Super Rugby Round 4: Only way is up

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    If there are two words a tipster doesn’t want to hear, surely those two words are ‘upset’ and ‘draw’. Even worse when both words are heard in the same round. Just ruins a weekend.

    And the Reds getting up at home, followed by the Sharks and Waratahs being unable to break the deadlock in Durban did indeed ruin the weekend that was Round 3. So did the Blues, and the bloody Jaguares, for what it’s worth, but maybe that was just me. You’ll get yours, Jaguares; don’t you worry. I’ll deal with you soon enough.

    The new man in town, Mr Parkes esquire, leads off after taking 5/7 in what proved to be a difficult Round 3. And this is the one and only acknowledgement of The Crowd now leading outright. Nope, nothing to see here, let’s just move on…

    TIPS: Highlanders, Rebels, Crusaders, Bulls, Sharks, Lions, Jaguares

    The Highlanders will Rhule under the roof, before the Rebels repeat their home win of last year against the so far curiously underwhelming Brumbies.

    I was surprised to find the Hurricanes favoured by the bookies – despite home ground advantage, the Crusaders appeal as the better organised early in the season. There’s also plenty to like about how the Bulls are approaching things under John Mitchell, and I think they’ll go well in Brisbane.

    Sharks easily at home over the Moondogs, ditto the Lions over the Blues before a real toss-up on Sunday morning. The Jaguares lack a little bit of class but they are not a bad side and will fancy their chances against the gritty, un-pretty Waratahs. I’ll take a punt on Kurtley Beale not playing and tip the home side.

    Kurtley Beale

    SURE THING – Davey Warner and Quinton de Kock will bury the hatchet, taking a winning Super Rugby multi-bet and celebrating by taking their families out for a nice meal.

    TIPS: Highlanders, Rebels, Hurricanes, Bulls, Sharks, Lions, Jaguares

    Robbie Fleck, alleged Stormers coach, is suffering from concussion. Thus, the continued selection of Raymond Rhule (four missed tackles against the Crusaders, leading to 21 early points). The rugby Jacobites by plenty.

    The Rebels will steal more lineouts and miss fewer tackles than the Brumbies; the local paper will run a rugby article on page 6. entitled ‘Unbeaten Rebels all the way?’ The Hurricanes have a world class flyhalf. The Crusaders don’t, now. Canes by a wobbling, fluttering wounded duck BBBBB conversion, late.

    The fit, handsome Bulls will run rampant in Brisbane; afterwards, drink Queensland Red. The Sunwolves will suffer in the Shark Tank. The Blues will almost upset the Lions; the TMO will decide it. The Waratahs will lose to the Jaguares at the death, in controversial fashion.

    SURE THING: I will be leading the competition after Round 4, and Brett Laidlaw McKay will drink long and hard to my success.

    TIPS: Highlanders, Rebels, Hurricanes, Reds, Sharks, Lions, Jaguares.

    The Highlanders should have enough talent to overcome the homesick Stormers. Rebels at home against a somehow lost Brumbies team.

    The Hurricanes did not look good neither in South Africa and Argentina but there is a big question mark on how Mitchell Hunt will perform replacing the injured Richie Mo’unga who has been crucial for the Crusaders. We all know that Mr Hunt can play ball, we have witness very good performances from him last year, but the safe bet is to go with my home tip rule in this one.

    I think it is a waste to bring a ball on to the field for the Reds versus Bulls match, since I have the feeling that both teams will be more concerned with wrestling than rugby.

    Brad Thorn

    The home team with caution. If there was a powerplay I would use it for the Sharks over the Sunwolves. The Blues betrayed me last week, so I will go with the unbeaten Lions at home.

    And finally, we arrive to a very intriguing game in Buenos Aires. Two of the worst scrums in the competition. Both teams have problems executing and in defence. I think the individualities could make the difference in this one but also Mario Ledesma has been with the ‘Tahs and Wallabies for enough length of time to know what to expect from the visitors.

    The Jaguares might get their first win.

    SURE THING: Expect a game or two to be decided with the boot.

    TIPS: Highlanders, Rebels, Hurricanes, Reds, Sharks, Lions, Waratahs

    Starting off in the far American south, I am backing the Waratahs to get in against a Jaguares side which has shown little to date, while in the African South I cannot see anything but comfortable Lions and Sharks victories at their respective home grounds.

    Jake Gordon

    Across the ditch, two intriguing match ups; I will back the Reds for the simple reason that the Bulls have yet to prove they can travel despite their obvious positive upturn in form, and I will get behind the Rebels this week in the game I found hardest to settle on. Despite the travel factor, they are playing with a little bit more cohesion than the Brumbies though the mob is more than capable.

    At home, the Highlanders should be too good over 80 minutes for the mild Rhule cold front, while nothing makes me more nervous than a depleted Crusty side, especially combined with our own less than convincing form and travel. But, ya know, ‘Canes by plenty.

    SURE THING: Scotland to beat Ireland, oh, sorry, wrong comp. But that’s what I have got, along with Sharks centre Lukhanyo Am scoring a hat trick. Him, or Candle Wyk.

    TIPS: Highlanders, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Reds, Sharks, Lions, Waratahs

    So last week didn’t go well at all, let’s just acknowledge that elephant in the room from the start. But, now that rock bottom is out of the way early, I look forward to tipping the heck out of the rest of the season.

    Highlanders is easy; Hurricanes is easy at the Cake Tin with no Richie Mo’unga in the red and black; Sharks is easy (but heart remains forever with the mighty Moondogs), and Lions is also easy. Just chalk those four up as correct straight away.

    Rebels-Brumbies isn’t so easy, and I’m going to revert to a bit of ‘dirty pool’ here. You see, my esteemed colleagues don’t have the benefit of seeing many teams named before sending their tips through, and when I saw four tips for the Rebels alongside news that Adam Coleman wasn’t playing, the inner C. Montgomery Burns surfaced.

    Is it right that I abuse such an obvious editorial advantage over the rest of the panel? No, probably not. But I’ll refer you to the acknowledgement of last week’s result, and I’ll sleep just fine, thanks!

    Also, anyone who happened to hear me on the Green and Gold Rugby podcast this week, just ignore that little bit where I leaned toward the Bulls, please. 2016 was the last time the Bulls won a first game on tour, but that was against the Sunwolves in Singapore. Before that? March 10, 2013! And March 2003 was the last time they won an opening tour game in Australia! Weren’t they still Northern Transvaal then?! Reds at home, please.

    And I wasn’t mad at the Jaguares losing last week, just disappointed. But they must pay for disappointing me, and thus they get yet another yellow card for the year. Waratahs.

    SURE THING: Jaguares, now, obviously.

    Get your votes in now – The Crowd’s tips will be revealed Friday afternoon AEDT.

    Who gets your tip? Got a sure thing yourself? Let us know in the comments below, and enjoy your rugby this weekend…

    Brett McKay
    Brett McKay

    Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009. Brett is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, has commentated on the Australian Under-20s Championships and National Rugby Championship live stream coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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    • March 8th 2018 @ 8:52am
      Diggercane said | March 8th 2018 @ 8:52am | ! Report

      Editor privilege aye Brett? 😂

      Tricky round this one.

      • Columnist

        March 8th 2018 @ 9:46am
        Brett McKay said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        A little bit, yeah…

        • Roar Guru

          March 8th 2018 @ 4:00pm
          jeznez said | March 8th 2018 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

          If in doubt go the home team! Simple

        • March 8th 2018 @ 8:36pm
          MitchO said | March 8th 2018 @ 8:36pm | ! Report

          RHP is the size of a lock so it will be to see how he goes particularly since Cheika must consider him to slow to play 6. No Parling in the 23. How come? If the scrum can hold up we know RHP and Matt Philip will do fine in the lineouts. Ben Daley on the bench should improve the scrum.

          Colby and Hardwick are both little fellas but I guess they can always tell Lopeti to run himself into the dust and then replace him with Colby or Hardwick. I prefer it if Lopeti wasn’t the back up lock in that 23.

          Tetera Faulkner
          Jordan Uelese
          Jermaine Ainsley
          Matt Philip
          Ross Haylett-Petty
          Lopeti Timani
          Angus Cottrell
          Amanaki Mafi
          Will Genia
          Jack Debreczeni
          Sefa Naivalu
          Reece Hodge
          Tom English (c)
          Jack Maddocks
          Dane Haylett-Petty

          Anaru Rangi
          Ben Daley
          Sam Talakai
          Colby Fainga’a
          Richard Hardwick
          Michael Ruru
          Billy Meakes
          Marika Koroibete

          • March 8th 2018 @ 10:25pm
            Jameswm said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:25pm | ! Report

            Hardwick and Faingaa have both come in?

            • March 9th 2018 @ 12:47pm
              MitchO said | March 9th 2018 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

              James, that team list was pasted from the Rebels website.
              Seemed odd not to have a back up lock.

              • Roar Guru

                March 9th 2018 @ 3:22pm
                jeznez said | March 9th 2018 @ 3:22pm | ! Report

                Expect Timani shifts in and they speed up the backrow

    • Roar Guru

      March 8th 2018 @ 8:52am
      Machooka said | March 8th 2018 @ 8:52am | ! Report

      Thanks gentlemen of the ‘tipping cloth’… and my god didn’t last week’s round put the cat amongst the pigeons!

      So, for mine, this round screams ‘home ground advantage’ for the win, but hey, after last week’s round this could be just laziness on my part. Or a simple case of over-thinking. Or just plain thinking!?!

      Hence, as most here have alluded to, the game in Argentina is a real challenge for either side, as both are struggling with their scrum. But I think though the Tahs have demonstrated a greater desire to play the full 80, hence a Tahs’ narrow victory. The rest of the round to the home teams.

      Sure thing; everyone loves Raymond to fail… and fail again he will. It is the Rhule!

      • March 8th 2018 @ 9:01am
        Diggercane said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:01am | ! Report

        Ahhh, you again! 🙄

        • Roar Guru

          March 8th 2018 @ 9:09am
          Machooka said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:09am | ! Report

          Yep… lame like duck. Ewe! 😉

          • March 8th 2018 @ 9:09am
            Diggercane said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:09am | ! Report


      • Columnist

        March 8th 2018 @ 9:49am
        Brett McKay said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:49am | ! Report

        Chookman, come on, rugby has Laws

        • March 8th 2018 @ 2:29pm
          ThugbyFan said | March 8th 2018 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

          Brett, Is that courting the Laws, or Courtney Lawes? 🙂

      • March 8th 2018 @ 11:27am
        Muzzo said | March 8th 2018 @ 11:27am | ! Report

        Hi Chook,
        I reckon Rhule, is not the one to worry about, but more so, Seabelo Senatla, if he starts, & if he’s given room to move. The Landers, will definitely have to be aware of him…. possibly the quickest man in Super Rugby.

        • Roar Guru

          March 8th 2018 @ 12:25pm
          Machooka said | March 8th 2018 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

          Hi ya Muzzo… just make sure you’re skirt wearing mob does the job on Harry’s Stormers! 😉

          The chef must be happy with how those executive Chefs went last w’end eh??

      • Roar Guru

        March 9th 2018 @ 1:58pm
        ThugbyFan said | March 9th 2018 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

        Damn it Chookman, we think alike. Same tips as you and Powerplay is easy when the Tokyo Boyz are on the road.

        Must be mind-bending substances in the drinking water, maybe Chateau Sydney Harbour?

    • Roar Rookie

      March 8th 2018 @ 8:55am
      Paul D said | March 8th 2018 @ 8:55am | ! Report

      If there is any deficiencies in Tom Robertson’s scrummaging, then there is nobody who knows more about it than the Jaguares coach. If he can’t scrum, he will be carded and or substituted early. No Beale sucks, but I’m reasonably happy that the majority aren’t tipping the Tahs. Would be happier if it was unanimous again.

      I’m expecting Brumbies to bounce back, for no other reason than to just confuse the pundits.

      Aside from that, Highlanders, Crusaders, Bulls, Shorks & Lions

      • March 8th 2018 @ 9:00am
        Diggercane said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:00am | ! Report

        It’s an interesting point re the scrummaging Paul, it does of course assume Ledesmas options are good enough to take advantage as well. Two edge sword potentially, am sure Gibson has plenty of insight into Ledesmas thinking and processes also.

        • Roar Rookie

          March 8th 2018 @ 9:12am
          Paul D said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:12am | ! Report

          True. I struggle to believe that the Pumas, sorry Jaguares, have suddenly forgotten how to scrum though. Chaparro’s no rookie. Perhaps there is a bit of a learning curve with some things Ledesma is trying to introduce? I haven’t seen there games yet this year.

          • March 8th 2018 @ 9:27am
            Diggercane said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:27am | ! Report

            Difficult to say really, but thus far whatever it may be it’s not working as yet.

      • Columnist

        March 8th 2018 @ 9:13am
        Geoff Parkes said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:13am | ! Report

        Paul, the impressively well connected Nobrain has it on very good authority that Beale trained yesterday and is likely to play.

        • Roar Rookie

          March 8th 2018 @ 9:25am
          Paul D said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:25am | ! Report


        • Roar Guru

          March 8th 2018 @ 9:26am
          Nobrain said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:26am | ! Report

          The lucky connection was good enough to have Brett changed his tip towards the Tahs .

          • March 8th 2018 @ 9:28am
            Diggercane said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:28am | ! Report

            Insider trading!!

            Terrible business 😂

            • Roar Guru

              March 8th 2018 @ 9:45am
              Nobrain said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:45am | ! Report

              I did shared that!!! 😂. I had to tip Jaguares. Last weekend I had a really hard time at the stadium with mix feeling. In one hand I wanted Jaguares to win but in the other I wanted to be right on my tip. This coming weekend my feeling will be aligned even if I am wrong at the end.

              • March 8th 2018 @ 9:48am
                Diggercane said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:48am | ! Report


                Easy answer to that is always tip your own, never any mixed feelings then 👍🏻

              • Roar Guru

                March 8th 2018 @ 10:06pm
                Harry Jones said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:06pm | ! Report

                Easy to say when your team is da Canes

              • Roar Guru

                March 8th 2018 @ 10:23pm
                Nobrain said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:23pm | ! Report

                I will not fall for this one. Is part of the big scheme to bring the king down!!!!

              • March 9th 2018 @ 1:55pm
                Akari said | March 9th 2018 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

                It musta been even tougher with your daughter sitting right next to you, Nobes, and you realising that she might be wondering if dad is in the right place and mind.

          • Columnist

            March 8th 2018 @ 9:51am
            Brett McKay said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:51am | ! Report

            In my defence, the Jags earning the wrath of my yellow card for the week was confirmed Sunday morning… 😡

            • Roar Guru

              March 8th 2018 @ 10:31am
              Nobrain said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:31am | ! Report

              Well, to tell you the true, in the exchange we had in your other article this week you gave the impresion that you were going to tip the Jags over the Tahs. 😃

              • Columnist

                March 8th 2018 @ 1:54pm
                Brett McKay said | March 8th 2018 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

                All part of my cunning plan……..

      • March 8th 2018 @ 9:21am
        Fionn said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:21am | ! Report

        I hope the Brumbies win, and it looks like we’re in with a shot with Sio coming back and with Coleman out injured.

        I’ll tip the Brumbies but I think this is my heart more than my head, the Rebels deserve to go in favourites, and with a win over the Brumbies they would announce themselves, I think, as the frontrunners for the conference (with the caveat of if the Tahs win also they’ll have had a fantastic tour).

        I just hope that Lealiifano and Godwin play the whole game. I honestly don’t know how Hawera keeps making it onto the bench, can’t Godwin play flyhalf also?

        • Columnist

          March 8th 2018 @ 9:54am
          Brett McKay said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:54am | ! Report

          I don’t even think it’s a heart over head thing, Fionn. Ross Haylett-Petty back for his first start of the year at lock isn’t going to send shockwaves through the Brumbies’ lineout, and the backrow battle looks pretty even.

          If the Brumbies get on top early in the forwards, then Genia doesn’t have the platform to start controlling the game…

          • March 8th 2018 @ 9:57am
            Fionn said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:57am | ! Report

            I’d definitely take the Rebels’ back-row, Brett 😛 . Definitely.

            I guess you’re right and it depends largely on how well we can shut down Genia. If Genia has free reign like in rounds 1 and 2 it could get ugly—I agree with your sentiment on the GAGR podcast that this is the best we’ve seen Genia play in Super Rugby since about 2012-13.

        • March 9th 2018 @ 2:02pm
          Akari said | March 9th 2018 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

          I think Hawera is the only other ‘reliable’ goal kicker in the team, Fionn, as was the case last year.

      • Roar Guru

        March 8th 2018 @ 9:46am
        Machooka said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        Damn… just realised that Brett has tipped Tahs!!!

        • Roar Guru

          March 8th 2018 @ 10:36am
          Nobrain said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:36am | ! Report


        • Columnist

          March 8th 2018 @ 2:08pm
          Brett McKay said | March 8th 2018 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

          ha, lol…

        • March 8th 2018 @ 3:35pm
          MARTO said | March 8th 2018 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

          Go the Jaguares !!!!!!!!

      • Roar Guru

        March 8th 2018 @ 4:07pm
        jeznez said | March 8th 2018 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

        Really not a fan of Robertson’s comments this week. He was saying that the Tahs aren’t focussed on the opposition scrum and just working on what they want to do.

        There is an element of move and countermove in scrummaging – would be much happier if he had said that they’ve analysed the opposition and know they want to tackle them.

        Comments that imply they don’t need to worry about what the opposition are up and just focus on their own scrummaging seem terribly naive bordering on ignorant to me.

        • March 8th 2018 @ 8:21pm
          Paul D said | March 8th 2018 @ 8:21pm | ! Report

          Its a strange one. He used to be borderline obsessive with researching opposing props. To the point of cutting and editing his own videos of scrums and studying them.

          • Roar Guru

            March 9th 2018 @ 12:39pm
            jeznez said | March 9th 2018 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

            I read that as well – reminded me of reports that Dan Palmer used to spend more time in the video room than anyone else when he was at the Tahs and had exercise books filled with notes on opposition props and what they tended to do in different situations.

            The quotes from this article suggest that has changed.


            “Because we’re trying to do our own thing and scrummage the way we want to scrummage we don’t really take into consideration what they’re doing,” Robertson said.

            “We want to do our things a certain way and we want the scrums to run how we want them to run.

            “We’ll take a look at their scrum and things like that but at the end of the day, we want to do what we want to do at scrum time.”

            Also worrying that he is suggesting a lot of the Tahs scrum deficiencies have been fixed in the last couple of months – admittedly the proof will be there when Kepu returns but so far the scrum is not as good as last season so not sure what has now been fixed!

            “From a scrum perspective, in the last two or three months, my technique has changed a lot,” he said.

            “I think some of the deficiencies that we had at the scrum, Cronno has now fixed.”

            • Roar Rookie

              March 9th 2018 @ 12:58pm
              Paul D said | March 9th 2018 @ 12:58pm | ! Report

              “From a scrum perspective, in the last two or three months, my technique has changed a lot,” he said.

              I wonder what that means in relation to Cronn Vs Ledesma?

              • Roar Guru

                March 9th 2018 @ 1:18pm
                jeznez said | March 9th 2018 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

                Is a bit of an odd one. Has Robbo confused his new coach with uncle Mike?

    • March 8th 2018 @ 9:19am
      Fionn said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:19am | ! Report

      Excited for the Lions.

      No offence, Kiwis, but for the good of Super Rugby it would be great to see a South African team win the title this year, and it looks like the Lions have managed to continue their form, and still play a beautiful brand of rugby.

      • March 8th 2018 @ 9:48am
        DanFan said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:48am | ! Report

        That’s good for a laugh.

        • March 8th 2018 @ 9:57am
          Fionn said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:57am | ! Report

          They’ve made the final two years in a row. What’s funny about it?

      • Roar Rookie

        March 8th 2018 @ 11:56am
        ChrisG said | March 8th 2018 @ 11:56am | ! Report

        They have looked good so far. If they get to the finals sgain after playing 4 of the Kiwi teams then they could just do it.

        • Roar Guru

          March 8th 2018 @ 12:41pm
          The Neutral View From Sweden said | March 8th 2018 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

          IMHO the Lions have not only looked good, they have looked the best team in the competition so far.

          The Lions went to the final 2016 playing seven Kiwi teams (five in the RR and two in the playoffs).
          Their overall record against Kiwi teams the last two season is five wins and five losses.

          • March 8th 2018 @ 12:47pm
            Fionn said | March 8th 2018 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

            And they’ve looked great with a couple of injuries also.

            • Roar Guru

              March 8th 2018 @ 12:57pm
              The Neutral View From Sweden said | March 8th 2018 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

              Agree, they seem to have some real squad depth. Have you seen their rookie winger Dyantyi? The first gut feeling says he will be fast-tracked to the Springboks and cause havoc in the Test arena. Looks like a complete player in every aspect.

              Bit disappointed that the Lions-Blues game collides with the 6N on Saturday, gonna have to catch that game on a replay. But why of why does SANZAAR schedule games that go head to head with the 6N?

              • March 8th 2018 @ 4:36pm
                Jacko said | March 8th 2018 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

                Surely it was rude of the 6N to schedule a match when a SR game is on ???????

          • Roar Guru

            March 8th 2018 @ 3:07pm
            pformagg said | March 8th 2018 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

            You forget that the Crusaders are still to welcome a host of AllBlack starting XV, so they will only become stronger as they comp moves forward.

            • Roar Guru

              March 8th 2018 @ 3:25pm
              The Neutral View From Sweden said | March 8th 2018 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

              Injuries are part of the game, and I doubt very few teams will have the luxury to field their optimal XV any time during the season.

              • Roar Guru

                March 8th 2018 @ 10:08pm
                Harry Jones said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:08pm | ! Report

                Neutral Norseman

                The Stormers average age is 19.67, now

              • Roar Guru

                March 8th 2018 @ 11:43pm
                The Neutral View From Sweden said | March 8th 2018 @ 11:43pm | ! Report

                That is probably a good thing Harry. The players are too young to have been infected by the Stormers-Virus that turns every promising talent into a “squad player” within a couple of years.

          • March 9th 2018 @ 5:25am
            Tissot Time said | March 9th 2018 @ 5:25am | ! Report

            Disagree Lions looking best team so far. Sharks make their kicks and stop making dumb decisions in the last 10 minutes and result could have been different. For me more Sharks losing rather than Lions winning that game so reserving judgement on Lions being best team so far.

            Sharks dumb again last weekend.

            • March 9th 2018 @ 1:05pm
              Fionn said | March 9th 2018 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

              The Sharks couldn’t even beat the Waratahs in Durban, mate…

    • Roar Guru

      March 8th 2018 @ 9:53am
      Harry Jones said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:53am | ! Report

      Adam Coleman’s spirit will play.

      • Columnist

        March 8th 2018 @ 9:55am
        Brett McKay said | March 8th 2018 @ 9:55am | ! Report

        Greig Laidlaw’s spirit is all down the front of his shirt…

        • Roar Guru

          March 8th 2018 @ 10:31am
          Harry Jones said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:31am | ! Report


        • Roar Guru

          March 8th 2018 @ 12:26pm
          Machooka said | March 8th 2018 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

          Excellent… almost pants off excellent!

    • March 8th 2018 @ 10:05am
      moaman said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      Crusaders to beat Hurricanes I reckon.

      • Columnist

        March 8th 2018 @ 10:20am
        Geoff Parkes said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:20am | ! Report

        Wise words moaman. Carry over champs who have started the season well. I don’t quite get all of the love for the Canes.

        Sure Mo’unga is a loss but on what we’ve seen so far you’d have to like the Crusaders pack over the Canes.

        • March 8th 2018 @ 10:38am
          Fionn said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:38am | ! Report

          If the Saders can win at the cake tin without Mounga then you’d think they would be stamping their dominance in the New Zealand conference.

          • Roar Rookie

            March 8th 2018 @ 11:53am
            ChrisG said | March 8th 2018 @ 11:53am | ! Report

            Mitch Hunt looked pretty good to me last year when he played half a dozen games while Mounga got over a broken hand. He has the temperament and with a dominant scrum I’m backing the Crusaders. Think the brums might upset the rebes also. All the rest will be home team.

            Sounds easy doesn’t it.

            • March 8th 2018 @ 12:48pm
              Fionn said | March 8th 2018 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

              That drop goal…

              • Roar Guru

                March 8th 2018 @ 1:01pm
                The Neutral View From Sweden said | March 8th 2018 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

                The standout moment of last the season. The only time I have jumped and screamed after seeing a drop goal being scored.

              • March 8th 2018 @ 2:57pm
                ThugbyFan said | March 8th 2018 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

                Neutral, I did the same in 2003, that fawkin Pommy Johnny Wilkenson. 🙁

              • Roar Guru

                March 8th 2018 @ 3:05pm
                The Neutral View From Sweden said | March 8th 2018 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

                That I get. The curse of don’t have a rugby team close to heart is that I get very few moments of pure bliss while watching rugby.

                Thank God my late Dad was German and raised me to be a fan of Die Mannschaft; lots of moments of pure bliss, and a few of them when playing England 😉

              • March 8th 2018 @ 5:10pm
                Rugbyytragic said | March 8th 2018 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

                Yes Thugby but the screams and jumping was accompanied with tears 😂

              • Columnist

                March 8th 2018 @ 4:55pm
                Geoff Parkes said | March 8th 2018 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

                I suspect there’s a joke in there somewhere about a ‘man’s shaft’ but probably best not to go there…

              • Roar Guru

                March 8th 2018 @ 5:13pm
                The Neutral View From Sweden said | March 8th 2018 @ 5:13pm | ! Report

                I sure wish I had your creative imagination GP… 😉

                Die Mannschaft = The German National Team in football (meaning plain and simply The Team)


              • Roar Guru

                March 8th 2018 @ 10:09pm
                Harry Jones said | March 8th 2018 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

                The leader of the panel
                Getting frisky …

        • March 9th 2018 @ 7:17am
          Riccardo said | March 9th 2018 @ 7:17am | ! Report

          Same gentlemen.

          Delaney! Todd! Attack of the veterans…

          Seriously though; the pack and the travel factor is my reasoning.

          But I picked the Blues… can’t help myself… don’t look at me!

      • March 8th 2018 @ 11:13am
        Back up Flyhalf? said | March 8th 2018 @ 11:13am | ! Report

        Who exactly is the back up flyhalf for the Crusaders, and what is their depth looking like?

        The Crusaders have a great forward pack but so does the Canes. The breakdown battle will be interesting!

        I have a feeling the Crusaders will do alright.

        I’ll keep Havili in my fantasy team for now!

        • Roar Guru

          March 8th 2018 @ 5:02pm
          Kia Kaha said | March 8th 2018 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

          The veteran Delaney is the reserve flyhalf.

          • Roar Rookie

            March 9th 2018 @ 10:03am
            ChrisG said | March 9th 2018 @ 10:03am | ! Report

            The back up flyhalf is Mitch Hunt and the 3rd flyhalf is Delaney.

      • March 8th 2018 @ 11:28am
        Muzzo said | March 8th 2018 @ 11:28am | ! Report

        I reckon too, moa!!