Super Rugby: Predictions, fixtures and news – Round 12
Did somebody say Super Rugby predictions? You’re in luck. We say this every week, but it’s been a whirlwind season. Making the right predictions for this season’s Super Rugby fixtures has been a nightmare.
But that hasn’t stopped anyone from trying. Sometimes you hedge your bets on a prediction that the lowest ranked Super Rugby team might win. Sometimes, it even pays off.
But if you like your predictions with a solid dose of data rather than heart, we’ve got you covered. Using sophisticated algorithms from one of New Zealand’s leading stats men, we give you predictions for winning teams and margins. But use these at your own risk and don’t blame us if it all goes horribly wrong.
The Super Rugby conference logs are looking pretty competitive, especially for the South African sides. The Lions have gone from being the team to beat to being rooted at the bottom of the table.
The conference-leading Sharks have a win-loss record of 5-5 and the cellar-dwelling Lions have a win-loss record of 5-5.
All that separates the top from the bottom in the South African conference is bonus points – which begs the question why on earth did Stormers fullback Damian Willemse try to run a missed penalty kick back from in front of his own goal posts with time on the clock expired instead of ending the match?
This is the state of Super Rugby in South Africa – a team considered the worst in the country, mired with off-field administration issues – is still in the thick of the conference race sitting third despite themselves, and could perhaps win it, while no team is consistent enough to be considered better than average at this stage.
But let’s not get too caught up in all of that. You’re here for something else. And don’t forget to check back throughout the weekend for Super Rugby results and live scoring.
Super Rugby Predictions for Round 12
Crusaders v Sharks
Reds v Sunwolves
Hurricanes v Rebels
Highlanders v Chiefs
Brumbies v Blues
Bulls v Waratahs
Jaguares v Stormers