There are 3 live Super Rugby matches on Saturday and we take a look at each of them from a betting perspective.
Waratahs v Jaguares – click here to bet
The Waratahs have had a disappointing season and although they are currently 2nd in the Australian conference they cannot qualify for the playoffs. Their only wins at home this season have been against Australian teams and while defeats to the Blues and Crusaders can perhaps be excused the low point of their season was undoubtedly the defeat to the Kings in Sydney. That loss to the Kings means they have something in common with the Jaguares who also went down to the Kings 31-30 at home last weekend. The Argentinian side have been on a horror run of late which has also seen them slip out of playoff contention. The Jaguares have never played a match in Australia and they finish their campaign next week away to the Rebels.
Waratahs -11.5 at 9/10
Jaguares -11.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Handicap, Waratahs -11.5 at 9/10.
This has the potential to be a very entertaining and free flowing game with both teams left with nothing but pride to play for. The Jaguares really seemed to have run their race early in the season and I think the Waratahs will be too strong and will draw clear to win comfortably.
Bulls v Kings – click here to bet
The Bulls showed a return to form last weekend when they upset the odds and beat the Sharks 30-17 in Durban. Perhaps as important as the victory was the way that they played the game and I did find myself scratching my head after the game wondering where that positive attitude had been all season. They have tasted 3 defeats at Loftus this season but all of those were against New Zealand sides.
The Kings have won 5 of their 13 matches this season a massive improvement on last year and this is comfortably their best season to date. Last week they came from behind to beat the Jaguares 31-30 in Argentina but they have been less successful against South African sides with a just a single home victory against the Sharks this season.
These sides last met in 2016 when the Bulls won 38-6 in Port Elizabeth.
Bulls -11.5 at 9/10
Kings +11.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Handicap, Bulls -11.5 at 9/10.
The Kings were very impressive last week but they have had to travel back from Argentina and they face a Bulls side which is now brimming with confidence after their victory against the Sharks. I have been on the wrong side of the Kings handicaps this season but I really do fancy the Bulls to put them away.
Stormers v Sunwolves – click here to bet
The Stormers needed a late try to beat the Cheetahs 40-34 last week in what was a very entertaining match. They have already booked their spot in the playoffs and will be looking to build some momentum with a big victory here. The Lions are the only side to beat them in Cape Town this season and that game aside they have been very impressive at home.
The Sunwolves have scored just a single victory this season and that was at home to the Bulls but they have on occasions run fancied teams close and have beaten a number of handicaps. That was certainly not the case when they returned to action last week though when they were hammered 94-7 by the Lions in Johannesburg a match in which they started 36 point underdogs.
These sides met in Singapore earlier this season with the Stormers winning by 13 points and when the Stormers hosted the Sunwolves in 2016 they won by 27 points.
Stormers -36.5 at 9/10
Sunwolves +36.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Half-time result, handicap Stormers -18.5 at 9/10.
I expect the Stormers to start strongly and it wouldn’t be surprising to me if they were 20 points or more ahead at the break. I prefer the half-time handicap to the full-time handicap because it eliminates possible consolation tries by the Sunwolves.
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change