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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Todd can make his mark for Crusaders in another classic at Waratahs

Matt Todd of Crusaders tunes up in the gym
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Reds v Hurricanes
Sky Sports 2, 9.45am Saturday

The champion Hurricanes have won on two of their last three trips to Brisbane and look worth a wager to give up eight points in the second half to the Reds.

The Canes are refreshed by a bye week and have won three of their four matches at a canter. The Reds have played in all five rounds so far and return to Suncorp after back-to-back games in Johannesburg and Buenos Aires, so they could well tire as the match goes in.

Hurricanes -8 on second-half handicap
2pts 10-11 Coral

Stormers v Cheetahs
Sky Sports 4, 2.05pm Saturday

The Stormers have won their last eight Cape Town clashes with Cheetahs and they should defy the jetlag of a return from Singapore to make it nine on the spin by 11 points or more.

The Cheetahs have lost their only away game this season, 41-14 in Buenos Aires, and last Saturday an after-the-whistle try made their home defeat to the Sharks look better than it was. At Newlands, the Stormers have beaten the Bulls 37-24 and Los Jaguares 32-25.

Stormers -10.5
1pt 20-21 Betfair 

Lions v Sharks
Sky Sports 4, 4.15pm Saturday

The Lions can give up nine points to the Sharks for a third meeting in a row.

Last season, the eventual runners-up won 24-9 in Durban and 37-10 at Ellis Park in one of eight straight Lions successes in Johannesburg by 12 points or more. The Sharks are on a roll of four straight wins but their more experienced hosts coasted in the second half of their bonus-point victory at the Kings last Saturday.

Lions -9.5
1pt 20-21 Betfair  

Waratahs v Crusaders
Sky Sports 2, 7.05am Sunday

The Waratahs and Crusaders have had many memorable matches down the years including the 2014 final which the Tahs won 33-32 and this could be another classic. The Crusaders are looking to make it six wins on the spin, while the Waratahs showed great spirit to overhaul the Rebels last Saturday for a first success since week one and have won the teams' last two Sydney meetings.

The best value bet looks to be Matt Todd to score a try. The Crusaders have named a powerful pack and the backrower, who bagged a five-pointer against the Force last week, has touched down three times against the Tahs including twice in Sydney.  

M Todd to score a try
1pt 11-4 Betfair, Paddy Power 

The Waratahs and Crusaders have had many memorable matches down the years including the 2014 final and this could be another classic
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