Hurricanes v Cheetahs
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The Hurricanes will be smarting after defeat to the Crusaders last week. They'll want to put that performance right and, whilst they've rested a few, the team still looks miles ahead of their opponents. I've been critical of the Canes, at times, for lacking a clinical edge. However, this is, in part, due to the fact that they create so many opportunities. If they click, this could be a massacre.
What worries me further for the Cheetahs is that the Canes have a strong bench including the in-form Jordie Barrett. When legs tire, I can see the Canes scoring freely.
The Cheetahs are no slouches in the scoring department and have a heritage of playing attractive, attacking rugby. Whilst defeat is almost inevitable, they should run in a few tries themselves.
Back Over 68.5 points @ 10/11 (Sportsbook)
Sunwolves v Sharks
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This is a surprisingly high line. The Sunwolves return home having run the Chiefs and the Jaguares very close. They now face weaker opposition in their own back yard and see their captain, Harumichi Tatekawa, return.
The Sharks have covered this cap just twice this season. They were defeated by relative minnows, the Kings, last week. Continuity is not possible as injuries force the Sharks into a totally different front three.
I expected this line to be around 6 so this is my NAP for the weekend.
Back Sunwolves +12 @ 10/11 (Sportsbook)
Lions v Bulls
Eight wins on the bounce for the Lions have seen them emerge as the primary obstacle to New Zealand supremacy in Super Rugby. By contrast, the Bulls have lost their last two and conceded 62 against the Crusaders a few weeks ago.
There is relative consistency in selection this week which should help the Lions maintain momentum. They boast a powerful forward pack who, unlike their South African competitors, boast vital soft skills. Warren Whiteley andRuan Ackermann are both incredibly destructive runners and, given how the Bulls have been defending of late, I think the Lions could run away with this one.
Back Lions -15 @ 10/11 (Sportsbook)