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Super Rugga Watch – Semi-Finals

The time has finally come when we will find out who the best 2 teams in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby is as the semi-finals dawn upon us this weekend.

It’s amazing to see how everything panned out at the end of the day with one team from each of the three Super Rugby conferences are represented this weekend and it’s sure to deliver even more surprises or will it?

Let’s cut straight to the chase and look at the two matches of the weekend that will decide next week’s finalists.

Saturday 28 July 2018 – Crusaders v Hurricanes, AMI Stadium – 09h35*

It all gets underway in Christchurch when the Crusaders are hosting local rivals the Hurricanes. The men from Wellington will hope to pull off the almost impossible, trying to beat the 8-time defending Super Rugby Champions in their own backyard.

In March this year the Canes got it right when they beat the Saders 29-19 at the Westpac Stadium, only for the men in red to return the favour back home with a 24-13 drubbing in Round 15.

As things stand its even-stevens but it is important to know that the Crusaders have NEVER lost a semi-final fixture in Christchurch and that would be the biggest detractor for Chris Boyd and his men.

Scott Robertson’s men on the other hand need no motivation as this club never seem to grow tired of winning.

The odds are heavily stacked against the team in yellow and one would be very brave to go against the home side this weekend. However if you need a bump up the leaderboard in your SuperBru pools then I would say, “Go HURRICANES!!!!”

PREDICTION: Crusaders by 9

Sat 28 July 2018 – Emirates Lions v Waratahs, Emirates Airline Park – 15h05*

Once the dust or possibly mud has settled over in Christchurch the action will resume in Johannesburg where the Emirates Lions will host their 3rd consecutive Super Rugby semi-final at home in 3 years.

Their guests will be the Waratahs from Australia who put up a massive comeback against the Highlanders to book the final spot in this year’s last-4.

The weather should be awesome and will make for great running rugby from 2 teams who like to give the ball air once the forward domination has been resolved.

Can Swys de Bruin’s men finally get the start he has been calling for over the last couple of weeks or will the Tahs come racing out the blocks to get an early lead and try counter the altitude hoodoo so many teams seem to struggle with on the Highveld?

The Lions had their best showing of the season a week ago against the Jaguares and if that is anything to go by then Daryl Gibson’s men are in for a proper mauling. If however the men from New South Wales can get out of the blocks early, we are all in for a Super Rugby treat.

It would be stupid to go against the pride of Jozi but the Tahs proved different against the Highlanders a week ago when 61% of people backed the men from Hamilton to do the business.

PREDICTION: Emirates Lions by 12

Let us know if you agree or disagree with our predictions and feel free to join the conversation on Twitter with #SuperRuggaWatch

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*denotes South African kick-off times

One Comment

  1. Jason cook

    July 28, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Cher chur the canists

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