Wed 13 Feb 2019 | 03:22

Super Rugby 2019: Predictions for the opening weekend

Super Rugby 2019: Predictions for the opening weekend
Wed 13 Feb 2019 | 03:22
Super Rugby 2019: Predictions for the opening weekend
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Super Rugby predictions have evolved. With data becoming more prevalent in sports performance, why shouldn’t the armchair pundits have a crack at it, too?

Lucky for you, there are people far smarter than us laymen who spend their time crunching numbers so we don’t have to. One of those people is Doctor David Scott, a man who has held positions like President of the New Zealand Statistical Association.

While he doesn’t give the exact scoreline, he does offer the points difference and a winner.

Using that data as well as the very useful Rugby Pass Index, we thought we’d help you out with a few predictions ahead of this weekend’s crunch clashes. Keep in mind, some of these forecasts came before squad announcements, including the news that the Sharks will be without Curwin Bosch.

Across the board, all data points to the Bulls v Stormers game being the tightest call of the weekend, the home ground advantage and the unrest in the Stormers’ camp probably gives the Bulls just the slightest of edges.

The easiest call – and likely to be the biggest win margin – is the Blues v Crusaders match. But you knew that already, didn’t you? Poor Blues, they’ve already suffered a cruel injury blow ahead of the season and now they host the defending Super Rugby champions first up.

About the RugbyPassIndex: 

RugbyPass has created a next-generation rugby rating system, based on machine learning and shaped by game winning moments. The system (RPI) is a world first for its complexity and comprehensive embrace of northern and southern hemisphere players and teams.

By using in-depth data analysis, RPI determines exactly what it takes to win, in real time. Check out the RPI here.

Chiefs v Highlanders

Likely winner: Chiefs
Points difference: 8

RugbyPass Index Prediction

chiefs vs highlanders prediction
Photo: Rugby Pass Index

Brumbies v Rebels

Likely winner: Brumbies
Points difference: 10-12

RugbyPass Index Prediction

brumbies vs rebels prediction
Photo: Rugby Pass Index

Blues v Crusaders

Likely winner: Crusaders
Points difference: 17 – 20

RugbyPass Index Prediction

blues vs crusaders prediction
Photo: Rugby Pass Index

Waratahs v Hurricanes

Likely winner: Hurricanes
Points difference: 3-5

RugbyPass Index Prediction

tahs vs canes prediction
Photo: Rugby Pass Index

Sunwolves v Sharks

Likely winner: Sharks
Points difference: 12 – 15

RugbyPass Index Prediction

sunwolves vs sharks prediction
Photo: Rugby Pass Index

Bulls v Stormers

Likely winner: Bulls
Points difference: 3

RugbyPass Index Prediction

bulls vs stormers prediction
Photo: Rugby Pass Index

Jaguares v Lions

Likely winner: Lions
Points difference: 5

RugbyPass Index Prediction

jaguares v lions prediction
Photo: Rugby Pass Index

PV: 17105


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