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5 out of 6 correct! That’s more like it for the Algorithm! We never lost faith…honest. So what happened? Amongst other things, the Highlanders hammered the Sunwolves 52-0, the Stormers got their revenge over the Bulls and the Waratahs pay for their mistakes going down to 14 men and ultimately losing to the Sharks.
So, here’s the Algorithms predictions for the next round of Super Rugby. Lovely job.
The Crusaders have won their 25th consecutive Super Rugby game at home after outclassing the Lions, 36-10. The Sharks are their next opponents, who won away from home against a 14 man Waratahs outfit.
We have had a look at the Sharks away form and its not for good reading really, with the Sharks only picking up three wins out of their last 11.
The Algorithm has the Crusaders winning this one by 21.
If the Algorithm is correct, and there can’t be too many who would disagree with this one, what can teams do to stop the powerhouse that is the Crusaders? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.
The Reds are coming off a bye and the Sunwolves will be hurting after a 0-52 loss at home at the hands of the Highlanders. The Reds have been a mixed bag so far generally, so we took a look at their home record in particular.
As you can see its 50/50 with nearly identical points scored. However their opponents, the Sunwolves, are worse off with just one win to their name away from home, against the Chiefs a few weeks back.
The Algorithm has the Reds winning by 12
The Hurricanes were impressive enough against the struggling Chiefs winning 47-19. The Rebels who are coming off a bye will be fresh but might be a little cautious after losing the last two rounds against the Stormers and Waratahs. However, they still remain top of the Australian conference.
Some big wins there with the last game in Wellington going to the Canes 71-6. A comprehensive win indeed. The Algorithm has the Hurricanes to win by 20 this time round. What do you think? Too high? Too low? Just right.
The Highlanders showed the Sunwolves who was boss last weekend winning 52-0. The Chiefs on the other hand, lost to the Canes away from home and are on the road again for this game.
The Chiefs also have the worst defence in the Super Rugby as after 10 matches they have conceded 340 points and 43 tries.
We have had a look at the overall results between these two teams with the Chiefs leading a tight head to head 18 to 14. We also looked at how the Highlanders have performed recently at home against the Chiefs, and it’s pretty even stuff.
The Algorithm however, has seen through all this waffle, and has the Highlanders winning this one by 8 points. Easy when you know how I suppose.
The Blues are back in action and playing away from home which they have struggled with so far this season. Interestingly however, against the Brumbies, their away form hasn’t been all that bad so this game could go either way.
The Brumbies lost to the Jaguares in a close encounter, missing out by 5 points. The Brumbies are sitting on 4 wins with 6 losses and are currently 3rd in the Australian conference. Will they bounce back in front of their home crowd?
The Algorithm has the Brumbies winning by 6.
Both teams lost last weekend with the Bulls missing out by a single point, and the Waratahs losing out 15-23 to the Sharks.
We have had a look at the last 10 results between these two sides.
It’s not looking good for the men from Australia only winning 2 out of 10 games. But not all hope is lost with those two wins being the last two games played against these teams (albeit being in Sydney and not in Pretoria).
The Algorithm has the Bulls winning by 5, so it’s still a relatively tight affair.
The Jaguares have been playing well and picked up another vital win last round. They are at home again against the Stormers and hoping it won’t be a repeat of what happened last time between these two teams with the Jaguares going down 35-8 (away from home).
The overall results between these two teams are in favour of the Stormers who have won 4 out of 5 games but, the Jaguares have an excellent home record, and so won’t have anything to fear from their South African opponents.
The Algorithm has taken into account this home form, and has the Jaguares winning by 7.
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