Super Rugby 2012: 4 Teams Guaranteed to Lose in Round 10

Stephen GillamContributor IIIApril 27, 2012

Super Rugby 2012: 4 Teams Guaranteed to Lose in Round 10

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    Well, well, well.

    How about those Crusaders?

    They're a team that's just been continuing to get better and will continue to do so, barring injuries.

    The Chiefs, however, have shown that they won't be giving up the NZ conference berth so easily as they continued their winning ways against the Sharks.

    All four of my picks were on the money, so my total sits at 27 from 36. With the hard time I've had finding Internet this week, my picks for Super Rugby Round 10 are a bit late, but here they are.


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    The Chiefs are back in the country.

    While it can be argued that they will be jet-lagged, this hasn't been a convincing factor this season, with around half the teams losing directly after a two/three-week holiday.

    The Hurricanes will be pleased to see Cory Jane back in yellow, but that won't be enough.

    Dave Rennie has the forward pack working like a smooth machine, and this will be the deciding factor. If the Chiefs score first, they should control the entire game.

    One to watch is the battle of the competition's two top try-scorers: Andre Taylor versus Sona Taumololo.


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    The Stormers will be looking forwards to heading back to the republic, but that won't distract them this weekend.

    Travel hasn't been too bad for South Africa's top team as they've been able to inch their way back to their country and won't have to leave it again.

    They're going to win this game in the same manner in which they beat the Reds and, in fact, have been winning most of this season: gaining the lead, controlling the match and stifling everything out with a strong defensive effort.

    The Crusaders have outlined a blueprint to counter this: do better in the territory stakes and don't let them kill the match.

    Unfortunately for the Force, they just don't have the weapons to carry this out, and I can't see them winning here.


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    The Highlanders made it hard for themselves against the Blues, but they managed to stick it out.

    Coming off a bye, the Cheetahs will be focused but nevertheless slightly rusty.

    Heinrich Brussouw will cause some headaches around the breakdown for the Highlanders, but ultimately their forwards should set a strong enough platform to win the game.

    An upset could be on the cards, but I can't see it happening.


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    Yes, they beat the hopeless Rebels last week.

    And yes, they are only one win away from leapfrogging the Brumbies to the top of the Australian conference.

    But the Crusaders are playing some fine rugby at the moment and need to keep winning if they want to keep the Chiefs and Highlanders under the pump for the top spot in the NZ conference.

    Their scrum will be too good, Dan Carter's presence has their backs playing with more confidence and Tom Taylor's in a rich vein of form. What's not to like?

    OK, try Richie McCaw's return off the bench.


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