Tipster: Joe and the Dragons

04th Dec 2009, 15:06

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Cut loose: Joe Rokocoko

Cut loose: Joe Rokocoko

Rugby is back to its old domestic routine this weekend if one discounts Barbarians events against New Zealand at Twickenham.

Rugby is back to its old domestic routine this weekend if one discounts events at Twickenham between the Barbarians and New Zealand.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Graham Henry has gone for his second team against Nick Mallett's charges for what should be a thrilling 80 minutes while Guinness Premiership and Top 14 action takes place elsewhere. Soon after, the Ospreys versus Munster also whets the appetite in Saturday's sole Magners League game.

Taking the briefest of recaps over last week's results has proved not to be the best of viewings for our Tipster though, as Ireland made it three successive wins over South Africa while the All Blacks dominated Les Bleus from start to finish in Marseille. He sends his apologies.

But we are not giving up on our version of 'The Stig' just yet and neither should you following his previous seven-week streak of positive returns of late.

Everything all looks rather exciting again so let us see if our anonymous man can continue his run as Planet Rugby's advice complements Sky Bet's plethora of rugby markets!

Banker of the week

We pull up in the south of Wales - Rodney Parade to be precise - where the Dragons will be looking to slay Heineken Cup holders Leinster this Sunday.

Michael Chieka has opted to rest almost all of his starting XV for the trip following their international run of November fixtures, while the hosts are missing regular captain Tom Willis at hooker with lock Luke Charteris taking over as leader.

But other than that, the Dragons are at full-strength and have developed something of a fortress on their home turf and I expect them to kick on against the Magners League leaders...with possibly even a little something to spare late on.

Get on the Dragons to feast on an under-strength Leinster!

Worth a shot

New Zealand have not conceded a try throughout the whole of November but I expect that to change against a star-studded Barbarians on Saturday.

Nick Mallett's outfit is filled with more attacking threat than you can shake a stick at and the likes of Jaque Fourie and Joe Rokocoko should cross at some point.

That is why I advise plumping for both these two as first/last try-scorer at HQ!

Hail Mary

Plenty to choose from this week with twelve teams picked for the possible big payout...

Ulster, Scarlets, Baa-baas, Gloucester, Exiles, Dragons, Stade, USAP, Castres, Toulouse

Anything take your fancy?