Super Rugby - Round 3 Preview

TattsBet rugby expert Mark 'Buzzard' Connors previews Round 3 Super Rugby action. Picture: theguardian.com

Highlanders Super Rugby Logo

Highlanders

v

Reds


Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Friday, February 27
4.35 PM (AEST)

Reds Super Rugby Logo




The Reds will be buoyed after last week's gutsy effort and will lift again, especially if we see James O’Connor fit to play, and Adam Thomson standing tall against his old side. The Highlanders will also be better after a rusty first up display, but I'll tip an upset here.

Fox Sports 2


Pick: Reds to win away.




Western Force Super Rugby Logo

Force

v

Hurricanes


nib, Perth
Friday, February 27
9.00 PM (AEST)


Hurricanes Super Rugby Logo




The Force were dreadful last week after their first up heroics against the Tahs. They will be better at home, but I am tipping the Canes, who look consistent and strong across the board.

Fox Sports 2


Pick: Hurricanes to win.




Cheetahs Super Rugby Logo

Cheetahs

v

Blues


Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Saturday, February 28
3.10 AM (AEST)


Blue Super Rugby Logo




The Blues should be better with 15 men on the field again (after a red card last week cost them dearly) and they showed enough for me to tip them against the home side.

Fox Sports 2


Pick: Blues to win with too much class and power.




Chiefs Super Rugby Logo


Chiefs 

v

Crusaders


Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Saturday, February 28
4.35 PM (AEST)


Crusaders Super Rugby Logo




The Chiefs look more settled and the Crusaders have a few injury concerns, as well as losing Franks to suspension. These teams typically deliver a cracking contest and I'll tip the home side to claim the win. 

Fox Sports 2


Pick: Chiefs to win.




Rebels Super Rugby Logo


Rebels 

v

Brumbies


AAMI Park, Melbourne
Saturday, February 28
6.40 PM (AEST)


Brumbies Super Rugby Logo




The Rebels have performed beyond all expectations so far and should lift again at home. I do see the Brumbies outfit as the favourites, and their consistency week in week out, should see them home.

Fox Sports 2


Pick: Brumbies to win.




Bulls Super Rugby Logo


Bulls 

v

Sharks


Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Sunday, March 01
1.05 AM (AEST)


Sharks Super Rugby Logo




This will be difficult to pick, especially with the Bulls under enormous pressure after a poor start. I cannot find a way to pick them though, as their performances have been error-riddled, and they offer little in attack.

Fox Sports 2


Pick: Sharks to win.




Lions Super Rugby Logo


Lions 

v

Stormers


Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Sunday, March 01
3.10 AM (AEST)


Stormers Super Rugby Logo




These locals derbies are typically close matches, but I have to lean the way of the Stormers who look well drilled, have great defence and are very physical.  

Fox Sports 2


Pick: Stormers to win.






Mark Connors



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