Try to stop the first Hairy Man

I’m not sure if you’ve all noticed this out there in the tipping land, but we’re in the presence of greatness right now.

You see, very slowly to the far left of the panel is a hairy South American. You know him as the Roarer with beautiful prose, long engaging reads on Springbok passion and with an inappropriate crush bordering on Pieter-Steph du Toit.

We just know him as the rotten shit that just can’t stop being right about rugby.

In the last five rounds, the Hairy Man has amassed 19 great tips in 20 games. Best of all, he’s 17 of 17 in the last four rounds and has yet to stumble in Trans-Tasman.

He just can’t hurt, and with his tipping record now in the spotlight, all the pressure is on to keep it going. I mean imagine you messed up when people realize how good you are.

In other news, the Sure Thing is back, the Blues still suck, and tips too!

Last week
Harry and Dan: 5;
Digger and the crowd: 4; and
Geoff and Brett: 3.

Overall
Harry and Dan: 47;
Crowd: 44;
Geoff: 43;
Digger: 40; and
Brett: 37.

Harry

Crusaders, Blues, Highlanders, Brumbies, Chiefs

After making my way from the depths to the top of the table, I tackle a tricky ride with Digger’s confidence, Geoff’s humility, Dan’s serenity and Brett’s cheek.

A Force match against the Crusaders in Christchurch appears to be a mismatch – a tough little terrier entering the lair of a pack of gray wolves. Sad.

My favorite Australian team, the Reds, welcome my favorite Kiwi team, the Blues, for the little-known Stendhal Cup. Blues by a few, but only a few.

The Waratahs won’t solve the mystery of winning Dunedin, but the Hurricanes won’t unlock the keys to winning in Canberra, either.

The chastened leaders will bounce and dunk on the rebels.

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Damian McKenzie’s hair is the cause of his imbalance.

(Photo by Kai Schwoerer / Getty Images)

Dan

Crusaders, Blues, Highlanders, Brumbies, Chiefs

Three of the meetings this weekend are simple things. The Force doesn’t have enough points in them to surprise the Crusaders, nor do the Rebels to topple the Chiefs, although the hosts will miss their main pivot of attack. The Waratahs, meanwhile, have the opposite problem: they will put a few tries in front of the Landers but concede a lot more in return.

The remaining two matches could go either way. The Reds will be supported by breaking their competitive duck last week, but without Fraser McReight and Seru Uru coming off the bench I’m not sure they picked their best team possible.

The Blues, meanwhile, have the pack to nullify – or at least break even – the Queensland melee and the offensive talent to make the most of that advantage.

In Canberra, it looks like the time has come for the Brumbies’ victory. Their grueling road trip is over and they’ve shown they can gusty with New Zealand’s top teams. At home, they will do so for the 80s and take their first victory of the campaign.

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A clear red card will be issued and everyone will nod in agreement without any complaints. Not this week, of course, but ultimately.

Blues' Rieko Ioane celebrates scoring a try

(Photo by Dave Rowland / Getty Images)

Excavator

Crusaders, Blues, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Chiefs

Sadly it looks like the Force in Perth and the Force away from Perth are two completely separate entities, I’m sure they will face off with a solid performance, but the Crusaders at home should be too good.

The Reds have shown they are up to the challenge this week, and it will be a big challenge for the Blues in Brisbane, but I can’t get rid of this Townsville second half and I will tentatively pick the Blues, who have shown good composure. through their 80-minute TT performances.

In what is clearly the game of the round, the Hurricanes have everything to do in Canberra. I expect the Brumbies to be a lot better at home, but you know, Canes by a lot just because they have to.

And the Rebels maybe just have a hit here against the Chiefs, but I choose they might be a little sore after last weekend, so they’ll bounce back, while the Highlanders should do it on a constant Waratahs outfit. improvement.

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I expect a few more balls to be thrown onto the field in Canberra on Saturday night from an overzealous touchdown commentator in a desperate attempt to slow the game down.

Noah Lolesio celebrates with his teammates

Noah Lolesio. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images)

Geoff

Crusaders, Blues, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Chiefs

Even at less force, the Crusaders have the Force well covered. The match of the round arrives at the beginning of the week, with the Blues a more conventional match for the Reds, who have had their hands full defensively during the last fortnight.

It should be a great contest, but I love the way the Blues focus fully on the disappointment of missing the Super Rugby Aotearoa final.

Before the competition, you never really felt the Highlanders were good enough to win all five games. But are the Waratahs on the side of proving this point? Difficult to be confident.

After a month on the road, the Brumbies will be better off at home. Much better. And the Canes should throw a wobbly. But it’s a draw for visitors.

There’s no reason the Rebels can’t continue to improve, especially if Jordan Uelese remembers engaging his brain this week. But that’s not enough to tip them against the Chiefs, who will test them with their speed and agility on the clock.

sure thing
The extended lockdown in Melbourne is wreaking havoc. There are only a limited number of times you can see John Cena apologize for calling Taiwan a just country to avoid politicians and officials. We need more rugby to fill our days. Double turn it!

Hurricanes' Salesi Rayasi beats a tackle to score

(Photo by Mark Tantrum / Getty Images)

Brett

Crusaders, Reds, Highlanders, Brumbies, Chefs

Well, there is another tip blowing season. Like the rest of them, it will soon be toast until it has a darker side to Darth Vader before being tossed aside and dumped as unwanted TV content on a sports network.

This week, the Force will find out firsthand just how good the Crusaders depth is, as tackle bag holders, assistant coaches, and maybe even some actual tackle bags show off skills to die for.

In a way, I am the only one to have chosen the Reds, but I have a completely different outlook: I am the only one not to be disappointed after giving the Blues the benefit of a considerable doubt.

The Waratahs matches in this series have so far featured 17 tries, ten tries and 11 tries, and I sincerely think we’ll see another number in that range on Saturday. Of course, how many of them on the Highlanders ‘score will depend on the Waratahs’ attitude in defense, which has sadly been missing like a few big names this season.

The Hurricanes suddenly find themselves facing pressure for the first time in quite a while, and they’re nervous about it because they always know they can be a little flaky. And now they face the injured Brumbies with five straight losses for the first time since 2018 and only the second time in a decade.

Oh, and winter has come to Canberra, let me tell you. And winter in Canberra might be reason enough for the Chiefs to win in Hamilton too, come to think of it.

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Poor old man Nic Berry is only running the line in Brisbane this weekend, but in the end he will be solely responsible for forward passes in Christchurch, scrum penalties in Dunedin, high tackles in Hamilton and winter in Canberra.

TT-4 Harry Brett Dan Excavator Geoff The crowd
CRU against FOR URC URC URC URC URC URC
RED against BLUE BLUE RED BLUE BLUE BLUE BLUE
HIG vs. WAR STUDENT STUDENT STUDENT STUDENT STUDENT STUDENT
BRU vs. HUR BRU BRU BRU HUR HUR HUR
CHI vs. CER CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI CHI
Last week 5 3 5 4 3 4
Overall 47 37 47 40 43 44

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