Super Rugby Pacific – Round 8 Betting Tips

The following are betting tips for selected fixtures in Round 8 of the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season.

With four teams on a bye, there are only four fixtures this week.

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To take advantage of the odds before they possibly shorten, these previews are published before the team sheets are announced. Those who are more risk-averse should wait for the squad lists before wagering.



Hurricanes vs. Chiefs


The Chiefs have been a Jekyll and Hyde team this season, based on whether Damian McKenzie is on the field. He returned from a scheduled break last week as the Chiefs ran rampant over Moana Pasifika. This is an intriguing clash because the Hurricanes have gone 6-0 this season, however they have lost five consecutive games to the Chiefs. The Chiefs have looked like world-beaters at times, but they have yet to win away from home this season. What could be key is the season-ending injury to All Blacks halfback Cam Roigard for the Hurricanes. How much will that disrupt their offence? With the data I have at hand that goes back to 2016, five of the Chiefs’ six away wins over the Hurricanes were by 1-7 points. Meanwhile, the Chiefs haven’t lost any game by 13+ over the last twelve months. I would back the history of close games to repeat itself. I would take both the Hurricanes 1-12 at 3.25 (bet365) and the Chiefs 1-12 at 2.50 (bet365).



Rebels vs. Highlanders


The Rebels bring a two-game winning streak into this clash and they have covered the line in five of their seven home games over the last twelve months. The Highlanders have gone 1-5 away from home over the last twelve months and their sole win was by a 2-point margin over the Waratahs. The Highlanders have failed to cover the line in their last six games against the Rebels and they lost their two most recent visits to Melbourne. I would back the Rebels +4.5 at 1.91 (bet365). Those looking for more risk should consider the Rebels 1-12 at 3.40 (bet365).


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