Thu, Apr 5, 10:00am by Staff Writer
Round 8 of Super Rugby presents a number of short priced favourites including the league leading Hurricanes who start at $1.05 at home to the Sharks.
In the Australian conference, the Brumbies will host the Reds while the Waratahs will visit Tokyo to take on the Sunwolves.
Hurricanes versus Sharks
Friday, 6 April 2018 at 5.35pm AEST at McLean Park, Napier
The Hurricanes have been dominant since their shock second week loss to the Bulls beating the Crusaders, Highlanders, Jaguares and Rebels.
Last weekend’s 50-18 win included a run of 42 straight points to end the game from the Hurricanes, a true signal of their attacking prowess.
The Sharks have salvaged a win from what was a poor two games in Australia where they lost to the Brumbies and were then hammered by the Rebels.
The Sharks ran in six tries against the Blues and scored 63 points as they delivered the Auckland franchise one of their most humiliating losses in recent years.
The Sharks start as $10 underdogs for this match, one which they have little hope in winning.
There is some value with the Sharks at the big handicap however as they can score points and will keep the Hurricanes honest defensively.
Take the Sharks at the +22.5 point start at $1.90
Chiefs versus Blues
Saturday, 7 April 2018 at 5.35pm AEST at Waikato Stadium
The Chiefs have been the quiet achievers of Super Rugby this season and start their match against the Blues as $1.36 favourites. The Blues go into the match as $3.18 underdogs.
The Chiefs beat the Blues as they held on at the hooter to win 27-21. That night the Chiefs were without many of their first choice backline players and Damien McKenzie was playing in the 10 jersey.
Since that match McKenzie has returned to full back and it has paid dividends for the Chiefs as they have gone undefeated, including a tight five point win at home against the Highlanders last weekend.
The Blues are once again not looking up to Super Rugby standard and continue to be the most disappointing New Zealand team.
It is hard to see them turning things around drastically this week after conceding 63 points to a poor Sharks team last time out.
Take the Chiefs to win in the Big Win Little Win 1-12 market as the Blues will surely give more of a yelp than they did last week.
Best bet- Chiefs Big Win Little Win 1-12 at $3
Lions versus Stormers
Sunday, 8 April 2018 at 1.15am AEST at Emirates Airline Park
The Lions narrowly went down to the Crusaders on Easter Sunday in a tight defensive struggle 14-8.
They will be buoyed by the performance however as it was their best in some time.
The Stormers continue to tease their Super Rugby fans with good performances followed up by shock losses and that has continued this season.
Last week’s loss to the Bulls as a favourite has seen the Stormers installed as big $3 underdogs this week with the Lions $1.40 favourites.
The Lions are being favoured by 7.5 points, a line which they have covered only once in their last five matches against the Stormers.
The Stormers won’t fear travelling to Emirates Airline Park, a ground they won at in 2015 and they only lost by seven points there last season.
Despite the Lions improved play, they have feasted on the competition’s poorer teams this season and it’s a must win for the Stormers if they are to keep in touch with the Lions at the top of the South African conference.
Best bet- Stormers to cover +7.5-point handicap at $1.90
Super Rugby Round 8 Odds – Sportsbet
Hurricanes $1.05 Sharks $10
Sunwolves $6 Waratahs $1.13
Chiefs $1.36 Blues $3.18
Brumbies $1.60 Reds $2.35
Lions $1.40 Stormers $3
Jaguares $5.75 Crusaders $1.14
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