• Betfocus
  • QuestBet
  • BoomBet
  • TradieBET
  • Chasebet
  • Picklebet

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman: Round 1 Preview & Betting Tips

May 15th 2021, 6:47pm, By: Jim Tucker

Trans-Tasman Super Rugby Betting Tips

The opening round of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is upon us. If you listen to the bookies shouting their odds at you it’s going to be a 0-5 start for Australia’s five teams and by a clear margin. What’s really in store?

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 1 Betting Tips

Highlanders v Queensland Reds  

Fri, May 14, Forsyth-Barr Stadium, Dunedin 5:05pm (AEST) 

The Reds would win this one any other week of the season but not just six days after their Super Rugby AU triumph. Too much emotion has been drained from them. The Reds also looked undersized in the backs and barely made a break against the Brumbies without Hunter Paisami in the final. Now they are also without the injured Jordan Petaia. Their mosquito fleet in the backs will struggle. The Highlanders went just 3-5 in Super Rugby Aotearoa but they knocked off the champion Crusaders 33-12. The hallmark that night was big defence forcing errors and turning those chances into tries. Fun match-up at halfback between All Black Aaron Smith and 19-year-old Reds halfback Kalani Thomas, who idolises him. Highlanders to win but Reds to be a real force in this competition. 

Highlanders 13+


NSW Waratahs v Hurricanes 

Fri, May 14, Sydney Cricket Ground, 7:45pm (AEST) 

The Hurricanes (2-6) ran last in the NZ comp but finished strongly with a 41-22 win over the Highlanders a fortnight ago. They lose a good deal of firepower with All Blacks centre Ngani Laumape out of this game in the same week he announced his move to French club Stade Francais. Jordie Barrett and his backs shred unorganised defences and you still have to question whether the Waratahs have repaired all the holes that existed during their awful early season performances. The ‘Tahs have improved and Ben Donaldson has given the attack more edge at five-eighth but this is still such a raw young NSW outfit.  

Hurricanes –23.5


Crusaders v Brumbies 

Sat, May 15, OrangeTheory Stadium, Christchurch 5:05pm (AEST) 

This will be a hard one for both teams coming off finals just a week ago. The Crusaders have too much polish and ingrained performance to let this one slip even though they are resting a few regular starters. The Brumbies played some terrific rugby in Super Rugby AU. Now young stars like five-eighth Noah Lolesio get to test their development against the best Kiwi side. The Brumbies haven’t beaten the Crusaders since 2009. A well-drilled pack, winger Tom Wright and centre Len Ikitau can cause the Crusaders some tricky moments but can’t see an upset here.   

Crusaders 1-12


Melbourne Rebels v Blues 

Sat, May 15, AAMI Park, Melbourne 7:45pm (AEST) 

An interesting match-up with the Rebels under interim head coach Kevin Foote for the first time. The Rebels beat the Highlanders in NZ early last year so they are not cannon fodder in front of Kiwi opposition. The Blues have been NZ’s big improvers in 2020-21. Strike force Rieko Ioane will be a handful for the Rebels in the centres. The Blues have elected to play three All Blacks forwards off the bench so they should come home strongly. The Kiwis are relishing the idea of getting back on tour. Pressuring defence and slowing down the Blues’ ball will make this closer than many think.   

Rebels +15.5


Western Force v Chiefs 

Sat, May 15, HBF Park, Perth 9:45pm (AEST) 

The Force got on a roll at the end of Super Rugby AU. They are a team with hunger to defy the odds every time they play. Key back Richard Kahui was once a Chiefs stalwart and his urgency to perform against his old club will be infectious. The Force may well have more energy than a Chiefs team which spent plenty of emotion in last weekend’s losing final in NZ. It’s a stretch to tip a Force upset but with points start they look appealing in Perth.  

Force +14.5



Horse Racing Tips

View More

Our team of expert horse racing analysts bring you regular horse racing tips from major horse racing meetings in Australia and internationally. The highlight of the Australian horse racing calendar is the Spring Carnival, featuring the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and, of course, the Melbourne Cup, and we'll be there riding every winner home with you with our free racing tips and best bets. Giddy up!

AFL Tips

View More

For the best AFL tips, stay tuned into Before You Bet as we provide previews and AFL betting tips for every match of every round, as well as coverage of the AFLW Women's competition, AFL premiership odds, Brownlow Medal vote predictions and a rolling Brownlow Medal leaderboard. If you love AFL football as much as us, then you'll enjoy following our AFL betting tips!

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)

View More

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has taken off in Australia with fantasy sports and racing proving hugely popular in Australia thanks to the emergence of Draftstars. We have regular DFS tips, strategies and projections for Australian daily fantasy sports players.

NRL Tips

View More

NRL tips for every match of the 2024 NRL season. The National Rugby League is the biggest rugby competition in Australia and we have previews and NRL betting tips for every game, plus best bets for special events like the State of Origin.

Set a deposit limit.