This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: April 3 2015

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

Things are about to get serious in Europe as the Champions Cup quarter-finals dominate our screens on Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, Super Rugby action continues with some tasty matches on the schedule that include the Chiefs hosting the Blues and Sharks taking on the Crusaders.

Plenty on the line then as we scour the rugby betting odds on offer, using Paddy Power's markets. Let's kick-off with those quarter-finals.

Champions Cup

Leinster v Bath

Paddy Power are offering the old 'if your losing first-try scorer crosses at anytime' refund in the Champions Cup this weekend and we have decided to get on Bath centre Jonathan Joseph for that. He was in electric form for England so is worth a punt carrying that into Saturday.

In terms of the result, our preview writer believes it will be a Leinster victory by three points and them to win by 1-5 is priced at 7/2. Those fancying the visitors to spring a surprise might be tempted by the exact point market where Bath to win by 1 or 2 is 22/1 for each.

Super Rugby

Another intriguing round of action kicked off in Wellington on Friday but there are four more games on Saturday that we now take a look at.

Chiefs v Blues

The Chiefs have won the last eight meetings between these two but the last six has seen the win margin be twelve points or less, which is worth knowing when deciding on whether to make a bet. Taking the Blues 11 on the handicap or the Chiefs to win by 1-12 at 7/4 could work.

On the try front we like the look of James Lowe bouncing back with a bang on his recall so why not take him as Hamilton's first try-scorer.

Sharks v Crusaders

One of the games of the round is in Durban where the Sharks will hope to pounce on a wounded Crusaders side following their loss at Loftus. The returns of Marcell Coetzee, Cobus Reinach and Pat Lambie are massive for the hosts and the flanker and scrum-half to score anytime are always worth a punt. Coetzee, with his uncanny knack of being at the tail of driving mauls, and Reinach's threat are always tough to stop.

We also like the HT/FT of Sharks/Crusaders which is priced at 13/2, with the hosts always good starters but might not be able to hold the Crusaders late on, with the likes of Nemani Nadolo and Israel Dagg expected to be running threats on the wing and at full-back respectively.

Other Superbru predictions

Brumbies v Cheetahs: Brumbies by 12
Lions v Bulls: Lions by 5