In last week’s blog, I handed out two picks, The Blues and The Crusaders. Well, they both took home the victory. This week we will cover Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 3 & 4.
Match Summary – Round 3
Blues vs. Highlanders
In the 5th minute of the match, Caleb Clarke of the Blues does a nice dummy pass and gets in for the try. Blues lead 7-0. Just 5 minutes later, the Highlanders tied the game up playing the advantage near the try line. Ash Dixon gets in for the try. 7-7. Both teams hit penalty kicks to make the match 10-10. In the 22nd minute, the Blues grubber kicks down the left side of the field, making the Highlanders counter-kick. Hoskins Sotutu charges down the kick for it to bounce right in the hands of Dalton Papali’i for the try. Blues 17-10. About 5 minutes later, Caleb Clarke makes a tremendous line break where he offloads to Rieko Ioane for the try. Blues add to their lead. The score at half is 22-10.
The second half was amazing. The Highlanders come out hot and immediately make a statement. In the 43rd minute, Mitch Hunt dummy passes right to score for the Highlanders. 22-17. About 10 minutes later, Shannon Frizell of the Highlanders does a pick-and-go to get in for the try. 24-22 Highlanders. The Blues weren’t giving up though. In the 57th minute, the Blues maul off of a lineout where they gain a couple of meters. When the maul turned, Dalton Papali’i was there to unbind and get in for the try. The Blues win 27-24.
Crusaders vs. Chiefs
The Chiefs met the Crusaders last Saturday during a downpour. Even playing under these conditions, both teams showed they could work through it and show their skills. In the 10th minute of the game, Richie Mo’unga puts in a penalty kick from about 30 meters out. Crusaders 3-0. Damian McKenzie capitalizes on a chance at a penalty goal from 22 meters in the 23rd minute of the match. 3-3. In the 33rd minute, Richie Mo’unga pop kicks the ball to the right sideline, and Sevu Reece times it perfectly for the catch. He covers a lot of ground before he offloads to Will Jordan for the try. Crusaders 10-3.
In the 45th minute, Will Jordan receives a quick lineout at a full pace where he gets the try for the Crusaders. Crusaders 15-3. Mo’unga adds 3 to the lead in the 60th minute. 18-3. Three minutes later, the Chiefs answer back with a weak side try to Sean Wainui. Crusaders 18-10. Damian McKenzie adds another 3 points to the Chiefs score. Crusaders win the game 18-13.
Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 4 Betting
We’re back at it after going 2/2 last week! This week’s match-ups are going to be interesting. Two rugby games on the 4th of July? I’m here for it. At 2:05 AM Central Time, the Highlanders take on the undefeated Crusaders. At 10:35 PM Central Time, the Chiefs take on the Hurricanes.
The Crusaders have a -10.5 point spread. Although they are having a tremendous season thus far, you can’t sleep on the Highlanders. Every game they have had has been close. They beat the Chiefs 28-27, and everyone thought they were going to get killed by the Blues. They ended up losing by only 3 points. Also, this is a home game for the Highlanders. I’m sure the Crusaders will win, but I’m not quite sure if they will cover. I’m taking the Highlanders at +10.5.
In this match, the Chiefs are the favorite with a -5.5 point spread. I like these odds because the Hurricanes’ defense this season has let up so many points. They aren’t looking too hot this season. With Damian McKenzie kicking from everywhere for the Chiefs, I’ll take my chances that they win by one try or two penalty kicks. I’m taking the Chiefs at -5.5. So there you have it, my picks for the Super Rugby Aotearoa Round 3 & 4