Super Rugby 2017: Round 7 predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 7 Apr 2017 at 08:23
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Firstly, allow me to apologise for the lateness of this thread – but rest assured that you still have time to get your picks in (and take advantage of my superbly accurate predictions) ahead of this round’s first match. I’m always thinking of you guys, see…

Hurricanes v Waratahs (Friday 09h35)
There’s not really much challenge in calling the result of a trans-Tasman clash this year, particularly not if it takes place in New Zealand. The Hurricanes are in great form, the Waratahs not so much so I guess this one is pretty easy. Canes by 10.

Sunwolves v Bulls (Saturday 07h15)
I’m not sure if it’s going against the grain or not here, but I genuinely feel that the Bulls are awful this season and were actually rather lucky to beat the Wolves (their only victory to date) at Loftus last month. The Bulls are at the end of a terrible tour and with rumours of strife within the squad anf injuries to some key players, I just don’t see them winning here. Amazing as it is, I’m calling the Sunwolves to win by 5 points.

Highlanders v Blues (Saturday 09h35)
Tough pick this, since these are the two weaker Kiwi teams this year. As with all derbies, it really could go either way, so let’s back home advantage and call the Highlanders to win this by 4.

Brumbies v Reds (Saturday 11h45)
I think “meh” about sums this one up. Brumbies will win by 5 points at home, but it won’t be entertaining.

Sharks v Jaguares (Saturday 15h05)
A titanic clash awaits at Kings Park and possibly one of the games of the round? The Sharks were sublime at Ellis Park and very unlucky not to come away with the points, but they’ll be up against it this week against a Jaguares team who seem to have found their mojo in this competition. Bok duty means the Sharks are short on practice time this week and may be a little underdone here, but with a win needed to send them happily into their bye week, I’m sure they’ll find a way. Sharks to win by 6 points.

Stormers v Chiefs (Saturday 17h15)
Spicy! The mighty Storm have looked unstoppable so far this year, but for once they face proper opposition here so it’s anyone’s guess how well they’ll do. I want to back the Capetonians to win here, but I just cannot quite make that call. The Chiefs have looked to good (on the whole) this season and will want to put last week’s aberration against the Bulls behind them. Chiefs by 2?

Force v Kings (Sunday 08h05)
Dare we dream here? It would be great to see the Kings pick up an unlikely tour scalp and against the Force, they’ll not stand a better chance. Still, I feel that the Kings are not quite there yet in terms of being able to pull off a result on tour, so we’ll call a Force win by around 8 points.


  • Yup, I have the same calls. The Sunwolwes have been competitive at home and they might just sneak a win.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.04.17 08:33:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Good picks, agree on all of them. Bulls are going one step further into darkness after this game. Not a good thing for the Springboks, we need all our teams to be competitive but at least there should be enough quality to choose from between the Sharks, Stormers(we’ll see after the Chiefs game how good they really are) and the Lions.
    Time to get some coffee…oh yeah, it’s Friday and there are protests everywhere, beer then 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.04.17 08:33:42 by Quintin Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Agreed plus the Bulls have a lot of injuries as well.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.04.17 08:35:47 by Quintin Reply

  • @Quintin (Comment 3) : And they are resting some of there Boks.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.04.17 09:10:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : Resting Pollard and Lood strengthens the Bulls side 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.04.17 09:14:37 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 5) : Ja well….still hope they lose. 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.04.17 09:16:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Reckon you left off a zero on the Chiefs prediction. 🙁

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.04.17 10:06:46 by McLovin Reply

  • Good to see the Waratahs giving the Canes a run for their money. 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.04.17 10:28:25 by McLovin Reply

  • Bulls to surprise us all and absolutely spank the Sunwolves.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.04.17 11:00:31 by McLovin Reply

  • Well done on the first BP…

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.04.17 11:19:42 by T-Shark Reply

  • Good picks…i’d expect the bulls to scrape it through though & hoping we will put in another big performance and properly beat the Jaguares!

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.04.17 11:36:42 by EugeneVT Reply
  • Canes by 10, did I say?

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.04.17 12:22:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : GREAT CALL CAPTAIN!!! :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.04.17 13:53:43 by DuToit04 Reply

  • There are a few games this week that can go either way.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.04.17 13:57:58 by Farlington Reply

  • Blitzboks beat the Frogs. Business as usual. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.04.17 15:01:59 by McLovin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I picked Canes by 12…who was the idiot that missed that one conversion?! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.04.17 16:32:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Same picks, by the way…bar one: I backed the Bulls…surely?

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.04.17 16:33:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Chiefs by 2? Did you mean to say 12 or 20. I feel you are missing a digit.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.04.17 16:37:48 by coolfusion Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 17) : Ja I think the bulls will either scrape this one or put on a one-time only performance and win convincingly. ..then immediate sink back into the shadows.

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.04.17 16:40:12 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : I hope so…I mean I hope so for the last bit… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.04.17 16:43:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : Did actually for a little while last week, look like bulls knew how to play the game. Maybe they find some more of that this week?

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.04.17 16:45:54 by coolfusion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : well done Rob! Maybe we should start calling you Kuga cause you’re on fire!!! 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.04.17 17:32:59 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 22) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.04.17 17:54:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • These Bulls are so super rubbish! My word…

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.04.17 08:01:26 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Bulls are down 11-10 at halftime…

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.04.17 08:04:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 24) : Almost time for the Bulls to go back into the lager and bring back Luddeke,this Chuck Nollis experiment has been a horrible failure

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.04.17 08:53:03 by The hound Reply
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  • Bring back Naas. 🙄

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.04.17 08:56:38 by McLovin Reply

  • Straus in the post match interview has exactly the same look on his face as when the Samoans grabbed his nuts,

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.04.17 09:04:47 by The hound Reply
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  • Well, the Bulls were an absolute shambles. Sunwolves win deservedly 21-20! Well done…
    Good call, Rob!

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.04.17 09:05:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Sacre Bleu.

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.04.17 09:52:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • My goodness. …I eat my words. I know their fans are and always have been complete pricks, but even they deserve better. A lot of money going to waste right there in Pretoria. They should forget about poaching any more high value players and spend their budget on a coaching team.

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.04.17 10:06:52 by coolfusion Reply

  • Bulls are now THE laughing stock of SA sides. Even the kings managed to beat the sunwolves away.
    Management must take full blame for this mess. The coaches should go back to varsity cup or coach the Leopards or Griffons, they are clearly out of their depth.
    The talent and the money (for now) are there, just not the brains.
    The Sharks’ play this year is amicable and will certainly displace some top teams at the top come knock out time.

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.04.17 11:35:55 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 32) : Bulls really missed Pollard today

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.04.17 11:41:15 by The hound Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 32) : I think they should not even look at a coach with previous bulls legacy. Start fresh find a foreigner or someone entirely from another provincial background. Some stubborn ingrained habits that seems to eventually filter through to all bulls bred coaches.

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.04.17 13:02:17 by coolfusion Reply

  • Super effort from the Stormers.

  • Comment 35, posted at 08.04.17 19:02:39 by McLovin Reply

  • Sweet, sweet victory.

  • Comment 36, posted at 08.04.17 19:03:23 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 35) : Strange how very similar to the lions sharks game, only one team got pinged for tackle above the shoulders, same ref………

  • Comment 37, posted at 08.04.17 19:04:33 by jdolivier Reply

  • As with every week, hats off to the officials. Experts in their field doing a superb job. Always fair to both teams. 🙂

  • Comment 38, posted at 08.04.17 19:07:11 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 38) : Please send me the shit you smoke for breakfast, would love to live on that trip

  • Comment 39, posted at 08.04.17 19:08:04 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 37) : It wasn’t the same ref…Sharks Lions = van Heerden, Stormers Chiefs = Peyper…

  • Comment 40, posted at 08.04.17 19:08:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Hats off to the supporters also for coming out in their thousands. Nice to see full stands.

  • Comment 41, posted at 08.04.17 19:08:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 40) : He was the assistant referee in the lions game and had influenced a few of the decisions

  • Comment 42, posted at 08.04.17 19:09:33 by jdolivier Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 41) : There I fully agree with you, full stadiums look great

  • Comment 43, posted at 08.04.17 19:10:08 by jdolivier Reply

  • Well done stormers. Some realy good defence there. Also great to see one SA team not kick everything they get their hands on and being rewarded for that.

  • Comment 44, posted at 08.04.17 19:12:16 by coolfusion Reply

  • Also nice of the Stormers to throw the Chiefs two tries early on. Just to make a game of it and keep it entertaining for the fans.

  • Comment 45, posted at 08.04.17 19:12:52 by McLovin Reply

  • Well played, Stormers. That was impressive…

  • Comment 46, posted at 08.04.17 20:37:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Kings leading the Wors by 6. But will they hang on?

  • Comment 47, posted at 09.04.17 09:32:27 by McLovin Reply

  • Probably not. 😐

  • Comment 48, posted at 09.04.17 09:33:03 by McLovin Reply

  • Wors get penalty try. 🙄

  • Comment 49, posted at 09.04.17 09:35:06 by McLovin Reply

  • Wors over for another. 🙄

  • Comment 50, posted at 09.04.17 09:38:35 by McLovin Reply

  • 46-41 to the Wors now.

  • Comment 51, posted at 09.04.17 09:41:57 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 51) : Final score that.

  • Comment 52, posted at 09.04.17 09:44:38 by McLovin Reply

  • Over to the sevens now. 😎

  • Comment 53, posted at 09.04.17 09:45:17 by McLovin Reply

  • Blitzboks 19 – 7 up against USA in semi.

  • Comment 54, posted at 09.04.17 10:03:11 by McLovin Reply

  • 24 – 7 now

  • Comment 55, posted at 09.04.17 10:07:37 by McLovin Reply

  • Good game from the Stormers there – will this be the year when they don’t throw away home ground advantage when it matters?

  • Comment 56, posted at 09.04.17 10:09:52 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Miracle from USA?
    40secs to go.

  • Comment 57, posted at 09.04.17 10:12:36 by McLovin Reply

  • All square. Kick to come. 😯

  • Comment 58, posted at 09.04.17 10:13:17 by McLovin Reply

  • Extra time.

  • Comment 59, posted at 09.04.17 10:14:08 by McLovin Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 56) : No, don’t think it will be. They specialize in losing home semi’s. 😐

  • Comment 60, posted at 09.04.17 10:15:59 by McLovin Reply

  • Boks take it. 😎

  • Comment 61, posted at 09.04.17 10:18:36 by McLovin Reply

  • 7th Final on the trot.

  • Comment 62, posted at 09.04.17 10:19:05 by McLovin Reply

  • Cheerio. Gotta run.

  • Comment 63, posted at 09.04.17 10:24:21 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 63) : The excitement I miss when I’m at Church… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 64, posted at 09.04.17 11:23:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 64) : That’s why I don’t go. 😉

  • Comment 65, posted at 09.04.17 11:25:17 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 35) : I watched the Sharks game after the Stormers game – big mistake that. The Stormers were great on attack and defence. One very glaring thing though is that Peyper, his AR”s and the TMO are so inconsistant from one week to the next that its not funny, tackles/contact with the neck and head areas were ignored for most part of the game. If I were the Kiwis I would seriously look at trying to get Peyper removed from blowing their test against the Lions – he just is too inconsistant.

  • Comment 66, posted at 10.04.17 09:00:44 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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