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Predictions 2020: How badly did we get it wrong?

IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR: While #COVID-19 has put the sport in an unexpected hiatus, we decided the lull is a good time to revisit our pre-season predictions.

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It is an interesting exercise, with some not so surprising results – given our bold forebodings.

The biggest jaw-dropper, without doubt, is the performances of the Sharks.

We were also pretty accurate with the progress – or lack thereof – of the Bulls and Lions.

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We look back at our predictions for the four South African franchises!

Sharks

Current position: First
Games played: Seven
Points: 24

Our pre-season predictions
South African Conference Placing: Fifth
Super Rugby Placing: Twelve or lower

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Our current predictions
South African Conference Placing: First
Super Rugby Placing: First

Stormers

Current position: Seventh
Games played: Six
Points: 17

Our pre-season predictions
South African Conference Placing: First
Super Rugby Placing: Third

Our current predictions
South African Conference Placing: Second
Super Rugby Placing: Seventh

Bulls

Current position: 11th
Games played: Six
Points: Six

Our pre-season predictions
South African Conference Placing: third
Super Rugby Placing: Outside the top 10

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Our current predictions
South African Conference Placing: Fourth
Super Rugby Placing: Eleventh

Lions

Current position: 13th
Games played: Six
Points: Five

Our pre-season predictions
South African Conference Placing: Fourth
Super Rugby Placing: Outside the top 10

Our current predictions
South African Conference Placing: Fifth
Super Rugby Placing: Thirteenth

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