Super Rugby 2017: Round 5 Predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:08
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Let’s see how the next round of Super Rugby actions is going to pan out.

Now, before I start, I wanted to point out that up until the Waratahs-Brumbies game (where I called a draw), I was on a run of 17 correct calls. It’s possible that I really am quite good at this prediction thing after all. If only I could turn my hand to betting on football games, I reckon I could stand to make a bit of money, especially by taking advantage of free bets at It’s not an area I’ve looked into in much detail, but as someone with leanings towards the Mighty Reds of Liverpool, one thing I have learned is never to put money on them to win a game of any importance.

The Reds aren’t looking too bad at the moment, all things considered, but the smart money must surely be on Chelsea, with a handy 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. Spurs, a club who haven’t had much success in recent years, are surprisingly in second, but much of the talk right now is focused on North London rivals Arsenal, who once again seem to be flirting with a plan to replace long-suffering manager Arsene Wenger. My money would be on the Frenchman staying, though, based on historical events.

Back to rugby, though and let’s see how many Super Rugby games I can get right this week.

Crusaders v Force (Friday 08h35)
The Force are a funny team and often perform better than you’d expect them to, particularly when they’re given no hope of a win. Still, few teams win in Christchurch and the one that does so most often is the Crusaders. As one of just three unbeaten teams left in the competition, I’ll back the Canty crew to pull this one through, she’ll be right! Crusaders to win by 15.

Rebels v Waratahs (Friday 10h45)
Sorry Rebs, but you okes are rubbish this year. The Tahs are no great shakes either, but hard to see the men in light blue with the red flower on their chest losing here. Waratahs by 8.

Blues v Bulls (Saturday 08h35)
Sorry Bulls, but you okes are rubbish this year. The Blues are no great shakes either, but hard to see the men in light blue with the red flower on their chest winning here. Blues by 15. And yes, I did that intentionally.

Brumbies v Highlanders (Saturday 10h45)
This should be a good game. One feels that these two sides could be pretty evenly matched; sad if you consider that the Brumbies are right at the top of the Aussie conference, with the ‘Landers at the foot of the Kiwi one. We’ll get a good indication of relative strength here, but I’m going to back the Brumbies to win, further heaping pressure on the unlucky Highlanders. Brumbies by 4 points.

Sunwolves v Stormers (Saturday 12h55)
I think the Wolves are actually improving. Their forwards actually had the better of the contest at Loftus and had it not been for some sloppy execution further back, I think they could have taken that game. The Stormers have opted to field a weaker side, but I think that will be countered by the fact that the Sunwolves have had to make the same journey themselves and are also not as good in Singapore. So perhaps not one-way traffic, but still expect the Stormers to win by around 15 points.

Kings v Lions (Saturday 15h05)
I’d love to say I smell an upset here, but the Kings put in their big performance last week in Durban. I’m afraid they’ll be little more than cannon fodder this week. Lions by 25.

Cheetahs v Sharks (Saturday 17h15)
This is going to be a big challenge for the Sharks, who will need to shake off their malaise from last week and find their spark again. If they can play like they did against the Waratsh and Brumbies, I feel they’ll win this one easily, so let’s back them to do just that and say Sharks by 8.

Jaguares v Reds (Saturday 23h40)
Don’t stay up for this slaughter, fans. The Reds are already tired from their travels and will be no match for the fired up pampas powerhouse. Jaguares by 20.


  • I think the travel of the Cheetahs will also assist…and a mighty dose of fire from the coaches.

    brumbies game the swinger this week

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.03.17 11:22:01 by Kabouter Reply
  • I’m struggling to feel confident about the Sharks game. I’m not sure if I’m being overly pessimitic or simply realistic 😕

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.03.17 11:37:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 1) :

    Tjietas will have a couple of players back from injury (Venter, Ox) or who did not tour to Argentina (Torsten, etc). The Sharks will have to be on top of their game to beat them.

    15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche.
    Subs: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Rayno Benjamin/Clinton Swart.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.03.17 11:55:32 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Highlanders have played some heavy opposition so far and this is probably their easiest match so far.
    Stormers come off a bye but are not very good this year,Sunwolves on the other hand get better every game.
    Agree with you on all the rest exception being much bigger win margin for aSharks,

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.03.17 12:00:19 by The hound Reply
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  • Having trouble with the Brumbies / Highlanders and Cheetahs / Sharks game. I feel that the Highlanders luck must turn around soon and that they are MUCH better than the log position suggest. The only problem is the fact that it is an away game for them, but I still think they can beat the Brumbies at home. And that is the only different pick I have compared to yours.

    Sharks better pull finger this weekend.

    Go Sharks.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.03.17 12:12:26 by Farlington Reply

  • Where is that red flower on the Blues’ jersey?

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.03.17 12:23:35 by boertjie101 Reply

  • Lol. Sorry, missed the winning part. Very sharp indeed Rob

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.03.17 12:24:41 by boertjie101 Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 1) : Many of the Cheetahs didn’t travel to Argentina, so not really a factor.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.03.17 12:41:48 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Sharks should win easily by 8 👿

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.03.17 12:44:02 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Not so sure it’ll be an easy win for the Sharks. Does anyone know when we fly up to Bloem? Traditionally I’ve found when we travel on game day we play poorly.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.03.17 13:19:08 by Hulk Reply

  • Kakaka, Rob! If the Sharks lose and I have to drown my sorrows, that is how I’ll be saying “Waratahs”…as in #weweresomuchbetteragainstthewaratsh :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.03.17 15:34:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • My picks on Superbru:
    Crusaders by 17
    Waratahs by 9
    Blues by 15
    Highlanders by 6
    Stormers by 21
    Lions by 31
    Sharks by 7
    Jaguars by 11
    So far I’ve got two games wrong per week like clockwork…let’s see whether this lot can go one better…

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.03.17 15:37:24 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Bulls taking a beating,almost time for their normal revert,Luddeke will get an all ‘s forgiven please come back call on Monday.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.03.17 10:16:52 by The hound Reply
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  • Pollard had a good game,

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.03.17 10:19:26 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 13) : They were very poor today. Those first 15/20mins were the worst, so many handling errors. Hopefully, we can watch some better rugby later today.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.03.17 10:28:36 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 15) : The very worst thing about the Bulls has to be Kirsten’s hairstyle,fuck man did you ever in your life think you’d ever see a BULL’S LOCK IN A french plait.
    My Boere hart bewer

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.03.17 10:55:17 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 14) : some of the line kicks were very good

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.03.17 11:01:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Pollard has a lot of talent, people forget how young he still is,

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.03.17 11:03:05 by The hound Reply
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  • I would like to say we will win by 8. But we forget were playing against Cobus Reinach today….

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.03.17 15:23:08 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : you would have been spot on if you sticked to your call of 8 points victory for the Sharks! 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.03.17 19:43:51 by JD Reply
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