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Super Rugga Watch 2018 – Round 10

This week we have none other than new Springbok Coach Rassie Erasmus sharing his views and predictions for round 10 of this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby and we really appreciate his time in writing this week’s Super Rugga Watch.

Before we hear from Coach Rassie, here is our LIVE chat we had with Grit Sports on Driving Maul this Thursday.

It’s that time of the week and its all downhill from here to the end. The logs don’t look much different than last year. The South African teams dawdle in the bottom half with the exception of the Emirates Lions. They still have to tour though and we will have a better idea of which team will top the SA conference once the Lions return. At this stage very few people will put any money on another team, other than the Lions and the Vodacom Bulls to take the conference.

There was one major surprise last week when the Jaguares beat the top of the table Aussie team, Rebels. The win in Durban for the Bulls was only a surprise to those of you that aren’t in the know.

We don’t expect surprises this week, so let’s get down to business.

Friday 20 April 2018 – Blues v Highlanders, Eden Park – 09h35*

If you talk inconsistency, the name of the Cell C Sharks comes to mind first, but the Blues will certainly give them a go for that label. The Highlanders are luckily not in the same boat and have shown some enterprising rugby this year, although they only have 4 out of 6 wins.

The Blues, as always can pull a surprise and like so many games, a yellow card here and there can be the difference. Discipline will therefore be key. The Highlanders have also shown they can play the full 80 minutes+.

PREDICTION: Highlanders by 14

Friday 20 April 2018 – Waratahs v Lions, Allianz Stadium – 11h45*

The Emirates Lions will have their first taste of their extended tour when they come up against the Waratahs in Sydney. They lost to the Jaguares while travelling across the Atlantic, so there is some worries with the travelling. It will also be another test for Coach Swys on their insistence to be different. Why on earth are you leaving only on the Tuesday when you play the Friday? Let us hope he teaches us something we don’t know.

One of the big revelations this year for the Lions was their forward pack’s strength despite the loss of several key players to injury. It will then also be no different in this game if the forwards can stamp their authority early on in the game. With 5 wins out of 8, the Lions have a lot to prove. In comparison, the Tahs with 5 out of 7 does not appear to be a team that will be a mere pushover.

There are also a number of players that want to impress as Bok jerseys will be available to a few Lions this year if rumours are to be believed. The return of Captain Warren Whiteley has been postponed and Nic Groom will come off the bench.

You will probably get a lot of other punters going the way of the Tahs but our hearts have spoken.

PREDICTION: Lions by 15

Saturday 21 April 2018 – Crusaders v Sunwolves, AMI Stadium – 09h35*

There is not much that can be said about this game. The Sunwolves do not deserve a place in Super Rugby and will probably be out of the tournament at the next review.

Short and sweet, it will be a massacre. If the Vodacom Bulls could beat the Sharks by 30 last week, the Crusaders can certainly win by a record margin against the wolf pups this week.

PREDICTION: Crusaders by 60+

Saturday 21 April 2018 – Reds v Chiefs, Suncorp Stadium – 11h45*

The Reds have not really been on top their game this year…, well actually the last few years. We do not expect any surprises here. The Chiefs with 5 wins from 7 is right up there with the leaders on the overall log.

There will be some effort from the Reds as there always is when you defend home territory but the Chiefs will take this one on the trot.

PREDICTION: Chiefs by 10

Saturday 21 April 2018 – Vodacom Bulls v Rebels, Loftus Versfeld – 15h05*

One of the biggest challenges with the Vodacom Bulls this season so far has been consistency. They seem to pitch up bi-weekly and if they pitch up with that attitude it will be a long afternoon. The Rebels did throw it away against the Jaguares last week but they are most definitely not to be underestimated. However without their trump card Will Genia they are probably going to struggle.

Some players in the Bulls team have really stepped up this year, especially Lood de Jager, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss, Handré Pollard and the whizz-kid Warick Gelant. If they play to their full potential and with the crowds returning to Fortress Loftus again, all the girls in Pretoria will be easy on Saturday night.

PREDICTION: Bulls by 18

Sat  21 April 2018 – Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers, Jonsson Kings Park –17h15*

The SA Game of the week, which I will attend naturally due to work requirements…

The only thing the DHL Stormers will enjoy in Durban this weekend is the weather and the long showers.

The Capetonians are in turmoil! Their management and Coach are under siege and its showing in their performances.

The Cell C Sharks on the other hand do have some rising stars that will want to show their mettle and convince everybody they deserve a place in the Springbok team (and make up for that painful loss against the Bulls).

There will be a number of match ups, especially in the backlines, that will be closely watched. The battle of the 10’s will once again be of high interest.  

PREDICTION: Sharks by 6

Sunday 22 April 2018 – Brumbies v Jaguares, GIO Stadium –08h05*

The Jaguares had a late surge against the Rebels to claim a narrow “surprise” victory a week ago, and spoil almost everyone’s GSP, will be looking to cash in on what seems to be a weak Aussie conference as they visit the Brumbies this Sunday.

The Brumbies put up a brave showing for 60 minutes against the Highlanders in Dunedin only to crash out eventually.

This game should be a good contest to watch and the Brumbies should ultimately come through with the “W”.

Three mornings of breakfast in front of the telly, now that is a proper Super Rugby weekend that any lover of the sport can be proud of, topped with a dash of Brumbies v Jaguares.

PREDICTION: Brumbies by 12

If you like what you read here then leave me your comments below in the comments area and I will gladly respond.

Your Springbok Coach and SARU Director of Rugby and sometimes predictor of results, Coach Rassie!

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2 Comments

  1. David Wolpert

    April 18, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    I am really concerned about the Stormers.
    WP schools rugby is very strong,they won the Currie Cup and varsity cup,yet the Stormers are pathetic-no apparent game plan or style and shocking defence. It just has to be the coaching. If things continue their very loyal supporters will desert them.
    This is also not good for SA rugby with CT a traditional talent nursery.

    • Jacques Henning

      Jacques Henning

      April 19, 2018 at 11:46 AM

      We agree 100% with you David. Can Province turn things around like the Bulls are starting to show now or is this only the beginning to a deep black hole?

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