Blues vs Brumbies
Brumbies by 11
Equal to the Waratahs on points and only ahead on wins, the Brumbies will have plenty of motivation going into the final two rounds in order to ensure their place in the payoffs as winners of Australia, while the Blues have officially been knocked out. Coming off a 4 match winning run, the Brumbies will look to control the match at Eden Park through the boot of Lealiifano and a dominant pack lead by captain Stephen Moore.
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Sportsbet Odds: Blues 1.2 / Brumbies 0.72
Reds vs Chiefs
Chiefs by 18
The Chiefs maintain a narrow lead over the Crusaders for the 2nd spot on the log, with a somewhat surprise win against them last week. Star flyhalf Aaron Cruden should be back in the starting lineup this week, and the Chiefs are unlikely to find much in terms of opposition from the Reds.
Sportsbet Odds: Reds 4.5 / Chiefs 0.16
Lions vs Kings
Lions by 36
A prediction that shouldn’t come as a shock to most, the Lions have been clinical when playing bottom tier opponents, while the Kings just cannot compete for more than 60 minutes. Expect several late scores from the log toppers.
Sportsbet Odds: Lions 0 / Kings 25
Crusaders vs Rebels
Crusaders by 21
After leading the Australian conference at one stage, the Rebels have since won only one match in their last five. A Crusaders side chasing the Chiefs at the top of the Australasian log should win this encounter comfortably.
Sportsbet Odds: Crusaders 0.08 / Rebels 8
Waratahs vs Hurricanes
Waratahs by 3
The Tahs are battling for a place in the playoffs, and should narrowly edge a very tight trans-Tasman derby. The Waratahs boast the more balanced side, with their set pieces arguably the key factor to decide the outcome. Captain and openside flanker Michael Hooper will have to be instrumental in the match, and will want to put a disappointing English incoming tour behind him.
Sportsbet Odds: Waratahs 0.8 / Hurricanes 1.1
Force vs Stormers
Stormers by 18
After a convincing win against the Rebels, the Stormers will travel to Perth to face the Force. They seem to have found their scoring streak in the previous match, and the weaker Force who return from Bloem with a loss are unlikely to put up much of a resistance.
Sportsbet Odds: Force 2.5 / Stormers 0.33
Bulls vs Sunwolves
Bulls by 11
After a promising start to the season was derailed by four losses in their last five matches, the Bulls will want to push for wins in their last two matches in an unlikely bid of making the playoffs. The Sunwolves are currently bottom of the log, and despite the occasional quality performance, a Bulls side boosted by the return of captain Adriaan Strauss should beat them comfortably.
Sportsbet Odds: Bulls 0.01 / Sunwolves 16
Sharks vs Cheetahs
Sharks by 6
After being hammered by the Lions last week, the Sharks will need to win against the Cheetahs in order to remain safe in the final playoff spot. Star flyhalf Pat Lambie will again miss out due to head injury sustained in the first test against Ireland, but they should have enough star power to ease out a win at home.
Sportsbet Odds: Sharks 0.25 / Cheetahs 3.5
Jaguares vs Highlanders
Jaguares by 3
The Jaguares are well positioned to beat a Highlander side that struggled against the Kings for 68 minutes. The Highlanders will be boosted by the return of their star backs, but a hostile home crowd combined with the robust tactical orientated play of the Jaguares could see them secure a narrow win.
Sportsbet Odds: Jaguares 2 / Highlanders 0.44