Let’s go straight into this week’s picks, since we’re all excited for the next set of matches and there’s hardly any point in looking back.
Or do we need to talk about Round 5 quickly?
To say I was disappointed with 1 out of 6 is a slight understatement. I knew I was taking a risk on three of the matches, going against the grain to pick the Lions, Reds and Bulls, but I thought at least one would go my way.
Alas, my luck wasn’t in, and with both the Rebels and the Blues winning – which hardly anybody picked – the whole round was a horror show. There are red arrows all over the place, but it could have been worse – only 41 people out of over 202,000 managed to pick all six matches correctly, and the community average was just under 3 correct picks out of 6.
Incidentally, I managed 0 out of 8 in the Premier League Predictor last weekend as well, which means I was only a Sunwolves win away from an historic double duck!
I will accept my wooden spoon graciously, regain my focus and work my way back up the leaderboards. Here are my Super Rugby predictions for Round 6 – and don’t miss the earlier kick off, with the Sunwolves game.
Sunwolves v Brumbies
I’ll endeavour to be slightly less bullish after my Round 5 humbling, but this looks like an easy one to start with! It’s a home game for the Sunwolves, but it’s taking place in Wollongong rather than Tokyo, and fresh from a bye weekend, the Brumbies are strong favourites. Brumbies by 33
Crusaders v Reds
And this is another easy one, with the three-time Champions at home to the Reds, and having had an extra week to rest. The Reds haven’t been as bad as their results suggest, but there’s no chance I’m picking them again here. Crusaders by 25
Waratahs v Chiefs
It starts getting a bit trickier here. The Tahs managed their first win of the season last weekend, but how much of that was the Lions being poor? Instinct says to pick the Chiefs for this one, but the Historic Results tab tells me they haven’t won an away match against the Waratahs since 2007! After last week, I’m going with my gut. Chiefs by 6
Hurricanes v Blues
The ‘Canes have won 9 in a row against the Blues, but the Auckland side has just returned from a successful tour of South Africa where they beat the Bulls and became the first team to topple the Stormers this season. But that travel must take its toll, and with the Hurricanes fresh off a bye, the smart money is on the home team here. Hurricanes by 9
Rebels v Lions
Having won away at the Highlanders last week, the Rebels start as favourites against the Lions, who still haven’t got going yet this season. The Rebels have never beaten the Lions before, but if they are as good as last week – and if the Lions are as bad – this should be their first victory. Rebels by 9
Sharks v Jaguares
The Sharks are top of the overall log, and now have a run of home games to cement their position after wining three of their four matches on tour. Despite the travel, they should be favourites for this one at home against the Jaguares. Sharks by 8
Bulls v Highlanders
This is a tough one to end the round, featuring two teams that have just one win between them this season, and only the Sunwolves are below this pair on the overall log. I’m always tempted to pick the Bulls at home, but they were disappointing last weekend, plus the Highlanders have won on their two most recent visits to Loftus. Highlanders by 4