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Super Rugga Watch 2018 – Round 6

This year’s Vodacom Super Rugby is flying by as we are already into previewing Round 6 of the 2018 season and what a season it has been to date.

We can’t really say the same about our predictions, which has been a rollercoaster ride in itself. Last week we slumped to a terrible achievement of 3/7 in a round of fixtures that either got you stumped or lucky, the former being the most popular looking back at the stats on SuperBru post last weekend.

This week we plan to bounce back and we hope you are ready to agree, if not, then let’s agree to disagree at least hehehe.

So let’s stop the babble and get to business…

Friday 23 March 2018 – Crusaders v Vodacom Bulls, AMI Stadium – 08h35*

The Vodacom Bulls are again starting the week’s action and what a game to end off their Australasian Tour. The men from Pretoria have needed to make some enforced changes and thankfully John Mitchell’s pre-season is proving fruitful as he is able to select from the depth they have created in that time. Facing the defending Champions in Christchurch is a daunting task in itself but Mitch has the know-how to encourage his troops to put up a good fight. The Crusaders have struggled over the last two rounds and the Bulls will hope that the Saders will still be in that slump. Being back home in-front of their supporters will be a massive boost for the eight-time Vodacom Super Rugby winners. Can Mitchell’s men deliver that much needed second half performance they have lacked on tour? If so this could very well be a rugby spectacle every rugby lover dreams of!

PREDICTION: Crusaders by 11

Friday 23 March 2018 – Rebels v Cell C Sharks, AAMI Park – 10h45*

The Rebels are welcoming the Cell C Sharks to Melbourne coming off their first loss of this year’s competition and the tourists losing their first game on tour. With 65% of people backing the Sharks against the Brumbies last week, many have now started to question Coach Robert du Preez’s title challenge ambitions. The Durbanites are by far the strongest South African side on paper; however we need to realise that rugby is a sport played on grass. One thing that will count in favour of the visitors this Friday is the fact that they have never lost a match to the Rebels, home or away, and they will have to dig deep if they want to keep that record intact. How much will the loss against the Waratahs have affected Dave Wessels’ men? Good question!

PREDICTION: Cell C Sharks by 3

Saturday 24 March 2018 – Sunwolves v Chiefs, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium – 06h15*

The Sunwolves are back in Japan and will be smiling ahead of their clash with the Chiefs, especially after almost causing the upset of the season away from home. Looking at this fixture one almost feels tempted to back the home side after what they have showed while on tour in Africa. However, sanity surely has to prevail and the Chiefs will want to show their worth this weekend. What will your call be on this game?

PREDICTION: Chiefs by 15

Saturday 24 March 2018 – Hurricanes v Highlanders, Westpac Stadium – 08h35*

The Hurricanes are back from their bye and will be hosting a Highlanders outfit that are yet to lose this season. As has been the case with New Zealand derbies, this match won’t be any different. In fact, this should be a serious humdinger between two sides who we feel are possibly the two teams in the tournament to watch. If the weather plays its part this will be the game of the weekend. Will it be close? We give it a big YES! DISCLAIMER: The Canes are yet to win 3 games consecutively against the Landers.

PREDICTION: Hurricanes by 5

Saturday 24 March 2018 – DHL Stormers v Reds, DHL Newlands – 17h15*

The boys are back! Or so it would seem after last week when the DHL Stormers trounced the Blues after what was a nightmare tour of Australasia. The Capetonians will hope to deliver on the promise they showed their fans when they host the Reds at DHL Newlands. The Queenslanders will also hope to continue their rich vein of form since beating the Vodacom Bulls and Jaguares over the past two weeks. Can the Reds maintain their winning form or will the Cape of Good Hope be a storm too many for them this weekend? We are backing the home side for a yes!

PREDICTION: DHL Stormers by 10

Saturday 24 March 2018 – Jaguares v Emirates Lions, José Amalfitani Stadium – 23h40*

The Jaguares are welcoming the Emirates Lions to their shores in a match which the visitors are yet to win and this might just be third time lucky for the men from Johannesburg. Swys de Bruin is not taking any chances and has sent his strongest possible outfit to Argentina in the hopes of returning with at least 4-points if not more. More however is something the Lions faithful are concerned about at this stage as things have not gone their way over the last two weeks since losing to the Blues at Emirates Airline Park and almost succumbing to the Sunwolves a week ago. The Jaguares also hit a “pothole” when they lost at home to the Reds and will want to regain their home dominance as soon as possible. Are the cracks starting to appear for the Lions or is this just a minor stumbling block they need to clear before they continue their 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby journey? We hope, for their sake it is the latter…

PREDICTION: Emirates Lions by 13

* – denotes kick-off South Africa Time

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