Round 5 of Super Rugby has some intriguing games, which kicks off with the Chiefs vs. Hurricanes on Friday night.
Also, on the cards is the Brumbies vs. Waratahs and Highlanders vs. Crusaders, which are two derbies always worth watching.
We have free tips, form and odds for every Round 5 Super Rugby game this week.
5:35pm Chiefs vs. Hurricanes @ FMG Stadium
Not many punters saw the fall of the Chiefs this season and it has been shocking to say the least. They have been outplayed in all three games and they come into this week having lost 28-57 to the Crusaders last week.
It was a pathetic effort from the once-proud franchise and chances are they’ll struggle to beat the Hurricanes this week, which scored a late win over the Highlanders on Friday night.
Bookmakers have made the Hurricanes 7.5 favourites and given the form of both clubs, it’s tough to make a case for the home side.
Betting tip: Hurricanes –7.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Hurricanes by 12
7:45pm Brumbies vs. Waratahs @ GIO Stadium
The Brumbies have shown patches of good play this season, especially when beating the Chiefs 54-17 at GIO Stadium, but the bookmakers have them as $1.83 favourites and we can’t fully understand those odds.
Brumbies were 43-13 losers to the Hurricanes and 29-26 losers to the Rebels last week. That’s hardly top form coming into this against the Waratahs, which returned from a bye week to beat the Reds last week.
This will no doubt be a tight contest between two capable teams but we’re going with the form outfit.
Betting tip: Waratahs to win @ $1.97 – Bet Now
Waratahs by 6
4:10am Stormers vs. Jaguares @ Newlands Stadium
The Stormers come into this game in a fresh state after having a bye week in Round 4 and they looked good in Round 3 when beating the Sharks 16-11.
Stormers’ season couldn’t have started any worse with a 40-3 loss to the Bulls but consecutive wins have righted the ship and they should prove tough to beat against the Jaguares here, which scored 39 points in defeat last week.
That came against the rampant Lions and although scoring 39 points is a positive, giving up 47 isn’t. That will likely be their downfall against the Stormers – a tough defensive outfit.
Betting tip: Stormers –6.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Stormers by 11
3:15pm Sunwolves vs. Reds @ Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium
Japanese fans should be proud of the Sunwolves’ recent play as it’s much-improved on seasons gone by. They upset the Chiefs at home two weeks ago before pushing the Blues close week.
The 20-28 defeat shouldn’t deter them against the Reds here. The Reds don’t travel well and they weren’t overly impressive in losing to the Waratahs last week.
It’s rare to see the Sunwolves as the favourites, but that’s the situation against the Reds. Punters will have to muster up some courage but the Sunwolves look the play.
Betting tip: Sunwolves to win @ $1.67 – Bet Now
Sunwolves by 5
5:35pm Highlanders vs. Crusaders @ Forsyth Barr Stadium
This is shaping up to be the game of the round as the Highlanders take on the Crusaders in the New Zealand conference.
The Highlanders are looking to bounce back after two consecutive losses to the Hurricanes and Rebels, whereas the Crusaders are simply looking to score another win in the southern derby.
Crusaders have been steamrolling teams this season as they look to win back-to-back Super Rugby titles. At this stage, it would take a brave punter to back against them as they have been rock solid to date.
The line is set at 8.5 and that’s going to be right around the mark.
Betting tip: Crusaders –8.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Crusaders by 10
12:05am Lions vs. Rebels @ Ellis Park Stadium
There has been nothing wrong with the form of the Rebels this season and they are a real chance of causing an upset against the Lions.
The Lions did look much better last week against the Jaguares and the Rebels will have to make the long trip to South Africa, but they look to have a good grip of the Australian conference.
Bookmakers have the Rebels at $3.20 in the head-to-head markets, which is good value but we’ll take the +7.5 points on offer.
Betting tip: Rebels +7.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Lions by 3