This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: June 26 2015

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It is that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block with our predictions.

It's all about the Super Rugby semi-finals this weekend as we wait to find out who will be challenging for the title next weekend.

The big two games take place in Wellington and Sydney and with the help of Paddy Power we've had a look at where you might pick up some extra value this weekend.

Read on for our tips!

Super Rugby semi-finals

Hurricanes v Brumbies

The Brumbies have been racking up the air miles by travelling to Cape Town and back and now on to Wellington – with history telling us that amassing that much time in the skies is bad news for teams trying to win away from home in the Super Rugby play-offs. Hence the price of 23/10 for a Brumbies win, with the Hurricanes listed as favourites at 3/10.

Flip those odds and you get an appealing half-time lead for the Hurricanes of between 8-14 points at 10/3, while when it comes to the total points the option of 36 or less at 15/8 appeals when you factor in the fatigue on the Brumbies. The total tries being over 5.5 are priced at 6/4.

As for try scorers, Julian Savea is the runaway favourite at first try scorer at 6/1, followed by the trio of Ma'a Nonu, Nehe Milner-Skudder and the Brumbies' Joe Tomane, who scored a hat-trick last week, at 11/1. Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes has picked up a couple of tries this season and is available as an anytime scorer at 12/1.

David Pocock meanwhile has scored two hat-tricks already this season and is an eye-watering 90/1 to do it again! We're not sure that will happen in this one though, with our expectation being that the Hurricanes will win by ten points.

Waratahs v Highlanders

Once we're wrapped up in Wellington it will be over to Allianz Stadium to find out who will join either the Hurricanes and Brumbies in the final – with the Highlanders looking for a first semi-final win in Super Rugby since 2002. Jamie Joseph's side have reached this stage after another impressive season where they've taken us by surprise are only narrow outsiders at 6/4 to the Waratahs' 8/15.

The Highlanders haven't had to endure any major travel to reach this stage unlike the Brumbies, so we don't expect them to be majorly fatigued despite having to play last week against the Chiefs while the champions put their feet up. We expect these two to score more than 5.5 tries at 6/4 while two scenarios – with the Highlanders leading at half-time before the Waratahs win and vice versa – are appealing at 6/1 and 8/1 respectively.

Two of the competition's outstanding wingers this year are at the top of the first try scorer betting, with Waisake Naholo, the top try scorer, down at 13/2 while Taqele Naiyaravoro is 7/1. Israel Folau, Patrick Osborne and Rob Horne are not far behind at 10/1. In terms of anytime scorers, Michael Hooper and Will Skelton are 4/1 and 9/1, while Nasi Manu is 6/1. Folau also pops up at 22/1 to score a hat-trick.

This game really does have the makings of a classic when you consider how these two teams love to throw the ball around. Our gut feeling is that the Waratahs will win by an unconverted try or less, a winning margin of 1-5 points which is on offer at 4/1.

Good luck!

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