Fixtures this weekend as follows, all prices from SkyBet.
Friday 10th May
8.35am BST Blues v Hurricanes
Last weekend the Blues lost at Brumbies 26-21 to fall to a record of 4 wins and 6 losses and 4th of 5 in the New Zealand Conference. The Hurricanes meanwhile beat the Rebels 29-19 and continue in 2nd in the conference with 8 wins and a draw from their 11 games so far this season
Despite travelling to Auckland the Hurricanes are 8 point favourites at 10/11 and I expect them to win and cover.
10.45am Rebels v Reds
The Rebels lost at the Hurricanes 29-19 last weekend. In the very congested Australian Conference the Rebels are top, just, with a 5-5 win/loss record
Their rivals the Reds beat the Sunwolves 36-26 and they too have a 5-5 record so this is a key game with the play-offs looming and possibly only one Australian team going to make the post-season.
The Rebels are 9 point favourites at 10/11, I think this will be close and will be backing the Reds +9.
6.10pm Bulls v Crusaders
The Bulls beat the Waratahs 28-21 last weekend and are top of the South African conference with a 6-4 record. The Crusaders drew 21-21 with the Sharks last weekend in the surprise result of the round and needed a try on full time whistle to secure that draw. Even so the Crusaders are top of their conference with 8 wins and 2 draws in their 11 games.
The Bulls are 9 point home underdogs against the best side in the competition, I will be leaving this game alone.
Saturday 11th May
6.15am Highlanders v Jaguares
The Highlanders drew 31-31 with the Chiefs last weekend and the Highlanders are 3rd in the conference, over 10 points behind the front two, with 4 wins, two draws and five losses in their 11 games.
The Jaguares beat the Stormers 30-25 in Buenos Aires to continue their strong home form and now are only a point behind top place in the Conference with a 6-4 record.
The Jaguares have to be worth a bet at +10 against one of the weaker NZ sides at 10/11.
8.35am Chiefs v Sharks
The Chiefs drew at the Highlanders 31-31 last weekend and are bottom of the conference with only 3 wins and 2 draws from their 11 games
The Sharks had a great result and drew 21-21 at the Crusaders and the Sharks are well in contention for the Conference with 28 points and 5 wins and a draw in the season so far.
The Sharks can be supported at +4 points at 10/11
2.05pm Lions v Waratahs
The Lions come off a bye week with five wins and five losses whilst the Waratahs lost 28-21 at Bulls to fall to a 4-6 win/loss record
The Lions -7 at 10/11 is the play.
Sunday 12th May
7.05am Brumbies v Sunwolves
The Brumbies beat the Blues at home last weekend 26-21 for their fifth win of the season to rise to second place in the Australian Conference.
The Sunwolves lost 32-26 at the Reds after leading the game into the second half and they remain with 2 wins so far this season the worst record in Super Rugby in this their last season in the Competition
The Brumbies should win by more than two scores so -13 at 10/11 appeals