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Super Rugby 2017: Round 15 (part 2) predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 29 Jun 2017 at 14:25
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Ok, so try to bear with me here. We have already had some of round 15 (but only that part of it that didn’t involve teams form the African conferences). We’ve also had one game of round 16, even though the other five games in round 16 will only take place next week (a month after the first game in round 16). This is a bit of a bloody joke, isn’t it?

Anyway, there are four games this weekend, all taking place in South Africa and all involving only African-(ish) sides. Let’s pretend this is all still round 15 and things will probably make sense. Sort of. Or not.

Sharks v Bulls (Friday 19h00)
Form is out the window once more and it’s a bit like we’re starting from scratch. If there’s one thing we know about the Sharks, it’s that they tend to start sluggishly after a break. If there’s one thing we know about the Bulls, it’s that they’re not very good this year, full stop. That said, John Mitchell has apparently been sending them coaching tips via email and I’m sure that the motivation to play for contract extensions should see most of the blue okes come out firing in this game. The Sharks should have a far stronger pack, but will be disrupted and disjointed behind and I expect the Bulls to pull off a quick try or two to threaten an upset. A stronger 23 overall, though, should allow the hosts to take control of the game in the second half, so I’ll call a Sharks win by around 7 points. It’s going to be messy, though.

Jaguares v Kings (Saturday 0h105)
One for the early risers…. It would be awesome if the Kings could pull off an upset here, but I just don’t see it happening. Jaguares to win by around 15 points at home.

Cheetahs v Stormers (Saturday 15h05)
This is going to be an interesting one and I’m not afraid to call an upset here. The Stormers were poor before the break and I’m not convinced they’re necessarily going to be much better after it. The Cheetahs, on the other hand, are about due an unlikely win and I think this is the game in which they’ll do it. Cheetahs by 4 points.

Lions v Sunwolves (Saturday 17h15)
The Sunwolf is a mythical beast – the Lion is something that actually exists and is flipping dangerous. It doesn’t take the wisdom of Samson (did I get that right?) to figure out what’s going to happen here when two thirds of the Bok team comes up against the dregs of the Japanese club scene. Lions by 70.



7 Comments

  • Poor Sunwolves… :mrgreen: I’d go for about 50. Think the Stormers will still be able to squeeze past the Cheetahs. Hope we get over the rustiness quickly and put on a great show!

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.06.17 15:04:48 by EugeneVT Reply
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  • Stormers by 30+

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.06.17 15:34:52 by McLovin Reply

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  • Most of those predictions seem fair. Except the stormers vs cheetahs I predict stormers by about 10. I can’t see them suddenly finding match winning form and stormers with just as much to prove and a little more capable of backing it up.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.06.17 18:21:57 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Hope Reinach can get over himself and give the backline some decent ball. Bok games showed how much difference a proper game at scrumhalf can make. If Reinach is his usual it will be hard yards.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.06.17 18:24:19 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Solomon was the wise man, Samson was a dumb jock :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.06.17 08:52:42 by Baylion Reply

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  • Is Samson the guy who first wrote the song ‘Why Delilah?’ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.06.17 10:27:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • Impressive performance from the Lions.

    Only complaint is they didn’t score a ton. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.07.17 19:13:53 by McLovin Reply

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