Super Rugby Round 5 Tips - Game-by-game guide to this week's games

James Wells 14 Mar 2019

The Super Rugby season moves into Round 5 this weekend and we pick out the best bets across the six games.
 

Chiefs vs Hurricanes


Since restoring the majority of their All Blacks back into the side, the Hurricanes have reeled off back to back wins after knocking off the Highlanders last week. The Chiefs meanwhile have the worst record in Super Rugby and are yet to taste victory this year. In a desperate scramble to get back on track they have now moved the mercurial Damian Mackenzie back to fullback where many believe he belongs. But the Chiefs troubles look much deeper than that, and this line looks quite slim given recent form even if the Chiefs have won four of the last five between the two.

Brumbies vs Waratahs


A couple of rounds back, the Brumbies knocked off the Chiefs in comprehensive fashion and it looked like a huge statement for the Brumbies in 2019. Since then, the Brumbies haven't won again, and the Chiefs have been a disaster, suggesting the result said more about the Chiefs struggles than the Brumbies ability. The Tahs have two wins from three, their lone loss a single digit fall to the Hurricanes, so they are tracking well. The Brumbies have won four of the last five games between the two, but this potent Waratahs backline will be tough to restrain.



Stormers vs Jaguares


After a brutal start, the Stormers have strung together back to back wins over the Lions and Sharks, they still find themselves at the bottom of a hotly contest South African conference but have played one fewer game than their competition. The Jaguares continue to struggle on the road, highlighted once more last week when they fell to the Lions 47-39 in a flattering scoreline. That said, while they may not knock the Stormers off here, the home side are yet to exceed 20 points this season so it's going to be difficult for them to run the score up.

Sunwolves vs Reds


The Sunwolves could not maintain the highs of their first New Zealand victory against the Chiefs, but they did put up a fight against the Blues. On work ethic, defense, consistency, the Sunwolves looked the better team but the Blues had the natural speed, size and skill to get through. The Reds, without a win so far, do not have that ability to fallback on, and while they look a better drilled unit this year, that isn't enough to take the Sunwolves down anymore. This should be a tough, competitive game, but momentum from their New Zealand trip, and being back on their home paddock tips this in the Sunwolves favour.

Highlanders vs Crusaders


At this point, I'll take the Crusaders against anybody, no matter what the line is. There's no need to complicate this, they are by far the best team in the competition and would take down most international sides. Sure, they were playing the Chiefs last week who have been horrible, but to put up 57 and butcher them by 31 points is taking things to the next level, especially in a New Zealand derby. The Highlanders have been a mixed bag this year, part of that can be attributed to the early rest and rotation of their All Blacks, but it doesn't matter, the Crusaders are too good.

Lions vs Rebels


Two surprise packages make for an intriguing end to this round. The Lions have surprised with their lack of success to date, last years finalists have won just two of their four games so far, but they will take some confidence from last weeks victory over the Jaguares where they scored 47 points. The Rebels, conversely, have surprised by being one of only two teams left undefeated in the competition. They made it three from three last week when they took down the Brumbies for the second time this season. The reformed combination of Cooper and Genia is working well, with both looking rejuvenated. This is a tough test for the Rebels, to prove they are the real deal against the Lions in Johannesburg but I've seen enough to believe they can at least keep this close.


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