The Bully Boys will break the 13 year South African Super rugby duck in Christchurch. And the Cheetahs will finally get a win. The Bones have been rolled.
The Bulls won in Christchurch in 1996 in a year when nearly everyone did as the Crusaders finished last in the inaugural year of Super rugby. Since then no South African team has managed a win. This will change on Friday morning and it better change if the Bulls have aspirations of a second Super rugby title.
The Sharks, outstanding against the Brumbies, will be even better against the Hurricanes. Sharks coach John Plumtree coached the core of the Canes side when they played as Wellington in the domestic New Zealand championship and this knowledge, combined with the form of the Sharks, will guarantee a convincing win for the hosts.
The Cheetahs will finally get some luck and a positive result, but for the limp Lions it will be more pain and suffering. They’ll get smashed in Hickville while in Sydney the Tahs will edge the Stormers in another of those defence dominated showdowns that have a beauty of their own but it is not a beauty that will win either side any friends.
The Bones, a week ago, rolled four defeats for the South African sides. Three of them went on to lose before the Sharks stopped the South African rot with a champion-type performance.
CRUSADERS vs BULLS, CHRISTCHURCH, FRIDAY 08:35
FORCE vs REDS, PERTH, FRIDAY 13:05
CHIEFS vs LIONS, HAMILTON, SATURDAY 08:35
Chiefs 10 plus
WARATAHS vs STORMERS, SYDNEY, SATURDAY 10:40
CHEETAHS vs BRUMBIES, BLOEMFONTEIN, SATURDAY 15:00
SHARKS vs HURRICANES, DURBAN, SATURDAY 17:05
Sharks 10 plus
Week 1: 5/7
Week 2: 7/7
Week 3: 2/7
Week 4: 5/6
Week 5: 3/6
Week 6: 3/6
Week 7: 4/6