NZ Rugby World

HOW THE NZ TEAMS WILL FINISH

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1 : CRUSADERS

Still too good and still have this crazy ability to find what they need to win in the final quarter of games.

They are set up to win in the dry and the wet and that’s what makes them so hard to beat.

2 : BLUES

They have a pack that is doing its job properly now. They can scrummage, win lineout ball, turnover at rucks and hit bodies hard.

The Blues used to be big, but now they are big and tough and useful. They will miss Beauden Barrett but there is still enough class in the team to get close.

3 : HURRICANES

These guys know what they are doing and have so many good players that they are tough to contain.

Will win plenty but in those critical big, big games against the Blues and Crusaders, we don’t think they will win enough critical moments.

4 : HIGHLANDER­S

The Highlander­s will be cohesive and committed which will make them super tough to beat.

It will be like the old days of them looking like they are a team without stars only to be digging in at the death, seemingly unbreakabl­e and unbeatable.

Character will be at the core of everything they do.

5 : CHIEFS

They just don’t seem to be quite right and there is not enough quality across the team for us to believe they will be serious contenders.

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