This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: June 19 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.

Super Rugby and the U20 World Championship final dominate this weekend's action as the Highlanders, Chiefs, Stormers, Brumbies, England and New Zealand star in what should be a memorable Saturday.

Massive games in the context of their respective tournaments and as always Paddy Power has great odds for what's on the rugby schedule.

Super Rugby

Highlanders v Chiefs

The Super Rugby Finals Series kicks-off in Dunedin where the Highlanders and Chiefs meet in what should be a thrill-a-minute contest. The total points margin is set at 45.5 and with their four recent meetings in the city seeing 45 or more points scored, then over this line is a good bet. However, if you fancy it to be a low-scoring affair on Saturday then the 38-52 points bracket might be a better option. That is priced at 13/10.

On the try-scoring front we like the look of Aaron Smith to score anytime (23/10) and also James Lowe (13/5) and centre Tim Nanai-Williams (7/2).

We also like the To Score a Try in Both Halves option on the Highlanders which is 5/6 and with the quality, maybe back the Chiefs as well at 6/4.

Stormers v Brumbies

Our eye was immediately drawn to the over 41.5 point margin (5/6) and also the Brumbies plus 3 on the handicap, with the visitors a real threat. If you fancy them to win then that's 11/8, which we feel is on due to the Stormers being without Duane Vermeulen and now possibly Schalk Burger.

The Stormers will adopt a forward oriented gameplan on what is forecast to be a sunny evening in Cape Town, with number eight Nizaam Carr a good bet at 11/1 for being their first try-scorer. On the opposing side, Henry Speight on the end of the Brumbies' opener is 6/1 in the same market.

While we expect there to be more than 41.5 points scored, it will be close on the winning margin so why not get on a successful drop-goal at 7/4.

U20 World Championship

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