Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Super Rugby Round 7 - Preview

Super Rugby Round 7: Preview 3.29-3.30

Friday, 3.29:
                              Hurricanes (19) v (19) Crusaders at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington: visitors, not as sharp as they might have been last week on the other side of the Tasman; ‘Canes were razor keen at the finish last week; two in a row for both? when the first game of the round is afoot the Land of the Long White Cloud, it’s near a certainty to be a Match-of-Weekend; warm and overcast in the high 70s with little chance for rain and some wind; 6.5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale;

                              Waratahs (14) v (6) SunWolves at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle: visitors opened the season with a one-point loss to their hosts at home; ‘Tahs are coming off a takedown of TopDog, Crusaders, last week and could be ripe for the upset; ‘Wolves players found out if they’re intending to play Super Rugby in the long term, it’ll not be in their present home above the equator, too, so that might affect a Shakespearean aspect on proceedings 100 miles up the east coast from Sydney; warm, windy and overcast here as well;

Saturday, 3.30:
               Blues (10) v (14) Stormers at Eden Park, Auckland: home team is on two joys running after opening their 2019 account with three road losses; travelers were on three happies in sequence, including a rousting of Sharks on the trot, before a stumble at Hurricanes last week to open a four match tour of NZ and OZ; some wind, some clouds, a shot at rain, but not really and 70s for the match; intercontinental Match-of-Weekend;

               Reds (10) v (13) Rebels at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: homeboys on two in a row, while their opponents on the day are coming off a two-defeat, SA tour; absolutely the inter-Australian Match-of-Weekend; good chance of rain with temps in the 75⁰-80 range;

               Sharks (15) v (13) Bulls at Kings Park, Durban: home team got the hiding at Loftus Versfeld in the High Veld end of this classic duet; whatfor, Big Fishes? temps in 70s with an outside shot at rain and an inconsequential breeze; SA M-o-W;

               Jaguares (9) v (8) Chiefs at Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires: visitors massive last week on the trot in South Africa, showing exemplary form and function in victory as Damian McKenzie comfortably returned to 15 and brother Marty at the pivot; sleek Jungle Cats unlost at home since opening day; South American Match-of-Weekend; 70s and clearing for the match;

Brumbies, Highlanders, and Lions on the bye
*all clubs whose homegrounds are in South Africa are in playoff position right now

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