2017 Super Rugby Round 1 Betting Tips

February 21, 2017 by Posted in Betting Tips

The 2017 Super Rugby season gets underway this Thursday night and we take a look at the opening round’s action. With plenty of exciting games, we take a closer look at some of the key matchups in our Super Rugby Round 1 Preview and Betting Tips.

2017 Super Rugby Round 1 Betting Tips

Rebels vs Blues (Thursday 7.45pm AEDT)

The Melbourne side will tackle a New Zealand opponent to kick off the 2017 Super Rugby season and they will enter the match as underdogs. The Blues are highly considered the weakest New Zealand team in the competition but that doesn’t mean they should be taken lightly. They won the opening match of the season last year against the Highlanders and we believe they will be a tough team to beat this Thursday night.

However, the Rebels are full of excitement and have brought in a lot of quality players. They have an attacking strike weapon on the wing in Marika Koroibete. The former Melbourne Storm NRL player has a history in rugby and he will adjust to the game quickly. He has proven to be a player who can find the tryline and his speed will be a valuable asset this season. They will be without Sean McMahon to start the season which is a huge blow but we are predicting them to kickstart their 2017 with a victory on home soil.

TIP: Rebels to win at the margin (1-12) – $3.20 at William Hill

Reds vs Sharks (Friday 8pm AEDT)

The Reds enter the 2017 season with most expectation since the 2011 season when they lifted the crown. They are a stronger side in a weaker Australian conference and they will be hoping to get their season off to a winning start on Friday night. The side welcomes back Quade Cooper into their line up and they will be hoping for his attacking prowess to benefit the team. The Queensland side has also attracted Stephen Moore to the club and he will bring a lot of experience into the forward pack.

The Sharks will benefit with Patrick Lambie being back in the side after spending the majority of the season without their attacking player last season. JP Pieterson and Willie Le Roux will be missed in their backline but they have good youthful players replacing the two. The Sharks are a strong defensive side and on the back of that they were able to sneak into the finals last season in eighth place. The side lacks in attack though. However, we think they will be able to cause a lot of pressure on the Queensland side and they will aim to keep the scoreboard ticking over through penalty goals and capitalise on other opportunities when they can.

TIP: Sharks to win – $2.60 at Sportsbet

Sunwolves vs Hurricanes (Saturday 3.15pm AEDT)

We think this could be arguably the best bet of the round. The Hurricanes are the defending Super Rugby champions and they are facing the Sunwolves who finished in last place in 2016. The Hurricanes have kept the majority of their squad together and their flyhalf Beauden Barrett is seeming to improve in every outing. He has terrific pace, playmaking ability, can kick goals and is a strong defender. He is everything you would want in a number 10 and as a leader.

The Sunwolves were only able to earn the one victory last year and they were blown off the park in a lot of matches. They have the advantage of playing on their home soil but we think this could easily turn into an ugly match for them. We have them losing by a large scoreline and the Hurricanes should easily clear the line.

TIP: Hurricanes to win at the line (-26.5) – $1.90 at Sportsbet

Crusaders vs Brumbies (Saturday 5.35pm AEDT)

The Brumbies are going through a transition period as their youthful players are coming through the ranks and their experienced players have left the club. The side has lost Stephen Moore and David Pocock and they will be both hard to replace, especially the latter. Pocock is a huge part of the sides attack as he commands the maul while his defence and work at the breakdown is incomparable to other players. They will struggle this season and it will be a tough first outing for them on the road against the Crusaders.

The side from Christchurch was able to reach the finals series in their first season without Dan Carter and Richie McCaw and we are predicting them to be just as strong in their second year without the two New Zealand legends. The side is always strong in attack and we are predicting them to give the Brumbies rookies are hard lesson to learn in this one.

TIP: Crusaders at the margin (13+) – $1.92 at CrownBet

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