We have expert betting tips for Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 7, which kicks off on Saturday night.
Punters get another two quality games to bet on, including Highlanders vs Chiefs and Hurricanes vs Crusaders.
Both games are going to be exciting affairs as the Super Rugby Aotearoa finals approach.
Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 7 Predictions
5:05pm Highlanders vs Chiefs @ Forsyth Barr Stadium
The Highlanders caused the biggest upset in Super Rugby history when beating the Crusaders last week. The 33-12 victory was a massive effort from the Highlanders, who had numerous players stood down by team management.
Those players will be back to take on the Chiefs, who enjoyed a week off following their 15-12 upset win over the Blues.
Two form teams meet on Saturday and that is reflected in betting markets. The Chiefs own two wins and two losses, but they have improved significantly since the start of the season.
They suffered a loss to the Highlanders at home to start the season. It wasn’t the best effort, but a confident Chiefs team is a dangerous one. Coming off a win is ideal preparation for the Chiefs, especially as it came over a talented Blues outfit.
However, if any team has confidence after six rounds, it’s the Highlanders. They are currently third on the ladder, but the win over the Crusaders will do them a world of good.
Bookmakers have the Highlanders at $1.60 and the Chiefs at $2.34. There is value with the Chiefs head-to-head price, but we think the Highlanders will do enough to win.
Take the head-to-head price and have a dabble on Mitchell Hunt to score a try at $4.50. He is usually a playmaker, but he could produce a moment of brilliance in front of a home crowd on Saturday.
Betting tip: Highlanders to win @ $1.60 – Bet @ Sportsbet
1:35pm Hurricanes vs Crusaders @ Sky Stadium
The Hurricanes and Crusaders are coming off Round 6 losses, so this is an all-important game on Sunday afternoon.
The Crusaders were shocked against the Highlanders last week, losing for the first time this season. It was a remarkable loss from a team that looked likely to go through the regular season without a loss.
Redemption could be on the cards this Sunday as they face the Hurricanes, whom they have already beaten comfortably earlier this year.
The Hurricanes had a chance to beat the Blues last week, but consistent yellow cards made it tough. We thought they were unlucky in the 27-17 loss, but it puts them at the bottom of the table.
With only one win from five games, the Hurricanes need to get a move on. They won’t want to finish with the wooden spoon and they’re too talented for that honour. However, they are facing the best team in the competition.
We’re not surprised by the bookmakers’ odds. The Crusaders are the firm favourite at $1.25 and there has been a steady flow of money come.
The Hurricanes are paying $4 to win the game, which will likely move to around $4.50. The current margin is 10.5 points, which makes it more interesting for punters.
With the game being played in Wellington, we think the Hurricanes could keep it close. The weather isn’t meant to be fantastic, so a tight game is expected.
We like Dane Coles to score a try. If he’s not hunting out on the wing, he is a threat close to the ruck. $3.30 is a fair price and everyone loves a Dane Coles try.
Betting tip: Hurricanes +10.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.