Super Rugby action continues in Round 13 with a bumper seven-game schedule.
It kicks off with the Hurricanes looking to extend their winning streak over the Blues and there are some great games over the weekend.
The Crusaders take on the Waratahs and the Highlanders take on the Lions in two quality games which should provide great entertainment.
We have tips and form for every Super Rugby game on this week.
5:35pm Blues vs. Hurricanes @ Eden Park
The Hurricanes did enough to beat the Lions at home last week and they look to extend their winning streak against the Blues.
Coming off a rare Super Rugby win this season, the Blues scored a tough win over the Waratahs last week and that will give them plenty of confidence going forward, but probably not enough to hold out the Hurricanes.
New Zealand’s most exciting team is at short odds to win and someone has already put on a $100,000 bet on the Hurricanes.
Betting tip: Hurricanes –9.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Hurricanes by 15
1:05pm Sunwolves vs. Reds @ Chichibunomiya Stadium
The Sunwolves haven’t been able to do much this season but they get their best chance to pick up a win against the Reds.
The Reds have also been disappointing this season and although they have capable players in their squad, travelling to Japan won’t be easy on the men from Queensland.
Bookmakers are showing the Sunwolves some respect at $3 and considering they’ve been frequently paying around $8 to win of late, $3 suggests that they have a chance to win.
We think the Sunwolves are a good chance of sticking with the Reds and we’ll take the points on offer.
Betting tip: Sunwolves +6.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Sunwolves by 2
3:15pm Crusaders vs. Waratahs @ Rugby League Park
The Crusaders are the shortest-priced favourites of the round and it’s not hard to see why.
It’s less about the dominance of the Crusaders and more about the woefulness of the Waratahs, which awarded the Blues a win last week.
Coming off a 55-10 thrashing of the Rebels, the Crusaders are looking for more Australian blood and form lines would suggest this is going to be another romp.
Can the Waratahs show some fight against a team they used to love playing? Or will they roll over and concede another defeat to a New Zealand franchise?
Betting tip: Waratahs +20.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Crusaders by 17
5:35pm Highlanders vs. Lions @ Forsyth Barr Stadium
Both the Highlanders and Lions are coming off a loss and it was a rare loss for the Highlanders, but they will enjoy returning back home.
Bookmakers have the Highlanders at $1.35 and we think that line is spot on. The Highlanders have attacking power across the park and the flight to South Africa might have taken the wind out of their sales.
We’re not disrespecting a Lions team which was good enough to make the final last year but they haven’t shown any consistency this season and it’s tough to back them with any confidence.
Betting tip: Highlanders to win @ $1.30 (BET NOW)
Highlanders by 10
7:45pm Brumbies vs. Rebels @ GIO Stadium
Neither the Brumbies or the Rebels have been able to find traction this season but there are some positive factors for the Brumbies this week.
The Brumbies are coming off a bye week and they didn’t look overly bad against the Crusaders in Round 11.
On the other hand, the Rebels are coming off a 55-10 thrashing at the hands of the Crusaders and we’re not sure they can come back from that.
It has been a tough reason for the Rebels after starting so well and the struggles are likely to continue.
Betting tip: Brumbies to win @ $1.57 (BET NOW)
Brumbies by 10
10:05pm Stormers vs. Chiefs @ Newlands Stadium
The Stormers scored a solid 12-point win over the Bulls last week and they will be looking to continue that momentum against the Chiefs.
It was a rare loss for the Chiefs last week and not many punters predicted them losing to the Jaguares at home.
They didn’t seem to have the same enthusiasm and a couple of key injuries could make it tough again this week.
The travel to South Africa doesn’t help and we think the Stormers could score another win in this situation.
Betting tip: Stormers to win @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Stormers by 10
1:15pm Bulls vs. Sharks @ Loftus Versfeld
We thought the Sharks would be the favourites in this game after scoring a big win last week against the Highlanders.
The Bulls need to rebound after losing to the Stormers last week and although they showed promise in that game, the Sharks are full of confidence and they could pull off the minor upset.
Take the value on offer for the Sharks to end the week.
Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $2.15 (BET NOW)
Sharks by 5