Thursday, March 14, 2019

Super Rugby Round 5 - Preview

                              Super Rugby Round 5
                                             preview: 3.15-3.16
Friday, 3.15:
               Chiefs (1) v (13) Hurricanes at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton: a North Island derby with serious early season implications; El Jefes not quite at desperation station, but if their current losing run continues that is the place home XV are headed; ‘Canes, meanwhile, have only lost to TopDog Crusaders and are looking powerful; temps in the high 70s and Thursday rain could leave a bit of slickness on the pitch, but otherwise, ideal conditions: bangbang

               Brumbies (7) v (9) Waratahs in Bruce Stadium, Canberra: homeboys are just out of the playoff frame now, but a win could pop them right into that elite mix, while travelers are innit and will stay within that rarefied atmosphere should they winnit; perfect weather in the upper 70s with a bit of a breeze for the match; bangbangbang

               Stormers (8) v (9) Jaguares at Newlands, Capetown: visitors in the last playoff slot and look to remain there or rise on the chart with victory; hosts are coming off a significant away win at Kings Park last week and are on two in a row, looking for three in front of their faithful; 70 at the drop, minimal wind, clear skies; bangbangbang

               Sunwolves (5) v (1) Reds at Prince Chichibu Stadium, Tokyo: numbers 13 and 14 at table; each sport similar Pf:Pa ratios; should be a good lower table contest; rain possible earlier in the day could affect field and foemen, cool in the mid 40s at the Northern Hemisphere venue; bangbang

Saturday, 3.16:
               Highlanders (10) v (17) Crusaders at Forsyth Barr, Dunedin: South Island clash of great import; guests unlost and looking to maintain that pristine condition; hosts are coming off a pair of losing bonus-point unhappies with an even balance sheet at 2-2-0 and ‘Landers are even on points with a zero differential; even so and however, this could very well be a sneak preview of extra time; minimal breeze, and maybe a shower in the morning, but pretty and perfect for the first boot; bang-bang-bang-bang

               Lions (9) v (12) Rebels in Ellis Park, Johannesburg: homeboys just off the playoff pace now with an even record at 2-2-0, while travelers are the other lossless franchise; wotcher, Insurgents? high- to-mid-70s through the match in Durban expected, bit o’ breeze, otherwise good meteorological stuff; bangbangbangbang
               -only six fixtures this round as Bulls, Blues and Sharks on the bye-

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