Round three: early Saturday Super Rugby match previews and tipping
Reds can play their part in showdown with champion Crusaders
Reds v Crusaders
Sky Sports Action, 8.45am Saturday
Defending champions the Canterbury Crusaders have made five changes to their line-up to face the Queensland Reds and are 13-point favourites to keep up their winning run in Brisbane.
The Reds played their opening match of the campaign last week in round two and despite a bit of early-season rust they played a full a full part in a 36-31 defeat to the Highlanders in New Zealand.
Teenager Jordan Petaia caught the eye with his performance in the Reds midfield and he looks worth backing to claim a try that his enterprising running and ambition deserves.
J Petaia to score a try
1pt 11-4 bet365
Chiefs v Sunwolves
Sky Sports Action, 6.35am Saturday
The Waikato Chiefs have suffered back-to-back defeats to open their campaign, including an eight-try humbling at the Brumbies last week, but the boot should be on the other foot at home to the Sunwolves.
The Sunwolves won just three matches last year, all at home, were routed 61-10 by the Chiefs in Tokyo, and are yet to get off the mark this year.
The Chiefs have made seven changes to their side after the bashing at the Brumbies but look ready to make a big statement following that defeat.
Chiefs to win by 21 to 30 points
1pt 11-4 Betfair, Paddy Power
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