This weekend’s predictions

Date published: April 15 2016

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

After a big European weekend, the Premiership, PRO12 and Top 14 return to join Super Rugby on the schedule.

Paddy Power has lots of rugby odds for us once again so let's get straight into the thick of the betting options.

Super Rugby

Waratahs v Brumbies

Both teams are missing players for this one but the most notable absentee comes on the visitors' line-up as David Pocock misses the game. His Brumbies are still 8/11 favourites though and rightly so in our eyes as we believe they will have enough to win by 1-10 points (9/5).

The Waratahs have not been in good form so far this season and while the Brumbies were well beaten last time out against the Chiefs, they have flaws that can be easily ironed out. Therefore as an outside bet, let's get on the team from Canberra winning by 13 or more at 3/1.

Lions v Stormers

The big one on Saturday in South Africa comes from Johannesburg as the country's best two teams this season face off. The Lions are 8/11 favourites with the Stormers priced at 6/5. The handicap is set at 2 points if you fancy a play on that, with the price as always 10/11.

We are expecting points at Ellis Park and that will mean tries so odds on Lionel Mapoe and Jaco Kriel (16/5) and Sikhumbuzo Notshe of the Stormers (15/2) catch the eye. On the winning margin we will opt for the Lions to edge this by 1-12 points, which is 8/5 with Paddy Power.

Other Super Rugby predictions:

Cheetahs v Sunwolves: Cheetahs by 7
Blues v Sharks: Blues by 3
Bulls v Reds: Bulls by 8


Saracens v Harlequins

Saracens have rotated their side after a gruelling campaign so far for their England stars. Despite this they go into this weekend's clash at Wembley as 2/7 favourites. But Quins, on the back of a European quarter-final win themselves, are a decent bet on the plus 9 handicap.

Danny Care scored a hat-trick against London Irish last time out and surely has to be worth backing for the game's first try. Alternatively get on the busy scrum-half to cross in 80 minutes, with the same going for wing Chris Ashton as he looks to sniff out any scoring chances.

Other Premiership predictions:

Gloucester v Exeter: Exeter by 5
Worcester v Wasps: Wasps by 10
Northampton v Leicester: Leicester by 7
Sale v Bath: Sale by 3
Newcastle v London Irish: London Irish by 2


Connacht v Munster

Another huge test awaits Connacht after their impressive showing in defeat to Grenoble last weekend. They are 4/5 favourites to win this. Munster, who are in sixth place in the PRO12, desperately need a victory but we think Connacht will be too much for the former champions.

Matt Healy (17/10) was superb in France and is a good bet with Paddy Power to cross the try-line in 80 minutes in a 1-10 point win (2/1).

Other PRO12 predictions:

Leinster v Edinburgh: Leinster by 5
Ospreys v Treviso: Ospreys by 20
Scarlets v Glasgow: Scarlets by 4
Zebre v Ulster: Ulster by 25
Cardiff Blues v Dragons: Cardiff Blues by 7