After this weekend Super Rugby is on a month long hiatus for Summer Tour Internationals and with South Africa playing this weekend this is a truncated week of fixtures
Fixtures for this round are as follows. All prices are William Hill and all times BST
Friday 1st June 08.35am
Highlanders v Hurricanes
The Highlanders just got home at the Reds in beating the Queenslanders 18-15 with a late penalty last weekend and now have 8 wins from 12 games this season good for only fourth in their conference.
The Hurricanes lost their top of the table clash 24-13 at the Crusaders. On a wet night they were over-powered up front and the conditions didn’t suit their fast, hard running attacking style. The Hurricanes are now five points behind the Crusaders in the conference. Assuming the weather is better for this game, suiting the Hurricanes they can be supported at -3 at 10/11
Saturday 2nd June
Blues v Rebels 06.15am
The Blues were on a bye last week and are well adrift in their conference, fifth of five with 3 wins from 12 matches and out of contention for the knockout stages
The Rebels beat the Sunwolves 40-13 last weekend and that victory took them to won six lost six and only a point behind the Waratahs at the top of the Australian Conference.
Without much confidence on either side, I feel that the Blues -3 at 10/11 flatters the visitors and the Blues are the bet.
Chiefs v Crusaders 08.35am
The Chiefs beat the Waratahs 39-27 to consolidate third place in the New Zealand conference with 8 wins out of 12 games.
The Crusaders cemented their position both at the top of the New Zealand conference and the overall table with a 24-13 home victory of the Hurricanes in a bad weather game they controlled up front and which aided their defence against the high powered Hurricanes attack.
The Crusaders should be supported at -4 at 10/11
Reds v Waratahs 10.45am
The Reds lost 18-15 at home to the Highlanders last weekend. With only 4 wins in their 12 games they won’t be making the post-season
The Waratahs lost 39-27 in Waikato at the Chiefs. The Waratahs still lead the Australian conference with 6 wins and a draw in 12 matches but now only a point ahead of the Rebels.
This isn’t a game I can pick with any confidence at the prices as the Waratahs -7 looks to price in their superiority.
Sunday 3rd June
Brumbies v Sunwolves 7.05am
The Brumbies pulled off the surprise win of last weekend, beating the Bulls 38-28 in South Africa, and this was only their fourth win in 12 matches in what has been a very disappointing season for recent Australian conference champions
The Sunwolves disappointed after recent wins, losing 40-13 to the Rebels in Melbourne and have now lost 10 of their 12 games this season
The quote here is a bit of an eye-opener the Brumbies -30 at 10/11. Yes the Sunwolves are not a great side but neither are the Brumbies. A speculative play on the Sunwolves +30 points