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2019 Vodacom Super Rugby – Round 7

For some this would be seen as the halfway mark in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby competition and the pressure will slowly start to mount on teams heading towards the business end of the tournament.

We had a dismal week of predictions last week and we are going to do our best to get back to GSP honours this week.

Saturday 30 March 2019 – Blues vs DHL Stormers, Eden Park 08:35*

The men from Cape Town had a fairly decent outing on their first game on tour a week ago against the Hurricanes and some might feel they were unlucky not to cause an upset.

This week Siya Kolisi and his men are up against a Blues outfit who have been up and down this year and if Coach Fleck can convince his men, they could be up for some away points, something that has been very rare especially away in New Zealand for the DHL Stormers.

The men from Auckland however will have to bring their A-game if they wanna continue the trend against the Capetonians this weekend.

We are still a bit unsure about the Stormers this year even though they have shown glimpses of promising results as much as they have shown how easily they can fall at the last hurdle in a match.

We are going to be brave and back Kolisi’s men and hope that last week’s narrow loss has inspired them to go for the “W” this week!

Officials:

Referee – Nick Briant

Assistant ref – Glen Jackson

Assistant ref – Federico Anselmi

TMO – Ben Skeen

PREDICTION: DHL Stormers by 3

Sat 30 March 2019 – Cell C Sharks v Vodacom Bulls, Jonsson Kings Park 15:05*

Our game of the weekend by a country mile as all South African derbies should be but this one specific has become a must watch fixture over the years and more so this coming weekend.

The men from Durban bounced back after 2 losses and will be brimming with confidence especially since their counterparts from Pretoria got smashed to all corners of Loftus Versfeld at the hands of the Chiefs.

The Vodacom Bulls are smarting from this beating and will want to prove all their enemies wrong about falling back in their old ways of the past and return back to the form they have shown this year against local opposition.

The Cell C Sharks are seeing this as an opportunity to make right the wrongs from 3 weeks ago at Loftus when they got thumped by 23 points.

They will be a bit worried as their depth at centre is going to be tested even more with the loss of yet another stalwart due to ill-discipline as they have now lost Marius Louw for 3 weeks after losing Jeremy Ward for 5 weeks.

Only concern for us regarding Bulls is the fact that Coach Pote Human has more faith in Burger Odendaal, who is clearly not the player he has been in the past and could rue the fact that he has dropped Dylan Sage completely. It is great seeing Eli Snyman back where he belongs and Hanro Liebenberg also back where he is meant to be. Papier will be desperate to show he is Human’s first choice scrumhalf.

This is going to be an early afternoon match in extreme Durban humidity with the temperature at around 26 degrees at kickoff, so it’s safe to say we are going to see running rugby at its best with great battles up front to set up the backs.

We are very confident that the Bulls will deliver another killer blow of note and re-ignite their title ambitions and prove what happened against the Chiefs was a mere bump in the road to glory, thus extending their 8-match unbeaten run over the Sharks.

Officials:

Referee – Mike Fraser

Assistant ref – Rasta Rasivhenge

Assistant ref – Brendon Pickerill

TMO – Christie du Preez

PREDICTION: Bulls by 9

Other match predictions we have are:

Friday 29 March 2019 – Hurricanes v Crusaders – Crusaders by 8

Friday 29 March 2019 – Waratahs v Sunwolves – Waratahs by 16

Saturday 30 March 2019 – Reds v Rebels – Rebels by 6

Saturday 30 March 2019 – Jaguares v Chiefs – Chiefs by 6

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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