Super Rugby 2012: 4 Teams Guaranteed to Lose in Round 7

Stephen GillamContributor IIIApril 6, 2012

Super Rugby 2012: 4 Teams Guaranteed to Lose in Round 7

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    Last week the Stormers cemented their spot at the top of the table, but now face a trip to New Zealand and Australia.

    Meanwhile, if the Reds want to win back-to-back titles, they need to seriously lift their game.

    I went four from four in my picks, including picking the Cheetahs upsetting the Hurricanes, which puts my total at 18 from 24.

    This week features another top-of-the-table clash as the Highlanders battle with the Stormers for the Godfather position. How will my picks go this week?


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    Yep, I'm calling this one.

    I know the Hurricanes were unable to hold a 21-point lead last week, but I think this young side learned a lot from it.

    And make no mistake, they will be back tonight with a vengeance.

    Against a Sharks outfit that isn't in terribly hot form at the moment, I expect them to make it two upsets in a row.


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    These guys are in bad shape right now.

    Their backline still isn't in any kind of impressive state (and by impressive I really mean competitive) as they move onto their sixth first-five of the season.

    If the Brumbies want to surprise everyone and finish the season at the top of the Australian conference, this week would be a solid one to step it up.


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    This match promises to be a brilliant spectacle.

    The two best teams of the season will duke it out at Forsyth Barr Stadium for the right to sit at the top of the table for at least another week.

    At the end of the day, I'm tipping the Highlanders to step up to the occasion at home and be the ones that break the Stormers' unbeaten run.


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    They're on a confidence high, and have home turf for this shootout.

    But I can't see the Force backing up their 45-19 win with another one over the Chiefs, who picked up a pretty handy win last week themselves.

    Their forward pack isn't what I regard as world-class, but Dave Rennie has them working hard this year, and I expect their backs to stack a large amount of points on the men in blue.