We have expert betting tips for Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 2, which starts on Friday with a double header.
Punters get five games to invest on this week, including the highly-anticipated Hurricanes vs Rebels and Reds vs Crusaders.
The Kiwis went 5-0 last week, so can the Australians get a win on the board?
Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 2 Predictions
Hurricanes vs Rebels @ Sky Stadium
The Hurricanes took part in an incredible game against the Waratahs last week where 112 points were scored.
There was no defence played at all, but the Hurricanes scored 64 points and we’re looking at the positives. It was a slick offensive performance and it was much better than what the Rebels showed.
The Melbourne-based franchise scored only three points in a 50-3 loss to the Blues. It was a one-sided affair and it continued the Rebels poor form from Super Rugby Australia.
We’re not surprised bookmakers have the line set at 24.5 points. Winning in Wellington won’t be easy and we don’t think this game will be close. The Hurricanes have too many offensive weapons and the Rebels won’t know what hit them.
Betting tip: Hurricanes –24.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Force vs Highlanders @ HBF Park
The Force couldn’t kick the winning goal to beat the Chiefs last week, but it was an almighty effort in defeat.
Losing 20-19 to the Chiefs should be seen as a victory for a team that has long struggled in Super Rugby. The Force also made the semifinal of the Australia competition, so the team is heading in a positive direction.
The Highlanders aren’t getting a lot of respect in betting markets. They are just –9.5 despite beating the Reds 40-19 last Friday night. Granted, the Reds didn’t have their top-level team, it still sent a signal to the Australian teams.
Winning in Perth isn’t easy, as the Chiefs found out, but we think the Highlanders will be too strong.
Betting tip: Highlanders –9.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Blues vs Waratahs @ Eden Park
The Blues put their disappointing Super Rugby Aotearoa season behind them when beating the Rebels by 47 points last week.
It was a dominant performance from a team capable of winning the competition. The superstar All Blacks were on show and that spells bad news for the Waratahs.
The New South Wales-based team showed offensive improvement last week after scoring 48 points against the Hurricanes. However, allowing 64 points is a huge concern, especially against a potent offence of the Blues.
It’s the biggest betting line of the week as the Blues are 35.5-point favorites. Covering such a big line isn’t easy, but we don’t think the Waratahs will be any match for the home side.
Betting tip: Blues –35.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chiefs vs Brumbies @ FMG Stadium
The Chiefs used their get out of jail free card against the Force last week. A last second missed conversion was all that separated the teams, so a better showing is needed against the Brumbies.
It was a similar circumstance for the Brumbies, who missed a late conversion to tie the game. It was a painful loss, but they played well against the New Zealand champions.
They now take on the beaten finalists, so it doesn’t get much easier, but it was an encouraging performance. However, beating the Chiefs at FMG is tough.
The current line is 7.5 and the Chiefs are good enough to cover the spread. They love playing in Hamilton and it could be an easy victory.
Betting tip: Chiefs –7.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Reds vs Crusaders @ Suncorp Stadium
The champions meet at Suncorp Stadium where the Crusaders are favoured by 7.5 points.
Coming off a narrow win over the Brumbies, the Crusaders escaped with the points and will need to play better against the Reds, who rested their best players last week.
What we saw against the Highlanders wasn’t an accurate reflection. They should have their star players on the field, but we’re still giving the edge to the visitors.
The Crusaders are the best team in Australasia, but it could be a close game so we’re looking to boost multis with the head-to-head line.
Betting tip: Crusaders to win @ $1.35 – Bet @ Sportsbet
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
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