Round 3 of Super Rugby sees one tough weekend of rugby matches, which does play into your hands as a punter, as the return for being on target is much greater. Head on over to the Marshalls World of Sport website and have a look at the following games:
First up this weekend is the Crusaders at home to the Chiefs, with the Crusaders coming off a shock loss at home to the Highlanders last weekend, and the Chiefs coming off a surprise win over the Blues. Both teams will be raring to go in this New Zealand derby match, but I suspect the Crusaders will want to avenge their defeat and will hit their straps against the Chiefs.
Crusaders – 5/10
Chiefs – 19/10
The second Friday game sees the Force host the Hurricanes, who are on route home after their tour to South Africa. The Force come off two defeats while the Hurricanes came from behind to beat the Lions in Johannesburg last weekend. Both teams seem destined for the lower end of the table and will be desperate for win points. This is going to be a very close game, but ultimately the home team will sneak it, purely based on the fact that the Hurricanes are returning from a grueling tour of South Africa.
Force – 1/1
Hurricanes – 1/1
Saturday morning sees an early kick off in Canberra, as the Cheetahs start their tour against Jake White’s Brumbies outfit. The Brumbies had a bye last weekend and scored a good win over the Force in the opening weekend, and will look to remain unbeaten as they aim to defy all suggestion that they are a poor team this year. The Cheetahs come off a hammering at the hands of the Bulls, and will struggle to keep up against a fresh Brumbies team.
Brumbies – 7/20
Cheetahs – 27/10
In what should be one of the matches of the weekend, the Highlanders host the Waratahs in Dunedin, the Highlanders with 2 wins under their belt after the two rounds, and will look to make it three from three as they continue with their current form. Their confidence will be high after beating the Crusaders last weekend, and will look to take advantage of the Waratahs side that has had a mixed bag of results with a loss to the Reds and a win over the somewhat hapless Rebels. This match will be interesting to watch and we should see the New Zealand team taking it.
Highlanders – 7/10
Waratahs – 13/10
The easiest match of the weekend to call, in my opinion, is the Reds game where they will be taking on perennial under achievers the Rebels. The Reds have made a perfect start to their title defence, and will certainly continue in that vain as the Rebels will offer little resistance against the Champion side.
Reds – 2/10
Rebels – 9/2
Game four on this Super Saturday of Super Rugby action sees us hit home shores as the Sharks take on the Lions in Durban, in a repeat of the Currie Cup final about five months ago. Both teams have had their injury concerns in the build up to this game, but one feels that it is only a matter of time before the Sharks score their first win of the campaign, and a Sharks team at home is always difficult to beat.
Sharks – 4/10
Lions – 26/10
The last game of the weekend takes us to Loftus, where the Bulls host the Blues in what should be an epic encounter. The Bulls are two from two and have looked the most impressive South African side so far in the tournament. The Blues have lost both their opening games after being favourites going into both, and it looks like the Auckland based team will go three losses from three as the home team will have too much fire power for them.
Bulls – 4/10
Blues – 23/10
The odds mentioned above are correct at time of publishing the article, and might change closer to kick off.
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