This weekend’s predictions

Date published: July 1 2016

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

Super Rugby has entered its final stretch as Round 15 is upon us, with big games on the schedule on Saturday.

We’ve carefully picked the best rugby union bets on offer, using Paddy Power as our bookmaker for these punts.

Super Rugby

Hurricanes v Blues

The Hurricanes will have been delighted with the result in Fiji on Friday as the Chiefs' win means top spot in New Zealand is still very much up for grabs. At the moment the 'Canes are six points adrift of the Chiefs and five off the Crusaders so a win in Wellington is key.

The Blues meanwhile still have slim hopes of sneaking into the play-offs but without George Moala, Charlie Faumuina and the Ioane brothers it is no surprise they are 16/5 underdogs, with the Hurricanes 1/6. We are liking the Hurricanes on the half-time/full-time which is 8/15.

On the try scoring front Ardie Savea looks a decent anytime try option at 11/4, as does the in-form Beauden Barrett, who is priced at 7/2.

Lions v Sharks

This Africa 2 battle has been hit by injuries. The Lions will be without captain Warren Whiteley but it's the Sharks who are most hurt by absentees as Willie le Roux, Pat Lambie and Cobus Reinach miss out. That means the Lions are 4/11 favourites while the Sharks are 21/10.

It looks set to be a home win in Johannesburg and they could well beat the 7 point handicap and possibly win by 13 points or more (15/8).

Let's also back a try in 80 minutes for Lionel Mapoe (2/1) and Jaco Kriel (4/1) to go with a Lions winning margin of 16-20 points (15/2).

Jaguares v Bulls

Despite picking up just two wins all season, the Jaguares look a good punt on paper to get one over the Bulls at Estádio Jose Amalfitani. The hosts are 10/11 to win or you can get them at 17/10 to prevail by 1-12 points with Paddy Power, which is the option we are going for.

A close to first-choice Jaguares side should have too much for a Bulls team missing captain Adriaan Strauss, Jan Serfontein and others so why not also back the hosts on the half-time/full-time, which is 17/10, and also let's have a play on Manuel Montero to get a try (15/8).

Other Super Rugby predictions:

Sunwolves v Waratahs: Waratahs by 18
Rebels v Stormers: Rebels by 2
Cheetahs v Force: Cheetahs by 10
Kings v Highlanders: Highlanders by 15