We’re down to the final eight teams this week and punters get to bet on four quality Super Rugby games.
Four New Zealand teams, one Australian, one Argentinian and two teams from South Africa make up the quarter-final matchups.
We have expert tips for all four games this week.
5:35pm Hurricanes vs. Chiefs @ Westpac Arena
These two teams faced each other last week and it was the Chiefs who came out on top, despite missing their All Black stars.
It was another suspect performance from the Hurricanes, who have been disappointing at times this season but the team is stacked on paper and capable of putting it all together when it counts.
That will need to be this Friday night as the Chiefs are not to be underestimated and there’s an air of confidence surrounding the Waikato-based team.
The big guns return for the Chiefs, including All Black first-five Damien McKenzie and that’s only going to make the Chiefs a solid head-to-head play to kick off the week.
Betting tip: Chiefs to win @ $2.50 (BET NOW)
Chiefs by 8
5:35pm Crusaders vs. Sharks @ AMI Stadium
The Crusaders are the best team in the competition this year and we can’t see them getting beaten this Saturday night.
It would be foolish to completely write off the Sharks, but the Sharks are lucky to even be in the playoffs and they haven’t played well all season, unlike the Crusaders which are riding a lengthy winning streak and are looking like repeat winners this season.
With the best record in the competition, the Crusaders are the $1.07 favourites to win on Saturday and that’s a big indication of the form coming into this game.
Punters will be looking more towards the points spread line of 19.5, which is high for a playoffs game but the Crusaders class should be enough to cover it.
Betting tip: Crusaders –19.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Crusaders by 25
8:05pm Waratahs vs. Highlanders @ Allianz Stadium
The New Zealand teams have a tremendous record against their Australian rivals and we’re expecting that to continue this time around.
The Highlanders haven’t been in the best of form towards the end of the regular season, with losses to the Chiefs and Crusaders, but they did enough to win last week and they rarely lose to the Waratahs.
Waratahs were average when losing to the Brumbies last week and a much better performance will be needed to hold off a Highlanders team which boasts the likes of Aaron and Ben Smith.
They secured a home quarter-final via the conference system but the Highlanders have no problem playing away from home and punters are getting good odds on offer.
Betting tip: Highlanders to win @ $1.60 (BET NOW)
Highlanders by 10
11:05pm Lions vs. Jaguares @ Ellis Park
This could be the game of the round as the Lions look to progress to their second semi-final in consecutive years.
Standing in their way are the Jaguares, which hit a purple patch of form midway through the season but have come back to earth with back-to-back defeats coming into this. Both of those came against South African opposition and playing away from home is a big concern.
Last week’s loss to the Sharks wasn’t a good confidence-boosting performance and the Lions hit top gear when beating the Bulls 38-12. That was indicative of a team hitting form at the right time and that bodes trouble for the visitors.
Bookmakers have set the line at 9.5 and we think that’s fair but the Lions should have too much class.
Betting tip: Lions –9.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Lions by 15