Read more

Home ground advantage may be the key in Super Rugby

First of all, the Cheetahs will roll the Rebels, the Hurricanes will overcome the Kings and the Waratahs should have few problems with the Force.

Then again, if the Force can get the cash in Brisbane against the reds they must be some chance against the Waratahs.

However, the Waratahs are handy when it comes to day games in Sydney and the Force never looked comfortable before succumbing to the Cheetahs in Perth last weekend. 

However, the other four games should prove interesting and at this stage of the season is home ground advantage going to prove a bonus.

The Reds are sitting in fourth place and are in good shape to seal a finals spot, but they do struggle in New Zealand’s deep south.

The Reds face some tough games during the second half of the season and although the Highlanders are sitting at the foot of the ladder they will certainly prove no pushovers.

It’s the last roll of the dice for the Highlanders, who have yet to win a game in 2013 despite boasting an oustanding backline.

The Reds can win, no doubt, but for some reason we’re giving the Highlanders one more chance.

The Chiefs are travelling beautifully and sit comfortably in second place, but will receive a severe test when they face the Blues in Mount Maunganui.

The Blues had the Waratahs at their mercy last weekend when leading 24-10 before imploding to lose 27-24.

Although not out of the finals race that loss may come back to haunt the Blues, who have been the big improvers this season.

They may not be playing at their Hamilton fortress, however the Chiefs are back in the groove and the defending champions will take some stopping.

The Bulls have been highly competitive on their Australasian tour and were unlucky not to get the cash against the Reds in Brisbane.

Unfortunately, injuries are starting to hinder the Bulls and facing the Brumbies, the competition leaders, in Canberra is no easy assignment.

Losing to the Stormers in their final game in South Africa is no disgrace for the Brumbies because the Cape Town franchise is Sportsword’s selection to win this year’s Super Rugby title.

Speaking of the Stormers, who significantly sit outside the top six, they face yet another test of their mettle when they play host to the Crusaders.

Both teams are missing key players, however the Stormers will have no better chance than to sink the iconic outfit from Canterbury as the Crusaders are missing McCaw, Carter and Read.

If the Crusaders win, then they’re capable of claiming yet another Super Rugby title. 


Leave a Reply

  • Plenty of Paine for Tim Posted on: Jan 2nd, 2017

    He suffered a shocking thumb injury, and unfortunately for Tasmanian wicketkeeper Tim Paine it came at the wrong time…

Read more