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Take on the Tipster

25th September 2009 15:07

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Sale celebrate Tigers success

Smiles set for Sale this Saturday

Domestic action continues throughout world rugby this coming weekend and as leagues near differing junctures, it's just another day for the Tipster.

Our man with the stats and odds was on-target with his 'Banker' last Saturday as the Sharks defeated the Cheetahs by more than 8 points.

But unfortunately it was a case of a Magners League trio upsetting his predictions for the big payout - Ulster, Cardiff Blues and Glasgow hang your heads in shame after Round Three defeat.

And so to the impending round of action...

Southern fixtures are of course beginning to grow in importance in the Air NZ Cup and Currie Cup, where the latter's battle for play-off positions continues to heat up.

Meanwhile in the ever-cooling north, clubs and provinces will be fighting tooth and nail for any scrap of an early advantage over their 2009/10 competition rivals.

The weekend's notable games in England come at the Recreation Ground and Madejski Stadium where Bath and London Irish take on Leicester and Wasps respectively in what are intriguing fixtures. But can the Tigers score a Guinness Premiership try?

Celtic action also provides its fair share of spice with a first Welsh derby of the season seeing the Scarlets travel to Cardiff looking to add to the Blues' woes.

So without further ado, let's take a look at what our anonymous man has for us then as Planet Rugby once again teams up with Sky Bet to pick out the best betting options on offer.

Banker of the week

It promises to be a cracking fixture at Sixways Stadium as two attacking outfits collide.

Looking if we may at the Warriors' poor away form following their most recent Guinness Premiership defeat to Wasps, I expect there to be a response on home soil against the Sharks. But will it be enough to get their season back on track? I think not.

The Sharks were upset by Bath last week but they are boosted by the return of Charlie Hodgson who will add stability to their gameplan in a result that will unbelievably see these two's last eight meetings won by the away side!

Get on Sale to beat Worcester!

Worth a punt

There is no doubt in my mind that Munster will emerge as title contenders in both Magners League and Heineken Cup when the knockout stages come knocking. But this Sunday they will come up against an outfit that have their tails up and frantically wagging.

Under the tutelage of Paul Turner, the Welsh region have upset Ulster and Glasgow in the opening three rounds and call me crazy, but I feel they might just take the swagger out of the Jean de Villiers debut parade at Musgrave Park...

Have a go on the Dragons this week!

Hail Mary

A plethora of games to choose from so let's go for a lucky thirteen in the hope of a big return.

Newcastle, Northampton, Worcester, Leicester, Wasps, Saracens, Ulster, Western Province, Blue Bulls, Lions, Brive, Perpignan, Racing-Métro

Stake - £5.00 = £BIG Return!

Anything take your fancy?

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 26
London Welsh vs Gloucester19:45
Saturday , September 27
Saracens vs Sale15:00
Leicester vs London Irish15:00
Northampton vs Bath15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , September 27
South Africa vs Australia16:05
Argentina vs New Zealand23:10
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 26
Edinburgh vs Scarlets19:35
Glasgow vs Connacht19:35
Leinster vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Saturday , September 27
Zebre vs Ulster15:00
Munster vs Ospreys18:30
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , September 27
Toulon vs Montpellier18:00
Stade Francais vs La Rochelle18:00
Lyon vs Castres18:00
Brive vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Bayonne vs Toulouse18:00
Grenoble vs Racing Metro Paris18:00
Oyonnax vs Clermont Auvergne18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 26
Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls19:10
Saturday , September 27
Sharks vs Eastern Province Kings14:00
Pumas vs Western Province15:00
Griquas vs Lions15:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Wednesday, September 24
North Harbour vs Canterbury19:35
Thursday , September 25
Bay Of Plenty vs Northland19:35
Friday , September 26
Taranaki vs Auckland19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle 10 - 35 NorthamptonNewcastle vs Northampton Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Ospreys 62 - 13 EdinburghOspreys vs Edinburgh Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
ITM Cup
Otago 38 - 7 WaikatoOtago vs Waikato Report
Wellington 20 - 42 TasmanWellington vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 20
Sale 46 - 8 London WelshSale vs London Welsh Report
Harlequins 26 - 23 WaspsHarlequins vs Wasps Report
London Irish 32 - 36 SaracensLondon Irish vs Saracens Report
Bath 45 - 0 LeicesterBath vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 GlasgowNewport Gwent D
Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton TrevisoScarlets vs Benetton Treviso Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Racing Metro Paris 27 - 16 ToulouseRacing Metro Paris vs Toulouse Report
Grenoble 24 - 15 Bayonne
Montpellier 23 - 3 Stade FrancaisMontpellier vs Stade Francais Report
La Rochelle 26 - 29 Bordeaux-Begles
Clermont Auvergne 43 - 12 LyonClermont Auvergne vs Lyon Report
Castres 27 - 18 Oyonnax
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Western Province 36 - 12 GriquasWestern Province vs Griquas Report
Blue Bulls 15 - 26 SharksBlue Bulls vs Sharks Report
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 37 CheetahsEastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Hawkes Bay 36 - 17 Bay Of Plenty
Manawatu 36 - 17 Southland
Auckland 32 - 7 North HarbourAuckland vs North Harbour Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester 22 - 25 ExeterGloucester vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Munster 31 - 5 ZebreMunster vs Zebre Report
Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 UlsterCardiff Blues vs Ulster Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath314
2Saracens313
3Northampton311
4Exeter310
5Leicester Tigers39