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Super Rugby 2020: Round 7 Predictions

Here are my Superbru picks for Round 7 of Super Rugby this weekend. Six out of seven home wins?

Round 6 was a big improvement on the previous week for me, although I still managed to get two wrong as the Blues won in Wellington and the Bulls were victorious for the first time this season.

Let’s see if we can continue that trajectory with a full house of 7 correct picks for Round 7.

Chiefs v Hurricanes
A tricky one to start with, as the Chiefs host the Hurricanes in Hamilton. The hosts lost to the Brumbies at home in Round 5, but then thumped the Waratahs away in Round 6; meanwhile the Hurricanes thrashed the Sunwolves and then lost to the Blues last week. The form isn’t hugely clear, and if in doubt, go with the home side. Chiefs by 4

Blues v Lions
The Blues have strung together three away wins in a row, beating the Bulls, Stormers and Hurricanes in a tricky run of fixtures, and now return to Auckland to face the struggling Lions. The Lions have conceded over 30 points per game on average this season, and the Blues attack is likely to be more threatening than anything they have faced so far, so it could get ugly. Blues by 21

Sunwolves v Crusaders
Since their opening round win, the Sunwolves have had a tough time of it, and now face the defending champions in Brisbane, even though it’s technically a home game for them. I’d expect the Crusaders to rest several players, but they have plenty of quality in their squad and should still win easily. Crusaders by 43

Reds v Bulls
The Bulls picked up a much-needed win last weekend, just before they departed for their 4-match tour of Australia and New Zealand. The matches will get progressively harder, and so they’ll be desperate to beat the Reds, who have just one win themselves. The home team has won this fixture since 2004, and I’m leaning towards the Reds here. Reds by 6

Sharks v Stormers
The top-performing South African sides go head-to-head in Durban, and with a successful tour under their belts, the Sharks will start as favourites here. The Stormers have enjoyed 4 home games out of 5, and whilst they have only lost one match this season, they haven’t been tested in quite the same way as the Sharks. They’ll benefit from a rest last weekend, but the nature of their home defeat to the Blues will have raised some concerns. Sharks by 7

Jaguares v Highlanders
The team from Dunedin are having a wretched season so far, with heavy defeats to the Sharks, Crusaders and Bulls already chalked up, and the loss of their captain to injury for the season. The home team have to be favourites for this one in Buenos Aires. Jaguares by 16

Brumbies v Waratahs
At least this one looks pretty straightforward to finish the round on Sunday. The Waratahs have only mustered a win over the Lions this season, whilst the Brumbies are 4 wins from 5 and riding high on confidence. They’ve also beaten the Waratahs in 6 of the last 7 meetings, and should win this too.
Brumbies by 13

What do you think?

3 replies on “Super Rugby 2020: Round 7 Predictions”

100% agree on the winners fairly large difference in the winning margins eg i have Crusaders to win by 60.

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Yes. Seem prudent picks. Chiefs, Hurricanes should be an intense one, especially as the latter self destructed at home last week with a red. Home advantage, as with the other likewise predictions, to carry the day? Will the Sharks’, Stormers’ game be a chance at redemption for the Cape outfit? Until last week’s besting by The Blues in SA, K might have gone for the away side, but at home? Again The Sharks. Highlanders will find it tough away to The Jags & although their results have been disappointing so far, I don’t they’re quite as bad as these may indicate. We shall see, but will they pull a rabbit in Arengtina? Probably not, but it might be closer than anticipated by some. Brumbies at home? Yep, think so. Saw one Tahs game when they were lively, but their other form? Not good. Oops! Forgot Auckland. Proved a surprise for me, as their early form belied particularly their SA form. To keep it going at home? I think so. Up early am tomorrow? Well, I might be.

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Somewhat unexpected, at the death win by the Hurticanes? 31 odd carries in the last minutes. Little progress, then a pointless late Waikoto tackle. J Barrett slotted with the game’s last action. Earlier denied what seemed a good try, but which was deemed a simultaneous touch down with Damian Mckenzie. However, this dual action took place just before the try line. Barrett retained possession over line only to be denied? Baffling. Hurricanes began fast, then conceded, but came back again to lead at 1/2time. Later Perenara received an early tackle yellow. Chiefs got a brace to put game to bed. Or so it seemed. Barrett kicked 3 points. Then the Canes drove a lineout through Aumua after he’d missed his 1st 2 previous throws! At 24 all, Barrett kicked the game’s last points & act. Wellington showed plenty grit, skill, intent & which they will need in ample supply for Canterbury next week. Still, impressive win. Disappointing & likely unexpected result for the Chiefs whom will now need to pick themselves up for their SA visit. A smiling Gatland unlikely to care.

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