Super Rugby Trans-Tasman: Round 3 Predictions
Round 2 was frustrating for me, and I was left kicking myself for picking an Aussie team to win, particularly after predicting the first three matches within 1 or 2 points each, and I was left with a red arrow.
Lesson learnt as we move onto Round 3, where it will probably be another New Zealand clean sweep.
Here are my Super Rugby predictions for Round 3 of the Trans-Tasman predictor game
Hurricanes v Force
The Force have given a good account of themselves, conceding significantly fewer points than the other Australian teams. They have still lost both though, and they’ll lose this one as well. Hurricanes by 18
Waratahs v Crusaders
You can get 16/1 on the Waratahs to win, but I’m not at all tempted. They did manage to beat the Crusaders at home back in 2019, but that was a different world and a very different Waratahs outfit. Crusaders by 23
Blues v Brumbies
The Brumbies have had a tough schedule, with this their third straight match away in New Zealand. There may be some hope for a win next week as they return to Canberra, but you have to back the Blues here. Blues by 13
Reds v Chiefs
The Super Rugby AU champions have conceded over 100 points in their two matches so far, and it seems unlikely they can defeat the Chiefs here. They have picked a rookie in midfield, and have taken the game to Townsville to diminish any home advantage, and I think the Chiefs will take this one. Chiefs by 16
Highlanders v Rebels
This fixture has moved to Sydney after the Rebels were unable to travel to New Zealand after a Covid outbreak in Victoria. It was due to be played in Queenstown rather than Dunedin anyway, so I’m not sure it will make a massive difference, and the Highlanders will still win comfortably. Highlanders by 23