Here is your coverage of Round 5 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 wagers on this illustrious competition.
On Friday we have the Highlanders playing the Rebels. Both sides have just 1 win to their name to start their respective campaigns of with. We’ll be seeing two desperate sides go at it as they attempt to stay in the hunt for a finals spot. Then it’s the Tahs facing the Lions. Playing at home will give the Tahs a chance to spring an upset. But they’ll have to be on their game to beat the plucky Lions.
Then on Saturday it’s the Hurricanes facing of against the Sunwolves. The Sunwolves were killed 64-5 by the Reds last round. They should put in a hopefully improved performance from that. But the Hurricanes should still rather easily have their number in this one. Then the Reds play the Sharks. Up in Brisbane, the Reds already have a bit of swagger about them and this will only add to that. This should prove to be one of the best games of the round.
And on a Sunday, it’s the Stormers and the Blues. The Stormers are absolutely rocking Super Rugby at the moment and this game should be a further testament to that. Sorry Blues, but you’ll be the Stormers next victims. Then the final game of the round is the Bulls and Jaguares. Both sides would like a win, the Bulls especially so. Expect a tight contest to finish us of with.
Super Rugby is back. And it’s back big. We’ve already seen four action packed rounds of super tries, big hits and crazy score-lines. What will the fifth round bring to us?
Super Rugby Tips – Friday, February 28
Highlanders v Rebels
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin | Start: 5:05 PM
Highlanders – The Highlanders are currently 5th in the NZ conference. As things stand, they have just 1 win from 3 games played. Far from their ideal start to the season. At Orangetheory Stadium last round, they were crushed by the Crusaders, 33-13. They didn’t cross the white-line until Collins scored in the 23rd minute. They were eventually outscored 5 tries to 2. They owned 45% of the ball, as they ran for 482m’s, beat 17 defenders and had 10 clean breaks. They made 162 tackles, but missed 35. They also had 30 kicks in play, as they made 0/2 conversions and 1/2 PG’s. They also won 86 rucks, 0 mauls, 9 lineouts and 7 scrums. During the match, they conceded 10 penalties and a yellow card.
Rebels – The Rebels are 3rd in the Australian Conference. They have just 1 win from 4 games and a terrible PD of -20. Their last match was a close 36-24 defeat to the Sharks at Mars Stadium. They scored through Koroibete in the 9th minute and put up 3 tries to the oppositions 5. They ran for 337’s, beat 29 defenders and had 11 clean breaks. They turned the ball over 14 times and missed 38 tackles. But they also made 107 tackles. They had 20 kicks in play, as they also made 3/3 conversions and 1/2 PG’s. They won 89 rucks, 2 mauls, 6 lineouts and 6 scrums. They leaked 8 penalties during the match.
Past History – The Highlanders have won 5 of the past 7 games contested between these two sides. However, the last time they met, Melbourne prevailed 24-19 at AAMI Park. Despite only owning 37% of the ball, they outscored them 4 tries to 3 in the closely contested affair.
Key Player – Louwrens. The Scrum Half has averaged 63mins per game over 3 games this season for the Rebels. Among his key stats, he’s beaten 6 defenders, had 1 clean break and also 1 try assist to his name. The Highlanders, despite their start to the season, know how to beat Melbourne. His natural attacking instincts and what he does with the ball, will be crucial to giving Melbourne a chance of winning this one. No matter how long he is on the field for.
Head to Head: Rebels
Win Margin: Rebels by 5-10
Line: Rebels -1
Total Points: 45-50
Waratahs v Lions
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney | Start: 7:15 PM
Waratahs – The Tahs have had an ugly start to the season, as they are 0/3 and sit 5th and last in the Australian Conference. Their PD is also the 2nd worst in all of Super Rugby at -52. They had a bye last round, so their last match in RD3, was a heavy 24-10 loss to the Rebels in Melbourne. They were outscored 3 tries to 1, as they held onto 47% of the ball during the game. They ran for 224m’s, beat 19 defenders and had 2 clean breaks. They made 114 tackles and missed only 15. Additionally, they had 36 kicks in play and they kicked 1/1 conversions and 1/1 PG’s. They also won 60 rucks, 0 mauls, 14 lineouts and 9 scrums. They also gave up 11 penalties during the game.
Lions – The Lions are currently 2nd last in the South African Conference. They have just 1 win from 3 games, good for 5 competition points. And they have a PD of -26. They had a bye last round and prior to that, they went down in a thrilling 33-30 contest against the Stormers at Emirates Airlines Park. Nel scored the match winning try in the 81st minute to break the Lions hearts. The tries were at 4-all, as the Lions ran for 339m’s. They also made 90 tackles and missed 14 attempts. They won 12 turnovers, had 24 kicks in play and made 2/4 conversions and 2/2 PG’s. They won 88 rucks, 3 mauls, 15 lineouts and 6 scrums. They also leaked 9 penalties during the match.
Past History – The Lions are a perfect 5 from the past 5 clashes that they’ve played vs the Waratahs. When they last met it was at Emirates Airlines Park, in RD13, 2019. The Lions prevailed in that affair, 29-28. They ended up winning the match via a 68th minute Reynolds PG. They also owned 62% of the ball to help ably back them up.
Key Player – Beale. The Tahs have struggled to score points this season. And that will be well, uh, kinda critical if they wish to beat the Lions. That’s where this much maligned superstar comes in. He has 0 tries this season + 0 try assists. He’s had only 1 offload as well. It’s safe to say his start to the season has been a little bit underwhelming at best. He needs to show his true form in this one to give his side a change of an upset victory. One which would be their first of the campaign. So will the real Kurtley Beale pleae stand up.
Head to Head: Waratahs
Win Margin: Waratahs by 8-13
Line: Waratahs -3
Total Points: 35-40
Super Rugby Tips – Saturday, February 29
Hurricanes v Sunwolves
Venue: TBC | Start: 2:45 PM
Hurricanes – Despite having won 2/3 games, the Hurricanes currently sit 4th in the NZ Conference, on 8 competition points. They are just 1 of the 3rd placed Blues at the moment. Their latest efforts was a strong 38-22 victory over the Sharks back in RD3, at Sky Stadium. With 56% possession, they scored 5 tries to 3. They ran for 434m’s, beat 20 defenders and had 12 clean breaks. They turned the ball over 13 times, missed 31 tackles, yet made 109. They had 37 kicks in play, as they also made 5/5 conversions and 1/2 PG’s. They were victirous in 42 rucks, 5 mauls, 12 lineouts and 11 scrums. They gave up 11 penalties during the course of the game.
Sunwolves – The Sunwolves are in 4th spot in the Aussie Conference at the moment. They have a 1-3 record and the worst PD in all of Super Rugby, at -76. Their last game, they were humiliated by the Reds in Brisbane, 64 points to 5! They were like the Sunwolves of old in that dreadful affair! They were outscored a massive 10 tries to 1! Their sole try came via Fifita in the 65th minute of the game. They only had 38% of the ball, as they ran for 370m’s. They also beat 9 defenders and had 5 clean breaks. They won 58 rucks, 1 maul, 7 lineouts and 6 scrums. They also leaked 13 penalties during the game + 1 yellow card. This was something different!
Past History – The Hurricanes have won all 3 of the games these two sides have contested in their short history against one another. The score-lines have been 29-23, 43-15 and 83-17. The 29-23 affair saw them score 4 tries to 2, with 55% possession to back them up.
Key Player – Saito. The impact player has done a bit of everything this season for the Sunwolves. He’s completed 13/20 tackles, he’s also had two try assists. Don’t forget about the 47 passes he still managed to make in his sides 59 point humbling at the hands of the Reds. He’s a talented, talented player. All of his positive stuff and none of the negatives. need to be in full force for his side to be within a chance of stealing this one away.
Head to Head: Hurricanes
Win Margin: Hurricanes by 20-25
Line: Hurricanes -5
Total Points: 50+
Reds v Sharks
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane | Start: 7:15 PM
Reds – The Reds somehow currently sit 2nd in the Australian Conference. They’ve got just 1 win from 4 matches. But they have a very healthy PD of +33. They are 6 competition points of the 1st placed Brumbies (13 vs 7). Their last game, they pummeled the Sunwolves 64 points to 5! As they ran riot, scoring 10 tries to 1! The Reds absolutely gave the home fans up at Suncorp Stadium something to cheer about! They owned 62% of the ball and ran for an insane 806m’s. They also beat 47 defenders and had 24 clean breaks. They made 80 tackles and missed only 9. They also had 24 kicks in play and converted 7/10 conversions. They were also victorious in 77 rucks, 5 mauls, 15 lineouts and 8 scrums. They gave up also only 9 penalties during the game. What an INHALATION! Take a bow, or two Reds!
Sharks – The Sharks currently reside in 2nd in the South African Conference. They’ve won 3/4 games, are on 12 competition points and have a good PD of +26. Their last game was a thoroughly entertaining 36-24 draw over the Rebels at Mars Stadium. They opened the scoring through Mapimpi in just the 4th minute of the game and it was on from there onwards. They eventually outscored the Rebels 5 tries to 3. They ran for 411m’s, beat 38 defenders and had 10 clean breaks. They also completed 128 tackles and missed 29 attempts. They had 18 kicks in play, as they made 4/5 conversions and 1/1 PG’s. Additionally, they won 67 rucks, 3 mauls, 13 lineouts and 7 scrums. They gave up 8 penalties and 2 yellows throughout the match.
Past History – The Reds have come through victorious in 3 of their past 5 played games against the Sharks. Their winning margins have been 21-14, 28-26 and 32-17. The first of which was played at Jonsson Kings Park. The Reds scored 3 tries to 2 in that one and ran for 398m’s. They also beat 22 defenders and made 14 clean breaks.
Key Player – Lucas. Despite only averaging 29 minutes per game this season, the Red still has 66m’s. He has also beaten 4 defenders, has 2 try assists, 2 clean breaks and 2 offloads. He’s been action-packed in his short stints on the field. Maybe his stats will prove to be ultimately meaningless in this one. But he’ll still be fun as heck to watch.
Head to Head: Sharks
Win Margin: Sharks by 10-15
Line: Sharks -3
Total Points: 50+
Stormers v Blues
Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town | Start: 12:05 AM
Stormers – The Stormers are causing a real storm at the moment (no pun intended), as they sit atop the South African Conference, with a perfect 4 wins and no defeats to start the new season of with. They have an amazing PD of +53. Last time out they beat the Jaguares 17-7, at DHL Newlands. They scored 2 tries to 1, as they slightly edged them out in the tight affair. They ran for 351m’s, beat 18 defenders and had 10 clean breaks. They completed 131 passes + 3 offloads. 12 Times they turned the ball over and 4 times they won it. 111 Tackles they made and 26 attempts they missed. They kicked 2/2 conversions and 1/1 PG’s. They were also victorious in 77 rucks, 4 mauls, 14 lineouts and 9 scrums. They leaked 9 penalties and 1 yellow also.
Blues – The Blues have won 2 of 4 matches to start their new campaign of with. They sit in 3rd in the NZ Conference, with 9 points, but a PD of -3. Last time out at Loftus Versfeld, they barely won, beating the Bulls 23-21. Black kicked the 80th minute PG which handed the, the dramatic win. If you were in the crowd, what a game to witness live. They scored 3 tries to 2, as they owned 57% of the ball. They ran for 222m’s, beat 9 defenders and had 5 clean breaks. They turned the ball over 8 times, but won it 4. They had 30 kicks in play, as they also made 1/3 conversions and 2/3 PG’s. They made 64 tackles and missed 15 attempts. They also additionally won 63 rucks, 3 mauls, 13 lineouts and 9 scrums. They leaked a high 15 penalties and 2 yellows during the game.
Past History – The Stormers have been victorious in 4 of their past 6 clashes against the Blues. However, when they last met, in RD7 of 2019 at Eden Park, the Blues prevailed rather easily, 24 points to 9. They scored 3 tries to 0, as a 69th minute red was given to Tele’a. He cartwheeled Leyds into the air, in what was an extremely dangerous and unprofessional tackle.
Key Player – Jantjies. 7 Defenders beaten, 2 try assists, 5 clean breaks and 136m’s gained. +17/20 tackles successful. What hasn’t he done for the Stormers this season? This game will more then likely be decided by less than/ or around 10 points. Thus meaning it’ll be pretty close for long periods of the game. He is one of those ‘guys’ that will make a massive difference and bring it home for South Africa’s and arguably Super Rugby’s best side.
Head to Head: Stormers
Win Margin: Stormers by 7-12
Line: Stormers -3
Total Points: 40-45
Bulls v Jaguares
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria | Start: 2:15 AM
Bulls – The Bulls currently sit in 5th and last in the South African Conference. They have yet to win a game from 3 attempts so far this season. They are on just 1 point and have a PD of -23. They came oh so close to breaking through for that maiden victory last round. They were defeated 23-21 by the Blues at Loftus Versfeld. 80 minutes in, Black sunk the PG that killed the Bulls. Such a crazy, yet perhaps undeserved way for them to finish a heroic effort. They were outscored 3 tries to 2, as they owned 43% possession of the ball. They ran for 249m’s, but turned the ball over 13 times. They made 98 tackles and missed only 9. They won 2 turnovers and had 22 kicks in play. They converted 1/2 conversions, 3/3 PG’s and 0/1 drop goals. They won 44 rucks, 5 mauls, 10 lineouts and 8 scrums. They gave up 12 penalties and 2 yellows as well.
Jaguares – 3rd Is their position in the South African Conference at the moment. They’ve won 2/4 games and currently sit on 10 points. They’re just 2 of the 2nd placed Sharks. In their last game, last round, they lost 17-7 to the Stormers at DHL Newlands. Their sole try came via Bruni in the 66th minute. With 45% of the ball, they ran for 307m’s, beat 26 defenders and had 11 clean breaks. They made 122 passes, along with 5 offloads. They also won 7 turnovers and had 28 kicks in play. They made 1/1 conversions. They also were victorious in 61 rucks, 3 mauls, 13 lineouts and 9 scrums. They gave up 8 penalties during the game.
Past History – The Jaguares have won 4 of their past 6 matches played against the Bulls. Last time out, in RD8, 2019, at Loftus Versfeld, the Jaguares came away with the W, 22-20. A 75th minute, late, Miotti try, his 2nd of the game, was how they won it. They scored 3 tries to 1. They ran for 248m’s, beat 16 defenders and had 8 clean breaks to their name.
Key Player – Cubelli. He’s completed 27/29 tackles so far this season. That makes for an insanely good 93% accuracy rate. He’s also had 16 runs, good for 82m’s. He can tackle hard and he can run hard. You know what your going to get with this Scrum Half. He might not be the best player on the field, but he’ll give it his all. That’s for sure. His defensive tendencies and abilities will be as crucial as ever as his side attempts to win
Head to Head: Jaguares
Win Margin: Jaguares by 12-17
Line: Jaguares -4
Total Points: 50+