Super Rugby week 4 tipping board: Hail to the new boys

Tossa Drua!

I’m sure many of us thought about tipping Fijians last week, and I guess we’ll all be thinking about them a bit more from here on out. Maybe not this week, but you get my point.

And it was fantastic to see Moana Pasifika start so strong too, to the point where I really think if there were any concerns about them being competitive in games this season, those concerns most likely eased on that first appearance really encouraging, against the crusaders of all the teams.

The Hairy Man indeed swung nicely into jag five last week, and the result of that is that we suddenly have a three-way tie at the top – which isn’t bad in a five-horse race. The Reds’ dominating finish in the west certainly defeated most of us, but not as much as the Rebels made us lose.

Which brings us to this week, and a few curious games to rock it – though I strongly suspect the wavelengths are going to be pretty much aligned…

Last Week: Harry 5, Everyone Else and The Crowd 4

Total: Harry 13, Digger 13, Brett 13, The Crowd 12, Geoff 11


Blues, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Crusaders, Reds, Waratahs

The competition is starting to take shape: in Super Rugby Pacific, and in our tipping panel. Brett ‘Laidlaw’ McKay is top or bottom of the table, but he won’t stay stagnant.

I don’t believe our fearsome leader will topple the bogey Blues. But I will. I like what I see in this team. I don’t think the Landers are scoring enough. Blues.

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The sure Brumbies will punish the Rebels with some old school power rugby. The Hurricanes will blow Moana Pasifika, who will struggle to recover from attempting 250 tackles last week.

The Crusaders welcome a group of returning All Blacks and will give a cane to the Chiefs, who really needed to kick that kick. The Reds are in great form this year. Harry Wilson’s pants aren’t as tight. Fraser McReight looks lean and hungry.

And then the humdinger, the main event, the decider! In Australia’s race not to join the Rebels in the last four, it’s Waratahs against Force in Sydney in the closest. Will Harris vs. Tim Anstee will be good, but will probably end up like Dalton Papalii vs. Sam Cane: a draw.

I think it’s at 9-10 that it will be decided. Jake Gordon for me: Tahs by a hair. The Force is in trouble.

sure thing

If the Reds keep winning ugly, ugly will start to look pretty.


Blues, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Crusaders, Reds, Force

I think a clever Roar The contributor summed up the Highlanders so far with a comment like, “I believe they’re trying to execute a game plan without the skills to pull it off,” and it’s hard to disagree with that. feeling.

The Blues, of course, have their own clumsy problems to solve, but seem to have too much firepower overall. And the Rebels are proving simply invincible right now, even more so against the high-flying Brumbies.

Assuming a game can take place, the Hurricanes should be too good for a surprising Moana Pasifika, even with last-minute ringtones from all over the North Island, while I’ll be backing the Crusaders at home to move on. beyond what promises to be a formidable challenge from the Chiefs. , especially in front.

David Havili takes a break.

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The Reds look good to continue their winning streak, but it will be interesting to see how the Drua fare after picking up their first super win.

And in what seems to be the hardest match to pick, I decided to support the Force who always seem to have a little extra against the Waratahs.

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Last weekend’s round will not be remembered as it is a classic with most teams struggling to execute for one reason or another so expect a blow significant thumb in that regard this weekend. Although unfortunately many hairstyles will not improve much.


Blues, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Crusaders, Reds, Waratahs

I will pick the Blues, but not without nerves and not without a lot of cross and/or tight stuff. Their net margin over the last two games is +1, so the nerves and squeezes are for a very good reason.

The Brumbies, Crusaders and Reds are all undefeated and playing great, and it’s hard to see that changing. The Drua will be buoyed by last week’s opening win and a seemingly unwinnable game like this is exactly the kind of game the Chiefs have won in the past. Both have a chance, but many should be fine.

However, the Rebels are none of that.

The Hurricanes-Moana Pasifika game still seems to have a question mark about it, and you sure hope it can move forward. The fewer games that require new dates, the better. The ‘Canes look a little strong, anyway.

And that just leaves the Waratahs-Force, which comes off as a heartbreaking game on a Sunday afternoon. There really isn’t much between the teams in terms of playing talent, bench depth and just about any stat you’d want to throw around right now. That really only leaves home advantage to the ‘Tahs, and I’d apply it in exactly the same way if the game was being played in Perth. What it should have been originally.

A crucial match that neither team wants to lose.

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Could this be the week we see Golden Point dust off for the first time? And maybe in a game none of us suspect?


Blues, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Reds, Force

People who complain about Super Rugby Pacific’s lack of cutting-edge entertainment obviously didn’t watch Pakistan grind 728 for the loss of just four wickets on the Rawalpindi highway. Give me a dozen Scrum resets and ten TMO downtimes, any day!

The Highlanders need a lot to go straight for them to beat the Blues. The COVID in the camp is not what they need. Their organization does not fail to name the players concerned either, for reasons of confidentiality.

Which seems fair enough until you realize all will be revealed anyway, when Game Day 23 is announced. No one will tip the Rebels over the Brumbies; myself included.

Despite Moana Pasifika’s encouraging start, they won’t beat the Hurricanes. The Crusaders will be back to something closer to full strength, but I like how the Chiefs pack is shaping up.

Lightning won’t strike twice for the Drua – not against the Reds, anyway. Which leaves a real draw game in soggy Sydney to end the inning. Strength for me, in what should be a great competition.

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Rugby players the world over will be scratching their heads trying to figure out why Michael Cheika would trade something he’s very good at (being a Stan rugby analyst) for something he’s not very good at (being a international coach).

Round 4HarryGeoffExcavatorBrettThe crowd
Last week44543
BLU vs. HIGBluesBluesBluesBlues
REB versus BRUBrumbiesBrumbiesBrumbiesBrumbies
HUR versus MOAHurricanesHurricanesHurricanesHurricanesAnnouncement
RAW versus CHIcrusadersChiefscrusaderscrusadersFriday afternoon
RED vs. DRURedsRedsRedsReds
WAR against FORWaratahsTo obligateTo obligateWaratahs

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