Looking at ahead at Round 9 of Super Rugby. So much to play for with some interesting match ups down the lower end of the log, also Friday Night Rugby is back with a match at Emirates Airline Park tomorrow.
Our coaches this weekend, Ricardo Booysen and Bradley Page. Remember to Lock your picks ahead of Thursday`s show.
Hurricances and the Brumbies start off the weekend at 09h35. Hurricanes have regained their winning form and have an impressive 6 out 7 wins this season so far. The Brumbies have struggled with only 3 wins in 2017. The loss last week will go down as an upset to the Rebels and will need a miracle to overcome one of the in form sides in the tournament. Picks are for the Hurricanes, Ricardo by 15, Bradley 14. I have them by 14.
Kings continue their tour in Sydney against The Waratahs. Both teams have had a tough time, Kings coming close a couple of times on this tour. This could be their chance to get a win on tour as the Waratahs are having one of the worst tournaments over. Picks are for Waratahs. Ricardo has them by 45, Bradley and I have them by 11. Game is 11h45 on Friday.
On Friday evening the Lions host the Jaguares who stumbled against a lacklustre Bulls side. The Lions come off an impressive win against the Stormers and will be looking at making right the wrongs in Argentina earlier this year. Bradley has the Lions by 14, Ricardo by 6, I have them by 23. Game is at 19h00.
Early start on Saturday morning, Highlanders face the Sunwolves at 07h15. Easy picks with all the picks for the Highlanders this weekend. Bradley has the Hhighlanders by 24, Ricardo by 10 I have them by 9. All depending on the weather.
One of the Big games of the weekend is at 09h35 0n Saturday morning. Crusaders vs the Stormers. Bradley has the Crusaders by 9, Ricardo by 5. I have them by 3.
Force vs Chiefs at 13h45 on Saturday. Should be one way traffic or will there be an upset? Pool doesn`t think about it. Ricardo has the Chiefs by 20, Bradley by 10. I also have the Chiefs to win by 20.
Loftus will be an interesting venue for the Bulls Cheetahs clash. Bulls have had a tough season with only two wins this year. Looking at the list. The Cheetahs have also only registered two wins. Some say this game will help Saru figure out which team will join the Kings sitting out next year. Some of the Cheetahs players are back from injury and well, the Bulls continue with their set up which hasn`t really worked. Maybe this time it will work. Bradley has the Bulls by 8, Ricardo and I have them by 7. Should be interesting how it turns out. Game is at 17h15.
Sharks up against the Rebels at 19h30 on Saturday. It should be one way traffic but we know how sometimes the Sharks struggle against minnows. Picks are for the Sharks though, Bradley by 14, Ricardo by 8 I have them by 13.
Enjoy the Rugby this weekend.