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2019 Vodacom Super Rugby – Round 11

Wow! Vodacom Super Rugby had a boatload of upsets during round 10 as the Emirates Lions claimed a shock win against the Chiefs in Hamilton while both the DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks lost to Aussie opposition at home. 

The Vodacom Bulls are in prime position to clinch the South African conference as the team from Pretoria are still top with a game in hand.

Round 11 is going to be vital for all South African teams so let’s get into it.

Friday 26 April 2019 – Crusaders vs Emirates Lions, AMI Stadium 09:35*

Surely the Lions cannot cause another upset when they come up against the table-topping Crusaders?

The men from Johannesburg are still without Swys de Bruin and Joey Mongalo, who has both returned to the Republic for very different reasons. 

The media have reported some disturbing stories, but we hope that Swys gets well soon and joins up with team sooner rather than later.

The Crusaders are coming off a bye and have decided to rest Scott Barrett, Owen Franks and Matt Todd for an extra week. 

Even though the home side will be without those three All Blacks, I cannot see the Lions, who are without Malcolm Marx, troubling them.

Officials:

Referee – Paul Williams

Assistant ref – Mike Fraser

Assistant ref – James Munro

TMO – Aaron Paterson

PREDICTION: Crusaders by 17

Saturday 27 April 2019 – Waratahs v Cell C Sharks, Bankwest Stadium 11:45*

The Sharks travel to New South Wales after suffering two embarrassing defeats at home to the Jaguares and Reds respectively. 

The men from Durban have a star-studded team but are playing like a bunch of individuals instead of a team.

According to Rapport, Coach Robert du Preez might drop his son this week. Rob junior has performed well below par these past two weeks, and it might be time to shift Curwin Bosch to 10 and start Fassi at 15.

The Waratahs are coming off a morale-boosting win against the Rebels and will be looking to make it two wins in a row for only the second time this season. It does not look like Israel Folau’s absence is affecting them too much, and they will be looking to add to the Sharks’ woes on Saturday.

With both these teams being so consistently inconsistent, this is a very tough one to pick.

Officials:

Referee – Nic Berry

Assistant ref – Damon Murphy

Assistant ref – Amy Perrett

TMO – George Ayoub

PREDICTION: Waratahs by 2

Saturday 27 April 2019 – DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls, DHL Newlands 15:05*

The Super Rugby match of the weekend will take place in Cape Town as the DHL Stormers welcome the Vodacom Bulls to DHL Newlands looking to avenge the 40-3 loss they suffered at Loftus Versfeld in the opening match of the season.

The Stormers somehow ended on the losing side against the Brumbies after poor handling and failure to turn possession into points led to a 17 – 19 loss and with it big demands by the Newlands faithful.

The Bulls will be refreshed after they had a bye in round 10. However, Pote Human’s men cannot afford the same performance they had against the Chiefs after their first bye earlier this season.

The men from Pretoria haven’t beaten the Stormers at Newlands since 2011 and this weekend’s clash will be their best chance to change that.

The Stormers are always competitive at home and you never know who will a South African derby, but the Bulls need a big victory to stay at the top of the conference.

Officials:

Referee – Glen Jackson

Assistant ref – Nick Briant

Assistant ref – Egon Seconds

TMO – Marius Jonker

PREDICTION: Vodacom Bulls by 9

Other Round 11 predictions:

Friday 26 April 2019 – Sunwolves v Highlanders – Highlanders by 8

Saturday 27 April 2019 – Hurricanes v Chiefs – Hurricanes by 10

Saturday 27 April 2019 – Jaguares v Brumbies – Jaguares by 12

This preview was compiled by Ruan Joubert and we wanna thank him for contributing to SA’s most loved sports website, TheYellowCap.com

Let us know your thoughts on his predictions for this weekend and make sure to keep the banter going on Twitter.

2 Comments

  1. OldGitEd

    April 25, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Words like “wanna” distract from the informed and intelligent comments of the author and lessens the credibility of the article and his views.

    As for the predictions, I agree with all except the Stormers. Perhaps they will have that one off mercurial game of the season that keeps them interested and their supporters entertained until next year.

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