Super Rugby Round 8 Preview

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TattsBet's Super Rugby Expert Mark Connors Dale previews Round 8. Image courtesy of www.abc.net.au

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Hurricanes v

Stormers


Friday, 4:35pm (AEST)

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Match Tips



Head-to-Head



Hurricanes

Margin



Hurriances 1-12 

#HURvSTO   

     


This will be a tight contest, with the Stormers likely to be very disappointed with their efforts last start. One thing we learned is they cannot do without their inspirational skipper Duane Vermuelen, who was rested last week. The Stormers should have the edge in the set piece, but I expect the Canes to continue their winning ways.




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Rebels v Reds


Friday, 6:40pm (AEST)

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Match Tips



Head-to-Head



Reds

Margin



Reds 1-12

 

#REBvRED   

     


Both sides have come off another disappointing loss last start after expectations were raised. I expect the Rebels to lift with Lopeti Timani back from injury, but I also expect the Reds team to be better this week with Gill and Hunt coming back into the squad, and with the additional game time for their injured players last week.



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Chiefs v Blues


Saturday, 4:35pm (AEST)

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Match Tips



Head-to-Head



Chiefs

Margin



Chiefs 1-12 

 

#CHIvBLU    

      


Another week has past and the Blues remain winless. While they will push the Chiefs in this local derby, I cannot see them winning on recent form away from home.




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Brumbies v Cheetahs


Saturday, 6:40pm (AEST)

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Match Tips



Head-to-Head



Brumbies

Line



Cheetahs +14 

 

#BRUvCHE              


The Brumbies come off a bye week and will need to make sure they are not complacent against the lowly placed Cheetahs, who have the ability to surprise while touring. This is a must win home game for the Brumbies.




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Sharks v Crusaders


Saturday, 11:00pm (AEST)

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Match Tips



Head-to-Head



Crusaders

Margin



Crusaders 13+ 

 

#SHAvCRU   

     


The Sharks will be pleased with their recent form, while the Crusaders will be wondering just how they were outplayed last week by the Bulls after their recent strong form. With a few key players out, I expect the Sharks will be easier pickings for the Crusaders, who will be looking to lift.




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Lions v Bulls


Sunday, 1:05am (AEST)

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Match Tips



Head-to-Head



Bulls

Margin 



Bulls 1-12 

 

#SHAvFOR 

    


This local derby will be a tight affair, with both sides confident following recent wins. The Cheetahs will be weary after travelling home from their long tour, and I feel the Bulls will be targeting this match as a must win on South African soil, before they head south on the tour of Australia & New Zealand. The Bulls physicality should help them defeat the tired Lions.










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