Round 9 of the 2018 Super Rugby season starts this Friday and we have you covered with our Super Rugby betting tips for every match.
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Hurricanes vs Chiefs (Friday, Apr 13 5:35pm AEST)
The match of the round will take place in Wellington as the Hurricanes host the Chiefs. Both sides are 5-1 on the season so this should be a great matchup. Last week, the Hurricanes weren’t overly impressive against the Sharks as they just won in the last few minutes. On the other hand, the Chiefs have won five straight matches. In their last 2 wins, they have beaten the Highlanders and Blues by under 6 points. In the head to head, the Chiefs went 2-0 against them last season. So the line is huge value for the Chiefs in this one. Both sides average 33 points scored per match and I’m hoping for another entertaining clash.
Sunwolves vs Blues (Saturday, Apr 14 1:05pm AEST)
For the Sunwolves, it was the same old story in Round 8 as they were smashed by the Waratahs 50-29. They’re lacklustre defence reappeared as they’re averaging 45 points against this season. But interestingly, they did beat the Blues 48-21 at this venue last season. The Blues have had a poor 2018 with a 1-5 record. They just lost against the Chiefs last week and got smashed 63-40 against the Sharks previously. So there is hope for the Sunwolves. I’m not sure if they can repeat their victory over the Blues from last season, but they can surely cover the line. These two sides are the worst defensive teams in Super Rugby so hopefully it’s high scoring and close in the end.
Rebels vs Jaguares (Saturday, Apr 14 3:15pm AEST)
The Melbourne Rebels are back from the bye and will be refreshed for this clash against the Jaguares. The Argentinian side actually did this clash last season 32-29. They’re coming off a 40-14 defeat against the Crusaders and after 5 straight home matches, they’ll now be on a 4 match road-trip. Last season, they won both matches in Australia so they should be confident. But this season, the defence is a real concern as they average 32.9 points against. The Rebels are the third best attacking team in Super Rugby and can score quick points. But they’re proving to be a hard team to predict. They lost 50-19 in their last match and previously won 46-14 at home. So without much confidence, I’ll back the Rebels to just win by 1-12.
Highlanders vs Brumbies (Saturday, Apr 14 5:35pm AEST)
The Highlanders are back at home after two straight losses and this is a bit of a danger matchup. The Highlanders lost 27-22 against the Chiefs and were well beaten by the Hurricanes 29-12 previously. The Brumbies finally found their attack in a 45-21 comeback victory over the Reds. However, the New Zealand trip has been a nightmare for the Brumbies as they hold a 0-8 record. They’ve also lost against the Highlanders in the last 3 meetings, with two of those played in Canberra. So the Highlanders are looking to rebound at home and they’re 9-2 at this venue since 2017. It will likely be a close contest and I can see the Highlanders winning 1-12.
Waratahs vs Reds (Saturday, Apr 14 7:45pm AEST)
The Waratahs are back from Japan after a 50-29 victory over the Sunwolves. They’ll be playing a rare Super Rugby match at the SCG against the Reds, the first at the venue since 1983. QLD were disappointing against the Brumbies last week. They led 15-0 early on but went on to concede 45-6 in the last 65 minutes. So that’s doesn’t fill me with confidence against a Waratahs side that’s in try-scoring form. They’ve put up 50 points in 2 of their last 3 wins. So the Reds defence will likely struggle. They also haven’t beaten the Waratahs since 2013 and that includes 7 straight losses. The Waratahs have a 5-1 line record this season so I’ll be backing them to beat it.
Sharks vs Bulls (Sunday, Apr 15 1:15am AEST)
The last match of the round is an important South African matchup between the Sharks and Bulls. Both sides are 2-4 (Sharks have a tie) this season so a 3-4 record will be on their minds. For the Sharks, they probably should of beaten the Hurricanes but they let in a late try to go down 38-37. After 4 matches on the road, they’ll look forward to a few at home and they showed good signs in their last 2 matches. The Bulls finally ended a 4 match losing streak with a 33-23 home win over the Stormers. They do have a 5-0 record against the Sharks and have won the last 2 as the away side. However, it’s usually a closely fought contest so it is a tough pick. So the either team market under 8.5 points is good value.
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