This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: May 15 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 Premiership and Pro12 are going down to the wire in the final rounds of the regular season, while there's also action in the Top 14 and Super Rugby to keep you busy.

So let's take a look at where the best value is, scouring Paddy Power for your best punts.

Super Rugby

Hurricanes v Chiefs

A real blockbuster to kick off Saturday's games, this fixture is worthy of being the final as the table-topping 'Canes take on the Chiefs. 

We can't wait to see two of New Zealand's best sides go head-to-head with a number of All Blacks in action, but both will have to find a way to win without their star fly-halves in Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett.

It's a tough one to call, but the Chiefs to win by 13 points or more is down at 10/1 and a double result with the Chiefs leading at half-time before the Hurricanes get the victory is at 6/1.

Julian Savea is back in the side after a week's rest and is the favourite as a top try scorer at 7/1, making him worth a punt. He's also 8/5 to score anytime. Given their home form and the stars in their side, we fancy the Hurricanes to win by 6!

Other Super Rugby predictions:

Waratahs v Sharks – Waratahs by 5
Lions v Brumbies – Lions by 3

Cheetahs v Highlanders – Highlanders by 8


Premiership

Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks

One of three key matches to decide the Premiership's top four, Exeter host Sale Sharks hoping to score more points than Saracens against London Welsh and that Northampton can do them a favour by beating Leicester.

Sale's outside odds at 4/1 aren't a surprise, nor is seeing Exeter to win by 13 points or more at 4/5, but the Chiefs by a winning margin of 16-20 points at 7/1 or 26-30 points at 9/1 stand out.

An Exeter try as the first score of the game is an unsurprising 3/1. We're backing the Chiefs to clinch this one by about 18 points.

Other SuperBru Predictions:

Wasps v Irish – Wasps by 13

Newcastle v Harlequins – Falcons by 5

Welsh v Saracens – Saracens by 40

Bath v Gloucester – Bath by 8

Leicester v Northampton – Leicester by 5


Top 14

Clermont v Toulon

Second plays first in a repeat of the Champions Cup final, but this time around Clermont will surely emerge victorious.

With Toulon sending a second string side to the Stade Marcel Michelin, they could well find themselves knocked off top spot, and given Clermont's performance last week against Grenoble, we fancy them to cover their -14 handicap. The teams aren't out yet, but if starting, Noa Nakaitaci and Wesley Fofana are both likely try-scorers on current form.

Stade Français v Montpellier

Last week Stade overcame the Sergio Parisse's first-half red card to beat Racing-Métro on home soil, but Montpellier won't be easy to beat as they chase a play-off spot. 

Parisse will be suspended this week, and if the Montpellier scrum holds up as it has in recent weeks, they might be able to pose Stade some problems. While we expect the home side to win, Montpellier look a reasonable bet to cover the 6 handicap.

Other Top 14 predictions:

Oyonnax v Lyon – Oyonnax by 10
Grenoble v Toulouse – Toulouse by 3
Bordeaux-Bègles v Bayonne – Bordeaux-Bègles by 12
Castres v Brive – Castres by 9
La Rochelle v Racing-Métro – Racing by 3

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