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2019 Vodacom Super Rugby – Round 6

It’s week 6 of Vodacom Super Rugby and another round of mouth-watering matches await all us rugby lovers yet again.

Without wasting time let’s get straight to it!

Saturday 23 March 2019 – Hurricanes vs DHL Stormers, Westpac Stadium 08:35*

The DHL Stormers get their 4-week tour started against former Super Rugby champions, Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday morning with three changes to the starting line-up that beat the Jaguares a week ago.

The Hurricanes in turn have made wholesale changes to their team due to the All Black player management agreement that is in place. Key players have been retained to balance things out with both Beauden and Jordie Barrett starting at 10 & 12 respectively, while TJ Perenara, Dane Coles and Ngani Laumape are all rested.

These changes should give the men from Cape Town alot of hope to end their 10-game losing streak in New Zealand and this match should also give a glimpse of what depth the Hurricanes have for the competition going forward.

Officials:

Referee – Glen Jackson

Assistant ref – Nick Briant

Assistant ref – Ben O’Keeffe

TMO – Glenn Newman

PREDICTION: Hurricanes by 10

Saturday 23 March 2019 – Sunwolves v Emirates Lions, Singapore National Stadium 12:55*

The Emirates Lions are in Singapore this weekend facing a rejuvenated Sunwolves outfit that have been pushing most teams to the limit this season.

The men from Jo’burg are starting to find their feet and will look to build on their impressive comeback against the Rebels a week ago but will try and find a way to concede less tries against them as this has been a big problem for the Lions this season.

The Wolves have been very impressive in 2019 and will be looking to build on their recent performances and should be a good test for Swys de Bruin’s men out in a hot & humid Singapore National Stadium.

Hopefully the Lions don’t underestimate this Sunwolves team and make this game count as the South African Conference is very much open for anyone at this stage of the tournament.

Officials:

Referee – Damon Murphy

Assistant ref – Shuhei Kubo

Assistant ref – Tawasaki Kawahara

TMO – Minoru Fuji

PREDICTION: Lions by 12

Saturday 23 March 2019 – Vodacom Bulls v Chiefs, Loftus Versfeld 15:05*

The Vodacom Bulls return after their bye week, welcoming a Chiefs team that seem to be returning to form after a good outing against the Hurricanes a week ago.

Pote Human’s men will be looking to resume the form they had heading into their bye week. He has however opted to make a couple of changes with most of his injured players returning, allowing him to bulk up on his bench depth. Warrick Gelant will be sorely missed but Divan Rossouw will be more than adequate to fill his shoes as shown in the past.

As mentioned earlier the Chiefs will look to build on their form shown against the Canes when they pulled off a draw in a game they probably should have won. They will also hope that Damian McKenzie will continue in the same vein of form he showed against the men from Wellington.

The Bulls should dominate as they have been over most of the first four weeks but they can expect a serious challenge from a Chiefs outfit that are looking to get back in contention after a very poor start to the 2019 Super Rugby season.

Officials:

Referee – AJ Jacobs

Assistant ref – Cwengile Jadezweni

Assistant ref – Griffin Colby

TMO – Willie Vos

PREDICTION: Bulls by 10

Saturday 23 March 2019 – Cell C Sharks v Rebels, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:15*

The Cell C Sharks, coming off a bye, welcome the Rebels to Durban in a clash that holds great importance for both sides.

The men from Melbourne and the Cell C Sharks have both suffered defeats in their previous fixtures respectively and neither will want to follow on with that trend. The Rebels will also hope to take some points out of their trip to South Africa after conceding a 33-5 lead over the Emirates Lions that resulted in a 36-33 last minute loss.

The men from Durban also welcome home Craig Burden who played hooker for them between 2006 and 2013 before embarking on a five-year stint in France, representing Toulon, Montpellier and Stade Français. He has been named as a replacement for Akker van der Merwe.

As mentioned before this game has everything riding on it for both teams and should be a great match to end off another splendid Saturday of Super Rugby action.

Officials:

Referee – Paul Williams

Assistant ref – Egon Seconds

Assistant ref – Jaco Peyper

TMO – Ian Smith

PREDICTION: Rebels by 6

Other match predictions we have are:

Friday 22 March 2019 – Blues v Highlanders – Highlanders by 8

Saturday 23 March 2019 – Waratahs v Crusaders – Crusaders by 18

Sunday 24 March 2019 – Reds v Brumbies – Brumbies by 9

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

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