Blues v Chiefs

Friday 2nd March, 5:35pm AEDT – Eden Park


A 41-34 loss to the Highlanders last week made it just one win for the Blues from their last 21 derby clashes against New Zealand teams. It is remarkable that a team with such a record is set to start favourite here against the highly touted Chiefs, who did put 23 points on the best team in Super Rugby. The Chiefs have won 11 straight against rivals the Blues and should make it 12 on the trot as an underdog.

Betting Strategy

  BACK – Chiefs


Reds v Brumbies

Friday 2nd March, 8:00pm AEDT – Suncorp Stadium

A 45-19 Round 1 loss to the Rebels suggests the Reds could be in for a particularly long season. The Brumbies, expected to be the top Australian franchise, won by seven in Tokyo over an improved Sunwolves. The Reds have conceded 34-plus in four of their last five and went just 3-5 at home last season.

Betting Strategy

  BACK – Brumbies -4.5


Sunwolves v Rebels

Saturday 3rd March, 3:15pm AEDT – Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium

There was plenty to like about the Sunwolves in their opening round loss to the Brumbies. The Jamie Joseph era didn’t start with a win but an improved toughness would have pleased the new mentor. The Rebels were expected to improve this year and didn’t disappoint with Will Genia leading them to a big first-up win against the Reds. The Sunwolves have won just three of 31 games but look great value at home.

Betting Strategy

  BACK – Sunwolves


Sharks v Waratahs

Sunday 4th March, 12:05am AEDT – Kings Park

The Waratahs have lost their last three matches in South Africa across the last three seasons with the last two losses coming by 19-plus. The Sharks have not lost across the last three seasons to an Australian team and have won two of those clashes by 25-plus. The Sharks are quickly improving this year and will want to get their season off to a quick start with a comfortable win here.

Betting Strategy

  BACK – Sharks -6.5


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