This weekend’s predictions

Date published: April 8 2016

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

What a weekend we have ahead of us as the Champions Cup quarter-finals join Super Rugby on the schedule.

As always, if you fancy a bet on the rugby we have gone for Paddy Power as our bookmaker. Let's get to it.

Champions Cup

Saracens v Northampton

Surely the hosts will prove too strong for Northampton, with Saracens having not lost at Allianz Park since October 2013 and looking every bit 1/4 favourites. They are minus 8 points on the handicap, which is worth a dabble, along with the half-time/full-time bet. That is 4/7.

Owen Farrell has been in unbelievable form of late for both club and country, as has Billy Vunipola, and they are worth a bet on a try in 80 minutes while we also like the look of Saracens to win this quarter-final by 15 points or more, which Paddy Power has priced up at 5/1.

Leicester v Stade Français

Stade Français have been in terrible form in the Top 14 as they sit in twelfth spot after 13 losses from 20 games. They have been a shadow of their title winning selves and Leicester (1/3) will surely get the job done at Welford Road. Lets also get on half-time/full-time (4/6).

Tigers were brilliant late on against Gloucester last weekend and if they can bring that tempo into this clash, Stade will be overrun. It is worth backing Manu Tuilagi to cross after his recent double and let's also have a punt on Leicester to win this by 16-20 points at 7/1.

Other Champions Cup predictions:

Wasps v Exeter: Wasps by 2
Racing 92 v Toulon: Racing by 3


Super Rugby

Hurricanes v Jaguares

The return of Julian Savea combined with Cory Jane's 100th Super Rugby appearance makes it a big day in Wellington for the Hurricanes (1/6) as they take on the Jaguares (4/1). Savea is 15/2 to score the game's first try while Jane is 10/1 for the perfect present on his century.

We think the Jaguares will make life tough for the 'Canes though and the plus 13 point handicap is worth taking. If you want to back that up with a safety net then why not get on the Hurricanes to win this game by 11-20 points which is 11/4. 15-21 points is 9/2 if you prefer.

Sharks v Lions

It's a massive game in Durban between these two Africa 2 challengers. The Sharks are 8/13 favourites while the Lions are priced up at 7/5. We like the visitors on the handicap here, which is 4 points, as they will come to play and cause the home side more than a few problems.

It could well go right down to the wire this game and that brings in to play the exact winning margin. Let's get on the Sharks by 2 (22/1).

Other Super Rugby predictions:

Stormers v Sunwolves: Stormers by 20
Reds v Highlanders: Highlanders by 9
Kings v Bulls: Bulls by 10

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