SA Franchises - Results forecast
April 09, 2013, 07:33:31
Whereas four of the SA sides have derby matches and the Kings a vey interesting match in Melbourne I am going to make the following forecast sd to the results of the game this coming week:-
Kings vs Rebels
The Kings are doing well on their tour. Even though they lost on tour in their games against both the Crusaders and the Hurricanes they did manage to score nice tries against these two teams and they did the surprise package of the whole tournament in playing the Brumbies to a draw. They are a side with limited resources, but they are very well-coached and always show fighting spirit. The Rebels have some really top players in O'Connor, Higginsbottom and Robinson in their team. After two massive losses in SA - they beat the Force convincingly in Perth. The could benefit from home game advantage. However - taking into the factors memtioned I am going to make a surprising prediction,
The Kings to beat the Rebels by 6 points
Stormers vs Sharks
This is probably the easiest call to make this weekend. The 2013 campaign was really a nightmare for the Stormers, Their side has been weakened by injuries and gross incompetence by the coaching staff and some players. The Sharks lost in a disastrous fashion against the Brumbies. The weaknesses in the team has been identified and dealt with - but the fact that Jantjies is not playing for the Stormers really reduce the chances of the Sharks, whilst the removal of Steyn from the Sharks center position has had a positive impact on Shark performances, Despite home ground advantage - the outcome is easily predictable.
The Sharks to beat the Stormers by 12 points
Bulls vs Cheetahs
There is one thing to be said about Morne Steyn - at Loftus his kicking at goal remains a real threat to opposing teams and opposing teams are well-advised not to give away penalties in their own half of the field. They also have a potential game breaker in Jan Serfontein in their midst. But will Ludeke in fact select Serfontein - for Ludeke is known for suffering fron an advanced level of stupiditis. He might just not pick him at 12. On the other hand the Bulls have serious problems up front - their props are really weak and the outstanding forward player in their squad has been Arno Botha. Stupiditis may also have an impact here and Ludeke could omit Botha from playing in the starting line up. Their Australasian tour was a diaster with 1 win and 3 losses. The Cheetahs have had an excellent tour. They have now won 5 games in a row and am going to be highly motivated to make it 6 in a row, The Cheetahs have the top flank combination in the tournamet. They really have an exciting backline and is not afraid to use it to maximum advantage.
The Cheetahs to beat the Bulls by 9 points
Now lets hear from you as what you think the results would be.