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Super Rugby 2017: Round 2 predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 1 Mar 2017 at 16:15
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Once again this week, we have a Thursday game to look forward to, so best to get these predictions done early. Round 1 was tough to call and I’ll not pretend that I got many of them right. Let’s see if this week is any easier.

Force v Reds (Thursday 12h30)

This will probably be ugly, as Aussie derbies tend to be. The Force scrapped manfully against the Tahs without getting a win and it’s hard to imagine they’ll do better against the Reds, who wer pretty good in patches during the opener. Reds to win by 5.

Chiefs v Blues (Friday 08h35)

A titanic battle awaits as two of the better Kiwi sides form round 1 face off. For me, there’s nothing in this one other than home ground advantage, which is why I’m going Chiefs by 6 points.

Hurricanes v Rebels (Saturday 06h15)

The Canes were the big winners in Round 1, profiting from a game against the woeful Sunwolves and running up an 80-pointer. This game will be less easy, but the Rebels fell away badly at home against the Blues and there’s simply no reason to expect anything different against the reigning champs in Wellington. Hurricanes to win by 12 or more.

Highlanders v Crusaders (Saturday 08h35)

Another tough Kiwi derby, between the two “less flashy” New Zealand sides, if that’s even a thing. Both battled a little in round 1 and the Saders are in a spot of bother without regular flyhalf Richie Mo’unga, who is out for a while with a broken hand. Let’s back the Highlanders to win by 3 because they’re at home to a side that tends to find form as the season goes on.

Brumbies v Sharks (Saturday 10h45)

Hoo boy, this is going to be tough all right. Look, I think that on paper, the Sharks have this one, but they absolutely have to be on top of their own game, which was not the case last week. This could so easily turn into a proper nightmare for Rob du Preez and his team if they’re not on song, but I’m going to back them to come right and squeak this. Sharks to win by just 2.

Sunwolves v Kings (Saturday 12h55)

You don’t go from conceding 80 in Tokyo to winning in Singapore within the space of a week, even with a massive gulf in the quality of the opposition you’ll face. The Kings simply cannot lose to these guys. Kings by 6 points.

Lions v Waratahs (Saturday 15h05)

The Lions were disappointing last week but still found a way to win – which I guess is about exactly how their opponents did. Still, this is not a great Tahs team and the Lions will relish being back at home. Lions to win by around 8, I’d say.

Stormers v Jaguares (Saturday 17h15)

No contest at all here. The Stormers look short on weaknesses at the moment and they really should beat the Jaguares comfortably. Stormers to win by 15.

Cheetahs v Bulls (19h30)

Man, those Bulls must be dying to get back to Loftus! They took a beating on the road in Round 1 and I can’t really see any evidence to suggest that won’t happen again this week – unless they’ve somehow found a new pack in the intervening week. The Cheetahs were unlucky to lose against the Lions and will, I feel, go one better here. Cheetahs by 6 points.


18 Comments

  • Tough round to call this week given that the Round 1 games were error-ridden and don’t give one a clear indication of where teams are. Hopefully I can do better than 5 from 8 this week

    Reds by 6
    Blues by 8
    Hurricanes by 25
    Highlanders by 6
    Brumbies by 5
    Kings by 5
    Lions by 6
    Stormers by 10
    Cheetahs by 5

    50% chance of rain at Ellis Park at kick-off time with rain forecast for the whole day (80% a few hours before kick-off)

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.03.17 17:22:48 by Baylion Reply
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  • Bookies’ favourites:
    Reds, Chiefs, Canes, Landers, Brumbies, Kings, Lions, Stormers, Bulls

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.03.17 17:29:09 by Baylion Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 2) : what odds on a Sharks win?

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.03.17 17:37:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Best odds (for a punter) as per oddschecker.com

    Brumbies (11/17)
    Sharks (13/8) StanJames

    Most bookies have it at 7/5, 6/4 or 5/4

    Handicap Brumbies -4

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.03.17 17:40:24 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 1) : wel for what’s it worth here’s my picks:
    Reds 7
    Chiefs 6
    Canes 25
    Landers 6
    Brumbies 6
    Wolves 7
    Lions 5
    Stormers 10
    Cheetahs 5

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.03.17 17:47:18 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 4) : ok, so that’s close enough that a Sharks win isn’t considered out of the question. Let’s see how it goes.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.03.17 17:51:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : An improvement in the errors of last week and it’s a different ballgame. The same with a number of other teams, which is what makes this a difficult weekend for predictions

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.03.17 18:04:38 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 1) : @JD (Comment 5) : i find it interesting that people are not backing the mighty bulls

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.03.17 18:04:53 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 8) : On paper the Bulls have a good team but their set pieces haven’t worked for a number of seasons now. And I was very impressed with the Cheetahs last weekend, they could surprise a number of teams if they can keep it up

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.03.17 18:14:03 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 9) : the bulls might have good players , but im not sure they have a good team

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.03.17 18:14:57 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 10) : I agree. They’re not gelling

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.03.17 20:46:00 by Baylion Reply

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  • The Bulls were indeed outmuscled in the first half but still managed to score 4 tries in the second half. Lood isn’t playing so I expect more coherency at lock and hopefully Trevor moves back to loosehead again.
    What baffled me was that for the entire first half and most of the second half there was no plan against the rush defence.
    Breakdown is always an issue so I doubt if anything would have changed in one week and I haven’t even talked about our esteemed half backs.

    There are a lot more unanswered questions at the Bulls than at the Cheetahs making the Bulls truely underdogs.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.03.17 12:05:53 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 12) : Having said that, the Bulls do seem to have a knack to win games ‘they’re not supposed to’. Tough pick this one.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.03.17 13:06:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • And there we have the 1st up set of the weekend

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.03.17 14:21:40 by HB Reply
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  • @HB (Comment 14) : Well, that doesn’t make last weeks result look any better for us 😐

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.03.17 14:27:43 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 15) : It looked like the reds were over confident, and thought that they will walk over the force, the force played out of there skins, and was all over the reds from the 1st min, we will have to improve no doubt, but if we had thr same reds team today, we would have walloped them good

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.03.17 15:13:31 by HB Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 15) : @HB (Comment 16) : personally I think it might be the same as when our local SA teams play with the “weaker team” just stepping up to the challenge and totally out play the “stronger team”!?

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.03.17 17:28:46 by JD Reply
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  • Same picks as Rob…and I’m like omw Reds!! 😯

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.03.17 22:39:28 by pastorshark Reply
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