Super Rugby 2017: Round 12 predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 11 May 2017 at 19:02
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Right – on to round 12 already (if you can believe that!)

Blues v Cheetahs (Friday 09h35)
I’m afraid the touring Cheetahs are not going to fare any better in the land of the long white cloud than the Bulls or Stormers did before them. Blues to win by 10 or more.

Brumbies v Lions (Friday 11h45)
The Lions, on the other hand, are in sight of a first-ever unbeaten tour of the Antipodes and I fancy they’ll be too good for the patch Brumbies here. Lions to win by 8.

Crusaders v Hurricanes (Saturday 09h35)
El classico! Saders at home, surely? But this is going to be a great. Crusaders by 2 points.

Rebels v Reds (Saturday 11h45)
Ugh. This will be barely watchable. I fancy the Rebels to take it by 5.

Bulls v Highlanders (Saturday 15h05)
Youch. Another highveld thrashing is on the cards, but once agin it will be the Bully Boys on the receiving end. Highlanders to walk this by 15.

Kings v Sharks (Saturday 17h15)
A closer game than we would have thought at the start of the year, but the Sharks’ best form this year has been on the road and I expect that to continue. Sharks by 10?

Jaguares v Force (Saturday 23h40)
No contest, Jags all the way. Jaguares to win by 10.


  • Some tough calls this round…

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.05.17 20:23:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : agreed im backing the canes to stop the rolling saders

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.05.17 23:09:26 by Dunx Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : yes for sure a couple of games that could go either way. But (for once in a couple of weeks) I’ve made the to the same picks as Rob:
    Blues 13
    Lions 19
    Saders 9
    Rebels 5
    Landers 13
    Sharks 13
    Jaguares 18

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.05.17 23:14:45 by JD Reply
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  • I’m looking forward to Seta vs Julian out on the wing. Going to be a great game.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.05.17 07:59:11 by StevieS Reply
  • I’m so torn on that Saders / Canes game. Feels like one of those math problems your high school teacher gave you for extra credit.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.05.17 09:22:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Catching snippets of the Cheetahs game – it seems as if the rigid fascination of not making contact with the head is a thing of the past. Some Cheetah player is dragged into touch while his head is locked in a Blues players forearm and thats just fine.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.05.17 10:12:15 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Those tsietas wings are absolutely rubbish on defense…..wonder if the tsietas are trying to lose for 76mins, and then go for a comeback win in the last 4mins.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.05.17 10:17:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : Easy, crusaders by 8-12. Solved. Canes are good but I have a sneaky feeling they are a bit overrated.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.05.17 13:28:55 by coolfusion Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : That’s the game plan. The season plan is to lose until playoffs start then try to catch up all the points in 1 or 2 matches.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.17 13:30:43 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 8) : Crusaders have the more pragmatic game-plan but are coming back from a tour. And have a few key men out due to injury. Canes are looking more dangerous each week and might be close to hitting some sort of peak. One could also argue that the Crusaders are due a slip-up BUT they’re playing at home.

    Saders are the safe bet here but man I’d love to pick the upset correctly on SuperBru.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.05.17 13:56:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Lions manage the brumbies. Barely. Very scrappy but pulled it off.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.05.17 14:46:34 by coolfusion Reply

  • Lions showing that their defence can win matches. 123 tackles made and only 8 missed. Jantjies making 17 tackles (missing 1) and the Minister of Defence with 15 tackles.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.05.17 14:47:46 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 12) : At least they scored the only try. Not a pretty game by a long shot.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.05.17 14:48:56 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 11) : Thats 3 wins on tour. 5 out of 5 against the Ausies this year and 8 out of the last 9 matches against Ausie teams won. Only conceding 1 try on tour (Learning than defence wins finals)

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.05.17 14:51:36 by Mutley Reply
  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : Collective for SA againts Aus this year it is 14 played 10 won, 1 draw and 3 losses. Last year the Bulls, Stormers and Cheethas couldnt manage that. They only have one NZ win last year while the Lions had 4 (out of 8) and the Sharks 2 ( of 6)

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.05.17 14:55:40 by Mutley Reply
  • @coolfusion (Comment 13) : Clearly the Lions and Sharks are better than the Bulls, Stormers and Cheethas and even though the Sharks have more points than the Stormers (and Brumbies) they will have to travel for a play of game while lesser teams get home ground advantange

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.05.17 14:58:11 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 16) : yep, we have to travel while stormers get a home quarter final against us maybe or they get killed by a nz team lol again. im glad this format not going to be used anymore from next year onward. how can we be in a group with jags, kings and lions and the streamers get cheetas, bulls and flipping sunwolves

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.05.17 15:49:37 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Lions showed today what it takes to dominate in this competition, depth in every position
    To lose guys like,Combrink,Jansen van Rensburgh and Kriel and have Harold Vorster ,Andries Coetzee and Kwagga Smith to turn to.
    Every where in that team there is depth.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.05.17 17:00:59 by The hound Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 17) : Dint know why you are complaining? Sharkies get to play the puke useless Aussie teams as a trade off!

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.05.17 08:40:43 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 18) : That is why moving to a format with four SA teams will benefit our rugby – as long as a way is worked out to spread the top 120 players in SA between the 4 franchises.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.05.17 12:54:45 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : Centrally contracted high performance academy is the way forward.

    Players can be drafted from there by the 4 franchises.

    No more bulls/streamers sitting with 150+ yearly contracted players twiddling their thumbs.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.05.17 13:06:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 21) : ….this is working wonders for our 7’s team, they also have a separate team that tours the world – something samurai.

    Saru could easily create teams from that academy to compete internationally…..thereby preparing the players for SR and international rugby.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.05.17 13:10:40 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 17) : Well if we didn’t want this outcome we should have scored the bonus points when it was possible and win the games we should have like the reds game? Can’t complain about the turn of events when had our fate in our own hands all season long.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.05.17 13:15:12 by coolfusion Reply

  • Ok so I’m pretty much on track with my ‘Bru picks. Next up bulls I say about 18 – 20 points against the bulls. Sharks after that with a 12-14 point win.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.05.17 14:00:21 by coolfusion Reply

  • Bulls going to play at an empty Loftus

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.05.17 15:01:58 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 25) : this home town ref and the wet and. muddy conditions helping the bulls get the win here. refs need to be more consistant with high tackles, cant just punish the sharks

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.05.17 16:31:38 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 26) : Hows our good friend the totally fair and unbiased Greef miss the non grounding of that Bulls try ,thats what he is there for ,thats his job and he conveniently missed it.
    This monkey needs to go.

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.05.17 17:06:41 by The hound Reply
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