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Super Rugby Trans-Tasman: Round 4 Predictions

Round 3 finally saw an Australian victory, with the Reds beating the Chiefs, but the table still shows 5 New Zealand teams at the top and 5 Australian teams at the bottom.

Here are my Super Rugby predictions for this weekend’s Trans-Tasman fixtures.

Crusaders v Force

The Force are available at 17/1 to beat the Crusaders, which seems ridiculous in a 2-horse race, but I’m still not tempted. The Force started well but have been getting worse, and conceded 43 points to the Hurricanes last week. The home side will win this by plenty. Crusaders by 33

Reds v Blues

This will be an interesting fixture, with the Reds buoyant after their win over the Chiefs last weekend, up against the table-topping Blues. Nobody has got close to the Blues so far, and I think they’ll take the Reds more seriously now and beat them. Blues by 7

Highlanders v Waratahs

Things are getting embarrassing for the Tahs now, to the extent that they are unable to name a replacement prop on the bench, and have listed TBC on their teamsheet. Yes they have been unlucky with injuries, but it’s also easier to shake off a knock when morale is high and you’ve won a few games. Highlanders by 21

Brumbies v Hurricanes

Having played all their matches in New Zealand, the Brumbies return to Canberra for their first home match of the season, but it’s a tough one against the high-flying Hurricanes. Home advantage will help, but probably not enough for a win. Hurricanes by 6

Chiefs v Rebels

The Rebels have been poor so far, and I suspect the Chiefs will bounce back from their surprise defeat to the Reds. It’s not in Hamilton because the Rebels are still unable to travel to New Zealand, but whilst that offers a slight advantage to the Rebels, they need a lot more than that. Chiefs by 23

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So you call a Saders win by 13 plenty lol
3 Jun 09:05
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33 not 13! I'm going for 50, they should get 8 Try's even without Mounga...Lol!
3 Jun 10:22
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I am going for a wooden spoon for you MarjK. LOL! 3 Jun 12:26
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Marjk I saw he changed it to 33,it was 13 initially,that's why I asked!!!! 3 Jun 13:44
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Point noted, Cheers! 4 Jun 05:34
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He should've stayed on the 13...
4 Jun 12:35
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Absolutely some turnups in this round, what about the Reds against all those Blues AB's and without there two most experienced players, and I thought the Reds would get Lucky?? Most definitely the Blues were very lucky to get the win.....LOL! 5 Jun 05:24
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Hurricanes only defeated Brumbies once away , really , and Brumbies still searching for a victory ?
3 Jun 15:59
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I don't see it Neo, Canes have named a hell of a side including Dane and Ardie. I'm far more worried about the Blues who fell away in the Aoteroa tournament and the Reds are very good opposition. 3 Jun 17:36
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Yeah James I'm thinking a narrow Reds win. Almost changed my Chiefs' win to a Red's close win last time. TBH I spend maybe 10% of my time on these Predictors & 90% on Fantasies. But you need to research the Predictor margins before you pick your fantasy XV. Anyone who picked DMac last round wasn't paying enough attention (Harsh Red Card as was Tiatia's Yellow). Tupou was an obviois pick though 4 Jun 02:43
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I like your thinking, I've got the Reds to win by 7, for no other reason that they may get "Lucky" again?? I really like the Tahs for an Upset by 14, Gordon, Perese, Maddox! plus a few others Bell? just coming right, be a change....Lol! 4 Jun 06:01
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Hi guys do we have a line up for the chiefs game as yet?
4 Jun 06:10
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Lineups for the Chiefs game are in now 4 Jun 06:19
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And Tupou was missing in action 5 Jun 03:33
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Yeah Brumbies ?? won 5 Jun 16:19
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Why isn't the guy playing 1st 5 8th for the Crusaders tonight available to be picked in the Fantasy game?????
4 Jun 06:57
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He is listed as a centre in the Fantasy game 4 Jun 07:00
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Any news on B@I Lions tour fantasy???
4 Jun 07:57
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Gutted for The Canes, never mind Ardie Next Year will be a lot Better, Cheers!!!
5 Jun 12:31
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You will be even more gutted when you lose and get a wooden spoon, MarjK. LOL! 5 Jun 12:44
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Are you Trolling me Topgun??? .......LOL and LOL!!! Hahahaha 6 Jun 07:35
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MarjK, No just telling it like it is. Were your bottom of your pools last season as well? LOL! 6 Jun 12:03
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This is a GAME Topgun Enjoy! ,Have Fun! and that is What I am playing.
I don't have to win, as a matter of fact, it is far less stressful at the non-winning end.
No Stress and so enjoying playing and watching everyone else picking winners.
My biggest buzz is picking players that nobody else does and they do well, I could be at the winning end But that means I will be picking the same as everyone else...eg Will Jordan, Which is why I don't take the Crusaders, if I did I would be up with the rest.
No fun in picking Favourites!!! 6 Jun 12:46
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Just took Jordan this once, because I knew he would do OK, expected him to get 4 try's, plus he is my favourite Crusader! 6 Jun 12:51
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Nice to read about you NZ guys bantering. I have to admit I know a lot about NZ and AUS rugby. That is why this Fantasy Game is such a cracker. Greetings from South Africa
6 Jun 20:29
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Hi Kameeldoring, I am English and know very little about ANZAC rugby, just enuff to beat them in MarjK pool, for the fun of it and pick a winning team. Who likes losing, o yes MarjK does, lol, part of the fun is stressing out the ANZACS and BOKS. Having fun bye. 7 Jun 13:02