Super Rugby 2017: Round 4 predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 16 Mar 2017 at 16:55
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Well, will you believe it? I got a clean sweep of results last week. That’s right – I wasn’t wrong about anything – other than the margin of victory for the Cheetahs over the Sunwolves. Having set the bar impossibly high, this week is bound to be a disaster, but I feel I must at least try.

Crusaders v Blues (Friday 08h35)

No real contest here. The Blues seem to have shot their load in week one and are now cannon fodder as usual. Expect the Crusaders to win by 12.

Rebels v Chiefs (Friday 10h45)

This one also shouldn’t be all that hard to get right. The Chiefs are still unbeaten and looking like the early favourites. The Rebels seem to like getting hammered, so this should be an enjoyable week for them. Chiefs by around 20.

Bulls v Sunwolves (Friday 19h00)

Ok, are you guys starting to see the problem with this competition now? Apart from the first game that could potentially go either way (but won’t), we have two other games in which one team is so pathetic they shouldn’t even be in the competition. Maybe there is hope for the Bulls, though and they could pull off a surprise win here? Just my little joke. Bulls by 30.

Hurricanes v Highlanders (Saturday 08h35)

This will be a good game, for sure – possibly the best of the round? The Canes will be hurting after picking up their first loss last week, while the Landers are in pretty much the exact opposite position after a victory in Auckland. Could really go either way, but one feels the Hurricanes have more polish this season and they are at home, so we’ll say Hurricanes by 6 points.

Waratahs v Brumbies (Saturday 10h45)

Always hard to call these – the Tahs must be low on confidence after getting smacked twice in the Republic; added to that they’ve just flown back halfway across the world. The Brumbies haven’t been great either, but do have a recent win under their belts so will probably fancy their chances. Can I do this? Yes I can. I predict a dull draw!

Lions v Reds (Saturday 17h15)

May I make a prediction? This is not going to be a game for defensive purists! Expect loads of tries and plenty of bamboozling as Quade Cooper and Elton Jantjies go toe-to-toe. It’s not hard to predict which side will score more tries, though, so the Lions will win this by around 15 points.

Sharks v Kings (Saturday 19h30)

Another game that could be a contest, but only will if the Sharks have a meltdown, which frankly doesn’t seem very likely. I mean, even last week, when the kings played well, they lost by 30, so don’t expect much difference here. Sharks by 20 points and climbing.

Jaguares v Cheetahs (Saturday 21h40)

Oh no. Please, don’t anyone say “catfight”. Oops, too late! Anyway, weak Cheetahs, pretty strong Jaguares, only one winner. And it’s not the Cheetahs, sorry for the spoiler. Los Jaguares by 12.


  • Hopefully Ackers announcement that he’s considering an offer from Gloucester won’t have a detrimental effect on the Lions motivation

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.03.17 17:35:29 by Baylion Reply
  • Maybe the Tahss and Brubmies ( πŸ˜€ ) can lift their games playing for the Dan Vickerman Trophy

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.03.17 17:54:55 by Baylion Reply
  • Second week in a row that the Jaguares will be in a catfight! But yes seems the South American cat will once again reign supreme over his African counterpart! πŸ™„ 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.03.17 18:07:30 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 1) : that’s not good news for Lions supporters!!! Surely SARU must act to keep one of the best SA coaches in South Africa!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.03.17 18:10:22 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 4) : Ackers has already talked to the players and rumours are that his job has been offered to Swys with the Lions hoping to bring in Jonathan Mokoena as assistant coach. So this seems to be far gone. The fact that he felt he had to announce this doesn’t look like there could be a good ending

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.03.17 18:19:06 by Baylion Reply

  • If the lions beat the reds by 15 or more what does that say about our chances against them since couldn’t master the reds?

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.03.17 18:28:00 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 5) : Very sad news if he decides to go.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.03.17 18:47:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 5) : Ja sad news!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.03.17 19:02:10 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 6) : 1. Sharks played Reds in Oz not in SA like the Lions will and
    2. Reds had their best game in probably five years against the Sharks but since then reverted to their usual shit self!

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.03.17 19:06:12 by JD Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 2) : the problem with made-up words is that spell checkers can’t help you when you type them wrong.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.03.17 19:22:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • So I’m going:
    Crusaders by 8
    Chiefs by 26
    Bulls by 34
    Canes by 12
    Tahs by 5
    Lions by 14
    Sharks by 28
    Jaguars by 6
    Let’s see how that goes…

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.03.17 19:57:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Just teasing. Although brumbie is not a made up word, at least not in Oz but normal spell checkers wouldn’t know that, only ones from down under

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.03.17 20:44:38 by Baylion Reply

  • Crusaders by 12
    Chiefs by 12
    Bulls by 15
    Hurricanes by 6
    Waratahs by 3
    Lions by 9
    Sharks by 12
    Jaguares by 15

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.03.17 22:10:28 by R Hayward Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 11) : @R Hayward (Comment 13) : So glad our picks are not the same:
    Saders by 10
    Chiefs by 17
    Bulls by 10
    Canes by 7
    Brumbies by 5
    Lions by 10
    Sharks by 20
    Jaguares by 9

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.03.17 22:37:39 by JD Reply
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  • Wonderful start to weekend,this is why we love this game.Crusaders have huge heart to come back like that.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.03.17 10:20:46 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 15) : This is not the first time the Crusaders has done that this season. As soon as that second half hits they shift gears. Much like the All Blacks did last year. Is that due to a strong bench or fitness?

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.03.17 10:23:46 by Farlington Reply

  • So far 2 out of 2 for superbru.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.03.17 13:15:34 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 17) : You and 99% of the rest of us

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.03.17 13:29:54 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 18) : I even took a bet on the Saders when they were 14 points down πŸ™‚

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.03.17 13:35:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : You shouldn’t be drinking so early in the morning.
    The Blue sare going to click soon, first half they were great.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.03.17 13:40:15 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 20) : relatively benign. R200 to the players fund for whoever got it wrong. Wasn’t me this time.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.03.17 14:41:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 17) : @The hound (Comment 18) : well also 2 from 2 with 2 margin points……….. and probably after saying that I’ll get the other 6 wrong!!! πŸ˜›

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.03.17 18:30:34 by JD Reply
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