Four teams remain in the Super Rugby season and it’s going to be a great weekend of action.
The Crusaders host the Hurricanes in an all-New Zealand clash before the Lions host the Waratahs late on Saturday night.
We have expert tips and form for both Super Rugby semi-final matches this Saturday.
5:35pm Crusaders vs. Hurricanes @ AMI Stadium
The Crusaders have been the best team in Super Rugby from the outset and they deserve to be the current favourites to win the title.
Currently on an impressive winning streak, the Crusaders will look to put to bed the chances of fellow New Zealand side the Hurricanes on Saturday night. Beating their rivals has been no problem for the Crusaders this season and playing at home is going to help their chances.
The Hurricanes have been a touch hot and cold this season. They have looked brilliant one week and poor the next, but the team is stacked with All Black talent and if they turn it on, they could cause a big upset in Christchurch.
They escaped with the win against the Chiefs last week, winning 32-31 in a tight tussle but they should take plenty of confidence from the win. They did lead 32-15 late in the second half but a win is a win.
Crusaders had no such troubles putting away the inferior Sharks 40-10 but was that the best form guide for this week? The Sharks are well below the Chiefs and perhaps the harder game for the Hurricanes will hold them in better stead.
Bookmakers have the Crusaders as $1.33 favourites and –7.5 in the points start market. We think they will win the game but by less than 13 points.
Betting tip: Crusaders 1-12 @ $2.63 (BET NOW)
Crusaders by 10
11:05pm Lions vs. Waratahs @ Ellis Park
The Lions are looking to make back-to-back Super Rugby finals and they’re in a great position to do so. Not only did they secure a home semi-final, but they also get to play the Waratahs.
The Waratahs are notoriously bad travelers and we thought they were a touch lucky to beat the Highlanders last week, albeit scoring an impressive come-from-behind victory.
They were 23-6 down at the half and didn’t give up a point, but three tries were scored with a man in the bin for the Highlanders so it might have flattered the result.
The road to the semi-final for the Lions was a touch smoother, beating the Jaguares 40-23 at home and they’re starting to show their best offensive form. The Lions have always been able to post plenty of points but there defence is still a worry.
Waratahs will throw plenty at the Lions but the travel to South Africa could be telling late in the game and the Lions would have enjoyed a relatively quiet week in the confines of their home ground.
We’re not going to completely rule out the Waratahs as this is a semi-final after all, but we would be surprised to see them get up and beat the Lions.
Betting tip: Lions –10.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Lions by 15