2016 Super Rugby Round 17 Betting Tips

July 13, 2016 by Posted in NRL Tips

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It is the final round of the 2016 Super Rugby regular season this weekend and we take a look at the best value matches for Round 17 and offer our preview and betting tips below.

Blues vs Waratahs (Friday 5.35pm AEST)

The Waratahs will need a lot of luck to go their way if they are going to reach this year’s finals series as their loss at home to the Hurricanes last week made their task a lot harder. The Tahs weren’t able to get the job done despite taking a 17-11 lead in the second half and as they were penalised far too often and conceded 18 unanswered points to lose by 11. The injury to Kurtley Beale has definitely impacted the team negatively as they are missing a lot of flair in attack and relying too heavily on Israel Folau to produce a big play.

Meanwhile the Blues had a massive victory against the Brumbies last week despite having nothing to play for. They were eliminated from the finals race as unfortunately for them they are playing in the tough New Zealand conference. They showed last week that they are a hard team to beat as they raced out to a 28-7 lead in the opening 20-minutes. They also managed to score two of those tries with only 14-men on the field as Jerome Kaino was sent to the sin bin.

The Tahs will be desperate for the victory, as it would apply a lot of pressure on the Brumbies in their match against the Force. However, the Tahs haven’t been strong on the road this season and have disappointed their fans in a lot of must-win big matches. We are predicting the free-flowing style of the Blues to be on show again as the home side wins by a narrow margin.

TIP: Blues 1-12 @ $2.75 with William Hill

Crusaders vs Hurricanes (Saturday 3.15pm AEST)

Saturday’s rugby action begins with two massive New Zealand matches, as all four sides will be in the finals series this year. Rugby fans will be treated to two ‘finals’ games a week early, as there is a lot of moving around to be done on the ladder depending on the results.

Both of these sides will enter this contest on the back of massive victories. The Hurricanes overcame a deficit to defeat the Tahs and book their place in the finals series whilst the Crusaders gave the Rebels an absolute hiding as they scored 85-points. The Crusaders have the third best attack and conceded the third least amount of points in the competition. This combination has the makings of a championship as they have shown throughout the year they have the capabilities of sustaining a lot of pressure on their own line and then can turn that into an opportunity at the end of the field. They have one of the best scrums and are dominant at the break down and that has seen them earn a lot of turnovers at key times in the match.

The Hurricanes have shown a lot of inconsistencies throughout the season but have ultimately been able to come out on top in the big matches. They reached the Grand Final last year but lost a lot of their experienced personnel as they retired and a couple more key players due to injury. This has put a lot of pressure on the shoulders of young star Beauden Barrett. The flyhalf has been strong throughout the season and if the Hurricanes are going to come out on top in this contest it will be on the back of Barrett’s shoulders. However, the Crusaders have only lost three games this season for a reason and they will be tough to beat on home soil and we are predicting them to come out on top in this one.

TIP: Crusaders -4.5 @ $1.90 with Sportsbet

Highlanders vs Chiefs (Saturday 5.35pm AEST)

The second of the two massive matches to kick off Saturday’s rugby action has the Highlanders hosting the New Zealand conference leaders the Chiefs. These two sides will potentially know what position on the ladder they are playing for but a loss for the Chiefs would see them drop to possibly third on the New Zealand conference table.

The Chiefs started the season in style but had a midseason slump before the recent Super Rugby break. However, since then they have bounced back to their best form with a win over the Crusaders before they smashed the Reds at Suncorp stadium last week. They were back to their attacking best but their was a period throughout the match when they were up against just 13 players as the Reds had two players sent to the sin bin.

The Highlanders will also enter this match full of confidence as they have a great record on home soil and against New Zealand opposition this season. They defeated the Jaguares in terrific fashion on the road last week. The side was able to capitalise on the opportunities they were presented with despite having less possession of the ball. The Highlanders are the defending champions and they won’t want to enter the finals series on the back of the loss.

TIP: Highlanders -2.5 @ $1.91 with Ladbrokes

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