Matches this weekend are as follows
All prices are from William Hill
Hurricanes v Sharks Friday 6th April 08.35am GMT
The Hurricanes won their fourth game in a row beating the Rebels in Melbourne 50-19 last week. The Hurricanes now play four home games in a row and they are now the outright favourites for the competition having covered the handicap in all but one of their matches so far this season.
In the New Zealand conference they are top on points difference ahead of the Crusaders.
This is the fourth and final match of the Sharks’ Australasian tour. Having lost to the Brumbies and Rebels they then beat the Blues 63-40 in Auckland having started the game 12.5 point underdogs.
The Sharks last visit to the Hurricanes saw them lose 41-0 in the 2016 play offs.
The Hurricanes are 22 point handicap point favourites at 10/11. It is a hefty handicap but I think they are more likely to cover than not.
Sunwolves v Waratahs Saturday 7th April 6.15am GMT
The Sunwolves are winless this season and in their last game two weeks ago lost 61-10 to the Chiefs in Japan.
The Waratahs have 3 wins a draw and a loss in their five games including a current run of successive Australian Derby wins against the Rebels and Brumbies. Second in the Australian conference this is a great chance to draw closer to the Rebels with a bonus point win
The Waratahs -16 on the handicap should be supported
Chiefs v Blues Saturday 7th April 8.35am
The Chiefs have won four matches in a row including beating the Blues 27-21 away from home. The Chiefs go into the game third in the New Zealand conference
The Blues were 12 point handicap favourites at home to the Sharks last weekend and lost 63-40! Each side scored six tries. The Blues are bottom of the New Zealand conference with 1 win from their five games. They haven’t beaten the Chiefs in their last 13enounters and are +8 here
The Chiefs +8 is my strongest bet of the weekend at 10/11
Brumbies v Reds Saturday 7th April 10.45am GMT
The Brumbies have 2 wins from their five matches and all three losses have been in Australian Derbies.
The Reds return from a bye week after their win at the Jaguares which followed a loss at the Stormers. Their most recent four matches have been settled by 11 points or less and here they are 4 point underdogs to a side that aren’t functioning well
The Reds +4 at 10/11 to at a minimum cover for me
Lions v Stormers Saturday 7th April 4.15pm GMT
The Lions went down 14-8 at home to the Crusaders last weekend and they now have 4 wins and 3 losses so far this season with all three losses in their last four games
The Stormers have 3 wins and 4 defeats so far this season and have yet to win away from home though two of their three away games have been in New
The Lions have been placed as seven point handicap favourites here which looks a bit of a stretch given their poor form but for me it’s a no bet game
Los Jaguares v Crusaders Saturday 7th April 10.45pm
The final action of the round comes from Buenos Aires on Saturday night.
This is the fifth successive home game for the Jaguares and in the previous four games they have beaten the Waratahs and Lions and in their only game against New Zealand opposition lost to the Hurricanes 34-9
The Crusaders beat the Lions 14-8 in Johannesburg last weekend and have now played six won 4, both losses against other New Zealand sides. They have been installed as 15 point favourites at 10/11 and I think it is highly likely they will cover.