As stated before the fact is that Rankers in Round 5 will be a problem and Rooinek confirmed that we indeed will have a problem.
The problem is that the Crusaders and Hurricanes are the only real bankers. Taking them is going to be a problem since so we have problems in getting to 15 points - combined hey make up 4 points.
Of the rest one cannot take the following teams as potential winners:-
That would leave one with the following potential winners to use:-
To narrow down the situation t two teams to be considered are really down to two - the Stormers and the Sunwolves,
I think I may go with the Stormers on that one, Even though the Sunwolves beat the Chiefs and came within a whisker from beating the Waratahs at home - I still have doubts about them beating the Reds,
The Brumbies is in the same league - they were poor against the Rebels last week,
That leaves one with the Stormers and although I hate the idea of using them I think that one has to be ar in mind that they are playing at home and they did beat the Lions and Sharks in their latest games. So my choices are going to be -
* the Crusaders beating the Highlanders
* the Hurricanes beating the Chiefs
* the Stormers beating the Jaguares.
There could be a slight problem. The Highlanders is on a slide and they would be desperate to win something soon or they will be out of the top 8. They did beat the Crusaders surprisingly last year - but I think it is too tall an order for them to register a win this yearn against the Crusaders. I would not bet on the Highlanders to beat the Blues away in Round 6 either. ,