Greg Growden's tips for Super Rugby round 12
May 2, 2013
Friday, May 3
The flying Brumbies have "the right ingredients for success", Greg Growden says © Getty Images
Yes, I know it's always dangerous tipping the Blues, but under the knights of the rugby realm - Sir Graham and Sir John - they are playing like a football team for the first time in years.
The Rebels were "hard luck Hals" against the Crusaders last week, and are bound to be demoralised; that's not the right frame of mind with the formidable Chiefs on the horizon.
Saturday, May 4
What's going on in Dunedin? Have the home team hit the Speights Old Dark big time? A competent mob are playing like drunken mugs. Maybe this is the game to remind all they actually know what they are doing.
The Reds only need turn up as the Force are hopeless. No wonder the Wallabies selectors are ignoring the men from the OK Corral.
The Waratahs were all over the place last weekend, with their kicking and lineout work appalling. But a Michael Cheika harangue should get them back on track ... or at least scare them.
The Hurricanes have been like the Wellington gale this year … all over the place. Being on the veldt won't help the visitors.
Sunday, May 5
In the best game of the round, this is the moment when the Brumbies show whether they're tournament contenders or imposters. At least they've got the right ingredients for success.
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