This weekend's predictions!

Date published: June 28 2014

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It's that time of week where we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's predictions from both hemispheres.

It's that time of week where we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's predictions from both hemispheres.

The June Tests have all-but drawn to a close with the battered and bruised Northern Hemisphere players returned home after a gruelling season…and almost immediately pitched back into pre-season training.

There's just one more “friendly” to go between the Tier One nations, as under-strength Scotland round off their four-match month against the mighty Springboks in Port Elizabeth.

Otherwise, below the Equator, Super Rugby resumes in style across Australia and New Zealand: the Hurricanes welcome the Crusaders, and the Waratahs battle the Brumbies in two particularly enticing provincial derbies.

With so much on the go, the time couldn't be better to put your money where your mouth is and get involved with some rugby betting!

Let's get started.

June Tests

South Africa v Scotland: Everything points to a painfully one-sided encounter in PE – the Boks, though scraping past Wales a week ago, are expected to dominate a Scottish team minus many of its key players. 20-year-old Adam Ashe is parachuted into the visitors' line-up at number eight having made a grand total of one domestic appearance in this season's PRO12. He lines up opposite Duane Vermeulen…

Paddy Power's 1/50 tag on the hosts is no exaggeration, and nor is their 10/11 handicap on a South Africa win by more than 26 points. The lack of betting options and attractive odds therein means the handicap bet is your best option – but we reckon a Springbok win by 18 is more likely.

Super Rugby

Hurricanes v Crusaders: The Crusaders are tipped as slight favourites to wreak revenge upon the 'Canes after being stunned by Alapati Leiua's solo score earlier in the competition. Certainly, there shouldn't be much in this one, which is why we like Paddy Power's 5/4 price on a (-4) handicap for the visitors, or a 7/2 tag for a Crusaders win by 1-5 points.

Johnny McNicholl and Julian Savea top the try-scoring odds, and we reckon you can't go far wrong with betting on the latter to dot down first – he's as high as 9/1.

Overall, we think a narrow away win is most likely, however. For us, it's Crusaders by 5.

Waratahs v Brumbies: Despite a tactical masterclass in nullifying a certain Israel Folau last time the sides met, the 'Tahs are favourites to get their own back in Sydney on Saturday, with the Wallabies contingent restored to both line-ups.

Your safest bet is probably a winning margin of 1-10 for the hosts that pays out almost double your money at 15/8, and it is very hard to look past Folau as first scorer, even at 4/1.

We agree with the 'Tahs' tag, and we reckon they'll win a hard-fought encounter by eight points.

Superbru Super Rugby predictions:

Rebels v Reds: At home, the Rebels are a tricky prospect for their troubled guests. Rebels by 5!
Force v Blues: A close one to call, but the Force in Perth should get over the line. Force by 4!

Good luck!

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