The Southern hemisphere rugby season kicks off with the Brisbane Global Tens tournament. In its second season, the tournament features the Super Rugby teams from both New Zealand and Australia. The sides will be joined by Fiji, French club Pau and Japanese side Panasonic Wild Knights.
The New Zealand super rugby sides will start early favourites. The Chiefs ($5), Crusaders ($5.50) and Hurricanes ($5.50) will be leading contenders for the title. The Blues ($7) and Highlanders ($7) are also good value near the top of the line.
French side Pau ($31) have the potential to cause a few boilovers. Pau have included former All-Blacks favourite Conrad Smith in their line-up. Fiji ($7) are every chance of grabbing the title. The Olympic champions have dominated the sevens circuit and will have plenty of local support.
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The Melbourne Rebels ($17) are the best chance for the Aussie sides to make a dent the 2018 edition of the competition. The Rebels have made some handy acquisitions from the Western Force in the off-season and have avoided the group of death. Fiji at $7 represent some good value in the group of death. The Fijians are sevens champions and will be able to adapt to the fast and furious style of tens rugby.
The Kiwi sides will start the competition as favourites. The Chiefs ($5) are at the top of the line. The Hurricanes at $5.50 represent real value. Hurricanes winger Julian Savea is primed to use the tournament to launch his international comeback. On paper, the Hurricanes look one of the teams to beat.
Tip: Back the Hurricanes to Win ($5.50)
Pool A Winner
The Reds ($4.50) and the Melbourne Rebels ($4) will fancy their chances against the Blues and Wild Knights. The Rebels have undergone a major shake-up in the offseason with a number of players from the defunct Western Force linking up with the team in Melbourne. The Reds under new coach Brad Thorn will want to give the home fans something to cheer about after a forgettable 2017.
Tip: Back the Blues to win the group ($1.80)
Pool B Winner
The defending champions, the Chiefs have been drawn against traditional rivals the Highlanders. The Waratahs and Pau will be looking to give the defending champs a run for their money in a relatively tough group.
Tip: Back the Chiefs to win the group ($2.20)
Pool C Winner
The pool of death, Pool C features Fiji, Hurricanes, Brumbies and Crusaders. Fiji have proven to be masters of the short form of the game, and the flying Fijians are good value at $3.25. The Brumbies may struggle to make an impact in the toughest group in the competition.
Tip: Back the Crusaders to win the group ($2.85)