Guys – it’s taken weeks of cajoling, pestering and, I’m sorry to say, even a few veiled threats but I have finally succeeded on getting a quorum of the Sharksworld “brains trust” to send in their predictions for this year’s Super 14. Herewith the official collations, sliced-and-diced to give you our (totally meaningless yet statistically accurate) opinion of what the final Super 14 log will look like.
Top spot was a tooth-and-nail battle between the Sharks and the Crusaders for top spot. The New England Pony Club had the most outright votes for first place, but the Sharks just squeaked it on average position. Of the eight contributors polled, only PJLD and Rugby Guru picked someone other than these two teams to bag top spot.
Our other two semifinalists, according to the averaged-out log, will be the Blues and the Hurricanes, meaning it will be the Sharks all alone against the might of the New Zealanders. The best Aussie challenge is likely to come from the Waratahs, in fifth spot. The other Saffa teams are unlikely to do as well as their own hype would suggest… the Stormers will manage a lowly 6th place, with the Bulls one spot further back.
At the southern end of the table, it was a veritable free-for-all, with four teams well in contention for the wooden spoon. At the end of the day, though, we (mostly) all agreed that the rag-tag bunch of no-hopers parading as the Cheetahs are a shoo-in for 14th spot, with the Reds, Lions and Highlanders above them, in that order.
Here is our consolidated log:
|1||Sharks||1 (robdylan, baldrick)||3 (KSA, Agent Orange, PJLD)|
|2||Crusaders||1 (KSA, wpw, Agent Orange, Big Fish)||4 (Rugby Guru, PJLD)|
|3||Blues||1 (PJLD)||7 (robdylan)|
|4||Hurricanes||2 (KSA, Agent Orange)||8 (Big Fish)|
|5||Waratahs||2 (PJLD)||8 (Rugby Guru, wpw)|
|6||Stormers||4 (KSA)||9 (Rugby Guru, Agent Orange)|
|7||Bulls||5 (Big Fish)||9 (robdylan)|
|8||Brumbies||2 (baldrick)||11 (Rugby Guru)|
|9||Chiefs||1 (Rugby Guru)||11 (wpw)|
|10||Force||3 (Rugby Guru)||11 (KSA, baldrick)|
|11||Highlanders||10 (Rugby Guru, wpw)||14 (KSA)|
|12||Lions||10 (KSA, Baldrick)||14 (Agent Orange, wpw)|
|13||Reds||11 (Agent Orange)||14 (Baldrick, Big Fish)|
|14||Cheetahs||11 (Big Fish)||14 (robdylam, Rugby Guru, PJLD)|
And, for completeness, here are the individual logs:
robdylan: Sharks, Crusaders, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Stormers, Waratahs, Blues, Brumbies, Bulls, Force, Lions, Highlanders, Reds, Cheetahs.
Rugby Guru: Chiefs, Sharks, Force, Crusaders, Blues, Hurricanes, Bulls, Waratahs, Stormers, Highlanders, Brumbies, Lions, Reds, Cheetahs.
KSA Shark: Crusaders, Hurricanes, Sharks, Stormers, Waratahs , Blues, Bulls, Brumbies, Chiefs, Lions, Force, Reds, Cheetahs, Highlanders.
wpw: Crusaders, Sharks, Blues, Hurricanes, Stormers, Brumbies, Bulls, Waratahs, Force, Highlanders, Chiefs, Cheetahs, Reds, Lions.
Agent Orange: Crusaders, Hurricanes, Sharks, Blues, Waratahs, Bulls, Chiefs, Brumbies, Stormers, Force, Reds, Highlanders, Cheetahs, Lions.
PJLD:Blues, Waratahs, Sharks, Crusaders, Force, Bulls, Hurricanes, Stormers, Brumbies, Chiefs, Highlanders, Reds, Lions, Cheetahs.
baldrick:Sharks, Brumbies, Crusaders, Hurricanes, Blues, Stormers, Waratahs, Bulls, Chiefs, Lions, Force, Cheetahs, Highlanders, Reds.
Big Fish: Crusaders, Sharks, Blues, Brumbies, Bulls, Stormers, Waratahs, Hurricanes, Force, Chiefs, Cheetahs, Highlanders, Lions, Reds.