Tue, Jul 3, 3:11pm by Staff Writer
The Hurricanes have continued their poor run of form, losing their third game in a row, this time against the Brumbies.
The Canes were unstoppable in the early part of the season, but have slipped to $4 to win Super Rugby after being $2.25 for much of this campaign.
A 24-12 loss to the Brumbies after the international break was a disappointing result for the side from Wellington, with their hopes of catching the Crusaders in first place in the New Zealand conference slipping away with only two rounds to play.
It was the Brumbies best win of the season but comes too late for them to mount a charge at the Australian conference. They are $276 to win Super Rugby, but are realistically no chance, trailing the Waratahs by 20 points in the standings.
The Australian derby between the Rebels and Waratahs on Friday night was billed as a clash that could determine the Australian conference winner and it did not disappoint.
The Rebels trailed by seven points at half-time before using a strong surge in the second half to take the lead, before back-to-back tries with 10 minutes to play gave the Tahs the lead for good.
The Waratahs are $12 to win Super Rugby and now have a five point lead on the Rebels in the conference with two games to play. The Rebels are $67 to win Super Rugby.
The Chiefs produced an emphatic win against the Highlanders in Fiji, running in seven first half tries to take a 42-0 lead to the break.
Despite scoring 22 points in the second half, the Highlanders were never in the match and have slipped to fourth favourites in betting at $10 to win Super Rugby.
The Chiefs victory has shortened their outright odds to $7 at Sportsbet, the lowest they have been all season.
The Jaguares produced their seventh win in a row, this time against the Stormers in Buenos Aires.
It was not a game of rugby we will be itching to watch again, but the Jags did enough to stifle the Stormers, who are now last in the South African conference.
The Jaguares are $17 to win Super Rugby and have matches against the Sharks and Bulls to close out the season. They are three points behind the conference-leading Lions who have a bye and the Bulls in the final round.
The Lions are $10 to win Super Rugby, with the 2016 and 2017 Grand Finalists suffering a crucial 31-24 loss against the Sharks in Durban on Sunday.
The loss has done little to sway their outright odds, but means they must win their final round match against the Bulls, and hope for a Jags loss during the next fortnight.
In two matches without finals implications, the Blues sent off Jerome Kaino in style with a 39-16 win at Eden Park against the Reds.
That match was marred by poor refereeing throughout, with four yellow cards shown when a penalty would have been sufficient, with those moments proving game-changing.
The Reds couldn’t get their hands on the ball often enough in the first half and were never in the match.
In Singapore, the Sunwolves created history winning their first match in the city and amassing their biggest win total in Super Rugby history with a 42-39 win against the Bulls.
In an entertaining match, the hosts waited until the final five minutes to take the lead in a game where the lead changed on numerous occasions.
Competition leaders the Crusaders had a bye in round 17 but are $1.91 favourites to win the title.
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