This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: May 29 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.

Strap yourself in for a nerve-racking weekend of action in the PRO12, Premiership, Top 14 and Super Rugby as final and knockout places are on the line.

Fear not about who to back as we have you covered in all rugby competitions, using Paddy Power's betting markets to find the best prices and options.

Top 14

Stade Français v Racing Métro: The away side look good to back at 11/8 when these two Parisian outfits meet on Saturday. Stade Français to lead by eight points or more at half-time is worth consideration at 4/1 while the total points being between 31 and 43 at 5/4 is also appealing. Look out for a double result with Racing getting the win after trailing at half-time at 8/1, while Juan Imhoff is a great first try scorer bet at 10/1. We're backing Racing to clinch this one by 4, while in Saturday's other play-off clash between Toulouse and Oyonnax we fancy Toulouse to win by 2!


Premiership

Predictions to follow…


PRO12

Glasgow v Munster: The bookies can only separate these two by 3 points on the handicap, with Munster going into this Ravenhill showdown as the slight favourites. We are immediately drawn to the winning margin as these two are expected to be close right until the end and Glasgow by 1-5 at 9/2 looks good. Nigel Owens is in the middle on Saturday and we think the yellow card (4/7) is likely as he will take no nonsense with slowing the ball down in such a spectacle, which the two teams may be tempted to do because of what is resting on this result. Both Glasgow and Munster are 2/1 to be the first recipient of that sin-bin. On the anytime try it's hard not to look further than Munster CJ Stander and Niko Matawalu while we take Tommy Seymour for first try on his old patch.


Super Rugby

Highlanders v Chiefs: These two rarely disappoint when they meet and with their last four meetings seeing the result decided by 12 points or less, it will be tight. Taking the Highlanders to win by 1-12 points would probably be the safest bet at 17/10 or you can increase those odds to 15/8 for a 1-10 win. We quite like the look of Lima Sopoaga to score an anytime try in this game, due in part to the Chiefs regularly changing their 10-12 channel. Sopoaga is a willing runner and will attack the line when he see it's on so take a look at his price there. The same goes for dangerous Chiefs scrum-half Augustine Pulu. We're backing the Highlanders by 3!

Other Superbru predictions:

Lions v Waratahs: Waratahs by 5
Sharks vs Rebels: Sharks by 10
Force vs Reds: Force by 6
Stormers vs Cheetahs: Stormers by 15

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