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Super Rugby Round 5 Predictions!

It was a clean sweep of home wins in Super Rugby last weekend, along with 7 correct predictions to yield my first Grand Slam Points of the season. This was a feat managed by no fewer than 63,782 people, about one third of people playing Superbru for Super Rugby, but still there are green arrows everywhere and I'm back into the top 20%.

Here's an overview of how Round 4 went for the Superbru community:



Well done to Oliver Jones-Allen from New Zealand who currently has the Yellow Cap in my 'Challenge Hutch' pool. Oliver did of course also manage a GSP and had the Waratahs and Lions margins spot on.

Let's see if we can put a streak together, and in theory, the GSP should be easier to achieve with just 6 fixtures this weekend. Here are my Super Rugby predictions for Round 5.



Chiefs v Hurricanes

The Chiefs have been awful so far this season, losing heavily to the Brumbies, Sunwolves and Crusaders in the last three weeks and it's not like they've been resting all their best players every week. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have managed three wins out of four, with only one defeat away at the Crusaders, and they are slowly reintegrating their All Blacks to the starting side. They have not won in Waikato since 2015, but on current form, they should beat the Chiefs this time. Hurricanes by 8

Brumbies v Waratahs

This is a tricky Aussie derby to predict. The Brumbies thrashed the Chiefs in Round 2, which made everyone take notice, but they've lost their three other matches, and I'm not quite sure what to make of them. But then it's not like the Waratahs have been terribly convincing either, and they make the short trip to Canberra having lost 4 of the last 5 matches against the Brumbies. I was initially leaning towards the home side, but have seen that David Pocock is not fit to start, and I think that tips the balance in favour of the Tahs. Waratahs by 2

Stormers v Jaguares

After a horror start, the Stormers have put together two impressive wins and come into this match after a rest week and will be confident in front of their own fans. Meanwhile, the Jaguares lost comfortably to the Lions, despite a late surge making the scoreline seem closer than it was, and with over 9,000km of travel clocked up on the last fortnight, the home side has to be favourites here. Stormers by 13

Sunwolves v Reds

The Sunwolves have earned a bit of credit on their tour of New Zealand, with a win over the Chiefs and a strong performance against the Blues. The Reds remain without a win this season, and at first glance, another home win looks like the best bet. My instinct is still to back the Queenslanders, who I think have been unlucky in their three fixtures so far, but they have rested a few key players and have named a debutant at fly-half. Sunwolves by 2

Highlanders v Crusaders

The defending champions appear to be in ominous form yet again, with four wins from four and their All Blacks returning from rest. They have won 5 of the last 6 against the Highlanders, and it's hard to bet against them at the moment. Crusaders by 4

Lions v Rebels

The Rebels have never beaten the Lions, and this is a daunting trip to Johannesburg that will test their unbeaten record. The Lions are looking a little out of sorts, but it's too early to write them off, particularly with their significant home advantage. Lions by 13

Best of luck to all! Let me know how your picks compare in the comments.
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Brumbies will win. Your margin for Crusaders game? I think much bigger. The Lions worry me. This is my "upset" pick. Rebels for a win.
14 Mar 10:50
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Hmmmm 14 Mar 12:35
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No way, Hutch has this one. Three home wins and three away wins! Waratahs are a much better team than the Brumbies and the Lions will have enough in the tank to give the Rebels there first loss! 14 Mar 20:05
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The CHiefs ,must beat now a strong team , this must be fix 15 Mar 07:20
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14 Mar 11:20
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Hurricanes by 12

Brumbies by 8

Stormers by 10

Sunwolves by 9

Crusaders by 11

Lions by 19
14 Mar 13:00
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Chiefs by 5
Brumbies by7
Stormers by 9
Sunwolves by 9
Crusaders by 12
Last weekend 7/7 hope for at least for 4/7 with this prediction lol
14 Mar 22:00
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A couple of possible banana peels in this round. I have the same picks as Hutch but some teams might steal the GSP away from us this weekend.
15 Mar 03:25
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The Chiefs and Brumbies to good rugby teams to keep on losing
15 Mar 06:34
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Hurricanes by 5
15 Mar 07:37
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Waratahs by 7
15 Mar 07:38
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Stormers by 18
Sun wolves by 4
Lions by 12
Crusaders by 6
15 Mar 07:41
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where are the stormers gonna find the tries for that winning margin.3 games played 2 tries scored 1 intercept and 1 stamp karretjie.
15 Mar 09:05
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4 tries!! not to bad I would say. 16 Mar 23:36
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Joh didn't know the Jaguares were that kak. Humble Pie for me hmmmm yummy. 18 Mar 11:18
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There goes nearly everyone's GSP. I have literally never picked a draw apart from in soccer.
15 Mar 09:14
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