Super Rugby Round 6 Preview

Former Reds and Wallabies forward Mark Connors
Former Reds and Wallabies forward Mark Connors previews Round 6 of Super Rugby.

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Highlanders v Hurricanes
Friday 21/3/14 @ 16:35


The Highlanders will be gutted after last week's game, while the Hurricanes will be feeling they are “back” after their scintillating display against the out-of-form Cheetahs. Confidence is typically a big driver for this Canes side and while these derbies are tougher to predict, I expect the momentum is with the away side who have the backline class to score from anywhere.

My pick: Hurricanes to win 

 

Waratahs v Rebels 
Friday 21/3/14 @ 18:40 
 

This will be another physical match-up with every other Australian team “hating” the Waratahs! The Tahs were outcoached and outplayed last week and they will be seeking revenge against the Rebels. Their coach has even benched a couple of their big name Wallabies (Palu & Robinson), so expect them to be fired up. Higginbotham and his Rebel’s teammates will put up a fight, but I feel the Tahs have too much class and will bounce back from last week's disappointment at the Rebels' expense.

My pick: Waratahs to win (**One of my picks of Round 6**)

 

Blues v Cheetahs
Saturday 22/3/14 @ 16:35

This is the odd occasion where a NZ team travels back from its South African tour to play a South Africaside which has settled in NZ over the last couple of weeks. I don’t expect travel fatigue to worry the Blues though and expect them to pick up their second win of the year against the Cheetahs, who so far appear to have lost their mojo! Word that Ma Nonu and Jerome Kaino may be back for the Blues will also lift the home side. The Cheetahs will be better than last week so it wont be handed to the Blues, but they should win comfortably at home.

My pick: Blues to win (**One of my picks of Round 6**)

 

Brumbies v Stormers
Saturday 22/3/14 @ 18:40
 

The Brumbies will need to back up last week's efforts, with another physical display. Their defence was exceptional, however the Stormers are also known for their D and should lift after a poor display against the Chiefs in the last round. I'm hoping the Brumbies don’t fall into a lull after the draining contest against the Tahs – so if they can reproduce their willing attacking display and physical defence from that effort they should be able to secure the points from another important must win home game. The Stormers won’t roll over though.

My pick: Brumbies to win (if they have anything left in the tank) 

 

Force v Chiefs 
Saturday 22/3/14 @ 21:00 

What a turn around from the Force over the last two weeks. With some brilliant defence and a hunger we haven’t seen in years, they have really surprised. However the in-form competition standouts, the Chiefs, will present a greater challenge. The Chiefs are strong in all aspects of the game, and while the Force will be tougher at home, I think the Chiefs will be too good.

My pick: Chiefs to win 

 

Lions v Reds
Sunday 23/3/14 @ 01:05 

While the Reds would be feeling they were unfairly penalised out of the game last week, they will need to forget that to ensure they are disciplined this week against the Lions sharpshooter Boshoff, who is a points- scoring machine. Boshoff will likely hit the 100-point mark this week after 6 Rounds, which is astounding. The Reds will need to play smart rugby and get their backs involved, but will need to do so in the attacking half of the field.

My pick: Reds to win this & pick up vital points from their tour in South Africa

 

Bulls v Sharks
Sunday 23/3/14 @ 03:10

The Bulls come back after a week's rest against the highly fancied Sharks, who have won all of their opening matches. I felt the Sharks were lucky last week with the Ref providing them a clear advantage, so they will need to play more rugby this week against their local rivals, who won’t be so unlucky. These derbies are a real leveller, so I expect a tight contest, but if the Bulls can be disciplined and not give away too many penalties, they should be strong enough to win at home.

My pick: Bulls to win in a close one


Mark Connors, former Reds and Wallabies forward

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