This weekend's predictions!

Date published: September 13 2014

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It is that time where we put our head on the chopping block with some rugby predictions.

It is that time of week where we put our head on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's weekend predictions.

We should move a step closer to finding out if New Zealand are going to retain their Rugby Championship crown when they host South Africa this weekend, while elsewhere there is a full slate of domestic action in Europe.

So here's a look at the best rugby betting value to be had on Paddy Power. And without further ado…

Rugby Championship

New Zealand v South Africa

South Africa go into this one at 3/1 – more of a reflection of their standing as the world's second best side rather than their recent performances, even if they did pick up two wins over Argentina before last week's late loss.

The market though is decidedly narrow across the board. The prospect of the Boks leading at the half before New Zealand bring home the result does appeal at 11/2.

Perhaps the best place to look is in the try scorers category. The mechanically efficient Julian Savea leads the first try scorer odds at 7/1, with Cornal Hendricks and Bryan Habana both at 13/1.

Both sides will look to benefit from attacking mauls, which makes Richie McCaw (5/1) and Adriaan Strauss (12/1) stick out as anytime scorers.

Last but not least, for those that remember back to last year, a red card is appealing at 25/1. New Zealand's record makes it hard to look past them though when it comes to predicting the winner. All Blacks by 9.

Australia v Argentina

Rain is forecast on the Gold Coast and even with a dry track we feel the Pumas will come closer than the 11-point handicap that is stated.

They simply have come too far to be easily beaten and with their strongest backline at their disposal, a tight game is expected this week.

We believe the Pumas (+11) is worth a go at 10/11 while there is also Argentina to be leading by 1-7 points at the break at 4/1 before the Wallabies' cavalry comes off the bench. Speaking of which let's have a play on Scott Higginbotham as the fixture's last try-scorer at 19/1 with Paddy Power.

As always, Israel Folau is worth a punt for a try anytime at 8/11 particularly after scoring four tries in their two meetings last season. And just to confirm we think this will be a tight one, we're saying Australia by 1.

Aviva Premiership

First things first, look out each week for our SuperBru predictions and join our league right here.

Harlequins v Saracens

Friday's Premiership action sees an early clash between two title contenders when Harlequins host Saracens at the Stoop.

Neither team was entirely convincing in their opening game, with Sarries needing to come from behind to see off Wasps, while Quins ended up hanging on after failing to score a point in the second-half against London Irish.

As a result of that, we quite like the look of Quins to be leading at half-time with Saracens coming back to win it at 6/1. And if Conor O'Shea's side do make the quicker start, Mike Brown is tempting at 16/1 for first try-scorer. Sarries by 3!

More SuperBru picks:

Bath v London Welsh – Bath by 21
Gloucester v Sale – Gloucester by 5
Exeter v Leicester – Exeter by 3
Wasps v Northampton – Saints by 3
Newcastle v London Irish – Falcons by 4

Pro12

As with the Premiership, look out each week for our SuperBru predictions and join our league right here.

Ulster v Zebre

There doesn't appear to be too much value on offer in Friday's PRO12 action so it might be worth a punt on this game in Belfast.

Dries van Schalkwyk to score first for Zebre against Ulster is worth an each way bet at 40/1 and we also fancy the over on total points, with the teams combining for more than 49 points. Ulster by 27.

More SuperBru picks:

Treviso v Munster – Munster by 11
Dragons v Ospreys – Dragons by 2
Edinburgh v Connacht – Edinburgh by 6
Leinster v Scarlets – Leinster by 9
Cardiff Blues v Glasgow – Blues by 4

Top 14

Finally in the Top 14, La Rochelle host Castres in the opening game of the round, and we like the look of them with a five-point handicap.

On Saturday look for Oyonnax to easily beat the spread at home to a weakened Grenoble team, and why not try a Montpellier drop goal to open the scoring in Sunday's game in Bordeaux at 16/1?

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