This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: April 17 2015

It is that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's predictions.

The European Rugby Champions Cup will be the centre of attraction as four sides battle it out for a spot in the final. First up is Clermont against Saracens in St Etienne on Saturday before Toulon take on Leinster in Marseille on Sunday.

In the European Challenge Cup, Edinburgh host the Dragons at Murrayfield on Friday and then Gloucester take on Exeter at Kingsholm on Saturday.

While the northern hemisphere will steal most of the headlines, there are several massive Super Rugby encounters to look forward to on Saturday.

A lot to dissect? Fear not as we have you covered with our rugby bets, using the plethora of markets on offer from Paddy Power. Read on to see our punts.

Champions Cup

Clermont v Saracens

The first Champions Cup semi-final comes from St Etienne where Clermont will look to exact revenge over Saracens for what happened at HQ twelve months ago. On that day the English side were in great form as they ran out 46-6 winners. Expect a much tighter game this weekend.

Saracens plus 7 points on the handicap looks a safe punt as they have been in great form of late, winning their last seven games in all competitions. Clermont meanwhile enter on the back of a home loss to Oyonnax in the Top 14.

Fancy Sarries to win? That's priced at 11/4.

Paddy Power are also offering a money-back free-bet special if your losing first try-scorer scores a try anytime so why not get on Chris Ashton. Nick Abendanon is also a decent shout but if you want to play safe, take no try-scorer (price tbc).

Toulon v Leinster

Playing on French soil makes Toulon favourites and after Leinster's disappointing defeat to the Dragons last week in the PRO12, we reckon the defending European champions will have enough to reach their third successive final.

Our prediction of a Toulon win by an exact winning margin of eight points at Stade Vélodrome looks like a handy option at 22/1 although Leinster to be leading by one to seven points at half-time is also enticing at 4/1.

Challenge Cup

Edinburgh v Dragons

The home side head into this clash on the back of a huge loss to Munster in the PRO12 but the incentive of being the first Scottish side to reach the final of a European tournament should give them a big boost. They are priced at 4/11 to win.

Edinburgh wing Tim Visser could also be worth a flutter at 8/1 to score the first try of the match at Murrayfield while Dragons number eight Taulupe Faletau is at 19/1 to score the first second half try. He's always a threat with ball in hand.

Super Rugby

Hurricanes v Waratahs

The Hurricanes are on a roll as they've won all seven their matches this season while the defending champions are battling to replicate last year's form.

So we're backing the Hurricanes to remain unbeaten and they are at 7/2 to win by six to 10 points. Nehe Milner-Skudder is worth a try at 10/1 to score the game's first try although Kurtley Beale (18/1) or Bernard Foley (22/1) to score the first second half try is is also worth a look.

Highlanders v Blues

After a horrible start – in which they lost their opening seven matches – the Blues clinched their first win of the season when they beat the Blues in Auckland last week.

This week they travel to Dunedin where the Highlanders have done well this season and look a good shout at 4/7 for the win although Blues wing Frank Halai  is a good bet at 11/1 to socre the first try.

Brumbies v Rebels

Injuries have hit the Brumbies hard over recent weeks and the loss of Matt Toomua, Nic White, Joe Tomane and Tevita Kuridrani to go with Jesse Mogg's absence means it's a makeshift backline against the Rebels, who are fresh after a bye.

We like the plus 10 handicap for the Melbourne side at 10/11 or if you're feeling lucky, you can get them to win at 3/1.

Scott Higginbotham (16/5) and Mitch Inman (10/3) are our anytime try bets, the latter keen to get stuck into Nigel Ah Wong.

Other Superbru predictions

Force vs Stormers: Stormers by 6
Sharks vs Bulls: Bulls by 4
Cheetahs vs Reds: Cheetahs by 5