We might already know who’s going to win Super Rugby Aotearoa but we can still enjoy the games.
You can fuel New Zealand Sport Radio with a coffee over on the left of the page
Chiefs v Crusaders – Crusaders by 5
When things aren’t going your way they really aren’t going your way. That’s the problem for the Chiefs at the moment. 5 losing bonus points in 6 games shows you that they have been competitive but just not able to get over the line.
That’s impacted their confidence and that hurt them in the first half last weekend. They had plenty of possession and territory to score but just weren’t composed enough to make it happen
Oh boy the Crusaders on the back of a loss are not the side you want to be facing. There’ll be no issues with commitment and they won’t be taking the Chiefs lightly as they look to show that last weekend was a one off. You have to feel sorry for the Chiefs because this has Saders win written all over it and it could blow out. I’m perhaps being kind suggesting that the Chiefs will get another LBP.
Highlanders v Blues – Blues by 3
This is a really hard one to call. You’ll have heard Cornflake say that he doesn’t expect the Highlanders to lose again at home this season. They have had some good performances and especially early on looked like the 3rd best team in the competition. However their only wins so far have been against the Chiefs.
Two losses have really dented the Blues season and the return to winning way last weekend wasn’t convincing. They are however coming out on the right side of the ledger more often than not. I’m expecting it to be tight again but for the Blues to edge it.
Bye – Hurricanes
The Hurricanes really have improved during the competition and now are only 1 bonus point behind the Blues in the table. The injury to Laumape and Lam heading overseas will be a loss to the team.
However their backline stacks are good and have been added to with Julian Savea. He hasn’t played run in a long time and so whilst he has kept fit, is he ready for contact?
As we have seen with Dan Carter a big name coming back to the squad doesn’t mean that they will get game time. Barring injuries he won’t be starting against the Chiefs which only leaves one game. However he will be a good person to have around the squad in training.
Record So Far
8 from 14 or 57% so far, I’m having a poor Super Rugby Aotearoa.
Don’t miss out on any predictions by signing up for the New Zealand Sport Radio newsletter that drops into your email inbox every Thursday.