Thu, May 4, 11:43am by Staff Writer
Rebels v Lions, AAMI Park, Saturday May 6, 3:00pm AEST
After a dismal effort in South Africa against the Kings, the Rebels return home to what is potentially more misery at the hands of a South African side. The in-form Lions await them on their return to Melbourne meaning things won’t get any easier.
That 44-3 hammering by the Kings is probably the lowest point of the Rebels franchise’s short history. Their defence will need to make rapid improvements ahead of this clash. As they look to overturn a price of $6 with William Hill.
The Lions are priced as favourites at $1.13. They limped past the Force last week in Perth but are likely to have far too much fire power for a Rebels side under pressure and fatigued from a return journey to South Africa.
Elton Jantjies was the Lions saviour last week and he has been in fine form all year. He could be a real threat to the Rebels this weekend. Unless the Rebels fix their leaky defence then Jantjies will cause them real problems.
Chiefs v Reds, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, Saturday May 6, 5:35pm AEST
The Reds held so much promise at the start of the season with the return of cult heroes Stephen Moore, Quade Cooper and George Smith. Yet they have failed to spark anything at all in Queensland. Last weekend showed glimpses of what they are capable of but ultimately the Waratahs were able to claw their way back into the game and defeat the Reds in a close contest.
Things do not can any easier as they must now travel to New Zealand to take on the Chiefs. The Reds are priced at an improbable $7.50 compared to the home side at $1.09. The Sunwolves showed last week that it is possible to take the game to the Chiefs and put them on the back foot.
Although it was nothing the Japanese side still pushed them all the way. The Reds must show that same level of commitment and bravery if they are to get anything from this match. Although they must beware a backlash from the Chiefs.
Waratahs v Blues, Allianz Stadium, Saturday May 6, 7:45pm AEST
Out of all the Australian sides in action this weekend, the Waratahs have the best price for a victory. Although they still have to overturn the odds if they are to beat the Blues in Sydney. The home side are priced at $2.95 in contrast to the Blues at $1.40.
Both sides come into this match after close wins in Round Ten, although the Blues did still manage to claim a bonus point win in their 18-12 win over the Brumbies. The Waratahs impressed in their comeback win against the Reds but they will have to be far better from the start if they are to have any hope of beating the Kiwi side.
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