CRUSADERS V CHIEFS – click here to bet
The Crusaders overcame a penalty count which was leaning heavily against them in the first-half to comfortably beat the Hurricanes 39-25 on the road in their first match of this Tournament. There seems to be some debate as to whether the Hurricanes were just very poor for the Crusaders were impressive, but personally I thought it was a very good performance by the favourites.
The Chiefs have lost both of their opening games, away at the Highlanders and at home to the Blues and they are now 21/10 second favourites to finish bottom of the New Zealand Conference. They have a lengthy injury list and are certainly battling in the engine room and in particular in the lineouts.
These sides met earlier in the year in Hamilton with the Chiefs winning 25-15, but the last time they met in Christchurch was in 2019 with the Crusaders winning 57-28.
Handicap: Crusaders (-10.5) at 9/10, Chiefs (+10.5) at 9/10
Suggested Bet: Winning Margin, Crusaders over 12.5 points at 11/10
New Zealand derbies tend to be tight affairs, but if you look at the Crusaders recent home record against the Chiefs they have won by margins of 29, 22 and 14 points and given how different these teams have looked in the opening matches the 11/10 they win by 13 or more appeals as a solid bet.