Round 3 of Super Rugby kicks off with a double-header on Friday night and we have free tips for all seven games this week.
There were plenty of surprises last week, including the likes of the Chiefs and the Lions losing but the World Cup has forced teams to sit their stars and it’s affecting the competition.
The key games this week include Hurricanes vs. Brumbies and Sharks vs. Stormers.
5:35pm Hurricanes vs. Brumbies @ Central Energy Trust Arena
Last week was a stark contrast of what we usually see from the Hurricanes and the Brumbies. The ‘Canes were awful in losing to the Crusaders, going down 38-22 and that was with the help of two late consolation tries.
Brumbies were simply brilliant in beating the Chiefs 54-17 to record their finest win in many years. It’s a win which should give them a great deal of confidence but they will have a face a Hurricanes team with some stars back in the squad.
Bookmakers have the line at 13.5, which might seem high but there’s confidence with the Hurricanes. We think the Brumbies might have enough youth in their squad to push them close.
Betting tip: Brumbies +13.5 @ $1.91 – BET NOW
Hurricanes by 10
7:45pm Rebels vs. Highlanders @ Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
The Rebels earned a week off after beating the Brumbies in Round 1 and that form has been franked in Round 2. The Brumbies have since thrashed the Chiefs and that holds the Rebels in good stead.
Highlanders also have form in beating the Chiefs and Reds in consecutive weeks. The Reds put up a fight last week, which was a touch surprising and the Highlanders will need to improve to travel to Melbourne and beat the Rebels.
History shows that the Highlanders will have no trouble winning in Australia but this season could be tricky. We’ll tip the Highlanders in a close one.
Betting tip: Highlanders 1-12 @ $2.80 – BET NOW
Highlanders by 7
5:35pm Chiefs vs. Sunwolves @ FMG Waikato Stadium
Returning home is going to help the Chiefs, but nothing will help them more than getting some of their All Blacks back into the squad.
They were dreadful last week against the Brumbies but going in their favour is playing the Sunwolves, which lost to the Waratahs by one point last week but they have never been a good team to back on the road.
Chiefs will be eager to avenge that loss last week and the Sunwolves could be on the wrong end of a hiding.
Betting tip: Chiefs –25.5 @ $1.93 – BET NOW
Chiefs by 30
7:45pm Reds vs. Crusaders @ Suncorp Stadium
The Reds made a solid start to their 2019 Super Rugby campaign by pushing the Highlanders to within 5 points last week. That was a game they could have easily won by the class of the Highlanders came through late.
In Christchurch, it was the Crusaders who looked possibly the most impressive of any team during the week. They toweled up the Hurricanes 38-22 and the score was significantly more in their favour until late in the game.
The Reds playing at home is always an exciting game but the visiting side looks to have too much class for the inexperienced Reds.
Betting tip: Crusaders-14.5 @ $1.88 – BET NOW
Crusaders by 21
12:05am Lions vs. Bulls @ Ellis Park Stadium
It was a shock loss for the Lions against the Stormers last week but back on home soil should help last year’s beaten finalists.
The task will be made easier as they face the Bulls, which were 40-3 winners over the Stormers in Round 1 but they looked fairly average when losing to the Jaguares last week.
Bookmakers have the line at 6.5, which will see a lot of attention for Lions’ backers. They should be able to cover that spread if they bring their best game to the table.
Betting tip: Lions –6.5 @ $1.84 – BET NOW
Lions by 12
2:15am Sharks vs. Stormers @ Kings Park Stadium
Both the Sharks and Stormers were winners in Round 2 and it looks as though the Sharks are the ones to beat in the South African conference this season.
They have won both games, scoring against the Sunwolves and beating the Blues 26-7 last week. Their most recent performance should hold them in good stead and although the Stormers got back into gear with a win over the Lions last week, the Sharks have more fire power.
Another line of 6.5 and the home team looms as a good chance to cover.
Betting tip: Sharks –6.5 @ $1.94 – BET NOW
Sharks by 11
8:40am Jaguares vs. Blues @ Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Knowing what both of these teams are going to do is almost impossible. The Blues looked good when losing to the Crusaders in Round 1 but were awful last week in South Africa.
Being on the road again isn’t going to help their chances and the Jaguares have had the benefit of playing all three games to date at home.
That’s going to be a telling difference and punters are getting good odds for the home side, which looks to produce back-to-back wins.
Betting tip: Jaguares to win @ $1.75 – BET NOW
Jaguares by 7