It is that time of the week where we put our head on the chopping block with Planet Rugby’s weekend predictions.
The Rugby Championship returns this week to go with continued club competitions around the world.
Below are the best rugby bets that have taken into account value that we have selected using Paddy Power. Let’s hope the predictions serve you well.
The penultimate Rugby Championship round kicks off at Newlands in Cape Town where Australia have never won during the professional era – losing six times – but perhaps too much has been made of that stat because the average score between the duo in Cape Town is 17-14.
The Springboks have made no secret of their desire to get their rolling maul going so a bet on Duane Vermeulen scoring first at 18/1 seems a decent shout. Cornal Hendricks has scored five tries in seven games so he isn’t bad value at 9/1 for the first touchdown either.
South Africa were the better side in Perth but some poor game management at the end essentially cost them a chance of taking the Championship title, so they’ll be keen to shine. In front of a partisan crowd, Australia are likely to struggle up front. The Boks by ten points.
This doesn’t happen often; our game prediction matches that of the 15-point handicap offered by Paddy Power. It does seem a fair marker as we don’t expect a runaway win.
However, as our preview states it should be a tight affair for the first 40 or 50 minutes as the Pumas will be a match for the All Blacks in La Plata. We therefore like the half-time betting here as Argentina are 9/2 to be up by 1-7 points at the break while New Zealand are 5/2.
Unlike last year the All Blacks aren’t desperate for a try bonus-point so that must be taken into account when making a punt on such markets as total tries or first scoring play. And that is why we are opting for an All Blacks penalty to be the first points at 6/4 in this fixture.
Look out for our SuperBru predictions for the weekend, here.
A top of the table clash takes place at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday but respective team sheets suggest this will be a comfortable home victory. Connacht have rested such in-form players as Kieran Marmion, Willie Faloon and Niyi Adeolokun all given the weekend off.
While both sides are three wins from three, Glasgow have been outstanding on the field, particularly at the breakdown, and we expect them to make it four from four. They should cover the -13 point handicap but let’s also have a small play on the Irish by 26-30 at 9/1.
More SuperBru picks:
Edinburgh vs Scarlets – Edinburgh by 5
Glasgow vs Connacht – Glasgow by 18
Leinster vs Cardiff Blues – Leinster by 10
Zebre vs Ulster – Ulster by 15
Munster vs Ospreys – Munster by 3
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How can we not focus our attention on the big game taking place at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday between Northampton and a red hot Bath side? Leicester were torn to shreds at the Rec last Saturday and while the Saints on their home patch will be a tougher proposition, their visitors will be riding on a wave of confidence and are definitely worth a play as the underdog to win by 1-5 points. Dylan Hartley versus Rob Webber will be a key battle.
More SuperBru picks:
London Welsh vs Gloucester – Gloucester by 20
Saracens vs Sale Sharks – Saracens by 10
Leicester vs London Irish – Leicester by 12
Northampton vs Bath – Bath by 3
Exeter vs Harlequins – Exeter by 5
Wasps vs Newcastle – Wasps by 10
It’s an intriguing weekend, which should give us a good idea of the real top six contenders.
A couple of road teams have already indicated they have bigger games to come, with Racing resting a number of key players at Grenoble. As a result, we like the look of Grenoble -6.
The other bet which is very tempting is Clermont at +3 away at Oyonnax. While Oyonnax have been very strong at home this season, Clermont have already won twice on their travels and haven’t conceded a try since mid-August. At 11/8, they are good value to win.
FS Cheetahs v Blue Bulls – Cheetahs by 6
Pumas v Western Province – WP by 4
Sharks v EP Kings – Sharks by 18
Griquas v Golden Lions – Lions by 10