Rugby Union Betting
The 1st seeded Crusaders host the 4th seeded Hurricanes in the first semi-final and the 2nd seed Lions host the 3rd seeded Waratahs in the second semi. It was also their 19th consecutive victory against foreign opposition. The Sharks actually had the better of territory and possession but the made too many mistakes, while the Crusaders were happy to hit on the counter-attack. In mixed injury news, prop Joe Moody is expected to return from a knee injury, while winger Seta Tamanivalu is in doubt after he picked up a head knock last week.
The Hurricanes saw off the Chiefs in their quarter-final, with late tries to the Chiefs making the game look closer than it was. The Hurricanes were starved of possession and territory for most of the game, but were more productive with the ball they had. In team news, flanker Ardie Savea is recovering ahead of schedule from his ankle sprain and is an outside chance of returning for this clash.
Seven of the last 8 meetings between the two were won by the home team. I would back the Crusaders in the head-to-head at 1. The Lions held off a spirited comeback from the Jaguares to win in Johannesburg last week. They led late in the first half before the Jaguares fought back to make the scores The Lions then suffocated the visitors out of the game, aided by previous finals experience and possibly the high altitude.
One of the key contributors was hooker Malcolm Marx, who has been immense this season. The Waratahs overturned a point halftime deficit to defeat the Highlanders in Sydney in their quarter-final. The Highlanders were in cruise control, up in the 52nd minute when the game was turned on its head with a yellow card to Waisake Naholo. In-Play information subject to delay click here for full Live In-Play betting rules.
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