Kearns’ call

Former Wallaby hooker Phil Kearns has backed the Bulls and Sharks to win their Vodacom Super 14 matches this weekend.

Speaking on Australia’s Inside Rugby show, the Fox sports commentator made his predictions for the weekend.

Here’s what he had to say about the matches involving SA sides:

Crusaders vs Cheetahs
“The Cheetahs were awful against the Brumbies last weekend and must improve by a billion percent if they want to win this one. They have a good line-out and scrum and need to get those set pieces right in Christchurch. In saying that, I don’t think they have a chance.”

Chiefs vs Stormers
“The Chiefs will miss Luaki in their loose trio, but the Stormers have shown us nothing this year.”

Reds vs Bulls
“The return of Latham could help the Reds, but I think the travel factor will play a big role [the Reds have just returned from SA]. It’ll be close, but I think the Bulls will win it.”

Cats vs Sharks
“The Sharks have been the most exciting South African team this year, compared to the dour play of the Bulls and Cheetahs. They should have way too much for the Cats.”