Three bold predictions for Round 5

Paul Eddison
31 October 2019

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Round 4 of the Guinness PRO14 brought its fair share of surprises.

Who would have predicted that there would be just three points scored in Leinster’s clash with Zebre, or that Edinburgh would stick nearly 50 on the Scarlets?

With that in mind, here are three bold predictions heading into Round 5, while you can make your own predictions on the Guinness PRO14 app!

Cheetahs end away day blues

The Toyota Cheetahs have only ever beaten the Dragons and Zebre outside South Africa, but they came desperately close in Connacht last weekend.

This Saturday they travel to Llanelli to take on the Scarlets, the site of their sole Final Series appearance two seasons ago.

Scarlets' Steff Evans on his way to score his second try

That day the Scarlets proved far too strong on their way to reaching a second successive final. This is a very different Cheetahs side though, and this weekend seems like a prime opportunity for them to end their away day hoodoo.

The Scarlets are three from four, so it will not be easy but the Welsh region took a thumping last weekend at Edinburgh and this feels like one that the Cheetahs might just edge.

Maximum bonus points in Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors had to wait until the final play of the game to get on the scoreboard against the Dragons last weekend in a disappointing defeat.

This week though, expect a much more open affair as they welcome the Isuzu Southern Kings to Scotstoun.

The Kings were involved in a thriller in Treviso last time out, going down 36-30 after a late flurry against Benetton.

It might seem a stretch, but let’s go with more of the same in Glasgow and predict both teams come away with a four-try bonus point, not to mention a losing bonus point for the loser.

That might seem ridiculous, but consider that only the Cheetahs have been involved in higher scoring games on average this season than the Kings, and as they showed last week in Italy, those high-scoring games are not just in South Africa.

Tavuyara hat-trick

Edinburgh travel to Treviso to take on Benetton fresh from that impressive win over the Scarlets. Duhan van der Merwe helped himself to a hat-trick that day, but we will go for a winger on the other side to do it this weekend.

Monty Ioane seemed like an obvious pick in the week of his 25th birthday, but having missed last week’s win over the Kings through injury, that seemed a bold prediction too far.

Instead we will go for Ratuva Tavuyara, who reminded us of his spectacular finishing skills last week in the win over the Kings.

Three against Edinburgh is asking a lot, but if there is one man who can defy expectations, it is that man Tavuyara.


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