This weekend’s predictions

Date published: February 20 2015

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

Plenty of rugby to sink our teeth into this week as while there's no Six Nations, we do have Super Rugby, Premiership, PRO12 and Top 14 on the schedule.

So without further ado, let's see what rugby bets we can pick out from Paddy Power's bulky selection.

Top 14

While a number of key men will be absent as they recover from the opening rounds of the Six Nations, there are still some big games in the Top 14.

Bordeaux-Bègles will get things started on Saturday at home to Toulon, and while it's dangerous to ever bet against the European champions, only Toulouse have come away with anything at the Stade Chaban Delmas. At -2, Bordeaux look a decent bet at a ground where they stuck 59 points on Clermont, especially with Toulon affected by international call-ups.

Elsewhere, Stade Français are 6/4 to win at Bayonne. While they are understandably underdogs, they will be fired up after a shock home defeat last time out, and they are one of the best teams on the road in France. 

Other Superbru predictions:
Grenoble v Montpellier: Grenoble by 7
Oyonnax v Castres: Oyonnax by 4
Toulouse v Lyon: Toulouse by 9
Racing v Clermont: Racing by 5

Aviva Premiership

On Friday night Newcastle welcome Wasps to Kingston Park as they look to continue their good recent run at home.

However Wasps were hugely impressive as they crushed Quins last time out, while the Falcons were well-beaten away at Exeter.

With the race for a top four spot so tight, we think Wasps might just sneak a win here. There's not much money to be made by backing them, but why not go for the over 46.5 points on Newcastle's 4G pitch.

In the other games taking place this weekend let's have a dabble on David Strettle, Thomas Waldrom, Semesa Rokoduguni and Matt Kvesic all to score in an accumulator.

Other Superbru predictions:
Sale v Saracens: Sarries by 3
Gloucester v London Welsh: Gloucester by 30
Harlequins v Exeter: Quins by 4
Bath v Northampton: Saints by 5
London Irish v Leicester: Tigers by 3

Guinness PRO12

Treviso were terrible last week in Belfast, and while they are a different beast at home, the Blues should have enough to cover the three-point handicap.

Elsewhere, in-form Edinburgh will fancy their chances of beating Ulster on home soil. While the Northern Irish province are flying high, Edinburgh haven't lost at Murrayfield since the second game of the season and comfortably saw off the Ospreys last time out. We reckon they'll win so take them at even money.

Glasgow should have enough in the tank against an injury-hit Ospreys side so we like the win by 1-10 points for the Warriors on Saturday.

Other Superbru predictions:
Leinster v Zebre: Leinster by 25
Scarlets v Munster: Scarlets by 4
Glasgow v Ospreys: Warriors by 6
Dragons v Connacht: Dragons by 5

Super Rugby

The Bulls were stunned at home last weekend, but we reckon they'll turn it around against the Hurricanes this week. Despite their poor display against the Stormers, the Bulls are usually tough to beat on home soil, and they should just about get the edge in the front five.

With that in mind, a look at some of the big Bulls ball-carriers as any-time scorers is tempting, with Adriaan Strauss, at 7/2, standing out.

Elsewhere it looks like the game in Brisbane may well be called off because of the weather, but we fancy the Highlanders to bounce back from last year's heartbreaking loss to the Crusaders with a win in their first game of the campaign. As three-point underdogs, they've been undervalued a touch and might spring a surprise on home soil.

In South Africa there is a decent bet found in Durban as we go for the Lions ( 10). On the other side of the coin, Marcell Coetzee for a try anytime is 11/4 with him always worth a shout at the back of the maul.

Other Superbru predictions:
Reds v Force: Force by 3 (if it goes ahead)
Stormers v Blues: Stormers by 9
Sharks v Lions: Sharks by 14