January 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
The Crusaders are the early favourites with the bookies to win the 2013 Super Rugby competition with the Brumbies, Crusaders and Stormers leading the bookies’ race to win their respective conferences.
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In the South African conference the Stormers will hope for less injuries and that their off-season gains (Jantjies, Taute, Cilliers and Rhodes) will pay off in the form of a Super Rugby final spot and win.
The Sharks will look to make a faster start than they have done in recent seasons in order to compete for the top conference spot and a top two spot overall to improve their chances of winning a final.
The Bulls will look to their Boks regaining form in 2013 otherwise they might not make the top six while the Cheetahs will feel they have a good season if they can win more than five matches.
The race for top spot seems to be a two horse race between the Stormers and Sharks, both sides having fairly settled squads with their key players in form. Both sides will want a top two spot and an automatic home semi-final which makes for an interesting contest. If the Stormers can build on their Currie Cup attacking form while maintaining their solid defence they will be tough to beat.
SA Conference: Stormers
Kiwi Conference: Chiefs
Oz Conference: Brumbies