HURRICANES to beat Reds by 9
BULLS to beat Crusaders by 7
WARATAHS to beat Chiefs by 5
BRUMBIES to beat Highlanders by 15
BLUES to beat Lions by 21
FORCE to beat Cheetahs by 10
STORMERS to beat Sharks by 3
There are some great matches in round 13 of the Super 14. Most rounds have contained a lot of mismatches, but this round seems to have some evenly matched clashes in store, or at least there should be. It’s hard to decide between the Hurricanes v Reds, Bulls v Crusaders and Stormers v Sharks as potential games of the round.
The Hurricanes host the Reds and desperately need to beat the Reds to stay in the hint. The Reds will be hurting from the thrashing they received from the Brumbies last week and the Hurricanes have lost pivotal centre Conrad Smith. However, I’ve picked the Hurricanes as they should be the more desperate team. Hopefully they play better than they did against the Chiefs last week.
The Crusaders need to do the impossible and beat the Bulls in Pretoria to get into the semi finals. However they were pretty desperate last week two, and even with Richie McCaw celebrating 100 Super Rugby games they still couldn’t beat the Stormers. I’ve picked the Bulls but would love to see an upset.
If form and ladder standings are anything to go by the Brumbies should thrash the Highlanders as should the Waratahs beat the Chiefs. The Chiefs are home at Waikato Stadium in what used to be a tough place for opposition teams to win at. However, they are yet to win there this year. Expect a low crowd turnout.
Last week I picked the Blues to beat the Cheetahs and they let themselves down in a shocking performance. However, they should still be good enough to take care of the Lions. The Force should beat the Cheetahs this week, although they’ll probably be beginning to show the effects of their road trip and lack of depth in this game.
Lastly The Sharks versus the Stormers will be a great match between two form teams. In the last 7 weeks the Sharks have only lost to the Bulls and are playing at home, while the Stormers are having an amazing season. I’ve picked the Stormers to continue their phenomenal run to the finals.