After an exciting regular season of Super Rugby action, 8 teams are left in the running for the Grand Final. With four enticing matchups, we’ll look for the best value bets on offer this weekend as we preview all four games below.
The first final will be a rematch of last week’s clash between the Hurricanes and Chiefs. In a close battle, the Chiefs got the victory by 4 points (28-24). The major difference this time is the clash will be played at Westpac Stadium giving the Hurricanes home field advantage. They finished off the season with a 1-4 record, so they’re not coming into the finals with their best form. The Chiefs win last week would have built their confidence levels to take down the Hurricanes at this venue, where they’ve struggled in the past. Since 2010, they’re 3-7 against the Hurricanes when playing on the road. The other factor is the Hurricanes 8-0 record at home this season. So while I see the Hurricanes avenging last week’s loss, this still should be another close contest. Both sides will be desperate and that should see defence dominate in a low scoring battle. So just like last week, I suggest the either team bet at CrownBet for the best value in this matchup.
The Crusaders will aim for their 12th straight win when they take on the Sharks at AMI Stadium this Saturday. They’ve easily been the best team in Super Rugby this season and they should comfortably reach the Grand Final. Credit to the Sharks for making the finals and winning their last game to do so. However, this will be a huge challenge that I don’t think their lineup can handle. The two sides haven’t met in New Zealand since 2014 and the Crusaders easily won on that occasion, 38-6. They come into the finals on the back of two dominant wins at home - 54-17 against the Blues and 45-22 versus the Highlanders. Not many team’s have troubled them at home in 2018 and the Sharks defence will be a huge concern. They rank 12th in Super Rugby for points allowed on the road, having given up 33 points per game. So in what should be another crushing win for the home side, the line is the only value in this game. The Crusaders hold a 5-2 ATS record when playing the Sharks and they’ve won their last 2 at home by over the line on offer for this game.
The Super Rugby finals action continues with the 9-6 Waratahs up against the 10-6 Highlanders at Allianz Stadium. This should be one of the more interesting clashes of the week, considering the Waratahs thrashed them 41-12 at this venue in mid-May. So the Highlanders will be looking for the ultimate revenge by knocking them out of the finals. However, their away form this year hasn’t been great with just 3 wins in 8 games. Last week at home, they only just beat the fairly poor Rebels 43-37 and previously lost 45-22 on the road against the Crusaders. So the key for the Waratahs will be taking advantage of the Highlanders defence. They were the 2nd best attacking team in home games all season and face the Highlanders defence that allowed 29 points per game. So in the end, I see great value in the Waratahs taking this game right down to the wire to cover the line and maybe cause an upset.
In this matchup, the Lions and Jaguares face off at Emirates Airlines Park on Saturday. The key factor in this game will be the experienced Lions at home against the Jaguares, who will be making their debut in the Super Rugby finals. At home this season, the Lions dominated with a 6-2 record and they ended the season as the 3rd best scoring team when playing on their home turf. Meanwhile, the Jaguares have lost 2 in a row on this South Africa trip. Last week, they went down to the Sharks 20-10 and lost to the Bulls 43-34. This season, both sides have won against each other at their home venue. The Lions winning 47-27 and the Jaguares defeated them 49-35 in Argentina. Interestingly, the home side is 6-0 when these two sides meet, which is a nice trend for the Lions. I think their attack will take advantage of the Jaguares defence and the Lions take this at the line. They beat them by 20 points at this venue this season and the Jaguares last 2 losses have been by 8.5 or more points.
With all the focus on Caulfield and their three Group 1's, we've just picked out our best bets of the day at Rosehill, with a couple at nice odds! Check out our preview and selections here! read more
It's Blue Diamond Stakes Day at Caulfield, with three huge Group 1's on the card! Check out our comprehensive preview of all nine races, with selections for every race here! read more
Check out our Harness tips for the excellent night of racing on the cards for Saturday, September 23rd at both Albion Park and Menangle here! read more
With the Australian tennis season in full swing, we take a look at the variety of different betting terms and conditions surrounding retirements in tennis matches at the major Australian sports betting sites. read more
Here's a run down of which Australian sports betting sites offer live streaming action of your favourite sports! read more
The best Australian sports betting sites insures safe and successful online betting for punters as well as offering the best betting options in Australia. read more
Spread betting has finally made it's way to Australia through new betting agency Pointsbet, we give you a quick guide to spread betting here. read more
2019 will see a new spin on the AFLX concept with all-star teams drafted by captains Eddie Betts, Patrick Dangerfield, Nat Fyfe and Jack Riewoldt competing against each other over one night of action! We take a look at the teams and fixture here. read more
New customers to Kayo Sports can cash in on their fantastic new promotion 'Feb for a $5er' which allows you to stream all of their sporting content for just $5 for the month of February! More info here read more
The 2019 AFLW season will see two new teams enter the competition as North Melbourne and Geelong get set to embark on their AFLW journey. We take a look at the full 2019 season fixture here! read more
Can the Perth Scorchers win a record 4th Big Bash League title in 2018-19? See our full team preview for the Scorchers in BBL08 here read more