We pick the weekend winners

Spot an upset? Thought not. Nope, this week really is about the margins, sadly. Take in our weekend preview before making your SuperBru picks.

This is the line-up:

Friday 21 April

09h35 – Hurricanes v Brumbies (McLean Park)

11h45 – Waratahs v Kings (Allianz)

19h00 – Lions v Jaguares (Emirates Airlines Park)

Saturday 22 April

07h15 – Highlanders v Sunwolves (Rugby Park)

09h35 – Crusaders v Stormers (AMI)

11h45 – Force v Chiefs (nib)

17h15 – Bulls v Cheetahs (Loftus Versfeld)

19h30 – Sharks v Rebels (Growthpoint Kings Park)

It’s the Stormers’ turn to taste Kiwi beef, and scarily for them, it comes dressed in black and red in front of a feisty home crowd. The Kings, Lions and Sharks also see international action, while Loftus hosts the solitary throw back to an old fashioned Currie Cup ding-dong.

For fantastic previews of every game, head to our Breaking news section, and to see the weekend’s teams as they get announced, take in the Team Sheets.

Below our picks, the match odds, and SuperBru Community picks:

Our picks:

Hurricanes by 16

Waratahs by 11

Lions by 9

Highlanders by 27

Crusaders by 11

Chiefs by 9

Bulls by 7

Sharks by 13

What the Bookies say:

Hurricanes (1.1) over Brumbies (8)

Waratahs (1) over Kings (12)

Lions (1.2) over Jaguares (6)

Highlanders (1) over Sunwolves (77)

Crusaders (1.2) over Stormers (5.7)

Chiefs (1.2) over Force (5.8)

Bulls (1.4) over Cheetahs (3.3)

Sharks (1.1) over Rebels (6.5)

The SuperBru Community picks:

Hurricanes by 14

Waratahs by 12

Lions by 13

Highlanders by 23

Crusaders by 8

Chiefs by 15

Bulls by 4

Sharks by 13

Sunwolves in with a shout, then? Even at 77/1, we are not sure they are going to attract much cash from the punters.

Last week we published some SuperBru stats pointing to the fact that Super Rugby has become all too predictable, but this weekend might take the cake!

Of course we run the risk of looking like complete plonkers should the Rebels pull another rabbit out the hat at Kings Park on Saturday evening, but given the likelihood, we are willing to take that risk.

Based on the odds and SuperBru community picks, the best chance of an upset is at Loftus on Saturday evening, and we would agree. On their day, the Cheetahs can canter with the big dogs, but after their traumatic choke against the Chiefs in Bloem last week, we just do not see them recovering enough mojo to test a Bulls side that will be powered up by their second win of the season against the Jaguares last week.

The Stormers are perhaps another dark horse. It was not pretty at Newlands last week as they tried to take on the Lions at their own instead of focussing on theirs. And having travelled this week, it will be anything but easy at AMI. But Rob Fleck has something good going in the Cape, and their cheeky move of Pieter-Steph du Toit to the side of the scrum certainly shows their appreciation of a really good Crusaders pack. Will they have enough to tame it, though?

Good luck with those predictions.

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- All Out Rugby Staff Writer