It's week two of the new Super Rugby season and our man Angus Watt is back with his best bets from the action and a few thoughts on the weird and wonderful team names in the competition...
"The Jaguares showed enough in defeat to the Stormers last week to persuade me that they're worth siding with. Discipline was improved and they took their opportunities well."
Raising the question of the relative quality of Northern and Southern Hemisphere sides provides fertile ground for furious disagreement. Recent Autumn Internationals and World Cups have done little or nothing to provide a conclusive answer. I'll throw my hat into the ring and say it's the Southern Hemisphere teams; not because of the quality of rugby, but because of the inventiveness of their team names.
The Brumbies are appropriately named after the wild horses which inhabit Canberra's hinterland. Who knew that the Sunwolves was a name voted for by fans on the club's website? The Lions used to be called the Southern Cats before their semantic resizing in 2006. The "sharp instinct and intelligence" of the Jaguar provided inspiration for the Argentinian side's team name.
Inspiring stuff when compared to the Sale Sharks and the Leicester Tigers - neither animal can be said to be particularly numerous in either Manchester or the East Midlands.
Anyway. To this weekend's action, where two bets have taken the eye.
Brumbies to canter to victory in Japan
Sunwolves v Brumbies
Live on Sky Sports Action
The only previous encounter we have to go off is a humbling 66-5 victory for the Australians last season. The 10 tries that the victors managed were by-in-large created from simple set-moves.
What worries me for the Sunwolves is the size and power that the Brumbies possess. New signing Isi Naisarani is a 6ft 5in monster who should provide valuable go-forward against a historically porous defence.
If given space and time, the returning Christian Lealiifano should provide good service to danger men Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight.
I had marked the handicap at -25 in the mind so this looks worth taking.
Back Brumbies -17 v Sunwolves at 10/11
Jaguares to show claws in cat fight
Lions v Jaguares
Saturday, 13:05 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Action
Historically, this is a high scoring fixture which favours the home team. In the last four match-ups, we've seen four home victories and an average of fifty-nine points.
The Jaguares showed enough in defeat to the Stormers last week to persuade me that they're worth siding with. Discipline was improved and they took their opportunities well. Some might argue that they were unlucky to leave empty-handed.
In a game where the Lions are likely to rack up a big score, they should take their foot off the gas in the last quarter. With some pacey backs and the ever-reliable boot of Nicholas Sanchez, the Jaguares should go over the 22.5 points mark late on.
Back Jaguares to score over 22.5 points v Lions at 10/11