BLUES V HIGHLANDERS – click here to bet
The Blues opened their campaign with an impressive home win over the Hurricanes and they followed that up by beating the Chiefs on the road, for the first time since 2011. They started the match (+2.5) point underdogs and were probably somewhat fortunate to lead at half-time after conceding loads of first-half penalties. They tightened up on their discipline in the second-half though and ran out comfortable 24-12 victors. The Blues now find themselves in an unfamiliar position of strong favourites heading into a New Zealand Derby.
Looking at the Outright Betting you would think this is a two horse race between the Crusaders and the Blues, but we mustn’t forget that the Highlanders have only played once and they beat the Chiefs at home. They do look to have a tough task on their hands here and the last time they played the Blues in Auckland was in 2019 with the home team winning 33-26.
Handicap: Blues (-10.5) at 9/10, Highlanders (+10.5) at 9/10
Suggested Bet: Alternative winning margin, Blues 11-20 points inclusive at 3/1
This handicap looks well set, but I am leaning towards the Blues and at the same time I can’t see them running away with this so the 11-20 point winning margin appeals at some value.