Will there be more Super twists?

The relative up-and-down form of the Chiefs in the second half of the season has me thinking that a win for the Stormers is very much on the cards, in this weekend’s quarter-finals. Image: ABC Grandstand

In my latest column for Rugby365, and after an eventful final round, I wonder if we’re completely done with all the twists and turns in this year’s Super Rugby season…

After months of calculations and predictions, then more predictions and recalculations to rectify some over-enthusiasm around some sides, the Super Rugby finalists for 2016 have been decided.

How did my own predictions go? Well, I’m not so glad you asked…

I did manage to get the quarter-finalists right, but I’m sure I wasn’t alone in getting the final order a bit out.

After 17 rounds, it’s time to reset for the playoffs

Super Rugby - AusThe Roar: For all the debate and argument about Super Rugby’s conference format, and how that affects the finals series, what we’re left with is the eight best teams however you’d like to measure it.

You can’t ask much more from a competition that that…

The Rd17 talking points: what the Waratahs and Brumbies must do

The Brumbies need to hold out the Waratahs this weekend, to top the Australian conference. Image via Brumbies Fracebook

The Brumbies need to hold out the Waratahs this weekend, to top the Australian conference. Image via Brumbies Fracebook

The Roar: The Super Rugby season is right down to the wire, and even if there are debates around the finals format, the playoffs loom with much excitement.

But before the playoffs can start, there’s one last regular season round to play out, and there’s plenty of intrigue and playoffs drama left just yet.

Here’s the talking points for Round 17:

  • What the Waratahs have to do
  • What the Brumbies have to do
  • Johan Ackermann’s Argentinean tour pro/con list
  • Is there one last New Zealand surprise in store?
  • …and therefore, who’s the New Zealand favourite?

The talking points: Super Rugby Rd 14

Brumbies scrumhalf Joe Powell (below) was one of 10 uncapped players in Michael Cheika's first Wallabies squad of 2016. But why couldn't the announcement have waited? Image v Wallabies Facebook

Brumbies scrumhalf Joe Powell (below) was one of 10 uncapped players in Michael Cheika’s first Wallabies squad of 2016. But why couldn’t the announcement have waited? Image v Wallabies Facebook

The Roar: It’s the last weekend of Super Rugby for the next month, and thankfully, the competition is going to go into its recess with a bang. By my count, six of the eight games can have some kind of bearing on the race to the playoffs. Here’s the talking points for Round 14:

  • Bolters galore, but not the one everyone expected;
  • Does the Wallabies announcement overshadow some important games?
  • Fantastic Friday: sorry, Boss, I’ve got to finish early. Again…
  • Unpredicta-Bulls
  • #Joubers100