Round 6 of Super Rugby looks like an exciting card with the likes of Blues vs. Highlanders and Waratahs vs. Crusaders being played.
We have free tips and form for all teams this week, which kicks off this Friday.
5:35pm Blues vs. Highlanders @ Eden Park
Indirectly, the Blues and the Highlanders had a bye last week. The Highlanders didn’t play against the Crusaders out of respect for the Christchurch tragedy, but they would have fully prepared to play.
That should be in favour of the Highlanders, which were a touch unlucky when going down to the Hurricanes by three points and by five points to the Rebels.
The Blues are still a team struggling to find their groove and they could struggle in this.
Betting tip: Highlanders to win @ $1.60 – Bet Now
Highlanders by 10
5:35pm Hurricanes vs. Stormers @ Westpac Arena
It was an indifferent performance from the Hurricanes last week when scoring a draw against the Chiefs, but that goes to show how important having the All Blacks in the squad is for the Kiwi teams.
Hurricanes were solid enough to back with confidence but the Stormers were just as impressive in beating the Jaguares 35-8. They have the ability to play well on the road and given the odds on offer, we’re expecting a solid performance.
14.5 is the line and it should be a closer game than advertised.
Betting tip: Stormers +14.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Hurricanes by 12
7:45pm Waratahs vs. Crusaders @ SCG
The Crusaders have plenty to play for this week and that could spell bad news for the Waratahs. In the wake of the Christchurch tragedy last week, the Crusaders will play with heavy hearts and full of passion.
As if they needed something to play for, the Crusaders have been the best team in the competition this season and they look like an odds-on chance to repeat their 2018 title win.
Bookmakers have the line at 12.5, which swings in favour of the Waratahs but they have been less than impressive of late and it’s tough to back them with any confidence.
Betting tip: Crusaders –12.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Crusaders by 14
9:55pm Sunwolves vs. Lions @ Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium
The Sunwolves should be proud of their season to date and although they gave up a 21-5 lead against the Reds last week, they should take plenty of confidence from that.
Unfortunately for the home side, they’re playing the Lions, which turned around a massive halftime deficit to beat the Rebels last week. It was a performance which resembled their season last year and they could carry that momentum over to this week.
8.5 is the margin and although we would love to see the Sunwolves compete, the Bulls should have too much class.
Betting tip: Lions –8.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Lions by 18
12:05am Bulls vs. Chiefs @ Loftus Versfeld Stadium
The Chiefs finally showed some form that their fans could be proud of last week when tying with the Hurricanes 23-23. Having some All Black players back in the team definitely helped and that help will be needed on their South African swing.
Bulls are coming off a 37-14 thrashing of the Sharks and given that they’re playing at home again, that should make them tough to beat. Consistency hasn’t been their friend over the last few seasons, but this should prove a pivotal game for the franchise.
Betting tip: Bulls –7.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Bulls by 10
2:15pm Sharks vs. Rebels @ Kings Park
The Sharks enjoyed a bye week to prepare for this and the Rebels will be hurting after leading big at halftime against the Lions and failing to come away with the points.
Prior to their bye, the Sharks were 37-14 losers to the Bulls but they rarely put in two poor performances in a row. They will be aided by playing the Rebels on the back of a painstaking loss and that should see them go close.
Bookmakers have the Sharks as the favourites and although a close game is expected, the Sharks should come out on top.
Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $1.42 – Bet Now
Sharks by 5
4:05pm Reds vs. Brumbies @ Suncorp Stadium
The Reds had to dig deep to beat the Sunwolves last start and that should be a confidence-boosting win for the typically struggling clubs.
Brumbies were professional 19-13 winners over Waratahs last week and they will be a tough team to beat this week based on that performance.
There’s not much between these two sides but the Brumbies have history on their side and that should be enough.
Betting tip: Brumbies to win @ $1.52 – Bet Now
Brumbies by 10