Crusaders’ run set to continue at home to Highlanders
Super rugby leaders have refreshed their ranks
Crusaders v Highlanders
Sky Sports 1, 3.35am Saturday
Rugby fans who can’t sleep for Lions-induced excitement are well catered for with a double-header of Super Rugby action from New Zealand to serve up as the perfrect curtain-raiser.
The Crusaders and Highlanders take on the Lions over the coming ten days and the hosts, boasting an unblemished 13 wins out of 13, will want to send out a message to he British and Irish tourists.
They have made ten changes to their side from last week’s 41-19 rout of the Rebels in Melbourne and are six-point favourites.
The Highlanders’ winning run stands at nine after they lost three of their first four matches and they have fly-half Lima Sopoaga on the bench after he suffered a calf injury against the Waratahs last week.
The Crusaders came back from 27-6 down to win 30-27 in Dunedin in round two and this could be close again but the Crusaders can prevail.
Crusaders to win by one to 12 points
1pt 15-8 Betfair
Chiefs v Waratahs
Sky Sports 3, 6.05am Saturday
The Waratahs’ only wins this season have come against fellow Aussie sides but there has been no shortage of tries in their matches.
There were ten in their defeat to the Highlanders last week, 11 in the previous week’s win over the Rebels, and another nine in the previous round as they went down to the Blues.
Israel Folau has scored five tries in the Tahs’ last three matches and looks worth a wager to go in again.
I Folau to score a try
1pt 6-5 Betfred, Betfair, Paddy Power