Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Super Rugby Round 3: 2.28 - 3.2 preview

Thursday, 2.28: 
               Hurricanes (4) v (6) Brumbies at the CETA Stadium: a bit odd to begin the round with a Match-of-the-Weekend, but there you have it; ‘Canes went under marauding Crusaders swords last week in Christchurch while the Mob tore up Chiefs on their home paddock at the Bruce; Cyclones will like being on home grounds after a reasonably successful, 1-1-0 early season road trip and their oppo on the day sport an identical record; Hurricanes would like the win before heading to the Northern Hemisphere for a date with the SunWolves next week; Horses were slick and powerful last week with Leali’ifano distributing well and his three-quarters cashing in on opportunities to the tune of braces for both Tevita Kuridrani and flyer, Chance Peni, while the Mob forwards manned the ruck and ran amuck, and with number 2,  Folau Fainga'a, scoring twice so far, that pack will be presenting a force ‘Canes must contain; weather is meant to be ideal with maybe a slash or two of a breeze; M-o-W, M-o-W;

Friday, 3.1:
               Rebels (4) v (8) Highlanders at AAMI Park, Melbourne: each are undefeated in the young season though homeys have a match in hand as they were on the bye last weekend; home team’s 15, 22 years old Jack Maddox, grounded a brace opening day and should see his game improving still as he works  the same stage as Insurgents veteran halfback combination, Genia and Cooper; any indiscretion by the travelers will be sorted with precision and accuracy by the ‘Landers standoff, Josh Ioane, a tidy package who’s had a pair of strong efforts in the visitors previous pair of happy excitements; it’ll be nice and toasty in Melbourne with temps having gotten to nearly triple digits during the day;

               Chiefs (1) v (1) SunWolves at FMG Waikato Stadium: last on the charts, each will be fair intent on victory; El Jefes can score but they let ‘em in as well, at nearly a 1-for-2 clip; ditto the ‘Wolves; could very well be high scoring with an over-under in the triple digits; big, tall fast-moving flyer, Gerhard van den Heever, has proven he can find the Promised Land; Chiefs 19 years old fullback, Etene Nanai-Seturo, also knows how to cross the paint for touch downs, so expect explosive action from the counter as well as wide-open, balls-out rugby from each XV entire; matchday forecast is perfect with slight wind;

Saturday, 3.2:
               Reds (1) v (8) Crusaders at Suncorp: hosts nearly pulled it out and showed well last weekend on the South Island; visitors will be looking for their third running; if its close, it’ll be anyone’s for to claim, high-scoring will more than likely go the way of the travelers; Scott Barrett has gotten a brace of dots out of his engine room job space as too has flyer Manasa Mataele - he of the miraculous offload-  though the latter suffered serious injury last weekend and will not roster this RugbyDay; could be a slimey pig if the expected rain arrives on time;
               Lions (5) v (5) Bulls at Ellis Park: delectable eye candy for the true aficionado; Big Cats will hang around until its time to eat, while the Bulls are capable of running ragged their oppos given opportunity as they did v Stormers to open 2019 account at Loftus Versfeld; Springbok 10, Handre Pollard will exact numbers for errant behavior; Cats openside, Marnus Schoeman, can wreak havoc as he did in Buenos Aires touching down a trio of trys on the floor, or he can no be a help man, as he was in Capetown, taking the yellow chair at ’78 with his boys in front at Newlands, only then to watch as Stormers returned for a try seven minutes into extra time; this will be a screamer, but the nod down the end of the bar goes to home XV; clear and breezy for kickoff;
               Sharks (10) v (4) Stormers at Kings Park: homeboys top of the super chart just now, throttling while showing a prodigious ability to count; number two, Akker Van der Merwe, shares the league lead in trys and has delivered in both matches of the young season; Stormers only just rescued the maiden last outing; could be a nickel for homeys; may be a good amount of rain for this one;
               Jaguares (5) v (1) Blues at Estadio José Amalfitani: visitors on an arduous road trip that had them chasing the sun to the South African coast at Durban and now sees them on the other side of the globe in South America this week; that’s Olympian travel for the super squad; Panteras coming off a large win at home last week and will be looking to build on that; could be a nickel for these homeys, too; game conditions should be right about ideal for the last contest of Round 3
                                                                  Waratahs on the bye

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