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Super Rugby Update: Waratahs end hoodoo

Mon, May 21, 8:22am by Staff Writer

An Australian Super Rugby team has finally defeated New Zealand opposition, with the hoodoo ending after 40 matches on Saturday night when the Waratahs secured a 41-12 win against the Highlanders.

The Tahs led 8-0 early and in the 18th minute, Tevita Nabura was red carded for a dangerous play, ensuring the Waratahs would play with a man advantage for the finally hour of the match.

It was a disappointing performance thereafter from the Highlanders who remain equal-third favourites to win Super Rugby at $10.

The Waratahs are the best Australian side in this year’s competition and are eight points ahead of the Rebels in the Australian conference. They are $17 to win the title.

The competition favourites, the Hurricanes didn’t have it all their own way on Friday night as they were made to fight until the final whistle to beat the Reds 38-34.

The Queenslanders led in the first half and never gave up, despite their gap in quality between the two sides.

The Canes have been around the $2.20 mark all season for the title, despite trailing the Crusaders narrowly in the competition standings.

The Reds are little chance of making the Super Rugby finals and are $251 outsiders to win the competition.

The Sunwolves pulled off a miraculous victory in the first ever Super Rugby match in Hong Kong on Saturday afternoon.

A penalty goal from 45m out by Hayden Parker tied the scores in the final minute, with an 84th minute drop goal capping off a miraculous win for the Japanese side.

They have now won back-to-back matches for the first time in their history. They remain at the bottom of the Australian conference and are $1001 title shots.

It was a damaging loss for the Stormers who are bottom of the South African conference and $126 to win the title.

The Crusaders continued their winning ways on the weekend after a 32-24 win against the Blues at Eden Park.

The Blues trailed for the entire game, as the Crusaders were rarely troubled despite the close scoreline. The Crusaders are $3.25 to win Super Rugby and host the Hurricanes in a blockbuster on Friday night.

The Blues are last in the New Zealand conference and a $301 title shot.

An undermanned Chiefs team missing 20 players through injury and All Blacks selection went down 28-24 to the Sharks in Durban on Saturday night.

The Sharks are $81 to win the title and sit third in the South African conference after that unconvincing performance.

The Chiefs remain equal-third favourites at $10 and will be glad to return to New Zealand after splitting their South African tour at one win and one loss.

In Argentina on Sunday morning, the Jaguares continued their remarkable mid-season resurgence with a massive 54-24 win against the Bulls.

The Jags have now won five games in a row and are second in the South African conference. Their outright odds have dropped sharply in recent weeks, from $51 to $26 in the past seven days alone.

The Bulls sit in fourth in a tight South African conference, but continue to be plagued by inconsistency and are $41 to win Super Rugby.

In Johannesburg on Sunday morning the Brumbies simply ran out of energy at altitude when they conceded the last 21 points in the final 18 minutes to lose to the Lions 42-24.

The Lions remain atop the South African conference and are $11 to win the title. The Brumbies season continues to be a disappointment. They are fourth in the Australian conference and massive $426 outsiders for the title.

The Rebels enjoyed a bye week after last week’s victory against the Brumbies in Canberra. They are $67 to win Super Rugby at Sportsbet.

Super Rugby Championship Odds – Sportsbet

Hurricanes $2.20

Crusaders $3.25

Highlanders $10

Chiefs $10

Lions $11

Waratahs $17

Jaguares $26

Bulls $41

Rebels $67

Sharks $81

Stormers $126

Reds $251

Blues $301

Brumbies $426

Sunwolves $1001

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