The fifth round of Super Rugby proved to be the hardest round to pick so far. Some, like the Crusaders over the Cheetahs and the Stormers over the Lions should be easy victories. However, there are many easy matchups this round. In these cases it is usually safer to just to pick for the home team. However, for better or worse, this week RugbyFix has opted for narrow victories to the visiting teams. This means the round will start with Hurricanes will take advantage of the travel weary and beat-up Blues.
The Brumbies showed a lot of moxie in a gut wrenching loss to the Chiefs last week, while the Highlanders must be tiring from their epic start to 2012. However, benefit of the doubt goes to the Highlanders who are specialists in closing out close games. For 25 minutes last week the Reds showed they still have it, but the Bulls don’t lie down in Pretoria and will still be furious after their loss to the Blues a couple of weeks ago.
The cripple fight of the round of course goes to the Force v Rebels. The Rebels were expected to finally notch a win last week and the Force were expected to bag another loss. However, these destinies were reversed, which has dicated the prediction for this week. We ate expecting a narrow win to the Force, but who knows how each team will bounce back from last week’s results. The Waratahs are experiencing their worst start to the tournament in 15 years. Will the loss to the Force snap them out of their funk?
Blues v Hurricanes
Friday 23 March. at 19:35 at Eden Park, Auckland
RugbyFix Pick: HURRICANES to beat Blues by 6
Rebels v W Force
Friday 23 March. at 19:40 at AAMI Park, Melbourne
RugbyFix Pick: FORCE to beat Rebels by 6
Waratahs v Sharks
Saturday 24 March. at 15:35 at Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
RugbyFix Pick: SHARKS to beat Waratahs by 7
Crusaders v Cheetahs
Saturday 24 March. at 19:35 at Rugby League Park, Christchurch
RugbyFix Pick: CRUSADERS to beat Cheetahs by 17
Brumbies v Highlanders
Saturday 24 March. at 19:40 at Canberra Stadium, Canberra
RugbyFix Pick: HIGHLANDERS to beat Brumbies by 2
Bulls v Reds
Saturday 24 March. at 17:05 at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
RugbyFix Pick: BULLS to beat Reds by 5
Lions v Stormers
Saturday 24 March. at 19:10 at Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
RugbyFix Pick: STORMERS to beat Lions by 8