The new Super Rugby season is underway across the ditch this afternoon when the Chiefs host the Highlanders in Waikato. As is typically the case of New Zealand clubs, both of these teams loom as a threat to this season’s title and the result of games like this one, even this early in the season, could prove vital. It’s always tough analysing Week 1 teams but the home side do represent value in head-to-head betting.
The second Big Bash semi-final will be played in Melbourne tonight, but I think that the away side can win through to another decider. The Sixers have flown under the radar virtually all season and remained second in overall standings more often than not. They were pipped for the home final by the Renegades on net run rate alone but have been far better in pressure situations than tonight’s opponent and should be starting as favourites.
The Indigenous All Stars will take on the Maori All Stars in Melbourne tonight and we’re set for an exciting game. Both teams are dripping with talent, but the Indigenous side in particular boasts some of the game’s best players and they will prove a real handful for the Maori side, particularly in the final throws of this pre-season 80-minute clash.