My picks last week were just about average, with 4 out of 7 correct and just two Margin Points.
The Sharks were much better than I expected in Dunedin, and then annoyingly I switched to the Waratahs to beat the Blues (that one didn’t come off, but I also switched to the Chiefs when I saw that Richie Mo’unga had been ruled out), and then the Hurricanes won in Buenos Aires.
I’m feeling confident this week, and fully expecting the Grand Slam points!
Here are my Super Rugby predictions for Round 3.
Blues v Crusaders
The Crusaders have won 10 in a row against the Blues, and although the Blues have shown some improvement, I’m backing the reigning champions in Auckland. They also have Richie Mo’unga back in the fold and should start as favourites. Crusaders by 8
Rebels v Waratahs
This is the hardest pick of the week, in my opinion, with two mediocre teams going head to head. The Tahs have a strong winning record against the Rebels, but haven’t looked up to much in their first two matches. The Rebels have also lost two from two, but I’m going with home advantage to make the difference in their first outing of the year in Melbourne. Rebels by 4
Sunwolves v Chiefs
I was very surprised to see the Sunwolves winning in Round 1, and with that victory under the belts along with a rest week, could they be favourites for this match? They managed to win away at the Chiefs last season, but that was a very different side, and I need to see more before I start picking the Sunwolves to win anything. Chiefs by 16
Hurricanes v Sharks
The Sharks have a reasonable record in their away matches in New Zealand, and looked excellent against the Highlanders last week, but you have to go back to 2010 for their last win in Wellington. It’s the New Zealand team that have done the most travelling in the last fortnight though, and could feel the effects, but I think you still have to pick the home team here. Hurricanes by 6
Brumbies v Highlanders
The Brumbies are the only side to take maximum points from their opening two fixtures, and they’ll fancy their chances of winning their third home fixture in a row. Granted, the Highlanders should offer sterner opposition than the Reds and the Rebels, but they were thrashed at home by the Sharks in their opening fixture, and I’m going with the home team here. Brumbies by 4
Lions v Stormers
The Stormers have started the season in fine fashion, and are yet to concede a point after two matches. They are struggling a little with injuries, and the depth of their squad may be tested in the coming weeks, but they’ll be full of confidence going to Johannesburg and I think they are favourites to win. Stormers by 8
Jaguares v Reds
The Reds have lost two from two, but the scorelines have been more respectable than anticipated, and they are third in the Australian conference thanks to two losing bonus points. I think they’ll be soundly beaten this weekend though with nearly 20,000km of travel under their belts. Jaguares by 16