Super Rugby Round 15: A split in the ranks

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    So then, the final full round before the last ever June Test window, and it’s an interesting week among the tipping fraternity.

    I wasn’t sure there would be much difference between our tips this week – maybe one game might split us, I thought – because it just felt like one of those weeks where tips seemed fairly obvious.

    But in the end, four of the seven games are carrying differences, which is really surprising. And to be fair, most of those differences are in Harry’s column, but he’s desperate and I can empathise with the big fella. Most years in recent memory, actually.

    So maybe this round isn’t as obvious as I thought?

    LAST WEEK: Brett 6; Digger, Nobes, Geoff and The Crowd 5; Harry 4.

    OVERALL: Nobes 62; Geoff 61; The Crowd 58; Digger and Brett 56; Harry 54.

    Brett
    TIPS: Hurricanes, Rebels, Jaguares, Waratahs, Highlanders, Bulls, Lions

    Hard to know what I was most proud about last week, there was just so much: obviously the Sunwolves getting up, my moral victory in suggesting “a Waratahs win would not surprise me one bit”, or gapping Harry. How can I choose just one?

    This week. Well, you all know my tips for this week – and next, for that matter – because I laid this out on Tuesday.

    The Crusaders without a couple of naughty All Black props would’ve been up against it, but take Tim Perry, Sam Whitelock and Ryan Crotty out of the equation as well, and it’s all that much harder again. ‘Canes by less than plenty, but by enough.

    Rebels will be too good for the Mighty Moondogs, ditto the Jaguares for the Sharks. And the Bulls. And the Lions. Lions by plenty, actually.

    The relief around the Waratahs is very evident now, but a build-up without talk of ‘The Streak’ – may it Rest in Peace – cannot be underestimated. But I suspect the Australian ‘hoodoo’ over New Zealand sides will end at two, with the Highlanders not wanting to become the first Kiwi side in years to lose two on the bounce to Australian sides.

    Israel Folau celebrates

    The Waratahs finally broke Australia’s hoodoo against Kiwi Super sides on the weekend. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    SURE THING: Harry to remain on his ‘Pat Malone’, for reasons that will become apparent in just a moment…

    Geoff
    TIPS: Hurricanes, Rebels, Jaguares, Waratahs, Highlanders, Bulls, Lions

    A week on and I’m still angry at myself for not tipping the Tahs – it’s actually all Ned Hanigan’s fault!

    The Crusaders seem a bit light on for personnel this week, so it’s the Canes to win the top of the table clash. Three wins on the trot is surely beyond the Sunwolves and this is a match the Rebels simply must win. On the other hand, I see no reason why the Jaguares can’t continue their winning streak.

    Agustin Creevy

    Agustin Creevy of the Jaguares (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

    The Chiefs will be better for being back at home, but the Waratahs are a confidence side and their self-belief will be through the roof right now. Make that two New Zealand scalps in succession. Will the Reds join the Aussie resurrection party? Quite possibly, but they aren’t as good as the Tahs and the Highlanders, without Bruce Lee this week, will be better. This one goes to the tradies.

    The Brumbies showed well overdue improvement last week, but it has to be the Bulls at home. And despite the Stormers being at home, the Lions know more about how to win more often.

    SURE THING: Australia’s leading rugby coaches are meeting to design the perfect ‘player of the future’, a back with the body-height and strength of a forward at clean-out, combined with a forward with the evasion, speed and skill of a back.

    Meanwhile, Matt Dunning announces he is coming out of retirement. Surely no coincidence.

    Nobes
    TIPS: Hurricanes, Rebels, Jaguares, Chiefs, Reds, Bulls, Lions.

    Another week and another quiz, some difficult calls to be made, for some teams is do or die and a few irrelevant games that are hard to tip.

    The game that most of us have been waiting between the number one and two rated teams has some circumstances that calls for unconventional tipping behaviour. Who would dare to tip against the Crusaders at home? But due to sanctions and injuries they have been depleted of their front row, and on the other hand, the Hurricanes are suffering injuries in back line. I am going to go with the visitors in this one for what they have done on the field throughout the season.

    Ben Lam

    Ben Lam of the Hurricanes (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

    Rebels at home should have taken care of business. Jaguares will continue to show that they are for real, and probably will win this one against the off-loads leaders of Super Rugby.

    Chiefs will be back in almost full gear and will test the Waratahs in must win situation that they will only accomplish if they manage to keep fifteen men on the turf.

    One of the most difficult calls this week is the Reds and the Highlanders game, I think it is the time for another team from Australia to beat a kiwi team. Reds.

    Bulls will redeem in front of their fans and will remind us all that they still in contention. They say that Stormers are unbeatable in Newlands, but the Lions have what it takes to challenge that myth. They are at full force for his Head Coach to choose what to place on the field. Not many teams have that luxury by Round 15.

    SURE THING: It will be drama and I hope it falls my way.

    Digger
    TIPS: Hurricanes, Rebels, Jaguares, Chiefs, Highlanders, Bulls, Lions

    ‘Canes by plenty.

    Rebels should canter in at home to get their season back on track, while I will back the Jaguares at home to continue their good form and break their duck against the Sharks.

    The Bulls in Pretoria seem the likely bet against the Brumbies on their second match on tour and the Lions should have too much for their local rivals, even at Newlands.

    The two games I am finding hardest to settle on are the trans-Tasman encounters and in the end, I will back the Kiwi sides. The Chiefs should be reinforced with quality personal and will be wide awake to the threat the Waratahs pose, while I am picking the Highlanders as they tend to bounce back well, and the Reds have shown themselves to be inconsistent at times this year.

    Highlanders

    Ash Dixon of the Highlanders (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

    SURE THING: BLAM (say that loudly in your head) will break the season try scoring record this weekend, while this round should also be kung fu-free. Though plenty more cards are likely.

    Harry
    TIPS: Hurricanes, Rebels, Sharks, Chiefs, Highlanders, Bulls, Stormers.

    In the thrilling race to avoid eating pudding with a wooden spoon, between B-Mac and me, this is do-or-die time. Laidlaw has been relying on a Moondawg strategy. The Sunwolves come to Melbourne this round, in an intriguing test of their new resurgence. I think McKay will stick with the Dogs.

    Brett’s note: HA!

    With that premise, here I go:

    – Hurricanes over the Crusaders because TJP and Jordie Barrett will control the proceedings.
    – Rebels by plenty over the Sunwolves; the result of the Australian conference still has some doubt.
    – The Sharks have a golden opportunity to put themselves in the quarter-finals in BA up against the form team in the competition; I say they shock us all.
    – The Chiefs will chuck gravel at the pretty Waratahs; there will be cards and controversy. Chiefs by a few.
    – The Highlanders will squeak by the Reds in Brisbane because of superior tactical kicking and catching.
    – The jetlagged Bulls will out-maul the Brumbies, but it won’t be easy. Naas Botha will probably have an opinion, which he may or may not share.
    – Nobody will pick the Stormers except me, but ok, I will. Stormers by three Dillyn Leyds’ miracle tries.

    SURE THING: Leyds has raised his hand for Bok selection, with superb cover defence, miraculous tries created out of nothing, and nobody has pulled his hair this season. If you ever miss a match live, just watch the Leyds highlights for a real show.

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

    Who have you got, Roarers? 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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    • May 24th 2018 @ 4:49am
      JRVJ said | May 24th 2018 @ 4:49am | ! Report

      The voting isn’t working, but I am aping “Chacho’s” voting over at Periodismo Rugby:

      Rebels over Sunwolves, Jags over Sharks, Chiefs over Waratahs, Highlanders over Reds, Bulls over Brumbies and Lions over Stormers.

      As to Crusaders vs. Hurricanes, I’ll go with the home side.

      Really, the Jags – Sharks game is the most interesting of the week, not only because I’m a Jags fan, but because it will round out the lower levels of the playoff picture (the winner will almost certainly go to the playoffs. The loser depends on way too many factors for their own good). And I would not discount the possibility that the winner of the Jags – Sharks game ends up catching the Lions as winner of the SA Conference.

    • Roar Guru

      May 24th 2018 @ 4:56am
      Harry Jones said | May 24th 2018 @ 4:56am | ! Report

      B Mac!

      We have 3 points of difference!

      3 POD!

      So, theoretically, I could “gap” you.

      Sharks have never ever lost to the Jaguares, and are one 84th minute squeaker from being W 4 L 0 against Kiwis.

      So, I think I’m safe there.

      Stormers do not lose at Newlands (and are useless away from rainy Cape Town).

      So, I’m safe there.

      The real issue is the blerry Waratahs. I am not sure of this one, but I think the Chiefs in Hamilton are the only happy team in Hamilton.

      Come on!!!!!!!!!

      I want to be at 61, just three behind Dr. P.

      • Columnist

        May 24th 2018 @ 5:01am
        Geoff Parkes said | May 24th 2018 @ 5:01am | ! Report

        One thing you definitely have got wrong Harry…

        Lleyds didn’t have his hair pulled. If Cheiks said it didn’t happen, it didn’t happen.

        • Roar Guru

          May 24th 2018 @ 5:59am
          Harry Jones said | May 24th 2018 @ 5:59am | ! Report

          Cheiks’ point was not merely that Folau did not pull LEYDS’ hair. He claimed nobody had ever pulled hair in rugby! And did a snap poll of the journos present: “Did you pull anyone’s hair in rugby?” Hahahaha!

          • May 24th 2018 @ 6:53pm
            cuw said | May 24th 2018 @ 6:53pm | ! Report

            Friday

            Crusaders v Hurricanes – AMI Stadium, Christchurch

            Crusaders:

            15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall,

            8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (c), 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett

            Replacements:
            16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Chris King, 18 Donald Brighouse, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor

            Hurricanes:

            15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Jordie Barrett, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara,

            8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields (c), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith

            Replacements:
            16 James O’Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Jonah Lowe

            Rebels v Sunwolves – AAMI Park, Melbourne

            Rebels:

            15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Reece Hodge, 9 Michael Ruru,

            8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman (c), 4 Matt Philip, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Fereti Sa’aga

            Replacements:
            16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Pone Fa’amausili, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Tayler Adams, 23 Sefa Naivalu

            Sunwolves:

            15 Jason Emery, 14 Lomano Lemeki, 13 Michael Little, 12 Ryoto Nakamura, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Keisuke Uchida,

            8 Edward Quirk, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Grant Hattingh, 5 Shinya Makabe, 4 James Moore, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Craig Millar

            Replacements:
            16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Harumichi Tatekawa, 23 Semisi Masirewa

            Jaguares v Sharks – Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires

            Jaguares:

            Sharks:

            15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder,

            8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha (c), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

            Replacements:
            16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Makazole Mapimpi

            Saturday

            Chiefs v Waratahs – FMG Stadium, Hamilton

            Chiefs:

            15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai (c), 11 Sean Wainui , 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber,

            8 Liam Messam, 7 Mitch Karpik, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

            Replacements:
            16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Shaun Stevenson

            Waratahs:

            15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps,

            8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson

            Replacements:
            16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Bryce Hegarty

            Reds v Highlanders – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

            Reds:

            15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas,

            8 Scott Higginbotham (c), 7 George Smith, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP Smith

            Replacements:
            16 Andrew Ready, 17 Sef Fa’agase, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Caleb Timu, 21 Liam Wright, 22 Moses Sorovi, 23 Aidan Toua

            Highlanders:

            15 Josh McKay, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Kayne Hammington,

            8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 James Lentjes, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Ash Dixon (c), 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown

            Replacements:
            16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Josh Dickon, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Aaron Smith, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Richard Buckman

      • Roar Guru

        May 24th 2018 @ 5:30am
        Corne Van Vuuren said | May 24th 2018 @ 5:30am | ! Report

        Good luck Harry, you need the points, not sure what the Stormers are going to do with an extra log point or two though 😉

        I do think the Jaguares might just break their hoodoo vs the Sharks

        • Roar Guru

          May 24th 2018 @ 6:00am
          Harry Jones said | May 24th 2018 @ 6:00am | ! Report

          Hahaha! BB, I need a major collapse by Nobes and Dr. Pee at this point.

          • Roar Guru

            May 24th 2018 @ 8:48am
            The Neutral View From Sweden said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:48am | ! Report

            Just pay them off to throw away a couple of games.

            • Columnist

              May 24th 2018 @ 9:46am
              Geoff Parkes said | May 24th 2018 @ 9:46am | ! Report

              I suspect Nobes is incorruptible.
              But my door is always open.

              • Roar Guru

                May 24th 2018 @ 11:39am
                Nobrain said | May 24th 2018 @ 11:39am | ! Report

                I do not find this very funny. Argies are famous for not getting brives. I really do not know from where you got this wild and crazy idea. I mean , the Pope is from Argentina. 😂😂😂😂

              • May 24th 2018 @ 10:41pm
                Maikél said | May 24th 2018 @ 10:41pm | ! Report

                Hello Nobrain, according to your answer, you can not generalize on some topics.
                On the other hand, I congratulate you for your work and also the pack of wolves that chases the two rabbits that escape with good advantage.
                Luckily your 10 year old daughter helps a lot with the tips in which you are in doubt.
                A big hug for everyone from ARGENTINA.

              • Roar Guru

                May 24th 2018 @ 11:45pm
                Nobrain said | May 24th 2018 @ 11:45pm | ! Report

                You are right. It was just done in a fun way.

      • Roar Rookie

        May 24th 2018 @ 5:45am
        Origin said | May 24th 2018 @ 5:45am | ! Report

        I am with you on two out of your three pods… Jags shall write history on Friday.

      • Columnist

        May 24th 2018 @ 8:07am
        Brett McKay said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:07am | ! Report

        “Stormers do not lose at Newlands…”

        Except when the do… 😆

        We’ll see, Hairy man, we’ll see…

      • May 24th 2018 @ 8:39am
        Pinetree said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:39am | ! Report

        “Stormers do not lose at Newland (and are useless away from rainy Cape Town).”

        Does that rule only apply to the rounds? Coz I swear I can recall at least five occasions in the playoffs the Stormers have bombed at home…sorry Harry, I am in a cheeky mood!

        • Roar Guru

          May 24th 2018 @ 8:49am
          Harry Jones said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:49am | ! Report

          Stormers don’t even really show up in the playoffs.

          • May 24th 2018 @ 8:57am
            Pinetree said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:57am | ! Report

            Look at the positive side, the stormers had to at least qualify for the playoffs five times, and not all teams can say that!

            Edit: The stormers have obviously made the playoffs a few more times than five, and have a good record of making playoff rugby.

            • Roar Guru

              May 24th 2018 @ 8:38pm
              Harry Jones said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:38pm | ! Report

              The Stormers attend the playoffs, as if they are the DJ or bartender …

              • May 25th 2018 @ 12:37am
                Cuw said | May 25th 2018 @ 12:37am | ! Report

                more like a guest appearance – like Julia Roberts in FRIENDS 😛

      • May 24th 2018 @ 7:24pm
        woodart said | May 24th 2018 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

        sunwolves could easily topple rebels. they travel well, and are on an upward trajectory.

    • May 24th 2018 @ 5:20am
      Taylorman said | May 24th 2018 @ 5:20am | ! Report

      Tahs winning in Hamilton certainly will make a statement. Saders Canes to sort out top dog for now.

      • May 24th 2018 @ 9:14am
        Jacko said | May 24th 2018 @ 9:14am | ! Report

        I think if they lose to the chiefs ( my Chiefs) it will make a bigger statement Tman…….I guess if the Tahs win there will be many statements made about how the Tahs are the best in the world and will win everything between now and 2040…

        • May 24th 2018 @ 10:50am
          Taylorman said | May 24th 2018 @ 10:50am | ! Report

          If they lose by 30+ it will be an anomoly. If they win by one it will be the second coming, well, convincing anyway.😀

        • May 24th 2018 @ 1:56pm
          Rugby Tragic said | May 24th 2018 @ 1:56pm | ! Report

          Jacko, they will miss Cane ….

          • May 24th 2018 @ 4:25pm
            Jacko said | May 24th 2018 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

            yeah and the other 15 injured but the 15 on the park are expected to do a job….Im hoping they do that job…Not the end of the world if they dont as Im not sure if its better finishing 5th, 6th or 7th….Im hoping we play the Tahs in the 1/4s so maybe 6th is the way to go

            • May 25th 2018 @ 12:41am
              Cuw said | May 25th 2018 @ 12:41am | ! Report

              given this silly structure – will teams under the top 3 really think about where they end up and rest players ?

              it was not about the position – but when the Lions rested players one season they lost to a low-ranked team i think.

              another thing i wonder – will those guys selected for NZ team start going ” safety first ” ?

              i mean already Tim Perry is injured , so …..

              • May 25th 2018 @ 11:17am
                woodart said | May 25th 2018 @ 11:17am | ! Report

                good point. under the current playoff system, it may make very good sense for the chiefs and highlanders to drop down the table now, to avoid playoffs against hurricanes and crusaders until the last couple of games. keep your powder dry…..

    • Roar Guru

      May 24th 2018 @ 5:21am
      Nobrain said | May 24th 2018 @ 5:21am | ! Report

      I am the only one that is a believer on the Reds? MMMM!!! I feel lonely.

      • Roar Rookie

        May 24th 2018 @ 5:43am
        Origin said | May 24th 2018 @ 5:43am | ! Report

        Emotional rescue needed? Don’t think so. Reds will win and mighty “Thor n” will display their skills. Cheers, mate

        • May 24th 2018 @ 5:29pm
          Phil said | May 24th 2018 @ 5:29pm | ! Report

          I went for the Reds mainly because of the absence of the Smiths(one is on the pine)and Whitelock,although the news about Slipper doing a Karmichael might have an unsettling effect.

          • May 25th 2018 @ 12:44am
            Cuw said | May 25th 2018 @ 12:44am | ! Report

            Whitelock will be missed only from a leadership point of view.

            and that maay be a big miss – given the accountant is not there

            Marino is a big boy who hammered counterparts at under 20 world cup. he can play – and well.

      • Roar Guru

        May 24th 2018 @ 8:22am
        The Neutral View From Sweden said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:22am | ! Report

        It is always lonely at the top.

      • Roar Rookie

        May 24th 2018 @ 10:30am
        Dwards said | May 24th 2018 @ 10:30am | ! Report

        I’m with you Nobes. But with many fingers and toes crossed. If only we could know in advance which team will show up!

        BT did send us Reds supporters all an email yesterday so I’m assuming that means he’s got a good feeling about this. 🙂

      • Roar Guru

        May 24th 2018 @ 1:49pm
        Timbo (L) said | May 24th 2018 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

        Their performance against the Canes was well worth an attaboy.
        As impressive as the Tahs last 2 games.
        If they hold their form, they are a genuine chance too.
        But wouldn’t put any money on it, The Reds are a Biscuit side at the moment, crumbling isn’t out of the question.

      • May 24th 2018 @ 4:20pm
        Akari said | May 24th 2018 @ 4:20pm | ! Report

        You should be feeling even more lonely up there, Nobes, now that James has Slipperred down the cocaina trail.

        Having said that, I do wish that JS the best and hope he is able to deal with his issues over the next few months with some professional help.

      • May 24th 2018 @ 4:27pm
        Jacko said | May 24th 2018 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

        i believe in the Reds Nobrain….Highlanders have a lot out including B Smith and a few other ABs and A Smith on the bench….mind you i guess Slipper is out for the Reds

      • May 24th 2018 @ 10:58pm
        Maikél said | May 24th 2018 @ 10:58pm | ! Report

        Hello Nobrain, I wrote you in your answer to The neutral view from Sweden, which does not prove to be as neutral as its name implies.
        You are not alone, I also type for the Reds.
        A hug and a kiss on the forehead to your talisman.

        • Roar Guru

          May 24th 2018 @ 11:28pm
          Nobrain said | May 24th 2018 @ 11:28pm | ! Report

          thanks Maikel

        • Roar Guru

          May 24th 2018 @ 11:40pm
          The Neutral View From Sweden said | May 24th 2018 @ 11:40pm | ! Report

          That is right Maikel, I am definitely having an affair with the Jags right now 😉
          It is impossible to not feel warm in the heart by the beautiful rugby the play and the journey they have done this season.

          VAMOS!

          • Roar Rookie

            May 25th 2018 @ 12:09am
            Origin said | May 25th 2018 @ 12:09am | ! Report

            Vamos Jags, from here to Sweden!

    • Roar Guru

      May 24th 2018 @ 8:06am
      Machooka said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:06am | ! Report

      Firstly, big ups to Brett for picking the Moondogs to win in Honkers!

      It was desperate. It was out there. It was sublime in the end. And if you weren’t doing pants off laps around your lounge room at the end of the game I’ll be most disappointed. 😉

      Big round this w’end. BIG!

      Saders v Canes… squeaky bum time for some.

      My Tahs v those angry manic knife throwing Chefs should provide something to chew on.

      And will the Hags continue their march into history by beating the Shorks… ffs I hope so!

      • May 24th 2018 @ 8:13am
        Rugby Tragic said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:13am | ! Report

        At least I think I got one tip correct, right from the beginning of the season… “Tahs to win the Aussie Conference” … they are looking good Chook ..

        • Roar Guru

          May 24th 2018 @ 9:00am
          Machooka said | May 24th 2018 @ 9:00am | ! Report

          Aye you did my tragic friend… indeed you did. 🙂

          Shame you couldn’t have placed some sort of wager on it eh!

      • Columnist

        May 24th 2018 @ 8:36am
        Brett McKay said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:36am | ! Report

        Moondogs celebrations never really stop in my house, Chookman 😀

        • Roar Guru

          May 24th 2018 @ 8:46am
          The Neutral View From Sweden said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:46am | ! Report

          You should head down to Melbourne on Friday Brett. They need your support to get over the line this weekend.

      • May 24th 2018 @ 8:04pm
        Muzzo said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:04pm | ! Report

        Hey Chook try Taiaha, as knives went out long ago mate. Or even a mere. lol.

    • May 24th 2018 @ 8:09am
      Rugby Tragic said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:09am | ! Report

      Yep Brett ‘Canes by plenty’, Diggers signature stands …. so many Crusaders out (forgetting the long term Read and Dagg), Moody, Franks, Perry, Skipper Whitelock, backline general Crotty and Mr Bruce Lee, Mataele. They way they were going, I thought Robertson would be fortunate to be able to select 23 for the game … yep .. Canes by plenty!

      Rebels at home against and improving Sunwolves and Sharks to remain unbeaten by the Jaguares even though away.

      In Hamilton … a tricky one .. I’ll go the Sam Cane less Chiefs but not confident, the Tahs are playing well

      Highlanders away at Suncorp will restore their Kiwi pride but not by too many, Reds record at home this year is pretty good (3 from 4).

      Bulls will get over the Brumbies who don’t want to be in SA.

      Lions too good for Stormers though we know that Harry will be loud and boisterous cheering for either the Stormers ……… or their cheerleaders.

      Finally, the sure thing ….BLUES will beat whoever they play in R15

      Good luck guys

      • Roar Guru

        May 24th 2018 @ 8:51am
        Harry Jones said | May 24th 2018 @ 8:51am | ! Report

        No Dagg; no win.

        • Roar Guru

          May 24th 2018 @ 9:09am
          Machooka said | May 24th 2018 @ 9:09am | ! Report

          Saders usually love it when they’re daggless… just saying 😉

          • May 24th 2018 @ 9:36am
            Ralph said | May 24th 2018 @ 9:36am | ! Report

            Usually the Moodyness sees us through.

      • Roar Guru

        May 24th 2018 @ 3:01pm
        Wal said | May 24th 2018 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

        To those writing off my might Crusaders I hate you all

        This team is still pretty damn good.

        1. Wyatt Crockett
        2. Codie Taylor (VC)
        3. Michael Alaalatoa
        4. Scott Barrett
        5. Quinten Strange
        6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis
        7. Matt Todd (C)
        8. Jordan Taufua
        9. Bryn Hall
        10. Richie Mo’unga
        11. George Bridge
        12. Tim Bateman (VC)
        13. Jack Goodhue
        14. Seta Tamanivalu
        15. David Havili
        16. Andrew Makalio
        17. Chris King
        18. Donald Brighouse
        19. Luke Romano
        20. Pete Samu
        21. Mitchell Drummond
        22. Mitchell Hunt
        23. Braydon Ennor

        Braydon Ennor to come on in the final 20 minutes and score 2 tries to win the game.

        • Roar Guru

          May 24th 2018 @ 3:25pm
          Ralph said | May 24th 2018 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

          Sader’s by a few!

        • May 24th 2018 @ 4:25pm
          ThugbyFan said | May 24th 2018 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

          G’day Wal, a pretty good side when you have Luke Romano as a reserve. Which winger is opposite Benny the Lam? 🙂

          • Roar Guru

            May 24th 2018 @ 4:34pm
            Ralph said | May 24th 2018 @ 4:34pm | ! Report

            Does it matter? 😀

          • Roar Guru

            May 25th 2018 @ 8:35am
            Wal said | May 25th 2018 @ 8:35am | ! Report

            I think his official name Speed Bump, just got a lot harder to as they have lost Taufua too.

            I have to say have been excited about Ennor getting a decent run but perhaps not against BLam

      • May 24th 2018 @ 4:22pm
        DanFan said | May 24th 2018 @ 4:22pm | ! Report

        Mataele wasn’t Mr Bruce Lee – wrong team, wrong person. Nabura from the Highlandes was the Bruce Lee impressionist.

        • May 24th 2018 @ 10:35pm
          Rugby Tragic said | May 24th 2018 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

          Correct … my apologies Mataale just thought he was ‘a Bruce Lee’ and damaged his hammy … 🙂

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