Super Rugby Predictions Round 17

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Blues vs Waratahs

Blues by 6

The Blues have been in fine form against non-New Zealand sides, more so than they’ve received credit for. A narrow win against a tired Sydney side should be expected.

Sportsbet odds: Blues 0.8 / Waratahs 1.1

Reds vs Rebels

Reds by 4

The Reds have been horrible all season while the Rebels have leaked more than 130 points in the last two matches; confidence for both sides should be low. The Reds should sneak it by virtue og home ground advantage.

Sportsbet odds: Reds 0.72 / Rebels 1.2

Sharks vs Sunwolves

Sharks by 14

The Sharks still need to win to secure their playoff spot, which is a likely occurrence against one of the weakest sides in the competition, even without star flyhalf Pat Lambie.

Sportsbet odds: Sharks 0 / Sunwolves 25

Crusaders vs Hurricanes

Crusaders by 3

The Crusaders could finish top if results go their way, although the Hurricanes have won their last four matches. With contrasting styles of rugby, the Crusaders’ pragmatism should see them edge it.

Sportsbet odds: Crusaders 0.45 / Hurricanes 1.85

Highlanders vs Chiefs

Chiefs by 6

Both sides have been impressive since the end of the international break, but the Chiefs’ result against the Crusaders a fortnight ago shows they have the little bit extra when it comes to the New Zealand derby.

Sportsbet odds: Highlanders 0.65 / Chiefs 1.3

Brumbies vs Force

Brumbies by 11

Despite not being overly convincing in the past few weeks, the Brumbies shouldn’t have too much trouble against the Force, and should easily qualify for the playoffs as a result.

Sportsbet odds: Brumbies 0.04 / Force 10

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Stormers vs Kings

Stormers by 29

The Stormers have secure bonus point wins in their last two matches, and should do so again against arguably the weakest team in the competition.

Sportsbet odds: Stormers 0 / Kings 25

Cheetahs vs Bulls

Bulls by 8

The Bulls should end their lacklustre season with a win in Bloemfontein, with their chances of reaching the playoffs slim and resting on the Sharks and the Waratahs losing their matches.

Sportsbet odds: Cheetahs 1.6 / Bulls 0.53

Jaguares vs Lions

Lions by 3

Despite sending a b-team, and risking their chance to host a home final should they reach that stage, the Lions should edge what is likely to be a very physical encounter. The Jaguares will be fired up to secure an upset, but the Lions have the temperament to capitalize on the likely ill-discipline that is to occur.

Sportsbet odds: Jaguares 0.24 / Lions 3.3


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