The Bulls will demolish the Cats in this weekend’s Vodacom Super 14. It is going to get ugly in Pretoria. The bully Boys are angry and the Cats will be nothing more than a punch bag.
Wikus van Heerden’s withdrawal is the straw that finally will break this camel’s back. The Bulls have to get five league points to keep up a semi-final challenge and fortune has favoured them. They’re up against the tournament whipping boys. For the bones, this was a no brainer.
The bones, having climbed to 72 percent, slumped last week. Only four correct calls from seven. The Bulls defeat was totally unexpected, the Cats was a flyer and typically Frans’s circus failed to deliver. Apologies to Smittie, AJ and the boys. How could the bones actually bet against you?
They won’t make the same mistake two weeks in a row. Sharks to comfortably deal with the bumbling Blues, whose winning streak at home will now come to an end away from home.
The Brumbies, having disappointed the bones a week ago, will come good at home. The Brumbies will only feel the loss of Stephen Larkham when they go on the road again. For now, they’ll do enough to pox a win against the Hurricanes, who despite their favourable log position have not been nearly as impressive in performance.
Brumbies to sneak it against a team that has troubled them in the past and actually won in Canberra.
The Force will be dealt with ruthlessly by the champion Crusaders. It’s tanks up against bow and arrows in this one.
The Cheetahs, more because of the road trip, will lose in Hickville. They won’t lose because they are a worse team, but four weeks into the journey and coming off two 50-pointers will have done them too much damage.
And finally, the Stormers!
Victory I say for the Stormers, but not because they’re any good. Rather because the Reds remain rubble, despite somehow conjuring up a win against the Bulls.
The Bones’s picks for the weekend
Friday 21 April Chiefs v Cheetahs
Reds v Stormers
Force v Crusaders
Saturday 22 April
Brumbies v Hurricanes
Sharks v Blues
Bulls v Cats