Mon, Apr 9, 11:05am by Staff Writer
The match of the round in Super Rugby featured the competition favourites the Hurricanes who hosted the Sharks on Friday night.
After trailing for much of the match, the Canes scored in the 84th minute and Ihaia West converted the try for a 38-37 win against the Sharks.
That win further cements the Hurricanes as competition favourites, with their price to win Super Rugby shortening from $2.70 to $2.50 this week.
It was a gallant performance from the Sharks but they return to South Africa 1-3 after their Australia and New Zealand tour. They remain $81 long shots to win the title.
The Waratahs had a big win in Japan against the Sunwolves on Saturday afternoon by a scoreline of 50-29.
The Tahs are the best priced of the Australian teams to win the competition, in from $15 to $13 this week.
In a free flowing affair, the Sunwolves held their own for large parts of the first half, but their poor ball control cost the Japanese team.
They remain winless and the longest priced team to win the competition at $2001.
After a horrendous loss to the Sharks a week ago, the Blues were looking to bounce back against the Chiefs on Saturday night.
Despite leading at half time, the Blues couldn’t get the job done as they fell 21-19.
The Chiefs price has gone out from $5.50 to $7 this week, despite their win.
For the Blues, their season of misery continues as they lost their third game in a row and slipped enormously in outright betting from $21 to $67 at Sportsbet.
Arch rivals the Brumbies and Reds clashed on Saturday night in Canberra. Despite beating the Brumbies earlier this year in Brisbane and leading 18-12 at half-time, the Reds were pummeled in the second half to go down 45-21.
The win was much-needed for the Brumbies who moves from $151 to $67 in the outright market.
The Reds have played well so far this season, but their second half on Saturday night was their worst of the season.
They have gone out from $81 to $126 this week to win Super Rugby.
A South African derby on Sunday morning featured the Lions and Stormers, with the latter once again disappointing in a big game.
After a road loss to the Bulls last weekend, the Stormers offered little against a Lions team also coming off a loss, albeit to the Crusaders.
The 52-21 win was the biggest of the Lions season and they remain steady at $12 to win Super Rugby. They are the best priced South African team and have a huge lead ahead of the second placed Sharks in the conference standings.
The Stormers are out to $51 from $41 last week.
The final match of round eight featured the Jaguares hosting the Crusaders. The Jaguares will be ruing a poor start to the game, but they stood little chance as they lost 40-14.
The Crusaders remain second favourites to win Super Rugby at $4.50 and end their tour 2-0 after a win against the Lions last weekend.
The Jaguares are about to embark on a four-game Australia and New Zealand tour and their price of $226 to win Super Rugby makes them an improbable champion, with the price set to lengthen ahead of their tour.
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