This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: June 12 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.

The Top 14 Final headlines this weekend's action while the race for home play-offs takes centre stage in the southern hemisphere.

As always, we've taken a look at Paddy Power's betting odds to find the best options.

Top 14 Final: Clermont v Stade Français

Stade Français have been hugely impressive in knocking off Racing and then Toulon in successive rounds, but the pressure will be raised a notch at the Stade de France against Clermont.

While the Champions Cup runners-up are favourites with the bookies, Stade are being given much more of a chance than in the two previous rounds and will have to cope with the added expectation.

Still, they have looked formidable so far, and their strength up front lends itself to knockout rugby. As a result we think they will have enough to win this one, and while they are evens to win outright, why not look at Stade to lead at half-time and full-time at 15/8?

Super Rugby

Brumbies v Crusaders

In Richie McCaw and Dan Carter's farewell, the Crusaders won't be lacking any motivation, despite the fact their knockout hopes have been ended. The Brumbies meanwhile will be looking to better the Waratahs in the race for second. Remember, they are one win behind the Waratahs so need to better their result to stand any chance of a home semi-final. Then fingers will be crossed as they cheer on the Reds in Sydney later on Saturday.

The Australians will want tries and we expect plenty of points in this one, with David Pocock a decent anytime try shout. That's priced at 12/5.

Chiefs v Hurricanes

The gauntlet has been thrown down by the Highlanders as the Chiefs know they now need a bonus-point win with a margin of 37 or more points if they are going to finish the regular-season campaign in fourth position. It's a big ask against a strong-looking Hurricanes side, who are looking slick.

We fancy the Chiefs to win but not by a great deal and the 1-10 point margin looks tempting at a price of 11/5. If you want 1-5 then that's 9/2.

On the try-scoring market then Julian Savea is evens to score anytime while his opposite number, Bryce Heem is 8/5. Victor Vito is a tasty 7/2.

Sharks v Stormers

Fourteen changes to the Stormers line-up mean the Sharks enter this one as heavy favourites and should cover the minus 9 handicap they are given. Surely the men from Durban will win this one comfortably and the Sharks to lead by 8-14 points at the break at 3/1 looks a decent bet to take.

Sharks to be leading at half-time and full-time is also tempting at 4/7 while S'bura Sithole (6/5) and Marcell Coetzee (11/5) are anytime bets.

Other SuperBru predictions

Waratahs v Reds: Waratahs by 15
Bulls v Cheetahs: Bulls by 10

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