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Rugby Preview Weekend 07-08 February 2020

2020-02-03 by Phantom

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Rugby 5 Pool Friday 7 February

M1. Highlanders v Sharks

The Highlanders had last weekend off and that can make them slow starters to this match. The Sharks made plenty mistakes when winning last weekend but they showed plenty intent and if they click this season, not many teams will have an answer. A lot of unknowns heading into this.

M2. Brumbies v Rebels

The Brumbies did enough to beat the Reds at home last weekend. They could be the Aussie leading lights this season. What the Rebels dished up against the Sunwolves was unforgivable. They cant be worse but they have a long way to go.

M3. Sale v Saracens

Any match with Saracens has become a lottery. Sale are a good side and they are right up there in the Gallagher Premiership. Check lineups before a decision is made.

M4. Chiefs v Crusaders

The Chiefs showed great resolve to beat the Blues away from home last weekend. They were outdone in the second half but fixed everything up and came back. The Crusaders looked clinical against the Waratahs though. This will be tougher for them but the Crusaders are class.

M5. Waratahs v Blues

This isnt straight forward. The Waratahs will come on from Week 1 while the Blues shot themselves in the foot to have the Chiefs beat them. Expect a tight match.

Rugby 5 Pool Saturday 8 February

M1. Lions v Reds

Both teams were poor in Week 1. The Lions are back home and that would give them an edge. They hardly pitched in Buenos Aires so at least they can only do better.

M2. Ireland v Wales

Ireland were workmanlike in their victory over Scotland. Wales looked impressive against Italy. Now both teams will be tested further. Wales looked a little more settled though. Ireland have a largely new look side and they will improve more but Wales might sneak a win because of their consistency among playing personnel. 

M3. Stormers v Bulls

The Stormers were opportunistic in giving the Hurricanes a wallop in Cape Town in Week 1. The Bulls did somethings right but a lot of things wrong in their loss to the Sharks in Durban. They need to improve to beat a good side (without Siya Kolisi).

M4. Scotland v England

Scotland will consider themselves unlucky against Ireland in Dublin going down by seven points. They will be better now. And determined because they face England who looked totally shell shocked by France. They lacked any cutting edge and looked like they had gone backwards since the World Cup. Go wide.

M5. Jaguares v Hurricanes

The Jaguares should win again. They will beat most teams in Buenos Aires. The Hurricanes were poor in Week 1 when losing to the Stormers. Expect more of the same.