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Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked: Round 1 Predictions

The new Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked competition kicks off this weekend, with the 7 South African teams competing initially for the Super Rugby trophy and then for the Currie Cup trophy from the end of November.

The strength of each team may vary as international players come and go, but initially, it looks like we’ll be treated to full-strength teams, and the Sharks v Lions in the opening fixture is the highlight of Round 1.

Here are my predictions for the opening weekend.

Sharks v Lions

This feels like familiar ground to start with, and although it’s the toughest pick of the weekend, I’m confident of a home win. The Sharks have won the last three against the Lions, and were much more impressive than the Lions at the start of the Super Rugby season before lockdown. Sharks by 9

Cheetahs v Pumas

The Pumas seem destined to finish at the bottom of the log, having finished last in the 2019 Currie Cup and with little evidence of improvement since then. Meanwhile, the Cheetahs lifted the Currie Cup in the same year, despite also fielding a team in Europe’s Pro14, and having bowed out of that tournament for this season, they look well-placed here. Cheetahs by 23

Bulls v Griquas

The Bulls only managed one win from six in the opening rounds of the Super Rugby season, but will be confident going into this tournament on the back of a convincing win over the Sharks on Vodacom Super Fan Saturday. This should be a relatively straightforward opener at Loftus. Bulls by 28

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8 Oct 12:06
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Hutch's predictions seem pretty much spot on, accept for the margin for the Cheetahs - I think it's slightly too generous, and would go for 18.
8 Oct 12:26
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On point with the picks Hutch. I am going increased points difference Cheetahs and Bulls - 7 pointer each one. Looking forward to seeing SA Rugby action again!
8 Oct 12:28
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8 Oct 18:01
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Three home hidings, Sharks ( even though MANY pre season players missing) by 17. Cheetahs by 27 and the Bulls by 19.
9 Oct 10:52
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All home wins. I would also say Bulls and Cheetahs wont win by such a big margin. For both of those teams the win margin will be less than 20 or even less than 15
9 Oct 13:27
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And we are going ahead with the "PISSY. PICKS." Default." Really???
9 Oct 19:27
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Awe ek sien uit om almal te wen!!!
10 Oct 17:57
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Where do I get results
11 Oct 09:37
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Where is week 2 predictions
15 Oct 18:46
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Gordon McCarthy die Cheetahs gaan die superrugby unlocked champions wees en Carrie Cup Champions
15 Oct 19:32