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Super Rugby 2012: 4 Teams Guaranteed to Lose in Round 11

Stephen GillamContributor IIIMay 4, 2012

Super Rugby 2012: 4 Teams Guaranteed to Lose in Round 11

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    Despite last week's on-field action, the defining moment was Will Genia's shocking decision to head over to the Western Force, before later changing his mind and announcing his intentions to re-sign.

    The big teams and the Brumbies have all continued to look good. The Highlanders and Crusaders are both at least two wins ahead of any other team that might have final six ambitions.

    All four of my picks were once again bang on, as my crystal ball finally started to get warm. While I sit at 31 from 40, what can we expect for this weekend?

Blues

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    Their fixture against the Hurricanes looks to be a battle between New Zealand's wooden spoon contenders.

    This differs from most years because one of these sides is actually looking at a wooden spoon prospect this season.

    Visiting Eden Park last week, the Blues genuinely reminded me of watching Scotland play rugby. Every time someone got the ball, they'd run into contact and take half a yard's worth of territory before doing the same again.

    There's no confidence apparent in the team, there are no signs of creativity or focus and Pat Lam has once again shuffled the team—this time removing Gareth Anscombe.

    Add injuries to the equation, and I don't think this will be a repeat of the last time these sides met (when the Hurricanes stole a last-minute win).

Rebels

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    The Rebels are in a lot of trouble in the first-five department.

    James O'Connor will likely miss the rest of the season with a liver injury (those two words just sound nasty together), and they did what any self-respecting franchise does days after their star first-five gets hurt: release his backup from his contract.

    In fairness, Danny Cipriani was probably doing them no favours, but Kurtley Beale will now take the pivot position.

    I really like the guy, but he's well out of position here.

    The suspension of Adam Byrnes won't help their case either. Their forwards pack is going to be outclassed by the Bulls as it is.

Lions

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    The best team in Super Rugby at the moment will be taking on one of the worst when the Chiefs host the Lions this weekend.

    Do I really have to say any more?

Highlanders

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    The Highlanders seem to have found a knack for making games hard for themselves.

    For their second game in South Africa, they will be tested physically once again. This time, I think the Sharks will be too good, and exhaustion will take its toll.

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