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This weekend's predictions!

04th April 2014 10:11


Saracens Ulster Tommy Bowe

Grudge match: Ulster v Saracens

It's that time of week where we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's predictions from both hemispheres.

We have before us a monumental weekend of European rugby, as the quarter-finals for both Heineken and Challenge Cup kick-off. There are some real "clash of the titans" match-ups, as Leinster travel to Stade Felix Mayol and the Tigers are tasked with ending Clermont's phenomenal 74-game winning streak at home.

Paddy Power is the place to go this week, with lots of good Heineken Cup opportunities.

Super Rugby is also well underway, and this Saturday sees the Reds tackle the Force, and the out-of-form Stormers welcome Michael Cheika's Waratahs.

Let's get started.

Heineken Cup:

Ulster v Saracens: On a weekend where every game is a real cracker, this one stands out from the crowd thanks to some added grudge between the two sides. We'd advise you to lay heavy on Paddy Power's (-3) handicap of the hosts at 10/11, who have been outstanding this Heineken Cup. The breakdown battle at Ravenhill will decide this one, where Chris Henry and Rory Best meet Jacques Burger and Schalk Brits. It shouldn't be a high-scoring game, and we like the 11/8 odds on Ruan Pienaar maintaining a 100% goal-kicking record. In terms of the final outcome, we fancy the hosts to deliver in front of their home crowd, with a 1-5 winning margin a good option at 7/2. For us, it's Ulster by 5.

Other SuperBru Heineken Cup predictions:

Munster v Toulouse: Munster by 6
Clermont v Leicester Tigers: Clermont by 10
Toulon v Leinster: Toulon by 7

Super Rugby:

Stormers v Waratahs: The beleaguered Stormers haven't enjoyed a good start to their campaign, with restless fans already calling for Allister Coetzee's head. One win, in Round 1 at that, from six isn't good enough. We don't expect them to bounce back against the touring 'Tahs either, even without Israel Folau. An away win by 1-5 or 6-10 points pays out 5/1 and 7/1 respectively - both are worth a few bob. Once more, we'd advise you to back Paddy Power's handicap, where the visitors (+3) comes in at 10/11. Or create your own, with the Waratahs (-3) at 15/8. We don't see the Stormers' poor run ending on Saturday - 'Tahs by five.

Superbru Super Rugby predictions:

Hurricanes v Bulls: 'Canes by 4
Reds v Force: Reds by 7
Cheetahs v Chiefs: Chiefs by 10
Lions v Crusaders: Crusaders by 7

Good luck!

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