Vodacom Super Rugby Final preview
With the heart ache and excitement of the sem-finals behind us it is time to look forward to the final of the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby. Not many people jad money before the past weekend on the two teams playing in the final. Most would have had the Bulls v Crusaders down to play in Pretoria, but now we are faced with the Chiefs v Brumbies in Hamilton.
After the Crusaders beating the Chiefs a couple of weeks ago I went on record and said who ever wants to win the title will have to beat the Crusaders. Well the Chiefs did just that this weekend, but they are up against a determined and confident Brumbies side. Not the easiest of prospects.
Looking at the history of Super Rugby since 2011, when we went to 15 teams, it will be a long shot for the Brumbies to win. The home side in both the 2011 and 2012 finals walked away with the spoils. The winning team in the semi-final played in South Africa has come up short on both occasions as well.
Not a pretty picture for the Brumbies, but they defied the odds by beating the Bulls in Pretoria. Something they were not able to do since 2006. This put pay to the theory of history.
Both sides are coming off hard games that would have taken a lot out of them. The Brumbies had to travel to South africa and now they are flying to New Zealand. That in itself is a huge ask. Travel fatigue will play a role.
The Chiefs are up and down the last few weeks. Themselves a bit shell shocked after the game against the Crusaders.
This means one thing only. It is going to be a cracker match. My prediction stands. The Chiefs to win a close contest.
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