Super Rugby Round 5 gave us plenty of tries, some nailbiting games and even the odd upset. Only 19 percent of SuperBru tipsters picked the Force to beat the Highlanders and this was an extremely tight finish, while the Brumbies vs Waratahs and Lions vs Blues not only split the tipsters almost fifty fifty, but were also tight games. This week there were four bonus points for losing teams finishing within seven points. This is more what we expect from Super Rugby! There was also 87 points scored in a match between the Hurricanes and the Cheetahs, does high scoring mean a better competition?
Is the New Zealand conference officially the weakest in Super Rugby given the poor starts made by the Blues, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders, or are they saving themselves for the playoffs?
The Sharks and Chiefs are now the only two unbeaten teams in Super Rugby after five rounds after the Waratahs were beaten by the Brumbies.
In the Super Rugby Tips SuperBru conference Gecko had a great week scoring 10.5 points to move up six places and into the lead. Interestingly, no one got the Grand Slam Point in the Super Rugby Tips conference for picking all seven winners.
There are still so many questions in Super Rugby 2014:
It shows you how even Super Rugby is when there are only two unbeaten teams heading into Round 6. Can the Sharks and Chiefs maintain their unbeaten runs?
Is touring South Africa more difficult than usual since both the Blues and Hurricanes haven’t won there?
Are the Brumbies the real deal this year without Jake White?
Are the Hurricanes as bad as we were lead to believe?
Does the bye truly have an affect on teams? Both the Waratahs and Highlanders lost straight after the bye.
What is up with the Cheetahs defence?
Is the Australian conference the pushover that some people think it is or does this mantle now belong to the New Zealand conference given how badly the New Zealand teams except the Chiefs have been going?
Knowing they had lost their last five games straight to the Force, were the Highlanders already beaten when they ran onto the field?
Super Rugby Round 5 Results
Chiefs 36 – 20 Stormers
Rebels 19 – 25 Crusaders
Hurricanes 60 – 27 Cheetahs
Highlanders 29 – 31 Force
Brumbies 28 – 23 Waratahs
Lions 39 – 36 Blues
Sharks 35 – 20 Reds
Who are the teams to beat in Super Rugby 2014?
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