Super Rugby 2019 Round 10 Predictions

The South African sides continue to throw spanners into the works. It’s not even as though you can go counter intuitive as half the games go to form but the other half don’t. It’s making picking impossible but at least it’s also keeping things interesting.

Catchup with what happened in Round 9 with the DrivingMaul Round 9 Review hosted by Steve from the Cornflake YouTube Channel.

Here is my video with my Super Rugby 2019 Round 10 Predictions:

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Chiefs v Emirates Lions – Chiefs by 7

The Chiefs and All Blacks have lost a key player for the rest of the year in Damian McKenzie. Since he has moved from 10 to 15 the Chiefs haven’t lost a game. We are now going to see is the other backs can step-up and cover for this loss. The Chiefs will still have a strong forward pack and they did see out the game against the Blues without him.

The Lions form has fallen off a cliff! After getting hammered by the Sharks 2 weekends ago they lost to the Brumbies last weekend. This sees the Lions sit bottom of the Africa conference. With that awful couple of games it’s hard to see how the Lions can get up to win this game. However the Lions did win the last game they played here back in 2016….

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

Sunwolves v Hurricanes – Hurricanes by 7

The Sunwolves are a decent team and they will beat some teams this season. On the whole though they’ll need to catch them being complacent and they could be helped this weekend by rested players. Will the Canes take this opportunity to rest some players after 2 NZ derby games? I think so and that means I don’t think the score will blow out.

Cell C Sharks v Reds – Cell C Sharks by 10

The Sharks are a talented side that aren’t coached well. We saw that last weekend as the Jaguares found gaps in the defence to rack up a big score. I think we’ll see a reaction to that as we have over the last few weeks where it’s been LWLWL.

The Reds were always going to find this tour hard. Last weekend though they looked like a 1 man team. Kerevi can’t do it all himself and he really needs the other players to step up this weekend to keep it even close I feel.

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Highlanders v Blues – Blues by 3

Oh this is the game of the round and not just because I’m a Blues fan. The Blues are hunting their first win in Dunedin since 2011! The Highlanders on the other hand are looking for revenge over their loss in week 6 up in Auckland.

The Blues came up just short away to the Chiefs last weekend and it’s only a matter of time before they get that away NZ derby win. The Landers are on a run of 5 losses (we can exclude the cancelled game) and are missing so many key players to injury. Those losses have hurt their confidence and more importantly decision making as we saw 2 weeks ago against the Canes. Should be a crack with both sides desperate for this win for different reasons.

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

Waratahs v Rebels – Rebels by 5

The Tahs will have had a disrupted buildup to this game with the whole Folau affair playing out. There are enough experienced players in that squad to overcome this but are they really leaders? Good players but leadership is a question in the Tahs.

The Rebels got a reminder last weekend that they can’t just walk into the finals. Last season the Tahs comeback and destroyed the Rebels with Folau on the right wing, that’s not going to happen this weekend. I think the Rebels realise they have to bounce back from last weekend’s loss and we’ll see that.

DHL Stormers v Brumbies – DHL Stormers by 10

OK which Stormers side is going to turn up? The one that lost 3 times on the road or the one that thrashed the best side in Australia? It really is a coin flip what we’ll see from the Stormers.

Will it be heads or tails this week?

From a picking point of view we’re lucky that the visitors don’t give us such issues. The Brumbies haven’t won away from home all season. Also whilst I say the Stormers are unpredictable they have won both their home games this season. Yup that’s right 10 rounds in and the Stormers have only played at home twice. That’s a good set of fixtures to finish with, so dark horses to top the conference maybe???

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