Super Rugby 2018 – Season Preview & First Round Tips

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Super Rugby 2018 Season Preview 

Super Rugby 2018 has reverted to the 15-team format it adopted between 2011 and 2015.  The competition returns to a three-conference format with the Sunwolves from Japan leaving ‘Africa’ and replacing the Western Force in the Australian Conference.

Australian Conference Teams

Queensland Reds

ACT Brumbies

NSW Waratahs

Melbourne Rebels

Hito-Com Sunwolves

Long Shot Tip; Melbourne Rebels to top the Australian Conference at $4.00 with SportsBet.

Melbourne rebels

Exciting young coach Dave Wessels has relocated with his best Force players across the Nullarbor to Melbourne, including Dane Haylett-Petty, Adam Coleman, and Bill Meakes, while Wallabies scrum half Will Genia and former England lock Geoff Parling are other strong additions to the Rebels complementing Reece Hodge and Amanaki Mafi.

NZ Conference Teams

 Canterbury Crusaders

Waikato Chiefs

Auckland Blues

Qtago Highlanders

Wellington Hurricanes

Changing-of-the-guard tip:

The Wellington Hurricanes to replace 2017 Super Rugby Champions, the Canterbury Crusaders, as winners of the NZ Conference at $2.75 with

African Conference Teams

Western Stormers

Golden Lions

Blue Bulls

Natal Sharks

Buenos Aires Jaguares

Good Solid Money-Making Tip:


Hard to beat in their native Cape Town, the Western Stormers should win more matches at home than they lose, which in the revamped Super Rugby competition for 2018 should be enough to make the finals. The Stormers are excellent value at $1.90 to make the finals with CrownBet.

 Super Rugby 2018 – Round 1 Tips

Western Stormers vs Jaguares

The Stormers received a blow in advance of their opener against the Jaguares on Saturday with news that Springbok forward Pieter-Steph du Toit has not recovered from injury.

Du Toit has been battling a back injury. It was originally expected that he would recover in time for the start of the Super Rugby season. With the Stormers tipped to win (at $1.29 with CrownBet), the decision has been made to rest Du Toit until he has made a full recovery.

Lions vs Sharks

The Lions ($1.33 with SportsBet) should have enough in the tank to defeat the Sharks at altitude at their Ellis Park home in Johannesburg.

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