Tue, Mar 27, 3:02pm by Staff Writer
The Hurricanes continue to be the team to beat in Super Rugby this season, with the team from Wellington producing a dominant second half to run out 29-12 winners against the Highlanders.
The Canes have come in from $3.30 to $2.70 in the outright market on Sportsbet and are the runaway competition favourites.
The loss for the Highlanders has bumped their price out to $6.
On Friday night, the Crusaders beat the Bulls 33-14 in difficult conditions in Christchurch. The Crusaders remain second favourites to win the competition at $4.
The Bulls return to South Africa winless in their recent travels to Australia and New Zealand and are $81 outsiders to win the competition.
The Crusaders travel to Johannesburg for a 2017 Grand Final replay against the Lions on Easter Sunday in the match of the round in round 7.
The Chiefs produced their biggest win of the season, a 61-10 thumping on the Sunwolves in Tokyo.
The Chiefs dominated from start to finish, against a Sunwolves side that looked road weary after returning from South Africa.
Despite a host of injuries, the Chiefs have won three matches in a row and face an important match on Friday night against the Highlanders.
The Chiefs are fourth favourites to win the competition at $9.
The Sunwolves are yet to register a win this season and it is hard to see where competition points are going to come for the Japanese side.
Despite producing a terrific performance in South Africa just a fortnight ago losing to the Lions by two points, they turned in a horror show against the Chiefs.
They are an unbackable $2001 to win Super Rugby.
The Rebels put a poor second half against the Waratahs a fortnight ago behind them as they hammered the Sharks in the second half to record a 46-14 win.
The Rebels ball movement was slick and the team looks better than they ever have under South Africa coach Dave Wessels.
The difficult matches for the Rebels are still to come, with trips to South Africa, New Zealand and home games against the Hurricanes and Crusaders remaining.
That would justify their price of $17 to win the competition, with punters happy to stay off the Rebels until they beat a legitimate contender.
The Sharks have had a poor season so far with only a win against the Jaguares to show for their efforts thus far.
Despite being competitive in all of their matches, they capitulated on Friday night and face a rested Blues team on Saturday night followed by the Hurricanes to round out their tour.
If they can’t register a win against either of those sides, it is just about season over for the Sharks and their odds of $151 to win the competition should continue to go out.
The Lions continue to be the best priced South African team to win Super Rugby at $12 but as we mentioned last week, their 4-2 record is deceiving.
A loss to the Jaguares highlights defensive frailties that haven’t existed during the past two seasons and with the Lions having a soft fixture to start the season, they aren’t representing value to win the competition at their current price.
The Stormers have endured their toughest stretch of the season, an early season trip to Australia and New Zealand. They have won two matches in a row and won’t have to travel outside of South Africa for the remainder of the season.
At $41, the Stormers represent some value to win Super Rugby, particularly given the fact that the Lions look awfully shaky at the moment.
The Reds fought until the final whistle against the Stormers in Cape Town but fell 25-19. That ends a streak of three consecutive wins for Brad Thorn’s side, who are now $81 in the outright market.
The Waratahs and Brumbies both had byes last week, with the Tahs the best priced Australian team at $14 and the Brumbies out to $151 after a solitary win through six rounds.
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