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All odds are with Sportsbet — our No. The Crusaders got off to a good start this season but losses to the Hurricanes and Highlanders have put them on the back foot in the New Zealand conference. After leading at halftime, we expected the previously unbeaten Rebels to kick on with it, but they were soundly beaten in the second half. Travelling to Australia has never been a happy hunting ground for the Sharks and although they have some exciting players, putting it together for 80 minutes is a struggle.
The Sunwolves should be proud of their efforts against the Lions last week, losing in a tight tussle. Having been easy beats throughout most of their existence, the Sunwolves finally showed some toughness away from home and the Lions are one of the best sides in the competition.
This is going to be a cracker of a game as the Hurricanes take on the unbeaten Highlanders in Wellington. Coming off a bye week, the Hurricanes will be well-rested for the Highlanders which battled out a tough win over the Crusaders last week. Prior to the bye, the Hurricanes defeated the Crusaders but most of the damage was done in the first half and they looked only fair in the second stanza.
The Stormers looked strong against the Blues at home last week and that roll could continue for the South African powerhouse. While the Waratahs have not set the tournament alight and have been pretty poor themselves they certainly have the weapons to blow the Rebels away!
With that being said it is a derby and the Rebels have a tendency to surprise at times. The home team, the Bulls, are the exact opposite. Blues coach Tana Umanga, is doing a great job with the Blues and while they have only won 1 match out of their last 4 they were in each of those match combined with the fact that they are playing in the most competitive conference in Super Rugby. With that being said when one looks at the statistics, you just might find some value in the Bulls, despite their poor play:.
With that being said the Bulls have mostly been playing mediocre opponents so while the Bulls might be going toe to toe with the Blues in the statistical department, those statistic might be slightly skewed when considering the quality of opponents. Add to the mix the fact that the Bulls have not won in New Zealand for a number of years, it suddenly makes sense why the Bookmakers, who rarely get it wrong, are offering the Bulls 5.
However, upsets do happen, and the Blues although in a rebuilding phase are slightly unpredictable, and the result may very well depend which Blues team shows up on the day. Thus, we will be taking a true gamble and make a small wager on the Bulls.
R returns you a R for a straight Bulls win so it might very well be worth a punt. The Stormers will travel to Singapore for their away fixture against the struggling Sunwolves. Astonishingly in the same fixture last year the Stormers jumped out of the gate early and looked liked putting a points past the Sunwolves, only to stop playing in the second half, with the match ending in a draw. This is always a problem with mismatched teams, interns of picking a spread.
Once they start getting ahead they tend to take their foot of the petal. The Stormers picked largely a second string team to play the Wolves which might turn out to be a smart move, since they might be slightly more motivated for this fixture compared to the first team. South Africa vs Italy Preview Why you Should be Betting on Rugby.
Crusaders vs Force Prediction As mentioned in the intro the Force will travel to New Zealand for round 5 to take on the high flying Crusaders who looks like serious title contenders at the moment.
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