BULLS to beat Chiefs by 7
HIGHLANDERS to beat Force by 5
BLUES to beat Stormers by 8
CRUSADERS to beat Waratahs by 10
BRUMBIES to beat Cheetahs by 17
REDS to beat Lions by 5
Some important match ups this week. First up the Chiefs get to shape their season by pushing their own claims and hurting leading contenders, the Bulls. Unfortunately I just can’t see the Chiefs stepping up, even though the Bulls have never beaten them in New Zealand and showed their fragility on the road against the Blues last week. The Chiefs have just been too decimated by injuries and their set piece was really shown up against the Highlanders. Matfield and co will have a field day.
Other important games include potential contenders the Stormers v Blues and Crusaders v Waratahs . I’ve picked the Blues to continue their last week’s form. At home it’s difficult to pick against the Crusaders, and they should be able to bring the Waratahs back down to earth having topped the table last week.
Brumbies should be too strong for the Cheetahs, while the Highlanders v Force is harder to pick. Finally, the Reds get to show they have actually turned a corner by doing the necessary and beating the Lions at home.
Super 14 Results: Round 9
Previously published on: Apr 12, 2010 @ 8:02 on its own page but moved here
Chiefs 19 v 33 Bulls
Highlanders 27 v 41 Force
Blues 21 v 33 Stormers
Crusaders 20 v 13 Waratahs
Brumbies 61 v 15 Cheetahs
Lions 26 v 41 Reds