2019-02-18 by Phantom
M1. Sharks v Blues
The Sharks took their chances against the Sunwolves last weekend and they ended up winning well. They face far harder competition in the Blues now. The Blues ran the defending champions, the Crusaders, close last weekend. The Sharks might just be favourites. They love playing New Zealand teams. But it will be close.
M2. France v Scotland
France have been terrible so far. If they lose here, their fans will turn on them not for the first time. Scotland have been ok and they will fancy their chances. This will be an interesting match.
M3. Stormers v Lions
Even though the Lions face a long journey back from Argentina to Cape Town, they will be favoured. The Stormers were woeful last week and they look like they are in serious trouble. The Lions came away with a hard fought win against the Jaguares and that stands them in good stead.
M4. Wales v England
What a match. Wales are unbeaten in many matches and host England who have looked world class so far. England probably have more quality and more plans to overcome what Wales throw at them. Wales can spoil and fight hard though. Go wide.
M5. Jaguares v Bulls
Jaguares will improve as the season goes on but they will be bruised after their match with the Lions. The opposite applies to the Bulls who looked like they were in an exhibition match with the Stormers. They make the toughest trip of the year early and another win, in any style, will boost their season.