We have expert betting tips for Super Rugby Pacific Semi Finals which kicks off on Friday night with the Crusaders vs Chiefs.
There are two Super Rugby playoff games to bet on and the pride of Australia rests with the Brumbies, who have the daunting task of playing the Blues.
Super Rugby Pacific Quarter Finals Predictions
5:05pm Crusaders vs Chiefs @ Orangetheory Stadium
The Crusaders took their time to find their groove against the Reds last week, but they ran out convincing 37-15 winners.
It hasn’t been the usual season for the Crusaders as they’re often leading the competition, but that doesn’t mean they’re not title contenders.
Beating the Chiefs takes them to the final and they’d be a great chance of winning, but they first must get past the dangerous visitors.
The Chiefs looked excellent when beating the Waratahs 39-15 last week and that performance gives them confidence. Much like the Crusaders, it hasn’t been the usual season for the Chiefs but they have improved closer to the playoffs.
Putting up 39 points on the Waratahs was a solid effort and bookmakers have taken notice. The Chiefs are only +7.5 underdogs, but that number could push out to +8.5 with the weight of money coming for the home side.
The Crusaders are the $1.30 favourites to win the game and we couldn’t bet against them. They have loads of All Black talent and they’re well-coached, which counts for plenty.
It could be a close game throughout, but the Crusaders should pull away late and get the job done.
Betting tip: Crusaders –7.5 @ $1.89 Bet @ PlayUp
Crusaders by 12
5:05pm Blues vs Brumbies @ Eden Park
The Blues have been the best team in the competition from the outset and they are firm favourites to beat the Brumbies on Saturday.
Coming in with a near-perfect record, the Blues have a 90-point differential compared to the Brumbies, so they have the class edge and punters have been backing them early.
The –12.5 line is already into $1.86 and we could see it moving to around –13.5 come start time, which is a big thing for punters. Securing a –12.5 line is much better than –13.5, so it could pay to jump on the current line before it moves.
The Blues scored an effortless 35-6 win over the Highlanders last week, which was always going to be one-sided. The Highlanders had been poor all season, so it was nothing less than a tune-up for the Blues.
It wasn’t so easy for the Brumbies, who won 35-25 against the Hurricanes. They turned around a 10-point halftime deficit and did it with only 14 players on the field, so it was an outstanding win.
The Brumbies are a danger to the Blues but playing on the road against the best team is tough and they don’t often travel well. Therefore, we’re backing the Blues to empty the tank and put in their supreme effort.
It could be a wet game, which helps the Blues, so we expect the game to go their way.
Betting tip: Blues –12.5 @ $1.86 Bet @ PlayUp
Blues by 16
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.