I got burnt badly last week by Chris Boyd deciding to sub most of my Hurricanes early. There’s nothing like seeing your captain go off early and Ben Lam strolling on to score two of Julians tries. Still the two members of our trio fared much better, and if I only listened to my own advice I’d not be out of the title hunt. For most, hopefully, you’ve still got a shot and we’re getting to squeaky bum time.
Teams on a BYE: None.
Teams with Tough Match-ups: The Blues might find it hard going this week as it gets to crunch time, and the Chiefs know what pressure it all about. I’m also a little wary of the Highlanders as I can’t decide whether the Tahs are actually getting good, or just putting out performances against good teams. Outside of that there are some pretty one-sided games, and then a couple that might be a war of attrition, like the Sharks vs Stormers and Jags vs Brumbies. Stick with the one-side affairs this week of course.
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DON’T TOUCH (SELL)
1.Fekitou – Not doing much in high scoring games, time to go!
2.Julian Savea – All Blacks were taken off early last week, time to start binning them before the Lions Tour kicks off.
There’s two whole weeks with no byes, so there’s not much to be overly concerned about. However, it’s about now I’m starting to get worried about the upcoming Lions tour and some Kiwi sides starting to give their ABs a rest.
Outside of that the Tah’s have two tough games, and I’ve been calling them wrong for weeks, but this will be make or break week for them.
1.Boden Barritt – He could score big points against the Bulls, but I’ll be saving a transfer just in case he gets taken off too early.
2.Skousan – He performed well last week and I recon he’ll do pretty well against the Kings in Johannesburg this weekend.
Personally I’ve lost so much money on my Hurricanes – Savea (both), Barrett, TJ, that I’m going to stick with them, but I’m rotating my subs this week so I’ve got a full squad to cover any stupid Chris Boyd moves or AB call-ups.
If you brought Stormers back in, or have been holding them for a while – ouch – but this week should be good for the pack and tackles, line-outs, then their schedule really opens out.
- Marx – If he starts I expect him to do well against the Kings. The Kings pack are decent but I’m thinking The Lions will like the challenge.
- Dagg – Back in the mix and the Rebels are terrible. I recon he is going to score a few tries as his place in not secured in the All Blacks set-up.
- Mo’anga – Again against the Rebels I expect Massive Points from this very talented number 10.
Fifita is a lock playing 6 against the Bulls. If you’re desperate like me you might want to gamble on this one.
Otherwise stack your team high with Lions, as they’ve got a cracking couple of games. Marx is overdue a try, and whilst Whiteley’s not, even when he gets them he only gets 20 odd points. Probably time to swap him out for Smith. Mostert is a must and then I’m going Coetzee over Skosan, but all the Lions back three are good choices, it just depends on your risk profile and budget.
If you want to look at subbing our the like of Beauden then you could go Mo’Unga, but he might get an AB call-up. He’s probably the best FH pick this week, but if you’re short on cash you might want to take a look at Jantjies.
The Crusader should absolutely murder the Rebels. I’ve not taken the plunge all season, but there should be points across positions.