Super Rugby 2017: Round 16 predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 6 Jul 2017 at 14:14
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Right, so it’s a weird round yet again, because one of the matches already happened (more than month ago!)

None of the Kiwi teams is in action, of course, because the All Blacks are finishing their series against the Lions on Saturday. Most of the Aussie team and some of the African ones are in action, though, over the course of five matches.

Reds v Brumbies (Friday 11h45)
An Aussie derby – and how we’ve missed those! The Brumbies are so far ahead in the Aussie conference that there really is nothing to play for here – for either side. I have a feeling, though, that the visitors will already be in play-off mode, so the Reds might pick up a surprise win here. Reds by 3.

Force v Rebels (Friday 13h55)
Seriously? Ag nee man, this isn’t a fixture, this is an apology. Force to win by 5? Who really knows or cares?

Waratahs v Jaguares (Saturday 11h45)
This could be an entertaining game, particularly if both sides decide to run a bit. Once again, it’s a dead rubber, though, so hard to get too excited about the result. Tahs to win by 8 because the Jags are awful on the road.

Bulls v Kings (Saturday 17h15)
Man, how I’d love it if the Kings could sneak a win here, but I’m afraid I don’t see it happening. The Bulls have probably turned the corner (damn them) and will be full of confidence after their win at Kings Park. Bulls to win by 12 points.

Stormers v Sunwolves (Saturday 19h30)
The pickings remain slim this weekend. Expect the Capetonians to run riot here: Stormers to win by 30 points.


  • I think I will skip Super Rugby this weekend (too many mismatches and Ausie derbies) and rather restrict myself to watching the All Blacks / Lions finale

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.07.17 16:57:19 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I am cautious in saying the bulls have turned a corner. If the kings don’t implode and actually pressure the correct aspects we may see if they really did improve or if we just sucked immensely.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.07.17 17:13:06 by coolfusion Reply

  • Ham cheese egg and Mexican chilli simba chips in a toasted sarmie.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.07.17 17:47:30 by coolfusion Reply

  • Bulls not received any e-mails this week? 22 – 10 down at half time.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.07.17 18:13:46 by McLovin Reply

  • Kings win. 😯 💡

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.07.17 19:13:44 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : Resurgent bulls. .hit…

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.07.17 19:37:32 by coolfusion Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : See comment 2

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.07.17 19:38:11 by coolfusion Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : you are shocked because?

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.07.17 19:43:52 by Poisy Reply
  • Stormers doing their best to make the Sunwolves look good. 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.07.17 20:17:56 by McLovin Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 8) : I’m easily shocked? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.07.17 20:18:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : They should come take lessons. ..

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.07.17 20:41:12 by coolfusion Reply

  • Today we learnt two things:
    1. You can’t actually fix a team via e-mail…not even if you’re John Mitchell…
    2. Just how right royally rubbish we were against the Bulls!

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.07.17 22:47:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 12) : We should ask the Kings to go in our place for the upcoming rogering in Christchurch – at least they will put up some resistance

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.07.17 08:42:55 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @pastorshark (Comment 12) : I’m pretty sure we all knew both those things last week already. Now we will find people blaming the coach for our state and call for their heads and think we should rather give him all our support in being 10 times tougher on the players they are rudderless and we keep saying it’s a leadership issue. Really so we always dead without a lambie or John smit on the field? That’s seems like a recipe for disaster. Leadership is nothing but a great desire to succeed with and for your comrades respecting your vision and mission and being true to strategies and tactics that supports those. We should demand that they all have that or piss off.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.07.17 08:56:31 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 14) : We need to change our selection criteria. Forget the self important “stars” we did better with humble and loyal men like Adi Jacobs, Dick Muir, Stefan Terrebalanche, Thomas du Toit, Pat Lambie, Keegan Daniel.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.07.17 09:13:48 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 15) : It is not like we really have any ‘stars” left on our books at the moment.

    I am not sure where the root problem lies, but we have had a succession of coaches and the problems seems to stay the same.

    We do need to hold onto the ball longer in the right areas and play smarter by improving our decision making. We create some opportunities but we struggle to convert those due to someone inevitably choosing the wrong option in the situation.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.07.17 09:52:22 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Nobody seems to be talking about it, but does anyone else want to elaborate on what unfolded at the end of the all blacks game. I was supporting the lions but feel that ref really screwed over New Zealand. It’s not like he even made a mistake and accidentally made the wrong call. He made the right call by giving New Zealand the penalty, then double checked it was the correct call with the TMO, then pulled the captains together and ignored the rules of the game completely. I give a lot of respect to Kieran Reid, how he kept himself in control by not telling the ref he’s a complete idiot is amazing. You could just see the frustration on his face when the ref ignored him.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.07.17 21:18:52 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 17) : It was a shocker!

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.07.17 22:06:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 14) :
    1. You wouldn’t have said we knew it last week by the comments everyone was making… :mrgreen:
    2. I won’t be calling for the coach’s head…we need to put shoulder to the wheel and build…
    Anyway, still very disappointed by last week’s performance…

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.07.17 22:12:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 17) : I think the ref stuffed up big time in a few instances. With regards to this incident I think there shoud just as strong an arguement and noise being made about the BL player being played in the air by Reid when he went up to gather the ball from the kick off. That could just as well have been a penalty against te AB’s.

    Poitte has his own way of reffing scrums, I dont thhink he has a clue, or and I hope this is the case, he just feels “bugger all this technical crap, the spectators have paid good money to watch rugby and not 100 reset scrums” and just ignores all the mayhem that went on at scrum time. I cant say I minded his approach to the scrums.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.07.17 08:57:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 20) : The big issue to me with that penalty/scrum decision is that he changed his decision on the walk back after he and the TMO agreed that is was a penalty.

    As to the scrums, it seems to be the application now is not to allow penalties to be milked when the ball is available to be played, especially when scrums collapse. Dominant scrums still tend to get penalties

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.07.17 09:30:32 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 21) : No doubt it was handled badly, very badly, but would there have been such an outcry if he had changed his mind and blown the first infringement – the BL player being played in the air.

    On the scrums, those things were wheeling all over the place, going down and only then was the ball played. The ref let it go on, others would have blown that when the wheel started and at least have reset the scrum but most probabaly have penalised one of the teams. If this is a new way of applying the law then Im all for it but I think the health and safety crowd are going to step in sooner or later if those scrums in this game were anything to go on.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.07.17 10:18:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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