A big thank you again to Andre our SuperSport Rugby Challenge expert.
Week one was pretty predictable and week 2 will be more of the same with some very one-sided scores coming up this week. It will be about getting the margins right this week. Standout performances for me last week was the Cheetahs XV comeback against the Sharks XV and the Pumas beating a decent Blue Bulls outfit.
Boland Cavaliers v Cheetahs XV
Both teams started their campaign with impressive victories. Boland hardly raising a sweat in their match, defeating a struggling EP Elephants side 34 – 6 and the Cheetahs XV coming back from the dead to defeat a Sharks XV team, 40 – 31.
This match could go either way, but Boland don’t often defeat the Bloem boys, therefore I’m going for that trend to continue. The addition of a few Pro14 squad members might just be the difference for the Cheetahs team this week.
Andre’s Prediction: Cheetahs by 11
DrivingMaul Prediction: Cheetahs by 10
EP Elephants v SWD Eagles
Both teams will be hurting after their opening fixtures. Neither team impressed much in the opening round and will be looking at bouncing back quickly. Based on recent results between the two teams, SWD will start slight favourites in this match up. EP Kings have completed their Pro14 commitments and a few squad players might come into this week’s squad. However, it’s a short road trip and I think the George outfit will still be too strong this week.
Andre’s Prediction: SWD Eagles by 3
DrivingMaul Prediction: EP Elephants by 3
Blue Bulls v Namibia Welwitschias
This match should prove to be a little lopsided, even though the Walwitschias will be encouraged by their respectable performance against the Golden Lions XV last week. I can’t see the Windhoek team challenging the strong Blue Bulls outfit. I’m going big on this one!
Andre’s Prediction: Blue Bulls by 43
DrivingMaul Prediction: Blue Bulls by 5
Falcons v Pumas
The Valke outfit got hammered last week by Griquas, as expected. This week I see their woeful start to their campaign continuing. The Pumas are way to strong up front and will be very excited about this outing against their neighbours. The Valke sadly are on a downward spiral and the draw to this competition will not be helping their confidence. Another big loss coming up.
Andre’s Prediction: Pumas by 27
DrivingMaul Prediction: Pumas by 20
Leopards v Golden Lions XV
This is potentially a tricky hurdle to get over for the young Lions team. Coach Sean Erasmus will do well to not slip up here. Potchefstroom is not a fun place to travel to, but I’m backing the Lions team to edge this one and make it 2 from 2.
Andre’s Prediction: Lions by 15
DrivingMaul Prediction: Lions by 5
Griffons v Griquas
The Griffons won a cracker at home last week and will look forward to continue and build on their positive start. They will have to be in top form to stop an impressive Griquas outfit. Should the Griffons pull this one off, it will be a huge upset.
Andre’s Prediction: Griquas by 19
DrivingMaul Prediction: Griquas by 7
Zimbabwe Academy v Sharks XV
The Sharks XV will be looking to make amends after throwing away a very big lead last week. With the Zim boys still trying to find their feet, it will be hard to look past a Sharks win in this one. Sharks to cruise to a big win.
Andre’s Prediction: Sharks by 54
DrivingMaul Prediction: Sharks by 5
Border Bulldogs v Western Province
Border made a winning start to their season, but will have their work cut out this week. The Province boys from Cape Town are one of the favourites to win the tournament and will use this week’s fixture to build on their scintillating opening 67 – 7 victory against the SWD Eagles. This scoreline should get ugly, unless it rains cats and dogs!
Andre’s Prediction: Western Province by 65
DrivingMaul Prediction: Western Province by 7
Andre: 7 from 8
DrivingMaul: 7 from 8
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