This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: June 5 2015

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 Top 14 semi-finals are the sole focus this weekend, as we follow the race to the play-offs and to the Stade de France.

Let's not waste any time and get stuck in, with Paddy Power guiding us through the weekend's action.

Super Rugby

Reds v Chiefs

We're expecting there to be a fair few tries in Brisbane with Quade Cooper running the show at fly-half and Will Genia making his final outing at home for the Reds before moving abroad. Cooper scored twice last week and is 7/2 along with Genia to cross the whitewash again this week. Despite being at home the Reds are 6/4 outsiders but we wouldn't rule them out narrowly leading at half-time between 1-7 points at 3/1. This feels like a game for the Chiefs though, so a winning margin of 11-15 points at 7/1 is worth considering as is by 1-5 points at 4/1. Look out for the flying Tim Nanai-Williams as a first try scorer at 10/1 too. We're going with the Chiefs by 4!

Stormers v Lions 

Over in Cape Town it's an all-South African derby as the top two teams in the South African Conference do battle. The leading Stormers are 1/3 favourites and a winning margin of 11-15 points for the hosts at 11/2 is appealing. A Lions victory by 1-5 points at 11/2 should also be considered. Damien de Allende and Duane Vermeulen have been outstanding for the Stormers this year and are priced at 14/1 and 18/1 respectively as the first try scorers, while Jaco Kriel of the Lions has been in a hot run of form of late is on offer at 25/1. In this all-important clash, we're backing the Stormers by 6!

Other SuperBru Predictions

Rebels v Bulls – Bulls by 4
Blues v Crusaders – Crusaders by 15
Cheetahs v Waratahs – Waratahs by 15

Top 14

Stade Français v Toulon

It's hard to bet against Toulon at this stage, and we're not quite brave enough to do so despite Stade Français' great recent form. Still, the Parisians have a top scrum and looked outstanding against Racing last week. So while we're tipping Toulon to get through, we fancy Stade to cover the 8 handicap they are being given. If you think they might even sneak it, 4/1 is pretty good odds for Stade by 1-12 points.

Clermont v Toulouse

In the other semi-final, Clermont look to have a bit too much for Toulouse, even though the imminent departure of Guy Novès will give his team added incentive. Toulouse came out flying against Oyonnax in the barrage, and it could be the same again here, but Clermont have more strength in depth. Toulouse to lead at half-time before Clermont come back and win it certainly looks appealing at 6/1. We fancy Clermont by 6!

Good luck!