Super Rugby 2019 Round 4 Predictions

Well good luck with your picks this weekend, the South African sides decided that they would make it really difficult going forwards with 2 upset away wins. The Australian sides continued to look good and sometimes get the result but not on others. The expansion teams went great and for the first time in forever, 3 New Zealand sides lost in the same weekend! The rule book has been thrown out the window folks, it could be a rough ride for the rest of the season.

Catchup with what happened in Round 3 with the DrivingMaul Round 3 Review hosted by Steve from the Cornflake YouTube Channel.

Here is my video with my Super Rugby 2019 Round 4 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.

Hurricanes v Highlanders – Hurricanes by 5

This is a really difficult one to call as both sides have been a bit inconsistent this season due to resting of players. We are done with the 180 minutes in the first 3 weeks rule that we had for the All Blacks. The new rule we are into is playing a maximum of 4 games on the trot. We are too early in the season for that to take effect and I can’t see either side choosing this as an “easy” game to rest players. So hopefully we won’t be tripped up by selections.

The record book says that they last away win in this fixture was the final back in 2015….. Someways this season feels like that one for the Highlanders in that they win with the Smiths and lose without them. Since they they have become less reliant but last weekend felt like a throwback.

So I guess I should be going with the away win but I think that this Canes side, with TJ and Beauden, pulling the strings will be picking up the home win.

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

Rebels v Brumbies – Rebels by 10

Week 4 and we already have our first return fixtures! This Super Rugby draw is all over the place. The Rebels won in round 1 away by 7 points. That means add a couple for home advantage and it’s going to be 4 wins on the trot for the men from Melbourne over the capital city representatives.

Crusaders v Chiefs – Crusaders by 15

If you’re in Hamilton then come on down to the Zone Sports Bar in SkyCity for our watch party. Steven and I will be there bringing you a pre-match show, halftime analysis and post match reaction.

Unfortunately the form of the Chiefs this year means that this one looks like how many rather than who’s going to win. The Saders have started the season with 3 wins from 3 games. Also they have won the last 4 matches between these 2 sides. With Taylor, Whitelock and Read be back for the Crusaders? If they are great if not then I still don’t see an issue for them.

I will be Live on YouTube straight after the final whistle with post match reaction if you can’t be at the Zone Sports Bar in person.

Blues v Sunwolves – Sunwolves by 5

Oh boy if there was any sign that they rule book have been thrown out the window it’s this game. It should be an easy home win prediction but after last weekend that’s changed. The Sunwolves got a much deserved victory over the Chiefs for their first ever win in New Zealand.

The Blues were disjointed and taken apart by the Jaguares on the other side of the world. Yup it’s the home team with travel fatigue and timezone issues here. After that good performance by the side from Tokyo matched with 2 poor performances whilst traveling around the globe for the Blues means I’m backing the away win here.

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

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Waratahs v Reds – Waratahs by 3

New South Wales v Queensland is 1 of the big sporting rivalries in Australia if not the biggest. Expect this to be tense the only question is if both sides are too scared to make the mistake rather than try to play to their potential. The old final dilemma where matchups are better on paper than on grass.

Tahs are on a 9 game winning streak against the Reds. The Reds problem is that they have performed well but not got the results in the opening couple of games. They were against New Zealand teams but that didn’t stop the Rebels. All that means I’m backing the greater experience in the Waratahs side to see them through.

Emirates Lions v Jaguares – Emirates Lions by 7

We have another return fixture from week 1 in this competition. In that 1 the Lions got their first ever victory in Argentina. So surely the rule is just add a couple of points for home advantage? Unfortunately the Lions have disappointed ever since coming back from that game so whilst I am going with the home win it’s not with a great amount of confidence.

Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks – Vodacom Bulls by 5

Help. As a default I’m going with the home side rule. The problem is that with these 2 sides we have already been burnt as they have lost games that everyone thought they would win. To be fair to the Bulls their only loss has been outside South Africa and they are notorious poor travellers.

The Sharks looked like they had got thing together and were going to put their paper potential on to the park. Then we get that loss last weekend to the Stormers. I’m following the rule book that I said at the top of the piece we’d thrown out the window. Who knows what will really happen?

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