Games this weekend as follows
Friday 12th April
6.35am Crusaders v Highlanders
The Crusaders are still at the top of the standings after beating the Brumbies 36-14 last weekend. They have won six of their 8 games and only lost one.
The Highlanders lost their fourth successive match last weekend when going down 31-28 at home to the Hurricanes, With two wins from their seven games they are 4th of 5 teams in the New Zealand conference
The Crusaders should cover -12 at 10/11 with Bet365
10.45am Rebels v Stormers
The Rebels beat the Sunwolves 42-15 in week 8 for their fifth win of the season and now a seven point lead at the top of the Australian conference
The Stormers lost to the Reds in Brisbane 24-12 in round 8 for successive losses on their Australasian tour. They now have 3 wins from seven games this season
At home I like the Rebels to cover -9 at 10/11
Saturday 13th April
8.35am Chiefs v Blues
The Chiefs come off their bye week bottom of the New Zealand conference with 2 wins and a draw from their 7 games. The Blues beat the Waratahs 32-29 for their fourth win of the season, already a step up from last years results and I like them here to cover +4 at 10/11
10.45am Brumbies v Lions
The Brumbies went to the table topping Crusaders and lost 36-14 last weekend. They have only two wins from their seven games this season
The Lions came heavily unstuck last weekend, losing at home 42-5 to the Sharks losing top spot in the South African conference.
A difficult game to call with both teams in such mixed form, reflected by the quote of Brumbies -1.No bet
2.05pm Sharks v Jaguares
The Sharks won a great victory at the Lions 42-5 last weekend. They now have a 4-3 record and are top of South African conference again.
The Jaguares recorded an excellent win at the Bulls, coming from behind to win 22-20 for their third win in seven games
Here the Sharks are -7 at 10/11 with SkyBet. They should cover.
4.15pm Bulls v Reds
The Bulls lost at home to the Jaguares 22-20 giving up the lead late on to lose their third game in seven so far this season
The Reds beat the Stormers 24-12 in round 8 for their third win of a generally improving season.
I think the Reds +111 at 10/11 with Bet365 is the bet of the weekend despite the travel to play at South African altitude