23 Mar

Super 15 — Round 6 Preview
by WAJ
23 Mar 2013

Chiefs v Highlanders – So the much fancied Highlanders will be win-less after a third of the season has gone and with a minimal chance to make the play-offs. I can’t see them improving enough to beat the impressive Chiefs, sure Nonu in is a plus, but he looked out of sorts in his first game and hasn’t played since. But they have problems in the looseand lack combinations in the backs still with an ever changing midfield.The Chiefs continue to impress, still won well enough last week whilst being sucked in to playing a lose untidy game by the Chiefs. The short turn around and travel are a concern but Rennie has rotated his players well enough, and has a strong bench.
Chiefs 1 – 12

Crusaders v Kings – The Kings have been quite competitive to date.Good opportunists, they have taken all scoring chances pretty well. No fear at this stage. This could be a step up, away from home and against a side that is starting to get its shit together. Big improvements seen in a lot of the Crusaders forwards the key. If the Crusaders stick to their business and play straight and direct this could get ugly.
Crusaders 13+

Reds v Bulls – The Bulls look to have conceded here, plenty of changes with numerous Boks now in the reserves. Whereas the Reds have a stronger teamwith the inclusion of Horwill and Diggers, and Genia better for the run last week. Both teams put in disappointing performances last week, the Reds probably the worst when out thought and out passioned by the Force. Doubt whether McKenzie will let that happen again.
Reds 13+

Force v Cheetahs – On displayed form this game should be a beauty. Two lowly rated teams are not afraid to give it a red hot go. Really impressed by the Force last week, they were goodin all aspects and Foley has turned them into a really good team, who don’t have many outstanding individuals but do their rolls brilliantly and have enough size and speed out wide to take advantage of any opportunities. The Cheetahs have lost Goosen, their talisman, for the season – a big blow and how well they get around that will be interesting. They have confidence now though and that will take them a long way. Big battle in the lose to decide this, but the Force at home for me.
Force1 – 12

Sharks v Rebels – Aaaaarrgh don’t know where to go here. The Sharks were so disappointing last week, hardly fired a shot, and Plummers has made changes accordingly. They have to be better thanthat and will have the motivation of wanting to show their real worth etc going forthem. SO you’d expect improvement, but how much. The Rebels have been playing at the level pretty much expected of them, and need to be able to put in an extra5 – 10% to get them over the line. Three big ins, Delve, Vuna and Woodward on debut, may be the difference as all are a step up on the players they replaced. Hoping, hoping, hoping!!!
Rebels 1 – 12

Stormers v Brumbies – The Brumbies are a bit of a bogie side for the Stormers. Only 3 losses ever against them and are the form team of the 2013 competition without a doubt. They play such a simple game and execute so well. It will be tough against the Stormers defence. And the Stormers – well a tough start to the year no question. A hard fought win over the Chiefs will have their confidence up, but they do look down on the ruthlessness they showed lastseason. But a more attacking mindset helped against the Chiefs and they will need it against the best defence so far this year. Going with form here.
Brumbies 1 – 12

Waratahs v Blues – If the Blues front with the same attitude and commitment they showed in the Hurricanes and Crusaders wins, they will win easily. The Waratahs are a rabble and have too many self doubts.
Blues 1 – 12

Regards Waj

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