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2019 Vodacom Super Rugby – Round 10

Time is running out fast for some as we head in to round 10 of this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby and still there are many teams that can enter the playoffs every weekend.

Some teams are having a bye yet again and the rest keep playing and we look at the prospects ahead for this Easter Weekend.

Friday 19 April 2019 – Chiefs vs Emirates Lions, FMG Stadium 09:35*

Game one of the weekend is a biggie with the Emirates Lions playing their second match on tour against am injury depleted Chiefs outfit, which will give Swys de Bruin’s men some hope of a possible challenge to what was a week ago a guaranteed loss.

Warren Whiteley is back and this could just be the injection the men from Johannesburg need to reignite their title ambitions even though hanging by a thread.

The men from Waikato however will have to bring their A-game if they want to continue their sudden upward curve of the last 3 games. However missing talisman game breaker Damian McKenzie as well as Captain Brodie Retallick could be costly for them.

It’s really hard to make a call and as much as I would love to back the Lions I am not convinced about their current Super Rugby season.

Officials:

Referee – Brendon Pickerill

Assistant ref – Mike Fraser

Assistant ref – Rasta Rasivhenge

TMO – Shane McDermott

PREDICTION: Chiefs by 7

Friday 19 April 2019 – Cell C Sharks v Reds, Jonsson Kings Park 15:05*

The Cell C Sharks are welcoming a Reds team to Durban this Friday and I bet their fans aren’t holding their breath at the moment after the up and down season they have had sofar.

Will it be any different? I doubt it.

Looking at their season to date, the men from Durban have created a clear trend a winning 2 and losing 2 and it has not been broken yet. Will the Reds have noticed this and how will they capitalise on this is the question Brad Thorn sits with.

Nobody seems to have answers to the Sharks topsy-turvy run of form this Super Rugby season and it’s a case of we wait and see on the day what happens.

Some Sprinboks are being rested in the midfield this weekend and this will hopefully not bite the men from Durban, as the Reds have a formidable midfield themselves.

Be that as it may, this Friday afternoon fixture could be one of the least attended matches this season with many people probably opting to go away for Easter instead.

We going to gamble on this and bargain on the Sharks continuing their trend this season of wins and losses.

Officials:

Referee – Federico Anselmi

Assistant ref – Glen Jackson

Assistant ref – Jaco Peyper

TMO – Marius Jonker

PREDICTION: Reds by 3

Saturday 20 April 2019 – DHL Stormers v Brumbies, DHL Newlands 15:05*

Robbie Fleck and his DHL Stormers are home from their tour of Australasia as they host the Brumbies who start their tour of 2019.

Coming off a major high it now remains to be seen if the Capetonians can maintain the good work they did against the Rebels a week ago or will they slump back in their old ways as we have seen from most of the South African teams this season.

The Brumbies are also coming off an impressive second half performance again the Lions and will want to build on that to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The men from Canberra have been hit late with a double blow with David Pocock and Lachlan McCaffery both not available for the clash in Cape Town.

The big loss for the Stormers has to be Jaco Coetzee who has been a revelation of note since last year’s Currie Cup and his injury could not have come at a worse time. They are also resting some Boks this week with Damian de Allende the big name missing. Their bench is clearly going to get a run to hopefully seal the deal on Saturday. The name on everyone’s lips come Sunday will be JOSH STANDER!

Last week’s win over the Rebels will give the Newlands faithful much hope and the vibe this weekend should be really good.

Officials:

Referee – Nick Briant

Assistant ref – Glen Jackson

Assistant ref – Federico Anselmi

TMO – Marius Jonker

PREDICTION: DHL Stormers by 8

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