We’ve arrived at the penultimate week of the 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa competition and another two matches are on the slate.
The Chiefs can all but consolidate their position in the finals by beating the Hurricanes first-up on Friday, before the Crusaders attempt to snap loss of form at the expense of the Blues.
Check out our Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 9 Tips below.
The first match of the week will see the Chiefs host the Hurricanes, and it looks to be a pretty sizeable mismatch.
The Chiefs were slow from the blocks, but they now look to be Super Rugby Aotearoa’s formed franchise, and that was underlined by last week’s impressive win over the ladder-leading Crusaders.
A repeat of that effort this week would simply see them winning again.
The Hurricanes have struggled all season and enter Round 9 with a disappointing 1-5 record.
They should be fresh from the week off, but it’s impossible to back them on what they have produced so far.
The Crusaders will take on the Blues in Christchurch in the second Super Rugby Aotearoa game this weekend.
Three weeks ago, this match would have been an open and shut case, but the Crusaders have clearly dropped from their best form, and the Blues are desperate to hold onto third spot.
The Blues’ inconsistency has been their biggest enemy this season, but they’ve done enough to hold third position and subsequently, a finals berth.
This might be the week that the Crusaders regather themselves, but I’m going to take the Blues to cover as outsiders.