Mon, May 14, 11:28am by Staff Writer
Round 13 of the 2018 Super Rugby season produced some outstanding matches, including the Crusaders come-from-behind win against the Waratahs in Christchurch.
The Crusaders were down 29-0 in the first half but staged a miraculous comeback to extend Australian franchises winless streak against New Zealand opposition to 39 games, with a 31-29 victory.
Canterbury remain second favourites for the Super Rugby crown at $3.30 and lead the New Zealand conference.
The Waratahs hold a slim one-point advantage over the Rebels in the Australian conference and are $17 to win the title.
The Brumbies were in must-win mode for their home game against the Rebels on Saturday night in Canberra.
Despite leading 24-10 in the second half, the Rebels came home with a flurry. A late Reece Hodge penalty goal snatched victory for the Melbourne side and they earned a much needed 27-24 win.
The Brumbies are all but out of contention in the Australian conference and are $201 to win the title. The Rebels are a shorter $67 to win Super Rugby.
The Hurricanes extended their winning streak to nine matches with a commanding 36-15 win against the Blues on Friday night.
The competition favourites at $2.10 scored three tries to nil in the second half to hammer the hapless Blues. The Blues are $201 to win Super Rugby and are last in the New Zealand conference.
On Saturday night, the Highlanders hosted the Lions in an entertaining clash in Dunedin. Just as the hosts looked to pull away in the contest, the Lions answered with a score, but the visitors gave away too many penalties and too much territory late in the match.
The Highlanders remain third favourites to take out the Super Rugby title at $8, with the Lions the best placed South African franchise at $10.
The Sunwolves got their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon with a 63-28 win against the Reds.
Hayden Parker scored 36 points for the Sunwolves, a team record, as they scored at every opportunity against a very poor Reds side. 63 points was the most that the Sunwolves have scored in Super Rugby history.
With neither side contending for a finals berth, it was a great confidence boost for the Sunwolves, who have been much improved in recent weeks. After a win against the Lions in Brisbane, the Reds would be ashamed of their performance in Japan and it was undoubtedly their worst display of the season.
The Chiefs visited Cape Town to take on the Stormers on Saturday night in need of a win after last weekend’s poor showing against the Jaguares.
In a low scoring encounter, the Chiefs held the Stormers tryless and controlled the final 20 minutes of play to record a 15-9 win.
The Chiefs are fourth in the New Zealand conference and in a good position to play in the finals despite being 11 points behind the Crusaders. The Chiefs are out to $12 to win Super Rugby.
The Stormers sit last in the South African conference and their finals hopes are fading away with outright odds of $71 to win the title.
The Bulls and Sharks played out a typically entertaining and high-scoring match on Sunday morning, with the Bulls prevailing 39-33 in Pretoria.
The Sharks season is slowly slipping away and they are now $71 to win Super Rugby, with the Bulls keeping in touch of the Lions at the top of the conference and a $34 price to win the title.
The Jaguares ($51) enjoyed a bye week after four consecutive wins on the road.
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