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Super Rugby Game of The Week – Round 10

Another week and another round of Super Rugby is upon us already as we head in to the tenth round of this year’s competition.

We lost out on what seemed like a guaranteed GSP but after the stellar performance the Southern Kings put in we were happy to not get it. After all only 2% of the SuperBru community backed the Kings for that upset against former Super Champions, Waratahs. The other game we missed out on was the Cell C Sharks v Rebels clash…well clash is surely the wrong word there. Think Coach Robert du Preez summed it up best here…

 

Back to this week’s action, we ran a poll on our Twitter account and after 24 hours the game most people reckon will be toughest to call is the Jaguares v Sharks and we invited one of our colleagues to write us a guest post on what he thinks will happen and where he sees the two teams will get the better of the other. We invite you to give Mzamo Moloi a follow on his Twitter as he is also a sports lover like we are and is also a big Emirates Lions and Orlando Pirates supporter. Over to you Moloi!!!

The José Amalfitani Stadium has proven to be a grave yard for visiting teams in 2017. The Emirates Lions, Toyota Cheetahs and Queensland Reds have all suffered defeats at the home of the team nobody enjoys playing. Increasingly difficult to beat when on the road, the Jaguares have proven untouchable in Buenos Aires. After a testing tournament debut in 2016, the Argentinians have doubled their output this term. Last year the South Americans won 4 matches out of 15, in 2017 the Raul Perez coached franchise has already won half of their 8 fixtures thus far.

As things stand the Jaguares are next in line for a playoff spot in 9th place on the overall standings and are dark horses heading into the second half of the regular season. After almost stunning the Lions in Johannesburg last Friday, leading by 21-14 with 10 minutes to go, they will fancy taking on the Cell C Sharks on home turf this weekend.

The visiting Sharks produced one of their worst performances in recent seasons against the Rebels last week in a drab 9-all draw in Durban. Having narrowly beaten the Jaguares by 5pts earlier this month, the men in black need a convincing win to put their campaign back on track. That will be harder to do considering the Jags have beaten each of their visitors by double figures this year. With just 4 points separating the two sides on the overall South African Group standings, the significance of this result could have far reaching implications for both outfits.

The Sharks will really find it tough this weekend, especially without stalwarts like André Esterhuizen (six week suspension for a dangerous tackle against the Rebels) and Kobus van Wyk who is nursing an injury he sustained during the warm-up before last week’s Rebels match.

PREDICTION: Jaguares by 10

With Mzamo’s permutation done, let’s see what Brenden Nel has gone with this week in his weekly preview.

Finally we have our predictions for this week after a long and hard head-scratch (best you back your own margins):

Highlanders v DHL Stormers – Landers by 4

Chiefs v Sunwolves – Chiefs by 36

Reds v Waratahs – Reds by 2

Force v Emirates Lions – Lions by 10

Toyota Cheetahs v Crusaders – Saders by 18

Southern Kings v Rebels – Kings by 3

Brumbies v Blues – Blues by 5

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