Friday will see two South African sides take on Australasian opposition. Cheetahs have left Africa to play Auckland Blues in Eden Park. With the Cheetahs struggling to win on home soil, things could be worse on tour.
Blues vs Cheetahs – 09:35 CAT
Blues by 10
Australian Rugby is at an all time low. The Lions will look to continue with their winning streak in Australia. They have now beaten the Force and Rebels, on Friday they face off against the Brumbies.
Brumbies vs Lions – 11:45 CAT
Lions by 8
Game of the weekend: Crusaders vs Hurricanes
Two top sides going head to head in an All NZ Derby. Pride, bragging rights and most importantly the side that wins this game, has a very good chance of winning the NZ Conference and host a home semi-final.
Crusaders are coming back from Africa tour, but is see them scraping through this one by a point or two.
Crusaders vs Hurricanes – 09:35 CAT
Australian Derbies are difficult to call, Rebels were quite disappointing in the last 2 weeks of Super Rugby, losing to the Kings and Lions by 40. Reds on the other hand, werent as bad against the Chiefs.
Rebels vs Reds – 11:45 CAT
Reds by 5
During preseason games – Bulls met the Highlanders at the Brisbane 10s Tournament, where Bulls came out victors beating the Landers by 26 – 17.
THAT ALL COUNTS FOR NOTHING
Bulls have been really disappointing this season, last weekends results was a final nail in the coffin. Losing by 60 points in your home ground is not something you’d expect from a Bulls side with a few Bok players.
Highlanders will take some positives from last weekends comeback with 5 minutes to play.
Bulls vs Highlanders – 15:05 CAT
Highlanders by 12
KINGS VS SHARKS – 17:15 CAT
The last time these two sides met, Kings lost by one point. Last weekend the Sharks took the Western Force to the cleaners, whilst the Eastern Cape side, the Kings had a bye after their historic 44 – 3 victory over the Rebels.
Both sides will be high on confidence but the Kings will want to prove a point.
Tight one to call – but the Sharks should have enough fire power to earn them 4 points
Sharks by 2
JAGUARES VS FORCE – 23:40 CAT
Jaguares by 5