Super Rugby Pacific: Round 8 Predictions
Last weekend was a relatively straightforward GSP, with each game picked by the majority on Superbru, and this week’s card presents only one real challenge.
Here are my Super Rugby predictions for Round 8.
Highlanders v Moana Pasifika
This should be an easy home win, and a first of the season for the Highlanders, given that the Pasifika seem to be getting worse. Highlanders by 16
Force v Rebels
The Force haven’t quite fulfilled their early-season promise, but they came close to an epic win over the Brumbies last time out and should have enough to see off the lowly Rebels. Force by 9
Hurricanes v Crusaders
After falling to defeat to Moana Pasifika, the Hurricanes nearly responded emphatically by beating the Chiefs, but they ultimately went down by a point, and the Crusaders are likely to be too strong for them here as well. Crusaders by 8
Chiefs v Blues
This is where the GSP will be won or lost, in all likelihood. I’m leaning towards the Chiefs here on the basis of home advantage, and sterner tests in recent weeks. Chiefs by 2
Fijian Drua v Brumbies
The Brumbies should bounce back from their first defeat of the season, and it won’t be very close. Brumbies by 23
Hurricanes v Moana Pasifika
I’ll reserve judgement until I see the teams for this rearranged fixture on Tuesday, but a home win looks very likely. Hurricanes by 13