This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: July 3 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.

Just the one game to focus on this weekend but what a game it promises to be as the two best teams in Super Rugby this season meet in Wellington.

After beating the Brumbies and 'Tahs respectively, the Hurricanes and Highlanders set up a first all-New Zealand final since 2006. We can't wait.

As always, Paddy Power has your back in rugby betting with a whopping 71 markets on offer to make this Super Rugby Final that bit more exciting.

Hurricanes v Highlanders

Where to start? The bookies have the 'Canes as 2/5 favourites while the Highlanders are 2/1 or if you prefer the handicap that's set at 6 points.

It's been raining in Wellington today but that is expected to clear by Saturday and one would therefore think the 46.5 point line will be beaten, despite the importance of the fixture. If you reckon things could get a bit crazy at Westpac Stadium then 54 or more points is priced up at 2/1.

The forecast also shows little wind at the venue which will be a huge boost for the kickers, which adds weight to getting on either Lima Sopoaga (10/1) or James Marshall (25/1) being man of the match. Beauden Barrett is 6/1 but there's more than a suspicion that Marshall may take the tee.

Other exciting markets include the Wincast option, which is self explanatory…

Julian Savea to score and Hurricanes to win is 9/5 or if you want his opposite number, Waisake Naholo to score in a Highlanders win, that's 11/2.

Another intriguing bet would be to back Highlanders fly-half Sopoaga to outscore Barrett on the day, particularly if the 'Canes do choose not to risk their number ten's knee off the tee. That again brings us back to the Marshall man of the match punt, as 25/1 is high for a reliable kicker.

Now on to the final's try-scoring market

As expected, Savea tops the billing on the first try odds at 17/2 while the two men battling to be Super Rugby 2015's leading try-scorer, Naholo and TJ Perenara are 9/1 and 11/1 respectively. We also advise a small play on both Reggie Goodes and James Broadhurst (both 45/1) who always threaten.

Finally, we look at Time of First try

Paddy Power have broken it down into three sections which is up to and including 16 minutes, after 16 minutes, and no try, with the latter surely nigh on impossible with such quality on the field. We like the first option as we can see both sides expressing themselves early on. That's 5/6.

Good luck everyone!

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