The final round of the Super Rugby season will be played this week, and there still several spots to be decided.
The Chiefs must win in Auckland on Friday night, and while they did put it altogether against the Hurricanes last week, the early money has been for the Blues who have firmed from $1.95 into $1.90 equal favourites. The Chiefs have won their last 6 matches against the Blues, winning 32-20 in Hamilton earlier in the season, and if they are anywhere near their best then they should get the money.
A losing bonus point to the Crusaders will be enough for them to secure the NZ Conference , but a bonus point win against the Highlanders will put them on track for an all important 2nd spot on the ladder. The Crusaders are hot $1.22 favourites to beat the Highlanders at $4.25, with the line at 9.5. The Crusaders are currently $3.00 to win the title behind the Waratahs at $2.00, and ahead of the Sharks at $4.50, but with the Sharks also in the mix for that second spot on the ladder, then both this match and the potentially the Stormers v Sharks match take on added importance.
The Reds have had a woeful season and will be at home to the Waratahs on Saturday night. On form the Waratahs must be short, but they have already locked in a home final in two weeks time as well as a week off. The Reds are only playing for pride, and their stocks improved greatly when it was announced on Thursday that Israel Folau was out with a corked thigh. There was one early bet of $5000 on the Waratahs at -7.0 ($1.90), and while that can still happen, the loss of Folau is a big one.