Mon, Apr 30, 11:03am by Staff Writer
The Hurricanes continued their winning form on Friday night, beating the winless Sunwolves of Japan 43-15 in Wellington.
The Canes have moved into their shortest price of the season to win Super Rugby at $2.30 at Sportsbet and have won seven matches in a row.
On Saturday night the Crusaders travelled to Canberra to face the Brumbies and despite a scoreless second half from both sides, Canterbury recorded a 21-8 victory.
The Brumbies scored a try in the second minute but found points tough to come by for the remainder of the contest, despite at one stage having a two man advantage with two Crusaders players in the sin bin.
The Saders are $4.33 to win Super Rugby, while the Brumbies hopes continue to fade with each loss and they are now priced at $226 to win the title.
It was a disappointing performance from the Rebels in Cape Town, losing 34-16 to the Stormers.
The Rebels couldn’t get their hands on the ball in the first half and despite some stoic defence, were no match for the Stormers. It was a much-needed win for the Stormers, their fourth of the season and it keeps them in touch of the Lions in the South African Conference.
Melbourne is $41 to win Super Rugby having lost their third match in a row. The Stormers are $226.
The Highlanders pulled off a last gasp win against the Bulls in an entertaining match in Pretoria on Sunday morning.
With the Bulls scoring a try in the final five minutes to take the lead, a Lima Sopoaga penalty goal from 40m out close to the sideline was needed for victory after the siren and he delivered.
The win gets the Highlanders tour off to the perfect start and they remain in touching distance to the Crusaders and Hurricanes in the New Zealand conference, just five points from top spot.
They are $6 to win Super Rugby, third in the line of betting. The Bulls have shown improved form in recent weeks and are $34 to win the title.
The upset of the round came in Brisbane on Saturday afternoon when as big outsiders, the Reds triumphed against the Lions.
The Reds led 27-0 in the second half before a furious Lions comeback, but it was all to no avail as they fell 27-22.
It was a shock win for the Reds who move to third in the Australian conference and $41 to win the title.
A disappointing loss for the Lions after shutting out the Waratahs just a week ago, although they still lead the South African conference by some distance, 11 points clear of the second placed Jaguares. They are $10 to win Super Rugby.
Another upset in round 11 took place in Auckland on Saturday night where the Jaguares triumphed in awful conditions against the Blues.
It was a torrid affair early on, with the Jaguares opening the scoring and dominating field position.
In a tense second half, the Jaguares held on for a much deserved victory, their third in a row on the road.
They have catapulted up the standings to second in the South Africa conference and their outright odds have dropped sharply from $426 a week ago to $151.
The Blues continue to be awfully disappointing and have dropped in the outright market from $151 to $301 this week and sit last in the New Zealand conference.
It was a bye week for the Chiefs ($8), Waratahs ($19) and Sharks ($176).
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