Super Rugby 2019 Round 11 Predictions

OK this must be the most competitive Super Rugby has ever been. We have the Crusaders out in front, the Canes next then everybody bunched up in a few points. The only exception is the Sunwolves who are a little adrift at the bottom. This is making it crazy difficult to pick who’s going to win each game.

Catchup with what happened in Round 10 with the DrivingMaul Round 10 Review.

Here is my video with my Super Rugby 2019 Round 11 Predictions:

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Crusaders v Emirates Lions – Crusaders by 15

I’ve already had people tell me that this is the only pick that they are confident in the whole round. The Crusaders are on a crazily long winning streak at home and I can’t see the Lions stopping that.

Then again I couldn’t see the Lions beating the Chiefs last weekend either! I don’t know what the justification was for changing a whole bunch of players that were selected just before the game last weekend. I hope it wasn’t trying to catch the Chiefs off guard and I hope we don’t see it happening again this weekend.

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

Sunwolves v Highlanders – Highlanders by 5

As I’ve said before the Sunwolves are good enough to cause upsets in this competition. The problem with upsets is trying to see them coming. Interestingly enough the Sunwolves 2 wins so far have come away from home. So that doesn’t bode well for this coming weekend.

The Highlanders though might think that this is an opportunity to rest some players. We saw what happened against the Rebels earlier in the season when they did that. Yup they lost. Injuries to players like Aaron Smith and Luke Whitelock might mean that they don’t have to be rested now due to All Blacks protocols. So there might be a silver lining to that injury cloud and we might see a full strength side going to Japan. If so it should be an away win.

Hurricanes v Chiefs – Hurricanes by 5

The last time these 2 sides met the drew in Hamilton. That was the start of a good run of games for the Chiefs until Damien McKenzie got injured. That changes the dynamic of the Chiefs side considerably.

A lot of us have not been convinced by the Canes but when you look at their record they have only lost to the Crusaders. Sure they have only won by double figures once but they have been getting the wins. I’m backing that winning knowhow.

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Waratahs v Cell C Sharks – Waratahs by 3

This one really is a coin flip as my friend The Imbiber shows below. Yup games involving sides from the Africa conference have been impossible to pick. However I have to come up with some rational for my pick.


The Waratahs have been in every game they have played this year. Even when they have lost they have always been within 1 score and picked up the LBP. That consistency is pretty impressive. The Sharks are in a mini tailspin and historically don’t travel well. We’ve seen how to beat them and that’s get the ball as defensively they are leaving big holes. If they can keep hold of the ball, like they did against the Lions, then that doesn’t matter. So don’t kick the ball away Waratahs.

DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls – Vodacom Bulls by 3

We are still in coin flip territory again with this one. I’ll be honest this one really is a finger in the air one. Sure the Stormers are on a bad run but that majority of that was on tour.

The Bulls are going well against South African opposition who they haven’t lost to yet. Also they beat the Stormers by 37 points in the opening round. So I’m backing the Bulls. Also they rested last week which means they didn’t let me down, last weekend was a disaster for pickers.

Jaguares v Brumbies – Jaguares by 5

Common sense tells us this game isn’t quite in coin flip territory but the Jaguares are 2 from 4 both home and away. Yup that’s 50:50. These teams have played twice and both times the away side has won.

All that goes against what I’m thinking. For me this has to be a home win. Sure the Brumbies pulled it off last weekend against the Stormers but there’s the extra travel to South America. The Jaguares rested last weekend so have had plenty of preparation time for this game. The way games are going this season though I’m no longer confident in any Super Rugby picks.

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

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