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Super Rugby Picks Round Six: Blues aim to end Kiwi drought against Highlanders, Crusaders look to lift Christchurch's spirits

After last week's tragic events, no points were handed out to our TVNZ sports buffs but they're back again this week to cast their eyes over the four Super Rugby contests featuring Kiwi teams.

How it works: TVNZ sports buffs will chip in their picks for matches involving New Zealand sides each round with some adding a little insight into their thinking. A correct result will give them two points and a correct margin a bonus point!

Round 6

Blues v Highlanders
Hurricanes v Stormers
Waratahs v Crusaders
Bulls v Chiefs

Matt Hall-Smith - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter, CO-LEADER

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 13+
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 13+
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 13+
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 13+

Guy Heveldt - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Blues v Highlanders: Blues 1-12
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 13+ 
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 1-12
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 13+

Brodyn Knuckey - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Blues v Highlanders: Blues 1-12 - "If the drought doesn't end tonight at home with that star-studded bench then I don't know if it ever will."
Hurricanes v Stormers: Stormers 1-12 - "Really question the Hurricanes' call to rest three All Blacks against the top South African side. Feel like they'll pay for it dearly at home." 
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 13+ - "Big game for themselves and their city. History shows they'll deliver."
Bulls v Chiefs Bulls 13+

Maddy Lloyd - Breakfast Reporter

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 13+
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 13+
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 13+
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 13+

Faleatua Malili - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 1-12
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 1-12
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 1-12

Matt Manukia - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 1-12
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 13+
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 1-12

John McKenzie - 1 NEWS Reporter

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Hurricanes v Stormers: Stormers 1-12 - "The Hurricanes will pay for resting several stars. There'll be a big upset here in Wellington - Stormers to squeeze out the win in a close one." 
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 13+ - "I expect a cricket score in this one."
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 13+

Alex Powell - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Hurricanes v Stormers : Hurricanes 13+
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 1-12
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 13+

Dewi Preece - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12 - "Bench could decide this, and the Blues are pretty well stacked from 16-23… but I still think there's enough in Highlanders starters to get it done."
Hurricanes v Stormers: Draw - "Back-to-back draws is probably unthinkable… but the 'Canes are missing a few key ABs, and I think that bench is lacking firepower." 
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 1-12
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 13+ - "Chiefs have lost both away games this season by -37 and -29. Tough ask to change that at Loftus Versfeld."

Michelle Prendiville - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12 - "They'll be a tough side to beat with Banksy starting at 10."
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 1-12
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 13+
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 1-12

Josh Reich - 1 NEWS NOW Editor, CO-LEADER

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 1-12
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 1-12
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 13+

Andrew Saville - 1 NEWS Sport Presenter

Blues v Highlanders: Blues 1-12 - "An upset! Picking the Blues to channel their first round effort at Eden Park against Crusaders. Could FINALLY end Kiwi drought."
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 1-12 - "Stormers in form but Hurricanes hard to beat in Wellington.  
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 13+ - "Playing one for their wounded city. It will be an emotional time in their first match back."
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 1-12 - "Can't see the Chiefs now winning on the road."

Stephen Stuart - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 1-12
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 1-12 - "Hopefully they can deliver a performance to lift spirits in Christchurch."
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 13+ - "The Chiefs have a good recent record against South African sides but this will be Pamplona revisited."

Victor Waters - Breakfast Sport Producer, 2018 Champ

Blues v Highlanders: Blues 1-12 - “The Blues haven’t beaten Kiwi opposition in 20 matches. The last New Zealand team they beat were the Highlanders in 2016. So… could tonight be the night?”
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 1-12 - "Barrett brothers to navigate the Wellington-based side in meteorological Super Rugby battle."
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 13+
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 1-12

Abby Wilson - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Blues v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Hurricanes v Stormers: Hurricanes 1-12
Waratahs v Crusaders: Crusaders 13+
Bulls v Chiefs: Bulls 13+

Scoreboard: Hall-Smith 43, Reich 43, Wilson 38, Heveldt 36, Stuart 34, Preece 33, Knuckey 31, Saville 31, Waters 31, Powell 30, Lloyd 30, Manukia 26, Prendiville 25, McKenzie 22, Malili 22

Waisake Naholo makes a break during the Highlanders v Blues, Super Rugby week 2 game held at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. 23 February 2018. Copyright Image: Derek Morrison / www.photosport.nz
Waisake Naholo in action for the Highlanders against the Blues. Source: Photosport