Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Super Rugby Round 6 Preview: 3.22, 3.23

Super Rugby Round 6: Preview 3.22-3.23
Friday, 3.22:
                              Blues (6) v (12) Highlanders at Eden Park, Auckland: home side are coming off their first victory of the season, on the trot in Tokyo and both clubs are coming off a week’s respite so fatigue won’t be a factor; what will feature in this North Island-South Island clash in the Land of the Long White Cloud will be post-match table placements as Blues could crawl right up behind Highlanders on the chart with a big win here today; ‘Landers say, “Wot?”

Saturday, 3.23
               Hurricanes (15) v (13) Stormers at the Westpac in Wellington: large contest with massive implications as travelers are seeking to keep pace with brethren, Bulls and Lions - all drawn on 13 table points at the head of the South African Conference; ‘Canes trail league frontrunner, Crusaders, by a win+ and should like to maintain eyes on the Cantabrian hind; home five-eighth, Ngani Laumape, knows precisely where to find the Promised Land and visitors must contain the ubiquitous and continuous effort of that riser; high 60s, little wind no rain for the first kick and conditions likely to remain favorable through the match;

               Waratahs (10) v (19) Crusaders on the Sydney Cricket Ground: homeboys were about as punchless as they get last time out inland on the trot at Canberra; that’ll be a tough hill to reverse up v the high-scoring league-fronters, but if visitors perfect record is to be challenged, it will be here, this day; could be wet and windy during play, but the pill will get greasy in any case; 

               Sunwolves (6) v (13) Lions at Singapore National Stadium, Singapore: this result may depend upon which XV the travelers bring with; last week’s first-40 side catnapped, allowing 26 Blues points, or will they go with the second stanza squad that outscored their guests 31-7 to imprint the win? in three of their four losses, Sunwolves have been around at time, recording deficits of 1, 3 and 8 so they’re capable; this could well be a sleeping cracker and might be done in the rain, but nevermind that 'cause SNS got a hat;

               Bulls (13) v (3) Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria: travelers will be looking to change up their results pattern as they’re winless with only a draw to the good thus far… El Jefes can score points, but they let ‘em in at almost a 2:1 ratio, so the containment of adversary must be at the forefront of thought on the day; El Toros lossless at home and looking to maintain that record; this, yet another sleeper-cracker; low 80s with rain and a spot of breeze for the match;

               Sharks (11) v (13) Rebels at Kings Park, Durban: Super Rugby road trips are daunting to say the least; visitors got their first non-joy of the year last week on the High Veld, but only just and in a rock ‘n roller, and would seek a rebound on the coast today; hosts are on two losses in a row and, once touted as the next best thing, should like to get back on that happy track with victory; chance of rain and definite wind;

               Reds (5) v (11) Brumbies at Suncorp in Brisbane: each with fairly significant wins last outing, homeys for their first and Mob against great rival, Waratahs; Reds have only lost to frontrunning Crusaders in Brisbane and would look to show better for their faithful and that’s why this is Match-of-Weekend;

            Regards last week's Highlanders v Crusaders result - from  Super Rugby

SANZAAR Chairman Brent Impey stated: ‘SANZAAR does not take this decision lightly, but after consulting widely with key stakeholders, the SANZAAR Executive Committee has taken the necessary step to cancel the scheduled fixture as a mark of respect for the events that have occurred in Christchurch and in the best interests of the welfare of the Player’s and staff of the Highlanders and Crusaders.’

SANZAAR policy states that in the event of a match cancellation due to force majeure, the match will be officially declared a draw and both teams will receive 2 competition points.” Read more: 

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