Thursday, April 18, 2019

Super Rugby Round 10 Preview

Super Rugby Round 10: Preview 4.19-4.20

Crusaders best by far right now; if this were a horserace, the Cantabrians would be coming up on the middle of the backstretch and better than two lengths in the lead, followed by a pack of seven all within a bonus-point (one-length) victory of one another. The following half dozen thoroughbreds adrift by half-length that pack and within a brace of table points of each other and the SunWolves bringing up the rear, but only just.

Friday, 4.19:
               Chiefs (16) v (18) Lions at FMG, Waikato: Big Cats experiencing a sluggishness just now that needs be turned round, having been hammered at home by Sharks and dropping a reasonably close-run thing in Canberra in their last pair; homeboys one of the hottest in the league on three consecutive with Damian McKenzie leading the El Jefe resurgence; mid-60s, no wind, no rain on this perfect evening for sport;

               SunWolves (10) v (23) Hurricanes at Prince Chichibu, Tokyo: travelers may have already counted five from this one, which may very well be unwise; ‘Wolfie’s are due; 60 for first boot, could be rain, will be wind;

               Sharks (21) v (14) Reds at Kings Park, Durban: home XV are on a l-w-l-w-l pattern in their last handful of matches and it’s time for a “w”; visitors be young and yearning for learning and Kings Park may be the classroom on the day; mid-70s, no rain, some wind;
Saturday, 4.20:
                Highlanders (14) v (20) Blues at Forsyth Barr, Dunedin: home team lost by a converted score last month in Auckland; visiting Rieko Ioane is lighting the league now on nearly a try-per-game with the hosts Shannon Frizell not far behind; could be a high-scoring affair, though predicted rain and temps in the middle 50s could affect;

               Waratahs (16) v (23) Rebels at Sydney Cricket Ground: ‘Tahs are 2-2-0 at home; their guests are 2-2-0 on the trot; tossup with homeboys making the call; low 70s, no rain, bitty wind for the fixture;

               Stormers (18) v (15) Brumbies at Newlands, Capetown: hosts opened up the offense last weekend in OZ and got the fiver on the trot, earning the last playoff position for the moment; travelers on a two-continent, two-match journey inside a fortnight; wearying; low-60s, bit o’ wind, nary a drop;

Bulls, Crusaders, Jaguares on the bye

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