Super Rugby 2019 Round 8 Predictions

Another weekend of horror for Super Rugby pickers last weekend. I think things are going to turnaround this weekend though. The opening couple of games are tough to pick but after that I think it’s fairly predictable. Only time will tell though.

Catchup with what happened in Round 7 with the DrivingMaul Round 7 Review hosted by Steve from the Cornflake YouTube Channel.

Here is my video with my Super Rugby 2019 Round 8 Predictions:

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Highlanders v Hurricanes – Hurricanes by 3

After a good start to the season with 2 wins, if not sparkling performances, the Landers have been finding it tough. After losing on the road to the Rebels when they rested a few players they have had back to back away derby losses. Normally you wouldn’t be worried about that but one of those was against the Blues who hadn’t won against a NZ side in ages.

The Canes are another side that aren’t hitting their straps. However they are getting the results. Whilst they have lost twice this season both games were against the Crusaders. Yup that strange scheduling we see in Super Rugby where teams play both their games against each other in quick succession. The only thing that is predictable this season is that the Saders are the top team in the competition. I think this one will be close as the Landers haven’t been beaten by double figures yet but I just feel the Canes know how to win.

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

Reds v DHL Stormers – Reds by 3

This is another really tough game to call. The Reds initially looked to be preforming well but losing. However against the Rebels they just lost. Also what tactics are the Stormers going to come out with? Lineout mauling for tries or spreading the ball wide to stretch the defence?

Against the Reds the best course of action for the Stormers would be to test the backs rather than going for an arm wrestle. Can the Reds make it an arm wrestle though? I think they’ll be able to do that just enough as the Stormers haven’t got the skills nailed yet to effectively execute the expansive game.

Emirates Lions v Cell C Sharks – Emirates Lions by 10

After the opening 2 games that were really hard to pick is was soothing to find one that’s fairly obvious. Sure the Lions haven’t been perfect, losing at home to the Bulls and giving up a big lead to the Rebels there too. However the Sharks are yet to beat a South African side. Perfect against overseas opposition and horrible against Bok sides. Lions comfortably at home for me.

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Crusaders v Brumbies – Crusaders by 20

The Saders had an understandable blip post the Christchurch attack. However last weekend showed them back to their dominant best. The Brumbies on the other hand flattered to deceive against a poor Chiefs side. Since then they have been far from convincing winning only 1 game. At home to the Tahs is totally different to away to the Saders. Expect a TBP home win (btw I upgraded my margin as I wrote this and I have never done that before).

Blues v Waratahs – Blues by 7

The Blues now how the longest current winning streak of all the New Zealand sides. That’s 3 wins on the trot at home. Now we can discuss if they can travel another time because they remain in Auckland this weekend. The Tahs on the other hand have really disappointed. They did have that freak win over the Saders but their other 2 wins were against 2 of the bottom 3 sides. The Blues fans should have another weekend of raising the roof at Eden Park.

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

Rebels v Sunwolves – Rebels by 15

I thought that the travel back from South Africa after 2 losses there would lead to a hangover. Well I was wrong and bringing back a host of players halfway through the tour seams to have worked.

The Sunwolves are capable of an upset here and there. The problem is going to be picking when those weekends are going to happen. There will be upsets when teams are slightly complacent. However the week after they have upset the Tahs isn’t likely to be one of those weeks.

Vodacom Bulls v Jaguares – Vodacom Bulls by 10

If I was using my Sharks theory then I’d have to go with a Jaguares win here. So far the Bulls have only beaten South African sides. However the Jaguares are still to win outside of South America this season. I think that the Bulls will gain revenge for round 2 when they lost in Argentina. The altitude and travel will give them an advantage. Also I expect the margin to blow out one way or the other. Last weekend was the Bulls first close result.

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