SUPER RUGBY WEEK 8
Crusaders v Jaguares
The Crusaders return home from a trip around the world to face the Jaguares in the opening clash of Round 8. The Jaguares have brought back a number of their rested players for this clash so are looking to this game to revive their season.
The Crusaders come off a last minute try to defeat the Force last week 20-19 while the Jaguares were touched up by a classy Hurricanes team in Wellington.
The Crusaders have won their last 5 matches with their last 3 matches all decided by 6 points or less. In contrast the Jaguares have lost their last all within very close margins, bar last weeks 18 point loss to the Hurricanes.
Having rested some of their better players last week the Jaguares should come into this game a lot fresher than the Crusaders who have done a fair bit of travelling over the last 3 weeks - to South Africa, Perth and then back home. Israel Dagg returns to the Crusaders while All Black Sam Whitelock has been rested completely.
I think the Crusaders should win this but have a feeling it will be a pretty close game, I'm favouring the Jaguares plus on the line. Pick 3 Units - Jaguares +13.5 points
Waratahs v Brumbies
The Waratahs come off the bye after a shock loss to the Rebels two weeks ago while the Brumbies also were beaten soundly as favourites to the Chiefs two weeks ago.
The Brumbies will be without David Pocock for the next two rounds as he was given his first suspension in Rugby. This is a massive out for the Brumbies and the Waratahs will look to dominate the breakdown with Michael Hooper leading the charge.
Prior to this year, the Waratahs had won 4 of the last 5 against the Brumbies and the last 3 games also including a 31 point thrashing at home in 2014. The Brumbies belted the Waratahs at home earlier on this season 32-15. The Waratahs languish 12th on the table while the Brumbies sit in 8th. This is a must need win for both teams.
With Pocock out I'm leaning towards the Waratahs in what I'm sure will be a close encounter. Pick 4 Units - Waratahs Head to Head
RESULTS STAKES ROI Final