Fixtures as follows
Friday 5th April
7.35am BST Highlanders v Hurricanes
The Highlanders return to action after a bye week having won two and drawn one of their six games. The Hurricanes lost at home to the Crusaders 32-8 in Wellington and remain second in the New Zealand conference with four wins and a draw from their seven games
As home underdogs the Highlanders +3 at 10/11 with Bet365 look attractive.
10.00am BST Reds v Stormers
The Reds lost at home last weekend to the Rebels 32-13 and have now lost four of their six games. The Stormers lost at the Blues 24-9 and now have a 3-3 win/loss record. The Reds are priced up as 2 point underdogs but I make this a no bet game between two unpredictable teams.
6.10pm BST Lions v Sharks
The Lions come off a bye week with a 4-2 record. Good enough to be top of the South African conference, in their six games. In this local derby they now host the Sharks who lost 19-16 at home to the Bulls and have won three of their six games.
The Lions are priced as 6 point favourites here at 10/11, and I will take the Sharks +6 to keep it close.
Saturday 6th April
5.15am BST Crusaders v Brumbies
The Crusaders returned to form after their loss in Australia the week before and won at the Hurricanes 32-8 last weekend, their fifth win in seven games.
The Brumbies were on a bye week last week and have only two wins in six games so far this season.
The Crusaders will win but difficult to back -20 on the handicap, no bet.
7.15am Blues v Waratahs
The Blues beat the Stormers at home last weekend 24-9 for their third win of the season
The Waratahs beat the Crusaders two weeks ago, an incredible result. They then lost at home to the lowly Sunwolves 31-29, another incredible result but for the wrong reasons. They have three wins from their six games this season.
Difficult to know what to expect from the Waratahs after the last fortnight and they are five point underdogs here. On balance they are worth a small wager with the points start.
9.45am Rebels v Sunwolves
The Rebels won at Reds last weekend 31-13 for their fourth win to go top of the Australian conference.
The Sunwolves achieved their second win of the season at the Waratahs winning 31-29
The Rebels are -13 on the handicap and are the most improved Australian team in what was the weakest conference last year. They should cover here.
2.05pm Bulls v Jaguares
The Bulls rose to second in the South African Super League ladder with a 19-16 victory at Durban against the Sharks, their fourth win of the season
The Jaguares returned to Argentina last week and narrowly lost to the Chiefs 30-27 and now have two wins from six games
The Bulls can be backed -9 points at 10/11 with Bet365