Post your Super Rugby predictions



  • Post your Super Rugby predictions

    Remember to think less of any regular TSFers who don't make predictions. They are inferior. They are cowards.

    Sure this is a little late as Super Rugby has had its staggered African start, but the important stuff all happens in the NZ conference


    Players

    Australian Conference Best Player: Kurtley Beale
    I think re-Tah'd Beale will have a big impact. He looks fitter than normal at this time of the year.. he may even make Foley look like a decent player again.

    South African Conference Best Player: Siya Kolisi
    A risky pick because Marx will probably continue to be a freak. Also his impact will depend on the Stormers who I am not convinced by. However he had promising moments in 2017 and at 26 he might be ready to peak.

    New Zealand Conference Best Player: Jordie Barrett
    Another risky pick - he'll be missing the first two games at least and he might have 'second year syndrome'. He'll start at fullback but I think by the end of the year he'll be in the midfield.

    Leading Try Scorer: Rieko Ioane
    The best winger in the world will continue to be the best winger in the world

    Rookie of the Year: Jonathan Ruru
    If Umaga gives him a chance..

    Overall Player of the Year: Jordie Barrett
    NZ conference player of the year is the same thing isn't it?


    Teams

    Australian Conference Winner: NSW
    They finished 16th last year so they are certain to improve on that

    South African Conference Winner: Lions
    An easy choice. They are the only SA side that plays the style pick up enough away wins in Australasia

    New Zealand Conference Winner: Crusaders
    Booo Hsssss

    Regular Season Table topper: Crusaders
    Slightly risky to pick them in the NZ conference and on the table. They do have early season injuries but I think the damage will be limited and they'll be the most consistent.

    Champions: Hurricanes
    Might even pip the Crusaders int he regular season. I expect them to time their run well


    The Blues:
    If they don't make the playoffs Umaga should be sacked.

    The table will look bad for us in the first couple of months. Only one home game and two byes in the first 6 weeks.
    However 6 of the last 7 matches are at home. There is potential for a late charge.

    I'll make a relatively positive prediction - beaten semi finalists



  • @duluth

    PLAYERS
    Australian Conference Best Player: Hoopah!

    South African Conference Best Player: Malcolm Marx

    New Zealand Conference Best Player: Brodie Retallick

    Leading Try Scorer: Owen Franks (call me a coward ... )

    Rookie of the Year: Stephen Perofeta (does he count as a rookie?)

    Overall Player of the Year: BBBR

    TEAMS
    Australian Conference Winner: Brumbles

    South African Conference Winner: Lions

    New Zealand Conference Winner: Crusaders
    Booo Hsssss indeed

    Regular Season Table topper: Crusaders

    Champions: Crusaders

    The Blues: play-offs



  • @booboo said in Post your Super Rugby predictions:

    Rookie of the Year: Stephen Perofeta (does he count as a rookie?)

    He was in the squad in 2017 and got on the field in the regular season as well as that Lions game
    So strictly speaking no. 'Breakthrough player' maybe?



  • @duluth can't say I've taken enough notice to know who are the rookies ...



  • @booboo

    Yeah I had to look up the rookies. There's surprisingly few new players who you'd expect to get significant game time



  • PLAYERS
    Australian Conference Best Player: Israel Folau (after his break last year he'll be firing on all cylinders)

    South African Conference Best Player: Handre Pollard

    New Zealand Conference Best Player: Rieko Ioane

    Leading Try Scorer: Israel Folau (easier schedule than the NZ teams).

    Rookie of the Year: Asafo Aumua

    Breakthrough Player of the Year: Akira Ioane (expecting a big season from Akira as he takes the torch from the departing Jerome Kaino). Also watch out for Izaia Perese of the Reds - should give QLD the outside back threat they've been missing since Digby left.

    Overall Player of the Year: Aaron Smith - expecting a bounce back season.

    TEAMS
    Australian Conference Winner: Tahs

    South African Conference Winner: Lions

    New Zealand Conference Winner: Hurricanes

    Regular Season Table topper: Hurricanes

    Champions: Hurricanes

    The Blues: miss playoffs again. Tana will survive with the injury list and tough schedule working against him. Perofeta to have growing pains at 10. Hopefully proven wrong and Blues make the playoffs but I'll believe it when I see it. First 4 weeks are key.



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  • PLAYERS
    Australian Conference Best Player: Kurtley Beale

    South African Conference Best Player: Kwagga Smith (assuming he'll be available for most of the season & not playing 7s)

    New Zealand Conference Best Player: Beauden Barrett (he'll be back 💪 )

    Leading Try Scorer: Rieko Ioane

    Leading Points Scorer: Richie Mo'unga

    Rookie of the Year: Jonah Lowe (if Boyd gives him a chance)

    Breakthrough Player of the Year: Sam Lousi

    Overall Player of the Year: Beauden Barrett

    TEAMS
    Australian Conference Winner: Waratahs

    South African Conference Winner: Lions

    New Zealand Conference Winner: Crusaders

    Regular Season Table topper: Crusaders

    Champions: Crusaders



  • PLAYERS
    Australian Conference Best Player: David Pocock
    South African Conference Best Player: No idea
    New Zealand Conference Best Player: Richie Mo'unga
    Leading Try Scorer: Waisake Naholo
    Rookie of the Year: Will Jordan
    Overall Player of the Year: Richie Mo'unga

    TEAMS
    Australian Conference Winner: Brumbles
    South African Conference Winner: Lions
    New Zealand Conference Winner: Crusaders after a slow start (Hooray)
    Regular Season Table topper: Lions
    Champions: Crusaders

    Due to the number of derby games only three NZ teams to make the play-offs this year - two are the Crusaders and Hurricanes.



  • Prediction: Tahs will crash and burn.

    In other news: the sun will come up.



  • SA rookie of the year : Willemsee (Stormers 10)
    NZ rookie of the year : Papaali'i
    Blues to finish 4th of the NZ conference (the Chiefs finishing 5th, they have lost too many experienced players - Cruden, TKB, Lowe, Leitch, Elliott ...).
    Hurricanes will win the trophy.



  • Kwagga Smith to be the player of the tournament
    Lions to take their maiden crown

    Ardie Savea to grow another foot
    Justin Marshall to have orgasm live on TV whilst mispronouncing a Samoan name has the player does something brilliant, leading to accusations of racism
    Ngatai to have an injury plagued year
    Rebels to fully justify the decisions made and finish higher than the Force this year
    Richie to be seen in the stands at a game, leading to commentators wondering if he brought his boots "just in case"
    Phil Kearns to agree on a decision going against the Tahs front row
    Crockett to give away a penalty
    NZ teams to be accused of doing off the ball shit
    Aaron Smith, after taking intensive spelling lessons over the last 2 seasons, will join the hordes of players signing things for fans. An undercover NZRFU rep will pass him an after david, which he will accidentally sign.
    Mehrtens to put on a bit of weight
    Cullen to get a touch greyer
    Ardern to be spotted in the stands, at which point a commentator will say something which he will be forced to issue an apology for.
    MajorRage to go back to work approximately 2 hours before the super rugby season starts.
    The reds to suck shit.

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    I was kidding about Kearns, obviously.



  • Australian Conference: Waratahs top.

    South African Conference: Lions top, but pushed by the Sharks.

    NZ Conference: tough call between Crusaders and Hurricanes, may come down to availability of Crusaders' All Blacks. Other three to scrap it out.

    Crusaders top.

    NZ Conference order:

    Crusaders
    Hurricanes
    Highlanders
    Blues
    Chiefs

    To make the playoffs:

    Crusaders
    Lions
    Waratahs
    Hurricanes
    Highlanders
    Blues
    Sharks
    Brumbies

    To win the competition: Hurricanes

    NZ Forward Rookie of the year: Dalton Papali'i
    Back Rookie: Braydon Ennor

    Leading Try Scorer: Rieko Ioane

    Player of the Year: Beauden Barrett

    The Blues: Tough start, especially with injuries, but will win a few NZ conference games, win enough to make the playoffs and be a very dangerous quarter final opponent.



  • PLAYERS
    Australian Conference Best Player: Folau. He's a brilliant runner of the ball, and that's all Super Rugby is

    South African Conference Best Player: Pass. God it's amazing how far SA rugby has slipped off my radar

    New Zealand Conference Best Player: While i would desperately love this to be someone in the midfield, because the All Blacks desperately need it, Super Rugby is a running game, and there isn't a better runner around than Reeeeko You-are-knee. Plus i picked him to be the breakout player last year, so I'm on a roll with him. As long as the Blues midfield remembers to pass

    Leading Try Scorer: Folau

    Rookie of the Year: Pass. I don't get to watch NPC rugby.

    Overall Player of the Year: Ioane

    TEAMS
    Australian Conference Winner: NSW
    Default really, surely they can't stink the joint out as bad as last year. The Rebels will be the big improvers seeing as they bought a new team,

    South African Conference Winner: Lions
    Can't see them falling in a complete heap

    New Zealand Conference Winner: Hurricanes. Just over the Crusaders. Easily the two best teams in the comp

    Regular Season Table topper: Hurricanes. Crusaders just won't get enough out of their veteran ABs to maintain a full season at the top.

    Champions: Crusaders. Fuck it. The Canterbury Plains Patriots just know how to win big games.

    The Chiefs:
    The worst squad in NZ now. Lacks quality all over the park. Sam Cane and Brodie Retallic can't beat every team into submission by themselves. Nor do i want them to, they have bigger fish to fry later in the year. I'm not a big fan of our coach either. Will finish 10-12.



  • PLAYERS

    Australian Conference: Folau. I'd pick him for us and I'm sure he's going to have a big one.

    South African Conference: Marx. Ditto.

    New Zealand Conference: Laumape. This one, I'll admit, is more of a hope than anything else, but I think he is ready to make the step to becoming the midfielder that we can build things around.

    Leading Try Scorer: I think this will be someone from the Canes, who gets to enjoy the space that Laumape creates, could even be J Savea, which would be a bummer if he gets in scoring tries made due to another.

    Rookie of the Year: Aumua, as soon as he's fit.

    Breakout: A. Ioane. I think (hope) he's going to step up this year.

    Comeback player: Pollard - he's been missed.

    Overall Player of the Year: Marx.

    TEAMS

    Australian Conference: Tahs (I'm guessing)

    South African Conference: Lions

    New Zealand Conference Winner: Crusaders, just over the Canes

    Regular Season Table topper: Tricky. Lions, just.

    Champions: Lions, just because I can't be bothered picking the fucking Crusaders.

    The Chiefs:

    as @mariner4life said, I also think we have the worst or 4th worst squad in NZ now - we need a huge Super from Hames, Laulala, and Harris with no major injuries to any of them, and in the backs we are very dependent on DMac to perform (god help us). We have class and experience in Cane, Retallick, Ngatai, and ALB, but we also have lots of hopefully class in many others (Seu, Alaimalo, TTT, Stevenson, Falcon). The coach sucks, and we have a number of players who have been proven to be not quite good enough (Coach favorite M. Mckenzie, welcome back). We also have some who should have stayed in Japan (I love you Messam, but you were past it last year).

    I hope I'm proven wrong (especially about Messam), but I pick us to be fourth or last in the NZ conference. We'll definitely be last if we have a major injury to (won't say any names but you know who I'm talking about).



  • Man am I glad SR for us is here...I am bored shitless with the 6N .

    Just looking forward to what new and exciting players this season thows up.



  • PLAYERS
    Australian Conference Best Player: Israel Folau

    South African Conference Best Player: Postmodern Neo-Marxist

    New Zealand Conference Best Player: Jordie Barrett

    Leading Try Scorer: Vince Aso

    Leading Points Scorer: Richie Mo'unga

    Rookie of the Year: Aumua

    Breakthrough Player of the Year: Akira Ioane

    Overall Player of the Year: Jordie Barrett

    TEAMS
    Australian Conference Winner: Waratahs

    South African Conference Winner: Lions

    New Zealand Conference Winner: Hurricanes

    Regular Season Table topper: Lions

    Champions: Hurricanes



  • Australian Conference Best Player: Hooper - Hes due to be a nuisance.

    South African Conference Best Player: Damian de Allende

    New Zealand Conference Best Player: Jordie Barrett

    Leading Try Scorer: Wes Goosen - He is an excellent finisher and as Aso showed, you just have to be on the end of that back line.

    Rookie of the Year: Alex Fidow

    Breakthrough Player of the Year: Richie Mo'unga

    Overall Player of the Year: BBBR or Cane - I'd Imagine Brodie is champing at the bit and Cane really showed he is an amazing player last year. Our best AB I thought. With that piss poor squad they are going have to sure a lot of shit up. Hansen should just hold a 3 month camp for just those two and save them for later in the year.

    TEAMS
    Australian Conference Winner: ACT - just because the Tahs look the strongest and thats when you should bet the house against them.

    South African Conference Winner: Lions - Head and shoulders above the pack

    New Zealand Conference Winner: Hurricanes - too much fire power.

    Regular Season Table topper: Hurricanes

    Champions: Hurricanes

    The Blues: Blues will lose and win enough to make the last game of their regular season a mathematical chance of making the playoffs and they will lose that handsomely. Tana will replace Boyd at the Canes and win back to championships.....



  • @majorrage said in Post your Super Rugby predictions:

    The reds to suck shit.

    Happy with this prediction.



  • @majorrage said in Post your Super Rugby predictions:

    Ngatai to have an injury plagued year

    Crockett to give away a penalty

    Check, check ...


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