It’s back to Super Rugby, just as I was getting into the Test month. And nothing has changed when it comes to me and the Cheetahs. I am still backing them to come unstuck.
It’s certainly said with a degree of regret because I haven’t been impressed with the Stormers lack of enterprise and attacking conviction but I do believe the suffocating nature of the Stormers will prove decisive in Cape Town to killing off the Cheetahs prospects of a Super Rugby play-off.
I can’t stand the month long break in Super Rugby as it kills momentum and makes for two tournaments within one.
The Cheetahs have played wonderful rugby this season but they aren’t good enough to win the tournament. They have had a remarkable run with the core of the squad that started the season and they’ve given players like Willie le Roux and Adriaan Strauss a wonderful platform.
Strauss has been superb as a leader. Le Roux has been equally inventive as an attacker.
The Stormers, despite being 11th on the table, have been very difficult to beat and only one point has separated the two teams on both occasions they have met this year. Both those games were in Bloemfontein. Home ground advantage will be the decider this weekend.
The Bulls will continue to march towards a home play-off against the Kings. They will win 20-plus in Pretoria and the Sharks, despite the upheaval with John Plumtree’s exit, will beat the inconsistent Blues. John Kirwan’s lads have been a mixture this season but they still haven’t shown great form on the road and they’ll struggle in South Africa.
Stormers to take it by 5, Bulls by 20 and Sharks by 10.