Cheetahs v Sharks, Betting Preview & Prediction

CHEETAHS v SHARKS

The Cheetahs are currently 5th on the table and in desperate need of a win if they are to stay in contention for a semi-final spot.  They had to come from behind to beat the Pumas 35-31 in Nelspruit last week and the week before were well beaten at home by the Lions going down 23-39.  When these sides met in Super Rugby Unlocked in Durban the Sharks edged the game 19-13.

The Sharks go into this fixture 3rd on the table and a win here would pretty much guarantee them a semi-final spot.  They were very disappointing last week in Johannesburg going down by 15 points to the Lions and they failed to score a try.  That was in contrast to the week before in Durban where they beat the table topping Blue Bulls 32-29.

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Cheetahs 31/20

Draw 25/1

Sharks 6/10

Handicap:   Cheetahs (+4.5) at 9/10, Sharks (-4.5) at 9/10

 Suggested Bet:  Handicap, Sharks (-4.5) at 9/10

The Cheetahs are struggling at the moment having lost a number of key players and while the Sharks were disappointing last week, this is an earlier kick off and conditions should be better and I expect the Sharks to put in an improved play and to win going away.

Western Province v Griquas, Betting Preview & Prediction

WESTERN PROVINCE v GRIQUAS

Western Province sit 4th on the table and as things stand would make the semi-finals.  Their last action was 2 weeks ago when they laboured to a 28-14 win over the Pumas at home, but they did beat Griquas comfortably when they met them on the road in Super Rugby Unlocked winning by 33 points. 

Griquas are bottom of the table and are still looking for a victory across the Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup tournaments.  Their last action was 3 weeks ago when they lost to the Pumas 22-17 in Nelspruit, a game where they started 5 point favourites.  Their last home match was a 20-17 defeat to the Lions, a game that was shortened by lightning and where they only lost the lead just prior to play stopping.

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Western Province 1/10

Draw 45/1

Griquas 8/1

Handicap:  Western Province (-17.5) at 9/10, Griquas (+17.5) at 9/10

Suggested Bet:  Handicap, Western Province (-17.5) at 9/10

This is not a confident call, but Western Province should get on top in the pack and can grind Griquas down for a comfortable victory

Cheetahs v Lions, Betting Preview & Prediction

CHEETAHS v LIONS

The Cheetahs were 13-13 with the Bulls at half-time at Loftus last week, but ended up losing the game 40-13 and their last home game was in Super Rugby Unlocked when they beat the Griquas 28-9 and they won all 3 of their home matches in Super Ruby Unlocked. 

The Lions trailed for long periods against Western Province at home last week, but they snatched victory in the dying minutes winning by 22-19.  The week before they had beaten Griquas 20-17 in a shortened match, but they also snatched the lead just before the storm hit and on the road in Super Rugby Unlocked the Lions lost to the Sharks and the Stormers. 

These sides never met in Super Rugby Unlocked as the game was cancelled due to COVID-19.  These sides met last year in the Currie Cup in Bloemfontein with the Lions edging the fixture 24-22.

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Cheetahs 11/10

Draw 25/1

Lions 17/20

Handicap:   Cheetahs (+1.5) at 9/10, Lions (-1.5) at 9/10

 Suggested Bet:  Winning Margin, Lions under 12.5 points at 16/10

This is traditionally a very tight fixture and I think the Lions have the momentum going into this game to claim a narrow victory.

Western Province v Pumas, Betting Preview & Prediction

WESTERN PROVINCE v PUMAS

Western Province badly need a big win here after successive defeats, at home to the Bulls and away at the Lions.  In both cases they appeared to have victory wrapped up before letting the opponents back into the match.

The Pumas started underdogs at home to Griquas last week, but won the game 22-17 and in the 1st Round of the Currie Cup they lost by 35 points on the road at the Sharks.

These sides met in Nelspruit in Super Rugby Unlocked and playing as the Stormers that night, Western Province were under big pressure and only won in the final minutes of the game 42-37.

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Western Province 1/25

Draw 66/1

Pumas 14/1

Handicap:  Western Province (-23.5) at 9/10, Pumas (+23.5) at 9/10

Suggested Bet:  Half-time Handicap, Western Province (-11.5) at 9/10

The Pumas are a side which never stops coming at you and I can see them scoring some consolation tries to perhaps beat the main handicap, but I think Western Province will start strong and I am backing them to lead by 12 or more at the break.

Wales v Georgia, Betting Preview & Prediction

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The first thing to note here is that this match is not taking place at the Millennium Stadium under a roof, but in Llanelli where the weather is often poor.

Wales will be looking to improve on a poor showing last week against Ireland and prior to that they were beaten by Scotland at home.

Georgia have been campaigning to be part of the Six Nations, but they were well beaten by England last week losing by 40 points and failing to trouble the scorers.  They were also well beaten by Scotland in a warm-up match

BETTING

Wales 1/50

Draw 70/1

Georgia 35/1

Handicap: Wales (-27.5) at 9/10, Georgia (+27.5) at 9/10

Suggested Bet:  Handicap, Georgia (+27.5) at 9/10

I would imagine that Georgia could be targeting this game and with Wales likely to ring the changes Georgia can keep them honest and keep the winning margin respectable.