It’s funny how quickly it’s become normal to have rugby on at the weekend with crowds. Super Rugby Aotearoa brings us another round of games this weekend and Super Rugby AU will be joining them!
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Highlanders v Crusaders – Crusaders by 3
I think that everyone is going to be picking the Crusaders in this game. The only question is around how big is the margin going to be. If we look back at historic results then the Crusaders tend to win by 20 odd points recently.
That’s been mainly in Christchurch though. The recent record down in Dunedin is 2-1 to the Highlanders. Also if we look at the two games the Highlanders have played so far they have been close (1pt win and 3pt loss). The Saders haven’t been putting teams away even if they did beat the Canes by 14pts. The Canes were level late in the second half and the Chiefs pushed the Saders all the way.
I still think it will be a Saders win, just that it’s going to be within a score late on.
Chiefs v Hurricanes – Chiefs by 5
This is looking like a wooden spoon battle already. Both sides are looking for their first win and with the golden point rule in there the draw is even less likely.
The Canes have had a week off to get things sorted after losing both their opening games by 2 scores. With Carlos Spenser leaving early when he could have stuck around until the end of the season, it’s looking like it’s not a happy camp.
The Chiefs on the other hand are really hampered by injuries. However there haven’t been signs of disunity in camp and so I think we should see them get their first win of the season.
Bye – Blues
The Blues have had an amazing start to this short season. Three wins on the bounce mean that supporters in Auckland are starting to believe!
The real test comes in round 5 when they travel down to Christchurch. Having a week to recover and plan should be the perfect preparation for the team.
Record So Far
5 from 6 or 83% so far, after slipping up in the first round it’s been good going since then.