Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Super Rugby - Round 8 Upcomes

Super Rugby Round 8: Preview 4.5-4.6

If this were a horse race , Canterbury Crusaders are better than a length+ in the lead and the horses are into the backstretch on the far side of the oval. Numbers 2 through 10 are all bunched up in a  herd of thunder within a bonus-point win of one another.

Friday, 4.5:
                Highlanders (13) v (19) Hurricanes at Forsyth Barr, Dunedin: home team will attempt to capitalize on lineout advantage to work mauls inclose, while visitors will look to open up play; end of day, both could be within the top 8 playoff group; it’ll be cool in the mid-40s, but it should be dry for the match, slight wind;

                Reds (10) v (14) Stormers at Suncorp, Brisbane: Reds rocked by Rebels  at home last time out and should like that role reversed; SA boys on two road losses in succession and should like to see that end; not a lot of punch in the visitors in Auckland on the past weekend and J-L du Plessis, Sarel Marais and pals must shake out the offense for joy this trip; warm in the 70s, dry with some wind;

                Lions (18) v (16) Sharks at Ellis Park, Johannesburg: Big Cats on a three-match win streak now and travelers have lost two from their last three, both defeats to conference opponents; Big Fish, who looked sharp and strong as Toledo steel at the outset of the season, have dulled up a bit and will like to serve a surprise to their hosts on this weekend; low 60s and possibility of storms could make this slick and slippery;

                Crusaders (24) v (11) Brumbies at the AMI, Christchurch: with three from their last four gone in the commode, visitors in danger of having their entire campaign go there; homeys say: “Welcome!” there’ll be rain preceding the match and wind during it with temps in the low 50s;

Saturday, 4.6:
                Blues (15) v (15) Waratahs at Eden Park, Auckland: derby involving clubs 7th and 8th at the feast just now, the final playoff slots; hosts on three joys, while ‘Tahs are 1-2-0 in their last trio of contests; visitors will look to dominate the sets and Blues’ll be attacking the midfield in this, the M-o-W; it’ll be wind, rain and mid-60s;

                Rebels (18) v (10) SunWolves at the Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne: hosts unlost at home while both ‘Wolves wins have come on the road; Rebels at the head of the conference and look to remain there with the win; low 60s no rain and some wind for first boot;

                Bulls (17) v (10) Jaguares at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria: both XVs can run in trys and count points, but they let ‘em in, too; weather may play the 16th man today as it’ll be windy, rainy and low 60s for the match;
  El Jefes on the bye

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