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2019 Vodacom Super Rugby – Round 3

As the third weekend of Vodacom Super Rugby is about to kick off following some major upsets both home and away, we got Justin Jacobie to deliver our best and most insightful predictions for you ahead of this week’s matches.

For the second week in a row we had 4 winners 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. As always our main focus will be on the South African teams. So without further adieu let’s get to it!

Saturday 02 March 2019 – Emirates Lions v Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Airlines Park 15h05*

The first home game of the season for the Emirates Lions, as they welcome a Vodacom Bulls team fresh on the back of a loss in Beunos Aires against the Jaguares in round 2. Despite their round 1 thrashing of the DHL Stormers, the “Captain Americans” may struggle in Johannesburg in what is sure to be one of the best Trans-Jukskei derbies we’ve seen in a while.

The Pretoria based team are second on the South African conference table behind the Cell C Sharks but are only ahead of the Emirates Lions on points difference. Captain Fantastic, Warren Whitely, has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks with injury issues continuing to plague both his career and preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.

Both packs have the ability to dominate opposition players both in the loose and in set plays, but the anticipation of Malcolm Marx and Duane Vermeulen battling it out in the rucks must have Marvel… um… rugby fans chomping at the bit.

Having said that, both backlines are electric. There is a massive opportunity for the 9/10 combinations to state their case as the best Springbok pairing, should Papier/Pollard and Cronje/Jantjies face up. Ross Cronje, to be fair, has not played rugby for 5 months and may not make the 22 man squad, but confirmed last week that his return is imminent. The Kriel/Mapoe and Speckman/Dyantyi duels really add to the feeling of a truly epic battle of cinematic proportions.

Officials:

Referee – Paul Williams

Assistant ref – Cwengile Jadezweni

Assistant ref – Griffon Colby

TMO – Marius Jonker

PREDICTION: Emirates Lions by 7

Saturday 02 March 2019 – Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17h15*

What a week it has been for both teams. The DHL Stormers coming off an 86th minute win against the Emirates Lions at Newlands after their dismal result at Loftus in week 1. The Cell C Sharks lead the SA conference table with an away bonus point win against the Sunwolves and a commanding victory against the Blues at Kings Park, again with a bonus point.

The gravity of this match highlights how competitive the South African conference is and could see the Durbanites cementing their spot at the top of the Super Rugby log, in turn rooting The Stormers to the bottom of the SA conference.

The men from KZN must be the clear favourites but some are expecting a positive performance from Robbie Fleck’s side with the momentum from last week’s win. Perhaps Black Panther’s Oscar wins will contribute to inspire and motivate the Sharks.

The backline combination driven by Robert du Preez, Am, Mapimpi, Nkosi and Bosch are a difficult proposition to bet against, despite the experience bolstered by the Thor-mers.

Officials:

Referee – Jaco Peyper

Assistant ref – Egon Seconds

Assistant ref – Divan Uys

TMO – Willie Vos

PREDICTION: Cell C Sharks by 5

As for the rest of the weekend’s predictions:

Friday 22 February 2019 – Hurricanes v Brumbies – Hurricanes by 12

Friday 22 February 2019 – Rebels v Highlanders – Highlanders by 5

Saturday 23 February 2019 – Chiefs v Sunwolves – Chiefs by 25

Saturday 23 February 2019 – Reds v Crusaders – Crusaders by 14

Saturday 23 February 2019 – Jaguares v Blues – Jaguares by 5

There you have our full list of predictions for round 3 of Vodacom Super Rugby, may they give you that highly anticipated GSP on Superbru where we also have our own pool with prizes.

We want to thank Justin for this awesome preview and we encourage anyone reading this to give him a follow and also paying his website a visit.

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