CRUSADERS v BLUES – click here to bet
What a mouth-watering clash this is as the 2 unbeaten sides go head-to-head. The Crusaders have already won twice on the road including last weeks 40-20 win in Dunedin and their only home match to date they overcame the Chiefs 18-13. They are top of the table with more bonus points than the Blues. While they still have to go to Auckland many here will feel that victory will more than seal the title.
The Blues are also 3 from 3 and they are coming off a bye. Their only away match to date was in Hamilton against the Chiefs where they won for the first time since 2011. You have to go even further back to find the last time the Blues beat the Crusaders away, all the way back to 2004 and since then the Crusaders have reeled off 12 successive home victories.
Handicap: Crusaders (-7.5) at 9/10, Blues (+7.5) at 9/10
Suggested Bet: Winning Margin, Crusaders by under 12.5 points at 16/10
This should be a typically competitive New Zealand Derby and while I can’t see the Crusaders losing I do think the Blues can push them all the way.