Super Rugby Qualifying Finals Preview
The 2015 Super Rugby season will enter the first round of finals this weekend, and will see two matches contested to decide who will face the Hurricanes and Waratahs in next week’s semis.
The Highlanders host the Chiefs in an all-Kiwi affair on Saturday evening, while the Brumbies travel to South Africa to face the Stormers early Sunday morning.
We’re offering the best odds on both Super Rugby games during qualifying finals week!
Highlanders vs Chiefs
Saturday, June 20th – 5:35pm AEST – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Otago.
The Highlanders have undoubtedly produced one of their best campaigns since the turn of the century this year and finished the regular season second in the New Zealand conference but also second in overall standings have posted eleven wins and five losses for 53 competition points and a +117 points difference. Similarly impressive, the Chiefs ended the regular season third in the New Zealand conference and fourth overall; winning ten games and losing six. As heated New Zealand rivals, these two sides have met twice already this season; the Highlanders claiming bragging rights first when taking out a gritty Round 4 affair 20-17 in Hamilton before comfortably claiming their Round 16 tie 36-9. The Highlanders have undoubtedly been the competition’s hardest away trip this season and have only become more convincing at the season has progressed. Boasting a mulit-dimensional attack, slick backline and rock-solid defence, we are confident the Highlanders will progress past the Chiefs and onto the Super Rugby semi-finals but in a tight contest on Saturday evening.
Stormers vs Brumbies
Sunday, June 21st – 1:05am AEST – Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
South African conference winners the Stormers play host to Australian wildcard the Brumbies early Sunday morning Australian time in the second Super Rugby qualifying final. The Stormers haven’t really been a team that look capable of lifting the trophy this season but were the clear standouts in South Africa and comfortably did enough to ensure passage to the finals. The Brumbies traded blows atop the Australian conference with the Waratahs for most of the 18 regular season rounds but lost a crucial tie with the New South Wales franchise late and fell were unable to post consistent results over the final few weeks. The Brumbies have topped the competition in lineout success this year and have scored a total of 45 tries, while the Stormers have been at their best in the ruck, in scrums and defenders beaten. The Stormers remain clear favourites on account of their home berth but we’re confident the Brumbies are capable of an upset following their positive and recent tour of South Africa and are more than worth consideration for a bet at current $2.60 odds.