Super Rugby Predictions



  • What are predictions for the following:

    NZ Conference Winner?
    Aus Conference Winner?
    SA Conference Winner?

    Overall Winner?

    Player of the Year?
    Most Tries?
    Breakthrough Player?



  • NZ Conference Winner?
    Chiefs. They seem to have the least disruption

    Crusaders have done well with squad depth in previous years. It allows for rotation and they could cope with injuries better than others. The depth in the forwards has been severely impacted

    Aus Conference Winner?
    Rebels. Brumbies and Tahs to screw things up. Reds still bad

    SA Conference Winner?
    Stormers. They seem to have lost the least players?

    Overall Winner?
    Ummm Chiefs I guess?

    Player of the Year?
    Cane. Motivated after the injury and the SF snub

    Most Tries?
    R Ioane

    Breakthrough Player?
    Narawa



  • @Duluth I just don't get the Chiefs "love" in the past few weeks.

    Nothing they have done suggests they will be any better this year. Lost their best player, bringing an out of form fossil back to guide the ship and we have no idea how Gatland adapts to super rugby.

    I won't be surprised if we are a bit hopeless.

    Crusaders are prolly going to win because Crusaders



  • @Hooroo said in Super Rugby Predictions:

    I just don't get the Chiefs "love" in the past few weeks.

    Nothing they have done suggests they will be any better this year.

    It's not so much that they are better this year. It's that the Crusaders and Canes are weaker.

    I'm not confident in that pick



  • whole comp feels very open this year, which is a good thing.

    I get the feeling the ability to generate enough wins is soaked in to the timber in Christchurch, and they will top the conference without always looking like the best side. They've got the best 10 in NZ, strike power in the backs, and when has a Crusaders pack ever not provided ball? They are still the standard to which all others must aspire.
    The Chiefs have a new coach, a new old 10, and will take a few weeks to settle.
    The Canes look mediocre in too many key positions
    The Blues have good names on paper, but will struggle in the direction department unless someone has a form reversal
    The Highlanders are a club side.

    I also think NZ teams will drop more games against overseas opponents than recent years.

    Waratahs to win in Aus, because they have to, don't they? The Reds have an exciting young team, but i don't think Thorn can coach. The Brumbies lost most of their best players. Rebels the main threat.

    I can't even name the South African sides, or which of their good players still live there, so I'll leave that to Stargazer, and go with who he picks.

    Most tries and break out player to that Jordan kid from the South Central Vikings.



  • I must have missed the memo about the Rebels.

    EDIT: Found this and realised that the Rebels have decided to play Quidditch instead this year

    SQUAD

    IN: Andrew Deegan, Cabous Eloff, Andrew Kellaway, Josh Kemeny, Boyd Killingworth, Gideon Koegelenberg, Frank Lomani, Ryan Louwrens, Declan Moore, Cameron Orr, Harry Potter, Ruan Smith, James Tuttle, Michael Wells

    OUT: Ben Daley, Tetera Faulkner, Sam Talakai, Robbie Abel, Hugh Roach, Adam Coleman, Sam Jeffries, Will Genia, Harrison Goddard, Michael Ruru, Quade Cooper, Stu Dunbar, Sione Tuipulotu, Jack Maddocks


  • Banned

    @mariner4life said in Super Rugby Predictions:

    whole comp feels very open this year, which is a good thing.
    Crusaders are still the standard to which all others must aspire.
    The Chiefs have a new coach, a new old 10, and will take a few weeks to settle.
    The Canes look mediocre in too many key positions

    I also think NZ teams will drop more games against overseas opponents than recent years.

    I expect NZ teams to be significantly worse this year Too much talent gone Still rate Canes & Chiefs to finish top 8 though

    Stormers are wild cards - best pack in SR & 2 X Factors in Leyds/Willemse likely get a wildcard spot

    I expect a Crusaders Jaguares rematch again in final
    Argies have a better squad this year with infusion of Talent from U20s team

    IF they start season well for once, they could host the final



  • @Crucial said in Super Rugby Predictions:

    I must have missed the memo about the Rebels.

    2nd favs on most betting markets. They have some goodish young talent. It's more picking against the Brumbies and Tahs

    What are you picks?


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    @Hooroo said in Super Rugby Predictions:

    @Duluth I just don't get the Chiefs "love" in the past few weeks.

    Nothing they have done suggests they will be any better this year. Lost their best player, bringing an out of form fossil back to guide the ship and we have no idea how Gatland adapts to super rugby.

    I won't be surprised if we are a bit hopeless.

    Crusaders are prolly going to win because Crusaders

    DMac is why Chiefs are legit Guy is a stud Won games by himself If they can get decent play at Fly half, they should be a Semi final team

    Their props go 4 deep, Cane, Gus Salukulo is solid at 8 & Ardron would be good enough to play for ABs



  • NZ Conference Winner?
    Crusaders

    Aus Conference Winner?
    Tahds

    SA Conference Winner?
    Stormers.

    Overall Winner?
    Chiefs

    Player of the Year?
    DMac

    Most Tries?
    DMac

    Breakthrough Player?
    Jordan



  • NZ Conference Winner?
    Chiefs. Could easily be Crusaders but i've gone Chiefs.

    Aus Conference Winner?
    Tahs. I think it will be a shootout between Tahs and Brumbies.

    SA Conference Winner?
    Jaguares. Will back them to win the conference again.

    Overall Winner?
    Chiefs. I think it will come down to Chiefs vs Crusaders for top of conference and whoever is should be in the box seat

    Player of the Year?
    Will Jordan. I say he cements himself this season.

    Most Tries?
    Jordan Petaia

    Breakthrough Player?
    Mark Nawaqanitawase (Waratahs)



  • NZ Conference Winner?
    Crusaders

    Aus Conference Winner?
    Waratahs

    SA Conference Winner?
    Jaguares

    Overall Winner?
    Crusaders

    Player of the Year?
    Richie Mo'unga

    Most Tries?
    Sevu Reece

    Breakthrough Player?
    Leicester Faingaanuku



  • NZ conf, I can't make up my mind, but will go for Chiefs just ahead of Crusaders
    Aus conf, Brumbies just ahead of Reds
    SA conf, No idea would be too wild of a guess.

    Overall, maybe Crusaders
    Player of the year, Maybe someone like Sam Cane
    Breakthrough Player, Quinn Tupaea?



  • @macandcheese said in Super Rugby Predictions:

    @Hooroo said in Super Rugby Predictions:

    @Duluth I just don't get the Chiefs "love" in the past few weeks.

    Nothing they have done suggests they will be any better this year. Lost their best player, bringing an out of form fossil back to guide the ship and we have no idea how Gatland adapts to super rugby.

    I won't be surprised if we are a bit hopeless.

    Crusaders are prolly going to win because Crusaders

    DMac is why Chiefs are legit Guy is a stud Won games by himself If they can get decent play at Fly half, they should be a Semi final team

    Their props go 4 deep, Cane, Gus Salukulo is solid at 8 & Ardron would be good enough to play for ABs

    Wow. Unknown AB quality and a fullback that will win games for us. Excellent news.

    Hopefully we will be too legit to quit, bruv.



  • Breakout player:

    Samisoni Taukei'aho

    Disappointment:

    Aaron Cruden


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    DMac is why Chiefs are legit Guy is a stud Won games by himself If they can get decent play at Fly half, they should be a Semi final team

    Their props go 4 deep, Cane, Gus Salukulo is solid at 8 & Ardron would be good enough to play for ABs

    **Wow. Unknown AB quality and a fullback that will win games for us. Excellent news.

    Hopefully we will be too legit to quit, bruv.**

    Why don't you lay down your "predictions" as you're such a smartarse



  • @macandcheese said in Super Rugby Predictions:

    DMac is why Chiefs are legit Guy is a stud Won games by himself If they can get decent play at Fly half, they should be a Semi final team

    Their props go 4 deep, Cane, Gus Salukulo is solid at 8 & Ardron would be good enough to play for ABs

    **Wow. Unknown AB quality and a fullback that will win games for us. Excellent news.

    Hopefully we will be too legit to quit, bruv.**

    Why don't you lay down your "predictions" as you're such a smartarse

    Because I'm not a Soothsayer



  • NZ Conference Winner?
    Crusaders
    Aus Conference Winner?
    Waratahs
    SA Conference Winner?
    Stormers
    Overall Winner?
    Chiefs - I think by the time the playoffs come around they will have enough steel in their team to get across the line in finals footy.
    Player of the Year?
    Damian McKenzie - he will be itching to get back and I expect him to once again light up the competition.
    Most Tries?
    Will Jordan - the guy is an All Black in waiting.
    Breakthrough Player?
    Devan Flanders - with Ardie Savea out I expect Flanders to showcase the class that has him touted as a future A.B.



  • "Glimmers of hope, but ultimately crushing disappoitnment"
    A Blues supporter #howlongagowas2003


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