We have expert betting tips for Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, which kicks off this week with five quality rugby games.
For the first time in years, teams from Australia and New Zealand compete against each other. It should be a tremendous season and we’re excited.
Betting is available for every Super Rugby game, which starts on Friday night.
Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 1 Predictions
Highlanders vs Reds @ Forsyth Barr Stadium
The Reds come off a Super Rugby AU title and bookmakers aren’t giving them much respect against the Highlanders.
As a whole, we believe the New Zealand form is stronger and history suggests as much. However, the Reds are full of confidence and the Highlanders didn’t have a great season.
There are better players in the Highlanders, which includes a plethora of All Blacks. Having not had to travel is a major plus for the Highlanders, so that could put the Reds off their game.
Bookmakers have the margin at 9.5 points, and although we respect the Reds, the situation might be too tough to overcome.
Betting tip: Highlanders –9.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Waratahs vs Hurricanes @ SCG
The Waratahs are coming off their worst season in history and we’re not surprised at the odds for this game.
They are 22.5-point underdogs against a Hurricanes team which finished last in Super Rugby Aotearoa, but they looked the far more dangerous outfit.
The Wellington-based franchise does have to travel to Sydney, but these teams are on different levels and we could be looking at a cricket score line after 80 minutes.
Backing the Waratahs with confidence against any team this season could be tough.
Betting tip: Hurricanes –22.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Crusaders vs Brumbies @ Orangetheory Stadium
Crusaders vs Brumbies is the most anticipated game of Round 1 and it pits the New Zealand champions against the beaten Australian finalists.
The Crusaders are on a roll and they are awfully tough to beat at home. We are worried about the Brumbies having a hangover after a tough Grand Final against the Reds, so the advantage is with the home side.
Bookmakers have 18.5 points between them, which shows a lot of confidence in the Crusaders. It could be a one-sided game, but we’re excited to see how they measure up.
We think the Brumbies are good enough to grind away and stick with them.
Betting tip: Brumbies +18.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Rebels vs Blues @ AAMI Park
Once again, the New Zealand team is heavily-favoured to score. The Blues were the big disappointment this season, and although they have the talent, they failed to deliver.
The same can be said for the Rebels, who had every chance of finishing in the first three but were passed by the Western Force.
We believe the Rebels are good enough to win a few games this season, but they might be overpowered against a Blues team with something to prove.
15.5 points is a lot to cover, but we expect the Auckland-based franchise to play better in the Trans-Tasman competition.
Betting tip: Blues –15.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Force vs Chiefs @ HBF Park
We are surprised the Chiefs are only –14.5 favourites as they should have far too much class for the Force.
The Western Force were better this season, but the Chiefs are one of the most explosive teams in the competition and covering double-figure lines shouldn’t be a problem.
They played well in the New Zealand final and although beaten, they were the form team of the competition prior to that.
Punters are getting a value line and we expect the Chiefs to score a 20-point win.
Betting tip: Chiefs –14.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
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.