Super Rugby round 4 PICKS : Can the Blues and 'Canes bounce back?

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Much like the Blues, the self-proclaimed rugby oracles of 1 NEWS are back after a rough round three of Super Rugby looking to redeem themselves in round four's action.

We've got two more mouth-watering local clashes and a Chiefs blowout in Melbourne (hopefully) to dissect!

After a rough round three, the rugby oracles are back with a vengeance to break down this week's pair of local clashes and the Chiefs' trip to Melbourne.
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How it works: 1 NEWS sports reporters will chirp in their picks for matches involving New Zealand sides each round with each adding a little insight into the choice involving their side. A correct result will give them two points and a correct margin a bonus point!

ROUND 4
Crusaders v Blues
Rebels v Chiefs
Hurricanes v Highlanders

The first-five struggled in last week's loss to the Highlanders, prompting Umaga to look for solutions ahead of their clash with the Crusaders.
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Andrew Saville - 1 NEWS Blues reporter, sports presenter

Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 1-12
"Hard to see Blues winning away. You’d assume they’ll fire up, but the Crusaders won’t want to fall behind again, like in Dunedin and Brisbane."

Rebels v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+
Hurricanes v Highlanders: Hurricanes 1-12

John McKenzie - 1 NEWS Hurricanes reporter

Crusaders v Blues: Blues 1-12
Rebels v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+

Hurricanes v Highlanders: Hurricanes 1-12
"This is the first time I’ve picked against the 'Landers this year (hence my place on the ladder), and it's personally hard for me to do so. There are just too many injuries against what still looks like a very solid 'Canes side, despite a few niggles as well."

Stephen Stuart - 1 NEWS Chiefs reporter

Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 1-12

Rebels v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+
"The Rebels beat them there two years ago but that won't happen this time. McKenzie getting a run at 10 and Chiefs will be out to get the maximum points available to extend lead in conference."

Hurricanes v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12

Brodyn Knuckey - 1 NEWS sport producer

Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+
"Crusaders will want to make a statement at home and prove they aren't the comeback kids. Yes, they're missing Dagg but a chopped and changed backline from the Blues isn't a miracle fix against a strong outfit like the Crusaders."

Rebels v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+
Hurricanes v Highlanders: Hurricanes 13+

Josh Reich - 1 NEWS online producer

Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 1-12
Rebels v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+
Hurricanes v Highlanders: Hurricanes 1-12

Faleatua Malili - 1 NEWS sport producer

Crusaders v Blues: Blues 1-12
Rebels v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+

Hurricanes v Highlanders: Hurricanes 1-12
"After being denied a bonus point by the Chiefs last week, expect a fired up Hurricanes side against a wounded Highlanders pack."

Scoreboard: Manukia 21, Reich 20, Malili 17, Saville 17, Knuckey 16, Hall-Smith 15, Stuart 15, McKenzie 11

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