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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Crusaders may find it hard to shake off Stormers

Christchurch clash could be close

The Crusaders celebrate one of eight tries against Sunwolves last Saturday
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Waratahs v Kings
Sky Sports 2, 10.45am Friday
Back up-and-coming Waratahs flanker Ned Hanigan to score a third try in four games.

After a bye, Waratahs will be keen to put a strangely slow start to the campaign behind them in Sydney and five of the Kings' 30 conceded tries this season have been by the opposition backrow.   

Recommendation
N Hanigan to score a try
1pt 5-2 Betfair, Paddy Power


Lions v Los Jaguares
Sky Sports 4, 6pm Friday
The Lions can extend their lead at the top of the South African group with a win over Los Jaguares by 15 points or more.

Last year the Joburg franchise beat the Argentinian outfit 52-24 at Ellis Park, where they have won nine on the spin and seven by 13 or more points. Los Jaguares looked to run out of ideas and steam last Saturday when losing 26-13 to the Bulls in Pretoria.    

Recommendation
Lions -14.5
2pts 4-5 Hills


Highlanders v Sunwolves
Sky Sports 2, 6.15am Saturday
The Sunwolves have lost all ten previous Super Rugby away games and that trot is unlikely to stop in Invercargill with the Highlanders winning four of their last five games. 

'Landers centre Malakai Fekitoa can continue to press claims for a place in the All Blacks midfield against the Lions with a fifth try of the campaign.

Recommendation
M Fekitoa to score a try
2pts Evs Betfair, Paddy Power


Crusaders v Stormers
Sky Sports 2, 8.35am Saturday
The seven-from-seven Crusaders are scoring tries for fun but the Stormers still look worth a wager to stay within 16 points in Christchurch.

Historically matches between the teams have been tight affairs and the Stormers had won six on the spin before last Saturday's loss to the Lions, which was closer fought than a 29-16 scoreline suggests.

Recommendation
Stormers +15
1pt 10-11 Ladbrokes

 

Historically matches between the teams have been tight affairs and the Stormers had won six on the spin before last Saturday's loss to the Lions
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