It’s going to be another great week of Super Rugby action as Round 14 kicks off this Friday night.
There is only one local game with the Blues taking on the Crusaders and every other game includes teams from differing countries.
That brings an international flavour to the competition this week and we have free tips, form and odds for every Super Rugby game this week.
5:35pm Hurricanes vs. Reds @ Westpac Stadium
The odds for the Hurricanes and the Reds sees the biggest difference so far this season.
Bookmakers have the Hurricanes at $1.02 and the Reds at $15, which effectively gives the Reds no chance of winning and we couldn’t disagree with that.
The Reds were woeful against the Sunwolves in Japan last week and the Hurricanes hit top gear in the second half against the Blues.
Only a series of unforunate events would stop the Hurricanes from winning this game but will they cover the –28.5 line?
We think they will.
Betting tip: Hurricanes –28.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Hurricanes by 40
3:15pm Sunwolves vs. Stormers @ Chichibunomiya Stadium
That was a stunning 63-28 win from the Sunwolves last week but it’s about to get much harder than facing the Reds.
It was an offensive explosion from the Japan-based franchise which had been struggling to gain any traction in Super Rugby.
They’ll come up against the Stormers which pushed the Chiefs close at home last week and unlike the Reds, they pride themselves on bringing some effort.
The Sunwolves might have to come back to reality here.
Betting tip: Stormers –10.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Stormers by 17
5:35pm Blues vs. Crusaders @ Eden Park
The Blues were in front of the Hurricanes in the second half last week but that lead didn’t last long.
They were thrashed 36-15 in the end and it was indicative of how the Blues’ season has gone to date.
The same can’t be said for the Crusaders which scored a narrow win over the Waratahs and although they were favoured by 20 points, a win is a win.
Whilst the Blues are providing more of a challenge in the first half this season, they’re not a full 80-minute team and this should be chalked up as another victory for the visiting Crusaders.
Betting tip: Crusaders –10.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Crusaders by 13
7:45pm Waratahs vs. Highlanders @ Allianz Stadium
We thought the Waratahs would pose a challenge for the Crusaders last week and that proved correct.
The same thinking could apply to their upcoming game against the Highlanders where they are outclassed on paper but could notch a rare win against a New Zealand franchise.
Standing in their way is, of course, the Highlanders. The men from Dunedin were 39-27 winners against the Lions last week at home and there wasn’t much between the two sides.
Bookmakers have the Highlanders as the $1.44 favourites and the Waratahs at $2.80. We think the ‘Tahs could provide a challenge but ultimately the Highlanders should prove too classy.
Betting tip: Highlanders to win @ $1.44 (BET NOW)
Highlanders by 10
11:05pm Sharks vs. Chiefs @ Kings Park Stadium
The Sharks scored 33 points in defeat last week and although they didn’t get the win, it was a positive sign for the Sharks.
That came after a stunning 38-12 win over the Highlanders and they welcome another New Zealand team this week.
The Chiefs have been a touch enigmatic this season and they come into this after losing 15-9 to the Stormers last week.
It was a rare poor performance for the Chiefs on the offensive side and scoring only nine points isn’t going to help their confidence.
Bookmakers are overwhelmingly on the side of the Sharks and they should play well again.
Betting tip: Sharks -7 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Sharks by 12
1:05am Lions vs. Brumbies @ Ellis Park Stadium
The Brumbies had every chance to beat the Rebels last week but gave up a sizable lead in the second half.
Returning home are the Lions, which came away from a trip down under without much success, but they did look solid against the Highlanders last week.
They should be able to put the Brumbies to the sword back at home and anything but a Lions win would shock many punters.
Betting tip: Lions –15.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Lions by 22
7:40pm Jaguares vs. Bulls @ Loftus Versfeld
The Jaguares have shown plenty of fight over the last few weeks and they come into this game in form and with a bye week under their belt.
Recent wins coming over the Blues and Chiefs, the Jaguares have shown that they can muster up with the best teams in the competition and their attacking flair is always a sight to behold.
Beating the Bulls isn’t going to be easy as they scored 39 points when beating the Sharks last week but playing in Argentina isn’t easy and the form side of this contest are the Jaguares.
Betting tip: Jaguares to win @ $2.15 (BET NOW)
Jaguares by 8