Super Rugby 2020 Round 7 Predictions

This is one of the most interesting Super Rugby seasons we’ve had for a long time. There’s a resurgence in South Africa meaning we have a couple of competitors over there. The Australian franchises are picking up wins or pushing Kiwi teams close. Finally the New Zealand conference is crazily competitive! Catchup with all the action from last weekend in the Super Rugby 2020 Round 6 Review with Steven and I.

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Chiefs v Hurricanes – Chiefs by 7

We have a couple of cracking games and this is certainly one of them! The Chiefs had a blip a couple of rounds ago but have since got themselves back on track. They are taking flack for the amount of rotation that Gatland is using but I think this will be beneficial in the long term.

The Cane had a horror game last weekend picking up a red and yellow card leading to them losing to the Blues. The derby games are so important and dropping that one put the Canes into fourth in the conference. I can only see things getting worse here as they are going to be missing Lomax from their scrum.

Home advantage plus the de-powering of the scrum means I see a home win here.

Join me for post match reaction to the Chiefs v Hurricanes straight after the final whistle.

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Blues v Emirates Lions – Blues by 10

What a weird feeling for Blues fans! Three wins on the trot and they already have as many wins as in 2018. This is going to be a very different test for the team. They come into this game as strong favourites however they were on their knees at the end of the game in Wellington. After the match Leon MacDonald said that the team weren’t celebrating but were laying down on the floor in the changing room.

Courtesy of the BBC

The Lions are having a really tough season with only a home win against the Reds so far this season. They are the only team that the Waratahs have beaten this year! They are in a rebuilding phase having lost too much talent overseas. Home win and they might be chasing the TBP as well.

Join me for post match reaction to the Blues v Lions straight after the final whistle.

Sunwolves v Crusaders – Crusaders by 50

I’m not sure that there’s much to say about this game. The Sunwolves are the only team to have a negative points difference in three figures. This is a TBP win all day for the Saders.

A hat tip though to SANZAAR for making sure this game went ahead. As soon as they knew that games in Japan were cancelled they moved their games to Australia to make sure they still went ahead.

Join me for post match reaction to the Sunwolves v Crusaders straight after the final whistle.

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Reds v Vodacom Bulls – Reds by 7

This is an interesting one. It’s not a headline game as neither of these sides are going to make the finals. Whilst the Reds have only beaten the Sunwolves so far this season, they put in a really good performance against the Crusaders last weekend. It will be interested if some of the players rested for that game come straight back into the side or have to earn their way back.

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The Bulls also had a good game last time out. They picked up their first win of the season over the visiting Highlanders. However they are perhaps the worst of the South African sides when it comes to touring. That means I think this tour has come at exactly the worst time for them. They get some confidence and then immediately have to play four games on the road.

Join me for post match reaction to the Reds v Bulls straight after the final whistle.

Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers – Cell C Sharks by 7

This is a blockbuster game! Unfortunately it’s the only game I won’t be watching live as it clashes with Wales v Scotland. The Sharks are in great from having come back from their tour with three wins and a loss and getting a comfortable win over the Jaguares. They top the overall table (sure they have played one more game than some other teams) and are the top scorers.

Courtesy of the BBC

The Stormers on the flip side have the best defence. However when they let in points they let in a lot of points. 30 points to the Lions and 33 to the Blues. That is a really worry trend against a side with electric backs.

Durban is not a place for running rugby at this time of the year, it’s just too hot. However the Sharks did rack up 33 points last weekend. This is one that will either be really cagy or blow out into a scoring bonanza. What ever happens don’t expect a “normal” game.

Jaguares v Highlanders – Jaguares by 10

The Highlanders are part of that one win club at the moment. An abysmal showing last weekend against the Bulls doesn’t bread any kid of confidence going into this game against the Jaguares. With the travel from South Africa to Argentina added in there’s not even much time to fix anything either.

You can probably see why I’m going for the inconsistent Jaguares this weekend. They really haven’t done much to breed confidence in pickers this season. All their wins so far have been over teams in that one win club so I guess this weekend fits in with that narrative.

Join me for post match reaction to the Jaguares v Highlanders straight after the final whistle.

Brumbies v Waratahs – Brumbies by 10

The Rebels really need a helping hand from the Waratahs this weekend. They trail the Brumbies by five points and have played a game more. Nothing though that the Tahs have done this season suggests that they are going to do that though. Last weekend in the second half they decided to not bother defending and got ripped to pieces by the Chiefs.

Courtesy of the BBC

Earlier in the day on the same ground the Brumbies put 47 points past the Sunwolves. That really doesn’t tell us much about the Brumbies but their win over the Chiefs previously does. When they do their homework they can execute a game plan very well. The Tahs can’t do that and this has comfortable home win written all over it.

Join me for post match reaction to the Brumbies v Waratahs straight after the final whistle.

Bye – Rebels

The Rebels will go into this bye week with some confidence having beaten the Lions last weekend. The problem going forwards for the Rebels is that they have improved since some players such as Reece Hodge have been injured. Can they really leave out the Wallabie once he’s back fit?

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Record So Far

28 from 40 or 70% doing ok so far this season but not great!

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