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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 5
Northampton vs Gloucester19:45
Saturday , September 6
Saracens vs Wasps14:00
Sale vs Bath14:00
Leicester vs Newcastle15:00
London Irish vs Harlequins16:30
Sunday , September 7
London Welsh vs Exeter14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , September 6
New Zealand vs Argentina08:35
Australia vs South Africa11:05
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 5
Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Munster vs Edinburgh19:35
Saturday , September 6
Scarlets vs Ulster14:40
Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons17:00
Glasgow vs Leinster17:15
Sunday , September 7
Zebre vs Cardiff Blues17:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 5
Montpellier vs Castres20:45
Saturday , September 6
Brive vs Toulouse14:45
Clermont Auvergne vs Racing Metro Paris17:00
Lyon vs Oyonnax18:30
Stade Francais vs Bayonne18:30
Grenoble vs La Rochelle18:30
Toulon vs Bordeaux-Begles20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 5
Western Province vs Eastern Province Kings19:10
Saturday , September 6
Cheetahs vs Pumas15:00
Sharks vs Griquas17:05
Blue Bulls vs Lions19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Sunday , August 31
Taranaki 41 - 3 Bay Of PlentyTaranaki vs Bay Of Plenty Report
Auckland 16 - 16 TasmanAuckland vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Saturday , August 30
La Rochelle 37 - 25 ToulouseLa Rochelle vs Toulouse Report
Grenoble 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Oyonnax 33 - 6 Stade Francais
Castres 30 - 6 BayonneCastres vs Bayonne Report
Racing Metro Paris 17 - 10 ToulonRacing Metro Paris vs Toulon Report
Lyon 24 - 6 Brive
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 25 - 36 CheetahsGriquas vs Cheetahs Report
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 41 LionsEastern Province Kings vs Lions Report
Blue Bulls 18 - 23 Western ProvinceBlue Bulls vs Western Province Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Counties Manukau 21 - 27 Hawkes BayCounties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay Report
Southland 22 - 33 Otago
North Harbour 16 - 22 WaikatoNorth Harbour vs Waikato Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 29
Clermont Auvergne 20 - 21 MontpellierClermont Auvergne vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 32 - 22 SharksPumas vs Sharks Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Wellington 21 - 27 ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Report
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand 51 - 20 AustraliaNew Zealand vs Australia Report
Argentina 31 - 33 South AfricaArgentina vs South Africa Report
More Rugby Championship results
Top 14
Brive 6 - 21 Clermont AuvergneBrive vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax
More Top 14 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00