The Super 14 season is heading toward disaster for the Kiwi teams this year. We all knew that the Highlanders were going to struggle to make the finals but the other four were certainly expected to be at the top of the table. The Crusaders have been at their clinical best (without being brilliant) and currently occupy third spot on the table. The sad news is that they are the only team in the top six.
The Blues and the Chiefs were both robbed in the last seconds of their games over in Australia but these are the kinds of battles they must win. Considering two South African teams sit on top of the table and three Aussie teams make up the top six there are plenty of reasons to be concerned.
This is a crunch weekend for the Canes, the Chiefs and the Blues as losses could spell the beginning of the end for their season. The Canes take on the Crusaders at the Cake Tin on Friday night in the game of the round and this should be an absolutely classic matchup. The Chiefs should be too strong for the Highlanders even though they travel to a home game bringing the game to the scenic holiday town of Mt Maunganui. The Blues have another tough game against the Bulls and they will have to learn how to tackle to have any chance.
It’s a tough week, but you will be able to find some good prices. So jump online at 888sports to have a rugby bet and get behind our boys in this very important weekend.