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Super Rugby Round 10 betting tips - Game-by-game guide to Super Rugby Round 10

  • Game-by-game guide for all seven games taking place in Super Rugby Round 10
Scott Sio of the Brumbies charges forward

The race towards the finals gather space as the Super Rugby season enters its second half with a full quota of seven fixtures in Super Rugby.

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We have previewed all seven games and picked out the best bet for each fixture.

Crusaders v Chiefs (Chiefs +2.5 - $1.92 Palmerbet)

The stop-start Crusaders once again stalled last week, losing 20-25 against the Highlanders in Christchurch, after such an emphatic win the week prior when they put 52 points on the Sharks. From early in the second half, the Highlanders were in the driver’s seat, while the Crusaders failed to score a try in the last 60 minutes of the contest. The Chiefs are coming off a bye, which has proven invaluable as midfield stars Sonny Bill Williams and Charlie Ngatai, as well as Tim Nanai-Williams all return to the fold for Coach Dave Rennie. The Crusaders meanwhile have brought back the cavalry with Richie McCaw and Dan Carter both returning to the starting side. The Crusaders are well renowned for their slow starts to the season, but we’re at the halfway point now and their win loss record still remains at just 50%. The Chiefs are a side that haven’t experienced these stumbles, with just two losses in their six games, they’ve been one of the class acts all season, albeit overshadowed by the Hurricanes, I have plenty of faith in them delivering here even in Christchurch. 

Hurricanes v Waratahs (Hurricanes -4.5 - $1.80 Betstar)

A disappointing showing from the defending champions last week, coughing up a comprehensive 32-18 win to the Stormers in Sydney after leading 15-13 at the half. The Waratahs dominated possession with 68%, territory with 69%, beat 20 defenders, made 19 offloads, but shot themselves in the foot with errant passing and ball handling resulting in 19 turnovers, while tackling at just 79% affording the chance for the Stormers to sail in for a four try bonus point. The Hurricanes are coming off a well-deserved bye, but we all know the situation with them now. Seven games, seven wins, a measly 14.5 points allowed per game, and a dynamite attack with a backline almost entirely comprised of All Blacks. The lone member of the backline who hasn’t worn the black jersey, Nehe Milner-Skudder, is already in just five Super Rugby games turning heads as a prospective star of the game. Adam Ashley-Cooper returns to the starting side for the Tahs which is a significant boost, but they’ve also been dealt a heavy blow with leading try scorer Taqele Naiyaravoro unable to travel with the side due to visa issues. The Canes have suffered a significant blow of their own with Victor Vito unavailable. With the form the Canes have displayed, and the lack of form from the Waratahs, a mere 4.5 points should be relatively easy for the Hurricanes to cover on their home paddock. 

Highlanders v Blues (Highlanders -5.5 - $1.92 Palmerbet)

It took eight rounds, but the Blues finally stemmed the bleeding with their first win of the season, ending a woeful seven game losing streak. The Blues streaked out to an early lead, leading 13-0 at the break, but it looked a familiar story when they allowed the Brumbies back into the game falling behind 14-13 in the 73rd minute. But in the 77th, Ihaia West confidently struck what would prove to be the match winner to finally put a smile on Blues fans faces. Enjoying a much more successful season, the Highlanders made a big statement last week heading into Christchurch to take on their southern rivals the Crusaders, and walking out victorious 20-25. The Highlanders showed plenty with the ball in hand, making 487 metres, with seven breaks, 22 defenders beaten and 12 offloads, Waisake Naholo grabbing two tries with Ben Smith also chiming in. The win lifted the Highlanders to 24 points, with a five win two loss record, the Highlanders now sit fifth on the ladder.If you haven’t already, it’s time to sit up and take notice of the Highlanders who have been one of the strongest sides in the competition throughout the year. Their 24 points are tied for fourth best in the competition, and all but one of those four other sides have played more games than the Highlanders. They’ve knocked off the Chiefs in Hamilton, Crusaders in Christchurch, the Waratahs, the Stormers, they deserve plenty of praise for how their first half of the year has panned out. 

Brumbies v Rebels (Brumbies -9.5 - $1.92 Luxbet)

Eventually somebody had to become the team that would give the Blues their first win of the season, it just so happened to be the best team in the Australian conference the Brumbies. The Brumbies attack was impotent, failing to score a try until the 56th minute, which would be their only try of the night, they managed just one offload, 11 defenders beaten, and turned the ball over 15 times. The Rebels come off the bye, and while they haven’t been great this season, they haven’t been horrible with three wins from seven contests. Their record in Canberra however isn’t pretty, four games, four losses, with the Brumbies scoring at least 32 points in each contest, and the smallest loss being 15 points. At face value, this may seem like great value, but it’s important to note the large number of changes coach Stephen Larkham has made for this contest. Matt Toomua and Scott Sio have joined Tevita Kuridrani in the casualty ward, while Wallabies halfback Nic White has found himself on the bench. This game will ask a lot of questions of the Brumbie depth, but at home, against unfancied opposition in the Rebels, they should have enough answers.

Force v Stormers (Stormers -4.5 - $2.00 Ladbrokes)

The Stormers did themselves proud in round nine, facing a difficult proposition in the form of the defending champion Waratahs at Sydney, the Stormers cast their opponents aside 32-18, grabbing four tries in the process. They operated with scarce amounts of possession (32%) and territory (31%), but they took full of advantage of the ball they did have to earn only their second bonus point of the season. The Force aren’t good, and they reiterated that last week losing at home to the visiting Cheetahs 15-24. The best thing you can say about the Force’s attack is that it’s been more prolific than the Reds. They’re a tough outfit, but they’re boring to watch and any side who is able to play some real Rugby against them is capable of leaving them behind. As the Stormers showed last week, they are capable of being that side.  If they can put the Waratahs down convincingly, the Force shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

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