This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: April 10 2015

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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.

There is plenty of action on the agenda such as Premiership, Top 14 and Super Rugby while the hotly-contested PRO12 race also reaches boiling point.

We've covered it all, using Paddy Power's abundance of markets to get you the best bet on the rugby action. Read on for our selections.

Premiership

Newcastle v Bath

Two teams looking to bounce back from respective European losses kick-off the Premiership weekend as the Falcons and Bath meet in the north. Despite the Kingston Park outfit being solid on home soil, surely Bath will have enough class to win and the 1-10 at 13/8 looks a good bet.

On the scoring front the deadly Sinoti Sinoti (2/1) and Chris Harris (16/5) look good on the anytime as does Bath's Semesa Rokoduguni (2/1). We also like the outside bets of Matt Garvey (13/1) and a man who is hard to bring down, Leroy Houston, who can be taken at a price of 9/2.

Other Superbru predictions

Harlequins v Gloucester: Harlequins by 5
Saracens v Leicester: Saracens by 8
Exeter v Northampton: Exeter by 3
London Welsh v Wasps: Wasps by 18
London Irish v Sale: Sale by 2

Top 14

La Rochelle v Stade Français

La Rochelle are the form team in the Top 14, unbeaten since January – that's five games – and were victorious at Bordeaux-Bègles last time out.

Unsurprisingly they are favourites for Friday's clash at home to Stade Français, but Gonzalo Quesada's team come into the game on the back of a big win of their own, at home to Clermont. They've already won three times on the road this season, and have sent the big guns to the west coast.

Depending on how much faith you have in Stade, they look good value to either cover the plus 6 handicap, or why not even look at them at 9/4 to win outright.

Other Superbru predictions 

Racing-Métro v Montpellier: Racing by 6
Brive v Lyon: Brive by 4
Clermont v Oyonnax: Clermont by 7
Toulouse v Bayonne: Toulouse by 12
Grenoble v Toulon: Grenoble by 4
Castres v Bordeaux-Bègles: Castres by 7

Super Rugby

Crusaders v Highlanders

What a game to kick-off Saturday's action as these two sides look for a victory that would see them catch up with the Hurricanes and Chiefs.

The Crusaders have won their last six against the Highlanders and haven't lost to them in Christchurch since 2008 so it would be a big win for Jamie Joseph's side if they prevailed. What works in their favour is they come off a bye while the Crusaders return from South Africa.

If you fancy the Highlanders to win they are 11/4 while the handicap is plus 9. Tired legs in the second period? Crusaders/Highlanders is 11/1,

There is value in some of the Highlanders scorers too as we like Malakai Fekitoa first try (18/1) and Ben Smith on the anytime price (13/5).

Waratahs v Stormers

Never high-scoring games between these two when they play in Sydney, it might be worth looking at under the line if it is around 40 points. Subsequently it might be worth taking the Stormers plus 9 or if you want to play it safe you can instead get the visitors 12.5 points at 4/7.

Prices that stand out on the try markets are Michael Rhodes anytime (6/1), Michael Hooper (16/5) and Taqele Naiyaravaro first try at 17/2.

Bulls v Reds

The round ends at Loftus where two sides keen to bounce back from respective losses clash. Worryingly the Reds have just one win all season.

Without the likes of James Horwill, Jake Schatz, Quade Cooper and James O'Connor, you would have to think the Reds will struggle in Pretoria. The Bulls are -16 and if they can dominate up front that should be covered, with Jacques-Louis Potgeiter for an anytime try tempting at 5/2.

Other Superbru predictions

Force v Cheetahs: Force by 5
Lions v Sharks: Lions by 5

PRO12

Glasgow v Cardiff Blues

It's hard to see anything but a Warriors victory in this fixture as a depleted Blues outfit arrive to face the league leaders at Scotstoun.

Glasgow should cover the -14 handicap and Tommy Seymour to cross during the game is 11/10. Gareth Anscombe is 5/1 in that same market though which is healthy considering he has been shifted to full-back. If it's an open game then that is surely worth a play, as is over 43.5 points.

Other Superbru predictions

Treviso v Ospreys: Ospreys by 15
Connacht v Ulster: Connacht by 1
Zebre v Scarlets: Scarlets by 18
Edinburgh v Munster: Munster by 5
Dragons v Leinster: Leinster by 3

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