HURRICANES V CRUSADERS, BETTING PREVIEW & PREDICTION

HURRICANES V CRUSADERS – click here to bet

The Hurricanes have now shortened to 1/1 from 5/1 to be the bottom placed side in this competition and they know that a victory against the Crusaders is a must if they are to contend.  The Crusaders, of course, are Tournament favourites and they have been priced up at (-6.5) here, a handicap that hasn’t moved all week.

The Hurricanes were very much in the match against the Blues in Auckland last week in the first half, but a poor performance in the 3rd quarter cost them as the Blues built an unassailable lead.

The Crusaders had a bye in Week 1 and they will be hoping to continue the sort of form they showed in the original competition where they had 5 victories and just 1 defeat which came away to the Chiefs.

The Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 32-8 in Wellington last season, but prior to that the Hurricanes had dominated this fixture at home winning the previous 3 head to heads.

BETTING

Hurricanes 47/20

Draw 25/1

Crusaders 4/10

Handicap:   Hurricanes (+6.5) at 9/10, Crusaders (-6.5) at 9/10

Suggested Bet:  Half-time result, Hurricanes (+3.5) at 9/10

I think the Hurricanes will be competitive early and the Crusaders may have a little bit of rust having not played in so long.  I am backing the home team to be no more than 3 points behind at the break.

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