Thank goodness there is always the prospect of playing the Lions to improve one’s mood. And the bones agree.
Having recovered from Week 3′s dismal 2/7 the bones were back in business with 5/6 with the champion Crusaders the only surprise in losing to the Highlanders.
Just how hard is it going to be for the Crusaders without Robbie Deans, Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Scott Hamilton and a few others. Well it isn’t looking particularly good and if they don’t overcome the Force at home then it is goodbye to a successful challenge. Some would call it early days in the competition but a fourth successive defeat for the Saders will turn this season into one of rebuilding.
Of all the match-ups that has been the toughest one to call, although I think the closest game will be in Canberra when the Tahs travel north from Sydney.
Last weekend’s matches, with the exception of the Sharks and Blues, were diabolical in quality of rugby and I can’t see much changing this weekend, as the players generally lack the quality of those who in previous years made Super rugby the best provincial rugby competition in the world.
The Stormers, desperate and boring in Pretoria, will at least get a home win to ease the pain of the tradtional early season torture because the limp Lions are in town. The sooner the Lions get put out of their misery and replaced by Cheeky’s Eastern Cape Kings of Convenience the better. Another defeat will keep them rooted at the bottom of the table, a position they have owned for much of their Super rugby existence.
The Stormers will win but not because they have improved in any shape or form. This one will be down to who they are playing and not because of how they will play.
Week one: 5/7
Week two: 7/7
Week three: 2/7
Week four: 5/6
BLUES vs CHEETAHS, ALBANY, FRIDAY 08:35
BRUMBIES vs WARATAHS, CANBERRA, FRIDAY 10:40
CRUSADERS vs FORCE, CHRISTCHURCH, SATURDAY 06:30
HIGHLANDERS vs CHIEFS, INVERCARGILL, SATURDAY 08:35
REDS vs SHARKS, BRISBANE, SATURDAY 11:05
STORMERS vs LIONS, CAPE TOWN, SATURDAY 17:00