Here is your coverage of Round 7 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.
To start us of with on a Friday night, it’s the Chiefs and the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes will be desperate to add another win to their tally. But as the Chiefs showed against the Tahs last weekend, they show no mercy. Expect them to cruise through this one with ease.
Then on the Saturday the Blues play the Lions. Both teams have had average starts to the season to date and would’ve expected a lot more from themselves within this point of the season. Both have a point to prove. No doubt about that! Then the Sunwolves play the Crusaders up in Brisbane funnily enough. Expect the Crusaders to get the easy dub. Unless the Sunwolves display a high level of intensity from the get go. Then the Reds also play the Bulls at Suncrop, as part of a double-header of Super Rugby. The Reds have been playing pretty damn decently as of late, expect them to get the W.
On the Sunday we’re off to see the Sharks play the Stormers. Two top teams, fighting for the NO.1 seed in the SA Conference. This will be the match of the round and one to tune into, no doubt! Then the Jaguares play the Highlanders. The Jaguares should come out hard given their loss to the Sharks last round. And finally the Brumbies play the Tahs in Canberra. An upset could be on the cards here. You just never know! Regardless expect both the Aussie sides to put in a good shift, making for a good match.
There’s never a dull moment in Super Rugby, whether on or off the field. Bring all these clashes on!!!
Super Rugby Tips – Friday, March 13
Chiefs v Hurricanes
Venue: FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton | Start: 5:05 PM
Chiefs – So far they have won 4/5 matches as they sit 1st in the NZ Conference. They are on 18PTS and also have a PD of +69. At WIN Stadium last round they crushed the Waratahs, 51-14. Webber scored twice, as they scored a huge 7 tries to 2 in the commanding victory. They won the match with 40% possession of the ball, 520m’s gained, 22 defenders beaten and 18 clean breaks had. 9 Turnovers was how many they had, but they also won 9. They also had 34 kicks in play, as they made 5/7 conversions and 2/3 PG’s. Additionally they won, 56 rucks, 7 mauls, 11 lineouts and 6 scrums. What a performance!
Hurricanes – They are currently 4th in the NZ Conference, with 3 wins from 5 games played. This just highlighting how good you have to be to play Super Rugby Finals within the home of the All Blacks. Their last match at Sky Stadium was a tensely fought 24-15 defeat to the Blues. They opened the scoring in just the 2nd minute, via a Lam try. But in the 46th minute they went a man down after Lomax saw red. They owned 51% possession of the ball, while the tries were split at 2 a piece. They made 385m’s, in additon to 160 passes + 11 offloads. 126 Was how many tackles they made, as they also missed 34 attempts. They were also victorious in 86 rucks, 3 mauls, 10 lineouts and 10 scrums.
Past History – The Hurricanes have won 3 of the past 5 games contested between these two sides. Their winning scores have been 47-19, 32-31 and 25-13. The 47-19 affair was the last one played between them and was at Sky Stadium in RD11 of last year. They scored 7 tries to 3, despite incredibly only owning 39% of the ball during the match. They beat 26 defenders and also had 15 clean breaks that day. Prior to that was the draw, at FMG Stadium Waikato. The Hurricanes had 52% of the ball and the Chiefs 48% of it. 149 Passes, including 4 offloads were made by the Hurricanes. And for the Chiefs it was 158 passes. 16 Of those were offloads for them.
Key Stats- The Chiefs are averaging 54.2 points per match and have scored 170 over the course of this season.
Head to Head: Chiefs
Win Margin: Chiefs by 5-10
Line: Chiefs -3
Total Points: 50+
Super Rugby Tips – Saturday, March 14
Sunwolves v Crusaders
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo | Start: 2:45 PM
Sunwolves – They are 5th in the Australian Conference currently. This comes as they’ve won just 1/5 games and have a hugely poor PD of -156. At Win Stadium last round, the Brumbies disposed of them with ease, 47-14. They didn’t score a try until the 35th minute and were outscored 7 tries to 2 overall. They had just 41% possession of the ball, as they only ran for 238m’s. They beat also only 15 defenders and had just 8 clean breaks. 11 Turnovers they had, but they also won 5. And they made 152 tackles, but missed 38. They also won 64 rucks, 4 mauls, 14 lineouts and 6 scrums. They were clinically outclassed in this one, no doubt about it.
Crusaders – The Crusaders are currently 2nd in the NZ Conference. They’ve won an impressive 4/5 games, are on 18 points and have a healthy PD of +49. At Orangetheory Stadium last round, they just scraped by the Res, 24-20. Their first try was scored via Moody in the 11th minute. And overall, they were actually outscored 4 tries to 3. And they also won despite only owning 42% of the ball. They made 3/3 conversions and 1/1 PG’s. The Reds in comparison kicked 0/4 conversions. And that is why in a nutshell, the Crusaders won and the Reds lost. The Crusaders also got in winning terms, 81 rucks, 3 mauls, 11 lineouts and 7 scrums.
Past History – These two sides have only ever competed in two games, in their short history against one another. Both of them were played at Orangetheory Stadium. Last time out, the Crusaders beat them by 22 points, 33-11. And before that it was by 47 points, 50-3. In that first game, they scored 5 tries to 1, as they had 58% of the ball. They also ran for 428m’s that day, beat 19 defenders and had 11 clean breaks. In the affair prior to that, they scored a big 8 tries to nil. As they had 66% possession of the ball during the match. They also ran for 510m’s, beat 26 defenders and had 18 clean breaks.
Key Stats- The Crusaders have 19 tries so far this season, along with a total of 140 points.
Head to Head: Crusaders
Win Margin: Crusaders by 30+
Line: Crusaders -7
Total Points: 60+
Blues v Lions
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland | Start: 5:05 PM
Blues – The Blues sit in 3rd in the NZ Conference at the moment. They’ve won 4/6 games, are on 17 points and have a PD of +25. Last time out they beat the Hurricanes, 24-15, at Sky Stadium. Helping see them through to the 9-point victory, was Lomax of the Hurricanes receiving a red card in the 46th minute of the match. They owned 49% of the ball, whilst either side crossed for 2 tries a piece. They made 494m’s, beat 34 defenders and had 14 clean breaks next to their name. 163 Passes were completed by them, included within those were 10 offloads. 14 Times they gave the ball up, but won it on 5 occasions. They also won 89 rucks, 4 mauls, 14 lineouts and 4 scrums.
Lions – The Lions currently have just 5 points. They’ve won 1/5 games. And their PD is at -58. What is going wrong for them at the moment? Last round at AAMI Park, the Rebels beat them with ease, 37-17. The Lions didn’t score a try until Ulengo crossed the line in the 33rd minute. They had 52% possession of the ball, but ultimately they were outscored 5 tries to 2. They ran for 461m’s, beat 24 defenders and had 13 clean breaks. 97 Tackles were made by them, while they also missed 24 attempts. And 27 kicks in play they had, as they made 2/2 conversions and 1/1 PG’s, They won 82 rucks, 7 mauls, 11 lineouts and 5 scrums.
Past History – The Lions have won 3 of the past 4 games played between themselves and the Blues. Their winning score-lines have been 43-5 (Emirates Airlines Park), 13-10 (QBE Stadium) and 39-36 (Emirates Airlines Park). 2 Of their past 3 wins against them have been just by the 3 points. In the first encounter, they scored 7 tries to 1, with 49% of the ball. In the second encounter, the tries were split at 1 apiece. But they kicked 1/1 conversions and 2/4 PG’s. And in the third clash, they scored 5 tries to 3. With 66% possession of the ball helping to back them up strongly in that regard.
Key Stats- The Blues have ran for 2440m’s this campaign. They have also beaten 169 defenders in total.
Head to Head: Blues
Win Margin: Blues by 20+
Line: Blues -5
Total Points: 50+
Reds v Bulls
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane | Start: 7:15 PM
Reds – The Reds are currently 3rd in the Australian Conference. They’re 3rd despite having won just 1/6 games so far to start the season. If they had perhaps turned a few of those tight losses into wins, then they’d be in 2nd place at the moment. And last round was one of those defeats, as they went down 24-20 to the Crusaders at Orangetheory Stadium. The Reds kicking 0/4 conversions is what ultimately cost them in this one. They held 58% of the ball and also scored 4 tries to 3. They completed 194 passes + 16 offloads. They also had 10 turnovers, but won 4. Speaking of things they won, 124 rucks, 2 mauls, 12 lineouts and 7 scrums.
Bulls – The Bulls currently sit it 2nd last position in the SA Conference. They have just 1 victory from 5 matches played so far. And they’re on only 6 points and they have a -13PD. But last round at Loftus Versfield they killed it, as they smashed the Highlanders 38-13. They scored a massive 6 tries to 1, as they had 64% possession of the ball. They ran for 499m’s, beat 33 defenders and had 16 clean breaks. 159 Passes were made by them, including 10 offloads. 14 Turnovers were had by them, but they won the ball of the opposition 5 times. They had 34 kicks in play and they won 85 rucks, 7 mauls, 15 lineouts and 5 scrums.
Past History – The Bulls have won 4 of the past 6 games played between them and the Reds. Their winning score-lines have been 32-17, 41-22, 43-22 and 61-8. The 32-17 encounter was the most recent between the two and was played at Loftus Versfeld, in RD9, 2019. That day they scored the first try via Gqoboka in the 4th minute. And they scored 5 tries to 2 overall. The possession was split evenly at 50% each. Whilst they won 98 rucks, 1 maul, 9 lineouts and 3 scrums. Before that the Reds won 20-14 in Brisbane. And their last win before that against the Bulls was way back in 2013 also in Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium. That was in RD6, as they won 23 points to 18.
Key Stats- The Reds have 64 offloads so far this season. As well as that, they also have a total of 88 clean breaks.
Head to Head: Reds
Win Margin: Reds by 10-15
Line: Reds -4
Total Points: 45-50
Sharks v Stormers
Venue: Jonsson Kings Park, Durban | Start: 12:05 PM
Sharks – The Sharks currently reside in 1st position in the SA Conference, with 5 wins from 6 games. They have 20 points and a huge PD of +50. At Jonsson Kings Park last round they beat the Jaguares with relative ease, 33-19. They opened the scoring via an Andrews try in the 4th minute and from there onwards, it set the tone for the rest of the game. Overall they scored 4 tries to 3, as they also had 52% possession of the ball. They ran for 379m’s, beat 23 defenders and had 13 clean breaks. They also completed 117 passes, 4 of which were offloads. Outside of that, they made 100 tackles and missed 13 potential tackles. 30 Kicks in play were as well kicked by them. And they were victorious in winning 68 rucks, 4 mauls, 6 lineouts and 7 scrums.
Stormers – The Stormers are currently 2nd in the South African Conference. They have won 4 of 5 games and are on 17 competition points. Not bad, not bad at all! Last round they had a bye, the previous round resulted in their only defeat of the season to date. They were pumped 33-14 by the Blues at DHL Newlands. They were outscored 3 tries to 2 and to top that of, they owned just 37% of the ball. They made 201m’s, beat 9 defenders and also had 9 clean breaks. They turned the ball over 13 times and only won it back from the opposition 3 times. They did however make both their conversion attempts. And they won 47 rucks, 3 mauls, 11 lineouts and 4 scrums.
Past History – The Sharks have beaten the Stormers in 6 of the past 9 clashes in which they’ve versed one another. However, last time out the Sharks won 12-9 in a low-scoring affair at DHL Newlands. That was in RD18 of last year. The only try of the game, came in the form of an insane 80th minute clincher/ winner from Am. That day the Sharks owned 55% possession of the ball. And the Stormers had 45% possession of the ball. Prior to that, the Stormers won 16 points to 11 at Jonsson Kings Park. The tries were split at 11. The Stormers made 1/1 conversions and 3/5 PG’s. The Sharks on the other hand made 0/1 conversions and just 2/2 PG’s.
Key Stats -The Stormers have made 154 carries this season. They’ve also had 46 clean breaks.
Head to Head: Stormers
Win Margin: Stormers by 10-15
Line: Stormers -3
Total Points: 40-50
Jaguares v Highlanders
Venue: José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires | Start: 8:40 PM
Jaguares – The Jaguares currently sit in 3rd in the SA Conference. They have won 3/6 times, have 15 PTS and a PD of +34. Not exceptionally great, but by no means poor either. Their latest game was a 33-19 loss to the Sharks at Jonsson Kings Park. They were outscored 4 tries to 3, as they owned 48% of the ball. They ran for 273m’s, beat 13 defenders and had 10 clean breaks. They also made 98 tackles and missed 23. As well as that, they had 30 kicks in play and they also made 2/3 conversions. And they had 92 carries of the ball. In terms of other stats, they won 61 rucks, 9 mauls, 11 lineouts and 5 scrums.
Highlanders – The Highlanders are last in the NZ Conference at the moment. They have won only won of 5 games. And they have just 5 points. To compound all of that, their PD is -72. Their last match-up was a 38-13 sorrowing defeat at the hands of the Bulls last round. The massacre happened at Loftus Versfeld. The had just 36% possession of the ball throughout the entire match. They also conceded 6 tries, while posting just 1 themselves. 19 Defenders were beaten by them, as they also had 10 clean breaks. 129 Tackles were made by them, but they also missed 33 attempts. They had 30 kicks in play and made 1/1 conversions and 2/2 PG’s. They also won 50 rucks, 2 mauls, 11 lineouts and 4 scrums.
Past History – These two sides have a short and sweet history against one another. They’ve contested just the two games, both Highlander victories. Those scores have been 32-27 and 34-8. The first one of those was played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in RD13 of last year. The Highlanders scored 4 tries to 3, in what was an extremely close and extremely entertaining affair. They owned 55% of the ball, while the Jaguares owned 45% of it. Prior to that the Highlanders opened the scoring via a Smith try in the 2nd minute and after that, it was all one-way traffic. They scored 4 tries to 1, as they ran for 498m’s. They also won 54 rucks, 2 mauls, 10 lineouts and 6 scrums.
Key Stats – The Jaguares are currently averaging 50.7PPG and have scored 169 in total so far this season.
Head to Head: Jaguares
Win Margin: Jaguares by 20+
Line: Jaguares -6
Total Points: 40-50
Super Rugby Tips – Sunday, March 15
Brumbies v Waratahs
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra | Start: 4:05 PM
Brumbies – The Brumbies are currently 1st in the Australian Conference. They have an impressive 4 wins from 5 games, are on 18 points and have a PD of +60. They’re the only club doing Aussie Rugby proud at the moment! That’s for sure! Their latest efforts saw them thrash the Sunwolves at Win Stadium, 47-14. The Brumbies scored 7 tries to 2, as they also had 59% possession of the ball during the duration of the game. They made 546m’s, beat 38 defenders and had 21 clean breaks. 199 Passes were also made by them, including 8 offloads. 101 Tackles were made and only an impressive 15 missed. They also won 4 turnovers. And as well as that, they also won, 99 rucks, 4 mauls, 11 lineouts and 8 scrums.
Waratahs – For the Tahs, they are dead in the water seemingly at the moment. They have a PD of -77, are on only 5 points and have won just once from five games so far this campaign. That was highlighted in their latest game at Win Stadium, as the Chiefs smashed them 51-14. Their only tries came via Beale and Dempsey. The opposition crossed for 7 tries. They made 403m’s, beat 27 defenders and had 9 clean breaks. They coughed the ball up 19 times and won just the 2 turnovers. 81 Tackles were made by the Tahs and 22 also missed by them. They also had 20 kicks in play and converted 2/2 conversions. And they won 94 rucks, 1 maul, 13 lineouts and 6 scrums.
Past History – The Brumbies have won 6 of the past 7 clashes between these two Aussie sides. Those have been 35-24, 19-13, 40-31, 28-12, 26-20 and 32-15. The latest one of those clashes was played at Bankwest Stadium in RD17 of last year. They scored 5 tries to 3, in the high-scoring affair. They ran for 458m’s, beat 16 defenders and had 16 clean breaks. Prior to that, it was at Gio Stadium. The first try of the game came via Hooper in the 4th minute. But the tries would eventually be split at 2 apiece to either side. And they won 17 lineouts, 8 scrums, 72 rucks and 6 mauls.
Key Stats – The Tahs have beaten 83 defenders combined so far this campaign. They have also had 51 clean breaks.
Head to Head: Waratahs
Win Margin: Waratahs by 7-16
Line: Waratahs -1
Total Points: 40-50