The 2nd semi-final of the weekend serves up an all-Aussie dish between the round robin winners and the guys who were hoping to be the round robin winners! The Tahs will be hosting the Brumbies in Sydney and will be looking to build on their 7-match unbeaten run into the playoffs! The Brumbies on the other hand will be seeking some revenge for the 39-8 drubbing at the hands of their hosts which took place less than a month ago. They looked pretty fired up when they handled the Chiefs but will they have enough fire to burn down the Tahs in their own fortress? Well, we’re sure to be finding that out very soon.
It’s semi-final time! Having barged over the Highlanders, the Sharks travel to the land of the Long White Cloud looking to beat the mighty Crusaders in their own backyard for the second time this season. Both teams are very strong but one is well-rested while the other has just gone through a bruiser and one heck of a plane trip. It’s advantage Crusaders but the Sharks are still in it to win it!
This will not be the 1st time these 2 sides have locked horns in 2014 but it will most certainly be the last. The Brumbies get the benefit of running out on home turf on Saturday by virtue of their 4th place log position at the end of the round robin phase. But for the Chiefs, it’s time to saddle up the ponies and take a trip on over to the land of kangaroos and koala bears. When the dust settles, one will be marching on to the semi-finals while the other will swallow sadness and reminisce what could’ve been.
The home team will be expecting a bid day at the office from their man at the back…
The Sharks welcome the Highlanders to the Shark tank after having been kicked and licked 34-18 earlier in the Season. The locals at Kings Park will want revenge on the tourists who showed no fear on their last visit to the Shark cage.
Pat Lambie is back for the Sharks (albeit on the bench):
We have reached the final round of the competition before the playoffs!
We can expect the teams that have no chance of qualifying to throw the ball around this weekend ultimately meaning there are points to be made in those specific games. I am tipping the Lions vs Cheetahs and Bulls vs Rebels as the two games which will hold the most Fantasy points for this round. I expect this weekend to be really exciting!
It’s the last round before the playoffs and there are just 9 teams still in it to win it. In the interests of providing some sort of (ill conceived) advice to our millions of fans, we are only going to be featuring 1 article this week due to staff shortages – some guys think that going to Spain is more important than Super Rugby. Preposterous!
Super Rugby Preview: Waratahs vs Highlanders
>Match date: Sunday 6th July
Ahhh, rugby Sunday! Whether it’s breakfast time in South Africa, Lunch time in New Zealand or Tea-time in Australia, get yourself a beer and enjoy this one! In arguably the other main match of the weekend, the Tahs host the precariously underrated Highlanders in a match that poses a rather large pitfall should the home side falter. If the Highlanders are looking for extra support on Saturday, then they need look no further than Durban…. The Tahs have their finals destiny in their own hands and while they are favourites to nudge the Highlanders, they will need to be sharp because the visitors have got quite a few different shades of smoke up their sleeves.
Drum roll please….. The game of the weekend is here, that is if you support a South African side still in with a shot at winning this thing! The Sharks are off to Bloem to take on the mercurial Cheetahs who have made a career out of causing upsets. While both teams had plenty of players serving national duty, it was arguably the Cheetahs stars that shined the brightest and the Sharks will do well to be aware of the prowess possessed by the Cheetahs outside backs. Game on!
After the New Zealand and Australian teams returned to Super Rugby last week its now time for the South African teams to continue their campaigns. Apologies for the brief summaries of the Scout Picks but we’ve been fighting off an zombie invasion.
Currently our FantasyRugbyScout log shows:
1 Cliffie BIGGUNS Clive Stephenson 6,753
2 Scottish Bagpipes Andrew Howitt 6,623
3 Joburg Gents Alex Greenleaf 6,580
Congratulations to Clive for topping our log, though I would suggest you pull your socks up as FantasyRugbyScouts own Andrew Howitt is catching up to you each week. I tip the Lions vs Rebels as the match that should hold the most Fantasy points for Round 18. By Andrew Howitt follow me on Twitter @ARHowitt
Scout Picks Round 18