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Super-Charged Superheroes Are Here

Lights, cameras, ACTION. Superhero rugby has arrived as the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby is set to get underway this weekend!

Let’s take a closer look at your SA superheroes whom you can Marvel at during this upcoming season.

AMERICAN BULLS

The Vodacom Bulls have added their own Thor to the line-up along with the most loved hooker since Julia Roberts. They have a Springbok halfback pairing, yet one has to wonder whether they have enough buffalo in the pack to shove opponents around and be serious contenders. I also don’t really see wingers in the squad that are going to end up on posters on kids’ bedroom walls any time soon.

Superpower: Experience – Added a few senior heads to the squad in 2019. Pollie van die Pêrel personifies Steve Rogers and the team will look to him to lead their charge a la Captain America himself.

Weakness: Tight five – Lack of brute power amongst the big boys and old-school think-tank calling the shots could stop them short of making the playoffs.

PANTHER SHARKS

Good news for the Black Panthers is that they have a settled squad to call on. The bad news for the Durbanites is that this self-same group of players were hardly challenging for glory in 2018, so why expect things to be any different for them in 2019? The oldest of the Du Preez’s will be hoping for more Jaws than baby shark (doe doe doe doeee) this season yet I struggle to see them doing much better than last season.

Superpower: Settled combinations – The Cell C Sharks have a settled squad with little player movement, electric outside backs & Akker the human wrecking ball.

Weakness: Zero imagination – Despite having two lethal wingers out wide and the creative Lukhanyo Am to put them into space the Wakandanites have struggled in the past to find their attacking flair. Three tries in 160 minutes of warm-up rugby can’t leave one with much hope that this problem will be solved in 2019.

CAPE(D)TONIANS

The DHL Stormers will promise hammering a few opponents and this might indeed happen. But do they have the superpowers to get the job done week in and week out? The squad looks great but one has to wonder whether Fleckie can get them tactically and mentally sharp enough to win the toughest competition in world rugby or will it be a case of they came they Thor they failed – yet again.

Superpower: Newlands faithful – The locals will be excited by the fancy super hero jerseys and the promise of better times ahead after a dominant Currie Cup display (before going belly up at the end). Exciting backs and strong forwards, how can they not go far?

Weakness: Off-field distractions – Issues off the park, their mental fragility as well as Fleck’s coaching abilities are factors that could trip up this impressive squad of rugby players.

SPIDER LIONS

Mary Jane might still fancy the loveable neighbourhood spidey but one has to think that Swysie’s side have come to the end of their life cycle (thus more like a caterpillar than a spider I’d say). Don’t get caught in a web of lies – this Emirates Lions team has lost most of what made it an impressive Super Rugby outfit and they will have their hands full winning the conference let alone trying to go all the way.

Superpower: Fearless Attack – Come the end of the season one can expect to see a couple of high risk, long distance efforts of the Lions to make the highlights for Try of the Season.

Weakness: Allergic to the conservative – When the situation requires calm heads and sound decision making this superhero isn’t exactly the one to call on. Defence is also not a priority in Joburg.

From the above it is clear that whilst there are some things to like about your favourite Saffa superhero there is also an underlying Kryptonite which could derail their cause for justice (and triumph). The only other up-side to the chances of your favourite local franchise is that the Kiwi sides haven’t been allowed to make use of their All Blacks in any warm-up games and they also have to rest them for at least two weeks during the comp. The Aussie game on the other hand is just in a woeful state at the moment and one struggles to see them reach Thanos-like villain status.

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