After going 4/6 in round nine, JUANDRE JOUBERT explains his Superbru picks for round 10 of Vodacom Super Rugby.
The Jaguares had a magnificent tour of South Africa and cost a lot of brus yet another GSP in round nine. The Stormers finally got a win on tour, another outcome that was picked by the minority on Superbru (I was not one of them).
Here are the fixtures for round 10:
Super Rugby Round ?
As has become the norm this season, there are some real 50/50 games for you to pick this weekend ?
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Here is why I picked the way I did:
CHIEFS vs LIONS
First up, the in-form Chiefs welcome the Lions to Hamilton. The Chiefs are on a four-match undefeated run, while the Lions have lost two on the trot. The home side suffered a huge blow when Damian McKenzie was ruled out for the rest of the season earlier in the week, and Brodie Retallick will also miss the clash through injury. Although they will miss those two, the Chiefs will be too good for the Lions.
Chiefs by 15
SUNWOLVES vs HURRICANES
Both these teams had a bye in round nine. The Hurricanes have opted to rest the Barrett brothers as well as Ardie Savea for an extra week. Ngani Laumape and TJ Perrenara are back. There will only be one winner in this one.
Hurricanes by 18
SHARKS vs REDS
The hot and cold Sharks host the Reds in Friday’s final match. The Sharks hammered the Lions in week eight, just to be hammered by the Jaguares a week later. The Reds lost to the Bulls in Pretoria. I cannot see the Sharks being that poor two weeks in a row, so I am giving this one to the home side.
Sharks by 10
HIGHLANDERS vs BLUES
This, in my view, is the toughest pick of the round. The Highlanders haven’t tasted victory since week two, while the Blues have only lost once in the last five matches (against the Chiefs last weekend). Aaron Smith will make his return from injury via the bench, and that is why I am backing the Highlanders to win a close one.
Highlanders by 4
WARATAHS vs REBELS
The Rebels travel to Sydney after an unexpected loss to the Stormers. The Waratahs were on a bye, but in the news for all the wrong reasons thanks to Israel Folau. The off-field distractions will have hampered their preparations for this one. I am going with the Rebels.
Rebels by 7
STORMERS vs BRUMBIES
The final match of the round sees the Stormers host the Brumbies. The team from Cape Town will be full of confidence after claiming a good win against the Rebels in Melbourne. The Brumbies also got back to winning ways against the Lions. The Stormers will prove too difficult to beat at home.
Stormers 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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