Super Rugby Round 7

Super Rugby enters Round 7 this week with some intriguing match ups across the board. Derbies between the Chiefs/Highlanders and Brumbies/Waratahs are shaping up as the games of the weekend, with both having serious implications in their respective conferences. The Wolf has looked through the round and you don’t have to wait long to see his best bet which comes up in the first game of the weekend.

Round 7 Preview and Tips

Chiefs vs Highlanders – (5:35pm Friday 30th March)
The Chiefs come into this fixture off the back of an easy 51 point win against the Sunwolves. Prior to this their season looked to be moving along steady with their only defeat coming against the high flying Hurricanes. They start a tough test now with their next three games coming against NZ opposition. The Highlanders come off the back of a defeat to the Hurricanes last week but were in it for a long way but struggled to convert possession and territory into points. The Highlanders match up well against the Chiefs with a grinding style of play and will look to dominate up front and play a tight game controlled by the forwards. The Wolf has the Highlanders as favourites in this one, so backing the Highlanders H2H should get your weekend off to a winning start.
Best Bet: Highlanders WIN ($1.95)
Value Bet: Highlanders 1-12 ($3.05)

Rebel vs Hurricanes – (7:45pm Friday 30th March)
The Rebels came out last week with a point to prove having been smashed the week previous against the Waratahs. They didn’t disappoint and were able to get back to winning ways with a comfortable 32 point win against the Sharks. In the Hurricanes this week, it presents their biggest challenge to date and the Rebels should be able to gauge where they sit in the competition as a whole. The Hurricanes have been ultra-impressive since their first round shock defeat to the Bulls winning their last three games convincingly. The Wolf thinks this game is a much tighter affair then the current line of 9.5 points and with the Rebels form at home being strong they should be able to keep it close.
Best Bet: Rebels +9.5 ($1.90)
Value Bet: Hurricanes 1-12 ($2.80)

Blues vs Sharks – (5:35pm Saturday 31st March)
The Blues have started the season well and after a tough trip abroad to South Africa return home to take on the Sharks at Eden Park. The Sharks were disposed of an easy fashion last week by the Rebels which doesn’t bode well for an upcoming two game tour of NZ. Although the Sharks have won six of the last seven against the Blues, the Blues have become a different side under Tana Umanga’s guidance and look far too good against a depleted Sharks side. The current line of 12.5 is not enough to save the Sharks and the Wolf expects them to be on the end of a large scoreline.
Best Bet: Blues -13.5 ($1.90)
Value Bet: Blues 30+ ($4.00)

Brumbies vs Waratahs – (7:45pm Saturday 31st March)
The Big Australian derby of the weekend takes place down in the Nation’s capital between the Brumbies and Waratahs. The Waratahs start 2.5 point favourites in what has historically been a low scoring tight affair. Both sides come off byes so will be well rested for the grudge match. The Brumbies start to the season has them 4th in the Australian conference having won 2 and lost 2 slighty behind the Waratahs who also have two wins to their name. The Brumbies see the return of arguable the best loose forward in world rugby in David Pocock and will be hoping it provides them with go forward and leadership across the park. Unfortunately for the Brumbies however, the Wolf thinks the Waratahs are destined for greater things this season and feels they will dispose of the Brumbies fairly convincingly in the end.
Best Bet: Waratahs -2.5 ($1.90)
Value Bet: Waratahs 1-12 ($2.80)

Bulls vs Stormers – (2:15am Sunday 1st April)
The Bulls return back to South Africa having only secured 1 point whilst away on tour. After starting the season with a shock win over this year’s favourites the Hurricanes it has all been downhill for Bulls. However, their past few games have shown they are terrific starters and just have an inability to play for 80 minutes. The Stormers on the other hand look like the only team which can trouble the Lions for top spot in the South African Conference. They held on last week to beat a willing Reds side in a tight affair and could potentially take top spot with a win here and a Lion’s loss to the Crusaders. Having covered the line in their last two away fixtures as favourites, the Wolf expects the Stormers to be too strong for the Bulls.
Best Bet: Stormers -2.5 ($1.90)
Value Bet: Stormers 13+ ($3.90)

Lions vs Crusaders (10:30pm Sunday 1st April)
A rematch of last season’s GF sees the Crusaders commence their overseas tour against the Lions. The Lions started off the Season strongly to win their first three games. However, since then they have put in three poor performances and their defence is a serious concern. The Crusaders have looked their usual self this tournament only losing the one game to the Hurricanes. The Crusaders have a great record when travelling to Johannesburg winning their last 5 visits. The current line of 6.5 doesn’t look enough for the Lions, with their defence leaking an average of 40 points over their last 4 games. This game looks to have lots of tries and should be an entertaining affair and the Wolf wants to be with last year’s champions to cover.
Best Bet: Crusaders -6.5 ($1.90)
Value Bet: Crusaders 13+ ($2.65)