We have expert betting tips for Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 3, which starts on Friday with Hurricanes vs Force.
Punters get five games to invest on this week, including the highly-anticipated Blues vs Brumbies and Reds vs Chiefs.
The Kiwis are 10-0, so can an Australian team get a win?
Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 3 Predictions
Hurricanes vs Force @ McLean Park
The Hurricanes have been piling on the points across two rounds and that might not stop against the Force.
They come off a 35-13 win over the Melbourne Rebels and it was a comprehensive display, especially compared to what the Force showed against the Highlanders.
The Force were unable to find a rhythm when scoring just 15 points in a 25-15 defeat. Losing at home isn’t ideal and traveling to Napier to face the Hurricanes doesn’t help their situation.
Bookmakers have 21.5 points the margin and that’s not surprising. The Hurricanes have been in explosive offensive form and we’re expecting plenty of points to be scored.
Betting tip: Hurricanes –21.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Waratahs vs Crusaders @ WIN Stadium
The Waratahs were on the wrong side of a hammering at the hands of the Blues last week, so they’ll need a miraculous turnaround.
They have been the whipping boys of Super Rugby AU and that form has carried over to the Trans-Tasman competition. The New South Wales-based team suffered a 48-21 loss last week, which followed a 64-48 loss in Round 1.
At the other end of the scale are the Crusaders, which showed how strong the New Zealand teams are this season. They notched a 63-28 win over the Reds last week, so the betting margin of 34.5 points was to be expected.
It should be another long night for the home side.
Betting tip: Crusaders –34.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Blues vs Brumbies @ Eden Park
It could be a close game and although the Brumbies were pumped by the Chiefs last week, they should have learned from the result.
The 40-19 result was a shock to the system for the Brumbies, which were good enough to play in the Super Rugby AU final. However, they are capable of bouncing back with the experience under their belt.
The Blues scored 48 points against the Waratahs, but the Tahs have no defence, so the win might not have been so impressive.
Trusting the Blues to cover a –13.5 spread isn’t easy and there is trepidation in the market. We think the Brumbies have enough talent to keep it close.
Betting tip: Brumbies +13.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Reds vs Chiefs @ Country Bank Stadium
It was a shocking loss for the Reds last week, but how they bounce back will be interesting.
They have come off a Super Rugby AU victory with nothing in the tank, but playing at home will help against the Chiefs, who were impressive last week.
The Chiefs were far too good for the Brumbies in the 40-19 win and the game was played to suit. However, we have a feeling the Reds will be tough to beat and they could score the first win for Australia.
Sportsbet has the Reds paying $3.17 to win, but we’ll take the safer option and take the +7.5 points. It should be an exciting game and it could come down to the final play.
Betting tip: Reds +7.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Highlanders vs Rebels @ Sir John Davies Oval
The Highlanders looked solid in the 25-15 win last week and it holds them in good stead against the Rebels.
It wasn’t the most explosive performance from the Kiwi teams, but they are growing in confidence and the Rebels are there for the taking.
Odds have yet to be released for this game, but we expect the Highlanders to be favoured by 9.5 points. They are good enough to cover the spread, especially in front of a home crowd.
Look for the All Blacks’ stars to step up and produce another winning effort.
Betting tip: Highlanders to win – 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.