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Super Rugby Round 2 Picks: Can the 'flimsy' Hurricanes stun the Crusaders in Christchurch without their All Blacks?

The dust has settled from the opening week of Super Rugby action but there's still plenty to ponder with two away games and a classic derby in Christchurch ahead. Time for the TVNZ rugby buffs to get picking!

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 2
Highlanders v Reds
Crusaders v Hurricanes
Brumbies v Chiefs
Sharks v Blues

Matt Hall-Smith - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 13+ - "Hurricanes effectively wave a white flag. Absolutely zero chance of winning in Christchurch, so they’ve picked perhaps their most flimsiest team in terms of experience."
Brumbies v Chiefs: Brumbies 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Sharks 13+

Guy Heveldt - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 13+ - "They’re resting how many All Blacks?! Goodness me. Can’t see 'Canes being in this one with those big names not starting."
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Blues 1-12

Brodyn Knuckey - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 1-12 - "First game of the year for Reds so expect them to come out firing under Thorn but at home with a decent Scarfies crowd behind them, 'Landers to come out on top."
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 13+
Brumbies v Chiefs: Brumbies 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Blues 1-12

Maddy Lloyd - 1 NEWS Sport Producer

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 13+
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Blues 1-12

Faleatua Malili - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Blues 1-12

Matt Manukia - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 1-12
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 13+
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+
Sharks v Blues: Sharks 1-12

John McKenzie - 1 NEWS Reporter

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 13+ - "Too good and far too strong at home. Canes aren’t even close to their best, which may take some time."
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Sharks 1-12

Alex Powell - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 1-12
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Blues 1-12

Dewi Preece - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+ - "Highlanders will take a lot from that close first round win in Hamilton. Reds will still have off-season cobwebs to shake off." 
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+ - "Both teams coming off derby losses…but I’ve got a sneaky feeling the Chiefs backline will just light up this weekend."
Sharks v Blues: Sharks 1-12

Michelle Prendiville - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+ - "Banking on Marty to get them home big time! He rocks."
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 1-12
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Sharks 1-12

Josh Reich - 1 NEWS NOW Editor, CO-LEADER

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 1-12
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 1-12
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Sharks 13+

Andrew Saville - 1 NEWS Sport Presenter, CO-LEADER

"Righto losers, follow me!"

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 1-12 - "Yes, 'Canes are missing a few, but they still generally give the Crusaders a close run. Crusaders unbeaten at home in a few seasons though - that pack is too good."
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Blues 1-12 - "Tough assignment on the road, but the Blues need to back up last weekend’s improved performance to show us it wasn’t a flash in the pan."

Stephen Stuart - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 13+
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12 - "Damian McKenzie's back and David Pocock's out."
Sharks v Blues: Sharks 1-12 - "Sharks have beaten the Blues 11 of the last 12 times - don't see that changing!"

Victor Waters - Breakfast Sport Producer, 2018 Champ

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 1-12
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Crusaders 13+
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Blues 1-12

Abby Wilson - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Highlanders v Reds: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Brumbies v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12
Sharks v Blues: Blues 1-12

Scoreboard: Reich 9, Saville 9, Hall-Smith 6, Heveldt 6, Lloyd 6, Waters 6, Malili 3, Prendiville 3, Wilson 3, McKenzie 2, Powell 2, Preece 2, Knuckey 0, Manukia 0, Stuart 0 

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Guy and Stephen are back to preview the second week of Kiwi Super Rugby action. Source: 1 NEWS