Who will win in today’s Super Rugby clashes?

Super Rugby player Damien Fitzpatrick
Waratah's hooker Damien Fitzpatrick will be looking for a big game. Photo: Paddynapper, Wikimedia Commons

Today there are four intriguing Super Rugby clashes (counting the 11 pm South Africa game). Each of them has the potential to see an upset, and all should be good games. All of the 8 teams playing also have reasons to be confident, so we can expect to see hard, running rugby.

First up the Sunwolves take on the Stormers in Hong Kong. The Sunwolves will be on a high after their first win in two years, especially given the comprehensive demolition job they did on the big, forward dominated Reds. The Stormers are also not a strong team away from home. They will, on the other hand, back themselves to bully to Japanese team.

The Crusaders and Blues game will be a clash of styles. The Blues all-out attack will threaten the Crusaders defence, while the South Islanders will fancy their chances of feasting on turnover ball. The ‘Saders are the best Super Rugby team this year, as well as the defending champions, so they should win comfortably – but you never know with the Blues.

The Waratahs will have their third chance in three weeks to break the New Zealander winning streak. If they play like they did last week in Christchurch then they will have nothing to fear from the Highlanders – but like the Blues, you never know which Waratahs side will decide to run out on the day. In Sydney they should do the job.

In the final game the Chiefs travel to Durban to take on the Sharks. The Chiefs are a very good side, while the Sharks are inconsistent – but at their best the South Africans are a dangerous team. At home they might just have the muscle to stop the Chiefs in their tracks

So there we go – four great games of Super Rugby in one day! Each of these matches could be an upset, and the teams are all quite well matched. Enjoy!