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Super Rugby Round Seventeen Predictions!

Round 16 was a slightly mixed bag of results, with my 4 out of 7 ahead of the community average of just 3.27, resulting in some small green arrows.

Only 4% had the Chiefs to beat the Crusaders, 17% picked the Waratahs to beat the Rebels, and next to nobody predicted the draw between the Blues and the Bulls.

Congratulations to Mark Beynon-Mills who had the Yellow Cap in my 'Challenge Hutch' pool last weekend. Mark had 5/7 correct picks, missing the Crusaders loss and Blues draw as you'd expect!

Here are my predictions for Round 17:

Highlanders v Bulls

Handre Pollard is back for the Bulls, flying to New Zealand for this one match, but I still can't see them winning in Dunedin. Highlanders by 9

Reds v Blues

The Blues are yet to win away this season, and will be without Rieko Ioane for this one, but yet something is stopping me picking the Reds. Neither team will make the playoffs, and it's quite tricky to pick a colour. Blues by 7

Crusaders v Rebels

The 'saders may have lost last weekend, but this is still an obvious pick. The Rebels are stuttering towards the knockout stages, and this should be an easy home win. Crusaders by 23

Waratahs v Brumbies

The Tahs need to win this to keep their qualification hopes alive, and whilst the Brumbies have been impressive in winning 6 of their last 7 games, I'm leaning towards the home team for this one. Waratahs by 4

Lions v Hurricanes

The Lions have a dreadful record against the Hurricanes, winning just one of the last 10 matches against the men from Wellington. Home advantage is significant, but instinct is telling me to pick the Hurricanes. Hurricanes by 4

Stormers v Sunwolves

Some light relief from the trickier picks, as the Stormers will thrash the Sunwolves. Stormers by 28

Jaguares v Sharks

The Jaguares thrashed the Sharks in Durban in the reverse fixture in April, and so surely they'll win this one too? They look like being well-seeded in the playoffs. Jaguares by 13

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You seem to have less to say this week than normal.
6 Jun 10:29
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Good afternoon Hutch.
My predictions for Round 17:
Highlanders by 8

Blues by 7

Crusaders by 28

Brumbies by 7

Hurricanes by 8

Stormers by 24

Jaguares by 10

6 Jun 10:36
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This looks very good. 6 Jun 14:50
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Yes agreed except you need to lift your Highlanders margin and change your Brumbies pick to Waratahs, for me player for player the 'Tahs' are slightly ahead and then the homeground advantage seals it? 6 Jun 21:49
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Not really "homeground" for the Tahs James, they are playing at a new stadium. 6 Jun 22:49
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I am trying my luck this week for a draw between Reds & Blues.
6 Jun 11:49
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No.... not this game. This should be a result or Hutch and the General will not be the batman. If it does happen then you are batman. 6 Jun 12:37
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@Skolla, I'd say you are in with a chance... 6 Jun 14:40
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Draws are a soccer thing or so I thought!!! So many this year but still its a brave man who picks a draw so if it comes off you deserve the 'Rare" grand slam. Good Luck... Skolla. 6 Jun 21:56
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Agreed, James. I have never picked a draw for any Rugby fixture & I doubt I ever will or even be tempted to.

7 Jun 06:31
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You guys missed another great opportunity for a draw... :) 7 Jun 09:56
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Eish only 1 point for my draw!!! LOL 7 Jun 11:31
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This weekends games are difficult to pick. Im going with an upset in Agentina when the Sharks take on the Jaguares. Sharks to scrape it with a 1 point win
7 Jun 04:46
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@Larry, what about another draw...? 7 Jun 06:46
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Backking the Lions for an upset
7 Jun 06:47
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LIONS TO WIN BY 10+ but agree on the rest. Good luck to all
7 Jun 07:14
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Bulls will win
And Brumbies aswell
7 Jun 08:17
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And there you have it... Another draw!!! FFFS
7 Jun 09:42
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Dom Dom mense
10 Jun 12:40