Super Rugby 2019 Round 13 Predictions

Last weekend the surprises kept coming with 2 draws ruining just about everybody’s predictions. This weekend’s fixtures look more predictable but we have probably been thinking that every week! Predictions this season have been a mugs game but we’ll keep going 🙂

Catchup with what happened in Round 12 with the DrivingMaul Round 12 Review.

Here is my video with my Super Rugby 2019 Round 13 Predictions:

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Before we get into the actual predictions, I have started a new series “DrivingMaul v The Bookie”. Check out how I did against the TAB last weekend.

Blues v Hurricanes – Hurricanes by 5

The Blues reinforced their record of not winning away last weekend when they visited the Brumbies. The Canes on the other hand came out firing on all cylinders only to run out of fuel after the opening quarter. In the end they did enough to win the game with only 20 minutes of play. Yet again they got the result but left us with concerns about their performance. You still have to back the Canes as the only team they have lost to this season is the Crusaders.

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

Rebels v Reds – Rebels by 5

The immediate reaction is that the Rebels will take this game. However they are on a really poor run of 3 losses. Did the Stormers show everyone how to beat this side? That was the start of the run and the Stormers were rank outsiders in that game.

In contrast the Reds have won 5 out of their last 7 games to put themselves in with a shout of winning the conference. It’s one thing to know how to beat a side though. Another to pull it off and I don’t think that this Reds side has the quality to do that.

Table courtesy of the Tribe Sports App

Vodacom Bulls v Crusaders – Crusaders by 7

The Crusaders run of home victories came to an end last weekend. They didn’t lose and still managed to get the draw against the Sharks but they will be smarting from that. Unfortunately for the Bulls they will be on the end of that backlash.

Getting anything out of this game will be important to the Bulls as, not only is the South Africa conference so close, but also 4 out of the remaining 6 games for the Bulls are outside South Africa.

Table courtesy of the Tribe Sports App

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Highlanders v Jaguares – Highlanders by 5

The Jaguares are in a similar situation to the Bulls. Only they are starting their Australia and New Zealand tour this weekend not next. This is a clash of 2 form teams in Super Rugby. The Highlanders have 2 wins and a draw in the last 3 games after 5 losses and a cancelled game. The Jaguares are on a run of 4 wins home and away. This should be a cracker of a game. I’m backing the home side even though they’ll be missing Ben Smith.

Chiefs v Cell C Sharks – Cell C Sharks by 5

The last time the Chiefs drew a game they went on to win the next 3 games. That was with DMac moving to 15 but there isn’t the same kind of catalyst around this time. Also they got out of the NZ bubble to do that. This time the pressure is really on them and they are hosting a side having a great tour. A win against the Tahs and then stopping the Saders home winning streak shows that the Sharks defence is functioning. There are still question marks around their attack having not scored any tries last weekend but it’s about winning not necessarily doing it in style.

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

Emirates Lions v Waratahs – Emirates Lions by 7

This is a must win game for the Lions. They have “allowed” a gap to open-up above them in the Africa conference. A loss here and they could be writing their playoff hopes off. Lucky for them they are hosting a team that’s not in form only 2 wins in their last 7 games and their only away win being over the Sunwolves. Altitude and travel should be enough of an advantage for the home win here.

Brumbies v Sunwolves – Brumbies by 7

Somehow an unconvincing Brumbies are equal on points with the top team in the Australia conference. A TBP win here is a must and as their position is based on a home record of 4 win from 5 games it’s very getable. The problem for the Brumbies is that the Sunwolves do like spring tries. The win should be easy enough but getting 3 tries ahead? Well that’s a much harder task that could prove too much.

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