In this new feature, Superbru goes head to head with SA Rugby magazine to see who will come out on top on Superbru during the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season.
Round three ended in a 3-3 stalemate, can SA Rugby Mag finally get a victory in round four?
Here are this week’s fixtures:
Crusaders vs Highlanders
The Crusaders looked good in their win against the Blues, while the Highlanders snuck a last-second win over the Brumbies. The Crusaders are back at home, and will claim a comfortable win. Crusaders by 16
This is fairly straightforward on the face of it, with the reigning champions back in Christchurch, where they have beaten the Highlanders by over 20 points the last three times they have played. It should be a home win, everyone will pick it, and I’m going big. Crusaders by 18
Rebels vs Sharks
The Sharks looked good on attack against the Hurricanes and having to play a scrumhalf at 10 also did not help their cause. Makazole Mapimpi, Curwin Bosch and Thomas du Toit is fit and will start, but influencial captain Lukhantyo Am will not feature. The Rebels have not impressed me much this season, and I have not predicted a match correclty involving them this year. Hopefully that changes this weekend. I am backing the Sharks by 12
Curwin Bosch is back in the Sharks squad this weekend after missing their defeat by the Hurricanes, and I think he’ll help them back to winning ways against a Rebels team that looks awful. Sharks by 9
Chiefs vs Brumbies
The Brumbies should’ve beaten the Highlanders, but they lost it in the dying seconds. They have been hit by the mumps and I can see only one result. Chiefs by 19
This is another easy pick, with the unbeaten Chiefs at home in Hamilton, and although the Brumbies have started in reasonable form, it’s too early to expect them to win away in New Zealand. Chiefs by 23
Reds vs Sunwolves
The Reds gave up a big lead in Buenos Aires last week. They scored some cracking tries and I saw enough to go with them against the Sunwolves in Brisbane. Reds by 16
The Sunwolves are away from home for the first time this season, and whilst their opening-round win against the Rebels was a surprise, it might say more about the Rebels than the Sunwolves. The Reds have been all over the world, and will look forward to their first home game which should also be their first win. Reds by 16
Stormers vs Jaguares
I expected the Stormers to smash the Lions and in the end they were lucky to come away with the win. The Jaguares put on a sensational second-half display to down the Reds. The men from Argentina have never beaten the Stormers at Newlands and I expect that to continue. Stormers by 14
The late win against the Lions maintained the Stormers’ unbeaten start to the season, and they’ll be confident of another win back at Newlands. The Jaguares have never won there, and this should be an interesting match in terms of the outcome of the SA Conference. Stormers by 8
Bulls vs Blues
The Vodacom Bulls host the Blues in the final match of the round. The hosts are still searching for their first win of the season while the visitors have won only once. I expect a tight battle, but I think the Bulls will rally in the second half to claim victory.
The Bulls have lost their opening two fixtures, away at the Sharks and Stormers, but they’ll fancy their chances against the Blues, who haven’t won in Pretoria since 2012, back when they were a half-decent side. They haven’t actually played here since 2014, such are the quirks of Super Rugby scheduling, and that was a 16-point win for the Bulls. Bulls by 13