points and the remaining three was bigger margin because of red cards and the Bulls not pitching for the game. however saying this I feel the Rebels should rout the Sunwolves by plenty as they only retained 4 players from last weekends winning team.

  4. Predictions:
    Hurricanes by 6
    Rebels by 12
    Sharks by 3 – surprise
    Waratahs by 7
    Highlanders by 10
    Bulls by 20
    Lions by 5


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