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by Rugby4Cast / 29th May 2019

Super Rugby Round 16 Predictions

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Round 15 Debrief
Another decent shift put in by the Algorithm picking up 5 out of a possible 7. So how did it all play out?

The Jaguares are now three points clear at the top of the South African Conference – guaranteeing their spot in the quarters – the Highlanders fell out of the top eight and the Brumbies kept the Bulls scoreless in the second half to take home another win.

Round 16 Predictions

Below are the Algorithm’s predictions for the next round.

Blues v Bulls

Both teams lost in Round 15 however the Blues would have taken some joy out of not getting absolutely romped (a technical rugby term) by the Crusaders away from home.
So how is this game going to go down? We have looked at the previous results between these two teams with the games being played in Auckland.

Pretty dominant for the Blues with the last win for the Bulls being back in 2013. The Algorithm has the Blues to win by 7.

Rebels v Waratahs

The Waratahs lost last time out against a strong Jaguares side leaving their finals hopes in tatters. Can they bounce back against a Rebels outfit who smashed the Sunwolves 7-52 and remain in contention to top the Australian conference?
We have had a look at the previous results between these two teams.

Judging by previous results it could be very interesting with the in-form Rebels only winning 1 out of the last 10 games against the Waratahs.
The Algorithm has gone with the form team and has the Rebels to win by 3.

Sunwolves v Brumbies

The Sunwolves had a nightmare going down 52-7 at home. They are playing a Brumbies team who won last time out against the Bulls with Tevita Kuridrani showing why he’s a class act in scoring a hat-trick. Can he repeat the same sort of form this round (if selected)?
Here’s the overall record between the Sunwolves and Brumbies.

All Brumbies and the Algorithm agrees, picking the Brumbies by 10

Chiefs v Crusaders

A gritty encounter for the Crusaders saw them win at home 19-11 against the Blues to strengthen their standings at the top of the NZ Conference. The Chiefs also won a thrilling, competitive game at home against the Reds so this could make for a great spectacle.
We have had a look at the last results between these two outfits when played at a neutral venue (as this match is being held in Fiji).

An even split interestingly. The Algorithm has taken this into account, but still has the Crusaders by 13

Reds v Jaguares

A second-consecutive victory for the Jaguares putting them on top of the South African conference! Can they make it a ‘three-peat’ against the Australian teams? The Reds played against the Chiefs away from home in a tight contest missing out on the win 19-13.
Here are the previous results between these two teams.

Close enough with a win apiece but the Jaguares are in hot form coming into this round.
The Algorithm has the Jaguares by 3, so it is really all to play for.

Sharks v Hurricanes

The Sharks took the win in Durban which took them second in the South African standings, can they win again at home? The Hurricane should be fresh after the bye, but how are they at traveling in 2019? We firstly had a look at the last 10 games between these two teams.

Slightly in favour of the Sharks and not much to seperate them in the points department.
We also had a look at the Hurricanes away form recently. Not great really.

Despite this, the Algorithm still feels the Hurricanes have what it takes, and thinks they will win by 2.

Lions v Stormers

The Stormers secured a comfortable victory against the Highlanders last time out which lifted them out of bottom spot in the South African Conference. The Lions lost away from home against the Sharks but will be home this weekend against the Stormers.
How do these two teams match up?

Pretty even both sides, but given the Lions are at home, the Algorithm has picked the Lions by 8.
What do you think? Leave a comment and give us your thoughts.