Super Rugby 2019 Round 14 Predictions

Well we had a fairly predictable round last weekend for a change. Is that likely to continue? Well it’s a round of only 6 games this weekend and we have a whole bunch of teams on tour. Yup 4 games feature teams on trips and it’s always hard to figure out who gets homesick and who bonds.

Catchup with what happened in Round 13 with the DrivingMaul Round 13 Review.

Here is my video with my Super Rugby 2019 Round 14 Predictions:

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Before we get into the actual predictions, I have a series “DrivingMaul v The Bookie”. Check out how much I won from the TAB last weekend.

Hurricanes v Jaguares – Hurricanes by 10

We start off with what should be a fairly routine home win. The Canes have shown us that they know how to win even if they aren’t dominating games. They have won their last 2 games by 10 points which is what I’m going for again.

The Jaguares are fighting it out in the very tight Africa conference. With the Sharks having a rest week and the Bulls starting their 4 match tour this would be a great opportunity to make a statement. Just a little reminder that the Canes have only lost 2 games this season and both were to the Crusaders though so I just can’t see it happening.

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

Rebels v Vodacom Bulls – Rebels by 5

As you will hear on the #RugbyChat this week the Rebels and Brumbies have a very similar run-in which is going to make it really intriguing. The Bulls will be visiting the top 2 sides in the Australia conference over the next 2 weeks. Both sides will be looking for wins as the Bulls famously can’t travel. But they are also fighting it out for a conference championship. Will that driver be enough to spare them to victory on tour? History suggests no.

Blues v Chiefs – Chiefs by 3

This is the biggest game of the week for me. Steven and I will be at the Zone Sports Bar in SkyCity to bring you our pre-game, halftime and postgame shows. It’s also my birthday so if you’re in Hamilton please come down and watch the game with us.

On to the game, the Blues have yet again given their fans hope only to smash their dreams. 4 wins on the trot had lots of pundits suggesting that they had turned the corner. 4 losses later and it’s a much more down beat mood.

The Chiefs on the other hand are resurrecting a season that looked all over. It’s still a long shot for them to make the finals but 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in their last 8 games they have the form to do it. Injuries are really hampering them but they are pulling through and could be the phoenix to raise from the ashes.

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

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Reds v Waratahs – Reds by 3

This game really has the last chance saloon feel about it. 5 and 6 points off the finals places respectively. Form is with the home side who after a horror start to the season, with 3 losses, have turned things around.

The Tahs have the names but don’t seem to put together the performances, well not often enough at least. Off field issues and a lightweight pack don’t help. The Reds are perhaps the exact type of team they don’t want to come across. But in an unpredictable season, the only game decided by double figures involving the Tahs was their 11 point win over the Reds back in March….

Emirates Lions v Highlanders – Highlanders by 3

This game is so hard to call. The Lions are one of the more inconsistent sides in Super Rugby this year. They also have altitude to help them so how will the Landers travel?

The Highlanders though are in good form despite the injuries they have been suffering. 3 wins and a draw in their last 4 games gives their fans hope that finals footie is a possibility. It certainly looked unlikely when they were on that run of 5 losses.

DHL Stormers v Crusaders – Crusaders by 15

We finish the weekend with a banker. It involves the Crusaders so it’s going to be a red win. A 32 point win over the Bulls was the perfect reaction to the draw at home to the Sharks. The Stormers only hope is if the Crusaders are complacent after that performance but history doesn’t suggest that happens very often (if ever under Robinson).

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