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Kiwi Teams - The Last 3 Rounds

Current Standings

Here's the current standings of the four NZ team competing in Super Rugby. There is another NZ side present in the competition but they are not competing.

TEAM PLAYED WIN LOSS POINTS
Crusaders 14 12 2 54
Hurricanes 13 10 3 45
Highlanders 13 9 4 40
Chiefs 13 8 5 37

Remaining Matches

Three rounds left, here are the remaining matches. The matches in bold are against other NZ teams that are in contention.

Round 17 Round 18 Round 19
Crusaders BYE Highlanders (Home) Blues (Home)
Hurricanes Brumbies (Away) Blues (Home) Chiefs (Away)
Highlanders Chiefs (Suva) Crusaders (Away) Rebels (Home)
Chiefs Highlanders (Suva) Brumbies (Home) Hurricanes (Home)

Predictions

Alright I'm going to make some predictions. Criticise away in the comments/forum.

I think I'm fairly nuetral because the team I support is a non entity. It is being destroyed by Redman, Umaga etc while the NZRU and the media show indifference.


Crusaders

Matches: BYE, Highlanders (Home), Blues (Home)
Max Points: 64

The Crusaders were on a good roll just before the Test match break. The bye is coming at a good time for them, the forwards involved in the Test series will have a chance to freshen up.
The bigggest risk in these games might be a ref noticing a red card offence from a prop.

Highlanders I expect to put up a good fight but fall short

It would be an enormous shock if the Blues stopped being a non entity

Predicted points: 63


Hurricanes

Matches: Brumbies (Canberra), Blues (Wellington), Chiefs (Hamilton)
Max Points: 60

Brumbies aren't very good and the Blues are worse. I'll guess only one bonus point from these two games

So it's all about the Chiefs match

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The recent results have been shared around:

25-13 Canes (Wellington, April 2018)
14-17 Chiefs (Wellington, June 2017)
18-26 Chiefs (Hamilton, March 2017)
25-9 Canes (Wellington, July 2016)
27-28 Chiefs (Wellington, April 2016)
21-13 Canes (New Plymough, June 2015)
22-18 Canes (Wellington, May 2015)

Not many recent Hamilton games..

I'm picking the Hurricanes to win a narrow one here. The Hurricanes have timed their run well in recent seasons and I don't think this Chiefs team is as good as it was.

Predicted points: 58


Highlanders

Matches: Chiefs (Suva), Crusaders (Christchurch), Rebels (Dunedin)
Max Points: 55

I've already picked Crusaders win. The Rebels are a better side than they get credit for but I don't think they'll be a challenge in Dunedin.

So once again it's the Chiefs match thats the most interesting.

The Highlanders had a lot of players involved in the Test series. That experience should add to the team.
However the Highlanders really do flog their loosies. They kick a shitload of ball away ad rely on their excellent defence to force mistakes. The Highlanders loosises are all near the top of tackles made list for th season.

If its warm in Suva I'm picking the Chiefs to outlast the Highlanders in a high scoring but close game

Predicted points: 47


Chiefs

Matches: Highlanders (Suva), Brumbies (Hamilton), Hurricanes (Hamilton)
Max Points: 52

I've alread picked them to beat the Highlanders and lose to the Canes.

I don't see a crappy Brumbies side putting up a fight in Hamilton

Predicted points: 47


Predicted Final Table

It's going to be hard to prevent this happening again with the Crusaders likely to finish the regular season in first spot


Opening myself up to mockery when I get this completely wrong. Here's my guess at the final table

TEAM PLAYED WIN LOSS POINTS
Crusaders 16 14 2 63
Hurricanes 16 13 3 58
Highlanders 16 10 6 47
Chiefs 16 10 6 47

Criticise away..

Kiwi Teams - The Last 3 Rounds
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