Sorry this is a little late, but you know… work and stuff! Round 13 is sure to be unlucky for some teams. Which ones? Let’s see…

**Game 1: Crusaders v Waratahs
**

Crusaders all the way here. The kiwis are just a cut above this yeart and the home team should win by around 8 points.

Crusaders : 15. Israel Dagg, 14. Johnny McNicholl, 13. Kieron Fonotia, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Jone Macilai, 10. Richard Mo’unga, 9. Andy Ellis, 8. Kieran Read (Captain), 7. Matt Todd, 6. Jordan Taufua, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Codie Taylor, 1. Joe Moody

Replacements: 16. Ged Robinson, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Scott Barrett, 20. Tim Boys, 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. David Havili, 23. Marty McKenzie

**Waratahs**: 15. Andrew Kellaway, 14. Reece Robinson, 13. Israel Folau, 12. David Horwitz, 11. Rob Horne, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Jed Holloway, 7. Michael Hooper (Captain), 6. Dean Mumm, 5. Will Skelton, 4. Dave Dennis, 3. Tom Robertson, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Paddy Ryan

Replacements: 16. Hugh Roach, 17. Jeremy Tilse, 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Sam Lousi, 20. Wycliff Palu, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Matt Carraro, 23. Zac Guildford

**Game 2: Reds v Sunwolves**

The Wolves are getting better and may actually push the Reds, but I feel that an away win in their first season is probably a bridge too far for the Japanese warriors. Reds to win a close one, maybe by 5?

**Reds **: 15. Ayumu Goromaru, 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13. Campbell Magnay, 12. Anthony Faingaa, 11. Eto Ntabuli, 10. Jake Mcintyre, 9. Nicholas Frisby, 8. Curtis Browning, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Hendrik Tui, 5. Rob Simmons, 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 3. Greg Holmes, 2. Andrew Ready, 1. James Slipper (Captain)

Replacements: 16. Matt Mafi, 17. Sef Faagase, 18. Sam Talakai, 19. Ben Matwijow, 20. Michael Gunn, 21. James Tuttle, 22. Duncan Paia’aua, 23. Junior Laloifi

**Sunwolves**: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Akihito Yamada, 13. Derek Carpenter, 12. Harumichi Tatekawa (Captain), 11. John Stewart, 10. Tusi Pisi, 9. Atshushi Hiwasa, 8. Ed Quirk, 7. Andrew Durutalo, 6. Liaki Moli, 5. Faatiga Lemalu, 4. Timothy Bond, 3. Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2. Takeshi Kizu, 1. Masataka Mikami

Replacements: 16. Shota Horie, 17. Keith Inagaki, 18. Takuma Asahara, 19. Yoshia Hosoda, 20. Taiyo Ando, 21. Yuki Yatomi, 22. Yu Tamura, 23. Mifiposeti Paea

**Game 3: Chiefs v Rebels**

I feel this one might be closer than some would think, but then again, the Chiefs aren’t going to lose this one at home. Chiefs by a comfortable 10 or so.

**Chiefs**: 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Toni Pulu, 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 11. James Lowe, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Brad Weber, 8. Michael Leitch, 7. Sam Cane (Captain), 6. Taleni Seu, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Dominic Bird, 3. Hiroshi Yamashita, 2. Nathan Harris, 1. Mitchell Graham

Replacements: 16. Hikawera Elliott, 17. Kane Hames, 18. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 19. Michael Allardice, 20. Tom Sanders, 21. Kane Hammington, 22. Andrew Horrell, 23. Sam Vaka

**Rebels**: 15. Mike Harris, 14. Sefanaia Naivalu, 13. Mitch Inman, 12. Reece Hodge, 11. Tom English, 10. Jack Debreczeni, 9. Nick Stirzaker (Captain), 8. Adam Thomson, 7. Colby Faingaa, 6. Sean McMahon, 5. Lopeti Timani, 4. Sam Jeffries, 3. Jamie Hagan, 2. James Hanson, 1. Toby Smith

Replacements: 16. Siliva Siliva, 17. Cruze Ah-Nau, 18. Tim Metcher, 19. Culum Retallick, 20. Jordy Reid, 21. Ben Meehan, 22. Jonah Placid, 23. Kotaro Matsushima

**Game 4: Force v Blues**

Two disappointing teams this year, but the Blues are nowhere near as bad as they looked at Ellis Park last week. The Force, well, the less said the better. Blues to win here by around 8.

**Forse**: 15. Dane Haylett-Petty, 14. Marcel Brache, 13. Ben Tapuai, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Luke Morahan, 10. Ian Prior, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. Matthew Hodgson (Captain), 6. Brynard Stander, 5. Adam Coleman, 4. Ross Haylett-Petty, 3. Guy Millar, 2. Harry Scoble, 1. Francois van Wyk

Replacements: 16. Anaru Rangi, 17. Pekahou Cowan, 18. Tetera Faulkner, 19. Rory Walton, 20. Angus Cottrell, 21. Ryan Louwrens, 22. Luke Burton, 23. Semisi Masirewa

**Blues**: 15. Melani Nanai, 14. Matt Duffie, 13. George Moala, 12. Piers Francis, 11. Tevita Li, 10. Ihaia West, 9. Billy Guyton, 8. Steven Luatua, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 6. Jerome Kaino, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Patrick Tuipoluto, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. James Parsons (Captain), 1. Sam Prattley

Replacements: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18. Sione Mafileo, 19. Hoani Matenga, 20. Kara Pryor, 21. Bryn Hall, 22. Matt McGahan, 23. Male Sa’u

**Game 5: Lions v Jaguares**

The Jaguares lose by small margins at home and big margins away. This is known. Lions to feast on the South Americans here and win by 12 or more.

**Lions**: 15. Jako van der Walt, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (Captain), 7. Cyle Brink, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Lourens Daniel Erasmus, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Akker van der Merwe, 1. Corne Fourie

Replacements: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Dylan Smith, 18. Jacques van Rooyen, 19. Ruan Ackermann, 20. Warwick Tecklenburg, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23. Sylvian Mahuza

**Jaguares**: 15. Joaquin Tuculet, 14. Emiliano Bofelli, 13. Matias Orlando, 12. Juan Martin Hernández, 11. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 8. Facundo Isa, 7. Tomas Lezana, 6. Pablo Matera, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 4. Matias Alemanno, 3. Ramiro Herrera, 2. Julian Montoya, 1. Santiago Garcia Botta

Replacements: 16. Facundo Bosch, 17. Facundo Gigena, 18. Francisco Tetaz Chaparro, 19. Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 20. Javier Ortega Desio, 21. Gonzalo Bertranou, 22. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23. Ramiro Moyano

**Game 6: Sharks v Kings**

We’re hoping for a big Sharks win and I think that’s what we’ll get. Kings to initially be competitive, but Sharks to win by 20.

**Sharks**: 15. Willie Le Roux, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie (Captain), 9. Michael Claassens, 8. Daniel du Preez, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dale Chadwick

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Juan Schoeman, 18. Thomas du Toit, 19. Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20. Lubabalo Mtembu, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Garth April, 23. Odwa Ndungane

**Kings**: 15. Jurgen Visser, 14. Lukhanyo Am, 13. JP du Plessis, 12. Shane Gates, 11. Luzuko Vulindlu, 10. Louis Fouche, 9. Ntando Kebe, 8. Aidon Davis, 7. Thembelani Bholi, 6. Stefan Willemse, 5. Schalk Oelofse, 4. Steven Sykes (Captain), 3. Jacobie Adriaanse, 2. Martin Ferreira, 1. Schalk Ferreira

Replacements: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Justin Ackerman, 18. Tom Botha, 19. John-Charles Astle, 20. Jacques Engelbrecht, 21. Kevin Luiters, 22. Elgar Watts, 23. Leighton Eksteen

**Game 7: Bulls v Stormers**

Humdinger, or bashing snore-fest? I know where my money is. Call me crazy, but I’m backing the Bulls to sneak this one, but only by a point or two.

**Bulls**: 15. SP Marais, 14. Jamba Ulengo, 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Travis Ismaiel, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Arno Botha, 7. Jannes Kirsten, 6. Pieter Labuschagne, 5. RG Snyman, 4. Jason Jenkins, 3. Marcel Van Der Merwe, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Lizo Gqoboka

Replacements: 16. Jaco Visagie, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Pierre Schoeman, 19. Grant Hattingh, 20. Deon Stegmann, 21. Rudy Paige, 22. Tian Schoeman, 23. Dries Swanepoel

**Stormers**: 15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Johnny Kotze, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Leolin Zas, 10. Jean-Luc Du Plessis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Schalk Burger, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe (Captain), 2. Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1. Oliver Kebble

Replacements: 16. Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17. Alistair Vermaak, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Rynhardt Elstadt, 20. Sikhumbuszo Notshe, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Brandon Thomson, 23. Huw Jones

The Waratahs better start playing if they are going to limit the damage to eight points!

The Saders are already 22-5 up at the end of the 1st half.

sharks to show why we cant have 6 teams in this comp and moer them by 50+

@West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 2) : kings have actually shown themselves worthy of being in this comp.imagine what they can do with a proper pre-season and long-term contracting?

@50shadesofshark (Comment 3) : I respectfully disagree

18th on the log. 1 win out of 10. average losing margin 26.2 points.

@50shadesofshark (Comment 3) : no offence to the players, they try hard.

@West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 4) : maybe I was a bit too positive with my pr effort for the kings they have been playing nz teams as opposed to aus teams,though.

@West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 5) : yes,agree.shame about all the off-the-field happenings .something the players can’t control unfortunately.

I heard that Cheeky will be stepping down next month, that can only be a positive.

@50shadesofshark (Comment 6) : in 2017 we will be playing the Aus teams, right? but do the groups stay the same? Will we Africa 2 forever be Sharks, Lions, Jags etc?

Poor Jags. All their away games are outside of their own country.

@West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 9) : wiLl ne the same for next season.after that don’t know?there might be another expansion and new format.

Same picks here and margins are pretty close to yours too expect on Crusaders and Chiefs games.

Rob you are crazy!

@50shadesofshark (Comment 10) : This ridiculous format has me shouting against SA teams, and not caring about Landers vs Brumbies for example. In the old days you watched every game and they all mattered.

If we’d had an extra week I’d say Sharks by plenty, but yoh we do need to consider the effects of the insane travelling the Sharks has just been through.

NZ -> SA -> ARG -> SA

Do think we’ll win, but won’t be surprised if less than 20.

@vanmartin (Comment 11) : think the Stormers will win the rest is the same!

@gregkaos (Comment 14) : yes going to be tough with all the traveling. Just hope the players are focused and not still “on the plane” or already taking the “June Internationals” break!

@West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 13) : I pick sides in the local derbies (though I would prefer none in superrugby),but support sa teams vs overseas sides.

@50shadesofshark (Comment 17) : me too, with my heart, but when we are chasing the Lions for top spot and they play the NZers it makes it difficult. I miss the old days when there was one bloody log.

@West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 18) : Me too, and its not like they can make it like the Champions League with groups, that would just make the traveling schedules worse!

Heard Owen rating KD on the TMO sign for a Bok spot on current form.

@Quintin (Comment 20) : has the world gone mad!?!?!? A Supersport guy rating Megan!?!?

@50shadesofshark (Comment 17) : @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 18) : @Quintin (Comment 19) : think lots of people (especially in SA) feel the same like we do but unfortunately SANZAAAAAAAAR does not agree and they make the rules!!!!

Bulls by 10 I reckon

Agree with the predictions however I think stormers will edge the bulls. Bulls just do not connect and even a mediocre performance by stormers should see them home.

@coolfusion (Comment 24) : to improve the Sharks chances to reach the playoffs I hope the Stormers can beat the Bulls!