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2019 Vodacom Super Rugby – Round 12

If anyone thought the South African teams are inconsistent in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby, then I guess it shows in our predictions as well.

We however have to keep believing it will get better and we will get that elusive GSP of the season on SuperBru.

So here are our thoughts on what we expect in Round 12 of this year’s tournament.

Friday 3 May 2019 – Crusaders vs Cell C Sharks, AMI Stadium 09:35*

Friday morning could just be a day to remember when the all-conquering Crusaders welcome the Cell C Sharks to Christchurch.

Why you ask? Well, a few weeks ago we mentioned the trend the Sharks’ season has shown and if it continues then Robert du Preez’s men are about to do the unthinkable.

Reality though suggests that this trend will come to an abrupt halt this weekend and be broken by a dominant force that has only been stopped by the Waratahs earlier this season when the Saders were away from home. As things stand the Crusdaers are unbeaten in 25 consecutive matches at home and we can’t see this run ending soon but would give anything to see it happen though.

The Sharks have made 3 changes and 1 positional change to the team that beat the Waratahs in Sydney for the first time in 19 years a week ago. Scott Robinson has also made some interesting changes to his team that smashed the Emirates Lions and it will be interesting to see how it affects his team’s performance.

As much as we would love the Sharks to shake things up we have to back the form side of the tournament sadly but we won’t mind getting this one wrong.

Officials:

Referee – Brendon Pickerill

Assistant ref – Mike Fraser

Assistant ref – James Munro

TMO – Glenn Newman

PREDICTION: Crusaders by 23

Saturday 4 May 2019 – Vodacom Bulls v Waratahs, Loftus Versfeld 15:05*

Saturdays at Loftus Versfeld are mostly good days and the Vodacom Bulls will hope to bounce back against a struggling Waratahs outfit when they arrive in Pretoria.

The inconsistent performances from the local team however will be of big concern to management and supporters alike this weekend as the Bulls squandered a massive opportunity against the DHL Stormers a week ago.

The Waratahs lost their first match at home against the Sharks in 19 years and it shows their struggle this season is more than real.

Pote Human has some major selection issues with loss of Jesse Kriel and his two wingers, Divan Rossouw and Jade Stighling. It would be surprising not to see the likes of Rosko Specman and Cornal Hendricks back as well as Dylan Sage. Schalk Brits will only be available next week when the Crusaders arrive in Pretoria.

The Tahs are going to miss Israel Folau yet again as he looks to regain his job back with Rugby Australia.

Surely the Bulls have this one in the bag or is this where their season takes a turn for the worst?

Officials:

Referee – Jaco Peyper

Assistant ref – Rasta Rasivhenge

Assistant ref – Cwengile Jadezweni

TMO – Christie du Preez

PREDICTION: Vodacom Bulls by 13

Saturday 4 May 2019 – Jaguares v DHL Stormers, Estadio José Amalfitani 21:40*

The Jaguares had a tough yet successful outing against the Brumbies a week ago and will look to do the same as they host the DHL Stormers this week in Buenos Aires.

The men from Argentina are looking to bounce up the leaderboard and get into playoff positions as the rest of the South African teams are struggling to cement their positions in the Conference. The Jags are on a run at home for the next few weeks and will look to capitalise on every match possible.

The Stormers are also struggling with consistency like their fellow South African teams and will try hold on to their last performance against the Bulls where they snuck a close victory at Newlands. Robbie Fleck however has rested some key members due to Springbok protocol as well as injury forced with Siya Kolisi and Frans Malherbe being rested and Pieter-Steph du Toit smarting from a shoulder bruising.

The Jags will have their full complement of stalwarts available, which is basically the Argentina Test team.

The Stormers have had much success in the past over in Argentina and will hope for more of the same but we do think they will miss PSDT a lot.

Officials:

Referee – AJ Jacobs

Assistant ref – Marius van der Westhuizen

Assistant ref – Federico Anselmi

TMO – Santiago Borsani

PREDICTION: Jaguares by 7

Other Round 12 predictions:

Friday 3 May 2019 – Reds v Sunwolves  Sunwolves by 8

Saturday 4 May 2019 – Hurricanes v Rebels – Hurricanes by 7

Saturday 4 May 2019 – Highlanders v Chiefs Chiefs by 2

Saturday 4 May 2019 – Brumbies v Blues Blues by 10

Have to be honest this week’s predictions I am not too confident about (Sunwolves is a gamble) but let’s have a crack and see.

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

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