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2019 Vodacom Super Rugby – Round 2

It’s the second of a crunch weekend of Vodacom Super Rugby and we are going to try our best to give you insightful predictions for this is week’s matches.

In our first round we had 4 winners and 3 marginal points on Superbru and as always we are striving to do better and get that Grand Slam Point of the week along with a few DHL Yellow Caps on offer.

We are happy to say that 3 of our 4 winners were from our South African predictions and this week we will be providing a full complement of predictions for the round ahead. As always our main focus will be on the South African teams.

So without further adieu let’s get to it!

Saturday 23 February 2018 – Cell C Sharks v Blues, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 15h05*

First home game for the Cell C Sharks this season as they welcome a rejuvenated Blues to Durban in what is sure to be one of the hardest games to predict this week.

The Durbanites are second on the overall standing behind the Vodacom Bulls purely based on points difference after their bonus point victory in Singapore last weekend over the Sunwolves.

The Blues have everyone talking after losing out against the Crusaders in a game they probably should have won had it not been for two missed opportunities from Harry Plummer in the latter stages of that match.

The men from Auckland showed vast improvements since their woeful 2018 season and with the likes of Ma’a Nonu back in Super Rugby things are looking promising.

Leon MacDonald’s team have struggled in Durban, last claiming victory against the Sharks at Jonsson Kings Park back in 2004. With this in mind one would be crazy to go against the men in black based on the history of this fixture.

Officials:

Referee – Paul Williams

Assistant ref – Cwengile Jadezweni

Assistant ref – Griffon Colby

TMO – Marius Jonker

PREDICTION: Cell C Sharks by 3

Saturday 23 February 2018 – DHL Stormers v Emirates lions, DHL Newlands 17h15*

What a week it has been for the both teams. The DHL Stormers coming off their second worst defeat to the Vodacom Bulls in Super Rugby history and the Emirates Lions finally getting their first victory on Argentine soil.

This game must be the local game of the weekend from a South African point of view and with it a bag of headaches too for most lovers of the prediction game.

The men from Johannesburg are the clear favourites but some are warning against a backlash from the men in Cape Town after their dismal start against the Bulls at Loftus a week ago.

A lot of questions surrounded the depth of the Lions prior to their game in Argentina but it’s safe to say they have the team to do the business this season, although it will take a few weeks to gel into the unit they were over the past three seasons.

The Stormers on the other hand however seem to have the team to go far but with no answers given as to what is happening at Newlands and its effect on the team, one has to wonder if they can get this team to work together the way they should.

Making a call on this game for us comes down to a number of factors influencing a lot looking ahead to how it could affect the conference as a whole.

Officials:

Referee – Egon Seconds

Assistant ref – Divan Uys

Assistant ref – Aimee Barrat-Theron

TMO – Christie du Preez

PREDICTION: Emirates Lions by 10

Saturday 16 February 2018 – Jaguares v Vodacom Bulls, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 23h40*

For the second week running the Jaguares are welcoming a South African team to Buenos Aires and will be hurting after their first loss to the Emirates Lions ever in Argentina.

This week will see them defend another unbeaten record when they host the Vodacom Bulls who are yet to win in Argentina.

For us this is the game where many will be able to decided if the Bulls have made a turn for the best or if they will still be the struggling unit they have become over the last couple of seasons. If they can break the Jags at home then tongues will be wagging properly in and around South Africa with yet another humdinger awaiting the men from Pretoria next week when they face the Lions at Ellis Park.

The Jaguares, as mentioned already are hurting having lost their unbeaten status at home to the Lions and will want to get back to winning ways against the Bulls. They have hosted the men in blue twice before and on both occasions inflicted heavy defeats on the visitors.

The jury is still out about the void talisman Nicolas Sanchez might or might not have left since leaving for France and with in-form Handre Pollard bound to continue the work he started against the Stormers a week ago, this could answer the question once and for all.

Officials:

Referee – Brendon Pickerill

Assistant ref – Rasta Rasivhenge

Assistant ref – Mike Fraser

TMO – Santiago Borsani

PREDICTION: Vodacom Bulls by 7

As for the rest of the weekend’s predictions:

Friday 22 February 2019 – Highlanders v Reds – Highlanders by 13

Saturday 23 February 2019 – Sunwolves v Waratahs – Waratahs by 18

Saturday 23 February 2019 – Crusaders v Hurricanes – Crusaders by 2

Saturday 23 February 2019 – Brumbies v Chiefs – Chiefs by 8

There you have our full list of predictions for round 2 of Vodacom Super Rugby, may they give you that highly anticipated GSP on Superbru where we also have our own pool with prizes.

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