Round 11 will see the second placed Brumbies host the third placed Chiefs in a game that’s sure to be outstanding.
Blues vs Waratahs, Friday, Eden Park
The Blues will be without the erratic Benji Marshall who officially left the Blues earlier this week. The 11th placed team will face the fourth placed Waratahs defeated the Bulls in an emphatic seven point win. The Blues are coming off a huge loss to the Hurricanes and will look to regain the form that led the team to three Super Rugby championships.
Newsroom’s prediction: Waratahs by 12
Brumbies vs Chiefs, Friday, Canberra Stadium
Two of the top teams in the Super Rugby competition collide in arguably the most anticipated bout of the round. Australia’s top team are coming off a well-rested bye while New Zealand’s top team were defeated in an upset one-point loss to the Crusaders. Both teams will be desperate to win if they look to topple the first-placed Sharks.
Newsroom’s prediction: Chiefs by 4
Sharks vs Highlanders, Friday, Kings Park
Speaking of, the top tier team will host the Highlanders to close Friday night rugby. The Sharks are still sitting at the top of the ladder with only one loss to their name after making good work of the last placed Cheetahs last week. The Highlanders have their work cut out for them but will have the rejuvenation in them after having a bye last week.
Newsroom’s prediction: Sharks by 14
Hurricanes vs Reds, Saturday, Westpac Stadium
The Hurricanes are coming off one of their biggest wins this year with a 39-20 victory over the Blues, and will look to continue their winning form against the Queensland Reds on Saturday. The Reds had a bye last week and will look to ascend up the ladder as their twelfth position doesn’t reflect their usual top form.
Newsroom’s prediction: Hurricanes by 8
Force vs Bulls, Saturday, NIB Stadium
The Force have proven all the naysayers wrong and are sitting comfortably at fifth on the ladder. They will look to get back on track after a loss to the Rebels last week. The Bulls are coming off a loss of their own in a seven-point loss to the Tahs. The Bulls will need to change their defence if they are to get back to their championship-winning form of 2010.
Newsroom’s prediction: Force by 12
Cheetahs vs Stormers, Saturday, Free State Stadium
Closing off round 11 of the Super Rugby will be the last placed Cheetahs taking on the second-last placed Stormers. Both of these South African teams have yet to impress so far in the competition and a win here will be much needed. The Cheetahs suffered a loss at the hands of the Sharks, while the Stormers picked up their second win of the competition against the Lions last week.
Newsroom’s prediction: Stormers by 8 – Noah La’ulu
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