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Super Rugby 2017: Round 8 Predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 13 Apr 2017 at 16:12
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Surprisingly, some other teams are actually going to be playing this weekend. Odd, I know, but let’s have a bash at getting the results right even though the Sharks aren’t in action.

Crusaders v Sunwolves (Friday 09h35)
Well, the Wolves may have beaten the crappy Bulls last week, but it gets a whole lot more difficult against the unbeaten former champion Crusaders. There’s simply no way that guts and pluck are going to be enough for the outclassed Japanese side, so go big on your pick. Crusaders by 40 points.

Reds v Kings (Saturday 07h05)
This one might actually be closer than we might have thought at the outset of the season. The Kings are improving all the time and were desperately unlucky not to win in Perth. The Reds seem to be going in the opposite direction and wretchedly seemed to have put in their best performance of a poor campaign against the Sharks in Round 1. I’m not going to be so bold as to pick a Kings win here, but it will be close. Reds to win by 5 or fewer.

Blues v Hurricanes (Saturday 09h35)
One fancies there has to be an upset in the Kiwi conference at some stage, but I’m not seeing it happening in Auckland on Saturday. The Blues are being their usual selves this season, flattering only to deceive, whereas the ‘Canes look like a side who are very much going to be in contention come the business end of the competition. Hurricanes by 8.

Rebels v Brumbies (Saturday 11h45)
Ok, seriously, who cares? The Aussies conference is so poor this year I think SANZAAR should have dropped all five of those teams and let the real rugby people get on with it. Anyway, that aside, I expect a sort of “dead cat bounce” from the Rebels, given that they’re facing the chop, so let’s go with Rebels by 5 here.

Cheetahs v Chiefs (Saturday 15h05)
Why are you even still reading this? Trust me – if proof is needed that the Cheetahs aren’t a strong enough union to be in Super Rugby, just watch this game for all the evidence you need. The Chiefs will be hurting and they are going to seek revenge against the spotted cheapskates from Bloem. We will see once and for all why the Cheetahs have tear marks on their jerseys. Chiefs to win by 20.

Stormers v Lions (Saturday 17h15)
Let’s hope this game – the game of the round – will be worth the wait and make all the dross that came before somehow seem worthwhile. The Stormers looks a complete side this year and were clinical at times against the Chiefs, whereas the Lions as just not quite managing to reach the heights of last year. This will be the first time the Lions play since coach Ackies dropped his Gloucester bombshell, so we’ve yet to see what effect that has on morale. My feeling is that the home side will be too strong here, but it should be a classic nonetheless. Stormers to win by 4 points.

Bulls v Jagaures (Saturday 19h30)
Ok seriously, six full games on a Saturday of which only two are likely to be genuinely entertaining? Ag nee man, can we move to 15 teams this season already? Anyway, this game could be one of two things, depending in part on how the Bulls play. Either it will be an ugly, strewn arm wrestle which the Jaguares win by a few points, or it will be a slaughter (again, the winner will be the Jaguares). I’m hoping for the former, but I suspect a big bonus point win is on the cards for the Argies. Jaguares by 15 points.



107 Comments

  • Will more people show up to watch than points scored at Loftus I wonder?

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.04.17 17:27:25 by McLovin Reply
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  • Bulls to smash ‘em. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.04.17 17:48:38 by McLovin Reply
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  • Hopefully the officials keep up the good work as well. Doing a cracking job so far. :smile:

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.04.17 17:49:51 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : Luckily we have the best refs in the world in this competition… :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.04.17 20:28:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • So I went:
    Crusaders by plenty (38)
    Reds by some (16)
    Canes with a touch to spare (10)
    Brumbies by a bit (9)
    Chiefs quite comfortably (21)
    Stormers in a tight one (3)
    Jaguars in a bun fight (5)

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.04.17 20:32:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I’m going against the grain and say stormers can’t repeat last week. Lions to take it. Rest I agree on.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.04.17 21:53:39 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 6) : Ja look…the Stormers call is the one I’m least confident about. Bookies are backing Lions…

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.04.17 22:03:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I am just going to watch the Stormer v Lions game and the Sevens in Singapore…even with a heap of injuries. Go Blitzbokke!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.04.17 22:05:49 by Sharkfinn Reply

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  • What you mean there’s actually Super rugby games this weekend?!?!?! :twisted:

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.04.17 23:19:03 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 9) : OK here’s my picks for the games:
    Saders by 24
    Reds by 6
    Canes by 8
    Brumbies by 7
    Chiefs by 9
    Lions by 6
    Jaguares by 6
    Let’s see how it goes!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.04.17 23:27:17 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 7) : Which bookies are those?

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.04.17 10:32:35 by McLovin Reply

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  • Lions loss would be good for Sharks’ conference position no?

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.04.17 10:34:21 by McLovin Reply

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  • Crickey but the Sunwolves are kak. How can anyone lose to them? :twisted:

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.04.17 10:40:59 by McLovin Reply

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  • “Spotted cheapskates from Bloem”

    ’bout sums it up.

    Yeah, I kept reading all the way to the bottom – definitely more entertaining than most of the rugby we’re about to choked down our throats.

    Go Blitzbokke!

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.04.17 10:42:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : Damnit, you’re telling I’m supposed to support the Streamers?

    ….At least the game will be a win either way: Streamers win, Sharks win on the log. Lions win, Cape medie and supporters lose – as a Sharks fan, I keep winning .

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.04.17 10:46:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) : :lol: True.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.04.17 10:47:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • how good am I?

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.04.17 16:06:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) : You should be rooting for the Bulls to beat the Jaguares. :)

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.04.17 16:20:50 by Baylion Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : The ones that the official super Rugby website lists…dunno…

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.04.17 16:30:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : Absolutely…for a change I’ll be backing the Stormers…

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.04.17 16:31:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : I thought Crusaders by 50, but wasn’t quite brave enough to go there…that would have been an impressive margin point…

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.04.17 16:34:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 18) : Absolutely…that too. Told a mate of mine that this has NEVER happened…supporting Bulls and Stormers on the same weekend…

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.04.17 16:36:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 18) : Are we being honest or nice?

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.04.17 17:14:19 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 23) : If the Bulls win the Sharks stay ahead of the Jaguares. I’d rather see two Saffer teams in the play-offs

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.04.17 17:46:13 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 24) : Ja but realistically how chance would we give the bulls. Given their form?

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.04.17 18:41:31 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Bulls to take it.

    No seriously. :smile:

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.04.17 18:54:46 by McLovin Reply

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  • Geez Rob, I can get the prediction for Cheetahs match, but really! The cheapskates? You really are being an asshole!

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.04.17 19:39:32 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 18) : The Bulls are so poor these days, I actually support them – no fun hating them when they’re this rubbish.

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.04.17 19:53:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 27) : The “spotted empoverished from Bloem” just does not have the same ring to it.

    Bulls should adopt the Cheetahs, bulls got the budget, cheetahs have the talent – just need a pro coaching team to sort them out….A couple of VC coaches a Super Rugby coach not make (or something to that effect)

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.04.17 22:13:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Thought the Cheetahs were making a profit? Not that I care, just vaguely remember them getting their panties in a twist after Stransky said they should be cut and came out with all sorts of stats.

    Wish them all of the best none the less. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.04.17 22:33:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 28) : Nah, always hate them. But as with the Cheetahs, all the best. :smile:

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.04.17 22:34:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • Sharks have to go buy Schreuder

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.04.17 08:27:17 by benji Reply
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  • Watching Reds versus Kings…scores of high tackles that have gone ignored. Sharks were the team that got nailed way more than any other team just in time for the lions to benefit. Still ticks me off. And then once that game is over, everyone goes back to normal.

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.04.17 08:49:52 by SeanJeff Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : And wouldn’t you? Stransky is a muppet with an over inflated opinion of his own standing. He obviously didn’t fall off his bicycle hard enough! He can still own his mouth!

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.04.17 09:17:24 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : Cheetahs are either broke or cheap – pick one :)

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.04.17 09:41:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : Couldn’t have said it better myself, except he doesn’t speak out of his mouth he relies totally on his left nostril.

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.04.17 10:30:24 by The hound Reply
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  • Blues/Canes one helluva of a match, just brilliance every where

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.04.17 10:31:44 by The hound Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 35) : Based on what? They showed a profit, but I can understand that you can’t grasp simple economics. You rely on insults to make up for your erm…. other shortcomings ????

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.04.17 10:57:23 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : Strictly a no panties kind of guy me. ;-) But do agree, Stransky can come across as a tad arrogant and doesn’t appear to be short of an opinion.

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.04.17 11:32:54 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 38) : Seems the bush has lost its calming effect it had on you – relax Oom, just some light hearted banter…..

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.04.17 11:48:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Nope, love it! New zebra foal, about 3 weeks old. Tops this.

  • Comment 41, posted at 15.04.17 11:59:29 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 41) : Maybe rugby and you have outgrown each other.

  • Comment 42, posted at 15.04.17 13:20:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • VRYYYYYYYSTAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 15.04.17 15:25:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • Chiefs not smaaking Bloem so far. :shock:

  • Comment 44, posted at 15.04.17 15:30:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • Any Venter in Bloem today not playing in this match. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 15.04.17 15:32:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • Mohoje back from the dead. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.04.17 15:38:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • Then the ref says no…. :|

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.04.17 15:39:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • Toyota Sparta Twizza Cheetahs up 24 – 14 at half time.

    Should have been more.

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.04.17 15:51:48 by McLovin Reply

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  • Chiefs to score 40+ in the second half.

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.04.17 15:52:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • I guess the first 50mins. from the Staat was good enough to save them from the axe……Pack it up boys, you’ve done your mothers proud.

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.04.17 16:26:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Chiefs take the lead… :roll:

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.04.17 16:26:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 51) : I never saw it coming ( I saw it coming)

  • Comment 52, posted at 15.04.17 16:28:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 52) : No one did. ;-)

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.04.17 16:28:45 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 53) : Bulls, kings and cheetahs to become the fourth team…..Bulls budget can carry that little project, just not sure who should be in charge of appointing the coach?

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.04.17 16:33:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 54) : Cheetahs can certainly fall in with the Bulls. Same culture, mentally, etc. Wife and 1st cousin being the same person not frowned upon as much as elsewhere in the civilised world. :twisted:

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.04.17 16:39:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • Cheetahs doing their utmost to lose this. :evil:

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.04.17 16:42:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • Chiefs try. And it’s good night nurse.

  • Comment 57, posted at 15.04.17 16:43:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • Cheetahs should demand that rugby be reduced from two halves to a single half.

  • Comment 58, posted at 15.04.17 16:43:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 58) : Or maybe just focus on rugby 10′s.

  • Comment 59, posted at 15.04.17 16:46:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • And sowaar the Chiefs get a bonus point. From 24 – 0 down after 20 odd minutes.

  • Comment 60, posted at 15.04.17 16:47:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 59) : Or spend some of that profit on better players. :twisted:

  • Comment 61, posted at 15.04.17 16:48:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • In the last 58 mins the Cheetahs scored 3 and conceded 41.

  • Comment 62, posted at 15.04.17 16:50:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • Fair play to the Vrystaat though. They gave it a crack. Just not good enough.

  • Comment 63, posted at 15.04.17 16:53:16 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 61) : They’re neither broke, nor profitable enough, to be successful, nor unsuccessful enough, to be deserving of neither their inclusion in SR, nor being dropped from SR.

    We’re all just being harsh it seems.

  • Comment 64, posted at 15.04.17 16:55:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 63) : I’m all for being kind to the less fortunate, but losing after being 24 – 0 up is just plain rubbish.

  • Comment 65, posted at 15.04.17 17:01:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 64) : Hope they find a workable solution, but seriously doubt it.

  • Comment 66, posted at 15.04.17 17:03:10 by McLovin Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 65) : Pretty much a normal day at the office for the Staat imo. They actually did much better than expected. Those early points just giving people false hope. :smile:

  • Comment 67, posted at 15.04.17 17:05:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • Anyhoo. Time for the main event. Hope it lives up to expectations.

  • Comment 68, posted at 15.04.17 17:07:05 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 67) : geez watched the first 20 odd min. Drive home and the Cheetahs lose by 40odd points!?!?!? WTF happened whilst I was driving home!?!?!?!? Was really thinking they had a chance to cause an upset today!!!

  • Comment 69, posted at 15.04.17 17:12:09 by JD Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 55) : well it does save a lot of money and trouble as there’s no need to change their IDs as their last name stays the same! Due to that there’s also no need to change their signatures!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 70, posted at 15.04.17 17:15:06 by JD Reply
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  • Lions so far definitely the better team. Some really good play from them.

  • Comment 71, posted at 15.04.17 18:11:48 by McLovin Reply

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  • Hats off to the Lions. Excellent today. Outplayed the Stormers in every aspect. Showed why they are SA’s top team.

  • Comment 72, posted at 15.04.17 18:55:35 by McLovin Reply

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  • I hope the weather girls go on a 4/5 match losing streak now

  • Comment 73, posted at 15.04.17 18:56:51 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Wow I really thought the cheetahs had this in the first half. How did they disintegrate so badly. Chiefs weren’t brilliant, just cheetahs handing over the game.

  • Comment 74, posted at 15.04.17 19:03:13 by coolfusion Reply

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  • What a great victory for the Lions,pity we don’t play these horribly overhyped Stormers,we were so much better against the Lions in their home than the shite Stormers.
    My moment of the game was young Ruan Ackermann getting up in Ethebeth’s face

  • Comment 75, posted at 15.04.17 19:05:05 by The hound Reply
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  • Chiefs very underwhelming last week and this. Lots of hype is all.

  • Comment 76, posted at 15.04.17 19:05:37 by coolfusion Reply

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  • You just can’t trust the Stormers to do anything right! :mrgreen:
    Ditto Bulls?

  • Comment 77, posted at 15.04.17 20:01:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 75) : Effy-beth is really overated….Lots of Huffing and puffing and chest beating, but when it comes down to doing the WORK of a 4 lock, he’s just a whole lot of hot air.

    Probably better suited as a 5 lock. Ettienne Oosthuizen – now that’s a 4-lock.

    Disappointed to hear that we’re not playing the streamers.

  • Comment 78, posted at 15.04.17 20:47:40 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 78) : Think we play them in the last game, here at K.P.
    How shite was S.P Marais reverted back to that headless chicken hoping on one leg again.
    Ethebeth is going to get seriously sorted in New Zealand.

  • Comment 79, posted at 15.04.17 21:03:28 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 79) : Yep, the SP myth: Busted.

  • Comment 80, posted at 15.04.17 21:18:59 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 77) : Bulls did Sharks a HUGE favour tonight!!!

  • Comment 81, posted at 15.04.17 21:40:29 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 78) : @The hound (Comment 79) : Ja must say Eben has got the Bakkies attitude but not sure he’s grafting hard enough (reminds me a bit of Spies)!?!?!? Personally I’d have EO over him any day of the week and especially on match days!!!

  • Comment 82, posted at 15.04.17 21:46:29 by JD Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 33) : Ja boet loads of similar tackles that had the TMO “whisper” in the refs ear during that game is just being overlooked in the other games!!!! Just thinking the standard of refs is really down. Just look at the “head clash” in the Lions Stormers game that in actual fact was an armless tackle with the Stormers players shoulder hitting the Lions players head!!!! Even the SS commentators admitted it was a wrong call and the Stormers player should have received an yellow card!!!

  • Comment 83, posted at 15.04.17 22:09:32 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 75) : The Sharks play the Stormers in Durbs on 27 May 2017

    A quote from elsewhere:

    Eben trying to intimidate a man whose dad is Johan Ackerman is simply beyond stupid
    :)

  • Comment 84, posted at 15.04.17 22:49:32 by Baylion Reply

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  • Peyper is a lions fan or doesn’t like the sharks and Stormers. Lots of high tackling by the lions not punished. Lion’s shove stormers scrum back -Penalty. Stormers do the same no penalty. Inconsistent refereeing again favouring the lions.

  • Comment 85, posted at 15.04.17 23:08:12 by sudhir Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 85) : :grin: :grin: :grin:

    I love a good joke

  • Comment 86, posted at 15.04.17 23:19:27 by Baylion Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 85) : And soft cock blondie lying all over the ball all of the time and thats ok for you?

  • Comment 87, posted at 15.04.17 23:40:35 by benji Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 33) : Funny that hey but where are Sharks management to get to grips with this problem, nowhere as usual or all sitting at Kearsney weekend

  • Comment 88, posted at 15.04.17 23:42:40 by benji Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : Listen mate only Tjieta muppets could contrive to throw aeay a game like that so rather you leave all alone

  • Comment 89, posted at 15.04.17 23:45:20 by benji Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 69) : Twilight zone mate

  • Comment 90, posted at 15.04.17 23:49:06 by benji Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 72) : The mark of a truly serious SR team, when they need to turn it up a gear they just do

  • Comment 91, posted at 15.04.17 23:51:27 by benji Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 84) : As I’ve said before, the only guy scared of Effy-beth is Lood die Jager.

    ‘Member him fading into the background in that first test against the Irish last year.

    As JD says, lots about him reminiscent of Spies – kind of like a Spies with ‘roid rage.

  • Comment 92, posted at 16.04.17 06:45:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 84) : hahaha Ja that will never work!!!

  • Comment 93, posted at 16.04.17 07:54:11 by JD Reply
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  • @sudhir (Comment 85) : if TP is such a Lions fan why did he not yellow card the Stormers player when it was clear for all to see the there was no arms in the tackle and his shoulder hit the Lions player in the face?!?! Instead he called it a clash of heads?!?!?! Think it’s rather bad refereeing and not bias!!!!

  • Comment 94, posted at 16.04.17 08:03:35 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 81) : I love the Bulls…

  • Comment 95, posted at 16.04.17 11:44:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • All this bullshit coming out after the Lions/Stormers game as a clash of the two best teams in SA blah blah blah.
    The Stormers never ever looked like beating the Lions,and we beat the Lions,we lost to the T.M.O..

  • Comment 96, posted at 16.04.17 12:03:40 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 96) :hahaha ja let them believe their own hype Sharks will show them how wrong they were!!!

  • Comment 97, posted at 16.04.17 12:38:09 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 95) : glad they won but will never go that far!!!!

  • Comment 98, posted at 16.04.17 12:39:22 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 98) : Let me teach you about sarcasm… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 99, posted at 16.04.17 22:55:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 99) : no need just ask my wife as according to her it’s my first language! :twisted:

  • Comment 100, posted at 17.04.17 01:00:14 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 100) : :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 101, posted at 17.04.17 07:11:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Didn’t seem like the stormers had the same level of intensity and focus as the week before. I wonder what went wrong? As for the cheetahs there was zero consistency first and second half looked like two different teams. It did show us what is needed to beat the mighty chiefs and that secret is ball in hand to that end we may have to consider starting Claasens instead of box kick Cobus.

  • Comment 102, posted at 17.04.17 14:04:36 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 102) : Lions simply had their number imo. They seemed to know what was coming and when. And had a plan to stop it. Brilliantly executed gameplan.

    Plus Stormers appeared to have no plan B. Other than childish off the ball nonsense like pushing players heads into the ground, tugging jerseys and pulling faces. None of which score any points.

    Lions had the look of a much more mentally mature side. Very impressive performance. Which is why I like watching them play.

  • Comment 103, posted at 17.04.17 14:55:35 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 103) : You summed-up Effy-beth perfectly, what did the rest of the Streamers try? ;)

  • Comment 104, posted at 17.04.17 15:23:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 102) : Lions came off a bye, they got to take it easy after the Sharks clash, streamers just couldn’t bring the same intensity 2 weeks in a row.

    Sharks were also flat Vs Jaguars after Lions clash.

  • Comment 105, posted at 17.04.17 15:26:59 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 104) : Few players, including the captain, did the ‘push the oppo face into the grass after a tackle’ nonsense. Seriously gets on my tits those kind off stuff.

    When you’re klapping the other team fair enough, rub it in. But do the job on the score board first. Otherwise you simply look like a bit of a knob.

  • Comment 106, posted at 17.04.17 15:38:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 106) : Those instances also annoyed me because it was such a good match to watch.

    We can’t get carried away by our SA teams’ performances however. If you look at the NZ conference and compare it with our 2 conferences, our top team(Lions) would be in 4th place in the Kiwi conference on points difference. Still a long season ahead, I want to see our teams perform in the later stages as well, which is where conditioning and rotation of players will play a big role.

    @FireTheLooser (Comment 105) : Exactly, both teams looked a bit worn out after tough matches the previous week in those games.

  • Comment 107, posted at 17.04.17 16:16:12 by Quintin Reply

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