Super Rugga Watch 2018 – Round 1

Vodacom Super Rugby is back and as most of you already know, it has been restored to a format that suits everyone, players and fans alike!

We have also decided on a couple of changes and will use this opportunity to acquaint our fellow readers of the changes that could be coming your way this season as we all get ready to support our favourite teams across the rugby Southern hemisphere.

Every week, unless we get a lucky breakaway to some paradise island, we will be providing a condensed preview for each game of the week with our suggested predictions per match, named Super Rugga Watch 2018.

Following each round we are going to try and give our readers the best look back at what we thought stood out in what will become known as, Weekend That Was. We welcome you all to engage with us throughout every weekend via our Twitter and Facebook page if and when you see something interesting, funny or weird happen and we will gladly look at it and discuss it.

We hope that you will enjoy this Super Rugby journey with us and may the best team win…pardon if we might sound a bit biased to a certain team…we are also human after all 😉

So without any further a due, here are our brief views and predictions for this first round of 2018!

Saturday 17 February 2018 – DHL Stormers v Jaguares, DHL Newlands 15h05

We don’t think there will be too much in this fixture to ponder about, so let’s cut to the chase…

PREDICTION: DHL Stormers by 13

Saturday 17 February 2018 – Emirates Lions v Cell C Sharks, Emirates Airline Park 17h15

This is becoming one of South Africa’s big derbies and if the fixtures we saw in 2017 is anything to go by then this will be another one for the annals. If you are in Johannesburg this weekend, then we suggest you get down to Emirates Airline Park for this humdinger.

PREDICTION: Cell C Sharks by 3

Below you can see some views and opinions that were shared in our first appearance on Driving Maul’s weekly preview show along with the guys from GritSports on what is expected this coming weekend…

That’s it for this week’s predictions. Feel free to leave your thoughts and picks below in our comments section and also enter for our competitions we are running.

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  1. Sean Blom

    February 16, 2018 at 8:28 AM

    Hi Jacques, I can’t agree with you more. I think the Stormers, even without Etzebeth and Du Toit, will have too much in the tank for a struggling Jaguares team. I say struggling, because they seem to blow hot and cold, since they joined the competition. They have a lot of potential, but unfortunately a few of their key test players, decided to ply their trade in Europe, and that is why they struggle to be consistent, even when most of them play in the Rugby Championship for their national team. It is actually quite disappointing that the Argies have not really benefited from the inclusion in the competition, as it hasn’t yet strengthened their rugby to a degree that it is noticeable. Of course they have been giving the Bokke hell the last few seasons, but I still believe that is only because of poor coaching and team selection on the side of SA Rugby itself. Regarding the Stormers, i believe they have a strong squad this season, again, but it will be interesting to see if Fleckie can get the best out of them this season. He has been around for a few seasons now, so hopefully this year they will gel well together and get the results. It is important for SA Rugby that all our teams fare well, and reach the playoffs. They have some exciting youngsters, and with Kolisi there to inspire them, they might just make it this season. I also believe the Stormers will take this one by at least 14 points. The Lions and Sharks game will be very interesting. There has been some interesting selections on both sides, with Swys not opting for a replacement scrumhalf might come back to bite him, should Ross get injured. Playing Rohan off the bench might be a good strategy, but I think he would have been able to keep the big and impressive Esterhuizen under wraps with more success, than what might be the case with Harold. harold is a big guy, but I feel Rohan is better at defense, and with Esterhuizen running hard at the line, they might need that earlier, rather than later in the game. Whiteley will however lead from the front, it just depends on how sharp he will be after a lengthy lay-off since he got injured. I like the look of the Sharks back-line though, with Rob Du Preez starting, and the strong and skillful centres, with a lot of strength and speed on the wings. Mapimpi is a class act, and a try scoring machine, and so is Nkosi. With Am and Esterhuizen creating space out wide for these two, the Lions will have to defend pretty damn well. Up front it will be tight, but I believe the back-line of the Sharks will tip the game in their favor. Rob likes to take on the defense, and he is strong with ball in hand. Elton is not that great on defense, so he will have to depend on his flankers to assist him if rob runs at him hard. Rob’s strong running, good ball distribution, and clever kicking will be one of the major concerns for the Lions Saturday, and he defends well, and has more often than not in previous seasons, proven his worth at the breakdown as well. I believe the Sharks will take this one, by at least 9 points.

    • Jacques Henning

      Jacques Henning

      February 16, 2018 at 4:10 PM

      Hi Sean, clearly you had some time to watch our video chat we did with Paul and Phila on Thursday and we are stoked to see the great informative comment you left and even agreeing with us hehehe. Glad to see I am not the only one believing the Stormers can put a big one in against the Argies. Your thoughts on the Lions v Sharks game has got me worried about my low score for the Sharks. I think you are right and might have a better scoreline, especially with that backline the Sharks are playing on Saturday. Thanks again for the superb comment Sir.

  2. Sean Blom

    February 19, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Well then, so much for my view on the Sharks vs Lions game. Elton and the rest of them shut me up, well and truly. The Sharks made some unforced errors at times though, I thought they were a bit too eager. Maybe some “start of the season” jitters. It was a good game though. Only thing worse than the bad start to my Superbru, is the fact that my name is not Julian today. Lucky man with those two Bulls jerseys he nabbed in your competition. I enjoy reading your views here, and on twitter. Keep it up!

    • Jacques Henning

      Jacques Henning

      February 19, 2018 at 5:50 PM

      Thanks for the support Sean and we will have many more competitions. Regarding the game, I think the Sharks missed a trick by not taking their 3 penalties in the last 6 minutes which would have given them the win as they were the stronger team at that stage with all their super subs brought on. Oh well, we can hopefully bounce back with out SuperBru picks this coming week.

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