Super Rugga Watch 2018 – Round 13

Our weekly Super Rugga Watch has seen us go from hero to zero in 4 weeks and as they say, it can only get better from here as we look ahead to Round 13 of this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.

There are some dodgy games this week and from what we have heard it’s a tough week yet again.

Here goes nothing…

Friday 11 May 2018 – Blues v Hurricanes, Eden Park – 09h35*

The battle for the top of the New Zealand conference and overall table starts with this game as the Hurricanes look to surpass the Crusaders in what is becoming a two-horse race in this year’s competition.

The Blues are struggling and against fellow Kiwi teams they won’t have much hope at this stage. It’s important to realise that they aren’t poor due to performance but more because they are sitting with a massive list of injured players that include the likes of Sonny Bill Williams, which is forcing them to play many players out of position as well.

PREDICTION: Hurricanes by 10

Saturday 12 May 2018 – Sunwolves v Reds, Chichibunomiya Stadium – 05h15*

The Sunwolves are back from their bye and are hosting another team that has been riding the proverbial see-saw this year.

The Wolves have been playing inspired rugby and are yet to get that first win of the season as they normally do and if our sources are correct then this might just be the game you should consider to back them in.

PREDICTION: Sunwolves by 3

Saturday 12 May 2018 – Crusaders v Waratahs, AMI Stadium – 07h15*

As mentioned earlier the 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby race is between the Crusaders and Canes with only 2 points separating them.

The Saders are back home again and will be welcoming another Aussie team who is trying very hard to find form but somehow are lacking that something to make it all tick for them.

The men from Christchurch started slow against the Rebels last week and finished like a house on fire and if that is anything to go by then our prediction might be a tad too low…let’s find out.

PREDICTION: Crusaders by 19

Saturday 12 May 2018 – Highlanders v Emirates Lions, Forsyth Barr – 09h35*

Another team who is back home and will want to impress, is the Highlanders who got a proper beating from the Cell C Sharks a week ago in Durban. This will be their third week running, facing South African opposition, as the Emirates Lions visit the student town of Dunedin.

Not the easiest call to make this week but one has to favour the home team here, especially with the news of Lions stalwart, Malcolm Marx not being part of the Lions and Springboks for the next 6 weeks after his scan showed a high grade hamstring tendon tear, which he picked up against the Hurricanes last week. Thankfully no surgery will be required.

PREDICTION: Highlanders by 6

Saturday 12 May 2018 – Brumbies v Rebels, GIO Stadium – 11h45*

The weekly “snorefest” is back as we see our first Aussie derby in a couple of weeks return with the Brumbies hosting the Rebels from Melbourne.

The Brumbies had a bye and the Rebels had a thrashing at the hands of overall table leaders, the Crusaders. The Rebels are above the Brumbies on the standings but looking at how things are panning out in that conference one has to favour the home side, even though it could go either way.

PREDICTION: Brumbies by 4

Saturday 12 May 2018 – DHL Stormers v Chiefs, DHL Newlands –15h05*

Cape Town has had rain and the DHL Stormers beat the Vodacom Bulls but has it been enough to get excited, yet?

Robbie Fleck’s men have won all their home games this season and zero away matches and are now 2 from 7 must win games. They welcome a hurting Chiefs side that got embarrassed by a travelling Jaguares team a week ago in New Zealand and if the Chiefs are serious about making the playoffs then the Stormers will be on the wrong side of winning this weekend, as we expect it will be.

PREDICTION: Chiefs by 5

Sat 12 May 2018 – Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks, Loftus Versfeld –17h15*

The Vodacom Bulls are back home this week as they welcome the Cell C Sharks to Loftus Versfeld for their return fixture of the season.

The men from Durban are still smiling after showing their potential over the weekend against the Highlanders in a near perfect performance but are very aware of the task at hand facing a Bulls team that disappointed heavily in Cape Town and are in serious need to revive their 2018 campaign.

We are banking on the Sharks not maintaining their feat of last week and John Mitchell convincing his young Bulls team of their own potential which they displayed a month ago against this same team from Durban.

PREDICTION: Vodacom Bulls by 8

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