After the mid-season break for the International matches, the Super Rugby season resumes
All prices are from William Hill.
Friday 29th June
08.35am Blues v Reds
The Blues have only won 3 of their 13 games this season and went into the International break off the back of another bad result, losing 20-10 to the Rebels.
The Reds are of course in a far weaker conference and have only won 4 of 13 games. They conceded over 50 points in their last game, losing 52-41 in a shoot-out to the Waratahs.
Without too much confidence, I will take the Reds +9 at 10/11 in a game between two poor sides
10.45am Rebels v Waratahs
In this Australian derby, the Rebels with a 7-6 record and coming off a rare win against a New Zealand franchise, and are now only half a game behind the Waratahs at the top of the Australian conference. The Waratahs have a 7-1-5 record so this is a key game for play-off seeding
The Rebels are priced at +4 on the points handicap, and are just favoured to cover at 10/11
Saturday 30th June
08.35am Highlanders v Chiefs
The Highlanders had one of their best results of the season in beating the Hurricanes 30-14 in the last match before the break. With a 9-4 record they are third in the New Zealand conference and currently set for a low seeding in the play offs and an away tie in the last eight
The Chiefs sit just behind the Highlanders in the table, with a 8-5 win loss record in what has been a mixed season. The Chiefs lost 20-34 at home to the table topping Crusaders in their last match
I am happy to support the Highlanders at 10/11 -4 on the handicap here
10.45am Brumbies v Hurricanes
The Brumbies beat the Sunwolves 41-31 in their last game, only their fifth win in 13 games. The Hurricanes are safe in second place in the New Zealand conference though they lost to the Highlanders in their last game though now unlikely to catch the Crusaders in first place.
The Hurricanes should cover +11 at 10/11
12.55pm Sunwolves v Bulls
The Sunwolves lost 31-41 in Canberra in their last game but had a series of fine results before that including two rare wins. Still bottom of the rankings, they are of course going to be underdogs for any super rugby game they play. The Bulls are bottom of the South African conference with a 5-8 record
They are 6 point handicap favourites here, and I will take the Sunwolves with the points
4.15pm Sharks v Lions
The Sharks have 5 wins and a draw from their 13 games, third in the South African conference. Last season’s finalists the Lions have won 8 out of 14 games and are top of the conference and set for a home quarter-final. The Lions are 4 point favourites here at 10/11. No bet
6.40pm Los Jaguares v Stormers
Los Jaguares, formed of the bulk of the Argentina national team, will have to overcome the poor summer form of the national side heavily beaten by Wales and Scotland in the last few weeks. With 8 wins from their 13 games this season though this is Los Jaguares best season to date in Super Rugby and they are second in their conference ahead of the Stormers with 5 wins in their 14 games
The Los Jaguares are 11 point favourites here, that quote looks high. Stormers +11 is the bet.