The bones, disregarding logic, form and any kind of rationale, have rolled in favour of the Cats in this weekend’s Vodacom Super 14 matches.
It is no April Fool’s joke. It is no Easter Bunny bonanza. It is merely an acknowledgement of South African rugby. When it comes to SA derby matches take all forms of logic and back the opposite to happen.
Given their form of 2006 the Cats should not get within 10 points of the Sharks. But it is meaningless when these two teams pound each other. Ricky Januarie’s return will provide a big spark and Wikus van Heerden knows this is a match the Cats simply have to win as they pretty much complete their tournament schedule with a repeat of Currie Cup matches.
Outside of the bumbling Blues, the Force would struggle in our Currie Cup and the rest of the opposition is the Currie Cup in the Sharks, Bulls and Cheetahs.
The Sharks come off a bye weekend and they may just have lost a bit of momentum. And then let’s not forget the impact of Jake White (LAUGH OUT LOUD). The Bok coach spent two hours chatting to the Cats coaches, but it was two hours enough to scare the hell out of Sharks supporters. Can White claim success when the Cats win? You tell us.
The Cats to win is the bolter for the weekend, with the only other intrigue coming in Sydney on Sunday afternoon (SA time). This should be a cracker of a clash. Mate against Mate. Not quite State against State. This is the Wallabies trial match. Loti and Stirling. George and Phil.
The bones’s pick: Brumbies to sneak a thriller.
In the Friday early game, the Blues should beat the Farce by default. Both teams are struggling but the home team has a bit more pedigree in their line-up and victory will put the Blues on a three from three roll.
The Chiefs, despite losing Sione Lauaki, should have a bit too much for a Stormers team that has to be low on confidence after two wins from eight starts.
Chiefs to take it by 10.
The Crusaders will do enough to get the four-try bonus point and beat the Cheetahs in what should be an entertaining game. It won’t be the 50 pointer of Canberra. It will be a closer contest but the Crusaders will always be in charge.
In Brisbane Bakkies and the boys will belt the rubble Reds. Easy win for the bully Boys.
And finally, the Hurricanes will have too much class in the backs to be troubled by a Highlanders team that lost 50 percent of its threat when Nick Evans was ruled out of the competition. With James Ryan also gone, so too are the Highlanders.
Friday 14 April Blues v Western Force
Saturday 15 April Crusaders v Cheetahs
Saturday 15 April Chiefs v Stormers
Saturday 15 April Reds v Bulls
Saturday 15 April Cats v Sharks
Sunday 16 April Highlanders v Hurricanes
Sunday 16 April Waratahs v Brumbies