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Weekend predictions

Hells Bells, it’s anything but predictable this weekend! Take in what Tank, the Bookies and the Brus have to say before making your SuperBru picks.

Tank Lanning

The obstacle course:

Friday 28 April

09h35 – Highlanders v Stormers (Forsyth Barr)

Saturday 29 April

09h35 – Chiefs v Sunwolves (FMG)

11h45 – Reds v Waratahs (Suncorp)

13h55 – Force v Lions (nib)

17h15 – Cheetahs v Crusaders (Toyota)

19h30 – Kings v Rebels (Nelson Mandela Bay)

21h40 – Jaguares v Sharks (Jose Amalfitani)

Sunday 30 April

08h05 – Brumbies v Blues (GIO)

Let’s be honest, not a whole lot of the above looks particularly enticing does it? Perhaps take a proper long weekend and skip all the rugby?

Or perhaps I am just over reacting to last weekend’s muck? Here’s hoping we get something a little more enticing than that!

To see the weekend’s teams as they get announced, take in the AOR Team Sheets.

My picks:

Highlanders by 16

Chiefs by 19

Reds by 3

Lions by 12

Crusaders by 16

Rebels by 7

Jaguares by 5

Blues by 7

What the Bookies say:

Highlanders (1.2) over Stormers (5.2)

Chiefs (1) over Sunwolves (31)

Reds (1.7) over Waratahs (2.2)

Lions (1.3) over Force (3.9)

Crusaders (1.2) over Cheetahs (5.9)

Rebels (1.7) over Kings (2.4)

Jaguares (1.4) over Sharks (3.1)

Blues (1.6) over Brumbies (2.5)

The SuperBru Community picks:

Highlanders by 5

Chiefs by 28

Reds by 1

Lions by 9

Crusaders by 18

Kings by 2

Jaguares by 2

Blues by 1

Bata Tuffy of a weekend. Calling all pockets on a few of them, especially that pesky Aussie derby on Saturday morning. Six of the eight could go either way. Yep, even the Landers vs Stormers on Friday morning.

Madness given last weekend’s result, I know, and it would take some serious cohunes to back the Stormers, especially against the likes of Smith, Fekitoa, Nahalo and Smith, but the home side have some big injuries up front. Elliot Dixon and Luke Whitelock are both out. Starve them of ball, kick astutely, tackle like mad men (the Stormers top the dominant tackles stat), and boom, upset time. Says the oke calling the Landers to win by 16 points!

The Sharks were abysmal in last week’s red card fiasco and will have been red the riot act by coach Rob du Preez. Tough ask to  bounce back and edge the Jags on their home turf, though, but not impossible.

The Brus are backing the Kings get two on the trot against bottom feeders, the Rabble, and it would not really surprise me. But having travelled back from Sydney while the visitors have been feeding the Knysna ellies, I see the Aussie’s edging this.

Throw in Brumbies at home to go with your Sunday koffie en beskuit, and this weekend is anything but predictable!

Good luck out there …

Below the heads of state in the FRG SuperBru pool:

FRG

Author: Tank

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