Super Rugby 2019 Round 2 Predictions

Super Rugby is back and we had a good weekend of games in the opening round. There was the normal sublime skills and controversy. This season there was also quite a bit of early season rust so look at that getting brushed off over the next couple of weeks. Click here to get the run down of all the Super Rugby coverage coming your way from DrivingMaul.

Catchup with what happened in Round 1 with the DrivingMaul Round 1 Review hosted by Steve from the Cornflake YouTube Channel.

Here is my video with my Super Rugby 2019 Round 2 Predictions:

Before we get into the actual predictions, I have started a new series “DrivingMaul v The Bookie”. I’m putting money where my mouth is and you can follow the progress here.

Highlanders v Reds – Highlanders by 10

Highlanders pulled off a good away New Zealand derby victory last weekend. Sure you can look at the Chiefs kicking but you can only play against the team that turns up on the day. Sure there were errors but a strong bench saw them home and that depth will help them.

The Reds opened the season with a bye, so we haven’t seen them yet. Still they are a young team and I’m not convinced of Thorn as a coach yet. Also they lost their 2 pre-season games so things aren’t looking promising.

Interestingly enough whilst the Highlanders have won 3 out of the last 4 games between the sides, the Reds won the previous 4 on the trot. That’s a long time ago though and so I’m backing a comfortable home win.

I will be Live on YouTube straight after the final whistle with post match reaction.

Sunwolves v Waratahs – Waratahs by 10

The Sunwolves were without their head coach and international players last weekend. The International players will still be missing this weekend and even though it’s back to back home games they have had to travel to Singapore and back again. So there’s not much in their favour here.

The Tahs cam up short against the Canes but they were just a kick away from winning it. The Sunwolves were nowhere near that close and I think their lack of pre-season games is going to hurt them for a few rounds.

Crusaders v Hurricanes – Crusaders by 5

These two sides managed to win by a combined 3 points in the opening round of games. Both will be happy to kick off with wins but maybe not by the performances. That’s great for a coach as he has the points in the bag but plenty to get the players to work on in the week.

I don’t know if Barrett is back for the Canes for this one but we do know that the Crusaders will be missing Read and Whitelock. Still this is going to be one where the Saders try to use their forward power to put that under strength Canes front 5 on the back foot.

I will be Live on YouTube straight after the final whistle with post match reaction.

Brumbies v Chiefs – Chiefs by 3

The Brumbies kicked off the season with a home loss to the Rebels. In a tournament with so much travel home form is important. For the Brumbies it’s the normal issues of not having the backs to really threaten. Their forwards couldn’t force the game against a new Rebels pack which has to be worrying.

The Chiefs have serious injury issues at 10, 4 players were missing last weekend and they really need DMac back. Webber is not a front line kicker and they left too many points out on the field. That’s why I’m going by a narrow margin, I think the Chiefs will win but if they can’t kick sticks then the Brumbies could keep it close.

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Cell C Sharks v Blues – Cell C Sharks by 5

Both these sides impressed in the opening weekend. The Sharks went behind to the Sunwolves but came back and shut the Japanese side down in the second half. The Blues pushed the Crusaders all the way but gave up 2 penalty tries which is very rare.

Both these sides will be travelling to South Africa so there’s not much difference there. However the Sharks maybe finally putting it together on the pitch after promising so much on paper. The Blues forwards will need to step up for this encounter but I just can’t see it being enough. They are another side that has issues at 10 with Black getting pulled and Plummer missing a kick that could have won the game.

DHL Stormers v Emirates Lions – Emirates Lions by 7

The Stormers are an absolute shambles. Losing to the Bulls away isn’t terrible but losing 40-3 is. There are all sorts of political issues going on off the pitch so we shouldn’t be surprised that the coaches and players can’t concentrate on their performances.

The Lions will be happy with their first win in Argentina, but perhaps a little worried that all their tries were by forwards. Well I shoaled say Schoeman who got a hat-trick. They’ll be looking to get more from their backs this weekend and against a poor Stormers side that might be the perfect match-up.

Jaguares v Vodacom Bulls – Vodacom Bulls by 5

The Jaguares will be disappointed to lose their home record against the Lions. They have another one to protect this weekend. The Jaguares and Bulls have met 4 times and the home side taking victory in each of those.

The Bulls are notoriously poor travellers even by South African standards. However they kicked off the season in real style last weekend and will be looking to kick on from that. There are still question marks over the Jaguares ability to replace Sanchez and they’ll be looking to answers those.

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