It is that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby’s predictions.
Another big weekend of Super Rugby, Premiership, PRO12 and Top 14 dominates the schedule around the world.
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Saturday’s first game sees a rotated Jaguares side face the Blues at North Harbour, with the hosts 1/4 while the visitors are 11/4 to win. The handicap is set at 9 points and we fancy the Blues on that market, as despite this being still a strong and combative line-up from the visitors, the Blues should have too much in their XV and coming off the bench to reach that mark. The Blues are 13/10 to win both halves.
The pick of the games this weekend comes from Canberra where the Brumbies are 8/15 favourites to get the win against a Chiefs side that it seems doesn’t mind the travel in Super Rugby. If you fancy Damian McKenzie and company to win they are 6/4 and we think that’s a good bet, especially as the Brumbies hardly fired on all cylinders on their recent outings on tour. Let’s plump for the Chiefs by 1-5 points at 11/2.
Other Super Rugby predictions:
Kings v Sunwolves: Sunwolves by 3
Bulls v Cheetahs: Bulls by 12
Waratahs v Rebels: Waratahs by 7
It’s a huge game to kick-off the Premiership weekend as Bath (15/8) look to shock a Saracens (4/9) side that was outstanding against Exeter Chiefs last weekend. Owen Farrell was the star of the show and starts again on Friday, with Sarries set to be too good for their hosts. We like Sarries by 11-20 points which is 16/5 and also Billy Vunipola (13/5) to keep up his excellent form with another try in the 80 minutes.
Other Premiership predictions:
Exeter v Worcester: Exeter by 10
Harlequins v Newcastle: Harlequins by 3
London Irish v Sale: Sale by 8
Leicester v Gloucester: Leicester by 5
Wasps v Northampton: Wasps by 10
Second meets fourth in the PRO12 on Saturday as the Aviva Stadium hosts Leinster (2/5) and Munster (21/10). We think Leinster should have too much firepower for their visitors and will beat the 6 point handicap, which as always is 10/11. Taking a slight gamble we are tempted by backing Leinster to win by 13 points or more (5/2) and like the returning Jonathan Sexton as an anytime try-scorer at a price of 9/1.
Other PRO12 predictions:
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues: Scarlets by 10
Treviso v Glasgow: Glasgow by 25