SuperRugby Predictions - South African Log

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Jan 07, 2020, 16:44

It is the last season of the now lowly SuperRugby 15 tournament before it reverts back to Super14. And it could not have come sooner with many of the best Southern Hemisphere players plying their trade in the higher paid Northern Hemisphere, and even Japan.

For many of the SA teams, the last 5 years have been a continual rebuilding process-  some squad players are not even SuperRugby standard. An example is Dan Kriel - the plodder that should not even be a professional sportsperson. 

2020 however, has been hit even worse. A post-world cup year, further decline in the rand and billionaire club owners have seen the North more lucrative than ever. 

Some of the best prospects have been poached from the junior divisions before making a name in SuperRugby and will be eligible under the 5-year law to represent other countries. 

Many of the SA teams also have very inexperienced coaches, or the experienced ones are just plain useless. 


Predictions -

1. Jaguars - The 2nd best team in last years tournament. 

2. Stormers - They have been the SA team least affected by player departure gates.

3. Sharks  - They still have some quality players and experience. The backline is good. The cockroach coach Robert Dupreez is also gone. However they have a new coach- is he potential or just another useless waist of space. 

4. Lions - New coaching staff. Will they retain their attacking brand of rugby? Have also recruited lots of geriatric players to offset the lack of coaching experience. 

5. Bulls - Expect the Bulls to be udder BS this year. Their coach is a dolt, and they have had the biggest player drain.

Jan 07, 2020, 17:13

Without the conference may I suggest the lowest spots on the table? 

Jan 07, 2020, 17:20

Yes, by all means, knock yourself out :'( 

Jan 07, 2020, 17:42

SB

Just a  bit of advice the fact is it is a Super Rugby series with 15 franchises - not 16.   

All the SA teams and some of the NZ and Australian teams suffered  player departures.

My guess is  that -

*   Three of the SA Conference teams, 

*   Four of the NZ Conference teams

*   One of the Aussie Conference teams will be in the play-offs

I think it is too early to identify which teams are going to go through.- we must wait auntil Round 3 to see what is happening.            

Jan 07, 2020, 19:18

Good thing the aussie teams are shit then :D


Jan 07, 2020, 19:34

Pote Human inspires no faith. A brainless fart. As useless as tits on a Bull.

Ross Specman said the Bulls only do kick and chase, and he is not used to getting such little opportunity in a game of rugby. Totally devoid of any ideas. The outside backs tackle, chase and occasionally get a few scraps of turnovers.

Unfortunate Mitchell did not get more time at the province, if he had been their for a few years he could have built a good team. 

Image result for Pote Human

Jan 07, 2020, 21:29

Well ... being world chumpions and all, the final should be contested by two SA sides this year.

That's usually the case, isn't it?


Jan 08, 2020, 13:50

"Well ... being world chumpions and all, the final should be contested by two SA sides this year.

That's usually the case, isn't it?"

Last years team was a mix from all over.Unlike 1995 where Lions were powerful in 93 winning the first Super 10 under "Traansvaal"
Then the Bulls were strong around the 2007 World Cup  winning 3/4 years. 

Jan 08, 2020, 13:52

SB

Did Ludeke and Marais inspired confidence?    I think not.

Jan 09, 2020, 12:30

That picture of Pote is hilarious, the one eye open more than the other along with that ridiculous moustache... 

Jan 12, 2020, 02:09

Here is another Human classic.

Looks like he is about to spit out some Cowboy tobacco. 

"Ek weet fok all, maar niks!"

Pote Human

Jan 12, 2020, 02:09

Image result for cowboy tobacco spit gif

Feb 01, 2020, 17:49

So after the first few matches, things are starting to look as expected. 

The Stormers pack is a juggernaut, and they have a good scrumhalf and outside backs. 

If the Stormers flyhalf/centres combination can get into form, they could be a contender for a home semi-final.

The Bulls are as one dimensional as expected, with Morne's boot their only attacking weapon.


Feb 01, 2020, 20:59

Willemse has a long way to go for a top 10...over eager 3say the least. Play him elsewhere...I'll pick him at 12 and 15.

Feb 02, 2020, 06:34

I think Mike is more or less right and after the Jaguares performance this morning they will top our section...the Jaguares versus Stormers should be an interesting one but I think the Jags are too good in virtually every aspect of the game...virtually a flawless display against the Lions...Elton Jantjies is not a captain and I don't think the Bulls will be last.

Again the Crusaders will definitely be the ones to beat, I would like to see how they would go in South America...but they will they only play them once at the Orangetheory on the 24/4/20...and no return match at Estadio Jose Amalfitani...I wonder why???

Each team plays 16 games, facing opponents from their own conference twice, while playing each team from the other conferences once.  Teams get four points for a win, two for a draw and one bonus point if they score three more tries than their opponent, or lose by seven points or less. Positions on the league table. Positions at the end of the league fixtures determine which teams go through to the knockout phase.

Sure that's the way it works fair enough but it's a little strange that lightning always in this case seems to strike twice in the same place.:D

The Stormers however have to face them away on the 21/3/20.

LOL...maybe it's just luck of the draw but one cannot help being suspicious. We all know the Saders are the ones to beat and rule at Christchurch...it might well be a slightly different story in Buenos Aires.

What system of selection of  home or away venues for the one game that each team plays outside their conferences and how this is determined...does the team ranked higher from previous year get the preference? I think this must be case or is it a lottery draw. Couldn't find how it's determined. Can anybody clarify this?

May 29, 2020, 21:20

Some early predictions for SuperRugby.


I did expect Stormers and Sharks to be ranked as the top 2 Teams based in SA
Also that the Bulls would be last, with the Lions thereafter. 


May 29, 2020, 22:17

 Also that the Bulls would be last, with the Lions thereafter  “

Hahahaha. I suppose that makes the Lions laster than last.

The person’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) was 0.55 — not 0.05, but .55, which is nearly seven times the legal driving limit of 0.08 in Colorado.

A BAC of 0.3 is considered lethal.

May 29, 2020, 22:43

@Dummy, 


The Bulls won their last game before the tournament was called off. 

Otherwise, they had scored 1 point so far for the whole season- and have been at the bottom of the table the whole season.

The Lions have played away games, so they would certainly have finished the season well above the Bulls.

This was the only game when they did not start with Morne Steyn, the very last game that they managed to get a win. 


May 29, 2020, 23:03

See why I reminded you about the blood alcohol level fiasco?

May 29, 2020, 23:18

The fiasco was that you think 12 baby beers are fatal - while fixating on a missing 0 digit. 

CeradunceGate...

May 30, 2020, 00:14

Huh uh. The fiasco is your level of math efficiency. Made worse by the fact that you didn’t even notice it the first time it was pointed out to you. 

You tried the same diversion tactic that you are trying now. You are trying to focus the attention away from your embarrassing balls up with the fractions and towards the question of the irrelevant issue of what the lethal limit is. Fact is the bloke pegged. Even if the lethal limit was 0.5, he would still have been dead. 

Same tactic that you are trying with the Bulls Lions scenario. The Bulls ending last and the Lions “laster” than the Bulls. :D

See why I call you a used car salesman? 

You’re trying to sell a 1600cc as a 3 litre V8. When you’re caught out you start talking about the car’s nice mags and the sheepskins in the dash. 

May 30, 2020, 01:21

"ending laster". Means the end fo the tournament. The Bulls were playing at home, and they were hopeless. When they went overseas, it would get even worse.

 1 point for almost half a season at home - and they have not even been overseas... The Lions and Sharks had their overseas games, so the Lions were bound to win some home games.

The facts remain my predictions usually come to pass. 

May 30, 2020, 09:47

Now you’ve moved from the nice mags and the sheepskins to the GT stripes and the spot lights. 

 
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