Super Rugby Week 4 Tips: Sharks smell blood while Lions and Blues promise try-fest

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Will Sonny Bill Williams cross the whitewash on Sunday?
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Angus Watt selects his best bets from the weekend's Super Rugby action, as the Sharks aim for a first win of the season, and the Lions and Blues look set for a high-scoring match...

"There's a bit of value to be found in the anytime try scorer market. I'm siding with the big boys, Akira Ioane and Sonny Bill Williams, who are bigger than I'd expect to cross the white-wash."

Sharks to have too much bite for Wolves

Sharks v Sunwolves,
Saturday 13.05
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After two very creditable performances, the Sharks will be aggrieved to have failed to chalk up a win. A narrow defeat away at the Lions is no disgrace; nor is a draw at home to the much-improved Waratahs. The visit of the the Sunwolves, who, when playing away from home, possess the canine predatory instinct of Scooby Doo, presents an opportunity to set this depressing record straight.

While I expect the Sharks to rack up a big score, the Japanese side will continue to play an exciting brand of rugby, particularly as sun is forecast. I'd back them to continue their scoring form (after managing 17 and 25 points in their last two games) and to grab a few tries themselves.

Blues in stall for the Lions as it rains tries in Joburg

Lions v Blues
Saturday 15.15
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Of all the teams I've watched in Super Rugby, the Blues look most likely to be involved in high-scoring games. They are clinical in attack but often woeful in defence. I'm expecting a high-scoring game in Joburg tomorrow.

With this in mind, I think there's a bit of value to be found in the anytime try scorer market. I'm siding with the big boys, Akira Ioane and Sonny Bill Williams, who are bigger than I'd expect to cross the white-wash.

The Jaguares managed 27 points against the Lions last week, with the hosts' defence looking far from impregnable. Ioane already has two tries this campaign while Williams is a seasoned Kiwi international with a nose for the line.

Column Profit (from £10 stakes): -£1.62

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