Richard Ferguson

Punter’s weekend picks – Round 3

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 8 Mar 2012 at 14:59
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Round 3 of Super Rugby sees one tough weekend of rugby matches, which does play into your hands as a punter, as the return for being on target is much greater. Head on over to the Marshalls World of Sport website and have a look at the following games:

First up this weekend is the Crusaders at home to the Chiefs, with the Crusaders coming off a shock loss at home to the Highlanders last weekend, and the Chiefs coming off a surprise win over the Blues. Both teams will be raring to go in this New Zealand derby match, but I suspect the Crusaders will want to avenge their defeat and will hit their straps against the Chiefs.

Crusaders – 5/10
Chiefs – 19/10

The second Friday game sees the Force host the Hurricanes, who are on route home after their tour to South Africa. The Force come off two defeats while the Hurricanes came from behind to beat the Lions in Johannesburg last weekend. Both teams seem destined for the lower end of the table and will be desperate for win points. This is going to be a very close game, but ultimately the home team will sneak it, purely based on the fact that the Hurricanes are returning from a grueling tour of South Africa.

Force – 1/1
Hurricanes – 1/1

Saturday morning sees an early kick off in Canberra, as the Cheetahs start their tour against Jake White’s Brumbies outfit. The Brumbies had a bye last weekend and scored a good win over the Force in the opening weekend, and will look to remain unbeaten as they aim to defy all suggestion that they are a poor team this year. The Cheetahs come off a hammering at the hands of the Bulls, and will struggle to keep up against a fresh Brumbies team.

Brumbies – 7/20
Cheetahs – 27/10

In what should be one of the matches of the weekend, the Highlanders host the Waratahs in Dunedin, the Highlanders with 2 wins under their belt after the two rounds, and will look to make it three from three as they continue with their current form. Their confidence will be high after beating the Crusaders last weekend, and will look to take advantage of the Waratahs side that has had a mixed bag of results with a loss to the Reds and a win over the somewhat hapless Rebels. This match will be interesting to watch and we should see the New Zealand team taking it.

Highlanders – 7/10
Waratahs – 13/10

The easiest match of the weekend to call, in my opinion, is the Reds game where they will be taking on perennial under achievers the Rebels. The Reds have made a perfect start to their title defence, and will certainly continue in that vain as the Rebels will offer little resistance against the Champion side.

Reds – 2/10
Rebels – 9/2

Game four on this Super Saturday of Super Rugby action sees us hit home shores as the Sharks take on the Lions in Durban, in a repeat of the Currie Cup final about five months ago. Both teams have had their injury concerns in the build up to this game, but one feels that it is only a matter of time before the Sharks score their first win of the campaign, and a Sharks team at home is always difficult to beat.

Sharks – 4/10
Lions – 26/10

The last game of the weekend takes us to Loftus, where the Bulls host the Blues in what should be an epic encounter. The Bulls are two from two and have looked the most impressive South African side so far in the tournament. The Blues have lost both their opening games after being favourites going into both, and it looks like the Auckland based team will go three losses from three as the home team will have too much fire power for them.

Bulls – 4/10
Blues – 23/10

The odds mentioned above are correct at time of publishing the article, and might change closer to kick off.

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  • There are a few games this weekend that could go either way. Highlanders – Tahs, Bulls – Blues and Force – Canes.

    I’ve got a small bet on the Force as I feel, Shepherd and Brown coming back could make a big difference, not to mention the travel factor for the Canes.

    I will also look to trade the Bulls – Blues game inplay as I feel the Bulls are too short. We’ll see what they are made of this weekend when they come up against an overseas side. It’s also time for a talented Blues side to stand up and perform!

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.03.12 15:11:49 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 1) :

    It feels like I say this every week, but it is going to be a very interesting weekend of rugby..

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.03.12 15:22:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 1) :

    I think the Bulls will walk all over the Blues, simply as they have travelled, they are under immense pressure, and the highveld is a crap place to play rugby!

    I’m with you on the Force, I have actually gone with them on LMS, so it should be very interesting to see if that risk pays off..

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.03.12 15:23:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Interesting…we definitely have differing opinions on the Bulls – Blues game. I could quite easily see the Blues winning it, although obviously hope they don’t.

    I’m still not convinced by the Bulls as yet. Yes, they’re 2 from 2 but they’ve only played against a very rusty Sharks and a relatively poor Cheetahs. Want to see how they go against a Kiwi side and then I’ll get a better picture. One things for sure, guys like Werner Kruger and Kirchner won’t have things so easy as they did against Cheetahs!

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.03.12 15:28:13 by Villie Reply
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  • Actually the Crusaders – Chiefs game is another that could be close. Chiefs looked very decent last week and with it being a NZ derby more spice is added. I expect the Saders to come through, but could be tight!

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.03.12 15:29:52 by Villie Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : you went with force?! There are easier picks at this stage! Even a bye is better odds

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.03.12 15:34:59 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 6) : Could be a shrewd move. You are going to have to use them at some point, so why not when they are at home against a team returning from travels?

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.03.12 15:53:37 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 7) : “I’m still not convinced by the Bulls as yet. Yes, they’re 2 from 2 but they’ve only played against a very rusty Sharks and a relatively poor Cheetahs” 😆

    We will do the talking on the field again keep on writing off the bulls old chap 😉 it’s nothing new in sharksworld.

    Sure the blues are a damn good team but we will not go down without a fight at loftus.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.03.12 16:07:48 by Muzi Reply

  • I actually backed the Canes on SuperBru, and the Blues, went the easy route on LMS. Go Reds!!! I can’t be wrong again!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.03.12 16:56:22 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Okay here`s what I`ve got :

    The fourfold : Crusaders -1.5, Brumbies, Reds, Sharks and Bulls -1.5.
    Got it for 3.05 :mrgreen:

    I tried to stay away from the close ones, lets see if it pays off!

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.03.12 17:00:18 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 8) : I’m not writing you off. I obviously want you to beat the Blues. All I’m saying is that I want to see how they perform against teams other than SA teams!

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.03.12 17:31:48 by Villie Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 6) :

    My LMS is planned for the entire season, and I thought this is the Force’s easiest game.

    Also, I try use the weaker teams in the earlier part of the season, as they usually get worse as the season goes on.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.03.12 17:33:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 11) :

    Why do you want the Bulls to beat the Blues?

    Don’t you think it would be better if the Blues won, as that would make it easier for the Sharks to catch them?

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.03.12 17:34:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : I don`t think anyone wants that to happen, but it looks kinda inevitable. 🙁

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.03.12 18:10:55 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : I support all SA teams against overseas teams….except the Stormers :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.03.12 19:19:06 by Villie Reply
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  • I’m backing the Cheetahs to upset the Brumbies.
    The Bulls should win and hopefully cause some injuries.
    Red will cruise to a bonus point win.
    Highlanders should trump the Waratahs.
    I think the Sharks/Lions game might actually end up being close.
    Chiefs might surprise against the Saders, but I doubt it.
    And the Canes should manage to overpower the Force.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.03.12 19:28:49 by Leviathan Reply

  • I’m in two minds with my Starting XV in the FL

    Do I go with goosen who is bound to kick quite a few over but will be on the losing side?


    Do I go with lambie who will miss a few but be on the winning side? 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.03.12 19:47:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : Go for Elton, at the rate we are giving away penalties, he will have a feast! You could also have them both, unless you went with Sarel as your other HB

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.03.12 21:03:50 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Brumbies on lms ..any takers ..?

    This news of Jake and the England job will it effect the team…

    I fancy this is probably the only match they will win …

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.03.12 21:06:00 by csb Reply

  • @csb (Comment 19) : I can’t tell you anything specific but there are a few surprises on LMS. 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.03.12 21:32:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 18) : Steyn is my one halfback.

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.03.12 21:32:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) :

    😆 as always !

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.03.12 21:36:29 by csb Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : so it past 6:00, Ill say something, @csb (Comment 19) : there is a pick for FS on LMS and this pick could be fatal as this picker has lost a lifeline already 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.03.12 07:00:51 by Franshark Reply
  • Another 5 lost to no-pick instant death!

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.03.12 07:22:25 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @csb (Comment 19) : Easy to laugh and point now, but I didn`t know anything about the Jake saga Monday morning! 🙄

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.03.12 07:28:43 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 25) : is it you who picked the Cheetahs? 😯

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.03.12 07:37:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : Nope Brumbies. Just hope their heads are in the game and not on a new coach.

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.03.12 07:49:47 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I’ve also gone Brumbies on LMS

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.03.12 07:51:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) :

    I was brave, felt the need to sweat a bit.. Go Force!

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.03.12 08:25:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Well my LMS came through, the multiple bet went south yesterday already.
    Time to re-group with some 6N action thrown in to up the odds. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.03.12 08:35:59 by Original Pierre Reply
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