Super Rugby 2018 – Round 2 Analysis

Highlanders v Blues

Friday 23rd February, 5:35pm AEDT – Forsyth Barr Stadium

The Highlanders finished last season winning five straight at Forsyth Barr and should extend that streak against a Blues team that failed to win six matches against New Zealand opposition in 2017. Over the last three years the Blues are 1-17-2 in local derbies. The Blues have been ravaged by injury with Jerome Kaino, Bryn Gatland and Blake Gibson all out.

Betting Strategy

  BACK – Highlanders -6.5


Rebels v Reds

Friday 23rd February, 7:45pm AEDT – AAMI Park

Expectations are high for the Rebels this year, consolidating by acquiring 11 former Western Force players as well as coach Dave Wessels. The former Force mentor has named nine Wallabies for the season opener against the Reds, including scrumhalf Will Genia. The Reds are 9-3 all-time against the Rebels and Melbourne have won just one of their last eight home games. The Reds need to be taken as an outsider here.

 

Betting Strategy

  BACK – Reds +4.5


Waratahs v Stormers

Saturday 24th February, 7:45pm AEDT – Sydney Football Stadium

The Stormers kicked their 2018 campaign off in fine style with a gritty 28-20 home win over the Jaguares. The model has thrown them up as significant favourites against a Waratahs team that again seems overrated. The Stormers have won 8 of their last 10 against Australian teams. The big start in this is well wrong.

Betting Strategy

  BACK – Stormers +8.5


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