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Kick Off 2015

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The Crusaders kick-off the Super 15 this Friday against the Rebels. With pre-season games behind them they will be hoping to start the competition on a winning note. Pre-season form usually has little bearing on outcomes when it comes down to the real stuff. Being at home, I’m picking the men in red and black to start the season with a win. If not, it will be a ‘Black Friday’

Over in Jo’burg the Canes will obviously have a tough first up game against the Lions. A win on the (Rugby) road would be a bonus, so here is hoping that they can gel and put in a performance worthy of them being genuine contenders for the playoffs further down the track. As usual, against South African teams, to win any team has to gain parity up front otherwise victory is hard to achieve. Canes by 8?

The local derby between the Blues and Chiefs should be worth watching. The Chiefs had a comfortable pre-season win but I am picking this to be much closer. The Blues look to have a formidable pack so a lot will be how their backs perform against a Chiefs backline oozing with talent. Chiefs by 10.

The Highlanders have another week to burn off the Christmas pudding with the bye.

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