Round 8 of the 2019 Super Rugby season starts this Friday and we have you covered with our Super Rugby betting tips for every match.
If the Highlanders and Hurricanes can replicate their earlier encounter this season, this could be a grand start to Round 8. In Round 4, it was the Hurricanes getting home 25-22 against the fast-finishing Highlanders. After 3 straight road games and 3 losses on the trot, the Highlanders should be the more desperate side on Friday. There's also an interesting trend in this matchup with the home team going 6-0 since 2016. At this venue in 2018, the Highlanders easily won this contest 30-14. With the Hurricanes coming off a 32-8 loss, this should see the Highlanders cover the line or spring an upset.
Suncorp Stadium hosts the QLD Reds and the Stormers clash on Friday night. For the Reds, they've been wildly inconsistent over the last few weeks. Which includes a 32-13 home loss last round and that followed an impressive 36-14 win over the Brumbies at this venue. So it's hard to know which Reds side will show up. Meanwhile, the Stormers couldn't get past the Blues last week in a disappointing 24-9 defeat. In the end, this is probably the toughest game to predict in Round 8 so it's a clear no bet.
Saturday morning's Super Rugby action will see the 4-2 Lions hosting the 3-3 Sharks. The home side is after a 4th straight win after wins over the Sunwolves, Rebels and Jaguares. They'll also be fresh from the bye last round. After a nice start to the season, the Sharks are in the midst of a poor patch having lost 3 of their last 4. It doesn't bode well considering the Lions form at the moment. When the Sharks travel to Emirates Airline Park, their record is just 2-7 SU as well. As a home favourite, the Lions are 21-11 ATS since 2014 and that looks the best play.
AMI Stadium will see the 5-1-1 Crusaders taking on the 2-4 ACT Brumbies. It's been a long time since the Brumbies have upset the Crusaders and it's hard to see this being the occasion. They were comfortably beaten by the Reds last time out 36-14 and have lost 3 of their last 4 games. The Crusaders rebounded from a 20-12 loss against the Waratahs with a 32-8 defeat of the Hurricanes in Wellington. Their undefeated streak at this venue stretches back to July 2016 and they've won comfortably won both games at home this season. Really the only value is with the line, which is set fairly high at 20.5 points. But the Crusaders 6-2 ATS record against ACT is a good trend to bet with.
The Blues will aim for a 4th straight home victory as they tackle the Waratahs on Saturday afternoon. After winning just 1 of 8 at this venue in 2018, it's great to see the Aucklanders finally putting it together on their home deck. The Waratahs suffered a shock 31-29 loss last week and it was a disappointing result considering they knocked off the Crusaders previously. The key in this matchup is the Blues home record and that should be the difference. They've won all 4 matchups against the Waratahs here since 2011 and on all 4 occasions, they've led at the half.
Saturday night Super Rugby will be played at AAMI Park as the 4-2 Rebels take on the 2-5 Sunwolves. Melbourne is coming off a 32-13 win over the Reds in Brisbane and will welcome a home game after 3 straight road games. But the Sunwolves are looking much improved and the fact they've won both games on the road this season is a huge achievement. They upset the Waratahs 31-29 last week and should bring confidence to this matchup against the Rebels. They have a nice 13-10 ATS record in night matches on the road and while they don't have a great record over the Rebels, they're playing well enough to cover here.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium hosts the last game of Round 8 as the 4-2 Bulls battle the 2-4 Jaguares. In this matchup, the home team is 5-0 SU so the Bulls will start as warm favourites. They responded from a 56-20 home defeat against the Chiefs with a tough 19-16 win over the Sharks last week. While for the Jaguares, they're looking to end a 3 game losing streak. They lost at home to the Chiefs 30-27 last week and previously lost both games in South Africa by an average of 17.5 points. In the 2 meetings at this venue, the Bulls average winning margin is 11 points and they won 43-34 here last season. This should be a similar type of game with the Bulls getting the win by the 1-12 margin for good value.
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