Kaunda Ntunja, the host of the weekly PHAKA rugby show on SuperSport, gives us his predictions for the second round of Super Rugby 2019 matches. Check out his tips below, and make sure to tune into the show every Tuesday (SS1 at 19:00) and Thursday (SS4 at 18:00) – proudly sponsored by Hollywoodbets.
Friday 22 Feb 08:35
Highlanders vs Reds
Phaka Prediction: Highlanders to win by 15 points.
“The Highlanders beat a strong Chiefs outfit last week and will go into this fixture with confidence. This is also the strongest Highlanders starting line-up with many All Blacks coming back to the fray.”
Saturday 23 Feb 06:15
Sunwolves vs Waratahs
Phaka Prediction: Waratahs to win by 10 points.
“The Waratahs are jam-packed with Wallabies and they pushed the Hurricanes to the limit last week while the Sunwolves really struggled against the Sharks.”
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Saturday 23 Feb 08:35
Crusaders vs Hurricanes
Phaka Prediction: Crusaders to win by 5 points.
“Traditionally a very tough match to call. I guess for me the difference is the fact that Beauden Barrett is still not available.”
Saturday 23 Feb 10:45
Brumbies vs Chiefs
Phaka Prediction: Chiefs to win by 3 points.
“Another tough one to call. Both teams lost last week, but the Chiefs have a stronger team on paper and Damian McKenzie will be the player to watch.”
Saturday 23 Feb 15:05
Sharks vs Blues
Phaka Prediction: Blues to win by 6 points.
“This one is very much a gut feel. Both teams had to travel with the Sharks coming from Singapore and the Blues from Auckland so jet-lag will affect both teams. The Blues look a stronger team on paper and they had a great opportunity to beat the Crusaders last week but botched it by missing two kicks at goal in the dying minutes.”
Saturday 23 Feb 15:05
Stormers vs Lions
Phaka Prediction: Lions to win by 10 points.
“Even though the Lions will have travelled from Argentina the Stormers have got some serious issues. If their lineout woes don’t get sorted by kickoff then that 10 point margin will be much bigger. I don’t see the Lions slipping up and missing out here.”
Saturday 23 Feb 23:40
Jaguares vs Bulls
Phaka Prediction: Bulls to win by 5 points.
“Another very tough one to call. The Bulls will go to Argentina with a lot of confidence after making light work of the Stormers. They’ve also only had to make one change in the match 23 with Cornal Hendricks coming in for the injured Johnny Kotze.”
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