Here is your coverage of Round 4 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.
First up on a Friday night to start us of with, we have one in-form team in the Crusaders versing one out of form team via the Highlanders. The Crusaders shouldn’t have too much trouble in this one.
Then on a Saturday, it’s the Rebels playing the Sharks. The Rebels have yet to beat someone from outside of Australia this season. While the Sharks are still reeling from a heavy 16 point loss last round. Both sides have plenty of motivation to win this one.
Then the Chiefs play the Brumbies in Chiefs territory. Both teams are utter dogs this season, but only one alpha can come away with a win. The Brumbies will try, but the Chiefs should be too clinical for them in this one.
Up next is the Reds at the Sunwolves at Suncorp Stadium. The Reds blew a lead in spectacular fashion last round. Whilst the new look Sunwolves were thrashed after their previously positive start to the season. This could well prove to be an exciting clash to watch.
On a Sunday we have the Stormers up against the Jaguares. They are currently the top two teams in the South African Conference. No matter who wins here, we are in for an absolute treat.
Then finally the Bulls play the Blues at Loftus Versfield. Both team haven’t had ideal starts to the new season and will be looking to change that quickly. It could be a low-scoring game, but a fun one too.
Round 4 is already here. It’s hard to believe. But regardless, bring on the Rugby!!!
Super Rugby Tips – Friday, February 21
Crusaders v Highlanders
Venue: Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch | Start: 5:05 PM
Crusaders – The Crusaders currently sit 2nd in the New Zealand Conference, with 2 wins and 1 loss to their name. They also have a healthy PD of +25. Their last match-up was a pretty easy going 25-8 win over the Blues at Eden Park. They conceded the opening try of the game in the 6th minute, but from there onwards, it was all one way traffic. Post that try, the Blues would only get a 42nd minute PG and that was it. The winners outscored them 3 tries to 1, with only 42% possession of the ball. The Crusaders ran for 286m’s, beat 16 defenders and had 11 clean breaks. They made 108 passes, including 6 offloads. They turned the ball over 17 times, although so did the Blues. They made 179 tackles and missed 33. They kicked 2/3 conversions and 2/3 PG’s. Outside of that, they won 54 rucks, 2 mauls, 17 lineouts and 7 scrums. And they gave up 14 penalties throughout the duration of the match.
Highlanders – The Highlanders have had less then an ideal start to the new season, as they sit 5th in the New Zealand Conference. They have a win and a loss and a poor PD of -21. And their PD could be a lot worse if it weren’t for their 38-22 victory over the Sharks at Sky Stadium last round. Lam scored twice in the high-scoring 5 tries to 3 win. The Hurricanes owned 56% of the ball and kept the Sharks to only 44% of it. They ran for 434m’s, beat 20 defenders and had 12 clean breaks. They made 119 passes, along with 6 offloads. They turned the ball over 13 times, made 109 tackles and missed 31. They also had 37 kicks in play, as they additionally converted 5/5 conversions and 1/2 PG’s. They won 42 rucks, 5 mauls, 12 lineouts and 11 scrums. They conceded 11 penalties during the game.
Past History – The Crusaders have won 6 of the past 7 games played between these two sides. The past 3 score-lines, 38-14, 43-17 and 45-22 have all been in their favor. They kill the Highlanders seemingly whenever they play them. In the 38-14 affair, the Crusaders scored 5 tries to 2. And they also owned 56% of the ball. Mo’unga scored a double in that game as he terrorized the Highlanders. Before that in the 43-17 affair, the Crusaders scored 5 tries to 2, as they ran for 492m’s. It’s safe to say that whenever these two teams play each other, the results are fairly one-sided.
Head to Head: Crusaders
Win Margin: Crusaders by 12-16
Line: Crusaders -4
Total Points: 50+
Super Rugby Tips – Saturday, February 22
Rebels v Sharks
Venue: Mars Stadium | Start: 2:45 PM
Rebels – Aussie teams are doing badly at the moment. There’s simply no other way to put it. And the Rebels are a prime example of that. Despite having a PD of -8 and having won only 1/3 matches, they still somehow find themselves sitting in 2nd in the Australian Conference. This is indicative of a much, much larger problem that Rugby Australia faces at the moment. However, their latest game was all smiles as they beat the Waratahs 24-10 at home. Koroibete scored the games opening try in the 13th minute and the Rebels never looked back from there. They scored 3 tries to 1, as they owned 53% of the ball. They ran for 274m’s, beat 15 defenders and had 5 clean breaks. They made 83 passes, including 3 offloads. They turned the ball over 15 times (Tahs were at 16), made 92 tackles and missed 19. They had 40 kicks in play. They also won 73 rucks, 6 mauls, 12 lineouts and 11 scrums. They gave up 5 penalties also.
Sharks – The Sharks are humming along fine in the South African Conference, as they currently have 8 points, courtesy of 2 wins from 3 games so far. They sit in 3rd with a PD of +14. Their last match however was a disappointing 38-22 defeat to the Hurricanes. They scored the first try through Tambwe in the 12th minute, but they couldn’t continue the momentum from there onwards. They were eventually outscored 5 tries to 3, as they had 44% possession of the ball. They ran for 533m’s, beat 31 defenders and had 19 clean breaks. They made 66 tackles and missed a big 20. They had 22 kicks in play and converted 2/3 conversions and 1/2 PG’s. They won 47 rucks, 2 mauls, 8 lineouts and 2 scrums. They also gave up 12 penalties during the game.
Past History – The Sharks have won 4 of the 6 overall games played between these two teams. All of their winning score-lines have been, 28-14, 25-21, 22-16 and 64-7. Evidently, most of the times when they play each other, it’s a close contest. And in Round 9, 2017, they drew 9-all at Jonsson Kings Park. That draw amazingly saw no try scored by either side. And a red was given to Esterhuizen in the 17th minute. And also to Stirzaker in the 69th minute. In the 18-14, recent game, the Sharks outscored them 3 tries to 2. They won 66 rucks, 4 mauls, 8 lineouts and 12 scrums.
Key Player – Kellaway with 3 tries for the campaign. The Rebels will need to no doubt put up points to beat the Sharks. And that ladies and gentleman, is where he’ll factor massively into the equation.
Head to Head: Sharks
Win Margin: Sharks by 16-20
Line: Sharks -5
Total Points: 45-50
Chiefs v Brumbies
Venue: FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton | Start: 5:05 PM
Chiefs – The Chiefs are 1st in the New Zealand Conference currently, as they are 3/3 to start the new Super Rugby season. They are on 13 points and have the best PD in the entire competition at +44. Their last match at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, was a 43-17 thrashing of the Sunwolves. They scored 4 of the games opening 5 tries and eventually, 7 to 3. And they did it, while only owning 42% of the ball throughout the game. They ran for 397m’s, beat 31 defenders and had 14 clean breaks. They made 140 passes, as well as 4 offloads. They turned the ball over 13 times, made 152 big tackles and missed 32. They won 59 rucks, 6 mauls, 18 lineouts and 3 scrums. They gave up 10 penalties also throughout the duration of the match. The Chiefs remain one of the top teams to beat so far this season.
Brumbies – The Brumbies currently sit atop the Australian Conference, with 2 wins from 3 games. They are on 9 competition points and have a PD of +15. However, their latest game was a very tight and tense one-point, 23-22 defeat to the Highlanders in Canberra at GIO Stadium. And when Ben-Nicholas crossed the line in the 82nd minute, it broke the whole stadiums hearts. Such a frantic, yet disappointing finish for the home side, who would’ve felt that they deserved the win. They scored 3 tries, as they ran for 105m’s. They beat 9 defenders and had 0 clean breaks. They made 90 passes + 1 offload. They made 81 tackles and missed 11. They won 17 lineouts, 5 scrums, 65 rucks and 7 mauls. They gave up 13 penalties also during the game.
Past History – The Chiefs have won 4 of the past 5 games played between these two sides. Those scores have been 24-19, 28-10, 48-23 and 19-17. The last time they played, which was Round 2, 2019, the Brumbies absolutely demolished them in Canberra, 54 points to 17. They scored an insane 8 tries to 2, in the simply crazy victory. They ran for 463m’s that game, beat 23 defenders and had 15 clean breaks. The match before saw the tries end at 3-3. But the Chiefs kicked a conversion and a PG more then the Brumbies to slightly edge them in that affair.
Key Player – Alaalatoa with 13.3 tackles per game & 40 in total. Defence will be the name of the game for the Brumbies in this affair. He will have massive responsibilities in stopping the Chiefs from scoring against them.
Head to Head: Chiefs
Win Margin: Chiefs by 13-18
Line: Chiefs -3
Total Points: 50+
Reds v Sunwolves
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane | Start: 7:15 PM
Reds – The Reds are currently 4th/ 2nd last in the Australian Conference, as they have yet to win a game from 3 attempts so far this season. They are on just 2 competition points and they have a poor PD of -26. Their last match was an away, 43-27 defeat to the Jaguares. And it was a game in which they blew a significant lead and arguably should’ve won at that. They scored 4 of the games opening 5 tries, including a double to Feauai-Sautia, but from there it was all down-hill. They were eventually outscored 6 tries to 4, as they owned 52% of the ball. They ran for 528m’s, beat 31 defenders and had 18 clean breaks. They made 153 passes + 14 offloads. They made 104 tackles and missed 20. They won 86 rucks, 0 mauls, 9 lineouts and 7 scrums. They leaked 13 penalties during the game (Jaguares only 3).
Sunwolves – Playing at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium last round, the Sunwolves were thrashed by the Chiefs, 43 points to 17. April scored the opening try for the Sunwolves in the 7th minute of the match. But from there it was all backwards, as they conceded the games next 4 tries. They were outscored overall 7 tries to 3, as they owned 58% of the ball. They ran for 631m’s, beat 32 defenders and had 14 clean breaks next to their name. They completed 192 passes + 13 offloads. They made 106 tackles and missed 31. They also won 95 rucks, 4 mauls, 11 lineouts and 6 scrums. During the match they leaked 12 penalties.
Past History – The Reds have won 4 of the 5 overall games ever contested between these two sides. The one time the Sunwolves have beaten the Reds though, they did in style, as in 2018 they beat them 63-28. In that crushing effort, they scored 5 tries to 4. As they also kicked 5/5 conversions and 7/7 PG’s. Most recently, the Reds beat them 32-26 up in Brisbane. Masirewa saw red in the 50th minute and Hockings in the 75th, in what was a very ‘fight-like’ affair. It was a heavy game that one. The Reds eventually won out with 66% of the ball and 4 tries to 2, in their favor.
Key Player – O’Connor with 11.3 runs per game & 34 in total. In what should be a back-and-forth affair, key m’s gained from runs will be crucial in opening the game up and ensuring that one team can get on top of the other early. O’Connor is pretty damn good at that.
Head to Head: Sunwolves
Win Margin: Sunwolves by 10-15
Line: Sunwolves -4
Total Points: 50+
Stormers v Jaguares
Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town | Start: 12:05 AM
Stormers – The Stormers are flying high and fine at the moment, as they are currently 1st in the South African Conference. They are 3/3, on 13 points and have the = 2nd best PD in the whole of the Super Rugby at +43. Their last game was a closely contested game, won by them 33-30, vs the Lions at Emirates Airline Park. Ruhan Nel scored the simply incredible 81st minute winner for them. This game will be remembered in the years to come. And anyone who watched it live from the venue, well you my friends, are truly blessed. It was 4 tries to 4, as they snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat, with only 38% possession of the ball. They ran for 532m’s, beat 14 defenders and had 12 clean breaks. They made 119 passes + 10 offloads. They also won 8 turnovers and had 23 kicks in play. They won 52 rucks, 0 mauls, 9 lineouts and 6 scrums. They leaked just 7 penalties also, throughout the duration of the game.
Jaguares – At Estadio Jose Amalfitani, the Jaguares completed a spectacular 43-27 victory over the Reds last round. 4 Of the games opening 5 tries were scored by the QLD based side, but they came home strong from there. They eventually outscored them 6 tries to 4, as they owned 48% of the ball. They ran for 338m’s and had 109 carries. They also beat 20 defenders and had 9 clean breaks. They made 138 passes + 5 offloads. They also made 123 tackles and missed 31. They had 36 kicks in play, as well as converting 5/6 conversions and 1/1 PG’s. They won 75 rucks, 13 mauls, 18 lineouts and 1 scrum. They incredibly leaked only 3 penalties during the game (Reds were at 13). This result has left the Jaguares in 2nd place in the South African Conference. Currently they have 2 wins from 3 games played. They are on 10 points and have the = 2nd best PD in the whole of the Super Rugby, at +43.
Past History – The Stormers have overall been victorious in 4 of the 6 games played between them and the Jaguares. The 3 latest score-lines have been, 30-25 to the Jaguares, 35-8 to the Stormers and 25-14 to the Jaguares. In the 30-25 affair, the Jaguares owned 57% of the ball and scored 2 tries to 1. In the 35-8 affair, the Stormers scored 4 tries to 1, as the possession was split evenly at 50% each. And in the 25-14 game, the Jaguares owned 48% of the ball and scored 3 tries to 2. They also ran for 507m’s, beat 28 defenders and had 8 clean breaks next to their name.
Key Player – Kremer with 16.7 tackles per game & 50 in total. This game could well go down right to the wire/ or it will still be pretty close. Either way, defence will be relied upon hugely in critical moments of the game. Kremer will have to be big here to ensure his side is able to physically match it when it comes to the ferocity of their opponents.
Head to Head: Jaguares
Win Margin: Jaguares by 5-10
Line: Jaguares -3
Total Points: 40-50
Bulls v Blues
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria | Start: 2:15 AM
Bulls – The Bulls have yet to win a game this season, as they sit in 5th and last in the South African Conference. They have won 0 games from 2 attempts and have a PD of -21. Their last game back in Round 2 was a disappointing 13-0 defeat to the Stormers at DHL Newlands. They conceded the games only tries in the 36th and 50th minutes of the match. They owned 56% of the ball and 64% of it in H2. They ran for 192m’s, beat 19 defenders and had 6 clean breaks. They made 108 passes + 2 offloads. They turned the ball over 18 times, made 83 tackles and missed 19. They won 8 turnovers. They also won 60 rucks, 6 mauls, 15 lineouts and 12 scrums. They gave up 12 penalties also during the match. Their form needs to be rectified ASAP, that given the competitiveness and the toughness of their conference.
Blues – The Blues currently reside in 4th in the New Zealand Conference. They have just 1 win from 3 games and are on only 5 points. They are also on a -5 PD. Their last game was hard to swallow, as they were beaten with relative ease 25-8 by the Crusaders at Eden Park. They opened the scoring via a Tuipulotu try in the 6th minute of the match, but from there it was all one-way Crusaders traffic. They were outscored 3 tries to 1. And they had 58% possession of the ball overall throughout the match. They ran for 407m’s, beat 33 defenders and had 11 clean breaks. They completed 160 passes + 7 offloads. They also made 82 tackles and missed 16. They had 31 kicks in play, as they also made 0/1 conversions and 1/1 PG’s. They were victorious in winning 9 lineouts, 6 scrums, 106 rucks and 1 maul. They gave up 13 penalties during the match.
Past History – The Blues have won 3 of the past 6 games played between these two sides. However, the most recent game between the two, was a 22-22 draw at Eden Park in Round 16 of last season. The Blues owned 62% of the ball and the Bulls 38% of it. Each side also crossed the white-line 3X each. Before that the Blues posted a 38-14, 24-point victory at QBE Stadium. In that dominant affair, they scored 6 tries to 2, as they owned 60% of the ball. They also won 89 rucks, 4 mauls, 12 lineouts and 6 scrums.
Key Player – Faiane. Man’s got 3 try assists for far this season. His offensive spark will be needed in what could be a low-scoring, closely-contested affair. If he can spark the plug early on, then he’ll give his side a great chance of a much-needed win.
Head to Head: Blues
Win Margin: Blues by 8-12
Line: Blues -3
Total Points: 40-45