Mon, Apr 2, 9:57am by Staff Writer
The all-Kiwi affair between the Chiefs and the Highlanders on Friday night lived up to expectation with both teams contesting a hard fought game of rugby.
The Chiefs were victorious with a narrow 27-22 win which sees them jump to third in outright betting to win the 2018 Super Rugby crown at $5.50.
Back-to-back road losses for the Highlanders has seen them slip to $7.50. First-five Lima Sopoaga limped off early in the match with a suspended Achilles injury, which would be a huge blow for the Highlanders if that were the case.
The Melbourne Rebels jumped out to a 19-8 lead on the visiting Hurricanes on Friday night, but that’s where the joy ended for the Rebels.
The Hurricanes piled on 42 straight points to run out convincing 50-19 winners.
The Canes continue to be the team to beat in Super Rugby and lead the title betting at $2.70 at Sportsbet.
The Rebels are out to $17 in the outright market and in two matches where they have faced stern opposite this season against the Waratahs and Hurricanes they have buckled.
With a tough schedule remaining, the Rebels would do incredibly well to top the Australian Conference.
The Blues returned from South Africa and a bye week with an excellent chance to record a home win against the struggling Sharks in Auckland.
What followed was over 100 points at Eden Park and the Blues were on the end of a 63-40 thumping which keeps the perennial underachievers last in the New Zealand conference.
The Blues are now $21 to win Super Rugby but that price represents no value on a team that is struggling with form and injuries at the moment.
It was another win for the Sharks against the Blues in New Zealand, something which they have done three of the last four times they have visited.
They remain $151 shots to win Super Rugby and it would be a miracle if they even got out of the South African conference.
Traditional rivals the Waratahs and Brumbies met in Canberra on Saturday night.
After an Israel Folau injury in the opening stages, the match looked to be the Brumbies for the taking.
A pair of Taqele Naiyaravoro tries either side of half time propelled the Waratahs to a 24-17 win. They are the best-priced Australian side to win Super Rugby at $15, with last season’s finalists the Brumbies out to $151.
The Bulls returned from their tour with a 33-23 win against the Stormers, putting aside any travel fatigue to record their second win of the season.
The Stormers are $41 to win the title but continue to disappoint in matches they should win. The Bulls are $81 to win Super Rugby.
On Sunday night it was a rematch of the 2017 Super Rugby final when the Lions hosted the Crusaders.
It was a closely fought match all the way until the final whistle, with the Crusaders winners 14-8.
Canterbury remains second favourites to win Super Rugby at $4 with the Lions the best priced South African team at $12.
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