Super Rugby Pacific Round 1 Tips & Predictions

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The Super Rugby season kicks off this week with six games, including a blockbuster between the Crusaders vs Chiefs.

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Super Rugby Pacific Round 1 Tips

Friday 23/2/24

5:05pm Chiefs vs Crusaders @ FMG Stadium

It’s a replay of last year’s grand final as the Chiefs host the Crusaders to open the season.

The Crusaders have been delt a series of injury blows, with the most recent being All Black superstar Will Jordan.

He’s out for the season, and that should give the Chiefs every chance to win and cover the spread in the opening game.

The current line is 5.5, but that could hit –7.5 on game night.

Betting tip: Chiefs -5.5 @ $1.83

Chiefs by 10

7:35pm Rebels vs Brumbies @ Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

Expectations are low for the Rebels, who could be outclassed by the Brumbies.

The Brumbies are typically the best of the Australian teams, and despite not having much experience in the back line, they could show up in 2024.

We don’t expect much from the Rebels, who have been awful over the last few years, hence the $3.06 odds available.

Take the visitors to win and cover the –6.5 spread.

Betting tip: Brumbies –6.5 @ $1.90

Brumbies by 7

10:00pm Force vs Hurricanes @ HBF Park

The Force are harder to beat at home than on the road, but the Hurricanes have the significant class advantage.

It’s always hard to know what teams will come out with in the opening game, and this could be the Forces’ best chance to show up. However, they’re likely to struggle.

There is too much speed and power with the Hurricanes, and their counterattack is one of the best in Super Rugby.

Betting tip: Hurricanes -10.5 @ $1.90

Hurricanes by 13

Saturday 24/2/24

2:35pm Blues vs Drua @ Eden Park

2024 could be the Blues’ time to shine, and they should kick things off with a win over the Fijian Drua.

The Drua have been respected at $17 to win Super Rugby, which is far too short, especially when they’re +17.5 underdogs in their opening game.

With sunny weather expected, the Blues could run rampant on their pacific rivals, so a big win is coming.

Betting tip: Blues –17.5 @ $1.90

Blues by 20

5:05pm Highlanders vs Moana Pasifika @ Forsyth Barr Stadium

We have the Highlanders as one of our long shot picks to win the Super Rugby championship, so they need to get off to a winning start.

Moana Pasifika doesn’t have much upside after a poor showing last year, and we don’t expect them to show up on Saturday.

Punters get a value line with the Highlanders at –9.5, and they could make a good opening statement in front of home fans.

Betting tip: Highlanders –9.5 @ $1.90

Highlanders by 13

8:05pm Reds vs Waratahs @ Suncorp Stadium

The Reds vs Waratahs could be the closest game of the week, and we’re taking the Waratahs to cover the spread.

The Reds are a $1.44 favourite in head-to-head betting markets, and –6.5 with points spreads markets. We understand the line, but the Waratahs are good enough to keep it close.

It could be the best game of the week, and it could come down to the final play.

Betting tip: Waratahs +6.5 @ $1.90

Reds by 3

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About Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA - English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism. Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 - with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl's tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he's not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.