6 Bold Predictions for Super Rugby Round 5

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6 Bold Predictions for Super Rugby Round 5
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Benji Marshall makes his starting debut this week

The Super XV reaches its fifth round with most teams searching for enough consistency to stay in touch with the pace-setting Sharks.

The weekend promises plenty of domestic dust-ups and trans-Tasman tussles, as well as some long losing runs that will have to come to an end.

Except for the Chiefs, the New Zealand franchises continue to blow hot and cold. There is to be a stern test for the new boy at the Auckland Blues, Benji Marshall, who starts in South Africa against the Lions for the first time in his rugby union career.

Marshall’s debut is one of a number of intriguing sub–plots this week. Here are the pick of the predictions.

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