This weekend's predictions!

Date published: September 27 2013

It's time for us to put our heads on the block and give you Planet Rugby's calls for this weekend's global action.

It's time for us to put our heads on the block and give you Planet Rugby's calls for this weekend's global action.

The Rugby Championship is back in action this week for the final two rounds of fixtures, with plenty of action still going on as Round Four of the Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect PRO12 accompany action from the Top 14.

So with matches taking place across the globe, read on for the crucial advice on the best possible bets this weekend.

Let's get started…

The Rugby Championship

South Africa v Australia

The Springboks are heavy favourites to take down Australia at Newlands, a venue where the Wallabies have not won in Cape Town since 1992. For that reason, Australia are priced for the match at 4/1.

An Australian lead at half-time by 1-7 points is available at 4/1 and by 8-14 points at 10/1.

Should Australia lead at half-time and the Springboks come back to win the match, then the odds are 6/1 – whilst the reverse is 12/1.

Given that South Africa are expected to win big, and must secure a try bonus point to keep their hopes alive going into next week, a winning margin of 21-25 points is priced at 7/1.

Finally, look out for Jean de Villiers as a first try scorer at 14/1. Israel Folau is 10/1 to score a brace.

Prediction: South Africa by 10.

Argentina v New Zealand

Argentina have often proved to be a tricky side to get past at home, but the fact that New Zealand are on for the match at 1/12 tells you everything about the quality possessed by the world champions. The Pumas are down at 7/1.

A home lead between 1-7 points at half-time is on offer at 7/1 – with any lead bigger than that for Argentina priced at 25/1.

Argentina coming from behind at the break to win is available at 16/1, whilst a winning margin for the Pumas between 6-10 points is at 17/1.

Ben Smith, the tournament's leading try scorer, is down at 7/1 to score the first try of the match, with Juan Imhoff on the other side listed at 14/1.

Prediction: New Zealand by 12

Aviva Premiership

Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks

Last season's relegation survivors Sale have two wins from their opening three matches, indicating that perhaps the tide is turning. However travelling to Northampton is a horrible task, meaning that the Sharks are priced as outsiders at 9/1.

The Sharks are 10/1 to lead at half-time by 1-12 points, which given their improved performances so far is definitely worth considering. A Sharks upset win after losing at half-time is 19/1.

Any Sale win by 6-10 points is on offer at 10/1, but the most interesting bet is on George North. The Wales and Lions winger has spoken this week of his desperation to rack up a first try for Northampton and is the first try scorer favourite at 13/2.

Prediction: Northampton by 12

Other SuperBru Premiership Predictions:

Wasps v Worcester: Wasps by 7.
Bath v London Irish: Bath by 8.
Harlequins v Saracens: Saracens by 4.
Exeter v Leicester: Leicester by 8.
Newcastle v Gloucester: Gloucester by 9.

RaboDirect Pro12

Leinster v Cardiff Blues

An ominous trip for the Blues despite the return of Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton has the Welsh outfit priced at 10/1 for this one.

The real eye-catcher though of the whole weekend is this; Cardiff are down at 175/1 to defeat Leinster by 13 points or more in a must-bet.

Warburton is back in action after sustaining an injury on the British and Irish Lions tour and priced at 13/1 as an anytime try scorer.

Prediction: Leinster by 8

Edinburgh v Scarlets

A close call at Murrayfield as Edinburgh welcome the Scarlets on Friday. Either side winning by more than 13 points seems unlikely, with Edinburgh at 4/1 and the Scarlets at 11/2.

A Scarlets half-time lead by 8-14 points is down at 5/1, but a win coming from behind after trailing at half-time for the Welsh side is on offer at 7/1.

Should Edinburgh find their groove at home, then a win by 16-20 points is on offer at 16/1.

Prediction: Edinburgh by 8

Other SuperBru Pro12 Predictions:

Zebre vs Glasgow: Glasgow by 12.
Ulster vs Treviso: Ulster by 10.
Connacht vs Ospreys: Ospreys by 7.
Munster vs Newport Gwent Dragons: Munster by 12.

Top 14

Stade Français v Montpellier

A difficult fixture to call on Friday in France as Montpellier travel to Paris to play high-flying Stade.

Away form in the Top 14 has been notoriously foolish to back this season but Montpellier have a squad capable of pulling off big results, so a win by more than 13 points at 16/1 is intriguing.

The odds on Montpellier winning by 6-10 points are 9/1, by 11-15 points at 16/1.

Prediction: Stade by four.

Oyonnax v Toulon

Normally Oyonnax would not be given a hope in this fixture, but their victory list so far in 2013-2014 is highly impressive. Playing in their first ever Top 14 season, they have already defeated Clermont, Biarritz and champions Castres.

Therefore, Oyonnax are 23/10 to win at home against the Heineken Cup champions.

A Toulon win by 15 or more points is the most likely outcome at 5/1, but an Oyonnax win by 1-5 points will fetch 6/1 and by 6-10 points, 9/1.

Prediction: Toulon by 20.

Good luck!