2020 Super Rugby Round 1 – Preview, Expert Betting Tips & Odds

Super Rugby kicks off this Friday with the highly-anticipated Blues vs. Chiefs in New Zealand.

Punters have seven Super Rugby games to bet on in Round 1 and we have our best betting tips for every game.

It’s going to be a great season of rugby and we’re excited to get it underway.


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Super Rugby Round 1 Betting Tips

Friday 31/01/20

5:35pm Blues vs. Chiefs @ Eden Park

A mammoth game opens up the new Super Rugby season as the Blues host the Chiefs.

We think both teams are going to do well this season, but the Blues could be the surprise package.

They have a good team on paper, which includes All Black winger Reiko Ioane. They have a good core and punters have been expecting things for some time.

The Chiefs come with a quality team and many All Black stars. They’ll be tough to beat but we don’t like the $1.62 odds on offer.

Therefore, take the Blues to open up with a win.

Betting tip: Blues to win @ $2.30 Bet Now

Blues by 6

7:15pm Brumbies vs. Reds @ GIO Stadium

Not much is expected from the Reds this season and that could give the Brumbies a leg up.

Australian Conference rivals, the Brumbies and Reds are looking to kick-start their 2020 season in fine style.

Neither team is expected to make a deep run this season, but the Brumbies have more upside than the Reds.

Playing at home will help their chances and bookmakers appear to have the odds correct for this matchup.

Betting tip: Brumbies –7.5 @ $1.86 Bet Now

Brumbies by 10

Saturday 31/01/20

4:10am Sharks vs. Bulls @ Kings Park Stadium

The Sharks vs. Bulls rivalry kicks off on Saturday morning and it will be a tough affair.

The South African conference will be tight all season and these two teams could be fighting it out for a playoff spot.

Sharks bring in some talented backs but they can be overpowered in the forwards. It’s the opposite for the Bulls, who possess a tough front unit.

It could be a slow game and that’s going to suit the Bulls. We’re picking a Saturday morning upset result.

Betting tip: Bulls to win @ $2.46 Bet Now

Bulls by 3

2:45pm Sunwolves vs. Rebels @ Level-5 Stadium

The Sunwolves are a team that likes to start slowly but pick up traction late in the season.

We’re expecting a similar situation to happen this year and that plays into the hands of the Melbourne Rebels.

Bookmakers have the line set at 17.5, which is a big line to overcome. However, the Rebels are a side that can pile on the points.

They play well in the opening games and then falter towards the end of the season. It all leads to a comprehensive Rebels victory on the road.

Betting tip: Rebels –17.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now

Rebels by 24

5:05pm Crusaders vs. Waratahs @ Trafalgar Park

The Crusaders are both the tournament favourites and the shortest-priced favourite of Round 1.

Coming off another superb season, which saw them win the title, the Crusaders eye up the Waratahs this Saturday.

The Waratahs should struggle this season and we might get an early look as to why. They don’t seem to have much firepower in their squad, so scoring points could be a problem.

We have little doubt the Crusaders will win this game. They just need to cover the big spread of 18.5 points for punters to cash.

Betting tip: Crusaders –18.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now

Crusaders by 24

Sunday 1/02/20

12:05am Stormers vs. Hurricanes @ Newlands Stadium

The Stormers play their first game of the season at home, but it’s not an easy task.

They welcome the Hurricanes, which are good at winning in South Africa and they usually start the season with authority.

Punters are unsure what to expect from the Hurricanes this season. They could be title contenders with their team, but will they show up?

Stormers could play tough rugby this Sunday morning, but go with the Hurricanes based purely on their talent.

Betting tip: Hurricanes to win @ $2.05 Bet Now

Hurricanes by 7

8:40am Jaguares vs. Lions @ Jose Amalfitani Stadium

After making the final last season, there are big expectations on the Jaguares this season. Rightfully so, given that most of their team plays for Argentina at an international level.

The Jaguares play a different brand of rugby and it’s great to watch. They counterattack at every opportunity and scoring points isn’t hard for them.

As for the Lions, they have been sliding down the ranks since making the final in back-to-back seasons. It could be another testing season for the Lions and it could start with a loss.

Betting tip: Jaguares –10.5 @ $1.86 Bet Now

Jaguares by 14


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