Super Rugby Round 18 Betting Preview

Richard Prew

Monday, July 2, 2018 12:13 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 2, 2018 12:13 PM UTC

Two more weeks for the group stages ahead of the Super Rugby quarter-finals. Matches this weekend as follows, all times BST, all prices from William Hill.

<h2>Friday, 8.35 am, Crusaders v Highlanders</h2><p>The Highlanders lost their match against the Chiefs in the first half, going into the break 45-0 down, they recovered to score 22 unanswered points in the second half but the loss pushed them below the Chiefs in the New Zealand conference into fourth place</p><p>The Crusaders will be the number one seed in the post-season, currently with a 12-2 record and no game last week after the international break. The Crusaders -7 at <a href="" rel="nofollow">10/11 is the favoured bet.</a></p><h2>Friday, 10.45 am, Reds v Rebels</h2><p>Both sides lost last weekend; the Reds were in Auckland and went down to the Blues 39-16. They have won only 4 of 14 games this season. The Rebels lost to the Waratahs 31-26 in a key game at the top of the conference, and now with a 7-7 record their hopes of the post-season are now in the balance as the potential 8<sup>th</sup> seed. The Rebels -4 at 10/11 given the likely varying motivations of the teams seems fair.</p><h2>Saturday, 6.15 am, Chiefs v Brumbies</h2><p>The Chiefs rose into 3<sup>rd</sup> place in the New Zealand conference with a 45-21 win over the Highlanders and are now the provisional fifth seed for the play offs.</p><p>The Brumbies, in what has been a disappointing season, produced one of the shock wins of it. They beat the Hurricanes 24-12 for their sixth win of the season</p><p>The Chiefs should win but -14 looks toppy. The Brumbies with improved form at <a href="" rel="nofollow">+14 is favoured at 10/11.</a></p><h2>Saturday, 8.35 am, Hurricanes v Blues</h2><p>The Hurricanes suffered a setback at the top of the New Zealand conference in losing to the Brumbies and their 10-4 record is now only good for a potential fourth seed in the playoffs</p><p>They have a chance to get back on track here against the worst of the New Zealand teams. Despite beating the Reds, the Blues have only won 4 out of 14 games.</p><p>The Hurricanes need to bounce back, but the 14-point handicap supremacy leaves nothing to chance. No bet.</p><h2>Saturday, 10.45 am, Waratahs v Sunwolves</h2><p>The Waratahs consolidated their position at the top of the Australian conference besting the Rebels and are set for the third seed playoff berth.</p><p>The Sunwolves beat the Bulls 42-37 for their third win of the season.</p><p>The Waratahs will probably cover -15 but this again leaves nothing to go at, no bet.</p><h2>Saturday, 2.05 pm, Bulls v Jaguares</h2><p>In going down to the Sunwolves in Tokyo, the Bulls fell to their ninth defeat of the season and they are out of playoff contention.</p><p>The Jaguares beat the Stormers 25-14 to record their 9<sup>th</sup> win of the season and are currently slated for the seventh seed in the post-season</p><p>As one-point favourites at the Bulls, the Jaguares can be supported at 10/11</p><h2>Saturday, 4.15 pm, Stormers v Sharks</h2><p>The Stormers have only won 5 of their 15 games this season and face the Sharks who shook up the top of the South African conference in beating the Lions 31-24</p><p>The Sharks are now just outside the playoff spits so all to play for here.</p><p>The Sharks -1 at 10/11 is probably the best bet of the week.</p><p> </p>
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