Super Rugby returns to our screens tomorrow and for many of us this means stepping back into the competitive cauldron that is SuperBru.
The first week is notoriously difficult to pick. To complicate things we also have 3 new teams to make a call on.
Not to worry – we’ve got you covered.
Here’s our thoughts on how the first week of Super Rugby is going to go down.
- Blues vs Highlanders
The Blues have been klapping okes in the warm up games but the Landers are the reigning champs and with a roster full of rested stars – I’d say the smart money is on them.
Pick: Highlanders by 9
2. Brumbies vs Hurricanes
This is a toughie to pick early on. The ‘Canes had a magic run to the final last year but the Brumbies are always challengers and are playing at home. Even so, I’m backing the ‘Canes to steal this one.
Pick: Hurricanes by 2
3. Cheetahs and Jaguares
We’ve only had a taste of the Jaguares twice – both times they ran the ball from all over – once it worked the other time it didn’t. This time they are playing a Cheetahs side that I don’t rate highly and I back the Argentines to get it done.
Pick: Jaguares by 10
4. Sunwolves vs Lions
Sunwolves are campaign newbies and while they are playing at home – my gut tells me that they are going to be in a neck and neck race with the Kings for the wooden spoon.
Pick: Lions by 8
5. Crusaders vs Chiefs
The most surprising result of the pre season was the walloping the Canes gave the Saders and while I’m not 100% familiar with the nuances at play in that game – I back the Chiefs to get one over their rivals in an early season thriller.
Pick: Chiefs by 5
6. Waratahs vs Reds
I do loathe Australian derbies so I won’t be catching this one live but the Waratahs are a good side, the Reds aren’t – so I back the Tahs to take the glory here.
Pick: Waratahs by 10
7. Force and Rebels
Pick: Rebels by 3
8. Kings vs Sharks
The Kings are a team in turmoil and while they are sure to play with plenty of passion and enthusiasm – this game should be over by the 60th minute.
Pick: Sharks by 15
9. Stormers vs Bulls
The curtain comes down on a 9 match Super Rugby weekend with a classic North vs South SA derby. Who will come out on top? My money is on the Stormers.
Pick: Stormers by 7
What’s your thoughts? Picks sound right to you? What are your picks? Hit us with a comment or a tweet @leftbacks and let the banter begin!