We took a bit of flak for predicting the Stormers to have a bad season this year in pre-season but not even we predicted this. The Stormers sitting firmly at the bottom of the log with 1 win in 7, but at least the sun is still out in Cape Town so the fans can at least look good while being miserable. The Lions make their way down South to Newlands having just lost to the Crusaders in what is turning out to be a pretty average season for South African teams that aren’t coached by Jake White. Good news folks! We can at least guarantee you a South African winner this Easter… unless of course it’s a draw.
The Cheetahs head to Durban to take on the chart-topping Sharks this Saturday. These two teams have scored the most points of any sides this season indicating that both are happy to attack. The difference is the Cheetahs have also conceded the most points while the Sharks have conceded the least(yup, you heard that Stormers fans). Everything is in the Sharks favour except for one thing, the men from Bloem are highly unpredictable!
The Bulls make the trip to Sydney to take on the Waratahs who were leapfrogged by the Force last week. There’s trouble brewing in Tah-land with Michael Cheika not happy about something again. This time his beef is with the ARU who sidelined his golden boy. The Waratahs looked hot to trot at the beginning of the season but will have to put the political nonsense to one side if the want to stop the Bulls from smashing up the Cheika shop for the 9th consecutive time!
With some great fixtures to look forward to this coming weekend (Round 10), I choose the best possible team to rack up the points for you as a Fantasy Manager. Congrats to Clive Stephenson who yet again tops the scout league for the fourth successive week with his team CLIFFIE Bigguns (join now: code is 24-3297)
The reign of power in Kiwi Rugby has well and truly shifted to the North Island, specifically Hamilton, the home of the mighty Chiefs. When these 2 teams met earlier in the season the Chiefs rode into Christchurch and beat the home side 18-10. This weekend, the former powerhouse Crusaders pay the current Super Rugby Champions a visit; the mission: take back some former glory!
Colin Slade’s performance against the Cheetahs indicated there is life without Carter
Despite two hat tricks, it was a low scoring week for Fantasy managers as Folau was ruled out at the last minute and Nick Cummins is only owned by 5% of managers and Nemani Nadolo by only 2%! That is sure to change this week however…
One man who owned Nadolo and was grateful for the Folau no-show was Gideon Hattingh(karoo kid) who’s vice captain came into play to earn him 112 points single handedly and take the Karoo Kid to 325 points for the week. This sees Gideon climb 174 places on the FRS log to 48th overall.
At the top of the log, Peter Clainos (Peter C) loses his number one spot dropping to 4th after his captain Nanai-Williams failed to perform. The number one spot is grabbed by Gregory Trollip (Gregoingplaces) who does seem to be going places and lies 2nd in the world after using only 28 transfers!
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Easter weekend kicks off with an all-Kiwi Derby as the Hurricanes host the Blues in Dunedin. Both teams are coming off a bye so should be as fresh apples from an orchard. We hope the break was productive because, at 10th and 11th on the table, they need to buck their ideas up. Two attacking sides with questionable defense, this should get rowdy!
Luke Braid is the top performance bonus point scorer in UDT this season!
The Force that are finally living up to their name move towards Melbourne as they continue to build momentum (a few Physics references there for Dan). The Rebels are still nursing their wounds and their egos after getting pitch-slapped by the Force in a 32-7 drubbing earlier this season. They meet again but this time, perhaps the Rebels will have better luck at home.
The last match of the weekend serves up a prospective humdinger as the Sharks hit the tar track and make the trek up to the Big Smoke for a showdown against the Lions. Prior to their dreary affair against the Crusaders, one could’ve put a major upset on the cards here but unless the Lions make an about turn on a dime then they could be in a bad space. The Sharks on the other hand spent last weekend watching many results unfold in their favour and if they want to cement their standing on top of the SA dogpile then this weekend serves up a good opportunity. Lets go to war!
Jake won’t be impressed until he’s holding the trophy…