Here is your coverage of Round 3 of the new and reformed Super Rugby competition. We have everything you could possibly need in regards to your Rugby betting tips, information and news so that you can make the most informed, well-thought out choices, when placing bets on this illustrious competition.
On Friday night at Eden Park to start us of with, both the Blues and Crusaders will be playing hard to try and claim their second win of the new season, from their opening three games. After that the Rebels and Waratahs do battle in Melbourne on Valentines Day, will either side find love with an opening win of the campaign?
Onto Saturday and its two in-form teams via the Sunwolves and Chiefs facing off against each other. Will the Sunwolves spring another upset on an unsuspecting team, or will the Chiefs do what the Chiefs do best? Then the Sharks play the Hurricanes, as they look to make it 3/3 in the new year. After that the Brumbies play the Highlanders in Canberra. Can they win for a third straight week in a row in Australia’s capital, or will the Highlanders win their fifth straight encounter against them?
Then on Sunday the Lions and Stormers do battle. The Stormers are 2/2 and have yet to concede a point this season. What chances do the Lions have of getting a win here? And then finally to close us of, it’s the Jaguares up against the Reds. Both sides have lost some close battles so far this year. Which one of them will get over the agony and heart-break faster?
Round 3 should prove to be as intense, as entertaining and as bone-crunchingly awesome as ever. Bring it on!
Super Rugby Tips – Friday, February 14
Blues v Crusaders
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland | Start: 5:05 AM
Blues – The Blues played according to the horrible weather conditions as last round they claimed their first victory of the season in an eventually easy 32-12 victory over the Waratahs in front of a low crowd in Newcastle. Gibson opened the scoring in the match via a try in the 10th minute. That was followed up by a Marchant try (42nd minute) and 3X tires to Telea (44th, 78th and 81st minutes). They outscored their terrible opponents 5 tries to 2, in what was somewhat sloppy affair at times. The Blues ran for 399m’s, beat 23 defenders and had 8 clean breaks. They also made 120 passes and 6 offloads. They completed 125 tackles and misses 20 (the Tahs missed 23). The also won 66 rucks and 1 maul. In addition, they also won11 lineouts and 7 scrums. The conceded 9 penalties and one yellow. They are now 2nd in the New Zealand Conference.
Crusaders – The Crusaders backed up their strong RD1 win over the Waratahs, with a tight 23-15 loss to the Chiefs at FMG Stadium Waikato. Reece scored a double for them in what were their only 2 tries of the game. They were edged out 3 tries to 2 overall. The possession was split evenly at 50% each, whilst the Crusaders had 55% of the ball in H1. They ran for 313m’s, beat 24 defenders and made 10 clean breaks. They kicked 1/2 conversions and 1/2 PG’s, good for a 50% accuracy rate for each. They made 138 tackles and missed only 13. The opposition missed almost double that, 24. They won 85 rucks and 4 mauls. They were also victorious in 12 lineouts and 4 scrums. They gave up 13 penalties but no yellows or reds. The Crusaders are currently 3rd in their conference on 5 points.
Past History – When these two sides last went to battle in 2019, the Crusaders came out on top with a close 19-11 win at Orangetheory Stadium. The only 2 tries of the game were to Hall in the 20th minute and to Loane in the 70th minute. It was a game that was close in all factors. Each side scored only 1 try each, while the Crusaders owned 51% of the ball. The winners ran for 344m’s and the losers 264. The Crusaders won 58 rucks and 3 mauls. They also won 13 lineouts and 8 scrums. The Blues won 59 rucks and 0 mauls. They were also victorious in 5 lineouts and 8 scrums. The game before that was also a 24-22 victory to the Crusaders. They won the game, despite only having 36% possession of the ball and having being outscored 3 tries to 2.
Key Statistic – The Crusaders have amazingly won 11 of their past 12 contested games against the Blues. The last 3 score-lines have been 19-11, 24-22 and 54-17, all in their favour.
Head to Head: Crusaders
Win Margin: Crusaders 1-12
Line: Crusaders -7.5
Rebels v Waratahs
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne | Start: 7:15 AM
Rebels – The Rebels played a close game last round, before they eventually surrendered to the Brumbies in Canberra, 39-26. By the 28th minute mark, Melbourne had already conceded an insane 4 tries. They then scored 3 of the next 4. And they scored the final try of the game through Lomani in the 78th minute, but it wasn’t quite enough to get them their first win of the season. But in some parts, the effort was clear for all to see. Melbourne owned 58% of the ball throughout the game, keeping the Brumbies to only 42% of it. They had a particularly high 67% of the ball in the 2nd half. They were outscored 6 tries to 4, as they ran for 343m’s. In the process they beat 23 defenders and had 5 clean breaks. They completed 154 passes and 4 offloads. They made only 78 tackles, yet they missed 18. They also kicked 3/4 conversions through the posts. They won 95 rucks and 1 maul. They also won 11 lineouts and 1 scrum. They gave up 11 penalties also. This result has left them 2nd from the bottom in the Aussie Conference, ahead of only the struggling Tahs.
Waratahs – Whatever the hell the Waratahs were doing last round, it clearly wasn’t working for them! This came about as they were dismantled by the Blues 32-12 in front of a low crowd in Newcastle. This continued their poor 0/2 start to the new Rugby campaign. The Tahs didn’t cross the white line until Foketi scored for them in the 39th minute. And after that they would only score 1 more try via Nawaqanitawase the entire game. They were eventually outscored 5 tries to 2. The Tahs had 54% possession of the ball throughout the game. They ran for 304m’s, beat 20 defenders and had 10 clean breaks to their name. They made 136 passes along with 5 offloads of the ball. They turned the ball over 16 times (the Blues did it 14). They completed 104 tackles and missed 23. They won 87 rucks and 2 mauls. They also won 17 lineouts and 8 scrums. They gave up 8 penalties also. They are a dreadful 5th and last in the Australian conference at the moment, on 0 points.
Past History – When these two sides last faced of in RD16 of last season, in a closely fought battle at AAMI Park, the Tahs came away with an eventual 20-15 win. Cooper and Rona scored for NSW, while Cooper and Genia both crossed the white line for the Rebels. MEL dominated possession as they owned 61% of the ball. They also ran for 501m’s. The Tahs were at 329m’s. MEL won 93 rucks and 9 mauls. They also won 19 lineouts and 4 scrums. NSW won 55 rucks and 2 mauls. They were also victorious in 11 lineouts and 12 scrums. Before that, NSW also came away with another close win. The score this time being 23-20. A late 64th minute Foley PG helped to seal the deal for the Tahs, as the tries ledger ended at 2 a piece.
Key Statistic – NSW have won a crazy 13 of their past 15 games played against Melbourne. Their past 3 score-lines, all in the Tahs favour, have been 20-15, 23-20 and 31-26.
Head to Head: Rebels
Win Margin: Rebels 1-12
Line: Rebels +2.5
Super Rugby Tips – Saturday, February 15
Sunwolves v Chiefs
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo | Start: 2:45 AM
Sunwolves – The Sunwolves had the bye last round, as before that their previous game was an insane upset win, 36-27 over Melbourne, at Level5 Stadium. They outscored the opposition 5 tries to 4, as the possession was split evenly at 50% each. They had 55% of it in H1 and 46% of it in H2. They ran for 344m’s and had 97 carries. Additionally, they beat 25 defenders, made 10 clean breaks, completed 124 passes and made 10 offloads of the ball. They turned the ball over 8 times, while the Rebels were at a much BIGGER 18! They made 148 tackles, but also missed a BIG 38 of them! They had 30 kicks in play and kicked 4/5 conversions + 1/1 PG’s. They won 71 rucks and 2 mauls. They were also victorious in 14 lineouts and 7 scrums. They leaked 12 penalties. The Sunwolves are 2nd in the Australian Conference at the moment. They’re on 4 points and have a PD of +9
Chiefs – The Chiefs made their season 2/2 last round, as they beat the Crusaders 23-15 in a closely contested match at FMG Stadium Waikato. They outscored the Crusaders 3 tries to 2, as the possession was split evenly at 50% each. They owned a particularly strong 54% of the ball in the 2nd half. They ran for 246m’s, beat 13 defenders and made 17 clean breaks. They also made 123 passes + 3 offloads. They turned the ball over 13 times, made 132 tackles and missed a further 24 of them. They had 26 kicks in play and kicked 2/3 conversions, as well as PG’s. They won 83 rucks and 4 mauls. They also won 12 lineouts and 5 scrums. They gave up 10 penalties (Crusaders- 13). This has left them in an impressive 1st place in the New Zealand conference, on 8 points and a solid PD of +18.
Past History – When these two sides last battled each other, the Sunwolves came away with a rather unexpected 30-15 win at FMG Stadium Waikato. They scored the opening try through Matsuhashi in just the 2nd minute and that set them on the right course for the rest of the game. The Chiefs owned 51% possession. They also ran for 409m’s, as they were outscored 3 tries to 2. The Sunwolves ran for 605m’s, as they also won 101 rucks and 0 mauls. They also won 2 lineouts and 10 scrums. For the Chiefs they won 97 rucks and 3 mauls. They also won 14 lineouts and 9 scrums. Before that, the Sunwolves were crushed, 61-10! The Chiefs owned 56% possession of the ball throughout the game and scored a MASSIVE 9 tries to 2!
Key Statistic – The Chiefs have won 2 of the 3 games ever played between these two sides. Their 61-10 victory saw them score tries in the 4th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 45th, 52nd, 65th, 74th and 78th minutes of the game!
Head to Head: Chiefs
Win Margin: Chiefs 13+
Line: Chiefs -20.5
Hurricanes v Sharks
Venue: Sky Stadium, Wellington | Start: 5:05 AM
Hurricanes – Coming of a 27-points to nil drubbing last week, the Hurricanes confidence would’ve been quite shaken up before facing the Jaguares. But they proved to be up to the task as they claimed a tight 26-23 win at Estadio Jose Amalfitani. Booth was nothing but CLUTCH as he scored a late 78th minute try that delivered his side the un-likely, yet crazy win. The tries were at 2 all and the conversions were at 2/2 each as well. The PG’s, where the Hurricanes kicked 4/4 and the Jaguares 3/4, was the only smallest difference in the entire game. The Hurricanes owned 53% of the ball throughout the game. They ran for 416m’s and had 115 carries. They also beat 21 defenders and had 9 clean breaks. They made 150 passes and had 9 offloads. They turned the ball over 10 times, missed 18 tackles, yet made 128. They had 28 kicks in play, wo 83 rucks and 0 mauls. They also won 8 lineouts and scrums a piece. The are currently 4th in the New Zealand Conference on 4 points.
Sharks – The Sharks continued their great 2/2 start to the new season last round as they trashed the Highlanders 42-20. Fassi and Mapimpi both had doubles, as the Sharks ran in 5 tries to 3 in the rout. They kicked 4/5 conversions and a perfect 3/3 PG’s. They only owned 42% possession of the ball during the game. Whilst the Highlanders had 58% of it. They ran for 368m’s and had 62 carries. They also beat 18 defenders and had 10 clean breaks. They completed 55 passes, as well as 4 offloads. They missed 19 tackles but made 106. They had 37 kicks in play, won 36 rucks and 3 mauls. They also won 6 lineouts and 4 scrums. They gave up a high 15 penalties (the Highlanders only gave up 7 in comparison). This result means that the Sharks currently sit in 2nd spot in the South African Conference. They’re on 8 points.
Past History – When the Hurricanes last played the Sharks, they won 30-17 at Jonsson Kings Park. J. Barrett scored in just the 6th minute for them as Fifita also saw red in the 75th minute. The late card wasn’t enough to help the Sharks seal a win though. The Hurricanes owned 48% of the ball, but they outscored the opposition 3 tries to 2. They ran for 341m’s and the Sharks, 493m’s. The Hurricanes won 59 rucks and 0 mauls. They also won 9 lineouts and scrums a piece. Alternatively, the Sharks were victorious in 69 rucks and 5 mauls. They also won 11 lineouts and 3 scrums. That was the only time these two sides played each other throughout the whole of last season.
Key Statistic – The Hurricanes have won 5 of the past 7 games played between these two sides. The biggest of the lot was in Round 18 at Sky Stadium in 2016, when the Hurricanes beat the Sharks 41-0!
Head to Head: Hurricanes
Win Margin: Hurricanes 1-12
Line: Sharks +6.5
Brumbies v Highlanders
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra | Start: 7:15 AM
Brumbies – It wasn’t always easy, but in an all-Aussie battle against the Rebels, they eventually prevailed last round in Canberra to the tune of a high-scoring 39-26 score-line. Simone scored for them in the 4th min, then Banks in the 11th min. After that it was Cusack in the 25th minute and Kata in the 28th minute, as that started the home-sides incredible opening to the match. They ran in 4 tries in the games opening 28 minutes! They also scored later tries via Fainga’a and Wright. The Rebels did however score 4 of their own. The Brumbies were kept to only 42% possession of the ball throughout the game. They ran for 288m’s, had 82 carries, beat 18 defenders and made 11 clean breaks. Outside of that, they made 92 passes + 8 offloads. They turned the ball over 6 times but won 3 turnovers. They had 28 kicks in play, kicked 3/6 conversions and 1/1 drop goal. They won 55 rucks and 4 mauls. They also were victorious in 12 lineouts and 6 scrums. They gave up 9 penalties during the duration of the match also. The result leaves them in 1st place in the Aussie Conference. They are on 8 points currently and have a GD of +16.
Highlanders – The Highlanders started of their season with a disappointing 42-20 defeat to the Sharks at Forsyth Barr Stadium last round. They opened the scoring via a 7th minute M. Hunt PG. But until D. Hunt scored a try in the 47th minute, those were their only points of the game. And that is a large part of what cost them the match. The Sharks ran in several tries during that time-period, which made it far too difficult for the Highlanders to recover from. They owned 58% of the ball, ran for 384m’s, beat 19 defenders and had 12 clean breaks next to their name. They turned the ball over 20 times and won 6 turnovers. They had 38 kicks in play, won 63 rucks and 0 mauls. Additionally, they also won 16 lineouts and 3 scrums. They are currently 5th and last in the New Zealand Conference, although every other side in it has played a game more then them (2 vs 1).
Past History – These two sides didn’t play each other at all last season. For the Brumbies, their past 2 games have been both over Aussie opposition in the form of the Rebels 39-26 and Reds 27-24. Both of their games have been played at their home-ground of GIO Stadium in Canberra. Against the Rebels they scored 6 tries to 4 and owned 42% of the ball. Against the Reds they scored 4 tries to 3 and owned 48% possession of the ball. For the Highlanders, their past 2 games have both been defeats. Last round they lost 42-20 to the Sharks. Before that it was 38-14 to the Crusaders in their final game of last campaign. Vs the Sharks, they owned 58% of the ball, but were outscored 5 tries to 3. Vs the Crusaders, they only had 44% of the ball and were outscored 5 tries to 2.
Key Statistic – The Highlanders have won all 4 of their past games played against the Brumbies. The score-lines have been 43-17, 18-13, 15-9 and 23-10.
Head to Head: Brumbies
Win Margin: Brumbies 1-12
Line: Brumbies -5.5
Lions v Stormers
Venue: Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg | Start: 12:05 AM
Lions – The Lions made it 1/2 for the new season as they claimed a tight 27-20 win over the Reds at Emirates Airline Park. A late 67th Skosan try contributed strongly to the closely fought and 1st of the season victory for the Lions. Green also scored a double as they ran in 4 tries to 2. They also owned an astonishing 63% of the ball vs the Reds 37% possession of it. They ran for 400m’s, had 124 carries, beat 24 defenders and had 9 clean breaks. They completed 143 passes + 6 offloads as well. They turned the ball over 19 times, made 72 tackles and missed 12 attempts at them. They had 24 kicks in play, as they also kicked 2/4 conversions and 1/1 PG’s. They won 88 rucks and 8 mauls. They also won 16 lineouts and 3 scrums. They leaked 8 penalties throughout the duration of the game. The Lions are currently 4th in the South African Conference, ahead of only the Bulls.
Stormers – The Stormers are coming of back-to-back games in which they’ve kept their opponents absolutely scoreless. Last time out they did it against the Bulls at DHL Newlands, where they won 13-0. Their points came via a Willemse 3rd minute PG, a 36th minute Ntubeni try and a 50th minute Senatla try. Impressively they claimed the win despite only owning 44% of the ball during the game. They ran for 212m’s, had 70 carries, beat 19 defenders and had 6 clean breaks. They made 74 passes and 5 offloads. They also completed 100 tackles and missed 19. The turned the ball over 17 times and won 5 turnovers. They won 49 rucks and 5 mauls. They also won 15 lineouts and 5 scrums. The Stormers currently sit in 1st position in the South African Conference. They are on 9 points and have a PD of +40. That is the best in the entire Super Rugby competition.
Past History – The Lions last played the Stormers at Emirates Airlines Park, where they won by a healthy 19 points, in a BIG 41-22 score-line. Before that, they played in RD2 of the last Super Rugby season, where at DHL Newlands, the Stormers overpowered them 19-17 in a tight and tense 2-point win. In their most recent affair, Smith scored the opening try for the Lions in the 10th minute of the match. And they scored 4/5 games first tries. The Lions owned 49% possession and the Stormers 51%. The Lions ran for 663m’s and the Stormers 422m’s. The Lions won 73 rucks, 2 mauls, 12 lineouts and 1 scrum. The Stormers won 75 rucks, 6 mauls, 14 lineouts and 6 scrums. In the 2-point game, the Stormers actually got out-scored 1 tries to 2. But they did however, own 48% possession of the ball throughout the game.
Key Statistic – The Lions have won 5 of the past 7 games contested between these two sides. The other was one Stormers win and one 19-all draw. In 2018, RD8 at Emirates Airlines Park, they won 52-31!
Head to Head: Stormers
Win Margin: Stormers 1-12
Line: Stormers -5.5
Jaguares v Reds
Venue: José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires | Start: 8:40 AM
Jaguares – Unable to back up their 38-8 victory of RD1, the Jaguares went down in a very, very close 26-23 defeat to the Hurricanes last round. The match was played at the Estadio Jose Amalfitani. A late, late 78th minute Booth try to the Hurricanes handed the Jaguares the horrible, gut-wrenching defeat. The tries were at 2 all. Each side also kicked 2/2 conversions. But the Jaguares only kicked 3/4 PG’s, whereas the Hurricanes were 4/4 in that regard. That small little thing is what in essence cost them the result. They ran for 405m’s, had 108 carries, beat 18 defenders and had 15 clean breaks. They also completed 125 passes, as well as 6 offloads. They turned the ball over 12 times but won 5. They also made 128 tackles and missed 21. The Hurricanes also missed the exact same number of tackles as them. They had 34 kicks in play, won 79 rucks and 5 mauls. They also won 7 lineouts and 4 scrums. They gave up a low 7 penalties also. This result leaves the Jaguares in 3rd place in the South African Conference as of currently.
Reds – The Reds weren’t quite able to get it done at Emirates Airline Park last round, as they went down 27-20 to the Lions in what was a very tight affair. A late 67th minute try to Skosan contributed heavily to the Lions close victory. However, the Queensland based side opened the scoring in just the 5th minute of the game, via a Hegarty PG. The Reds only had 37% of the ball, in comparison to the Lions 67% They were outscored 4 tries to 2, as they ran for 362m’s and had 73 carries. They also beat 12 defenders and had 8 clean breaks. They made 85 passes and 7 offloads. They turned the ball over 12 times, but also, they won 7 turnovers. They also had 22 kicks in play. They won 42 rucks and 2 mauls. They were also victorious in 6 lineouts and 11 scrums. As it stands, they are currently 3rd in the Aussie Conference on just 2 points. Thus, highlighting how truly bad things for Rugby in Australia have gotten over the past couple of years.
Past History – The Jaguares were victorious over the Reds in their most recently played affair. Up at Suncorp Stadium they proved to be victorious in a winning 34-23 score-line. The Jaguares outscored the Reds 5 tries to 2 in the close game. They owned 48% of the ball. But they did have 54% possession in H2. They ran for 442m’s, while the Reds went or 481m’s. The Jaguares won 60 rucks, 4 mauls, 11 lineouts and 7 scrums. As for the Reds, they were victorious in winning 64 rucks, 3 mauls, 18 lineouts and 6 scrums. Before that, the Reds won by 11 points, 18-7 away from home. Before that it was the Jaguares who won, as they were victorious by 14 points, in a 22-8 score-line at Estadio Jose Amalfitani.
Key Statistic – The Jaguares have won 2 of the 3 games ever played between these two sides. The inaugural game between the two was a 22-8 victory to the Jaguares. That game they scored 3 tries to 1. Yet they had only 33% possession of the ball compared to the Reds 67% ownage of it.
Head to Head: Jaguares
Win Margin: Jaguares 1-12
Line: Reds +12.5