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Super Rugby Aotearoa Tipping – Saturday July 18

Hurricanes v Blues

Venue: Sky Stadium | Start: 7:05 PM AEST

Looking at the recent form for the Hurricanes, just two matches ago they claimed a hard-fought 25-18 victory over the Chiefs at FMG Stadium Waikato. And it was a match that had plenty of late controversy to it as Scott Scrafton received a 65th-minute red card. It was his second yellow of the game, for a tackle made behind the mark. And Boshier also scored in the 76th minute for the opposition, which meant the match went all the way down to the wire. Prior to that, they went down 39-25 to the Crusaders at Sky Stadium and before that, it was a 30-20 loss to the Blues at Eden Park. Their win over the Chiefs was their first of the new New Zealand teams only campaign. And most recently at Sky Stadium last Sunday, they toppled the Highlanders 17 points to 11 at Sky Stadium. They led 17-0 before the Highlanders proceeded to bring it back a bit. The Hurricanes owned 63% of the ball and scored 3 tries to 1. They have a fair bit of momentum headed into this one.

For the Blues, their most recent clash saw them go down 26-15 to the Crusaders at Orangetheory Stadium. They scored tries via Telea (10th minute) and Loane (55th minute), but ultimately it wasn’t enough to get them the W. Prior to that, they beat the Highlanders 27-24 at Eden Park in what was an extremely close and extremely entertaining game. The Blues outscored them 4 tries to 3 there. And the two games before that saw them beat rhw Chiefs 24-12 at FMG Stadium Waikato and beat the Hurricanes 30-20 at Eden Park. They are absolutely loving life at the moment. They are currently 2nd with 3 victories from 4 matches. They have 12 competition points and the second-best PD in the whole competition at +14.

Beauden Barrett. The Fly Half would be feeling pretty poorly about his performance last round and will definitely need to step it up in this clash to give his 2nd placed side a chance of getting the victory. He had just 10 runs in the last clash, good for 25m’s made. But on the season as a whole, he’s hade 32 runs good for 162m’s. He also made only 7 passes last round and gave away 3 stupid penalties. He’d given away only one penalty prior to that and in his last clash, he also completed just 2 tackles. He’ll need to organise this match a lot better and create a lot of better attacking opportunities for his side, otherwise, the Hurricanes have the chance to run riot. He will be absolutely critical to his side’s chances of winning this one.

Head to Head: Hurricanes
Win Margin: Hurricanes 1-12
Line: Hurricanes -1.5

Super Rugby Aotearoa Tipping – Sunday July 19

Chiefs v Highlanders

Venue: FMG Stadium | Start: 1:35 PM AEST

The Chiefs most recent clash came back in RD4, where they went down to the Hurricanes 25 points to 18. Scrafton of the opposition saw red in the 65th minute, which gave the Chiefs a slight chance of the comeback victory. And then when Boshier scored late in the 76th minute, it was game on, but ultimately it wasn’t meant to be. And getting outscored 3 tries to 1, certainly didn’t help aid their cause at all. They did however beat 22 defenders and have 11 clean breaks. They also won 108 rucks, 7 mauls, 17 lineouts and 3 scrums. Before that, they went down 18-13 to the Crusaders at Orangetheory Stadium. They crossed for only 1 try in that match. Prior to that, the Blues bested them by 12 points at FMG Stadium Waikato. And then in RD1 it was a one-point defeat to the Highlanders. A match in which a 78th minute Bryn Gatland FG decided the outcome. They are out of form in this one and have yet to win a single match this new season. Luckily for them the Highlanders have won only 1 so far.

At Sky Stadium last round, the Highlanders went down 17 points to 11 against the Hurricanes. They were down 17-0 at one stage, so it was good that they managed to bring some sort of respectability back to the score-line, but it was still a poor loss within itself. And they shouldn’t have let themselves go down so heavily so early throughout the match. Prior to that, the Crusaders smashed them 40-20 at Forsyth Barr Stadium. They lost 27-24 to the Blues at Eden Park before that. The Crusaders beat them by 14 points at Sky Stadium. A match in which they got outscored 5 tries to 1! And then came their solve victory of the campaign to date, their 1-point win over the opposition for this round. Gatland kicked the match-winning FG in the 78th minute, to give his side their only win of the season to date. Neither side have absolutely anything even resembling solid form in this one and rightfully so, it’s the battle to see who finishes in last-place.

Mitch Hunt. The Fly Half offers the Highlanders some sort of creativity, which is something that they’ve desperately needed this season. He made 16 passes last time out and he had 7 runs, good for 76m’s. He also beat 6 defenders and had 2 clean breaks in his sides 6-point defeat. And on the whole, he’s ran for 104m’s and beaten 10 defenders so far + he also has a try assist. This should as expected to be a really low-scoring game. So, a moment of brilliance from Hunt, could very well prove to be what wins the clash for the Highlanders. Offensively their will be a tonne of pressure on him to stand up and win the game for his side. Look for him to have a significant impact in this one.

Head to Head: Chiefs
Win Margin: Chiefs 1-12
Line: Chiefs -5.5