Super Rugby Betting Odds: Week 14 Preview
We’re only a fortnight away from the Super Rugby Pacific playoffs for 2022, and the Blues are hot favourites with betting sites and they look pretty good to carry home ground advantage through to the final, there could be a bit of movement below them after this weekend.
They do have a tricky assignment in Canberra on Saturday night, but have a game in hand in case the Brumbies come out on top in that one.
Elsewhere, the new teams have very tough games on Friday night and the Chiefs and Hurricanes return home to do battle with some Aussie visitors.
What’s also now firmly on everyone’s mind is the implications that these crucial games will have on the upcoming test season, as the All Blacks prepare to host a very strong Irish side and Australia welcome England.
All bookmakers have odds for what are an interesting slate of games, so let’s have a look at how they might pan out (all times AEST):
Friday 20 May
17:05 Crusaders v Fijian Drua, Orangetheory Stadium
This should be an easy win for the Crusaders, who are looking to leapfrog the Brumbies into second place on the ladder by the time this weekend is over.
However, they are running into a Drua team high on confidence after they comfortably dispatched Moana Pasifika last weekend.
The Crusaders are rolling out a lot of their wider squad members in this but remain almost unbackable favourites with the best rugby betting sites.
It’s also worth noting that the Drua were absolutely terrible on their last visit to New Zealand when they were thrashed by the Hurricanes.
19:45 Queensland Reds v Moana Pasifika, Suncorp Stadium
Again, the home side is favoured to win this one, but the Reds were solidly beaten last weekend by the Blues and had a lot of their defensive frailties exposed.
It’s doubtful Moana Pasifika are good enough team to exploit those enough to actually win the game, which is why they’re 6.5 with Ladbrokes.
Moana’s propensity to give away needless penalties is certainly getting better each week, so if they can hold their discipline and make their tackles, this could be an upset against a Reds team that is looking for their first win in four games.
Saturday May 21
14:35 Chiefs v Western Force, FMG Stadium Waikato
The first afternoon game sees the Chiefs back at home after their extremely lucky escape against the Rebels.
The Force’s alarming form slump, which saw them go from at least being competitive in losses against the Blues and Waratahs to getting destroyed by the Crusaders and Highlanders over a four week period, means they are at 12.0 with bet365.
The Chiefs haven’t exactly been setting the world on fire in recent weeks, but will stay in the top four with a win.
17:05 Hurricanes v Melbourne Rebels, Sky Stadium
The Rebels finally showed just how good they can be in their heartbreaking last-minute loss to the Chiefs last weekend, but coming over to Wellington is a different challenge altogether.
For all the Canes’ inconsistencies this year, they have been good at home - especially in their last one that resulted in a massive win over the Drua.
That’s why they are 1.07 with Unibet, and it’s likely they will be eyeing the next couple of weeks as time to put the hammer down and produce some title credentials.
19:45 Brumbies v Blues, GIO Stadium
The big game of the round sees the Blues come in hot to Canberra to take on a Brumbies side hurting from their loss to the Crusaders last weekend.
That result was the Brumbies’ first home loss of 2022, but it was with a team missing some of their big names.
Nevertheless, while they are back to full strength they go in at 3.1 with Betfair. There is a bit riding on this one for the Brumbies, if they can hang on to second spot in the table it will give them a huge advantage going into the playoffs.
Sunday 22 May
13:35 Highlanders v NSW Waratahs, Forsyth Barr Stadium
The last game of the round has the Highlanders, who seem to be coming good at exactly the right time, hosting the Waratahs under the roof in Dunedin.
While the young Tah side has been impressive this season, last weekend’s utter choke job against the Canes in Sydney may well prove to be a defining point in their season.
They now sit sixth when they should be as high as fourth, and as good as they have been playing that missed chance to challenge for a home semi will come back to bite. That can be rectified with a win in this fixture though.
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