Following on from the Report Card last week on The Roar, it seems as good a time as any to map out the run home for the teams definitely and theoretically still in contention for the Super Rugby playoffs.
The short of it is that I think we’ll see minimal change to the current top eight from here on. By my loose predictions, seven of the current top eight will hold on, and five of those are in the positions I think they’ll finish.
My run home predictions for the current top twelve teams. I’m expecting minimal change from here on..
Crusaders, Leinster, Waratahs, Cardiff, Stormers. Could the Celts be in Super Rugby’s future?
The Roar: This shapes as a really interesting weekend of rugby. I reckon Round 11 has a bit of a ‘moving weekend’ feel about it.
There are two groups of teams that this applies to: the Crusaders we already know are going to be there or thereabouts, but the three teams immediately behind them on the table – the Hurricanes, Bulls and Highlanders – have a really good chance to put one over teams in and on the fringe of the top eight.
Below them, the Sharks, Brumbies, Waratahs, and the Blues all have a chance to remind the top eight teams the they need to keep an eye over their shoulder. So here’s some Round 11 talking points:
Is Super Rugby’s future Celtic?
Rise of the third bananas?
Make or break week for the Blues;
Will Steven Bradbury top the Australian conference? And..
Nothing went right for the Chiefs against the Hurricanes last weekend, and now they face a chronic Lock shortage..
ESPNscrum.com: Round 14 of Super Rugby was dominated by discussion and debate of officialdom, and colleague Greg Growden was bang on the money on Monday, saying the referees have a hard time of it while ever the Laws and the interpretations have made everything the complicated mess the game now is.
Keep it simple, stupid. Certainly, there are more than a few items in the rugby bible that could easily be ‘kissed’ goodbye.