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Weekend predictions

Friday night free, and all over by seven on Saturday night. You don’t need to use a single pink ticket to get through this quarterfinal weekend!

Tank Lanning

On the menu:

Friday July 21

11h35 – Brumbies v Hurricanes, Canberra

Saturday July 22

09h35 – Crusaders v Highlanders, Christchurch

14h30 – Lions v Sharks, Johannesburg

17h00 – Stormers v Chiefs, Cape Town

A guaranteed a semi-finalist, and a sneaky second if the Stormers can make like they did in the pool stages! Not the worst result for a tricky 2017 …

An important “Meeting” on Friday morning that could accidentally end in a “Client lunch”, Saders on a spin bike to clear the head and earn the beers, Lions vs Sharks while the fire burns down, a quick round of nibbles before settling onto the coolerbox for the Stormers vs Chiefs game!

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

My picks:

Hurricanes by 19

Crusaders by 11

Lions by 11

Chiefs by 9

What the Bookies say:

Hurricanes (1/5) over Brumbies (5/1)

Crusaders (5/11) over Highlanders (38/17)

Lions (1/7) over Sharks (7/1)

Chiefs (4/6) over Stormers (11/7)

The SuperBru Community picks:

Hurricanes by 13

Crusaders by 7

Lions by 12

Chiefs by 3

Like for almost every weekend this this year (a big part of the problems facing Super Rugby), the Bookies and Brus agree on all four quarter final results. Decisive in Canberra and Joburg they say, more than likely in Christchurch, but perhaps room for a cheeky upset in Cape Town.

I can’t fault them, I am afraid … The Brumbies don’t deserve to be there in the first place, the Crusaders will bring out their first rate “Scrum and smother” game to keep the Landers frustrated, and the Lions won’t be pissing about like they did last week.

I’d love to see the Stormers to “Upset” the Chiefs like they did at Newlands earlier in the year. It was an incredible game of rugby that required what was perhaps the pass of the season from Dillyn Leyds to notch up a “W” for the home side. Had that Hail-Mary pass not worked, a strangely off-kilter Chiefs side would have won. And that was then, before the Stormers had been on their tragic tour down under. Unlikely to be as open and entertaining, this will be a massive test for lightie Damien Willemse. Pass the test, and the Stormers might have a chance in front of what will no doubt be a massive crowd. Stumble, though – and Sam Cane is going to be all over him like a tight t-shirt – and the large contingent of Chiefs fans that will be part of that crowd, will be the ones celebrating a spot in the semis.

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Nice work Kurajas. I am sitting at a lowly and embarrassing 310 out of 587 troops!!

Good luck out there.

Author: Tank

Ex WP prop with a fair amount of experience in all things media ...

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