JUANDRE JOUBERT explains his Superbru picks for round six of Vodacom Super Rugby.
Round five was my worst-ever round on Superbru, it can only go better in round six, I hope.
It will be another difficult round, so follow these predictions at your peril.
Super Rugby Round 6⃣
An interesting round of #SuperRugby action begins on Friday when the Blues host the Highlanders!
Which of this week’s fixtures are you most concerned about killing your GSP? ? pic.twitter.com/NyVMXh2iQz
— Superbru (@Superbru) March 20, 2019
Blues vs Highlanders
The only game on Friday takes place in Auckland. Both teams are coming off a bye as the Highlanders clash against the Crusaders was cancelled following the tragic events in Christchurch last Friday. With both teams refreshed, it could turn out to be a cracker. But I expect the Highlanders to have too much firepower out wide and claim another victory.
Highlanders by 9
Hurricanes vs Stormers
Saturday’s action kicks off in Wellington. The Canes have rested a few of their All Blacks, including top try-scorer Ngani Laumape, but will still be able to call on the Barrett brothers, Ben Lam and Ardie Savea. The Stormers are on a three-match winning run, but I cannot see that continuing in New Zealand.
Hurricanes by 18
Waratahs vs Crusaders
The Crusaders are still unbeaten in this year’s competition, but the cancellation of their clash against the Highlanders might have halted some of their momentum. In saying that, the Waratahs have not looked particularly good this season, and I cannot see them troubling the Crusaders.
Crusaders by 13
Sunwolves vs Lions
According to reports, the Sunwolves will not be part of Super Rugby after the 2020 season. How they will respond to this news remains to be seen. The Lions had to rely on an 83rd-minute penalty to defeat the Rebels in Johannesburg. The Lions have not lost to the Sunwolves yet, and that will continue this weekend.
Lions by 10
Bulls vs Chiefs
A double dose of South African action to enjoy around the braai as the Bulls welcome the Chiefs to Loftus. The Bulls have been very impressive this season, bar the loss against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, while the Chiefs have been out of sorts and are still without a win. Although they looked better with Damian McKenzie at 15, the Chiefs won’t be able to match the Bulls pack.
Bulls by 17
Sharks vs Rebels
The Rebels will still be kicking themselves after they let a 28-point lead slip to lose 36-33 to the Lions. The Sharks are well rested after a bye in round five. The Durbanites have to get back to winning ways if they want to have any hopes of making the playoffs. I am backing the Sharks at home.
Sharks by 9
Reds vs Brumbies
The Reds claimed a comeback win against the Sunwolves last week, while the Brumbies used their pack effectively to get a win over the Waratahs. I think the Brumbies forwards will dominate the Reds and secure them a second victory in a row.
Brumbies by 12
– Joubert is Highbury Media’s digital media manager, who has won the company’s Super Rugby Superbru pool for two years running.
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