This will be my first post on the new WordPress format… I must say, there are loads of features and settings I first had to change, I’m still struggling a bit to get the custom background and headers uploaded, not sure if anyone else has this problem with uploading media files…
With the June internationals now behind us and going into the last stretch of the Super Rugby tournament, it sure does look good for the Stormers, currently sitting in 2nd position on the combined log and 1st in the SA Conference. Should the Stormers be able to come back strong after the June break and record a win against the Lions, will just strengthen our position and probably make the SA Conference a done deal, making it 2 consecutive SA Conference Trophies.
The Stormers should be well rested and eager to get back on the field, so too, the Lions will be looking to build on the performance against the Sharks. We all know the Lions’ ability, if they decide to play a good game then they can upset any opposition team, but with all the politics and bad player / coach relationships at Lions currently, I think they will be beaten even before running onto the field, but the other side of the coin, they might come out firing and well motivated. But a win against the Lions will make the job easier, seeing the Stormers still have to play away against the Cheetahs.
The only area where the Stormers might struggle is in the loose trio, with Schalk Burger & Nick Koster out longer than initially anticipated. They should be okay if Siya Kolisi & Jebb Sinclair are joined by a guy like Pieter Louw, the question is what do we do in the playoff stages, because then Jebb & Pieter won’t be eligible to play. Reports say that Andries Bekker have made a good recovery and knowing how Allister Coetzee has been playing Bekker every game, he will probably be selected again in the starting XV, hopefully its not pushing him back in action too soon. Only time will tell if Bekker is a hundred percent or still carrying the injury.
My weekend’s winning picks: Chiefs by 10, Reds by 8, Crusaders by 12, Brumbies by 9, Stormers by 10, Bulls by 4