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2019 Vodacom Super Rugby – Round 4

Another week of Vodacom Super Rugby has gone by as we look ahead to Round 4 this weekend.

We have had many request from people asking us if they can have their hand at writing our weekly preview and this week SA Sports Critic on Twitter has been given the reigns after his stellar first three rounds on SuperBru. Give him a follow, it’s well worth winning a Yellow Cap.

Take it away Sir!

Saturday 09 March 2019 – Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks, Loftus Versfeld 17h15*

Getting straight into the pick of the games from a South African point of view, this match showcases the early pace-setters in the SA conference against each other.

The Cell C Sharks struggled against a resurgent DHL Stormers in Durban. Their ball-in-hand, attack-minded approach was outplayed by a more “classical” game plan (hard defense and good tactical kicking.)

The Vodacom Bulls on the other hand, had a great outing against the Emirates Lions with Handré Pollard controlling the match like a true General. Their pack more than stood their ground against a good Lions pack.

I think it will be a good match up between the packs, but for me, the real edge lies with the Bulls’ backline. In the Bulls-Sharks derbies, the likes of Jesse Kriel and Handré Pollard seem to give that extra 10%.

Officials:

Referee – Marius van der Westhuizen

Assistant ref – Egon Seconds

Assistant ref – Divan Uys

TMO – Christie du Preez

PREDICTION: For me personally (and it might be a case of more heart than head): Vodacom Bulls by 9

Saturday 09 March 2019 – Emirates Lions v Jaguares, Emirates Airline Park 15h05*

A quick return fixture for these two sides; the Emirates Lions will be hurting after their first loss against the Vodacom Bulls at “Ellis Park” in 7 years, and it’s clearly visible that coach Swys de Bruin, the players and the fans are devastated after this Jukskei derby.

The Jaguares, on the other hand, might see their round one loss against the Lions as an early season blip as they were relatively convincing against the Bulls and the Blues in rounds two and three.

For me, the biggest question mark in the Lions setup is the leadership and decision making; it is clear that the players are more than capable.

With the Jaguares, we don’t know how well they will travel with the new coach, and without Sanchez at 10.

I also think coach Swys will give his players more than a proper talking before kickoff on Saturday, and hopefully the players will respond.

Officials:

Referee – Rasta Rasivhenge

Assistant ref – Cwengile Jadezweni

Assistant ref – Griffin Colby

TMO – Willie Vos

PREDICTION: Emirates Lions by 13

My calls for the rest of the weekend’s matches are:

Friday 8 March 2019 – Hurricanes v Highlanders – Hurricanes by 12

Friday 8 March 2019 – Rebels v Brumbies – Rebels by 9

Saturday 9 March 2019 – Crusaders v Chiefs – Crusaders by 18

Saturday 9 March 2019 – Blues v Sunwolves – Blues by 8

Saturday 9 March 2019 – Waratahs v Reds – Waratahs by 8

There it is, my first ever written preview, which I hope helps your SuperBru this weekend.

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