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Rugby 5 Preview for WEEKEND 27 APRIL 2019

2019-04-22 by Phantom

Preview

Pool 1.

M1. Stormers v Bulls

The Stormers may have revenge on their minds after the 48-3 hiding the Bulls dished them in Round 1. The men from Cape Town were so flat last weekend when they suffered defeat to the Brumbies. The Bulls were off last weekend and they have also been inconsistent like all South African teams. The Bulls may have the edge mentally and physically.

M2. Griquas v Valke

Griquas would target winning the Supersport Rugby Challenge. They are always tough to beat in Kimberley and they should beat the Valke who looked to be on an upward curve in 2018.

M3. Free State XV v Sharks XV

Free State are busy with the Pro 14 so their depth will be tested. They could field an unrecognizable team against the Sharks who may have a few familiar faces involved. Those guys at the Sharks will have a point to prove to edge into the main squad.

M4. Griffons v Leopards

The Griffons are always good value especially at home in Welkom. The Leopards have battled financially recently and wouldn't have attracted any extras from the bigger union's despite a strong age group system. The Griffons should win. 

M5. Jaguares v Brumbies

Neither of these teams are easy to read. If recent form is anything to go by, the Jaguares have been more clinical winning well against the Lions and the Sharks in recent weeks. The Brumbies may have escaped Cape Town with a fortuitous win last weekend but they will be well tested here.

Pool 2

M1. Leicester v Bristol

Bristol are ahead of Leicester which is a surprise. Bristol beat Saracens to weeks back which was a bigger surprise. Leicester have been disappointing this season and their campaign is all but over. Bristol would love to get another big win.

M2. Wasps v Saracens

There is a good chance that Saracens will rest a lot of their best players after ensuring progress to the Heineken Cup Final. Wasps beat table toppers Exeter two weeks back showing that there is some life after a largely flat season. Check the lineups.

M3. Ulster v Leinster

There isn't much reason for Leinster to take any risks. They have made the Heineken Cup Final and they are many points clear of Ulster, who are second, in Conference B of the Pro 14. Ulster are sure of progress to the knockouts so they may also test some new things. Be weary.

M4. Munster v Connacht

Even though both teams know they will be in the last eight of the Pro 14, neither side will want to lose in the second Irish derby this weekend. Munster will be sure after their gallant defeat to Saracens in the Heineken Cup Semifinal. That hurt may swing this in their favour against an improving side this season.

M5. Jaguares v Brumbies

Neither of these teams are easy to read. If recent form is anything to go by, the Jaguares have been more clinical winning well against the Lions and the Sharks in recent weeks. The Brumbies may have escaped Cape Town with a fortuitous win last weekend but they will be well tested here.

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