Mon, Apr 16, 11:50am by Staff Writer
The Hurricanes five match winning streak stretched to six on Friday night with a hard-fought 25-13 win against the Chiefs.
Two early second half tries blew that match open, with the Chiefs playing catch up from thereon and struggling to break the Hurricanes sturdy defense.
As they have been for much of the season, the Canes are $2.40 favourites to win Super Rugby at Sportsbet and are the overwhelming favourites.
With that loss, the Chiefs odds drift from $7 to $10 but their remaining fixtures are favourable and include a number of home matches.
The Highlanders managed their biggest score of the season in a 43-17 demolition of the Brumbies in Otago.
The Brumbies were stoic for the first 60 minutes before being unable to convert their territory into points and their tired defence was punished late in the contest.
That win moves the Highlanders into third favourites in the betting market in from $6.50 to $6 this week at Sportsbet.
The Brumbies poor start to the season continues and their outright odds have drifted from $67 to $126 this week.
Traditional rivals the New South Wales Waratahs and Queensland Reds met for the first time at the SCG and it was the Tahs who were victorious 37-16.
Similar to the Highlanders and Brumbies match, it was only in the latter stages that the better side opened the game up, with the scoreboard flattering the hosts.
That win takes the Brumbies to the top of the Australian conference and they are a $13 chance of winning Super Rugby.
After a number of promising weeks, the Reds have faltered in the past fortnight, losing two games on the road and have seen their outright odds drift out to $2001.
The Melbourne Rebels had a shock 25-22 loss to the Jaguares at AAMI Park on Saturday afternoon in what could prove to be a very costly result come the end of the season.
The Rebels chanced their arm after the hooter going for a try and turning down a penalty goal attempt that would have tied the game. Their scrum faltered and the game went the Argentinians way.
It is the second time in two seasons that the Rebels have lost at home to the Jaguares, who have struggled to win away from home in Super Rugby.
That loss sees the Rebels drop to $26 in the outright market from $19 and they now go to South Africa for two matches, before returning home to face the Crusaders, as well as two matches in New Zealand.
The Jags unlikely win has lifted their outright odds to $426 to win Super Rugby, but they remain bottom of the South African conference.
The Bulls racked up 40 points against the Sharks who couldn’t produce their exceptional form in New Zealand on Sunday morning.
The Bulls were dominant from the outset and have been the biggest movers in the outright market from $67 to $21 to win Super Rugby this week.
The Sharks were the big losers from last weekend’s play, drifting from $81 to $126 this week.
The Blues recorded a much-needed win against the winless Sunwolves in Tokyo 24-10. After the Japanese side scored the first 10 points it was near panic stations for the Blues, but they held together to earn a much-needed win.
They are the longest priced New Zealand team to win Super Rugby at a huge $126, with the Sunwolves now at a ridiculous $5001.
The Crusaders ($4.50) and Lions ($8) enjoyed a bye last weekend as well as South Africa’s Stormers ($176).
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