Bookies say Kiwis and Aussies, Brus say Saffers. ANYTHING but predictable this weekend. Take in our preview before making those all-important SuperBru picks.
This is the line-up:
Friday 19 May
09h35 – Chiefs v Crusaders (ANZ, Suva)
19h00 – Stormers v Blues (Newlands)
Saturday 20 May
09h35 – Hurricanes v Cheetahs (Westpac)
11h45 – Force v Highlanders (nib)
13h55 – Sunwolves v Sharks (Singapore National)
17h15 – Lions v Bulls (Emirates Airlines Park)
19h30 – Kings v Brumbies (Nelson Mandela Bay)
Sunday 21 May
08h05 – Waratahs v Rebels (Allianz)
All six SA sides take to the park in an eight game weekend that sees action on all three days. The trans Jukskei cracker on Saturday sees us needing to find space for five sets of 80 minutes with Saturday being pretty much a write off to rugby.
Below our picks, the match odds, and SuperBru Community picks:
Crusaders by 7
Blues by 5
Hurricanes by 27
Highlanders by 9
Sharks by 13
Lions by 5
Brumbies by 9
Waratahs by 7
What the Bookies say:
Crusaders (1.7) over Chiefs (2.4)
Blues (1.98) over Stormers (2.02)
Hurricanes (1) over Cheetahs (23)
Highlanders (1.2) over Force (5.2)
Sharks (1.2) over Sunwolves (5.7)
Lions (1.2) over Bulls (6)
Brumbies (1.6) over Kings (2.5)
Waratahs (1.2) over Rebels (5.6)
The SuperBru Community picks:
Crusaders by 3
Stormers by 1
Hurricanes by 20
Highlanders by 13
Sharks by 9
Lions by 14
Kings by 2
Waratahs by 8
Stormers and Kings say the Brus, but only by a mosquito’s hamstring, while the bookies are completely undecided on the Newlands game, and not particularly confident on the result in PE, Calling all pockets mense!
Off a horror tour to New Zealand, and a week to contemplate their navels, the blue and white are back at Newlands, aiming to right a few wrongs against Sonny Bill and his black and blue clan. Malherbe, Du Toit and Etzebeth are back, but coach Fleck has been forced to go experimental at fly half, where Dillyn Leyds gets a run. It could go either way. Sadly, we see it going belly up.
The Kings are on fire. Of that there is no doubt. A clever game plan that sees them adding a steely defence and effective use of the boot to an incredible conditioning base has them at 3 from 3 over the last few weeks. The Brumbies have travelled after a bitter loss to a Lions side that played poorly yet still won. Surely Kings at a canter, then? Perhaps. But they are sans Chris Cloete this week.
Good luck with those predictions.
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