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Predictably Unpredictable Super Rugby

I know it sounds like sour grapes, but after seeing the results in our Superbru pool yesterday, I consoled myself, after only scoring two points, by saying that anyone who got more than three points does not know much about rugby.

This weekend will not be much different. A major factor will be the ability of all of last week’s surprise losers to regain their confidence and pride. Die loslootjie vir die Cheetahs kom eintlik op ‘n baie slegte tyd, want hulle loop oor van selfvertroue nadat hulle, vir die soveelste keer, die Sharks se tande stomp gemaak het.

Bulls/Hurricanes

This match will be the first indicator involving an SA side. Judging by the comments from supporters after last week’s shock defeat at home against the arch enemy, the Stormers, the Bulls need to win handsomely against a team with a star-studded backline, and very impressive defence. On paper, the Bulls have all the talent, which is the main reason why so many proud supporters are up in arms. Kom ons hoop die trots van die spelers gaan hulle daardie ekstra woema gee om hul verlore glorie te herwin en ondersteuners terug te lok Loftus toe vir rugby, eerder as Supercross. Wat die uitslag betref – my hart en my kop verskil 100%, so ek hou maar die keer liewer my mond.

Stormers/Blues

Die Kapenaars loop krulstert na verlede naweek se onverwagse oorwinning oor die Bulle. Hulle moet pasop dat dit nie dalk hul ondergang bewerkstellig nie. Die grootste verrassing was die voorspelers se vertoning, en Saterdag sal toon of dit net ‘n gelukskoot was. Geen Nieu-Seelandse pak is ooit maklik nie, en die Blues is al sedert die dae van Sean Fitzpatrick (die Julius Malema van rugby) bekend vir hul uitstekende voorspelers. ‘n Leser van Die Burger had vanoggend ‘n pluimpie vir Robbie Fleck wat nie bang is om kleiner agterspelers in te span nie. Ek stem saam, hoewel Damien de Allende nou nie juis ‘n dwerg is nie. Ek glo die tuisspan behoort hierdie een te wen.

Sharks/Lions

How much can change in one week? Will we see a changed game plan from the Lions? Can the Sharks pick themselves up off the ground after last week’s debacle?

This is another match where the big names take on the brave hearts. The problems for the Sharks in the front row last week will be repeated against a formidable Lions pack, unless they do something drastic. It will also be interesting to see if Brendan Venter managed to turn the minds of the backline enough to start scoring the tries they are so capable of doing, in theory.

I picked the Sharks in Superbru, as I did last week. Party mense wil mos net nie leer nie!

Dan is daar nog die naweek se krieket boonop. Ek mag dalk Maandag lewerprobleme ondervind, maar bedsere gaan ek beslis nie hê nie.

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