Super Rugby 2017: Round 17 predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 13 Jul 2017 at 14:25
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Yeah baby – it’s the last one of these I’ll have to do – at least, at this scale. From next week, there are just four matches as we head into the knock-outs, but this week marks a significant occasion: this is THE LAST TIME we will ever be subjected to NINE mostly-rubbish games in a single weekend. Hallelujah.

Highlanders v Reds (Friday 09h35)
This game is of passing interest to Sharks fans – or at least, it will be if the Reds somehow manage to win. There are some conspiracy theorists who suggest that the Kiwis may want to throw this game in order to avoid traveling to South Africa for a quarter final; I question whether said pundits have, in fact, ever MET a New Zealand rugby team. No, the Reds are rubbish and the Highlanders will crush them in Dunedin. Landers by 15.

Rebels v Jaguares (Friday 11h45)
Hard to get excited about a cross-conference dead rubber, but I’ll back the Jags to put one last nail into the coffin of the useless Rebels. Jaguraes by 10 points.

Cheetahs v Kings (Friday 19h00)
Such a big game I forgot to include it. Kings to win by 5?

Sunwolves v Blues (Saturday 05h05)
Another meaningless game. Blues to win by 25.

Chiefs v Brumbies (Saturday 07h15)
There’s a fair bit to play for here, at least, there is if you’re the Chiefs. The Brumbies have had their conference top spot sewn up for some time, but the Chiefs will want a big win here to ensure they end top of the wildcard pile; the prize is a return match against these same foes in Canberra next weekend, rather than a trip to Cape Town, which would be their lot should the Hurricanes end higher than them. Expect a big Chiefs win, by around 15 points.

Hurricanes v Crusaders (Saturday 09h35)
THIS is the big one! Lions fans will be watching closely in hope that the Canes can inflict a season-first defeat on the mighty Crusaders, in so doing handing the Joburg team a shot at a top finish overall. This one will go down to the wire, but I’m backing the Crusaders to win it by just 2 points.

Force v Waratahs (Saturday 13h55)
Seriously, who cares? Force by 5?

Bulls v Stormers (Saturday 15h05)
Note the changes kick-off time for this game, which also means nothing. The Stormers should win by about 6 points.

Sharks v Lions (17h15)
There’s been a lot of talk about how close the Sharks came against the Lions at Ellis Park earlier in the season and while, rightly, much of that has focused on how well the Sharks played, there’s been little said about how poor the Lions were on that day. The chances of an upset here are virtually nil, based on the fact that we cannot depend on the Sharks to reliably pitch up for a game like this, coupled with the fact that the Lions will not be as poor again as they were that day. Lions to win by 15.


  • The Saders are resting a number of their All Blacks while the Canes are full strength – Should be a Canes win but it will probably come down to whether the Barrett Bros can kick their goals, something they struggled with the whole year so far with BBBBB on 62% and Jordie on 67%

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.07.17 14:41:41 by Baylion Reply
  • Actually, I have to disagree. We can rely on the sharks and I think we have been extraordinarily consistent the season…

    In fact we have shown we consistently never pitch up against poor opposition :mrgreen:

    Lost to the Kings, Bulls and Reds. Drew against the Rebels.

    And then we have pitched up quite consistently against better opposition e.g. Lions, Stormers.

    So I’m expecting a tight game…but with the Lions to probably sneak it in the end unfortunately!

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.07.17 16:55:01 by SeanyJMc Reply
  • Lions by plenty. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.07.17 16:58:46 by McLovin Reply
  • Bulls to win after a fresh batch of e-mails received this week. 😐

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.07.17 17:00:00 by McLovin Reply
  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 2) : exactly for that reason I think the Sharks might win by 5 points.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.07.17 17:07:08 by JD Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : I suspect the bulls will continue last wells trend.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.07.17 17:44:50 by coolfusion Reply

  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 2) : Consistent? Really? Losing against minnows when they just beat stronger opposition previous matches?

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.07.17 17:46:03 by coolfusion Reply

  • I’m on par with Rob this week.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.07.17 17:46:57 by coolfusion Reply

  • April at 9 bosch at 10?

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.07.17 18:23:41 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : His style of play and size looks more suited to 9 than it does 10.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.07.17 18:32:45 by Quintin Reply

  • Cell C Sharks vs. Emirates Lions
    Date : Saturday, 15 July 2017
    Time : 17h15
    Venue : Growthpoint KINGS PARK
    Referee : Marius van der Westhuizen
    Assistant Referees : AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni
    Television Match Official : Johan Greeff

    Why do I now think our changes to compete in this games have drastically been reduced….

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.07.17 21:35:47 by BluffShark Reply

  • @BluffShark (Comment 11) : Good Grieff!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.07.17 06:48:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I picked:

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.07.17 06:49:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Reds are getting a hiding

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.07.17 10:44:29 by BluffShark Reply

  • @BluffShark (Comment 14) : not all that surprising I fear

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.07.17 10:46:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • The last time we played the Lions at their home, we should have won.
    We came closer to beating them than anyone else this year.
    Point is we can beat them the evidence is there.
    I say Sharks by 5,but it could be more.
    Big question ,who is the ref.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.07.17 11:15:22 by The hound Reply
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  • Highlanders beat Reds 40 – 17

    So everything seems to be going against us and a win might not favour us. The refs issue was already mentioned in comment 11.

    But we have the habit of coming through when all odds are stacked against us…

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.07.17 11:34:41 by BluffShark Reply

  • @BluffShark (Comment 17) : Shit I never saw that,couldnt be worse, this dick head Greef and his appy van der Westhuizen shouldn’t be allowed in our province.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.07.17 12:08:27 by The hound Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : last weeks emails went to the spam folder ?

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.07.17 12:16:00 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 19) : Nollis deleted them whilst belting out ‘I did it my way’.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.07.17 12:29:44 by McLovin Reply

  • I would be extremely unhappy if the Sharks trow today’s game.. What would be the purpose to go to the field then?

    Crusaders you better beat the Hurricanes

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.07.17 10:48:39 by BluffShark Reply

  • Ref is blowing Crusaders out of this game

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.07.17 11:06:09 by BluffShark Reply

  • @BluffShark (Comment 21) : even more so now it becomes massively important for the Sharks to show that they are NOBODY’s puppets. They MUST win today.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.07.17 11:25:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thank you Hurricanes.

    Hopefully Lions can now do their part and finish top.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.07.17 11:35:18 by McLovin Reply

  • I hear you Rob, but for me it is not about being somebody’s puppet, but it is about our integrity as Sharks. Some might argue that besides a good send of for some regulars in the team and upholding our integrity, it might be better to loose this game (Lions vs Hurricanes in QF) and we know we have a questionable juridification in charge of this game.

    Will the Sharks focus on the QF (and odds against them) or play to uphold our integrity values. if not for the latter, then I don’t want to go to the field.

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.07.17 11:46:26 by BluffShark Reply

  • I think it will be tough on the Sharks players when they actually have something to gain by losing, regardless of how much they want to play to win

    I hope we see a good game this afternoon even with the high humidity (80%)

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.07.17 12:03:00 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 26) : Oh no, not the humidity as well. 😈 Crooked refs and humidity. Sharks have no chance now. 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.07.17 12:09:14 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : Neutral refs you mean. 🙂 From the BBs and WP

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.07.17 12:10:46 by Baylion Reply

  • We are not making excuses mate, we are just stating the obvious to the game.

    @McLovin (Comment 27) : but you should not worry if we decide to play and beat you against all odds, then we would assist you next week when we beat the Crusaders. Apparently you lost last year in the final because you didn’t play at Ellispark… 🙂

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.07.17 12:27:33 by BluffShark Reply

  • @BluffShark (Comment 29) : Open the other eye old boy. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.07.17 12:33:53 by McLovin Reply

  • @BluffShark (Comment 29) : Also I’m not a Lions supporter, just appreciate the quality and style of their play. 🙂

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.07.17 12:36:03 by McLovin Reply

  • Bulls certainly read and understood the e-mails this week. Some impressive stuff from them.

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.07.17 15:43:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 32) : From your team too! Entertaining game!

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.07.17 16:08:47 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 33) : Who’d a thought. :mrgreen: Was expecting a battle of attrition. But nice to see both teams come out to play.

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.07.17 16:13:00 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 34) : Something seems to have “clicked” in SA rugby.

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.07.17 16:19:56 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 35) : Let’s hope it remains clicked.

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.07.17 16:22:30 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 36) : I’m just hoping it clicks through to Durban in my lifetime :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.07.17 16:26:30 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Here’s hoping we have a good game today. By both teams.

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.07.17 16:47:56 by Baylion Reply

  • Hats off to Bulls and Stormers for coming out and serving up a cracker of a game. 😀

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.07.17 16:55:33 by McLovin Reply

  • One of the games of the season. Awesome!! 😎

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.07.17 16:57:04 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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